Tonight after we finished dinner, Chris had some work to do, so Crockett and I went outside to play in the sandbox and on his new slide! The pool is out too, but I thought between the other toys I wouldn't have to worry about him getting in it. WRONG! I turned around to get my camera and he was sitting in the pool.... shoes and all!!! He had the best time and went from the slides to the pool more than once. He was pretty proud of himself!
It is hard to believe that on July 10, my sweet little nephew, Braidy Spencer, turned 2! I remember being at the hospital, waiting in the hallway to go see his precious face. He was so tiny and perfect! We have had the BEST time watching this little man go from teeny-tiny baby, to a walking, talking little boy! He is such a ray of sunshine who brightens my day whenever I see that smile or hear all of the funny things he says. Crockett loves his cousin and there is nothing better than watching those two boys love on each other, tackle each other and play together. Happy Birthday, sweet Braidy! We love you!!
We went to Lubbock on Thursday to help Monica prepare for Braidy's Bug Birthday, but the night before we left, Crockett began running a high fever. We went ahead and drove to LBK the next day, but he and Braidy couldn't see each other yet... I think we were all a little bummed. But on Friday, Crockett was as good as new, so we went to see the Curry's new house to play with Braidy and Johnny. They jumped on the trampoline and drove Briady's car, played in the tent and found all kinds of toys to get into. We had dinner (Orlando's pizza ~ YUM!) at the Curry's that night with Poppa, JJ and Rachy, who had just gotten into town. I even got to have a girls night with my dear friend, Valerie and her sister, Marci! We stayed out WAY to late, but it was SO MUCH FUN!!! I miss girl's night out, especially with VAL :) Saturday was the big party! Chris came in that morning, and Crockett was SO excited to see his Daddy! At the party, all the kids went on a bug hunt outside, jumped, played, ate trailmix, cupcakes and dirtcups... it was LOTS of fun! It was a little too much for the birthday boy, who really just wanted to play. He got a new kitchen/grill to cook in and tons of Toy Story toys, bubbles and some new boots - among many other things! After the party was over Braidy and Crockett stripped down and had a great time with the bubbles (and suds) Uncle Todd made. Neither one of them would let us change their diapers. They were drooping down to their knees, but they were having a BLAST! Crockett earned his new nickname "TrailMix" that day... I have NEVER seen a kid eat so much trailmix! And he learned about his love of Dr. Pepper from his cousin. They sure were happy though! :) On Sunday, LuLu, Papaw, Chris, Crockett and I joined the Curry's (including Ryan's parents, Dan and Roz, and his brother Todd) for lunch. Dan and Roz did the cooking... fried shrimp, new potatoes, corn, salad.... It was DELICIOUS!! It was Braidy's birthday lunch - the boy LOVES some shrimp! Later that evening, LuLu, Crockett and I met the Curry's at Sheridan's for some custard. The boys all LOVED it! Crockett had it ALL over him and Braidy was drinking it out of his cup... when his was all gone, he told his mommy "More?" and she gave him the rest of hers :) On Monday we went with Lulu, Mon and Braidy to SugarBakers (YUM!) for lunch and then went home for a nap. Later, I was at the grocery store and I got a phone call from Monica. When I answered it, no one said anything. After a minute, I said "Braidy?" and the little voice on the other end said "Crockett come ovah?" it was soooo cute! So, I ended up going to pick Braidy up so he and Crockett could play some more before we left the next day. They played in the pool in Lulu's backyard and had a BLAST! It was such a F-U-N few days! We love hanging out with LuLu and Papaw and the Curry's. And it was even better since Rachy, Poppa and JJ were all there too! We can't wait to see our cousins again! Maybe they will come play at our house soon ;)
Crockett is very lucky to have so many special people in his life. One of those people is HotShot, Crockett's great-grandpa. We take Crockett out to the Parish, where HotShot and MaryAnn live, as often as we can so that they can see each other. Last week when we went, it was so nice and cool outside. There is a beautiful view out there, so we all got to enjoy watching a distant storm move across the sky. HotShot is so great to play with Crockett and follow him all over the place. They look at the horse, cows, play with toys, read books, and pretty much anything else Crockett comes up with! HotShot is such a big part of Chris's life.... isn't it wonderful that he can be part of Crockett's too?!?!
Every 3 years, the Lowry family (my mom's family) comes together to celebrate their past, present and future. At the last reunion, my dear grandfather, Papo, was still with us, Chris and I were just married, Monica and Ryan were engaged... it amazes me to think of all that has happened in the last 3 years. This time the reunion was in Oklahoma City. Chris, Crockett and I were all there, Monica, Ryan and Braidy, LuLu and Papaw... everyone but Rachy, who was really missed! We had a great time catching up with cousins, meeting new relatives and reminiscing our loved ones who are no longer with us. All of us (and Uncle Tim and Aunt Darla) went to the Science Museum on Saturday, which was SO MUCH FUN! There was tons of stuff to do. The boys had a GREAT time and all the adults had a really good time too! Crockett loved riding in the tractor and playing with the bubbles and water. Braidy painted his own face :), rode a scooter and went up in the tree house with me. Crockett and I slid down a huge slide, but neither one of us liked it too much! We had a banquet on Sat. night. It was crazy with a bunch of little kids running around, but it was very nice. Kathryn, Keenen and Meredith were able to make it for the banquet, so it was fun to talk with them and catch up. They also really enjoyed being entertained by the boys :) On Sun. we had Church, ate lunch and decided to head home. We had planned on staying for fireworks, but God had other plans. It was POURING as we drove home... So no fireworks for us this year :(
Since the reunion, I have decided to begin learning about my family's history. The Lowry family has kept a pretty good record for about the last 220 years. I am so excited to learn more about where I came from and all about my ancestors. So far I have learned that the Lowry's are from Ireland and arrived in Amerinca on July 5, 1776, the day after the Declaration of Independence was signed. I am so anxious to learn more about their journey to Weatherford, OK and all of the people that have made up the legacy we are now familiar with.
We had such a great time and will definately look forward to the next Lowry family reunion 2013!