I think if Katie Wynn were capable of voicing a clear, coherent opinion, she'd say, "That was the best weekend ever!!" We had a weekend full of events that kept our little toddler busy and excited. I kept my camera and phone close so I can recap it all in photos.
My mom had my niece Bren with her on Friday so we planned a picnic at a local park on the river. We found a big shade tree to spread our blanket out under and had a basket and cooler full of sandwiches and junk food! Our picnicking neighbors had a kite which kept Katie Wynn mesmerized. We had a slight breeze which kept the weather pretty perfect. After filling up on a bottle, Thomas thought it was pretty much the best napping environment ever.
Isn't Bren just the prettiest little girl? Her bright blue eyes and freckled nose just kill me!
Mimi let the girls use her as a jungle gym all while she kept Thomas calm too. She really is the best Mimi.
After I got out the baby wipes to clean up a spill, the girls decided that Mimi need a baby wipe bath from head to toe! So much for putting on makeup, Mom...
Ol' Mr. Blue Eyes. I can't remember at what age Katie Wynn's eyes changed from blue to hazel, but I kinda hope he keeps his baby blues!
He thought Bren was pretty stinkin' funny!
The sun started creeping onto our blanket so it was time to wrap up our fun little picnic. But we weren't headed home just yet! Instead, we made a pit stop at the splash pad for some water fun.
I ended up having to get way more involved than I bargained for since my timid girl wouldn't run through the water without me. I got just as wet as they did! Mom hung out with Thomas and tried to take pictures as we ran by.
As expected, Katie Wynn didn't even make it all the way home before falling asleep. After a good long nap at home, we ended up over at my parents' house for a cookout that evening. Poppy got to log some time on the playground with his granddaughters.
I didn't really take any other pictures since it was a little chaotic (who am I kidding, it's always chaotic), but we had a good time. We left with our bellies full and got the best night's sleep in a long, long time! Our lights were out before 10 and the first noise we heard was at 6:13 when Thomas woke up. A glorious full 8 hours of sleep!
Matt hit the golf course early Saturday morning so it was just me and the kiddos. I couldn't resist snapping some pictures of Katie Wynn in her room because I thought she looked so darn cute!
She played on the floor with Baby Doll while I worked on laundry. I was afraid she was gonna fall asleep before it was time for our outing!
Speaking of our outing, we went swimming! My aunt and uncle graciously invited us over to their pool since my parents had Jett and Bren for the weekend. We all donned our swimsuits and took them up on their offer. This was Katie Wynn's first time to use a puddle jumper and she loved it. She jumped in the pool over and over and over again!
Of course, since Bren was jumping in the water to Matt, that meant Bren had to too. He would try to see how far out he could make her go.
Any time Matt needed a break he'd just head to the deep end. He knew they wouldn't follow him there! Every time he jumped in and went under water, Katie Wynn would throw her hands up and say, "Where he go?"
Just like the day before, three hours in the water meant we got another awesome afternoon nap out of Katie Wynn. It's a good thing, too, because there was still more fun to be had! My parents had a party to go to so Jett and Bren came to our house to hang out. We decided to go to a local diner for burgers and shakes for dinner. Yum!
When we got home, Bren and Katie Wynn took a bubble bath together. Isn't it funny how big kids always really get into playing with little kids' toys? Bren played with every bath toy we have while Katie Wynn just splished and splashed.
After the bath, they played with Katie Wynn's dolls until it was time for her to go to bed. I'm sure she was exhausted from all the weekend's activities but, unbeknownst to her, there was still one more surprise coming on Sunday!
Thomas didn't make it quite as long Sunday morning as he had the morning before, so I was up early to feed him. Thankfully he went right back to sleep so I could crawl back into bed for some more Zzzzzs. Matt got up with Katie Wynn and they made a trip to the donut shop! When I got up, I snuggled with my little girl on the couch while watching Frozen for the first time ever!! We only made it through half of the movie but I can tell it's a good one. No wonder it's all you ever hear about these days. I was impressed that Katie Wynn sat through as much of it as she did (we never really watch tv at home). She would get distracted during the talking scenes but was glued to the screen during any song. (I think this may be because they listen to the soundtrack at daycare so she knows the songs already.)
Sunday morning was the first time I was able to put Katie Wynn and Thomas in matching outfits for church so of course we had to take pictures. I've had several matching outfits for them for a while but Thomas is just now getting big enough to fit into his. You can't imagine how exciting this is for this Southern mama. Let the fun begin!
Below is the picture and caption that I posted to Instagram.
"Yesss!" I hope this isn't foreshadowing to Thomas's teen years any time he gets kissed by a cute girl.
We put Katie Wynn down for an early nap so that I could wake her up when her surprise arrived.
And her surprise was.....GUS!! Our friends Sarah and Charlie and their son, Gus, came over for a visit and to meet Thomas. K-dub always has so much fun with Gus so I knew she'd be excited to see him!
We stripped the kids down for a little watermelon action. I didn't even know if KW would like it (I don't - bluh! - so I never buy them). The jury's still out because she never really took a bite, but she loved holding it!
It's funny to me how they assumed their typical gender roles. Katie Wynn sat with her legs crossed while Gus spread out. Gus dove right into his watermelon and let it drip down his belly while KW didn't want to make a mess. Typical male and female. :)
The best way to clean off sticky watermelon is by jumping in the pool! And don't worry with a swimsuit - aint' nobody got time for that.
Is this not livin' the life or what?
And then it just got even better when I brought out popsicles! I love the bubbles in this picture...
...but I love their giggles in this one!
This one too. :)
I know what you're thinking - "Surely the weekend fun's gotta stop there, right?"
Nope! A couple hours after our friends left, Katie Wynn and I stopped by my brother's house to drop off some stuff and, after getting to pet two kitty cats, she got to ride on the four wheeler!
All good things eventually come to an end, and that's what happened with Katie Wynn's Best Weekend Ever. We ended it with several loads of laundry and, as you can see, Katie bug was as excited about that as I was.
I'm not sure if next weekend will be able to keep up with all the fun we had this past one. We've already got a couple things on the docket though so who knows? Maybe it will be!