Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Days

Well, the end of May is upon us. This has been one "doozie" of a month, if I must say so. Lots of things going on simultaneously. I have always looked forward to vacations at the beach, but this year, I must admit I am looking forward to it more than ever. June 30th can't get here fast enough! A couple of "May things" left to post on this here family blog are:

John Owen's Award Day at ATES!
He received the Principal's List Award for making all A's on his report card all year the Excellence in P.E. Award! He has done great in 1st grade this year, and we celebrated with a "lunch date" last Wed. after his last 1/2 day of school. Pizza and ice cream at a restaurant for just Mommy and John Owen. Goodbye, 1st grade...2nd grade, here we come!
I spy John Owen in a "sea" of 1st graders! :-)

His P.E. Award!

A smile from his teacher, Mrs. Rachel Coats, as he looks at his awards! Thanks, Mrs. Rachel, for a great 1st grade year!
We are so proud of you, John Owen! Keep up the good work!

And...here's some pictures from our last weekend in May!
Memorial Day Weekend 2011
Warmer temps=warmer water in Mimi and Daddy Nick's pool!

John Owen showing off his moves

Dripping wet all weekend!

Who's that cutie in the swimsuit? :-)

Maybe surfing will be her sport?

See what I mean? Now, where and who has she seen demonstrating surfing techniques? Maybe we need to take up residence at the beach. (Just kidding!)

Jonah's silly moves!

And his twist and kick jump! I give it a "10"! hehe
What a great way to kick off Summer of 2011!
We got some sun, ate some barbeque by the pool, caught an afternoon showing of the new Kung Fu Panda movie with friends, and spent some much needed time together. Now, on to June...VBS week, camp, swim team, and VACATION AT THE BEACH!
Hope everyone reading this enjoys this summer and time spent with the ones you love!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mary Claire Turns 3!

Yesterday, our Mary Claire turned 3!

(Thank you, "Miss" Lee and "Miss" Andi Katherine for the CUTE puppy dog cake! It's PERFECT! ha)
**That's what Mary Claire said when Miss Lee showed her the cake! Too funny!!**
 Sidenote: Admittedly, it's hard for me to write that my baby is turning 3. I have been busy for a few months now making decisions about Pre-K for her. Trying to make the right decision is not the easiest in that we have to consider my work schedule, Jan's work schedule, her transportation to and from school, the best environment, etc., etc. (You all know what I mean.) Not to mention that after her medical diagnosis last Feb., we didn't know what lay ahead for her, developmentally, and if she would need to be in a special setting or not. I haven't written about this much, frankly because I just really had a hard time with it all last year. The neurologists were "throwing" all kinds of scary things our way after her MRI and EEG study at Le Bonheur. (Not to mention the risk of seizures that they said she could, or "would", experience.) My mind raced. The only way I have found peace is because I turned to God, and I had to give it all to Him because after all, only He knows what Mary Claire's future holds. (And I believe He's got great things planned for her!)  After somewhat "coming to terms" with this, I have made a valiant effort to make sure I have done everything I can for my daughter. I set up a monthly evaluation to be done in our home for Mary Claire. Every month for a little over a year now, we have had a specialist from Le Bonheur come out and evaluate Mary Claire's development. (Thanks, Endia! Mary Claire will miss you and the bubbles!)  I am counting my many undeserved blessings! I am thankful to tell you that Endia and the "others" agree that Mary Claire has development typical of other toddlers her age and the best part is...she has not experienced a seizure! I am just praising God for His goodness! I look at my daughter everyday and I thank God for her life. You would never know she has a medical diagnosis by looking at her or talking to her. She is so funny and imaginative and full of energy! Oh, and did I mention SASSY?! Yes, we are praying for her Pre-K teacher. hehe

Dear Mary Claire,
Happy 3rd Birthday to my beautiful, sassy, funny little girl! My wish for you is that your life will be filled with wonderful things, wonderful people and wonderful times! I pray that God will protect you from any disease, destruction, and injury and that He will raise you up to be a servant of Him. Your life means so much to Daddy and me and we love you more and more everyday! Happy Birthday, "Sweet-Pea"!  (That's where you would say, "I no sweet-pea, I just Mary Claire!") Sassy...:-)

I love you!

Here's some pictures from your 3rd birthday celebration with your friends and family: (I apologize for the number of pictures here, but I just couldn't decide which ones to leave out.)

Party Favors!


The Lion Cake

More party favors and balloons!

See what I mean? Sassy with the tongue stuck out!

Daddy tries to steal a kiss from the birthday girl!
"No kisses, Daddy!"

Surrounded by friends as you blow out the #3 candle!

"Hi, and yes, it's MY BIRTHDAY PARTY!"
(Mimi made her special dress for her party! Thanks, Mimi!)

A swimsuit from Brock!

Opening presents!
Rain boots from Aunt Michele!
(And she's already stomped in a couple of puddles with those boots.:-))

"No kisses, but I will give you a high-five, Daddy!"
High-five on a great 3rd birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mary Claire!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Catching Up...

Well, I am a little behind in posting. Just like everyone else, I am presently balancing a ton of things on my little plate. Not complaining, though. Just thankful God has given me the capability to balance and juggle and, well, you get the idea. Let's see, where did I leave off? Oh yes, pictures from Easter!

My two handsome fellas and beautiful little girl!
This next picture will always be a special to me. As I mentioned in the previous post, John Owen was baptized on Easter. Also being baptized was the daughter of my dear friend, Kate. Her daughter, Ella, and my John Owen are about 5 months apart in age. Kate and I were baptized on the same day when were young, and I just cannot tell you how special it was to see our two gifts from God baptized at Easter. 

The Monday after Easter we were off from school and it was John Owen's birthday! We had made plans to go to the zoo, but the weather turned yucky, so I let John Owen choose something indoors to do. Of course, he requested a trip to Chuck E. Cheese!
Here is he doing what he loves...playing video games!
Notice the birthday crown! :-) Thanks, Mimi!

Jonah and his favorite game...FISHING!
I must say, he was pretty good at it. He got more tickets than his big brother did by playing this game over and over again!

I guess Mary Claire loves Chuck E. Cheese, too!

This next picture was one I snapped while we were upstairs playing one day. Mary Claire loves to dance! She grabbed Jonah and made him her dancing partner. And around and around they went!
She would tell me to sit down in the red chair and watch. Then when I clapped, she would do a bow and say, "Thank you." It was too funny. Quite the entertainer, she is!

After playing upstairs, it was back to work for Mommy...I was making homemade banana nut bread for all of our teachers.(It was Teacher Appreciation Week) Mimi stopped by and of course, added her special touch to the loaves of bread. (I wish I had the ability to take tulle and ribbon and make it look beauitful! Unfortunately, I don't seem to have the "magic touch" like my mother.) I am thinking as I look at this picture, maybe Mary Claire will have Mimi's ability to make things look beautiful. 

See, a loaf of banana nut bread never looked so beautiful! :-)

This probably deserves it's own post, but I'll add it here because my posting time is quickly drawing to a close.
Jonah lost his 1st tooth on May 3rd! (And yesterday, May 13th, he lost his 2nd tooth!) He was so excited when the first tooth came out. He put the tooth in his Pirate Tooth pillow he got in his Easter basket. Isn't that convenient that the Easter Bunny gave him this gift?
Here he is holding his tooth.

And with that, comes the realization that my baby boy is growing up too fast!
 The baby teeth are coming out...
He is no longer the little boy in this picture next to his Pirate Tooth Pillow.
He will turn 6 in about 8 weeks, and with the loss of his 2nd tooth yesterday, he has now lost as many baby teeth as his big brother.

How quickly time does fly!
From a sweet newborn baby boy...
to the same sweet little boy's preschool graduation last Tuesday night.
Congratulations, Jonah! You are a sweet spirited, funny little man with a big heart!
I love you and the person you are becoming.
Kindergarten, here we come!
(I am so excited about you coming to "Mommy's school" in August.)

Even little sister is proud of you!
 Jonah's 2011 Preschool Graduation class on the stage at his school
Until next time...