Monday, August 19, 2013

summer rocked. 
we took to summer swimmingly.
sleeping in, lazy days, late nights.
fun with friends.
mindless & countless hours
in front of
tv
ipad
computer
{yep, i'm owning it...}
but! 
with all the brainless activity, there was also
bowling
swimming
bike riding
chasing brother
running from brother
karate
playdates
overnights with mimi and uncle chris & skye
birthday parties
playdough on the patio
and lots i am sure i am forgetting...

but, today was 
back to school!!!

and boy was he cute!
he was sporting a trimmed up 'do
a new belt
his new monogrammed backpack
and a big smile

he is excited about school and his new teacher, mrs flowers

they had fun meeting each other.
giles got more fond of the new environment
when he started helping himself to all of her fun props!
she was very kind to allow him to 
snoop all over her room!

she took a cute picture of him this morning on his first day
which i love!

we're so glad this day was a success!
it is such a relief to have that 'first' time behind us.

university place elementary is such a neat school.
it feels really great to be a part of such a unique community.

backing up a little, 
so to help giles get ready for his big day
i enlisted the assistance of german tradition.
giles got a schultuete 

i had so much fun getting little things to put in it...
he got a little carton of goldfish, mini m&ms & some fudge striped cookies,
an insulated super hero tumbler with a straw- he's been wanting one!,
some fun little school supplies for home
& a little pencil case with his beloved teenage mutant ninja turtles.
we gave it to him on sunday
-which was suggested in one of the places i was reading about these, 
to ease the excitement that comes with such a surprise!-

it was sort of a fun project for me,
hence, the size :)

and not only has this boy been wracking up the back to school gifts,
he's been keeping the tooth fairy busy, too!

he's down two baby teeth. 
the first one went out in a blaze of glory-
he swallowed it.
he had had a particularly busy few days
so he was going to lay down for a rest one afternoon.
normally when he calls to me after i have tucked him in,
i might not go in with the most loving attitude to see what NOW? :)
but, for some reason, this day, i did.
he said, 'mama, i don't feel my tooth wiggling in my mouth anymore...'
well, son. that is because, ... it isn't. it's gone.
for me, the low drama of how to actually extract the darn thing was avoided.
praise!
and i got away with not having to touch the next one either.
we held on to that one...
the tooth fairy pays a buck around here--- and leaves the tooth!



i think that is all the excitement i can recap at one time...
crawford will have his first day of school officially tomorrow.
we have karate and a 6th birthday and a 1st birthday
that i think i might have not gotten around to yet.
what did i *do* all summer???

oh! and i guess it was just so darn chaotic this morning at drop off,
i didn't even cry.
somehow i feel like it is lurking though.
like, maybe it is a few days out, but still hiding in there???
i guess time will tell.



Saturday, June 15, 2013

happy 1st birthday crawford!

happy birthday to you!
happy birthday to you!
happy birthday, dear crawford, 
happy birthday to you!
cha cha cha
hi--ya!

what a weekend it has been!
sweet baby boy is now a year and a few hours old.
the year FLEW by.
i mean, flew.
cannot believe it. can truly hardly take it in!

things are so different for sweet crawford.
picture this as i share with you...
giles' first birthday morning... and crawford's first birthday morning...

this is giles first thing on his bday morning.
picture, hat, singing, mom & dad.

this







is crawford on his bday morning.
no hat, no singing, dad at work.
{i hope you also realized, no picture, hahaha!}

for crawford, his first birthday morning went more like this...
sleeping in until 10:30am
but then being abruptly plucked from the crib,
sunshine violently erupting in his room from curtains being torn open,
lightening fast diaper change with diaper left still on changing table,
outfit not even snapped,
carried quickly & swiftly adjusted into car seat,
riding with mom,
 LASER BEAM FOCUSED down McFarland Blvd
to arrive at the karate studio
not one minute past the first 10 minutes of class
so big brother could have his lesson today...
{for if you are 11 minutes late, no karate for you!}
all because mom was foggy this morning
and didn't realize class STARTED at 10:45am,
she might have been thinking we needed to LEAVE at 10:45am.
happy birthday, little c.

nothing about life has been slow this year.
each month, week, day & hour
hover between being the longest ever,
to gone in a flash!
i love having the opportunity to experience
'the second time around.'
knowing that it could be our last makes us enjoy it all even more.
the first smile, the first teeth, the first word,
the first time to mobilize & go on his own.
they have all captivated us.
crawford, you are happy.
you do not like to be alone.
you love to mimic. 
the way you converse with us most of the time
at this time in your life is by repeating a little grunt sound.
it is very fun & we just know you have a lot to say!
right now we hear your version of mama...
and recently when you were in memphis, 
your cousin anna jane said you dropped your 
toy duck out of the tub and gave a her a clear 'uh-oh'
i can't wait to hear that!
your hair is growing... the front is a little long
but we're not cutting it yet. i really long to put a little bow in,
but i hold back :)
you are just now starting to crawl on your knees,
mostly you like to army crawl.
your outfits are well-loved by the end of the day!
just yesterday you pulled up to the coffee table
and took a step to reach something!
you'll be cruising in no time...
anything you can actually chew, you are up for trying.
we give you bites of whatever we're eating
if you can chew it. you love bread. you love baby food.
you love bananas. you looooove your bottle.
we're in the process of switching you from formula
to whole milk... so right now it's about half & half.
speaking of eating...
last night, at your birthday party, you were ALL about
the smash cake.
i mean ALL.






you really enjoyed yourself!
your party was so fun :)
you loved your presents & 
you loved everyone being here.
we missed those that couldn't join us,
but it was non-stop fun for you!

 here you are playing with your friend & neighbor penelope
wearing the bib given to you by your friend james
{his mommy made it & also the happy birthday banner!}

 to go with our circus 'theme'
you gave animal crackers for party favors...
although i am not sure we actually 
gave them to anyone...
that is my party weakness--- every year.
i have had to deliver party favors to friends before,
i just get busy and forget!!!
new system, next party :)
 
here are a few of your presents from mommy, daddy & brother
and the precious happy birthday banner from our friend kelly :)

so you are napping on this lazy saturday afternoon
{i even made big brother take one, too... yesterday was a long day!}
mama & daddy are moving slow
but we are overjoyed to have a 
precious little lump like you to celebrate!

we love you crawford!!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

seriously.
february?
it's june.
that is my life.
big rearrangements on priorities.
blog- low. 
kids survival- high.
there you have it.
:)

giles has finished preschool at kiddie kollege.
brutal.
tears.
loved every minute.
mrs williams was one of two wonderful teachers he had this year.
she's an angel. really. her dedication is evident. she is now teaching
the kids of kids she taught 30 years ago!
i couldn't pin her down to promising she would still be there
when crawford gets to that age :((( but i tried!

crawford turns 1 year in less than a week!
i really don't know how time passes as quickly as it does. 
it is also brutal to realize.
he's been good to his mommy though.
he's totally taken his time with most milestones.
and i am actually grateful :)
he's just this week started using knees to crawl, sometimes.
he still really isn't saying too much.
however he communicates, a lot!
and he says mama. not dada. mama. lol...
and he sure will let you know if he is the least bit unhappy.
but he's not rushing the talking, walking stuff....
he's very adaptable... go with the flow.
which i guess is almost a requirement of second+ kids.
he takes 2 naps some days, 1 on others.
some days it's 4 bottles, others 3...
he has a bit of separation anxiety when i am around
& someone wants to hold him,
but he's all over a daytrip with my bestie whom he hasn't seen
in about 7 months... i mean seamless transition.
so, i am the problem. hahaha!
 
here is crawford w louise, my besties daughter... 
he looks quite content doesn't he???
 
i am going to try to get back in the blog saddle.
one thing is that i take hundreds of photos on my iphone now.
a post without pictures is not so much fun.
i just need to learn how to download and access
my phone pictures in a more timely way...
which, believe it or not, has been slowed down
by my insanely messy desk!
how is that for excuses, excuses?!??!
but there is slow progress in that department,
so hopefully it will all come together nicely over the summer.
organization and consistency...
the two things i am always working hard for
and often feeling like a hamster in the wheel...


Sunday, February 3, 2013

100 days...

celebrating "100 days" is new to me.
it came about after my time in elementary school.
i think i recall vaguely it being a part of my heard girls school
but it's fuzzy...
anyway!
there will be a school party!
and a project!
so today we tackled the project.
and it was really, really fun.
i saw some perseverance where before there would have been tears
and an abrupt end to any 'fun'
we started with a little sorting.
thank goodness for cheerios!
i thought i happened to have 2 bags 
of pompoms, 50 in each bag.
but, for some reason, when i opened one before,
i carefully resealed it. so much so, i fooled myself!
only after i asked giles to count 'to be sure' we had 100, 
did i realize that we did not, in fact, have 100 as i was certain we did!
so we had to add 18 cheerios to the mix :)
 giles had a big time sorting all of the colors
and counting how many of each color there were.
and when there wasn't a full tray,
we did some quick assessing to see just how many there were.
 i know it is simple math, but his little brain was working!
and it was nothing but pure joy to watch.
 i did some sneaky question asking too...
and he was quick!
made me so proud...
 i had him use tweezers to pick up the cheerios & dip in glue.
he did a good job with that, which was tricky & again, i was proud :)
{oh, and please pardon the attire. it was super bowl, so of course we had 
to wear the football helmet. and then alllllll of his & crawford's clean 
laundry was in the nursery where crawford was sleeping!
so it was pj top & an apron until we found a random pair of pj pants a little later}
 he placed them all by himself!
and he also painted in the red by himself. 
i drew it and painted the top & outlined in red where he needed to paint.
but he did a good job not getting it all over the place!
i made the little place where a gumball would roll out
& i put the .25 on there.
giles noticed that i forgot to put a slot for the money!
i thought that was pretty good :)
and while it is hard to see,
i let HIM draw in the money slot.
OF COURSE i drew it on a scrap piece of paper first...
 in hopes he wouldn't "mess up" the gumball machine.
isn't that SAD???
but, proud of myself here, i let him do it
and even though it is more square 
and going in completely the opposite direction of how i drew my 'sample'
i got over it :)
and was so proud of him for wanting to do it
and trying hard to make it look nice. and it does :)
so there is the finished product.
we had a big time with this.
and even though i wasn't as patient as i should have been 
at times, especially when he got silly with the sorting...
in the end, he was PLEASED and he said he had so much FUN!!!
 i couldn't ask for it to have turned out any better than that.

thanks for letting me brag on my little fella.
he makes me so happy :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

so much, so fast...

 happy 7 months my sweet baby boy!!!

daddy was kind enough to step in & photo this month...
i think the late hour of the day
and the 'help' of his pre-schooler sidekick
left a little to be desired in the photography department...
but he normally knows his way around a camera pretty well! ;)
{thanks mikey...}


giles is working on getting used to being in a one-cat house...
tucker {in head lock, above...} says it is going to take him... a little longer.
 
we were so sad to lose our sweet iris earlier this month...
we live on a street that sees enough traffic that in some ways
we felt pretty fortunate that she never had any issues before now.
she somehow got in the street & sadly didn't make it across.
it was strange in that we were all around the front of the house
because mikey and giles were heading out with the dogs
to the park to exercise with the dogs.
no car ever attracted our attention, or stopped,
and we had just interacted with iris very shortly before.
sadly, giles was right in the midst of it all 
but he handled it so well. he helped mikey have a little memorial
& short little prayer service in a special little place at the park. 
 she was the sister in the 
roger & iris duo... 
she was 14 years old... loved to find a comfy spot in the nursery
and have herself a little nap...
in looking for this picture, i came across one of roger...
he was so cute! i had forgotten just how sweet he was...
he was a little more snuggly than iris...
and definitely more curious... and you know what they say about curiosity...
  roger learned that the hard way :(((
this was sweet roger back in april 2007... 
so now we are a one cat, two dog family...
all rescues. all nuts in one way or another. all perfect for our little family :)

 crawford has enjoyed starting to go for walks
sitting facing forward in the BOB... he gets all cozy in his fleecy suit
and he is ready to roll!
he doesn't even nap!
giles used to conk out... they are a little different in their sleep habits.
both are awesome sleepers, but giles really loved to sneak in a nap.
crawford will take one, but he has to be 'prepped' a little more :)
i can't wait to see all the differences and similarities come to light...
but just not too soon... time passes way too quickly as it is!
 
we did actually get to enjoy some snow already in 2013!
it was beautiful.
it came down in big snowflakes, it started sticking, everything was covered in white
for about 4 hours...
then it was gone! 
the sun came out and the snow melted right up!
 i have NO IDEA what makes schools close in this town, but it ain't much! ;)
we got a snow day out of it! lol...
i loved it because i love having my boys home with me,
but it was hilarious to me that our school was out.
giles was excited about the snow, but he got over that pretty fast.
it was wet, cold & there wasn't enough snow to do anything.
so here was our only real snowbird that day :)

so far january has brought lots of new & changes...
and crawford fits right in there...
this month he has changed the most noticeably to me.
he holds his bottle like it's no big deal.
he feeds himself puffs and graduated to cheerios.
he holds on to his paci and self-inserts as needed.
he intentionally rolls over during a diaper change
and it similar to taming a tiger during that process.
he talks. A LOT.
it's mumbo-jumbo to us,... but he knows exactly what he means!
he jumps forwards and backwards in his johnny jump up! 
straight up and down got boring so he started bouncing
forward and then backward and it is hilarious!
and on jan 15th, his 7 month birthday, 
he cut a tooth during the day.
 see that cute little tooth on the bottom?
isn't it adorable?!??!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

some stats

a very cute site
had these on one of the deal sites recently.

when giles came along
i had more time and more $$$ to spend decorating his room

with crawford, 
i just got around the dusting the nursery 
for the second time
and he's 6 months.
nice.

so of course the decor,
save for the curtains,
has suffered a bit.
but we had friends coming over 
for dinner over the holidays
and i used that as motivation to 
spiff up both of the boy's rooms.

but here is a little addition i love
that i just added to the nursery.
i used one of the frames from 
some art that i had had for giles 
when he was in the nursery. 
so it was a very cost efficient
spiffer-upper.


please excuse the terrible lighting. 
i knew if i waited, it would never get taken.

crawford's new thing of late is his ever-changing
sleep routine. so, i guess that is not really a new thing.
sam's club formula has always been just fine for us.
neither child, praise the Lord, has had formula issues.
they actually have done better on sam's formula
than any of the name brands.
so, naturally, sam's picks NOW 
to repackage their formula.
so our store was sold out.
thanks, sam's. 
could you not have scheduled it to have a little overlap
so as not to run out on the shelves
and leave little baby tummies high and dry?
we don't have huge sensitivity issues with formula,
but yank the old reliable out from under them,
there is going to be trouble!
so, maybe it is coincidence.
maybe not.
but unless crawford has some strange 6th sense
that after he goes to bed all kinds of fun things start happening,
then the change in formula has resulted in a
change in sleep routine.
the new thing is when he would normally 
be going down for the night, 
that has now become his 'pre-sleep.'
he now likes to cat nap for 45min to an hour
then get up and be held, HELD, 
not just awake and glad to be around us, no.
he wants human contact
for about a 30-60 minute session.
but, as much as it sounds like i am griping,
i am not.
just noting a noteworthy, to us, change in
the routine of our 6 month old.
because in a few weeks when he changes
it to a different time of day,
i won't even remember this.
and while i would love to go to sleep with my kitchen spotless
and all of the clothes folded and put away,
if i get side-tracked because i cuddled the little lump,
i hope i always remember how wonderful it is!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas!

we wish you a merry christmas!
the actual card did go out without the watermark ;)
but it was 2-up for printing purposes
so the watermarked one is the only one that would work.

we are truly blessed.
i am tired.
it is late.
but i have found if i don't 
'real time' blog it...
it is hard to catch up!

so mostly a picture recap

winston arrived at the beginning of december
 and brought along his new friend wink
 we went with friends to the christmas parade



 we enjoyed breakfast with santa at the zone
and made reindeer food and wrote our christmas list
 sweetest brother turned 6 months old!!!
 decided on a wrapping color scheme for the season
 our elves brought stockings for the whole crew!
 and landed in silly places
 we started off christmas in memphis at mimi janies and didi frank's
 and played with new sets of lincoln logs...
talk about memories!
 success!
 cousin fun was the best!
loved getting more duplos to grow our collection!
 daddy brought back some delicious cookies 
from some of his travels to leave for ol' st nick...
and they were delicious!
i asked giles which one he wanted to try:
double chocoloate,
peanut butter chocolate,
chocolate peppermint,
or ginger.
he replied, "ginger."
well, of course he did. hahaha! 
i tried one and while i have a fondness for chocolate
that goes wayyyy back,
i thought the ginger was very unique and definitely delish!
 sprinkling reindeer food...
 i had to sneak in for a little post-santa shot...
 giles watches hours of marble runs on you tube
so it was a no-brainer for santa to leave
him this nice wooden set, an upgrade from his well-loved
plastic one from last year!
santa just knew little brother would love some jumpy fun 
and he was right! he's enjoyed all the bells, whistles & jumps...
but just don't leave him alone.
he's definitely a most social baby!

i definitely believe i was the most excited about christmas as ever!
today was perfect. we attended a beautiful children's mass at church 
after visiting with tuscaloosa family last night.
so today was just a lazy day- which was great because
it rained all. day. long.
mike set up and played 
trains,
marble runs,
cars,&
dominoes...
as well as manned the house so i could take a 2 hour nap!

we just did a little something for each other...
i got my pizza cutter!
i think i threw my much-beloved one away with a pizza box :(

and mikey got this cool little gadget...
 its called a POP phone
it is just a handset you attach to your cell phone
so retro, right?
but i think it will really be neat and functional too! 
we'll see...
it was only $12.99 on amazon :)

merry christmas to each of you!!! 

i am so entirely grateful that my savior was born on this day.
i am challenged to make sure giles understands how much this day
is soooo really not about presents and santa
but it is so hard to feel it is really sinking in.
however, in bed this morning, after giles saw what santa brought
but only briefly as he was heading to our room to get us, 
he said, 'no computers or iphone or ipads today!
today it is allll about jesus and his birth!'
wow! 
i loved hearing that!
at least his heart started in the right place...
about 10 minutes later we were knee deep in everything
that had nothing to do with jesus,
but... that's ok. we did get to enjoy some nice conversation
before we got too sidetracked with presents.
and we ended the day reading
the storybook of the birth of jesus.

thank you jesus, for coming to earth,
to set us free and save us.

merry christmas!!!