Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

This year was not much different than last 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 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 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. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Step Up Ceremony

This was a great week for my big boy.  First, he graduated Speech Therapy!  His therapist said he is such a hard worker and breezed through his therapy much quicker than expected.  Then, he graduated from PreK-4.  There was a sweet little ceremony where the kids sang and walked across the stage for their "completion" certificate.  I know he really meant something to his he told her goodbye, she started to cry and hugged him so tight! He is growing up way too fast, but I'm so proud of him and excited to watch him grow up!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gavin is 5.

My sweet boy turned 5 recently.  We had his party at the Mandeville Sports Complex, and it was wonderful!  I didn't see him for a while...well, I saw flashes of him now and then.  He played, ate pizza, and then we sang "Happy Birthday". 
After the party, we had a handful of people come back to the house while Gavin opened presents. 
On Gavin's actual birthday, I brought blue cupcakes (his request) to his school and picked up subway for lunch.  I got to eat lunch with him at school, we sang "Happy Birthday", then turned our tongues (and cheeks and hands) blue with cupcakes.
Later on that afternoon, NaNa and Grandma came over.  We went to eat at Rusty Pelican for dinner, one of Gavin's favorite restaurants! He likes it because he gets an Abita root beer.  We stopped at a bakery for a King cake.  When we got home, we sang "Happy Birthday"...again.  He had a pretty wonderful week.