Sunday, June 30, 2013

Get away...last post

Last night we had more delicious wine.

Spent more time with this fabulous couple.

Laughed and laughed and laughed. And ate and ate and ate.

We also went paddleboarding. Have you ever paddleboarded?

It's quite an amazing experience. The views were spectacular.

Our guide was a gem...and pretty hot to boot. Love ya Ren. :)

Have loved every moment of this getaway.

Can't wait to come back!! Thank you Blackberry Farms for a wonderful experience!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Little get away

My sweet hubby and I are currently on a quick weekend get away to Blackberry Farms in Tennessee.


This place.

I can't get enough.

It was recently named by Bon Apeit magazine as the number on resort for food lovers and by Conde Nast Traveler as the number two resort in the country for food and wine.

And let me tell you something.

It's no joke.

We have been hiking and sleeping and eating and sleeping and drinking great wine.

And today we went paddle boarding. Seriously one of the most fun things ever.

This place is so gorgeous. It's nestled in the Smoky Mountains and the views are just breathtaking.

And the wine...look at this 200 page wine list!

I love spending good quality time with this man of mine. Recharges my spirit and I am reminded again and again how much I love this sweet husband of mine. I love spending hours talking and hours sitting quietly reading and just sitting next to him.

I am also so happy that my cousin Christie and her hubby Yomi have been able to join us this weekend. It's their first weekend away from their kids ever. We are having the best time together.

Christie and I are two days apart and we are literally the same person. Except she is a doctor and I am not. We laugh at the same things and we get so excited about each meal. I love this lovely girl with all of my heart and always have.

Christie is preggers with her third baby so Yomi, Renzi and I shared this wine. So amazeballs.

This morning this is where I found my shoe. Guess that wine was better than I thought. Ha!

And here I sit on our porch reading. Love time with my love.

We go home tomorrow and I can't wait to see my babies!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is in full swing

Summer time is officially here at the Stone house!

We have been getting Icees and Snow Cones a lot. This was Walker's first Icee experience. I think he loved it. I said this on Instagram, but I literally had an Icee almost daily while preggers with Walker. No wonder he likes it! Ha!

We went to the Splash Pad at the Myriad Gardens with Addie and her kiddos Sidney Kate and Beckett. Walker LOVES the water and is always the first to jump in, usually with all of this clothes on.

Sweet Beckett and Walker walking together to the splash pad. I love that these two love eachother and love that they will be friends forever, just like their mommas!

And then these two...their marriage has already been arranged by Addie and I....are so stinking cute I can't stand it.

Last Thursday Jackson went to OU basketball camp. Here he is with Coach Lon Kruger. So sweet!

We went to the lake this past weekend...and these next pictures are how timeouts with Walker are not going so well.

I mean, seriously, how do you keep a 15 month old in time out when they laugh and look at you like this???

And then he leaves time out.....

And you bring him back and he stands up all proud of himself.

Here is my little love completely passed OUT on the boat. He loves the boat, swimming in the lake, swimming in the pool, playing outside....all of it! And after buying three different life jackets this puddle jumper seems to work the best.

Having a little mexican food on our way home from the lake....Jackson busted out with his tortilla face. Renzi was trying to get onto him and tell him not to play with his food and that it was not appropriate dinner behavior. Jackson responded with, "I learned how to do this from mom. She does it all of the time."

Busted. :)

Walker has started either raising his hand or shaking his head no when I ask him a question. This was in response to my question of, "Who is hungry?"

This sweet face melts me. Love everything about this picture. Love his bed head. Love his smile. Love love love him.

Jackson has been at another basketball camp this week...OC Cage Camp. This was when he was leaving this morning with Renzi. Walker clearly did not want him to go. Either that or he wanted some more food.

Monday, June 17, 2013

It's been awhile.

Oops. Pretty sure I deserve the worst blogger award.

So much has gone on in the last is a recap.

SOMEONE lost his first tooth!!!!
I seriously can't stand it. He looks like a teenager. Well, a toothless teenager, but still. His tooth had been loose for like 2 months and finally last Tuesday it fell out!

Jackson informed us that the going rate for the tooth fairy these days is $20.

Wiggity What?????

Needless to say, he got $1 and was totally pumped about it. The tooth right next to the one that fell out is loose too! EEK!

Let me back up a bit and quickly recap in a few pictures our China trip. I should do a full post on it, but honestly, it would take me days to write it and I just can't do it!

So...Renzi, Jackson and I went to China in May....We were gone 10 days and it was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Seriously, you guys...China is something else. We went to Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian and Beijing. Renzi had meetings in Shanghai and then we traveled with another couple friend of ours who were also at the same meeting to the other spots.

We got to see the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. So cool.

And we got to see real live pandas! And let me just tell you....pandas are seriously as adorable in person as they are in the cartoons. I kind of wanted to take this one home. Sadly, Renzi said no.

Sweet Walker stayed home with our awesome babysitter Kayla...he's just too young to fly for 14 hours, but soon he will join us on our adventures around the world!

People always ask me why I travel with my kids so much when they are young and may not remember much of it...and I feel like this quote sums it up perfectly, "Don't travel for your young kids to remember things, travel because you want to enjoy their company and experience new things with them in tow."

I love experiencing new things with my babies and I love teaching them history by experience!

After we returned from China, Jackson had 4 days of school left for the year.

Here he is with Mrs. Laws, the best teacher in all of the land. Jackson had her for 3 Day and then for his second year of 5 Day. What a blessing she is and I am so sad she can't go on and be his teacher in kindergarten too!

A couple of weekends ago, Jackson's soccer team competed in a 3 on 3 soccer tournament. Here is OC United are before their first game.

It was a great day to be outside and Walker had a BALL running around and kicking the soccer ball. He ran around so much he took a 3.5 hour nap that afternoon. SCORE ONE FOR MOMMA!

OC United ended up getting 2nd place in the tournament so they move on to Regionals in late July...If they are in the top 3 teams after that they get to go to Orlando and compete in the championships! Sounds silly for 5 and 6 year olds, but man they had a blast playing together and it was actually fun to watch. (side note: soccer is NOT my favorite sport, but 3 on 3 is actually much better and more exciting!)

This past week I took my annual Youth Leadership Oklahoma trip across the state for my job. We had a WONDERFUL time and this was one of my most favorite groups ever. Hard to believe I have worked here for 6 years already!

Here is the group outside at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa.

I totally caught my intern asleep at the Dust Bowl, a bowling alley we went to. Who can sleep at a bowling alley you ask? Well, when you are on a bus for a week with 52 high school Juniors you can find a way to sleep anywhere I guess! :)

The last night we had an 80's dance and boy did these kiddos dress up. SO so funny. Hard to believe that these kiddos were born in 97 and 98...I may have to change the dance to a 90's dance in a few years. EEEEEKKKK!!!

Bryce, the intern and I.....he let me borrow this idea really why he has two hats that say Pi Phi and Kappa, but represent I will! GKODB. If you are a Kappa and remember that term, shout it loud and proud! :)

Sillies, getting even more silly in the hallway of the hotel! Yes, that's a fanny pack Kyle is wearing.

The lovely gentleman of YLOK Class XIII at the Governors Mansion at Graduation. Seriously sweet guys...the girls never opened a door or carried their luggage or anything for that matter the entire week. Gentleman for sure!

The chaperone's, Bryce Rowland, Katie Kimberling and read about our adventures visit:

I also was super excited to award the 4th Isaiah Lee Stone Scholarship to Gabe Thompson from Edmond. He was voted on by his peers and is a perfect person to win this scholarship. So happy to be able to do this every year and honor a hard working YLOK grad, but also as a way to honor my sweet Isaiah as well.

I, of course missed my baby boys and my hubby while I was gone, but they were in good hands with their precious daddy!

Isaiah's birthday was June 15th (last Saturday), so we made a family trip to Orange leaf for ice cream and we sang Happy Birthday to Isaiah. Walker, of course, wanted no part of the picture so Renzi had to hold him upside down. Pretty much sums up our family right here in this pic. Love them.

Father's Day was yesterday and we went to the Splash Pad at the Myriad Gardens and let the boys run wild. And boy did they....

Jackson ran over to this G and said, "Don't worry about me mom, I'm just hanging out in the G."

My little water baby! He loves to swim and play in the water. After we left downtown we went back to our house and swam for a couple of hours, which resulted in another 3.5 hour nap for Walker. SCORE AGAIN FOR MOM!

After he woke up he was a bit cranky so I let Walker help me make some brownies. He so graciously licked the bowl. And was a complete and utter mess. He then ate dinner, took a bath and literally crashed at 6:30 p.m. and did not wake up again until 6:45 a.m. this morning. We are totally going swimming every day this summer, that's for dang sure! :)

All in all, we are all doing well. I am going to try to be a better blogger so that I can document these precious days with our family!
As I think back over the last month and a half I can't help but think about how thankful I am.

Thankful for a loving husband who is the best father to my babies in all of the land and thankful for my dad for being such a wonderful father to me as well.

Thankful to have been there with my Papaw in his last few days on this Earth.

Thankful to have an inspiring and wonderful job that I love.

Thankful for each YLOK student that I come in contact with. So much hope for our future and it's in these amazing kids!

Thankful for time to reflect on Isaiah. Hard be believe he would be four years old, but know he is happy in his eternal home in Heaven.

Thankful for my kids...their craziness and their lovableness.

And thankful for my God! I am honored to be a child of God and to try to live out my life in the best way I possibly can.

Until next time my friends!
Lee Anne