Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

We had such a great weekend! It was our first time staying at Jim and Michelle's new beach house (which is arguably more of a RESORT than a house). They have been building since this time last year, and we have watched it quickly come together these past few months. It is absolutely amazing, and Gage had a great time, especially in their pool, complete with fountains (that change color at night) and hot tub!
Laura Grace has become a little fish, and is rarely OUT of the pool. She and Gage had a ball!!

Monday, we drove back from the beach and had a cookout with Josh's family at his brother's house. We had beautiful weather the whole time and really could not have asked for a better holiday weekend.

As an added note, you simply MUST check out the newest picture of my nephew, Hayes on Theresa's blog.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More VB...

Today is my birthday, so Josh and Gage surprised me with this matching wallet and make-up bag this morning with a VERY sweet card! I just love it! I'll ignore the fact that my first surprise this morning was of a much different sort and was delivered via Gage at 5 am!

And can you believe that it is not even 11am, and I have had SIX people (not including Josh and Gage) send me an e-mail, text, or phone call, wishing me a happy birthday already?!?!?! How sweet is that? I feel so loved today!

Sunday, May 18, 2008


For my first Mother's Day, Josh gave me this Vera Bradley bag (the bigger size was much needed since mommyhood), and Gage gave me this personalized frame (he's very thoughtful at such a young age:). I just thought I would share about the generosity of the two men in my life...

And as a side note, this particular VB bag has oodles of pockets inside to keep all of my goodies organized--goodies such as wipes, camera, wallet, hand sanitizer, etc... Such a "mom" gift REALLY!

And as another sidenote, the picture in the frame was taken during our Christmas vacation in Michigan--the only time Gage has had an excuse to wear such adorable winter clothing (thanks to his big cousin, Preston for sharing).

Happy Summer!

I know that it "technically" is not summer for another month or so, but it surely FEELS like summer here in North Carolina! I just love
this time of year, and spending time in the sun and days at the beach are even so much more fun with Gage.

This time last year I was very pregnant and a tad miserable in the heat, so I am all the more grateful for May weather
this year!

Here are a couple of snapshots of two of the
greatest joys in my life...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day...

Ten things I love about being a mom (even though there are LOTS more):

Playing on the floor
Gage's breath (there is no greater smell in this WORLD to me than that!)
Big blue eyes that I can read better than anyone else
Fresh from the bath smell (apparently, I am really into "smells" lately)
Kissing chubby hands, legs, and every part of his head and face all day long
Baby noises-he "sings" and "screams" a lot lately
Kissing boo boos
Hearing Gage laugh
Going to the park
Observing "Gage and Daddy time"

Saturday, May 03, 2008


Wow! I just can't believe that my little boy is ten months old now. This picture is to commemorate this milestone. Notice he is sporting Daddy's Chicago Bears.

Strawberry Patch

We took Gracie and Gage to pick strawberries on Wednesday, because Josh had the day off, and I like to plan those particular activities when I have a little "back up" help. Gracie thoroughly enjoyed it, and Gage thoroughly enjoyed watching her enjoy it (that's really all it takes for him). Anyway, it was a beautiful day, and we had a great time. The strawberry patch was followed by lunch at Sonic, which lasted about two hours, because they have the BEST playgrounds!

Friday, May 02, 2008

A day at the park...

Typically, one would describe a day at the park as "fun" or "relaxing" or at the very least "leisurely," right?! Ours was not to be.

Last Friday, my sister in law,Theresa and I decided that we would take the boys to the park, which is about a mile from her house and let Xander and Cade ride their bikes, so we could push the little men in strollers and get a little exercise and fresh air. We planned to get there at about 11am (Gage usually naps from 10-11, so we thought this would work well), but Gage decided to sleep until noon, so we headed over to Theresa's to pick the crew up about an hour past schedule. Theresa had decided to feed the boys lunch by this time, so when I got to her house, I thought it best to feed Gage as well. Hayes (the only "low maintenance" one of the bunch) had eaten at 11, so he would be good until 2 -ish. We started to load up the boys. About 30 minutes later, we had all three carseats in place (Xander would have to go without the booster this time-after all, it was only a mile), but there was not a chance we were going to fit two bikes and two strollers in the back of my Yukon (a car that most would consider LARGE). We DID try, but to no avail. At this point, our trip to the park had become more of a challenge. Kids are getting fussy, and we are running out of options. We finally decided to borrow a car from Aunt Char to transport the bikes and strollers. We all drove to her house, dropped Tree off to drive the borrowed car, drove back to the house, loaded up the bikes and strollers, and she followed me to the park. We unloaded the boys, strollers, and bikes, and we placed every one in their appropriate places, and off we went down the track. I think we got to the park by 3pm. Between diaper changes, potty breaks, and feedings, we got a mere two laps around the track and about thirty minutes on the playground. By the time we loaded everyone and every thing back in the car and arrived home, it was time for baths and bed. Whew... May be a while before we venture off to the park again. Though it made for a lot of laughing, we are not convinced the visit was worth the effort.