Saturday, June 10, 2017

Summer List Update...

So far, we have had the BUSIEST SUMMER EVER. There has not been one single morning of sleeping in with nothing to do yet. Bummer! I'm working a few days a week so the boys have had a babysitter with them. We've also had four mornings of tennis camp (with four more next week and the week after!), we've gone out of town, and we've just been BUSY. Stink! We need more weeks and weekENDS this summer.

Today is the first day all summer that I've slept late. I got up about 9AM and there was no one home! The boys are at Grandmama's putting together a batting cage and Eddie was at church for Methodist Men. It has been so quiet all morning and I have enjoyed sitting in my chair drinking my coffee and reading!

We are rocking and rolling on our summer list, so I thought I'd share the updated version! Will has also had his date with me, I just forgot to mark it off. 

James is reading like a crazy man. I think he's up to 7 or 8 books (or more) by now. He is REALLY loving the Geronimo Stilton series, in case you're looking for something for your own child. I've been working on a Mary Kay Andrews book and Eddie has been reading a book called Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jones that I picked up for myself at the library a few weeks ago. I've also been reading  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the boys at night when I can. We're almost finished with it and when we are, we'll watch both movies just for fun.

We went to Lake Oconee for Memorial Day weekend and marked several things off while we were there. 

We went on our family vacation already and I'll blog about that sometime soon. Things didn't go as planned, but we tried to make the best of it and we still had a really fun time.

We've already had a few Family Game Nights. The boys almost always choose Monopoly for those. We have a few versions of Monopoly - the one with the credit card (which they've never played), Jurassic World, and Disney (the one with the castle). They're all the same game, but they have different places on the spaces. We set a timer (usually for an hour) and then when the timer goes off, we count everyone's money. We've never FINISHED a game. Lol!

Our ice cream floats were fun! Bluebell vanilla ice cream + Coke. Neither boy loved it (and I don't either), but it was a fun one nevertheless!

We are enjoying our time out of school! Hopefully we'll get more of our fun marked off in the coming weeks!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

First and Last.

Just like every year, I wanted to do a comparison of our first days and last days of school. They've done some growing and changing this year! I sure do miss James' baby teeth! Adult teeth make him look so grown up! Please note how much harder I try on clothes at the beginning of the year. I am PUMPED that the boys have to wear uniforms in the fall because that means polo shirts every day. I love a little boy in a polo!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sweet Summertime!

This is really, really hodgepodge and pieced together, but we've had a few weeks of summer so far and we're enjoying it!

Here's my Mother's Day picture in case you missed it. How'd I get so lucky?

Well, Mr. William graduated from Pre-K in a sweet little ceremony two weeks ago. I would recap it for you, but I had to speak at it so I was doing deep breathing exercises and trying not to have a heart attack and don't remember any of it. I have to speak at all of them from now until I retire, so I'd better get used to it. I may or may not be signing up for a public speaking class this summer. #drymouth #heartpounding

Will also had his last day of school two Wednesdays ago! We are so happy that summer is here for us!

James got out last Thursday so he joined us in vacation-mode and we'll send Eddie off each morning since he doesn't get a break. Just kidding. We may not be awake when he leaves every day! Lol!

We have a babysitter coming two days a week this summer to occupy the boys while I have some office hours. She's come three times so far and the boys LOVED her. Hopefully, they'll have some fun this summer while I am busy.

Two weeks ago, Will and I went on our first-ever Mother/Son vacation together! James and I haven't ever done this, but let me tell you...he's already put in for his trip. I bet you'll never guess where we went!? Where else???

'Twas the hottest I've EVER been at Disney World EVER.

It rained on us ALMOST the whole time we were at Animal Kingdom on Day 2. It made things interesting, but it wasn't too terrible.

I will say that I was VERY nervous about how going alone would go down. The only times I ran into problems were when we were eating and using the bathroom. When eating, I had a tray and a stroller. I made Will get out and push the stroller while I carried our food, but finding a table while doing those things was rough. When we went to the bathroom, most of the time we went in together and I told him where to meet me when we were finished (right at the mirror before going out the door), BUT a few times I had the stroller and needed to wait outside on him. I sent him in and he used the bathroom while I waited. And ONCE I left him in the stroller right outside the bathroom door while I ran in. That was tricky, but overall we felt very safe. I was more worried about him wandering than getting snatched. We lucked out with our hotel room. It was SUPER close to the parking lot. I packed one rolling suitcase for both of us, a bathroom bag, a bag with shoes (we each only wore one pair, but I had an extra pair for each of us and a pair of flip flops for me), a cooler, and Will had a backpack full of stuffed animals. I put one bag on top of the rolling suitcase and he rolled that and wore his backpack. I wore my backpack and carried the bathroom bag, shoe bag, and cooler.  I'll recap our whole trip at some point. (Also: Please note the number of good photos from Photo Pass. BUY IT. I have people ask all the time if it's worth it. YES. We stop at every photographer we see {Eddie is a pro at scoping them out!} and get pictures made. I take a minimal number of pictures on my phone and then I'm able to enjoy our trip!)

James' last week of school was fun. He will miss his teacher and his class, I know. He had a drumming program the last two weeks of school through his music class. Grandmama took him to the family drumming night since Eddie and I couldn't go. James had a lot of fun!

We went to Lake Oconee for Memorial Day weekend and had a great time. Thankfully, it didn't rain like I'd expected. The boys had a grand time.

Other random things: 

Dentist appointments.

Cousin love.


James' team beat the #2 team in the league on the last game. There's a tournament left and then the season's over.

Duplo building.

Merritt being a pain. She was faking being asleep so I wouldn't hold her. #annoying

Reading! WOOT!

James is taking at least two weeks of tennis this summer. (He's signed up for two but I will add more if he wants them.)

(Our coaches are BIG proponents of reading so they read during water breaks. James volunteered first. #Shocker)

We're having a fun summer so far! Hope y'all are, too!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Will's Five Year Well Check

Yesterday, it was time for Will's annual check-up. Am I the only mom that continues these? Do I need to continue these or am I ridiculous? I LOVE going to the doctor for well-checks. I'm such a dork. I like to know how much they've grown, how they compare, and what they should be doing. As always, Will was a super-healthy kid!

We started our check-up with a height and weight check. He is a BIG kid. He weighed in at 48 pounds (83rd percentile) and is 3 feet, 10.5 inches (94th percentile). Here's James 5 year well check post, but he was 44 pounds and 44 inches at his, so Will is a good bit bigger. (We already knew that. James wears size 7 and Will is pretty firmly into the size 6s. We move everything from James' side of the closet to Will's side when James outgrows things and they CAN wear the same clothes if push comes to shove.)

He passed all of his quiz questions with flying colors! (What number do you call in an emergency? What do you do if someone knocks on the door and your mama is in the shower? Etc.) He also impressed her with his healthy eating habits (aside from being a sugaraholic, he eats VERY healthy...fruit instead of fries at CFA, for instance). 

She did mention his speech issues (first time it's come up at the doctor's office) and we told her he'd been seeing a speech therapist for a year. She mentioned that he's tongue-tied so that's something we're looking into. Our speech therapist told me this mooring that if she's willing to fix it, that it's certainly something that can't hurt (except that it hurts....ha!), but it isn't something that's preventing him from progressing.

We also talked about Mr. Will's bruise from his bat-to-the-head accident a few weeks ago. The black eyes are gone, but he still has a very large knot that remains bruised and is hard (it was soft and felt full of fluid). She wanted to hear the whole story about what happened and then said he was fine, BUT that it's a calcium deposit and it could take MONTHS for it to break up and dissolve. Thankfully, it's pretty much hidden behind his bangs, it doesn't hurt, and it will go away eventually.

Other than that, we chatted about Disney World with our like-minded pediatrician (they go as often as we do!) and she sent us on our merry little way!

Happy, healthy, and growing great!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Summer 2017 List!

It's almost summer!!! Can you taste it? I'm going to be a part-time-working mama this summer {with a baby-sitter and everything!}, but we're planning some BIG fun at our house this year. This is our last summer before "real" school starts for Will, and we are going to make the most of it! The boys are already signed up for tennis camp, VBS, and we have TWO trips planned already. I can't wait to share all of our fun with you here and on Instagram. I hope you'll follow along. And if you make your OWN summer lists, I would LOVE to see them! Every year when I make these I Google and look on Pinterest for really awesome ideas so I'd love to see yours, too!

We complete ours from May 1st to September 1st to give ourselves a little more time {and since it's so darn hot half the year, I figure summer is longer than what the calendar says!}

See our older lists:

Friday, April 21, 2017

Talk to Me, Goose {Egg!}

Will, Eddie, and I started watching Top Gun tonight {PG rating, my foot!} and he kept saying, "Talk to me, Goose!" Lol! I kept thinking "Egg!" every time he said it.

We've had QUITE a week around here. This is a LIVE update {most of mine have been weeks late recently}. If you follow along on Instagram, you've probably already seen all of these pictures, but they're just too good not to share.

On Monday night right after baseball practice, James was practicing hitting and Will walked up behind him and got nailed in the forehead. The whole thing unfolded in such a weird way. I had supper in the crockpot and Eddie was supposed to call on his way home so that I could put rice on and everything would be ready right after they arrived. I saw them pull up and jumped up to turn on the rice. I looked out our kitchen window and saw Eddie carrying Will in and my first thought was, "DO NOT BE SICK." Lol. If you know me, you're not surprised. #germaphobe

When Eddie came walking in and said, "Will had a tough time at baseball." I looked up about that time and Will lifted his head off of Eddie's shoulder and I saw THE BIGGEST goose egg I had ever, EVER seen. Seriously. It was more like an ostrich egg. The first thing out of my mouth was, "Let's go to the ER!" Eddie said he didn't think that we needed to do that so I said, "CALL MARK." One of our neighbors is a pediatrician and his wife is a pediatric nurse practitioner, so we headed to their house just to find out whether we needed to seek treatment or not.

Our FAVORITE neighbors concurred with Eddie that he did not, in fact, need to go to the ER. We all discussed the fact that he was a lucky little boy that the hit didn't occur on his eye, nose, or temple. That would've been devastating. They told us to wake him up every 3 hours all night and if we couldn't get him to wake up OR he vomited, to take him to the ER then. Thankfully, that never happened and with a little Motrin he slept great all night long.

We were warned that he would blacken underneath both eyes, and it has been SO crazy weird to watch it unfold all week long. Below you'll find the progression. Thankfully he hasn't ever seemed to hurt. The worst has been that he HATES attention from other people and so he has been completely embarrassed by all of it. James would've eaten it up.

Top row, left to right: 30 minutes after (Monday), 12 hours after (Tuesday), 24 hours after (Tuesday)
Bottom row, left to right: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Hopefully, we've learned a lesson about swinging bats and walking behind people when they swing, but who knows. These boys are giving me gray hair with a quickness!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Force, Indiana, Muppets, and Moana!

On our quick, end-of-spring-break trip to Disney, we started with a day at Animal Kingdom and wrapped it up with a day at Hollywood Studios. We hadn't been to Hollywood Studios since 2015 and we were less than impressed way back then. Well. I am here to eat crow because we had the best time at HS in March! I don't think it was anything other than James has finally decided that Star Wars might be worth his time now. Back in 2015 he flat out refused to acknowledge it as a thing so we avoided all things Star Wars. If you have a Star Wars fan, Hollywood Studios is your park!

We started out with a stop off at Star Wars Launch Bay to meet a few characters. We met some Jawas right when we entered. {Side note: Eddie and I didn't grow up Star Wars fans so we had to google a few of the characters to know who they were. We're learning...slowly.} Next, we hopped in line for Chewbacca and LOVED meeting him. He was a seriously sweet meet and greet!

Followed by a seriously WEIRD meet and greet with Kylo Ren. I'm so glad everyone had told us what to expect with him because we would've been taken by surprise. HE DOES NOT INTERACT WITH YOU. We literally walked in and he turned and walked across the room away from us. We got set up for the picture, he came back and stood where he is, they snapped a picture, and he walked away again. I've heard stories that he will walk away from children who try to hug him (and leave them crying!). The boys got that it was his character, but it was still a weird, weird meet and greet!

The boys got signed up for Jedi Training early in the day {go AS SOON AS you arrive at Hollywood Studios! Sign up is right before you get to Indiana Jones} and it was one of the most fun parts of the day. The kids get all lined up, robed, and walk over to the Star Wars Jedi Training "facility" where they learn what it takes to be a jedi and learn several moves. THEN, Darth Vader and the Inquisitor come out to fight the newly trained jedis. James LOVED this and even Will enjoyed it! It's part of a show that you can watch, but they have to be signed up to participate and not many kids will be accepted each day. {Hint: There's a photo pass photographer to take all of your pictures here!}

We also met a few other fun favorites...

{Buzz AND Woody! Woody was a new character for us!}

Moana was SO NICE. She told the boys that they didn't need to be worried about meeting her because she's technically not a princess. Lol! Will decided he'd take a picture with her after that!

And, as always, Indiana remains our favorite Disney meet and greet. Eddie chatted with him after and he said he'd been working on the Indiana Jones stunt show for 10 years! And Marion {well, the lady who played her} had been there for 3. We LOVE this show.

We did a few new things this trip: Star Tours is the 3D Star Wars ride and the boys were SO excited to ride it. I haaaaate 3D simulation, but I rode without the glasses and I was just fine. No headache, no nausea! Woot! We also did the Muppet Show this time and Will, who hadn't ever seen much from the Muppets before, thought they were HILARIOUS! I need to find him a movie! He'd love it!

This was a SUPER fun day. So much so that we didn't even leave HS until almost 7pm to drive home. Whoops!

My faith in Hollywood Studios was reaffirmed this trip. And let me tell you something...Once Toy Story and Star Wars Lands open, it is going to be THE place to be for bigger kids!