Thursday, October 23, 2014

Garden Fun!

Grancy and Gramma made a trip to the beach and made a detour on their way back to spend a day with the kiddos.  They came in Saturday night and we picked up barbecue to eat dinner with Lovie and Pops.  SG really enjoyed having her Lovie and her Grancy together with her!

Sunday morning we headed out for breakfast at SG's favorite spot, First Watch!  

Gramma and Charlie had fun together.  She taught him to say, "Gramma Gramma!" when she asked, "What does the fox say?"  It really was too cute and I'm sorry I didn't catch it on video.  

SG kept Grancy busy down at her end of the table.  She and Grancy had an inside joke going about some character Bob Borg that they made up.  Sarah Graves goes into a fit of laughter just saying that name!  

 Grancy was SG's riding buddy in the car and they had fun cutting up in the back together.  

The day was gorgeous so we headed to the Botanical Gardens.  The good weather brought out a big crowd, but we had a good time.  Charlie fell asleep on the way and took a long nap in the stroller missing most of the gardens - he has a lot of years to enjoy the gardens and he was quite peaceful sleeping.  

There is a scarecrow contest and the display of elaborate scarecrows throughout the gardens was really neat to see.

SG was tickled to wear a darling new dress that Mawsy made for her.  It is pale blue corduroy with little snowflakes and tiny sequins sewn on it to give it a Frozen touch.  So sweet of her to make that.  
Charlie was wearing his navy peacoat and enjoying his sunglasses giving him the look of a secret service man or something!  

They were using the gourds as maracas!

The gardens had a fall festival for kids set up with some crafts and other fun things.  

Home Depot offered a kids workshop building bug houses.  

The gardens wore everyone out, so these two caught a snooze on the way home.  

Charlie enjoyed having new people to read to him.  Aaron and I enjoyed a trip to Costco alone (that's how we know we are married with kids - Costco alone counts as excitement!) while Grancy and Gramma kept the kiddos!  

We wish they could stay longer, but we had a lot of fun while they were here!  

Backyard Fun!

One of Sissy's frequent requests has been putting the hose on the slide to make a water slide.  I had said it was too cold, but we finally had a Saturday in mid-October where the weather was quite warm in the upper 80's and she talked me into it!  

Charlie really like it, too!

Sissy love it, but doesn't like grass on her feet!  She doesn't mind it so much that it stopped her, though.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Funny Four-Year Old

Four is really a delightful age. She understands so much and most of the time is eager to try new things and learn about new things.  She is also really aware of what her friends do and say and picks up new things from them. I think that is where these funny faces came from!

She also has a great fondness for her Daddy.  He has waited a long time for her to want him the same way she wanted Momma. Glad for them to have each other and this sweet time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Fall, Y'all!

I decorated the house for fall and the kids were so excited to take pictures with the pumpkins!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aaron went away for the weekend recently to go to a friend's wedding.  The kids missed him A LOT and there were lots of requests for Daddy to come back, but we had some fun too.  They got an early start Saturday morning and our fun included painting, building with blocks, making a full pancake breakfast, and playing outside all before 9 AM!  

Later in the evening, Lovie and Pops had us over for dinner before the LSU game.  SG was "reading" to her brother - so sweet!
Aaron came back that Sunday and Charlie was so excited running into his arms saying, "Daddy, you came back!"  So sweet how much they like us all being together.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lucy Love

Lucy definitely does not get the attention she wants, but sometimes the kids go out of their way to love on her and make her feel special.  Sarah Graves has not been her biggest fan and does not like to be licked or sniffed, so this kind of attention is pretty special.

Happy Birthday, Lovie!

We had a low key celebration for Lovie's birthday with dinner out and a homemade birthday cake.  The kids were very excited to sing Happy Birthday to her and of course, they were very much into the cake!  SG was eager for a picture with Lovie.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bathing Two Clowns

These two have bath paints and got the biggest kick out of painting their faces.  They thought they looked like clowns and giggle, giggled about it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sesame Street Live!

For Charlie's birthday we purchased tickets to see Elmo at Sesame Street Live!  It has been two years almost to the day since we took Sarah Graves to see Sesame Street Live.  My how they have changed!  Can't believe that tiny newborn has grown into a handsome two year old just bursting with life.  Her love for her brother has not changed one bit.  She just adores him.  
We drove up to Greenville, SC for the show and it wasn't a bad drive.  We left right after breakfast and got there with plenty of time to grab a quick lunch before getting to the arena.  Cotton candy was a must have for both of them!  We had plenty of time to take in all the details of the vendors and the messaging that happens before the show.  The show was during nap time, but he stayed awake and seemed to enjoy it mostly.  There were lots of toddlers experiencing meltdowns in there, so they could be a little rowdy and no one noticed!  

Everybody wanted to be on momma's lap!

The show was about the Sesame Street gang making a new friend with a girl from India.  It was a cute show and we now get to enjoy the soundtrack as often as we want!  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Letter Month Twenty-Four

Dear Charlie,
I blinked and you were two years old.  Then, I got caught up with the rest of our life and am just now writing your letter.  You are still changing and learning so much, but I have a few notes to help me out.
The biggest thing for you has been starting school.  We knew you needed to go and be with other kids and felt sure you would love it when you were there, but we were so worried about the separation anxiety.  Love and I worried about it a lot, but when the day came, you had only a moment's hesitation, then you went on with Ms. Vanessa like the big boy that you are.  Your school is Buckhead Prep and you go a half day five days a week.  Lovie picks you up at lunch time and you basically pass out on your way home!
You are learning lots at school.  When I ask what you do there you say, "I run with kids!"  That sounds like you!  You are coming home with new songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and Mr. Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.  You are also acting more mature - wanting to help tidy up and understanding that you are a little boy, not a baby!  In fact, I was rocking you and telling you how you were my baby and you very politely stopped nursing and said, "I not a baby, I little boy."  Nothing could
be more true.
You are a curious little guy.  You love to ask, "What you doing, Mommy?"  You are also growing more aware of other people's feelings.  Sometimes when Sissy is having a lot of strong feelings you will look at us and say, "Sissy angy!"  You are still a sweetheart giving spontaneous kisses and loving to be hugged and cuddled.  Nursing is very soothing to you and still how you like to get ready for sleep.  You can go to sleep without it just fine, but you like to do it when you can.
You are still a good eater.  You definitely like fruit and veggies and seem to prefer that over breads and rice.  That works out well since your sister doesn't eat fruit or veggie!  You like meat too, especially your sausage.  One bread item you like is waffles and you request sausage and waffle most days for breakfast.  If you had to pick, I would say that pizza is probably your favorite food.  You are okay with sweets, but they aren't a big deal to you.
You have become a great sleeper.  You sleep 10 - 11 hours at night and nap for 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours in the afternoon.  You like to be rocked and snuggled before you are put in your bed and you still really want your baby.  When you wake during the night, it seems to be a bad dream or you lost your baby and can't find it.  A year ago I never thought I would be describing your sleep as being good.  We have come a long way since you were 5 or 6 months old and I was sure you would never sleep!
You have really gotten interested in Daniel Tiger.  I don't think interested is a strong enough word for it, you are addicted to Daniel Tiger.  You ask for it at the start of the day and frequently describe it as, "I need Daniel Tiger!"  It is a cute program and he is very loving.  You even say, "Ugga Mugga" like Daniel to indicate "I love you".  You like to rub noses and say, "Ugga Mugga."  Also part of your routine is looking for the trash man.  You love to watch him come to Lovie's, especially if you can catch him in the front and in the alley.
As if overnight I can see that you aren't a baby anymore.  You will always be my baby and I will always look at you and see fat cheeks and big, dark eyes, but you have made the transition from baby to little boy.  You are funny and full of life.  I am so thankful that you are my little boy.