Monday, May 10, 2010

Noah's First T-ball Game

Saturday was Noah's first t-ball game on the Pirates!

my little man all suited up

team huddle with coach clay :)

the pirates

clay prepping noah for his first at-bat
he hit it past 2nd base on the first swing!

one of the moms had sugar cookies made with the kids' names on them

ELC Art Show

A couple of weeks ago our family enjoyed the Early Learning Center Art Show at the boys' school. The Art Show is a fundraiser held each year where the kids' art work is displayed and some art is auctioned off, all in order to raise money for the school. This year the money raised went to buy new inside play equipment.
Here are some pictures of Noah and Jude, their art, and a video of Jude's class singing Jesus Loves Me:

Noah and his friends' art work

Noah's butterfly

Noah's Sand Art

Jude and his friends' art work

Jude's star

Jude's butterfly

Jude's colored glue painting

Jude's glued tissue string art

Spring Fun

Noah and Jude are at such fun ages. I realize I'm going to have a big adjustment when Luke joins our family next month. Right now, I can say, "Come on boys. Let's load up." and they get their things and follow me to the car. Noah can buckle himself in, so I just have one child to strap in. Noah can get himself dressed, so I just have one toddler to get ready each day. We hardly have to take anything with us anymore when we leave the house. I'm going to soak up all the "easiness" I have with an almost 2 year old and an almost 4 year old for the next few weeks!
Here are a few pictures of the boys over the past month:

Noah was wearing his baseball pants one day and requested that Jude wear his as well.

We have enjoyed some beautiful weather. The boys have loved playing outside.

We have enjoyed some yummy grilled foods, compliments of Chef Clay.

We have enjoyed many evening walks...

and bike rides!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

birthday parties and the railroad festival

Last weekend we took a trip to Louisiana. We had not been to visit our families since Christmas, so it was long overdue. Clay was scheduled to preach a weekend revival in north Louisiana, so he dropped us off in DeQuincy and then headed out. The boys and I enjoyed a couple of fast paced days which included the Railroad Festival, two birthday parties, church, and lots of family time.

The Railroad Festival is an annual tradition held in DeQuincy the 2nd weekend of April. As a kid, I looked forward to riding rides and getting out of school for half a day. It's so fun to watch my boys enjoy the festival now. This was Jude's first year to enjoy the rides.
Noah, on the other hand, is an old pro as this was his 3rd year to ride rides!

There is a city park right in the middle of the festival. I think the kids enjoy it as much if not more than the rest of the entertainment!

Here's Carson cheesing it up.

I can't mention the RR Festival without sharing with you the great food. Among the favorites are the "Pentecostal" hamburgers, homemade corn dogs, funnel cakes, and pork-a-bobs. You have to go several days to get all this eating in!

On Saturday, we were able to go to Dry Creek for Jack's 3rd birthday party! Amanda did a great job in planning a bug-themed party. The food was made to look like ants and spiders and worms. The dessert was yummy dirt pudding! Amanda also made "cocoons" which were cocktail wienies baked inside crescent rolls, ants on a log (peanut butter and raisins on "logs" of celery) and many other fun snacks!

For the entertainment, Clint released worms and crickets for the kids to collect in the their bug houses. Surprisingly, Noah- our city boy- wanted nothing to do with the bugs. However, our Jude LOVED the bugs. He would laugh, pick them up, and laugh again. Jack definitely taught our boys about being a true country boy.

On Sunday, we went to church with my family and then met Clay in Alexandria at Clint and Amanda's house. We attempted to get a picture of the 4 grandkids together. Baby Sydney is all the way to the left. She is our first niece and was born at the end of February. She is already 7 weeks old! We were so glad to finally get to meet her and see her precious pink room. The boys were all really gentle with her. We can't wait to see how this sweet little girl fits into our wild bunch of boys!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

sweet guests

At the end of March we enjoyed 3 separate visits from our families. First, my mom, sister, brother, and 2 nephews came for a couple of days. Then Clay's dad, my 84 year young Nana, and Clay's 75 year young MeMe, came and doted on us. A few days later, Mrs. DeDe came to stay with us. It was a busy time, but it was so nice to have family come spend time with us during Clay's crazy semester. Here are a few pictures from the 3 visits:
Visit from Grammie, Kaykie, Uncle Landon, Carson, and Grant:
We had not seen Grant since he was a few days old. He was so much to hold! I could never tire of tickling those sweet little thighs.
Clay is such a good dad and uncle. I always want my boys out of the kitchen (unless we are cooking something kid-friendly and I have planned ahead :) However, he lets them dig in and get messy. He let them spread butter on the foil before he put the veggies on for grilling. We ate yummy fajitas that night!!

Landon isn't such a bad uncle himself. He let the boys climb all over him on the floor with very little protesting :) Watch out Landon: Soon there will be 5 boys climbing on your back!

Watching Noah with Grant made me look forward to little Luke joining our family. Now Jude on the other hand...

I took this shot multiple times. The last time I took it, I asked them to hide their you-know-whats. They took me very literally :)

The morning they left we enjoyed a pancake breakfast courtesy of Clay.
I promise my mom and sister were also there, although they made no appearances in the pictures. We did make an outing to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, but sadly I forgot my camera. Story of my life.
Visit from PaPa, Nana, and MeMe:
PaPa and Noah going on a bike ride
The grandmas enjoyed watching the boys enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.

One day we visited the Stockyards and watched the cattle drive. Jude's favorite animal is the cow right now, so he was very pleased. We then enjoyed a yummy lunch at Joe T. Garcia's.

our family outside the Seminary Cafe where we enjoyed a breakfast together
On our last evening together Clay had to go to night class. I knew I had a lot to do to get the boys bathed and in bed and get the kitchen cleaned up, but I also wanted to visit with our sweet guests. No problem. Those sweet ladies cleaned the kitchen (including drying the dishes!), bathed and dressed the boys, and sent me on a walk!

Visit from GranDee:
When Mrs. DeDe visits our home, my dishes always magically disappear before I can even make plans to start on them. I call her the "Dish Fairy". During her trip to Fort Worth, we enjoyed eating dinner with friends, going to church together, playing in the park, taking walks, and meeting Clay for lunch. Here are a few pictures from playing at the park:

Monday, March 15, 2010

what have we been up to?

I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't blogged about the Iles family since the beginning of November! I decided to give you a little recap to get you caught up on what we've been up to these last 41/2 months!
I thought I'd include one important thing that hadn't made any of the October posts... we found out in late-October that we are expecting baby #3!! We traveled home the next day and were able to surprise our families with the good news. This sweet addition is due late June!
Somehow no pictures were taken in the month of November. I'm going to blame it on being sick for the first 20 weeks (and more) of pregnancy, being out of town often, and probably not having the camera charged, too! We did enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with the Terry family, Iles family, and Mitchell family during a trip to Louisiana.
We were very busy in the month of December. We enjoyed being home together and then spending 10 days with our extended families. We also enjoyed several snows!

The boys took a peek outside at the snow, but it was too wet to play in this time.

The boys all dressed up for church with their Christmas outfits

Noah and Jude acting silly during picture time
We celebrated Christmas together as a family of 4:

Noah riding his new Spiderman bike for the first time!

Jude playing with his new Little People Nativity set

The yummy steak that Clay grilled for our family
My sweet baby nephew, Grant Eston Rainwater, was born on December 18! We were so thankful to be going home the same day as he was born!

We enjoyed a sweet celebration of Christ's birth with the Mitchell family.

Nana rocking Jude

Jude, along with his infamous "burpie", playing with a new gift from Grammie and Pops

Me holding my sweet new nephew- Grant

Carson and Noah enjoying their new LSU football uniforms

We also enjoyed celebrating Christmas with the Iles family.

The 3 Iles grandsons enjoyed their new coon-skinned hats and play rifles that their great-MeMe got them!

Noah said goodbye to Ivory for the last time at Papa and Dee's house.

In January, Clay started back to school with a new semester complete with 3 theology classes (aka- lots of reading!) Apparently the only thing I have reserved on film for the month of January was our trip to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The museum just recently reopened with brand new exhibits. The boys had a great time, as usual. Clay and I loved just standing back and marveling at their independence and their joy in discovering new things.
Also, Noah decided to take a large growth spurt after Christmas which proved to be quite difficult. There were many cold days left but no winter clothes in any of the stores. Well, thanks to new management at Children's Place stores a huge sale went on where everything was $2.99! I had coupons on top of that, so I got Noah enough clothes to last him the rest of winter for around $23!!

Jude enjoyed taking care of the babies

Noah enjoyed the Dino-dig exhibit


Noah went to visit his grandparents in Louisiana mid-February and while he was gone we had the most snow in Fort Worth history! We measured 8 inches in our yard over the course of 2 days. We had the best time playing together in the snow. We were just sad that Noah had to miss such a special time.

We found out we are having another sweet boy! I found these great Big Brother shirts for Noah and Jude!

So far in March we have enjoyed some beautiful days of warm sunshine and flip-flops and days full of spring thunderstorms and indoor play. Here are some things we do when it's bad weather outside:

Noah plays dress-up as Buzz Lightyear

Jude's first finger-painting