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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.

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Out of Africa: Day 4 & 5

On Monday we planned to take my dad to Canyon Lake to stay in the tree houses, but when I started packing Hayley and Colin begged, yes begged, to say home and go look at model homes.  “Really?!  You’re foregoing a treehouse adventure to look at model homes?”  Yes Mommy!  Lucky for them, guess who else also LOVES to look at model homes?!  Yep, Grandpa Bobby.  When I was a kid, my dad and I would hop in the car on a Saturday afternoon and drive around looking for those tall flags.  When we’d find one we’d scope out the model homes.  I guess it’s genetic!  We took my dad both to Fulshear and to our favorite one in Cinco.  It’s has the coolest front courtyard ever!

That afternoon we hit another Sommers family tradition – going to the movies!  Growing up sometimes we’d see two movies in one afternoon!  This time we saw just one, The Lorax.  It was a tad liberal leaning, but pretty cute and creative.

And to top off the day, we went to one of our all-time favorite places . . . IHOP.  Oh, how I love IHOP!  Thankfully, we had the whole overflow room to ourselves because . . . let’s just say . . . Colin felt a little woozy and it all came up, and up, and up, and up.  Needless to say, our waitress got a very nice tip that night.

On Tuesday, we took the kids to preschool so we had the morning to ourselves!  We went to HEB, watched some TV, dinked around on the computer, and grabbed some La Finca for lunch!  Before we knew it, it was time to pick up Hayley and Colin. That afternoon we took the kiddos to gymnastics and just enjoyed being together.  While we managed to free Colin of his bottle and later diapers, the little guy won’t let go of his pacifier.  So what does my dad do?!  My Dad pretends like he needs a pacifier too!  Colin thought this was the funniest thing in the world!!!  Also, just to tease Colin, my dad started calling Colin “Steve.”  He would say, “Are you Steve?”  “I think you’re Steve.”  Colin would giggle and giggle and insist, “No, I Colin.”  My dad would insist back, “No, I think you’re Steve.  Colin doesn’t wear diapers. You must be Steve.”  Colin thought it was the funniest thing ever!  Colin would say to me through the giggles, “Grandpa Bobby call me Steve.  Steve is a silly word!”

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MiMiMay 21, 2012 - 2:51 am

Priceless times and memories! So sweet!

Out of Africa: Day 3

On Sunday we kept things pretty low key.  We made waffles, played with the kiddos, and watched bits and pieces of General Conference.  That afternoon we snuck over to Don and Carla’s to take pictures in the Bluebonnets.  The kids were pretty good to begin with, after about five minutes all Colin could think about was chocolate milk.  But, I think we got some cute pictures!  Sadly, that night we had to take Chris to the airport, but luckily we still had my dad for another three days!

After pictures we played some games with the kiddos over at Don and Carla’s.  Sadly, later that day we had to take Chris to the airport, but luckily we still had my dad for another three days!

 

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CarlaMay 21, 2012 - 2:53 am

You really got some good bluebonnet shots this year. So happy that they were still blooming when your Dad and Chris came.

Out of Africa: Days 1 and 2

The first week of April my dad and Chris came to visit us!  I have been counting down the days for weeks, months even, and have been planning “to do” lists that go on and on.  And while there was still lots left on that list, here’s some of the fun we did have:

On Friday night Chris flew in and we caught up on latest Stuckey/Sommers happenings. Saturday morning, of course, was the Mud Run!  Saturday afternoon Chris and Carla picked up BBQ at the famous Swinging Door BBQ.  Then Chris and Hayley made the loveliest princess crowns together.  Around 2pm we picked my dad up at the airport and then it was Christmas all over again.  I wondered why my dad brought back two large suitcases and a carry on.  Now I know.  Almost an entire suitcase was full of gifts from Africa.

My dad pulled out toys for Hayley and Colin, an authentic African mask for Clint, sand for my “around the world” sand collection, and gobs and gobs of candy for me.  We also each got our very own “BouBou.”  Yep, that’s clothing in African dialect.  Yep, we will be styling!

That night we got a babysitter for the kiddos and my Dad and Chris and Clint and I headed to Perry’s for dinner.  It was so nice spending time with my dad (and Chris) without being pulled in three different directions.

P.S. My Dad’s now the proud owner of an iPad 3!!!!

 

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CarlaApril 28, 2012 - 3:16 am

So glad it was a fun visit!

Covered in Mud!!

A couple of weeks ago, Clint and I packed up the kiddos and spent the morning at Sam Houston Park get covered head to toe in MUD!!!  For good reason, mind you!   We were two of thousands of people who participated in the Mighty Mud Dash 2012.  We went through 14 obstacles including a 30-yard mud trench, two-story haystacks, 50 swinging tires, 2 large cargo nets, colossal mud pits, barb wire mud filled bear crawls, mud pools, rope swings, and a 50 ft mud slide.  It was so much fun!!!!  My only complaint . . . some parts were just not muddy enough.  When you’re covered in mud all you want is more of it!  Next year I’ll be petitioning for a mud slip n’ slide!!!!  Now that would be cool.  Carla (aka Mimi) and Grandma Chris came along too and were part of our cheering section!  Hayley held off the paparazzi and Colin was crowd control.  Sydney supervised.  At the end Clint and I (okay, and everyone else too) each got a gold medal and bushel of bananas for our stellar performances!  Can’t wait ’til next year!

 

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Carla (MiMi)April 28, 2012 - 3:18 am

It was a day for the journals!

Kindergarten here she comes . . . well almost!

At the end of March we went to kindergarten orientation at Hayley’s school for next fall.  And WOW, Hayley is SO excited to start kindergarten.  And I’m excited too.  I LOVE her school and from all accounts, it’s one of the best schools around.  And I can see why.  The teachers are amazing!  They are so young and enthusiastic and excited about teaching.  The classrooms are all so bright and colorful.  And there’s amazing artwork lining the hallways, even from the kindergarteners.  Check out the dinosaurs!  This was from one of the kindergarten classes.  I was blown away.  But, you want to know the coolest part?!  The school is themed like a shopping mall.  Yep, that’s right. It’s so cute!  The cafeteria is called “The Food Court.”  The library is called “Paws and Noble.”  The fifth grade wing is called “Abercrombie and Fifth” and so on.  It’s so cute and clever!  You can tell that the teachers really enjoy being there.

While the parents learned all about preparing the kids for kindergarten (there was quite a list) the kids got to go inside an actual kindergarten classroom and meet with the kindergarten teachers.  This sealed the day.  Hayley asks me almost every other day, “Mommy, when do I get to go to kindergarten?”  Before you know it Sweetheart!

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MiMiApril 28, 2012 - 3:22 am

Oh, Hayley, you’ll be in kindergarten so soon! I’m glad you’re excited about it. Can’t help but marvel that you’re growing up so quickly. I love you.

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