Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Maw Maw and GG Visit

As we were recovering from the flu, Maw Maw and GG came to visit.  We enjoyed them being here, but wished that we had been well and able to spend more time with them.  









We enjoyed the evenings that we spent together and hope that they make the trip again soon.  


Goodbye

December has been a rough month for us, but the hardest part came on December 23rd when we heard that Aaron's Mamma passed away.  When I started writing this blog, it was because of her.  I knew how much it pained her to have a great grandchild so far away and wanted a way for her to feel connected to us.  Even at eighty-nine, she was an avid reader of the blog.  Blogging can feel a little lonely because people know about your life and don't feel the need to reach out and chat about what is happening.  She would send me regular emails to comment on what we were up to and share a bit about their life.  She always thanked me for writing the blog and let me know how much it meant to her.  I'm thankful we were able to stay connected that way.  We are grateful that she is at peace and finally with Jesus, where she has waited to be.  At the same time, we are sad for ourselves that she isn't here with us.  I hope Sarah Graves will remember the fun she had playing stickers with her and the thoughtful notes that Mamma would send her with some stickers included.  Charlie won't remember her, but he sure did delight her when he reached for her to hold him!
You can read about the life she lived and understand a bit about who she was here.
The kids were great as we made the twelve hour drive to Shreveport right after Christmas and quickly came back when Aaron and Charlie had a stomach bug.  Sarah Graves is trying to understand as best as a three year-old can and both of them enjoyed the chance to see their Shreveport family.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wonderful Gift


We received a precious gift that really warmed my heart from my dear friend, Sarah.  She also sent me a beautiful note that was just what I needed at the end of a long, difficult week.  
She organized pictures from the blog to show what we have been up to this year!  Sarah Graves and I had so much fun looking at the pictures and remembering the fun times we have had.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rainbow Bobby

Rainbow Bobby has been back since Thanksgiving and he sure does bring a lot of fun!
Along with his crazy antics, he has brought us a box to donate toys so that Santa can get toys to more kids who really need them.  He brought us a letter from Santa inviting us to brunch with Santa and he also brought a note inviting SG to see Madeline's Christmas as a special outing for her with me and Lovie.
He does do some funny things and we have a few pictures to remember his magical fun.
Relaxing with a good book on a dollhouse bed sized just right for him!

Who knew that Rainbow Bobby and Elmo enjoyed playing Don't Break the Ice, too!


He really enjoyed his chair made out of Duplos.

Rainbow Bobby got into the stickers!

He enjoyed some cookies!

Apparently, elves enjoy taking marshmallow baths!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Frenzy

I feel overwhelmed and a bit frenzied with Christmas next week.  I thought we were on the ball until we all got the flu and I missed a week of work.  Then, as we were recovering from that, Sarah Graves and I had a stomach bug.  I am terribly behind at work and at home.  Christmas cards are slowly getting done; Christmas gifts have been purchased, but aren't wrapped; gifts have to be shipped in the next day in order to be sure they reach their out of town recipients; I don't have any goodies baked; Lucy hasn't been to see Santa; and despite our efforts, this house looks like the mob tossed it!  In addition to the Christmas activities we are enjoying, SG's classmates are turning 4 and we will go to our 3rd birthday party this month on Sunday.
We are having a lot of fun and I will get the pictures edited and posted, but this week I am working hard to make headway on our preparations for Christmas.
To keep us all connected during this busy time, I have tried to spend some special time with each child.  SG and I had a fun lunch together!

Charlie and I spent a morning together where I mostly chased after him as he used his makeshift stool (aka the trash can) to reach the counters and alll the fun stuff up there!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Brunch with Santa

We went to brunch with Santa and had a great time!  The food was delicious, there were only a few families there, and we had a relaxed time seeing Santa.  Sarah Graves thought about her Santa hat that morning and was very excited to wear it to see Santa.  
She happily climbed up on his lap and had a little chat with him telling him about the bike that she wants.  

Charlie was less than impressed with Santa!  I had to put him on Santa's lap anyway!

Charlie enjoyed his breakfast a lot!


All in all, it was a low stress way to see Santa and we had a great meal doing it!






Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bubba

It was unseasonably warm here and very humid last week, so I let Bubba run around in his diaper after he got out of the bath.  I don't know what it is about not wearing any clothes that babies love so much!  He was a fun guy!



He loves to "talk" on the phone!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Fun

It was a long week at our house.  Charlie, then me, and finally Sarah Graves all came down with the flu.  Who knew the flu could cause upset stomach as well as the fever, chills, coughing, and congestion it is so well known for.  We caught Sarah Graves' in time to get her the tamiflu and make her experience with it pretty easy.  Charlie and I both toughed it out and are pleased to say we are on the other side of it now.  Aaron held strong with his airborne and zinc lozenges and never had it, lucky him!
I think after feeling so awful, I was so grateful to have this completely enjoyable experience decorating a gingerbread house with Sarah Graves.  We bought a kit at Costco and it was awesome!  The house came right out of the box all put together and ready to decorate.  The icing was easy to work with and it included some good pictures for inspiration.  We had a fabulous time doing this together and I really let her take the lead and call the shots.  I told her I was just there to help her and truly meant that.  I had no agenda for how it should look and just enjoyed the activity with her.
I do fun things, but rarely do I have 2 - 3 hours to just sit and immerse myself in an activity with her letting our imaginations go.  Having me completely to herself and undivided attention was part of the joy of this for her.  I'm really glad we could have this time to enjoy being together.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Baking and Football

We watched the LSU v. Texas A&M game at Lovie and Pops' house.  It was also right before Pops' birthday, so there was cake baking going on too.  The kids thoroughly enjoy hanging out over there.

Charlie watched a little football with Pops.

He helped make some cupcakes, too!

Sissy was working on the cake when Charlie decided it would be fun to climb on the stool with her.

Lovie is brave to let the two of them help bake a cake!

Fall Color


Sissy and I have been trying a new routine where we get to work and school between 7 and 7:30 and I pick her up around 4:30.  Leaving earlier means we don't spend the 10-15 minutes waiting in the parking garage (imagine 5,000 people trying to leave at roughly the same time from 3 exits) and we get a few minutes together before Aaron and Charlie make their way home.  It has worked out well for us!  It does require me to be very organized in the mornings, but I can do it.  

This Japanese Maple is in our front yard and puts out the most vibrant fall color!  It is definitely the best thing about our yard and makes me so happy to live in Georgia where we see the color of the leaves change.




Sarah Graves took notice of the vibrant color and was really excited to see the leaves change.  A day or so after these pictures a storm with a lot of wind came through and the tree was bare.  She was a little disappointed, but we explained that the leaves will come back in spring.  Funny how much we take for granted the little things that grownups know.  



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Decorating

Sissy was super=excited about getting our tree and decorating it!  We made plans to get it on Friday evening after the LSU game.  Charlie wasn't feeling super on Friday, so made it a quick trip out to get our tree, but it was still late when we got home.  She really wanted to decorate it Friday night, but fell asleep before we had it in the stand!  When she got up Saturday morning, we were ready for her to put the ornaments on!



Charlie had to get on the ladder, too!  He was feeling pretty rotten, so I let him give it a try.  Poor buddy just didn't feel good at all.

Our tree is perfect for us and holds ornaments with lots of special memories for us.  I love reminding Sarah Graves about the stories for some of the ornaments as they go on the tree.  

We have the tree off the ground, so it isn't easy reach for Charlie.  So far he hasn't touched it much.  



Happy Thanksgiving!

These two little pumpkins and the family that loves them so much are what I am always thankful for. They are healthy, bright, and so loving.  I can't think of anything else more to want.  


Our Thanksgiving day started off relaxed with nice family time.  Sarah Graves helped me make the green bean casserole and Charlie wanted to join in too.  This was the first year that we showed her the Macy's Day parade and she enjoyed some of the performances and the balloons.  We even had time to play a few rounds of SG's favorite game, Don't Break the Ice.



We celebrated at Lovie and Pops' house and really enjoyed a tasty meal together.  It was a pleasant afternoon that included naps for some and time to relax.  





In the evening we split up for shopping.  Aaron didn't want to shop and he took Charlie home.  Pops took SG shopping with him and they had a ball together.  He let her play with some toys in the store and she thoroughly enjoyed the time to be Pops' buddy.  Lovie, Nay, and I went to do some hardcore shopping.  In my opinion, it was an excellent Thanksgiving spent with people I love doing things I enjoy.