Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The reason that I wanted to post this is because of a conversation with my mom and Randi last week late one night. We were discussing Randi's conversation with Heather about coming up with a word or a theme for the year. Ever since I read Heather's blog, I've been thinking about a word - honestly I wanted Heather's word....Balance....as a young mother of 2, it's so hard to balance everything we have to do in 24 hours. I feel like I have so much to do in a day and I never get it done and I'm pulled in a million different directions, trying to be a good mother, wife, friend, daugher, and Christian. But I didn't want to copy Heather, so I've been thinking about this since then. Randi and my mom were trying to help me come up with a good word, but I didn't think of one until tonight at church when I was talking to Dana, Davis' mom. Impact. I want to have an impact on everyone that I come into contact with the way Davis did- I want people to say that I had an impact on their lives. I can only hope and pray that the obvious people say that - Mark, Ethan, Nina, etc... but I want my friends, family and church family to say that about me too - not when I'm gone, but now. I want to make a difference. I want to be the person that is always there helping, serving and giving, and with a smile and a cheerful heart. I want to be the person that has a lasting impression on many lives, the way that little Davis did. He impacted EVERYONE that he came into contact with, and that's what I want, for this year and every year. I feel like I do a good job, but I could do a better job. I could impact more - so in Davis' honor, that's what I want to do! Thank you to Randi and Heather for making us think about this. Thank you to Davis for impacting me and for making me want to impact others!
Please keep this family in your prayers this week, next week and the following weeks to come. They are so strong, but even the strongest person feels sorrow over the loss of a child.
Monday, January 28, 2008
We had a great time in Georgia celebrating Poppa's birthday and visiting around town. No matter how long we stay it's never long enough to do the things we want to do and we never get to see everyone we want to see. Saturday evening we went to Arlington's Homecoming and to the basketball games and that was fun - Ethan and Allie had a great time together. It was nice to see some old friends and it's fun to watch Chris King in action - he's doing a great job at ACS! Of course we visited Poppa at the bank and Nona at her school. Everyone enjoyed seeing the kids and Ethan had a ball at both places.
We are glad to be home! We'll be back in GA in February for Ethan's 3rd birthday and are looking forward to that trip! Having birthday cake at OK Cafe for Poppa's birthday
Some intense blowing bubbles on Nina's part This is one of Ethan's favorite places to play church - on Nona's hall tree in the kitchen Nina learned to patty cake this past week and was very proud of herselfOne of our trips over to the King's house - all Ethan and Allie wanted to do was wrestle each other - Allie has him on this round
Ethan playing at Chick fil-A before going to ACS Homecoming - he finally started climbing to the top and sliding down
Ethan and Allie having fun at the basketball games
Chris, the head of school and the First Lady of Arlington before the Homecoming activities
Nina slept in Poppa's arms through some of Homecoming
Ethan and Nina enjoying their Sprite together
Everyone having a good time! Notice Nina trying to get to Austin Ellis - she loves sitting next to him at Sunday School at Nona and Poppa's church Ethan and Nina playing the piano
...some serious noise going on!
Before leaving Chris and Melanie's Sunday night, I tried to get a picture of the kids - this wasn't a bad attempt - aren't they all so cute?!
What's wrong with this picture - Ethan in Allie's purple hat and Allie in Ethan's John Deere hat! They had a wonderful time playing together and it was like old times again! We miss them so much and will never replace that friendship!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tonight was Poppa's birthday party (Tuesday is his birthday). The house was full and we had lots of fun. Ethan loved having a large crowd around to entertain and Nina was as lady like as always.
We are looking forward to our week here at home. I've had 2 of my "must haves" while home - Partners and Publix. One thing I miss more than anything is Publix! Tomorrow night we're heading into Atlanta to go to the OK Cafe for dinner - is this Poppa's week or mine? Hmmmm!Mark is in Memphis and is on call this week, so he had to stay there. I'm sure after one night without us he's already well rested! Don't feel too badly for him! We miss him - but it's nice to be home!
So this is snow?
Ethan throwing a snowball into Nina's hat...and looking mighty proud of himself
Nina loved the snow and loved wearing her hat too! Happy Birthday Poppa!!!
Ethan helping Poppa blow his candles out
After everyone left, I went up to put my pjs on and was going to come down and get Ethan ready for bed. When Randi and Ed were leaving Ethan was getting sleepy, so I thought he might go down easily and quickly tonight. As I was upstairs I heard Poppa say something to Ethan about some jelly beans, so I ran to the top of the stairs and yelled down that he was to have NO jelly beans and for him to drink his milk. When I came downstairs, this is what I found....Ethan had pulled a chair up to the bar and climbed up and was taking is finger and licking the chocolate icing AND was drinking tea, not milk. Nona was in charge. He did go to sleep quickly though - he's worn out!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Anyways, while he's gone, I'm holding down the fort....well, let's just say we're here. Nina is cutting her first 2 teeth and has a little runny nose. Ethan is Ethan....did you know his airport is closed on Sunday and it's far away so he has to drive there? That's what I just learned! Oh, and he has kids - his kids go everywhere with us and they sleep in the guest room and he will go in there and wake them up. He is a wild thing with a very vivid imagination!!! Every sound or noise for the past 2 days he thinks that it is Mark coming home. He misses his Daddy - we're all of a sudden so used to having him around.
I haven't gotten much done around the house, but I did make homemade chicken pot pie last night...so that should count for something, right? Mark will jumpseat on FedEx and arrive back in Memphis Thursday morning - I will be leaving for the Carribean shortly after that (just kidding)!
It's amazing how I have gotten used to having Mark around - he is such a HUGE help with the kids, dinner, or whatever else around the house. Don't get me wrong, it's been nice having a little time for myself - oh wait, I can't go anywhere in the house without Ethan yelling, "Mom, where are you?" "Mom, what are you doing?" Then when I tell him what I'm doing, I get..."Why?" I'm so tired of WHY - and I know it doesn't get any better - it just cracks me up that everything is why. Why is it dark, why is it cloudy, why is Elmo not on, why are we having sandwiches, why is Nina asleep, why is Daddy in Maryland, why why why... but we are ready for Mark to come home!
Ethan having a naked sing along after bath time...lately he thinks it's funny to clear his throat before telling everyone what number to sing and before starting to sing. I don't remember our song leader doing that Sunday...but then, he probably pays closer attention to that sort of stuff than I do!Ethan's pitiful face...I even tried to get him to love me by wearing the I love Mom pjs...but he still wanted DaddyPitiful Nina last night after bath time - she just wanted to go to bed! Brother finally made her smile though
I don't know if you can see this or not...but if you look closely behind Ethan you might see white swirl marks all over the red walls. Mark and I noticed this the other night as he was walking out the door for the airport. Yesterday morning I asked Ethan what was on the wall. He stood there and said, "um, um, probably it was, actually it was...um, it's scratched." So I proceeded to ask him how it was scratched and he said he used his fingernails. CAN YOU IMAGINE scratching a wall with your nails??? Then he said to me, "Go get the camera and take my picture." So I did. It came off, no big deal...but I told him we don't color on the walls with anything!
WE WANT DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Ethan helping Mark blow his candles out
Enjoying Mark's homemade whipped cream
Happy Birthday Mark!!
Mommy and Ethan eating chocolate pie
How cute is this face???
I love this hat Nona and Poppa brought Nina from Austria
Not ready for this....Nina trying to see what's going on down below
So proud of herself!
I can see you...
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Mark cooked chicken Parmesan and homemade Alfredo and that was our Christmas dinner together. Then we all had fun opening presents. Ethan actually opened all of our gifts for us - he got into it this time. After our Christmas together, I had made a caramel cake for Ro Ro's birthday (which was Christmas Eve), so we sang to her and celebrated her birthday. Ethan also loves birthdays!
New Year's Eve we just couldn't decide what to do. I am in a family of poor decision makers...well, I'll just say that Mark and Carl aren't the best at making decisions....so after going back and forth about going out or staying in, eating out or eating in...we finally made a decision and started our night out on Beale Street. Mark and I had not been down there - it was a lot of fun and we want to go back! We stayed there for a little while and enjoyed some good food and some great music. Then our friends Amy and Dave were having a little get together to watch the Auburn/Clemson game, so we headed to Mud Island for that. After the game and after watching that crazy guy make his motorcycle jump in Vegas, we headed to Donnie and Cathy's house to end our night. Carl and Jaime had to get up early New Year's Day morning to get to the airport, so we made it an early night....well, we got home and Nina decided she wanted to stay up until 4am. Happy New Year's Mommy! Carl and Jamie left that morning and then Pa and Ro Ro left that afternoon. While we were sad to see them go....we're happy that our house is now vacant!
2007 was a great year for us! We're looking forward to 2008 - Ethan turns 3 and Nina turns 1 and my dad turns..._0! Mark is still loving being at FedEx and has some great opportunities in the training department - who knows where that will take him...or us. We'll be going to Mexico in June for Carl and Jaime's wedding and we are certainly looking forward to that trip! We wish all of our friends and family a very Happy New Year!!! Come visit us in Memphis!!Mommy with Ethan and Nina visiting the famous Peabody DucksDaddy and Ethan on the roof of The Peabody
Enjoying the wonderful Corky's BBQ
Doesn't this make you want to redo your tv room????
Ethan and Mommy making the last batch of 7 layer bars for the year
Aunt Jaime with Ethan and Nina - notice Ethan's adorable outfit Ro Ro got him at a children's boutique we found here in Memphis....maybe I won't have to rely on over the phone shopping at Mud Pies so much anymore???!!!
Enjoying Mark's wonderful cooking
Carl spoiled Nina - she would belly laugh at him and it was so funny!
It was a John Deere tractor year for Ethan...he loves his tractors and trailers!!!
How cute are these caterpillars that cousin Erica made for Ethan and Nina! So cute and they love them - thank you Erica!!!Nina sporting Daddy's new bike helmet from Carl and Jaime - he got a bike for Christmas/BirthdayThis is a funny story...after Ro Ro's visit in October, she left this vest hanging in our laundry room. I forgot to tell her she left it...so when Mark was talking to his dad about what she wanted for Christmas, he told Mark that she wanted a new vest because she had lost her blue one...I then remembered it was hanging in our laundry room - so I wrapped it up and gave it to her. It was a Ro Ro moment for sure!!Ethan singing for us with his new microphone - I thought you were supposed to imagine your audience in their underwear...not actually do it yourself?!?!
Nina LOVED playing with the bows and paper - cheap entertainment
Pa and Ro Ro gave Ethan a sit and spin
Ethan's surprised face
Pa helping Ethan as fast as he can open the new tractors
On our way out the door...Happy 2008!!!