Saturday, April 18, 2015

Brice Turns 10

It is very, very hard for me to believe that I have a ten year old. I, of course, clearly remember being ten myself. And, not only being ten, but turning ten. I had wanted my ears pierced so badly and mom had said I needed to wait until I was 13. Somehow, I was able to talk her into my 10th birthday and you better believe on July 2, 1989, we were at the mall getting my ears pierced! I even remember what I wore!

So, I wanted Brice's birthday to be fun for him despite the nasty weather coming in. We knew well in advance that he would be off of school that day for President's Day. I thought that was pretty cool given that 2 out of 3 of my children will most likely always have school on their birthdays. Brice chose to have three friends come over and Justin took them all to the Georgia/Auburn basketball game. The boys had a blast but Justin was ready for a little down time when he got home! This was on Valentine's Day, which was a Saturday so then two of the boys spent the night. We had cookie cake and pizza when they got home and then the boys got really loud in the basement making up some basketball game. Kyle loved every minute of hanging out with his big brother and friends!

 Anna's sweet card that she made for Brice, back in January, well before February 16th! Love that girl and love that she adores her big brother. He truly is a wonderful individual who cares for her and Kyle so much.
 We took him to The Cheesecake Factory on the 16th to celebrate the big day!
Brice, I love you so much and am so thankful that you made me a mommy ten years ago. You have blessed your Dad and I with so much joy. We have enjoyed watching you grow into a fine young man and pray that you continue to live with the integrity you are already. Happy 10th Birthday!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Sickies

There has been a reason for my lack of posting over the last several months and that includes my kids being sick. Mainly, Kyle. And, I'm talking every two weeks...ear infections, stomach bugs, a virus that I thought was the flu, strep throat. Anna and I have also both had the stomach bug as well, she had it three times and I had it twice. This winter has been no joke. I was seriously beginning to worry about Kyle, as in considering having blood work done or something. It all started when we went to Charlotte to see Blaire and Josh and Christian after Christmas. We weren't even there for 24 hours because Kyle woke up vomiting the first night. It has just been rough and now I am so thankful we are into spring!!! I am praying after the pollen falls, we will all be free of sniffles and sick germs!  And, to see his face, was just pitiful.  See what I mean?

So, as if Kyle wasn't already REALLY attached to me, being sick made him even more so. And, on the days he was well, he still wants to be right next to me!

We also got to deal with some pretty icy weather here in Atlanta, twice. Luckily, we were only negatively affected one time and lost power for about 36 hours. I ended up taking the kids to my parents' house for one night. The first morning we woke up without heat, we tried to make the best of it. We still had our gas stove to use, so I made bacon and eggs and pancakes while bundled up. The remainder of the day, I stayed on the couch under blankets.

 The kids didn't seem to notice or mind the cold and continued acting like the crazies they are. Then, I decided we couldn't sit in the cold house anymore and we went bowling and out to eat. Pretty sure that is where Kyle got strep throat. So, you know, confirmed my fear of leaving the house in the winter even more. Ugh. These cold snaps happened right around Brice's TENTH birthday which I will blog about next!

P.S. All of these pictures are from my phone because we both know I did not have the energy to pull out the real camera during this time! But, I am kind of liking this way better so, we shall see!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Year's at The Beach

We decided to go to the beach for New Year's Eve and Day. It was a fun trip and kind of a work trip. We just completed renovations and needed to go down and meet with the contractor at that point to set things in motion. So, for New Year's Eve, we went to Pier Park which has outdoor shopping and restaurants and at 8pm were going to drop over 10,000 beach balls! The kids were excited but I think Justin knew what he was going to have to do...sprint to find three beach balls once they were released!

It was also much chillier than we anticipated so we huddled together waiting for the countdown and then after Justin secured three beach balls, we headed back to get to bed!
The next day, however, warmed up quickly and with one of the pools being heated, the kids begged me to go swimming. And, swimming they went!

And that is how we rang in the New Year of 2015!!! I am headed to the beach with Mom and Blaire this weekend and my plan is to try and catch up on the blog so hopefully that will really happen.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Yes, we celebrated Christmas in December...ugh! I am so behind on this blog! Anyway, will post a few pictures from our Christmas celebrations for you and then do some other posts about January and February (my baby boy turned....10!!!!).

First, we celebrated with Blaire, Josh and Christian at my parents' house the week before Christmas and then Christmas Eve and Day were fun too. We saw all the family like we usually do, spent Christmas morning here which was so nice and then on the 27th, we headed to Blaire's. I think Anna was probably the most excited for Santa this year. I will try to just hit the highlights with pictures, mainly for myself to keep this blog updated. :) You will be able to see which gift was a the big hit! Christian just loved being with our kids which I love seeing too. Can't wait to add a little lady to the cousin mix this late spring!!

Same clothes for Kyle, different day and waiting patiently to open his gift.

 More cousin time on Justin's side.
 Wait, where's Natalie???
 Oh, here she is, she just doesn't want her picture taken because that girl is on the move 24/7!
 This is the only way I can take pictures of Brice. He will be still for a present!

 And, now we have Christmas morning!
 Yay for a Princess Anna and Queen Elsa doll!!

 Kyle's favorite Christmas morning gift, Mack that can carry many cars!
 A cornhole set for Brice...waiting on spring weather to really be able to play.

This was a big surprise for Anna from Justin and I. It is a bed for her American Girl doll, Julie.

In the next post, we will finally wrap up 2014 with our trip to the beach for NYE!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ornament Tradition

While taking down the Christmas tree this year, I decided to find as many of the ornaments that my Grandma and Grandpa gave to me growing up. Every year on Christmas Eve, we would go to church, come home and have dinner and then Blaire and I were able to open up ONE gift. It was always our ornament. I was only able to spend a few hours with my Grandma this Christmas season due to illness (will blog about Christmas later) and so I enjoyed really looking at the 13 ornaments I could identify from them. Most of them are Hallmark ornaments so they have the year marked but some years they would pick out one that wasn't marked so I lost track. I also had already packed 98% of the ornaments away. Either way, here are 13 of them. I have a feeling my great Uncle Bud will be showing these to Grandma...thanks, Uncle Bud! I hope she remembers this tradition as well as I do. Now my parents do it for my kids and I love it!

 Years 1979 (my first Christmas), 1980, 1982, 1985, '86, '87, '88, '89, '93, '96, '98, '99, '03

I am not even sure when they stopped giving Blaire, my cousins and me our ornaments. I know we all received the same one in 2003. The youngest cousin, Kristen graduated high school in 2003, I think so that may have been our last one. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for starting this tradition. Grandpa, I miss you everyday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Anna Claire Turns Six!

Our little Anna turned six last Saturday, the 13th, even though she is really not that little, 48 lbs and about 46 inches tall. I am not sure where the time is going.  Anna is still a big "Frozen" fan and wanted that to be the theme of her party. So, one day at Hobby Lobby, I got a little carried away with the decorations offered over there and had dreams of turning our house into a snowy, frozen, wintry land. She also wanted to make a snowflake ornament so we did that, along with Play-Doh Olaf's and two games, Pin the Nose on Olaf and Frozen Bingo. We didn't even have time to make our Diamond Ice bracelets but the good news is one of Anna's friends has a birthday in February and also wants it to be Frozen themed. So, I am selling all my decorations and unused craft to her!

Anna woke up on her birthday bouncing off the walls knowing it was her birthday (she has been dying to be six!) and that it was her party day as well. We gave her our gifts right after breakfast and then got to work setting up for her party which was at 1030am.

 In the above picture, Kyle mistakenly thought it was Christmas morning and we were ALL opening gifts. Poor guy.

 She has been wanting a sleeping bag so badly. She got one and she has been sleeping on her floor every night since!
After breakfast, she was crazed and couldn't wait for everyone to arrive for her party. I love that she loves her birthday because I know there may come a day when she thinks it stinks that it's 12 days before Christmas...I did not mean to do that to her, promise!

Let the party begin!
 The Food:
 Troll Balls (go ahead and laugh, everyone else did, especially the dads!) and Anna's and Hans's Sandwiches
 Elsa ready for her Coronation Day, she is always creating something lately.
Coronation Salad
 Olaf's Noses
We also had Sven's Snacks (fruit, cheese, and crackers) as well as Olaf's Arms (pretzel sticks) and Frozen Waters for drink (ginger ale with blue jello mix). I thought I had taken a picture of these but I guess the party began and I forgot!

 Snowball Ornament: super easy and cute styrofoam ball and then pinned with pearled straight pins sequins on top of punched out snowflakes. Then add a simple white ribbon to hang by. Thanks to the grandmothers and other moms who helped with this.

 Here are some of the completed Play-Doh Olaf's. They all enjoyed this activity because what kid doesn't like Play-doh??
 Below you can see all the ornaments hanging on the tree.
Here is the ornament up close.

Opening Gifts and Decorations
 December is such a busy month and I was so excited for Anna that most of her friends were able to come, friends from ballet, from Kindergarten, from Pre-K, and neighbors and family too!

 I tried to get her to do something creative for the "cake" but the girl wanted a Publix cake so, that is what we got! Her day, her cake.
 After all the friends left, we opened gifts from family. Here again, I missed having Larry's and Robin's mom there to watch her open her gifts.
She received awesome presents! My parents gave her the pajamas for her American Girl doll, Julie and then are taking her to the store to pick out pajamas of her own.

 Here she is opening Aunt Kelly's and Uncle Greg's gift which was a very chic purse and some jewelry, in the picture below she is explaining to Pa that they are just stick on earrings.
 The boys watching...and a big Happy Birthday to that guy in the middle. Thankful he is always willing to share his day with his granddaughter. And, starting next year, I am going to have them take a picture together each year. I think that will start a cute tradition.
 So, from Nana and Pa, she got a "Fancy Nancy" dress. In case you don't know Fancy Nancy, she is right up Anna's alley! Always dressed up and trying to be fancy by using French words and be so mature. Anna saw one of her friends in this dress (at the friend's Fancy Nancy birthday party) and asked for it. I think she kind of forgot about asking for it though.

And, here she is the following day in her dress which she wore to church class and then to Natalie's birthday party!
 Here are the decorations from the party, I hung snowflakes from some of the doorways and two mantles and then put icicles on the bannisters. It looked pretty "Frozen" to me!

 Anna had a great party and made sure to thank me afterwards which made me feel good about putting it all together. I had so much fun planning and executing but I will tell you, five and six year old girls are a tough crowd and I was nervous! Justin overheard one girl say that "this was the best Frozen party ever!" and she herself had a Frozen party with a two young ladies dressed as Anna and Elsa from the movie! Woot! Woot!