Friday, February 27, 2015

Toy Lovie

Before Sarah Graves was born we received a gift of a small bear attached to a square of blanket from Aaron's cousin, Melanie. It was a sweet gift and the square of blanket had a soft fleecy fabric as well as satin and the bear had soft fur. Sometime during her first year Sarah Graves attached herself to it and to her blankie. We began calling the toy bear her lovie. She would later differentiate it from her grandmother by calling it her toy lovie and made sure to let you know if wasn't the same as her grandma lovie! 
Her lovie has been by her side since. She brought it to school, she needed it for car rides, for bedtimes, and for outings. It was her comfort. She rubbed the fur in a soothing way to fall asleep and it was how you knew she was tired or feeling very relaxed. Over the years the pink faded after many washings and the fur started to have bare patches. When I read The Velveteen Rabbit, I envision her lovie becoming real. The kind of love a child has for that special toy that means the world to them.
Last week we couldn't find her lovie when we got home from school. We looked all over the house, but finally decided it must have been left behind at school. The next morning, she anxiously checked her cubby for it at school and was devastated to see it wasn't there. We asked her teachers to help us look, I checked lost and founds, and checked the house and car one more time, but it wasn't there. I held her in her classroom as she cried wanting her lovie. My heart broke for her when I saw her look around at her friends watching and she decided to fight back her tears so she didn't look like a baby. She was brave, but heart sick about what was lost. We have prayed that the special toy would somehow find its way back to us, but it has not. 

She made these drawings of it. Showing the color of the fur and the little flowers that were on the bottom. Her second drawing shows how the bear had a rattle in it that made a sound helping us find it many nights!
She has found a way to go to sleep without it, but she continues to hope it will be returned.





Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dinnertime

I think sometimes our evening time is hectic and dinnertime is not the peaceful, family time that I envision. However, I also know that one day these guys will be bigger and I will want to remember what it was like to have dinner and fun time with a 2 and a 5 year old.

Tonight we had the pleasure of dining with a pumpkin and a princess! It was one of those peaceful meals where food was passed, children ate, and we mostly stayed in our seats enjoying the meal!



After dinner the kids played with kinetic sand. I banned play-doh from the house, but the sand sticks together pretty well and it doesn't get ground into the rug, so I gave it a try letting them play with it. Charlie did pretty well and Sarah Graves gets the idea of it!

She was quite proud of herself using the horse mold and adding a horn to make a unicorn!

Kinetic sand did Charlie in, but SG was up for playing with some silly putty like stuff that a friend of hers made and gave to her. It's pretty fun with all the glitter in it and it makes funny sounds!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Artist

Sarah Graves loves to do art and color. I don't know if every kid at her school gets into art like she does, but every day she comes home with new creations! These are a few of the ones I wanted to remember from her lately.
She was pleased with herself for thinking of coloring in the whole page rather than just coloring the heart!

She drew her family. Charlie is clearly drawn as the baby, she gave me long, blonde hair, and drew her daddy and I taller than her. 

She has taken to writing her full name. She has spent a lot of time practicing her name and pretty much has it mastered. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sick Charlie

Charlie had a bout with a stomach bug over the weekend. We didn't realize he was sick at all until we were in Kohl's looking at kids' clothes and he threw up in the aisle! I guess we should have suspected it when he ate a bowl of blueberries and commented that they tasted weird (yes, he actually said, "these taste weird"). He was so embarrassed and kept saying, "I sorry. I didn't mean to." Poor kid. We weren't the least bit upset with him, just surprised by the whole thing and trying to figure out what to do. We bought him a new outfit and asked for someone to come mop it up and headed home. The same thing happened on the way home and I felt worse for him as he sat there in his car seat feeling disgusting.


A bath, warm pjs, and watching his favorite program du jour, Bubble Guppies, helped him feel better. He ran a low fever and had an upset stomach all day Sunday. We kept him home on Monday and he was feeling better. Here's hoping the rest of us stay well!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mardi Gras at Home

We had our own little celebration at home for Mardi Gras. I get so homesick this time of year, so we decided to do a little something. Dinner from Popeye's and king cake was how we celebrated!
McEntyre's Bakery here in Smyrna makes a great king cake! I shared a piece with SG's teacher who is from the New Orleans area and she agreed it was excellent. We like the cream cheese with cinnamon pecan.

Sarah Graves got the baby!

Charlie thought he got the baby, too! It was actually a chunk of icing, but he was happy!

Livy was snoozing so sweet!

Sarah Graves and Charlie love their cousin and she seems pretty happy with them!

Friday, February 20, 2015

First Communion

Sarah Graves made her first communion on Sunday! 
Jeanne' and I made our first communion at the same time and Jeanne' was close in age to Sarah Graves when she made hers. My mom made us matching dresses with smocking and lace. The dresses were a labor of love and we were so pleased that Sarah Graves could wear Jeanne's dress.


For the past month the kids have taken a class teaching them about baptism, communion, and the order of the service. Sarah Graves was the youngest child in the class and she did really well.


Just before time to go to communion she got nervous and wasn't sure about it. Lovie talked her through it and when it was her time she was all ready. She was very serious about it. She had decided ahead of time that she would prefer to intinct rather than drink from the chalice. 
Lovie and Pops gave Sarah Graves the special necklace she is wearing. You can see it best in this picture.


She wanted a picture with Nay and Livy!

Here she is with Father Brian.

While the Maw Maws were visiting they each gave Sarah Graves gifts to celebrate her first communion. Maw Maw Yvonne gave her a rosary and GG gave her a book on the rosary.

In addiion to the gifts, we went out to brunch to celebrate this special event. I think she was proud of herself for doing it and we were so proud of her!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlie's Valentine

Charlie made this valentine at school. He was very proud to bring it home, but couldn't decide who it should go to! At first he said it was for his momma. Then, he thought it should be for Lovie. A couple of days later he thought it should be for momma again!  He gave it to me on Valentine's day, but when he saw it at our house, he shouted it was for Lovie! I assume he loves us both very much and wants each of us to have it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sweet Valentines



We gave the kids each a little candy and made them valentines.

The real treat was breakfast at Chick-Fil-A and a chance to ride Skyview downtown. Sarah Graves had been longing to ride it and the timing hadn't been right, but we made special plans to do it as a fun outing. We had a few obstacles with unforeseen crowds downtown due to tryouts for the show, The Voice and surprising crowds out for breakfast on Valentine's day, but once we arrived, it was a great time! The day was gorgeous and it wasn't too cold.

Sarah Graves showed off her dance moves while we waited in a short line!

Charlie was a little nervous at first, but he quickly warmed up to the ride and the views.


Sarah Graves enjoyed listening to the audio guide point out some of the sights and was particularly interested in a roof that had a lot of dirt on it!

We celebrated Valentine's day at Lovie and Pops' house with Nay and Livy!

This cutie was ready to celebrate! She is growing so quick and looking all around her!
We made a yummy dinner that included steak with caramelized inions, Brie, and bacon. We also had grilled asparagus, mashed cauliflower and not pictured, fried shrimp!

I made these cherry almond cookies as a treat and Jesnne' made yummy chocolate covered strawberries! This meal was fabulous!

Aunt Nay spent time helping Sarah Graves with her loom bands.

The kiddos love to play at Lovie Pops!. The game this evening was pushing one another around pretending to be king and queen!





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Charlie Singing and Loving Apples

The other night Charlie kept talking about apples. He was in a good mood and being silly about it, which made it funny. If you asked a question, he said apple. If he sang a song, he said apple.





Saturday, February 14, 2015