Monday, May 19, 2014

Glamour Girl Bennett's 7th Birthday Party!

Just us girls
Due to Bennett's birthday falling the day after school lets out, we decided to hold her party a week early.  She had a difficult time trying to decide what she wanted to do, but finally settled on a jewelry making party.  A friend makes and sells jewelry, and does parties for little girls to do the same.  She was so sweet to invite Bennett in for a "meeting" to discuss what she wanted to make and firm up her birthday theme.

We decided on a "glamour girl" theme, and they decided to make crowns, washer necklaces and hairpins.  In between making their items, the girls walked the red carpet that Janie put out for Bennett, posing and making faces.  They also enjoyed birthday cake and the other snacks I put out (ring pops, candy bracelets, gummy rings and chicken poppers).

It was a casual party, but it worked out perfectly for the girls.  Janie handled everything, and I just took pictures and walked around.  The girls were so cute, and I think they had a blast (I know Bennett did)!

Bennett with Scarlett
Sweet Henley with her crown
Tate and Bennett
Mary Ellis, B and Carson
B and Harper

birthday cake
Making her birthday wish....
fun continues with Katharine
Caroline and B striking a pose
Maddie and Bennett
some of the hairpins the girls made
Tate, Maddie, Caroline and Carmen
Bennett with her friends
....and Lucy was waiting for her at home!
Bennett's birthday celebrations will continue this week when I read to her class and have lunch with her on Wednesday.  Then we are celebrating with the Mizeranys that night at her favorite Mexican place. Finally, we leave for the beach on Friday morning (her actual birthday), so we will most likely celebrate later that night at the Sugar Shak!  Fun times ahead for this soon-to-be 7 year old!!  We love you B (even though you prefer us to call you Bennett)!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Walker is 5 Months...Almost

Enjoying his bumbo seat
I seriously can't believe my baby is almost 5 months old!  We tried so hard for this precious boy, and felt so blessed to just have him here....healthy.  Except there is not a day that goes by that I don't look into his eyes, and feel even luckier that he is healthy AND happy!  And by happy, I don't mean is he is just happy.  I mean he seriously is just a miracle child.  He wakes up talking to himself in his crib, smiles at whoever gets him (sometimes that is just Pres crawling into his crib to play with him), laughs, talks, eats, catnaps all day and then does it all over again.  He doesn't even cry when I suction boogies out of his nose!  What kid doesn't cry during that?!

Selfie with kids!
He has been a wonderful addition to our family, with the big kids feeding him, talking to him, holding him and just entertaining him.  He is happy go lucky, and is the typical "third child" that is just along for the ride.  Unlike my other two, he doesn't have formal naps.  He just catnaps when he can.  Since he isn't crabby, and he sleeps through the night, I don't force him to sleep more during the day.  Now things may change as he gets older, but his temperament and ways work just perfectly for this busy family right now.

W loves to be held (at P's graduation)
Walker currently loves his bottles, hates his rice cereal and has rolled over twice (that we know of).  He is about 50th percentile for weight and height, weighing about 15lbs right now.  His eyes are still very blue, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that they stay that way.  He has found his fingers, and loves to put them in his mouth.  He laughs daily, especially at his brother.
almost 4 months old (love that belly)

4.5 months old

As you can see from all of the photos....he just has an air about him.  Walker's little smile (with his tongue in or out) is contagious.  We love you buddy!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Preston - The Graduate!

1st day of 5K
It is hard to believe Preston just graduated from preschool.  I mean, I can still recall the little boy who timidly walked into Ms. Cassie's class back in September. 

Now he is a much more confident little boy, who can count to 100 by 1s, 5s, 10s and 2s!  He can recognize about 30 sight words and read a little.  He has grown up so much this year, and is more than ready for kindergarten!  However, if you ask him, he will say "I don't want to go to Kindergarten because I will have to eat real food."  You see, we have been mentally preparing the child that his typical peanut butter cracker lunch will be a thing of the past soon!  You would think after eating it for lunch almost every single day for the past two and half years he would have grown sick and tired of it, but NO, he hasn't.

Tour at SCE
Thankfully for him, he doesn't have to master eating to graduate. Instead, he has to master the basics...which he has done!  Now we are onto the next stage...kindergarten!  He has several friends heading to Shades Cahaba with him, but he isn't shy, so I know he will make lots of new friends.  Having an older sibling there will help too.  In fact, last week he even took an informal tour of the school!

Today was his last day of school, but his graduation was yesterday.  They have been practicing for the past couple of weeks, so he was ready.  All of the graduates wore caps and gowns (4K was in blue and 5K in red).  They sang a couple of songs for us, and were presented their diplomas.  Following the ceremony, there was a reception where the kids posed for lots of pictures, and received a small parting gift from their teacher.  It was a big day for our BIG boy!

graduation day!

Receiving his diploma...sniff, sniff
His goodie bag from Ms. Cassie
We should have checked out B from school
Ms. Cassie with Pres

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Go Raptors!

Preston has really enjoyed his second season of t-ball playing shortstop for the Raptors.  He has a true understanding of the game, and its rules, and is pretty darn good!  However, next fall he will move up to coach pitch ball, and he is already talking about the transition.  Though the Raptors did not win the championship, it has been a fun season of watching him play.  The kids still make a ton of errors, and the rules aren't that closely aligned to baseball yet....but I have gotten totally into it (becoming a crazy mom).  Since he practices once a week, and plays two games a week, we have spent a lot of time at the ballpark this spring.  Fortunately Bennett has siblings of these ball players there to play with, and Walker is content to just be outside, so it hasn't been bad.

Pres has loved having family there to watch him, so thanks to everyone for the support.  Especially to Mimi and Papa who rarely missed a game, and were a huge help holding Walker so I could really watch the game, pace around and shout for Pres!  Steve volunteered to be one of the assistant coaches, so he was there for all of the practices and games too, unless he was traveling.

Coach Jason and the boys

Walker hanging out at the game
Last game that they won (1st round of championship)

It was tough not making it to the championship game, but the Raptors finished 4th for the season!  Preston was just thrilled to receive another trophy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bennett's Bowling Date

Shades Cahaba Elementary holds one fundraiser each year, their Winter Festival.  It is a great four hour event that draws huge crowds from all over town to the school.  Many of the classrooms have themed games/activities, and they rent huge trampolines and rock walls.  In addition, they sell SCE gear, have a bake sale and concession stand.  But the biggest money maker of the day is the silent auction.  Businesses and families donate all kinds of things, but a lot of money is raised for the dates that each of the teachers auction.  There is only one student per class that can win, and each grade plans something different.

Thomas, Cole, B, Margo, Abby & Emma Brooke
We bid on the "date" with Bennett's teacher last year, but it got too expensive too quickly and we bowed out.  However this year, we were able to secure it for her.  So, today she went bowling with Mrs. Werner.  She went along with the other five 1st graders and their teachers, and together they had a big bowling game.

Mrs. Werner has been a great teacher for Bennett, and like last year, she has thrived.  She is reading at a third grade level, and doing math at almost the same.  Bennett is happy, and has had a wonderful year with no drama (something I am so thankful for)!

So as the school year comes to an end, what a fun way to spend an afternoon (even if they didn't win).

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to Me!

My Portrait
Every year, I look forward to getting spoiled a little for Mother's Day.  I kicked off the weekend attending "Muffins with Moms" at Preston's school.  I was escorted to my seat where I found a picture of yours truly drawn by Pres, as well as some handprint flowers and a darling pic of him dressed up.  Then I was served a muffin, some fruit and orange juice.  After we ate, we watched the boys sing and play their "guitars" for us.  It was another sweet event with my big boy.

Boy's jam session

Like every year, Steve allows me to sleep in on Mother's Day while he deals with the kiddos.  Since we had been at a party the night before, I was actually slow moving, and didn't get out of bed until 8:15.  I was shocked to see only my oldest two awake (in fact, Walker slept until just after 9:00)!  As soon as I awoke, Steve got me my coffee and asked me what I wanted for breakfast, and then he and Bennett got busy making it.

Mother's Day with my kiddos
After a yummy breakfast, we started showering and getting ready for our lunch reservations (yes, my day revolved around food).  We made it to Brio for a delicious lunch.  It was a nice, peaceful lunch...helping the kids with their word searches.  However, when I went to grab Walker out of his carseat, I immediately knew he had a blowout (and it was a HUGE one!).  So I gingerly grabbed him, wrapped him in a napkin and carried him to the bathroom to change him.  He had pooped everywhere!  Thankfully I had a back-up onesie in his bag....something I normally don't even have.  So though he didn't have his cute little bubble on anymore, he was clean and content for the rest of the meal.

Following lunch, we posed for a quick photo and then headed home.  Later that afternoon, we went for a family walk and ended up visiting with some neighbors.  It was a lazy day, but a perfect one.  And though my kids weren't perfect all day (are they ever?)...I love them with all of my heart and feel so blessed to have them all in my life.  They are the reason after all I get to celebrate this day.