well it's hunting season again so my monkey and i are home alone this weekend! although we will not have time to think about it! we have a busy weekend ahead! this morning we went to our usual friday morning cracker barrel breakfast before daddy headed to mississippi now we are back home resting before all the fun and games begin! today is mack's friend kinley's 2nd birthday and we will get to celebrate on sunday at her auburn/alabama tailgate party!! we are looking forward to it! tomorrow is mack's b.f.f cooper's 2nd birthday and we will get to go to his construction zone party tomorrow! we will be party animals this weekend!! tonight we will be going to help coop's mom margie set up for the party, make a cake and bake cupcakes!! maybe we can even sneak a cupcake a day early!! i will post pictures from our fun weekend next week! hope everyone has a wonderful safe weekend!
last sunday one of my dear friends and college roommate came to our house to take family pictures for our christmas card this year. he does sports photography as a profession so i thought who better to take pictures of a moving two year old than someone who takes photos of moving athletes right?....so anyway T.G and his lovely wife came from tuscaloosa and we had a wonderful afternoon of taking pictures and dinner! i got the proofs today and i don't think i have laughed so hard in my life!! i have 127 to choose from and i wish i could pick all of them but i knew the right one as soon as i saw it! i'm going to wait and post the pictures until after i get the christmas cards in the mail so it will be a surprise but stay tuned to check them out and get a good laugh i hope!
never underestimate the intelligence of a two year old's mind!! last night i had my check card out ordering christmas gifts on the computer. i laid it on the side table and monkey walked right up to the table and picked it up. well i didn't think anything else about it until we got ready to lay down and i said "oh i need to get my check card". by this time monkey was in his bed asleep but i figured the card was somewhere on the floor in my room since that's where he went after he picked it up. well i am terrible with keeping up with stuff anyway and letting a two year old play with my only source of money is probably not the best idea. needless to say the check card is nowhere to be found!!! gavin and i turned the house upside down trying to find it! my sweet hubby even went through the garbage because monkey is good at hiding things there! we looked until 11:00 for it but it was gone!!! we are both looking at each other like "ok what would a two year old do with a check card?" pretty open ended question!!! so we gave up for the night and i decided it would be easier to look today when the sun is out and bright in the house... so i went to my room because that is the last place and had it. luckily the first place i looked was in the dvd player!! he has an obsession with pressing the button to open and close the dvd slot. i turned on the dvd player and opened the slot and there laid my check card!!! the moral of this story is never underestimate what a two year old can do with a check card!!!! ahhhh motherhood!!
well the weekend is almost over but it's been an intense one. as most people know my husband went to Mississippi State and is a huge fan. as you can imagine this weekend has been marked on the calendar for 365 days. msu has beat BAMA for the past two years so naturally he's had bragging rights...i could tell things would be different this year!! bama was 10-0 and on a roll...the game started out a little rocky but eventually busted wide open and BAMA came away with the victory this year!!! wooo hoo braggin' rights back to momma..at least for 365 days!!! daddy was pretty cordial about it, he's pouted a little but he's been a very good sport!! i have been so sick since thursday so i didn't really feel like cheering but i did the best i could from the couch and the victory was OUTSTANDING!! the weekend was topped off this afternoon with the most wonderful photo session with a great photographer and old friend! he drove all the way from tuscaloosa to do our family christmas card pictures. monkey actually cooperated very well for about an hour then he was DONE!! he is a wonderful photographer and i know he got some great shots! i can't wait to see how they turned out!! i will post the proofs just as soon as i get the christmas cards in the mail. after the photo session we went to an early dinner at our new Jim-n-Nicks which was delicious as usual. my wonderful hubby also got all of my christmas stuff down from the attic so i can decorate this week!! i can not wait to get all the decorations up!! i just have to worry about keeping a 2 yr old out of the tree this year!! should be lots of fun! hope every one's weekend treated them well!! check back for christmas card pictures!! smooches..
so yesterday i was off of work because mack was out of school for veterans day. we had a pretty relaxing day...the usual...play a while, watch a little cartoons, swing a while, pitch a fit, watch some more cartoons...you get it! i even got a nap out of him which is very unusual!! yesterday was a special afternoon though, mack had his new friend from school over for a play date. coop arrived around 3 o'clock and the party began!! the boys ran wild around the living room for a while then they went and emptied out the toy box (they didn't play with any of the toys but they got them all out anyway!) next was a little outdoor time. they played on the swing set but mostly played in the dirt on the hill. mack did very well with his play date considering that he doesn't have to share his toys very often. he was a little possessive of his toys and me at first but he got over it when he realized how much fun they were having! the boys played outside until it got dark then we came inside and they played with some of the 500 toys they pulled out. cooper's sweet mommy margie got here around 6 and was kind enough to join us for dinner so the boy's play date lasted a little longer!!! it was a blast having two babies running around the house and margie is so sweet so it was a very pleasant afternoon and night! i hope we get to do it again soon! i will post the pictures from the play date tomorrow!!
thank you to everyone who left sweet comments about my blog monday night!! i hope everyone took something from it as important as i did! i'm glad to know that people are enjoying my post and i am so thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family!! gavin, mack and i have come a long way in a short time but we could not do it without the support of positive loving people! SO THANK YOU!!!!
ok new moms (or old pros)...this is for you!! first of all church was awesome sunday!! i felt like God was speaking directly to me! the sermon was about our "american idols", a series that dr. les has been doing for about 5 weeks. this week was about our children and how we idolize them. i knew as soon as i saw the screen that this sermon was for me!! the first thing dr. les talked about was how important it is to raise our children in "God based homes" and i thought ok i want my son to believe in God but we are by no means a "religious" family we miss church some, we miss a bedtime prayer here or there. and then he goes on to say that a "God based home" is not necessarily run by a "religious family" (ok is he reading my mind?) he said the most important factor of raising a child in a "GBH" is the relationship between a husband and wife (ok i thought this was about the kids). he said people often believe that once a child comes along the main focus should be put on the child and often the relationship between husband and wife is put on the back burner. how do you expect to raise your child in a GBH when the sacredness of marriage and family is often over shadow by what is going on the child's life. children today are often glorified and praised instead of disciplined and made to face consequences for their actions. to make a long and wonderful sermon short...the best way to raise your child in a GBH is keep the focus on the marriage and make sure the child knows that he or she is very important and loved but there are boundaries and children need to be brought down to reality instead of coddled and pacified their whole lives!! wow! pretty awesome...take what you will from this but mommies remember that our children need our loving care but so do our husbands!!! one thing that gavin and i try to do is every few weeks let someone keep mack and we have a date night! the number one rule of date night is that we DO NOT talk about mack....we talk about everything going on in our husband/wife lives instead of what's going on in our mother/father lives...please don't get me wrong i love my son with all my heart and would do anything for him, being a mother is the most important and joyful thing a woman can experience but if you loose sight of your marriage and you own life how do you expect to teach your children the value of love, marriage, commitment and individuality??? food for thought! hope you are full!!
we're back from our weekly friday morning breakfast at cracker barrel with daddy! i usually try to eat a light breakfast because i'm not a big breakfast eater anyway plus if i eat to heavily i will be useless for the rest of the day!! to my surprise cracker barrel had a "new" breakfast menu this morning!! skillet meals!!! so of course i had to try one and it was DELICIOUS!!! it had breakfast potatoes, onions, peppers, smoked sausage, gravy, eggs and melted cheese!! jeez! i feel like i'm gaining weight just talking about it!! if i eat like that every friday i will be 500lbs! so needless to say we are back home and i'm feeling pretty worthless!! fridays are my house cleaning day but it's looking pretty grime on getting all of my chores done today!! maybe just the essentials like laundry and "straightening up". of course i was blessed to get the BEST house warming gift from my father and mother in law....a ROOMBA!! the little robot vacuum that vacuums all by itself so at least the hardwoods will be clean at the touch of a button!! it's a pretty yucky day outside so it looks like we might be stuck inside watching cartoons all day!! darn!! tonight gavin and i are taking gavin's sister out to dinner, tomorrow will be another day on the couch watching football!! big game tomorrow!! ROLL TIDE!!! well i leave you now because if i don't get up right now and get started my husband is not going to be very happy with the outcome!! hope everyone has a great weekend!!
i did my part so i can sleep at night and now we just pray and hope for the best!
on a lighter note...here are a few pictures from halloween and the beautiful weekend in the back yard! mack went trick-or-treating with his good friends kinley and parker and a new friend colby...mack was a "bow hunter", colby was the most precious cow, kinley was a bunny rabbit and parker was a transformer....i didn't get any great pictures because it is hard to get good pictures of moving babies but i hope deann or margaret got some cute ones! enjoy!