Monday, August 25, 2008

Summer Lovin, had me a blast!

Wow! What an August it has been! I can't believe it is almost September already! I have started using the "better ask Santa" line with Malakai already!! The other night we had an entire discussion about what he was going to ask Santa for, and what mommy and daddy wanted, and how Santa was watching him every night to make sure he went to bed like a big boy. What does he say first thing in the morning? "Are my toys here?!" Then came on a 30 minuted explanation about how Santa will be here in December and he just kept telling me no, that his birthday was in December. It's gonna be a long few months :)

Again, I have let myself get totally behind on blogging, so my goal is to put the first three weeks of August in a nut shell for you :)

*I started off the month with my girls trip to the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. The most frustrating part was trying to get my house situated for mommy to be gone for five days. Once that was done, and we were on the road, it was relaxation all the way! It's amazing how a 10 hour drive is NOTHING when there are no kids in the car. LOL! We took our time, stopped whenever and wherever we wanted to stop. No schedules! It was dreamy :)

After a near death experience on the crazy mountain roads (in the dark) we finally arrived at our cabin. Soooooooo beautiful!! Five bedrooms, three levels, three baths, pool table, hot tub, gorgeous furniture, it really was amazing! We could see the entire town of Gatlinburg off our balcony! So, we spent the next few days relaxing, shopping, looking for bears, eating, and playing board games. I came home totally rejuvenated! I can't wait to go back there with Josh and the kids, they would absolutely love it!!

We stopped in Metropolis on the way! Kai was very excited that I met Superman :)

We did the normal stuff, you know, hung with Forest Gump....

Fought crime with the Men In Black....

And fired Donald Trump :)

Sarah and Jamillah on the Obertram

View from our deck

*After getting back from TN, we were off as a family to the Lake of the Ozarks for the annual Rader Family Reunion. Again, another excellent long weekend. It was great seeing the family, playing games, and getting to spend my dad's 50th birthday with him. Happy birthday dad, you don't look a day older than 40 :) Malakai, Kiera, and Leila were the center of every ones attention. My grandpa (Malakai's Great-Grandpa) was getting their poles ready for fishing and it was so cute listening to Malakai and Kiera talk to him. One calling him Poppy and the other one calling him Great-poppy! So cute!! They enjoyed fishing, go karts, playing at the park, and swimming. It was definitely good times had by all. Can't wait for next year ;)

Miner Mike's

I know it looks uncomfortable but she loves it!

Hot Stuff!

*Josh and I went to a wedding reception this past weekend and had an amazing time! I can't remember the last time we went out, just he and I and danced like we have never danced before. We danced to slow songs, fast songs, hip-hop, the electric slide, you name it, we danced to it! Half the time we were the only ones on the dance floor, but it didn't seem to bother either of us. It's nice to know we still got it :)

*Malakai is getting more amazing every day. He is a little clumsy though and seems to always have bumps and bruises. Here are some pics of his latest. The chin is from a lamp he knocked over and tried to pick up and the bulp burned his chin, the elbow is from not watching where he is going and totally eating it at the go kart track. I swear the kid needs to be in a bubble. He is super excited to start ice hocky in October, thank the lord for padding!!

*Leila is also growing like a weed. I can't believe she is 5.5 months! She is a ball full of energy and continues to be very chill and laid back. She definitely gets that from her daddy. She has started teething, so she can be a little cranky at times, but other than that, just an all around sweet, precious, beautiful little girl. She is eating all sorts of fruits and vegetables, and for the most part enjoys all of them, along with her cereal and oatmeal. We also got her ears pierced last week! Josh was so against it, when all the sudden we were at dinner the other night and she had on a beautiful dress and he asked when we were going to do it. Something about the dress and her oh-so-bald head. I seriously did not have hair till I was three! She did so good and only cried for a second :)

Hope you enjoy all of the pics! I have made some adjustments so reaching my computer should be a little easier from here on out :)

Best thing since I last blogged: Josh having TWO count them TWO weekends off this month!! AMAZING!!

Worst thing since I last blogged: Missing the birth of my brand new nephew, Alexander Clay Rader, born on August 14th. I can't wait to see him in October.