Friday, April 24, 2015

To Gavin on your (almost) 6th birthday!

Dear Gavin:

Where has the time gone?  How has it been 6 whole years since I held you as a teeny tiny baby?  Since you gave me the best gift in the world...being a mommy!  How are you almost half as tall as I am and almost as strong?  I remember the day you were born and have so many fond memories of you as a baby.  It seems like yesterday when you would sit on my lap at naptime and let me rock you to sleep.  Now, I can barely pick you up!  I think you get bigger every day! I have so enjoyed watching you grow up, and every year is my "favorite"!  I am moved to tears (sobs) when I think about how much I love you and how very proud I am of you!  You are an exceptional boy, and quite possibly the sweetest, smartest, most handsome, funniest, most good natured little boy I know.  You inspire and motivate me.  You are a wonderful son, brother, grandson, and nephew.  I can't wait to watch you grow up because I know it's inevitable.  I do hope as you grow that you don't stop grabbing my hand as we walk or calling me "mommy".  I love you, Gavin, and I always will.  I love you unconditionally no matter what. I hope you always know that.

Love,

Mommy









Thursday, February 12, 2015

Holidays 2014

 
 
 
The holidays came and went quicker this year than last, it seems.  We kept ourselves busy with all of the kids activities and hosting a couple of parties.  We got another beautiful 9 ft. tree Thanksgiving Day, and the kids had a lot of fun decorating it!  We had a couple of casualties...we lost 2 reindeer.  But, the two remaining ones were strong, if underwhelming. 
 
Our elf, Elf on the Shelf, came back this year, too.  He had some pretty silly antics, but nothing too troublesome.  I think Gavin may figure the elf thing out soon.  He saw a bunch of them at Bed, Bath and Beyond and had a ton of questions!  I explained that they don't get their magic to you take 'em home and name them...blah, blah, blah...My explanation wasn't enough.  He also had to ask the nice lady that worked there, and luckily, she read the book and told him the same thing.  Mostly, Gavin felt sorry for the elves.  He wanted to take them all home to which I said, "that's really sweet honey, but we can't do that"  In my head I was screaming, "%&$* NO!  I'm not hiding 47 elves every night!" 
 
Both kids had parties at school.  Gavin was busy, busy, busy!  No time for pictures!  He had a blast and was happy that daddy, Emaline and I were there.  Emaline had a "performance".  Her class sang "Rudolph the red nose reindeer."  Most of her class looked like reindeer in headlights, but not my little girl!  Although she didn't sing, she danced her little heart out and had a huge smile on her face the whole time!  She continues to amaze me :)
 
We watched a lot of Christmas movies and listened to a lot of Christmas music (note to self: we need a new Christmas CD). 
 
We hosted our second annual "Cul de Sac Christmas".  It was such a fun time!  The grown ups got to talk and hang out while the kids played and decorated cookies.
 
We made it to Celebration in the Oaks with Gramma, Aunt Michelle, Uncle Leonard and Elise.  It. Was. Crazy! We pre bought tickets for the train, but didn't get to ride.  The line was 1 1/2 hour wait.  The kids got to play and ride some rides.  It was Em's first time riding the car carousel.  She was very serious.  She did not let go of the steering wheel to wave, nor did she smile.  She was very responsible.  Gavin got to ride the bumper cars with daddy this year.  He loved it!  It was his favorite part!
 
Christmas morning was a very annoyi-, I mean exciting time in our house! Gavin was up at 3:30AM and then every 30 minutes after that.  And although I was really tired, it was so sweet and enduring to see how excited he was.  He got a brand new fire truck for Christmas.  Emaline was the polar opposite.  She woke up late more excited about the cinnamon rolls I made for breakfast than the new stroller with doll.  She also needed a break mid way through opening presents.  It took her 2 days to finish opening her gifts.  She was overwhelmed to say the least! It was great visiting with all of our family!  Already looking forward to next year, sorta....
 
 











Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

This year was not much different than last year...it was hot!  But, we were better prepared!  This year, Emaline had as much fun as brother.  They rode the zip lines, played on bails of hay, jumped on a giant plastic thing filled with air, played in some corn kernels and a corn maze, met a princess, and last but not least, picked some pumpkins.  I say it was a good morning :)
 















Saturday, September 13, 2014

School time.

This year my big guy started kindergarten.  It has been a bit of a tough transition for all of us.  His school day lasts from 8:45 (the time I drop him off) until he gets off the bus (yep, I said bus...my big boy wants to ride the bus!) at 4:15.  He's often tired (and grouchy) and always hungry.  He chose to eat what they serve in the cafeteria every day, and he picks his snacks.  That would explain why he's hungry because he picks chips or popsicles.  He is learning and gaining a real appreciation for writing and drawing.  He is sharpening his social skills and sometimes needs help following the rules.  I know he'll get it, though. 

 


 
 
Our sweet baby girl started school, too.  As expected, she cried most of the first 2 weeks, and I had to pick her up early.  It's especially heartbreaking when you ask your 2 year old how their day was and they respond with, "I cried. I cried on the play ground for yooooouuuuu!"  Then, there is the heartbreak of the random crying because she doesn't want to go to school and the not wanting to get in the car and the "Please don't leave me, mommy!"  I should enjoy this time and the fact that she wants to be with me.  I know all to soon she's going to have her own life with her own plans and friends, and she won't need mommy so much anymore. 
 


Summer 2014

We have definitely had a full, fun, busy summer 2014!  We went on 2 family vacations this year.  The first one was the end of June to Orange Beach at the Phoenix 6 and the other one was the Grand in Point Clear, AL.  
 
The week in Orange Beach got off to a rocky start.  Emaline got sick the night before we were supposed to leave with hand, mouth and foot.  She had a pretty high fever, and it was very uncomfortable for her to eat/drink much (except the yummy strawberry milk daddy got her).  It was also the busiest I have ever seen Orange Beach so the traffic was backed up and the local grocery store was very busy.  But, we got through the night with just a little complaining from Em.  She really was such a trooper.  She felt better and better as the week went on.
 
It was supposed to rain every day the week we were at the beach, so every sunny morning, we hit the ground, or beach, running.  It only rained 1 day.  We really maximized our time at the beach and the pool this year.  Nana, PawPaw, Aunt Michelle, Uncle Leonard, Elise and Sara were there to make it even more fun!  We had a special game we played any time we had to catch the elevator. There were 4 elevators so we each picked the elevator we thought would come first.  Mommy was the ultimate winner.  I think I picked 16 right with a streak of 10 in a row!  Lucky?  Absolutely. 
 
Then, for Labor Day, we went to the Grand.  It was perfect weather and always a great time.  We had a wonderful view of the bay, and we were really close to the beach.  Gavin and Daddy rented a jet ski and went on Gavin's first jet ski ride.  I'm pretty sure he had fun but after about 20 minutes, he was done.  For those 20 minutes we were on the beach playing/watching daddy and Gavin on the jet ski, Miss Emaline got bitten by a red ant between her toes which caused her whole foot to balloon.  She was a little grouchy as a result of the itchy ant bite and fighting sleepiness because of the Benadryl.  Gavin made a friend that he played with all weekend.  His name was Michael Jackson Paul Peter Davis Matthew.  I wonder if we'll remember this joke in 20 years when we reread this blog ;)
 
Mommy and Daddy went to Atlanta for the Saints opening game for 2014.  The Falcons won, but we still had a great time.  We missed our kiddos something awful, and it was great to be back.
 
In between the trips, we had a lot of fun with adventures in our own backyard.  There were trips to splash pads (or squirt parks as Grandma calls it), parks, the zoo, the aquarium, the insectarium, Children's museum and so on....it was a great summer!
 










Thursday, September 11, 2014

Emaline is 2!

 
 
Well...she was 4 months ago...I have a little catching up to do.  AND, I cannot find the pictures of her birthday party!  She had an ice cream party complete with a make your own ice cream station and root beer floats.  It really was cute.  I cherish these parties at home because I know too soon she'll want to have parties at bouncy house places where I will have little to no chance to decorate! 
 
So, my baby girl is TWO.  She continues to be such a special person.  She is so sweet and so snuggly.  She is so fun and so adventurous.  She is so smart and so aware.  She is a joy to be around...once you know her.  She is not easy to get close to, but once you do, it is worth it.  Her love is unconditional and intense.  I cannot imagine my life without her, and I don't want to.  I do want to freeze time, though, and always remember her like this.  She is my perfect, beautiful, smart little girl, and I love her so much.  Happy (belated) birthday, little girl.  You are loved by so many and have made many lives richer.