Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brooks – 18 Months!

Baby Brooks is now 18 MONTHS OLD! Yes, we still call him baby. The baby he will always be! ;)

A little of what he’s up to these days:

- He is into EVERYTHING! He is ALL boy. Climbing on everything…testing his boundaries, etc.!

- He still loves to eat…and only has 5 teeth. Not even any molars yet!

- He is talking up a storm. Sometimes you can understand him and sometimes you can’t.

- He loves to sing!

- He loves bath time!

- He loves to play outside! Feeding the goats is his favorite!

So that’s just a little of what our B is doing these days!


Sliding at the park with Mommy!IMG_20141027_150913 Feeding the goats…and having a leaf for himself!IMG_20141024_172031  IMG_20141011_072629  Chilling with Daddy at gymnastics!IMG_20140929_190417 Curled up napping with his “eece”!IMG_20140920_103054 IMG_20140913_151126 IMG_20140829_075514

Monday, October 20, 2014

Griffin’s Party

We had Griffin’s birthday party this weekend. Once again, he requested that we have it at our local skating rink. Ugh. Not my cup of tea but not my birthday either! This is the third party he has had there if you’re counting!

First, let’s back up to where I left off. We were headed to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner on his actual birthday.  Over the last few MONTHS Josh and I made the decision to get Griffin a cell phone for his birthday. Yes, I said MONTHS. This was not something we took lightly AT ALL. I always have told all of the kids that they wouldn’t get a cell phone until they were 16. And if there’s one thing I have learned as a mother it is you never say what you aren’t going to do! Because that’s EXACTLY what you will end up doing and you will be eating those words. Happens every time! In fact, it also happened about where we would have the party…I said “we are NOT having it at Super Skate again!!” Well, you see how that turned out!

I really have been having anxiety about getting him a phone. But he is a really good kid. In fact, he made all A’s on his report card…and he has all advanced classes! Plus, since starting middle school, there have been SO MANY times where I have needed to remind him of something or tell him to ride the bus home, etc. and have not been able to do that. And just keeping up with him in general.

I went to the cell phone store and got his phone the week before his birthday. The last four digits of his number are the last four digits that my grandparents’ phone number was! They are no longer with us but I immediately felt better about getting the phone. It was like they were saying, “It’s fine! It’s going to be ok!!” I mean come on, out of all the millions of numbers that it could have been it was those four! I took a picture of the phone and sent it to the hubs via text message so that he could decide if I was picking a good phone. I deleted the text BUT I didn’t delete the image from my phone. Fast forward a few days and Griffin was texting a friend from my phone and sent the picture and said “I think I’m getting a phone!!”


When I told the Hubby of my stupidity, he said he would take care of it. SO, he went and bought a little toy phone. We wrapped it up and gave it to Griffin while we were at the Cheesecake Factory. YES WE DID. Yes we are those parents! Teach him a lesson! haha! He opened it up and was completely disappointed!

Earlier in the day I wrapped the real phone and strategically hid it in my car. After dinner, when we all got buckled in to drive home, we started calling the phone! It didn’t take Griffin long to realize what was going on and he was SO EXCITED!

And, don’t you worry your pretty little heads, we have an app called Watchdog on it. Basically he doesn’t do anything on the phone that I don’t get notification of. Phone calls, texts, app downloads, friend requests…everything! In this day and time, you have to be SO careful! He also had to sign a contract with Josh and me!

Back to the PAR-TAY!

Basically I sucked at the picture taking because I left my good camera at the office and didn’t have time to run by and get it. So, cell phone pics it is. Boo.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy 12th Birthday Griffin!

Happy Griffin Day! Today is our G-Man’s TWELFTH birthday!! That’s right, in one short year we’ll have a teenager! Oh my! These twelve years have flown by faster than I ever thought possible!
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Happy Happy Birthday Griffin Lee!! We love you SO much!!!
We’re off to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight! It’s the birthday boys’ choice!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Patch and Tootsies!

A few weeks ago I noticed that Reece’s toes looked different. After looking closer I realized that her big toes – on both feet – are turning in towards the other toes. I took her to her pediatrician just to see what was going on because one of them is starting to overlap the toe next to it. Her doctor took one look and sent us to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in Birmingham. We don’t have any pediatric ortho’s in Tuscaloosa. We were actually sent to our doctor’s daughter’s doctor so I knew we would have a good one! Her appointment was on Friday so Josh and I took her. We saw a nurse practitioner, had x-rays and then saw the doctor. This was one of the best doctor’s I have EVER come in contact with! She was GREAT with Reece! We got a great report…no surgery for now! As long as the toes aren’t bothering her we aren’t going to worry about it! So we celebrated at the Cheesecake Factory!IMG_20141003_12041320141003_121426_resized

Red Velvet Cheesecake…Heaven on Earth!

On Saturday, we were off to the pumpkin patch with my sister and her family! We finally have a great pumpkin patch in our area! We went to Griffin Farm’s…no the name has nothing to do with our Griffin! We were there for about three hours and had the best time!  IMG_20141004_131458There was a corn maze…20141004_095153_resized

   A giant slide made from a culvert that B and I FLEW out of more than once…IMG_20141004_154949   Corn cribs…

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A petting zoo…yes right up my ally!20141004_105411_resizedDSC_1324

Our three boys enjoying a giant pile of hay!20141004_111819_resized Face painting…20141004_121407_resizedBeing cute…20141004_121202_resizedAnd, of course, a hay ride to get our pumpkins!DSC_1330 DSC_1331

Excuse my hair…it was super windy!DSC_1333 DSC_1329 DSC_1344 DSC_1346 DSC_1347We stopped by a neighborhood that has a couple of streets named after two of my favorite boys… IMG_20141004_124234

Griffin Drive and Peyton Lane – YES, they really were named after them!

It was an awesome, fun weekend with some of my favorite people!