Date Night and Tornado in Moore

Friday, May 31, 2013

-Note: It has taken me over a week to post this. I just never felt like I had the right words, but I needed to get it on here before I forgot about it.
Last Saturday, Kaci and Mom watched the kids so we could go on a date!
We went to the movies to see Pain and Gain, and we really liked it! We haven't been to the movies since This Means War came out so it was nice to get to go!
After the movies we met up with Kaci and picked Mason up.. Mackenzie stayed at Nene and Pops house.
Taking just Mason to church Sunday Morning.
Sunday afternoon we went to moms house for dinner. Mimi Shannon called and invited us to swim so we went over for a little bit, came back for dinner and finished the night by riding Pops' golf cart all over their land..

^Notice the princess heels
^Notice who is filling out 3/6 Month clothes!

My babies are definietely loved!
Mimi Shannon and Nene keep these two spoiled rotten!

Mackenzie picked Nene some flowers as we were riding around!
And no she never wears pants!

Coming in from a sleepover at Nene's!
Monday morning was just the start of another work week... Until Alisa came in my office and asked if I heard about a tornado in Moore. My family has lived in Moore forever so I started to panic. She said "I am sure they are fine.. This says its headed toward Sooner Road at 134th" I almost died. Those are the two roads we take to get to my Aunt and Uncle's house. After lots of phone calls and texts, we finally heard from my cousin, Kali, via Facebook. Her internet at work was still working so we were able to chat that way. It seemed like it took forever to hear if everyone else was okay... Here are some pictures I took as a screen shot on my phone as I was headed home from work..  

All of those tweets give me the chills.

When I got home I couldn't turn the news off just watching all of the media coverage on it. Not long after that our tornado sirens went off in town.
When we switched to Verizon we started getting weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
We were expecting really bad weather so we had already packed a bag just in case the sirens went off in the middle of the night. This was the first time we have ever went to the shelter. I have never really been scared but now that we have two kids I just wanted to make sure they were safe.. Which clearly they loved going....
We got back home about 10:30 and our power finally came back on at 5 that morning.
This picture has been all over social media and I love it. In the middle of all of the ruble is a sign that reads "The most important things in life aren't things"
Thankfully our family didn't lose their homes unlike several others. We were supposed to leave that Friday to go to my cousin, Kali's, wedding shower. It was called off after the building had structural damage a few days later from all the rain. We will be going to visit the end of June for Kali's wedding. As much as I can't wait to see the family just to know they are okay, I don't think I will be ready to see the damage to their hometown.

Mother's Day Weekend

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Three days in a row to Blog? I have officially impressed myself!
 This crazy girl wore her plastic Cinderella heels to Mrs. Sherrys 4 out of the 5 days she was there last week. We were all dying over it! Thanks Mimi Shannon :) And of course Dora had to come too!
I love that little white house in the back. I know I take for granted going by there twice a day. Smells just like grandmas house.. Fried Chicken and Love.
Safety first for Dora too!
Ethan got this little car for his first birthday, and Mackenzie kicks him out of it every time we are over! I love how this picture looked like she took off with him flying back.
I love these two so much!! And the fact that they both let me sleep all night makes my heart so happy.. I am hoping that Mason continues to sleep 9pm-6am!

We decided to all go to Little Rock for the day to just eat, shop and do something different than always running to Fort Smith or Fayetteville. We ate at Bravo, an Italian place and it was to die for! Hannah and Kaci got the best spinach and chicked flatbread!

Mackenzie and Nana

Mason with Nana!
Our waitress brought Mackenzie some raw bread dough to let her play while we waited on her meal... I think I had just as much fun as she did. She is in to crocodiles for the moment so that is what we made and they took it back and cooked it for her!
Next Stop: Gigi's Cupcakes!

This Sprite was heavenly in that aluminum bottle! Oh so cold!
Erik got an internship working at a hotel in Florida so Mackenzie had to say her goodbyes to her boyfriend for a little bit! Can't wait to go see him this summer! She loves her some Erik!

Mackenzie told us that her and her brother were both coloring :)
We went to church Sunday Morning! Love this girl so much and so glad she made me a Mom!
I have honestly laughed on my way to work every day this week at Becky and Beau both hitting their heads on the wall during Life Group. Love all of the friends we have made through that class over the last four years!

We took dinner to Memaw at the Nursing Home Sunday night.
Was good to get to visit with her on Mother's Day!
So... My mom lets Mackenzie get in her make up drawer when we are over and Sunday night was no exception. I let her bring one tube of lipstick home with us and this happened within a matter of minutes...

I die.
She really did bring me back to life on Mother's Day! What a mess! :)

With Mason right after his bath!
I still can't believe that I have 2 kids! TWO. How is that even possible? I am loving every minute of the chaos at our house! Mason has really started to light up when we talk to him and Mackenzie always says "Mommy, you are my best friend." You are mine too sister!

Here is a sweet video of Mackenzie feeding Mason. If you hear some explosions, it is my heart literally bursting!


Vintage Baseball Nursery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When we found out we were expecting a baby boy, I kept going back to the Vintage Baseball theme for his Nursey. Dustin thinks Baseball is the only sport to ever exist. He is shocked I have bought more baseball items than Football since that is the only sport that exists in my world!
Duff and Kaci primed and painted Mason's room one weekend for me while Mom and I did some major cleaning and hauling junk out to the curb! We redid Mackenzie's room about the same time we started his room so we just moved the furniture out of her room and in to his.
The picture above his dresser, the laundry hamper and the Mason Jar (See what I did there?) all came from Hobby Lobby. However, the cutie in that bouncer seat did not come from Hobby! Our sweet neighbors have a little boy born almost a year before Mason so they let us borrow their bouncer seat, swing and nap nanny.. Not to mention they filled our dresser and closet with everything Ethan has outgrown.
His bedding came from Blessed Baby courtesy of my mom and his rug came from Ikea. I took these pictures two weeks before we had Mason so his bags were packed in the corner. The white night stand came from TJ Maxx.. It is actually made for a bathroom but I turned the baskets around so you cant see the "Towels" wording on the front.
The "M" came from Hobby and the old glove belongs to Pop.

Mason's Changing Table..
(that picture is hanging on the wall now!) 

Even though it is dark, here is a panoramic picture of his room.
I am in love with his room! So light and not cluttered at all!
What I love most about his room is that he sleeps in his crib from 9pm to 6am! Woo Hoo!!

And Mason Makes Four!

Monday, May 13, 2013

 We announced back in October/November to our families, our church and Facebook that Mackenzie was going to be a big sister! My memory was horrible with just one child and it has gotten even worse now, so I thought I should get back to documenting our lives before I can't remember when my babies were little!
I actually knew we were expecting on August 2, 2012. And that is the only fact I can remember... I woke up one day that week after I had a horrible dream that Dustin was killed in Afghanistan and I spoke at his funeral with a big ole pregnant belly. It was awful, but I knew right then. No test, just knew. I took the test on 8/2 and the only reason I remember that is because that is the day Mrs. Rose Smee passed away. I remember thinking how crazy that one life left this world and I just found out a new life was coming to this world..
So the months went by pretty fast until the last 6 weeks or so. Dustin worked a few weeks in Virginia and a few weeks in Afghanistan while I was pregnant but he was home for the majority of it. I did the best I could to still get out and do our normal running around.. We took Mackenzie to a couple Razorback baseball games toward the end before I got too miserable.

Mason Crew Oaks was born on March 3, 2013.
Weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches long.

Big Sister has loved him since day 1

He was a healthy big boy! No NICU visit this go around for us!

My C-Section went great! I was worried because when we had Mackenzie it didn't go as smoothly. We came home two days later..
Wendy White took his newborn pictures for us and I am in love with them!
I am planning on catching up as best as I can.
Don't want to forget these sweet moments...

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