For various reasons, we have been playing outside a lot this summer. I've had my little furniture project to handle (more on that in a moment) and plus, if you're inside with a boy who is done with naps (for the most part),then you cannot stay inside all day. I don't mean that he can't stay inside. I mean, that I, personally, cannot stay inside all day long cooped up in the house. Even if I lived in a 50 million square foot house, it might be too small for the both of us at some point in the day. James has been LOVING his tractor - as soon as we go outside he drives it from the garage into the backyard, and it has all of my sandpaper/furniture scraper tools/drinks for outside/anything else we need in it in the trailer. Sometimes he "mows the grass" if Daddy hasn't been able to get to it that week, and lately, he's been lining up his other toys in front of it and pushing them all at once with the front of the tractor. He loves it. This is an outfit from Cracker Barrel (now, don't be so shocked). He had the 2T and now he has the 3T - I cannot remember which set of grandparents gave us which size, but I think both sets covered him with this outfit last year and this year. Not sure how visible this is, but James started pulling back out these older Toy Story crocs and wearing them every single day. They are too small to wear with the strap on the back, so he has to wear the strap pulled up on the front. They have fuzzy stuff inside - like for winter - and the fuzziness does not come out. I noticed a week or two ago that there was an awfully nasty smell going around everywhere we went. Then I realized...it's those shoes. The smell TERRIBLE. I have tried to get him t trade them in for the Scooby's that actually fit and don't have fuzzies inside, but once his mind is made up, you can forget it. Finally, I ordered him a new pair of Toy Story crocs in his current size and WITHOUT FUZZY STUFF inside, and they should be here tomorrow. Thank goodness because I cannot quit gagging over those things. Zappos is a great website to order shoes from. Landon needed some new flip flps and ordered on it, and then I found the Toy Story crocs on it (the crocs website was out of his size in them). And, you can return for free. How about that? Convenient. Anyway, it will be a happy moment when those shoes come tomorrow.
Alright, so here's an update on my furniture. I'm done. D O N E. That's just it. I did the chair awesome, then did the round table and two end tables pretty well, and the couch and final end table, well, they are just okay. I asked Landon yesterday in the car if he thought I could be done with them. He said, "I'm not sure. I'll have to look at them to see what I think." Then I realized. I don't care. I don't care what he thinks about it. I don't care what anyone thinks about it. I'm just done with them. I'm ready to paint them, and you know what? Guess? I don't care. I am a finisher of projects. I am not someone who starts things and doesn't finish them - especially if it's something that is basically junking up the backyard. That, I especially cannot stand. So, I'm ready to paint. I'm assuming I can spray paint this stuff - wait, let me rephrase. I'm planning to spray paint this furniture. If there are pieces of paint that still chip off, then I'll have extra paint and will spray paint over them every time a piece chips off. I need to head to Wal-Mart to investigate this next phase of my project. So...painting should happen sometime this week - even in the midst of VBS, I am hoping - and I will be one step closer! Whoo-hoo!
James has been big into this slip and slide that I bought at a consignment sale a while back. The problem: he doesn't want to wear his clothes when he plays in the water. Finally, yesterday, I looked and he had taken every bit of his clothing off. Not even his underwear was on. I just had to shake my head and keep moving on with my furniture scraping. I knew if the neighbors came out into the backyard that I would have to take him inside for some clothes, but until then I just let his little naked behind run around in the water.
Grammie has sent a couple of funny things for James lately. One is this preschool workbook that she wrote her name and GatorPa and James and Katie's on the animals...which cracks me up. Then, she sent James a Scooby Doo magazine and me a little Betty Crocker cookbook. When I thanked her by text for the little package with the magazine and cookbook, she responded, "Well, the cookbook's not that great." HAHA. This cracked me up - well, thanks for sending it then :) I think no matter what your age, you are always excited to get something in the mail (that is not a bill!!).
AND, Great Grandma and Great Grandpa sent James the sweetest card in the mail with some money! He was so excited!
Last night we went to Nicole Bramlett's wedding. It was just precious. It is so fun to go to a wedding when you can obviously see the bride and groom are Jesus followers and sincerely desire to have that kind of marriage. It was sweet. We missed Jeanette though! Jeanette...don't think we are going to let you stay there to live!!!! We miss you too much here!
Colossal Coaster World VBS starts at church this week. Here's James and me before church yesterday. We are EXCITED! We hope LOTS of kids come to hear about who can give them LIFE!
We went to Monterrey like usual yesterday for lunch with some of our favorite friends, and James and Ava lined the chairs up like this out on the patio (we were the only people sitting out there). I thought it was really funny - and strange.
And for my last thought. So, one of my favorite new things about our van is that I could load some pictures of us in to be a wallpaper screen - isn't that awesome?? Well, wouldn't you know it, James HATES it. I don't know why. Why does he care? Who knows, but I just know that every time that screen is on, he screams and freaks out about putting the "black" screen back...it is crazy. So, for some reason, he hates to see pictures of our family. Just fantastic.
It's going to be a busy week, and we are READY! More VBS preparation today and then starting tomorrow...Colossal Coaster World!