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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day 2013 (aka: a bunch of pictures you've already seen with some words)

Happy belated Labor Day, all! As you probably already saw on Facebook and Instagram, we took a little road trip to Austin and made a stop through La Grange on our way back home.

Thankfully the babies slept most of the way to Austin, and for the brief time that she was awake, Clara was perfectly content to hang out quietly in her car seat.

Brother, on the other hand, needed a little more entertainment and was none too pleased with the holiday traffic that prevented the car from being in forward motion at all times. 

Mommy worked her magic, though, and got both babies to fall back asleep for the rest of the drive. Victory!

We ate dinner out with the Olivers and my parents once we got into town on Friday night, after which we spent about 2 hours trying to get Clara to settle down for the night. She finally did go to sleep, but was up squawking every couple of hours after that.

Add in the fact that Davis woke up sick in the middle of the night and it's safe to say the Olivers' house was unusually hopping around 2:30 in the morning. Pretty sure Colby was the only one who managed to get in a satisfactory amount of sleep that night, so props to him.

The girls spent Saturday morning "sprinkling" Allison and baby Avery (due to arrive in less than 2 months!) while the boys watched football and ate manly food. Clara was in a really special mood due to her sleep fighting from the night before, but thankfully there were plenty of willing people to hold her and eventually she gave in and took a nap on Franny for a bit.

I'm sure Allison is going to recap the shower in more detail and with better pictures, so I'll leave that up to her. But I will share a picture of these delicious pink sprinkled donuts and a picture of Allison looking excited about having just cleaned her plate just for good measure.

Brian, Colby, Clara, and I had dinner with my parents on Saturday night while the Olivers hung out with Wade's family and I made sure to snap this action shot of Brian doing his workout for the day. My arms and I are very thankful that he almost always insists on carrying them both!

Davis was kind enough to let the babies borrow his towels for bath night, and Colby was kind enough to shove almost his entire fist into his mouth for this photo opp. 

Everyone slept much better on Saturday night but Colby decided to get the day started around 5:15. I finally surrendered and fed them both at 6:15, which meant we had plenty of time for an impromptu photo shoot in their patriotic Labor Day attire before the rest of the house woke up.

We stopped in La Grange for the day on our way back home and the babies got to spend some quality time with Brian's family. It's safe to say they were not short on entertainment for the weekend!

Watching football with her Aunt Shannon... don't worry, I will soon teach her that while boys watch football, we eat queso, get pedicures, and go shopping. Unless it's the Aggies, in which case we watch intermittently while eating queso.

Clara continued the weekend's theme of refusing to sleep by battling naptime for 30 minutes but eventually she surrendered.

We hit the road and made it home in time for bedtime on Sunday and let's just say all 4 of us were very thankful to be back in our own beds that night! Colby and Clara slept from 8:15-7:30 without hardly making a peep, for which Mommy and Daddy were very thankful.

We spent Monday recovering from the weekend and getting ready for another (short!) week of work and daycare. I got to make a quick visit to meet my friend's twins, Maggie and Mary, who were born 2 weeks ago and graduated from the NICU earlier that day. One of them was the same size Clara was when she left the hospital- I really could not believe my babies were ever that tiny, let alone just 5 short months ago!

We ended the day by giving Colby and Clara their first taste of rice cereal, but I think I'll save those pictures for another post, minus this little preview:

And that, my friends, is how the Joiners did Labor Day weekend 2013. Hope your weekends were equally fun and involved a lot more sleep than ours :)


Brittnie said...

Fun! We were in Austin also and ironically my Clara woke up sick Sunday night and felt like refusing to sleep and waking up every hr would be a fun game to play. :) Thankful last night was much better!

Amanda said...

Poor Clara, she'll learn... When the Aggies play and the ONLY thing being dicussed is what a screw up Johnny Football is, it's DEFINITELY time for a pedicure!

Glad it was a fun filled weekend and super glad that you got some rest before starting the work week back!

the blogivers said...

Boo to blogger for not showing your posts in my feed in a timely fashion! But hooray for a fun (though sleepless) weekend of family bonding! Thanks again for coming and sprinkling us - feeling much more prepared for her to come thanks to all the hand-me-downs you brought and gifts from the shower.

P.S. I want to eat Clara for breakfast in that first picture.

bellehavendrive said...

Sounds like a fantastic Labor Day weekend!!!

Natasha said...

I'm glad that in general the babies seem to be good travelers. Rachel screamed for four out of five hours in the car one day. It was awesome.

I'm also glad that they sleep better at home than they do when they're somewhere else. (Just like the rest of us, eh?!)

Brittany Sciba said...

Love all the pics! Sounds like a fun and busy weekend!! :)