Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sound the Octo Alert! Pate is Four!

Pate's 4th Birthday was a success! He was so happy to have an Octonaut party! It turned out cute and he was thrilled to have an octonaut cake and to have party hats, too! He got lots of fun presents like Octonaut toys for days, soccer ball and cones, John Deere Boots, mini trains, a huge truck with trailer, a book, money, a construction tractor, a movie, and more! He was just so sweet and happy to have his family come to his party. :) I love this boy and it makes me happy to see his joy and thankfulness! 

The party table

Sweet shirt from Wiggle Worms Boutique turned out so cute!

Blue was so excited about all Pate's presents! #brothersforthewin

Grandma and Grandpa with the Four year old! 

Kah Kah and Nana

Getting a little help with the candles! 

Opening the Crew

Grandpa helping with the Gup

Mimi and Papa with the birthday boy!
Singing Happy Birthday to Pate!

Party goers :) 
He was so happy about that cake! 

Under the Sea
Watch out for the jellyfish!

Sweet boy! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Funny kids

These kids of mine make us laugh every day.
Alabama really loves to be funny and tries hard to make us laugh. Of course, the funniest times are when she's not trying at all.
She does great impressions of people and movies. Lately, we watched Pollyanna and her and Pate recite scenes from the movie. "If I'm not dead before then!" and "You brought me all the way here to see a dumb old tree!" are her favorites.
Friday, she was doing a pumpkin worksheet and I noticed that she wrote a capital letter in the middle of a word. When I asked her about it, she told me "That's just the font I'm using." ha!
Pate was digging in the mud a week ago when Blue who was beside him, heard a plane in the air. We looked up, but because it was so cloudy, couldn't see the plane. I told Blue, "I hear it, but we can't see it because of the clouds." Pate said, "I can get rid of the clouds." I said, "Oh, how?" He said, I take dis dirt and throw it up to the clouds." I said, "Oh, yeah, I don't think that will work." He told me, "That just a joke." hahaha!
We were amazed at Blue last week. We were getting ready in my closet when Blue came in and said Mama and knocked on the big trunk. Since we were waiting on my sister, I said, "Bama, go see if Tay Tay is here!" Sure enough, she had been knocking on the front door for a while and we couldn't hear her so Blue came to tell us! Such a smart boy!!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015


Well, the pictures are backwards, but we so enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Nashville! 

Thursday, we drove up and checked into the Opry Land Hotel! It is just amazing and bigger than anything you could think of! We quickly showered and changed to get down town for the Dwight Yoakam concert at the Ryman. It was awesome! He played probably 20-25 songs and we had a great time. One guy in his band played 12 different instruments plus sang vocals. Amazing! He still had the moves, too! ha! 

While we waited for the valet to bring our car, we walked down Music Row for a minute then headed back to the hotel. We were trying to hurry back to make it before Room Service closed. We got to the hotel at 11:30 and stopped at the desk to tell them we found mold in our room. They were so so nice and changed our room to a newly remodeled room overlooking the garden area! It was amazing! He also gave us a $50 room credit! We ran upstairs and changed rooms and called in the room service with 3 minutes to spare! In no time, they brought our hamburgers and fries on a rolling table. So fancy! We wheeled it out onto the balcony and ate out there with the sound of the waterfall and the beautiful view! The food was delcious and it was the perfect night! (and it only cost us $2 plus the tip!)

The next morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel. I had a very good yogurt parfait while Adam got the $23 buffet!!! After breakfast we walked around to all the garden areas and shopped some, too. It is so beautiful and we could have spent more time but I wanted to hit up some Nashville thrift stores. We did find two, but they were not great. Then Adam was over it, so we found a hotel farther out and booked it and checked in. Then we left to go eat at Chuy's, go to the mall at Opry Mills, and make it to the 7:30 showing of War Room. Chuy's was okay (I think i got the wrong thing), the mall was quick, but War Room was so so good! I loved it! After the movie, we walked over to the Grand Old Opry and grabbed a few gifts from the store before we went back to the hotel. 

Saturday, we ate free at the hotel before we left and went to Wal-Mart and World Market. (My first time!) Then we met my sweet long-time friend, Katherine, and her cute little girl, Riley, for lunch at Jim and Nick's. It was delicious and it was so good to see them! I haven't seen her in almost 4 years!  Of course, I'm kicking myself we didn't even take one picture! ahhh! Well, that was all of our trip and we headed home to see those babies as fast as we could. Which, by the way, isn't fast. Such a long drive. But not before Blue facetimed us about 4 times! ha! Da-ddy. Da-ddy. Not Mama. Just Da-ddy. We were so happy to be home and love them and kiss their face 462 times! The boys got Cars from the Disney store. Alabama got a chopstick flamingo from World Market and a harmonica that she has put to good use from the hotel store. We were all happy to be together again. Especially Audra. :) 

I'm so thankful for an amazing family who took good care of our babies and even did our laundry while we were able to go on our first trip ever with no kids! :) Thank you thank you thank you!!!!xoxo

The view from our balcony! 

The Honky Tonk Man himself!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blue is 18 months old!

Our baby boy is a year and a half! We are so thankful for this precious boy! He makes us laugh and pull our hair out all in the same day! ha! He loves to put train tracks together and will do it for a long time! He likes to play cars and read the book about trucks and tractors. Daddy is his favorite. If I ask him does he love Daddy he shakes his head and entire shoulders yes, but if I ask him about the rest of us, he shakes his head no and says "uh-uh." He says lots of words now! About 20. A few are6ggfrtgvbOur baby boy is a year and a half! We are so thankful for this precious boy! He makes us laugh and pull our hair out all in the same day! ha! He loves to put train tracks together and will do it for a long time! He likes to play cars and read the book about trucks and tractors.

 Daddy is his favorite. If I ask him does he love Daddy he shakes his head and entire shoulders yes, but if I ask him about the rest of us, he shakes his head no and says "uh-uh."  Everywhere we go, when we see a truck or a tractor , he gets so excited and points and says Daddy! He says lots of words now! About 20. A few are cookie, up, Beau, milk, bye, hey, mimi, papa, daddy, mama, ball, balloon, bubble, uh-oh, book, and boat. He is still content to play by himself a lot but hates when Alabama and Pate wont let him play with them. He loves the water now, too. He likes us to sing "If you're happy and you know it" and he especially loves the stomping part. He is a climber and a jumper. Before he jumps off something, he swings his arms and "counts" to three. :)  He will climb halfway out of his bed but hasn't tried to get down the otherside. Let's hope he doesn't! The funniest thing is when he rides his bouncy horse in his room and pretends to fall off the side until you say, "Oh, no! Don't fall off!" Then he slides back up and keeps riding and laughing! ha! He still plays peek-a-boo with me.

His little tickle voice is the most precious when he's tickling you. He loves to pretend he's a puppy and crawl on the floor and come to let you pet him. He doesn't love dogs in real life, though. Or cats. 

Last week, he was so sick with a fever and I loved the extra cuddles and loving because he's usually too busy for all that! He has about 12 teeth now and weighs 25 pounds. He wears 18-24 month clothes and just got into a size 6 shoe. He is a pretty picky eater but does love most fruit and suddenly GUACAMOLE! :) Yay! Also, all and any dessert, of course. He's had his first boat ride and first trip to the beach this summer. He's a wild boy and tries to get away from me everywhere we go. He's so sneaky and looks back and smiles as he runs away. Alabama and Pate love him so, but he won't have anything to do with their kisses and hugs most days! Alabama gets in trouble every.single. day. for picking him up while he is steady screaming at her to stop. He is also very smart and knows so much! Alabama and I love watching him do new things and figure things out!

We love you Blue Baby and can't wait to see the amazing plans God has for your life! I pray that you will follow Him all the days of your life and walk in His ways. I'm so proud I get to be your Mama! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Valentine's 2015

Catching up on the blog today. Here are a few pictures from our Valentine's Day this year. 
 Adam and Alabama went on a Daddy Daughter date night to Chick-fil-A complete with Limo ride! She was beautiful! 
Pate had a fun Valentine's Day party with his class at school on Thursday and gave Jake and the Neverland Pirate valentine's. I love the cute shirts I made the boys! It is very hard to find cute Valentine shirts for boys so I found these shirts at Target and sewed the little felt heart onto the pocket. Pefect!

 Valentine's Day breakfast of heart shaped pancakes and pink milk. The balloons were a hit. Literally!

For Alabama's party at school, Rachel and I planned a whole day of fun for them! We played bingo, made pipe cleaner heart glasses, painted bags, and had fun valentine snacks! It was so fun and I loved helping! I hope she has sweet memories of her kindergarten year. We also had to decorate a box for the Valentine's to go in and we did a cake box and it turned out so cute! 

This was a yummy Valentine float that we had! It was just cherry sprite and ice cream! 

St. Simon's Island

We were so excited to be able to go to St. Simon's last month with our good friends and cousins, the Walden's. The kids were so ready and excited! We left after Adam got off work on Friday night and got to the condo around midnight. It was a cute house about a block or two from the beach. The kids all shared a room upstairs and we had our own little suite on the first floor. We brought the pack and play for Blue and he did fine in it. The next morning, we  went to the beach with way too much stuff! ha! Blue and Pate and Alabama all loved it! They dug in the sand and played in the water and had the best time! The Daddy's took the big kids to the sandbar and had quite the adventure swimming back! "Sir, do you need my noodle???!" We found seashells and they loved burying Uncle Wal in the sand. We found sand dollars and shells with some type of mussels inside.

That night, we went to Crab Daddy's and it was delicious!!! I had the shrimp pasta and so did Ashley...ha! I also had crab cake for an appetizer and it was very good. After we ate, we went to get ice cream and walked down to the pier. While we were there, we saw a tugboat bring back a captain who takes the ships through the channel.


The second day, we went to the beach, too. We left around 12 and went back to the house to get ready to meet Jeff and Brooke for lunch. We ate at Nacho's but had a little time in the car while we were waiting which was good because Blue took a good nap. I had the shrimp nacho's and they were so so good!!! After that, we all went to meet the Walden's at the Sea Turtle Center. I thought Clara would love it! When we got there, I was so happy to see my friend, Patty Bea! I got to meet her husband and two children who are so cute. Before we left, we watched them clean and check on the baby turtles who just hatched from their eggs. It was really neat! They were about the size of a quarter! We went back to St. Simon's to eat at Mullet Bay that night and it was okay. 
The kids loved the calamari! ha! It was raining when we left, so we went back to the house and put the kids to bed. Then we talked and  played games until very late and had the best time! 

On Monday, we went to the pool at Neptune Park. So fun! 

 We went back that afternoon to the house and while Blue and Beau took a nap, Ashley and I went to a few shops in the village. We had fun looking around by ourself! That night, we met the awesome Haley Lamb on the beach and took some family pictures! I'm so glad that it worked out! After we went back and changed Alabama (jump in the something wiiild!), we met Jeff and Brooke at Millhouse in Brunswick for supper and it was really good. I had the shrimp and grits and loved it! I actually want some more now! We got back in late that night.

Pre-picture before the Photo session on the beach!
From the bridge to Jekyll at Sunset

The next morning, we packed up the car and went to the lighthouse. It was really pretty but we didn't want to pay to go up so we took some pictures in front of it.  We met Haley and Tony for breakfast at Chick fil A then went back to the pier for a Trolley Tour. Pate really wanted to do that because Daniel Tiger! He and Blue actually both fell asleep but I really enjoyed learning about the history of St. Simon's. One of my favorite parts was the tunnel of Live Oak trees. After one more stop at the Bailey Boy's outlet, we left the island and started home. We stopped in Brunswick for a late lunch/early supper at Logan's then headed out. It was such a fun trip but we were tired! A fun filled four days with our best friends and cousins was such a blessing!

 The Boys