Summer is one!

My delightful, smiley little head has turned one. My littlest sqweart has now become a toddler. She started walking (11 months) right after she started crawling which was a little late to the game (10 months) and she hasn’t looked back. On her actual birthday she had an ear infection because she’s the 4th kid and has picked up all the diseases and viruses from the other three kids that will build her immunity…but poor thing, she can’t catch a break– I  mean, she has had strep and NONE of my other kids have had strep! But alas, she is still wonderful… might need some more holding and loving when she’s sick, but still loves to watch her brother and sisters…

She loves to walk now, and carry around objects while she’s walking… and also take anything out of her siblings hands and then scream bloody murder when they don’t hand it over so Mommy makes them give it to her…Oh, and she knows when she is throwing food over her table…and when yells at her to stop it, she knows I’m mad and then she looks at the other kids around the table to see if she can, in fact, keep doing what she’s doing, or if she needs to stop. Group mentality – see what Mommy can take before she gets really mad! She’s still a mommy’s girl though.. needs some Mommy love if I’m near her. I can’t say I hate it… since I created it, she snuggles with me and loves on me… I had to create it since the other sqwearts didn’t need it from me, unless they’re sick or scared, etc.

My baby doll is grown up – a milestone… ONE!

Height: 28.5 inch  (25th percentile)

Weight: 18lbs, 15 oz (35th percentile)

Head circumference: 17.75 in (50th percentile)
Her birthday party was the weekend before her birthday with just close family in attendance and she did not love it when we sing the birthday song to her. She loves cake and ice cream but try to touch the lit candle and that did not work out so well. Unfortunately she was sick and had to take a nap during the party because she woke up super early that morning. Turns out it was an ear infection…poor bug!

Did I mention she has eight teeth and 2 molars? that’s a total of 10 teeth at one year old!   I am weaning her from the boob but since she is sick and has been nice to be able to quiet her down and calm her down with a little bit more breast-feeding.

She loves the water – tries to pull herself out of the floaty and still too small for the puddle jumper… and hates the life jacket… so yeah, a challenge! She loves some cottage cheese and cheerios and will eat most veggies like her big sisters and brother do…especially when she is really hungry… when Mommy forgets that I didn’t feed her, she reminds me with a loud wailing! She’s great with a sippy cup and a straw cup… so she is ready to get all grown up! So sad for Mommy… but love seeing her personality shine through.

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to keep the blog, or not to keep the blog…

that is the question. we ran out of storage space because i’m an idiot and uploaded too big of files with the pictures, so do we spend $250 a year and keep it up instead of the $50 we were, or let it go… a part of me wants to keep it up because it has become like a scrapbook and diary in one… and then I see how perverts are using kids pictures to post nasty things…and I have a public blog… so maybe just make it private? I mean, who is really reading this thing anyways? I don’t even know if my own mother gets on here… so, what do you think? keep or let it go?

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10 Year Anniversary Photo Shoot

So Adam and I made it to 10 years!! Whew! With a 6,4,2 and 9 month old, one really patient and obedient dog, a gorgeous house that fits our family perfectly, two jobs that we like most of the time because I mean really, they are jobs… but we survived!

I wanted to go back to Big Canoe, GA where we got married and take the little sqwearts with us to recreate some of our pictures from 10 years prior…Get ready for some cuteness!  We spent the night there and I took the girls around and ended up side-swiping a parked car… yep, Adam wasn’t surprised that I’m an idiot… I like to only hit parked or immobile cars… I’m talented. But we finally got the sqwearts to sleep and then sat outside on the porch listening to another wedding that was occuring at Big Canoe Chimneys that same night and we had our glass of red wine with my breastfeeding tank top on and Adam had his Chestatee Elementary shirt on… both of us proving that we are lame, yes… but also parents now… but loving being those parents and lucky that I still love my husband and he can still stand me… for 10 years and going strong… a new chapter with growing kids in a new house… the journey continues! Our marriage is challenged because of these new roles of parenthood, and it has been hard to put our marriage over parenthood… and we have failed a lot, but luckily we get perspective every now and then taking some time for just us…God has seriously blessed us so much… sometimes we look at each other at night laying in our bed, him playing with game on his phone and me watching HGTV, glass of boxed wine in hand and we say to each other that we can’t believe how good our life is, we are so completely happy and thankful that the Lord has given us this many years that are so good!

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Add in the 3 cutest girls wearing their mother’s veil – be still my heart!

The boys 2007/2017

 

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The girls 2007/2017

 

 

Hanging out on the wall 2007/2017

 

Bride with the kiddos 2007/2017

 

The kiss revisited 2007/2017

 

Father/Son 2007/2017

The constant smiles… 2007/2017

 

Mother – Son 2007/2017

 

Running away from the crazies! 2007/2017

 

Veil Shot 2007/2017

 

Walking Away Together 2007/2017

 

 

Now, just some good pictures that we got that day… my beautiful family.

 

Asher, 2, really wanted to pee where Mommy and Daddy got married… potty training at its finest! Hahah 

 

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Friends and Family

Hanging with Uncle JJ – 3 generations of Weart boys

 

And our Chesatee High Flyer for Attitude of Gratitude – love my girl.

Hanging with my ADPi’s and their littles

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Dawson Wildlife Park Hike with the Grandparents

Taking an afternoon hike on an easy-pathway by the Amicalola River. Lucky that my 70 year old mom and 75 year old dad can still do this with me and my sqwearts. Time keeps on ticking and I’m glad I get to spend a few more memories, a few more seconds together to look at the beautiful world God made for us… with the people that weren’t perfect, weren’t perfect parents, weren’t perfect husbands/wives, but were just what I needed. I hope and pray that I can say and do the right thing for my kids… because who really knows what they are doing.. but we have only a few short years to do life with our family… it goes by so fast… it already is and Adam and I are going on 10 years of marriage, and time keeps on ticking… and we just hope that we are doing the right thing for ourselves, for our kids, for our future…. hope. It’s a strong word…hope. It’s scary and wonderful all at the same time. Just so blessed I have all that I need. Thanks be to God. Thanks only to God… for He is the one that made this all happen. This moment. Thankful for these moments.

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February 2017 happenings…

Finding out where we are going for our Spring Break trip… Disney / Orlando, Florida coming soon!! Yeah!!! 4 kids 6 and under… can’t wait for some crazy!

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And Grace lost her first tooth! It had been wiggling for like 3 months… and finally, she was wiggling it with her tongue long enough it came out! Yay!!! My 6 year old is getting so BIG! 2/27/17

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What a day!! Grace lost her first tooth and passed her 60th reader to make her on the second grade reading level— and she has done so well! She has been putting in extra homework time at night and wanting to make it back into Mrs. Johnston’s class (who is the gift teacher so she had to go to another teacher’s class from reader 40-60… and now back) but she is realizing that it’s not as fun… because there are no more readers, but getting your own book, and doing critical thinking puzzles and other activities that only 3 other kids are in with her. I am a super proud momma… so proud of not what she achieved, but of her patience and her perseverance.

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And I love this one from Valentine’s Day… my co-worker made the headbands and tie… with these precious little hearts on them… LOVE! And Grandma got them the cute outfits — seriously, how adorable are my sqwearts?!?!?

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Lila’s birthday week continued…

Spoiled by grandma with a movie, lunch and ice cream – nothing better than some girl time!

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And then American Girl doll cafe with Ya-Ya before hurling at the table and then on the way home… poor thing! She was so excited to go on a date to the mall and though she was sad she couldn’t finish her date, she was still excited about her new pajamas!

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At her school they do the song  as she walks around the sun 4 times as she is 4 years old… and I get to say something special every year she was born and she loves it… this time Asher was in school with her and Grace got to come with me… so Lila loved the attention and loved having her friends and family celebrate her… she is so precious.

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Lila’s 4th birthday weekend

Lila’s birthday weekend started with her actual birthday on Friday and some yummy bad-for-you cinnamon rolls for breakfast followed by a day of playing with Asher.  Once Grace got home from school, we went to Central Park to play outside and then grabbed some pizza on the way home. After dinner we ate the cookie cake we made Lila for her “real birthday.” Grace even said, “mommy, all these sprinkles we put on here aren’t that good!” and I’m like, “yeah, I know – they are always gross!” Then we gave her our gift – a BOOM BOX! She had no idea what it was… and probably will make fun of us when we are older… but for now, she thinks it’s awesome! She got some Taylor Swift CD’s and they danced/ran around in circles before bed.

Saturday, we had her birthday party at Chick-Fil-A for breakfast… the sqwearts got to play with their cousins and friends, have some chicken minis and of course have some fairy birthday cake at 10am! It was a great time… seeing my big girl play with her friends, make new ones, get a little shy with all the attention when blowing out the candles…she is this amazing little girl… she knows no stranger, has a billion facial expressions, stands up for her siblings and won’t let anyone hurt them, and loves big and hard. She is absolutely amazing.

At 4 her favorite things to do are read books, put puzzles together, play anything “big girl” with Grace and Emma, boss little Asher around, help Mommy with anything to gain praise, make baby Summer laugh and stop crying (I swear she is the baby whisperer) and sing and dance! She likes to play outside, but it isn’t what she wants to do all day long – she would rather be inside – and has a pretty long attention span… so we think this one will be our musical one because she loves to be in front of everyone and can actually carry a tune unlike her parents. Her besties at school are “big Ella” and Katarina – she likes to play “Elsa” with them on the playground.

After the littles took their naps, we headed out to Stars and Strikes and played some games and Daddy won them a huge ball. Afterwards, we headed home with a screaming baby who didn’t get to have her dinner, and put all of my sleepy babies and now another big big girl to bed… it was an exhaustingly wonderful day celebrating my second baby… my little red head…my little Li. Love you, bug… forever and ever…. even if you don’t want to give me hugs and kisses… I will still try every single night.

Height: 38.5 in (25th percentile), Weight 32 lbs (25th percentile)

 

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50’s School Dance and Mommy’s Friends’ Get Together

Grace’s school had a 1950’s themed dance (in lieu of a Daddy/Daughter dance) that the whole family was invited to… so Miss Nancy watched the little sqwearts and Daddy and I took Grace and Lila to the school for the 1950’s dance. I took the girls to eat Subway (out to dinner for 3 and 6 year olds only includes a place they can get juice and a chips and cookie), and then went dancing with the girls. Well, Grace just wanted to dance with Makayla and Lila wanted to dance with anyone! It was nuts – kids running around everywhere! Luckily our neighbors were there and their kids, and the kids got to do a photo booth and dance around for an hour or so. YaYa made the girls both a poodle skirt and got them the little white shirts to match….they were adorable! I called YaYa on like Monday afternoon and she had them both made within 24 hours! Man, we are spoiled to have her around! Mommy did their hair and makeup and they were so excited. Grace gave Mommy some attitude at the dance, but that is becoming more of a normal thing instead of an exception… yikes… 6 going on 16! We headed home around 7:30 and we went to bed quickly after the girls… it wore us out too!

 

The next day after Mommy saw a couple patients to make up for not seeing them during the week when I had the stomach bug, I had my Physical Therapy girls over with their families to hang out. Burgers and dogs and a cookie cake to celebrate Treacy’s birthday and all the kiddos got to play and make messes while the ladies talked and sipped wine. It’s always nice catching up with working women about family, life, work…I’m lucky I found these ladies to do life with, even if it’s only a few times a year… we catch right back up on life. Life is really difficult for one of my friend’s right now and I can’t imagine her day to day life, but she showed up… that’s all friendship is… just showing up. It means a lot to me when people just show up.

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Mommy’s 35th birthday weekend

Mommy had to work on her Thursday birthday… along with getting over the cold virus that keeps taking over our house… so Daddy brought home a cookie cake so the sqwearts decided to eat a piece with the balloon — full of icing before bed! The next day I had my Friday off, so it was a nice day with the kiddos followed by an afternoon taking Summer’s 6 month photos with River. After the photoshoot, Mommy wanted to do something fun! Chick-fil-A for dinner (always a hit) and then Stars and Strikes for some fun games. Mommy’s fun is watching the kids (and hubby) have fun. But I did make a few good shots in the milkjug game and love watching the sqwearts slice the fruit on the video game thing… it was a great evening followed by an early bedtime.

Then Saturday came around and it was 70 degrees out which never happens on and around my birthday, so we took advantage and met my bestie at the Atlanta Zoo with her 4 kiddos and had fun up until it was Asher’s nap time and he went berserk! Unfortunately, little Ericson wasn’t a fan of the photo when we snapped this shot when we got there.

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Cameron and John have Camden (almost 8) and then Holland and Grace are (6), Ericson and Lila are (almost 4), and Eden and Asher are (2)… and then Summer at (6 months)… so they overlap nicely and Camden was really good with crazy Asher. Cam and I have been friends since middle school and traveled to GT together and beyond… so blessed to have a friend for so long. It’s her family that made me want a big family… Cameron is the middle of 5 girls and it was always insane at her house… always busy and crazy and loud… I hope my family has the same craziness!

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After we got home from the zoo we met Uncle Zach and Aunt Terese and Emma and Tyler for some pizza and then came home sweaty and tired. Come Sunday, church and some errands with the bigger girls is all I could muster along with playing and walking outside in this beautiful weather. I have never had a birthday with such wonderful weather… the girls kept asking if they could go to the pool – hahaha! I wish! Thanks be to God I got to see 35… even though I feel super old, it’s amazing how happy I am… I have everything and more I have ever dreamed about.

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Summer’s 6 month

Well, little Summer… you can’t stand to be in tummy time, so you can roll from front to back but there is nothing important enough for you to reach long or hard enough to roll back onto your tummy. You like to sit up to see all the action around you, but still topple over when reaching too far, or turning too much to spy on your brother or sisters. You are MUCH louder now… when you  are hungry, you are HANGRY! You are finally sleeping through the night again, since you regressed when you were sick for like 2-3 weeks with your first ear infection. You started in Waumba Land just lately and you are trying to get to 2-2hour naps a day… or at least Mommy is trying to get you to that schedule so I only have to pump once a day when working. You are still smiley and sweet, but you definitely want your momma… Summer knows strangers now and if she doesn’t recognize you, and I’m not right in front of her… she isn’t happy. Even when Daddy is holding her and I walk in… she wants me… and I kinda love that… even though it’s difficult when all the sqwearts are trying to get my attention and I have to hold the baby, it’s nice to still have a little baby to hold. She’s used to the football hold too because sometimes I don’t have two hands to spare… she doesn’t complain… just glad to get to see all the action.

Height: 25.5 in 30% percentile

Weight: 14 lbs, 5 oz 25% percentile

Head Circumference: 16.7 in 50th percentile

These were taken at her 6 month photo shoot when she was 6.5 months old at our house.

 

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Snow Days 2017

Georgia got to see some snow this year! Daddy went to YaYa and PopPop’s lakehouse for the weekend, so we got to play in the snow while he was gone. Grace could have stayed outside all day, Lila decided she didn’t LOVE being cold, so opted not to go outside for round 2 after naps were taken… Asher liked to eat the snow, and Summer didn’t really have a choice. Moby of course ran his 20 laps in the snow and then wanted to go inside to sleep the rest of the day. In between, the sqwearts got to have a slushy of snow and apple juice.

After church on Sunday, Emma and Tyler came over and brought their sleds and we got to use those and Lila couldn’t get enough of it! That girl is the thrill seeker! Tyler liked to race her going down on the sled as he ran next to her… Emma got in on the races too and Grace took a few turns but was more interested in selling snow bowls to Lila (my little entrepreneur!). Unfortunately, Asher and Summer were asleep during this time so we didn’t get to see them be crazy. But it was a great weekend to play in our 1-2 inches of snow!

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New Year’s Eve with the Pendergast crew

Getting the family together on New Year’s Eve at my brother, Doug’s home in Atlanta. It was the first time in 5 years we had all gotten together. The kiddos are all older and weirdly enough…so are we! I hired a photographer to take all of our pictures so that I wouldn’t have to rely on a tripod to get a good family shot. It was so nice to see everyone and take a little time between chasing children to chat with everyone.

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Christmas Time with the Wearts

Christmas Eve at church with Grandma and Grandpa… and then back home to decorate our tree — so Adam and I decided to get 5 trees this year for the price of a huge 10 footer like we normally get…so we got some smaller ones to get a barrier between us and the next door neighbors. Even though there is no house there now, eventually there will be, and this will give us some privacy… and since you can’t bring a potted plant inside for too long we decided to decorate it and have it inside for Christmas Eve. So we did the 12 days of Christmas ornaments as we sang them onto the tree (a Pendergast tradition) and then Daddy put the angel on and it was really easy being a really short tree.

Grandma and Grandpa spoiled the mess out of the sqwearts… some nerf guns, some swords….and then Santa came after a night with Grandma watching Love Actually with Mommy and Daddy. Lila peaked into the room to find the bouncy house and then spilled the beans to the other kiddos so when Mommy and Daddy found out she did and got upset she got upset and hid in the corner… after her tantrum, she joined the group and opened up the gifts from Santa. Asher just really enjoyed his candy that he asked for from Santa, and the girls got their gifts, but Grace was a little disappointed from the lack of gifts from Santa vs Grandma… but hey, she will get over it. After the gifts, we used the Browns Bridge Church KidStuf materials to reenact the Christ story – Daddy was the donkey, Lila was Mary, Grace was the angel, Grandpa was the Innkeeper,  Asher was Joseph and Mommy was the narrator. It was a great time… remembering why we celebrate Christmas.

After my one patient (yes, I was on call because I was on maternity leave and didn’t have any on calls dates so I felt bad, so I told them I would cover Christmas)… we went to Adam’s parent’s house and had Christmas morning with tons and tons of gifts. I mean tons… Aunt Jen and Uncle Ben along with Ya Ya and Pop Pop spoiled the junk out of our kids!!! These children were spoiled!

So fast forward a week later and Uncle Paul and Aunt Dawn and Cousin Tilly  came from Texas and stayed with us… we took our parents out to dinner to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in Dahlonega. We went for a horse drawn carriage ride after waiting an hour…but worth it… to see my mom’s face… she was so happy. It was freezing, the kids were bundled up, but we sang Christmas carols and looked at Christmas lights… she loves it and we love it because she loves it. Uncle Paul spoils these kids so much! They love his attention to dig dinosaur bones out of clay and hours upon hours in the backyard playing.

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December Happenings

Meeting up with some Circle friends for dinner in Decatur… Bailie was in town with her daughter for a cheer competition so Payal, Cam and I met her for dinner — it was nice to hang out and chit chat about life… i love my friends!

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Then a white elephant present swap with some ADPi friends for Christmas… and Katie having her third ANY day now… and Jess had her 2nd around Summer’s birth and Bunnsy is pregnant with her second… it’s a baby making posse!

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And my lovely legs post-varicose vein surgery… it sucked. And I’m still bruised and it’s been a month of recovery… and of course at the end of the repair I was going to get the spider vein treatments, but of course, I can’t have those done because the medication can cause birth defects.. and since I’m breastfeeding, that’s a NO GO. Dangit! The one part that was actually going to make my legs look better … and I can’t have it done! At least the pain has reduced.. but yeah, still looks  like old lady legs.

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My big Grace helping to feed her baby Summer…

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Gingerbread House making given to me from my patient’s daughter who loves to see pics of the kids fighting over icing 🙂 img_5927

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More Weart happenings…

Little baby Summer has cut her first and second tooth…  making nights awesome and her diaper rash even awesomer 😦  Asher has moved to a big boy bed (still with pull ups) and has been getting up with the crack of dawn but we have him locked in with the child safety lock with the door to keep him contained. It has been a chore, Asher is a chore….but well worth the chore. Seeing that sweet boy sleeping in that huge bed makes me sad he’s growing up so fast…the days are long, but the years are quick. img_5875 img_5881 img_5885b img_5889

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Christmas Memories with Grandma and Grandpa

We started off the Christmas season with a visit to Grandma and Grandpa. The girls got to decorate the tree with my old decorations and some sparkly new ones. Then decorating a cookie cake with A LOT of icing and sprinkles. Asher woke up from his nap and joined us for a game of Bean Boozled with Grandma’s face saying it all! Summer got her first tooth (followed quickly by her second tooth) but still had lots of smiles to share with the family.

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Sigma Nu Christmas Celebration

Nothing like getting 8 couples and 20 kids together for a little Christmas party… yep, there were 20 kids there – YIKES!! Our little group has grown quite a bit! Thanks to Lilli and Chris for hosting all of us at their house. A Christmas liquor swap with some crazy drinks (marijuana vodka, tooter shooters, etc) and even crazier boys catching up on life after college. Lucky to have all these families in our lives. Thanks be to God.

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Happenings lately…

My little boy would have been such a cute little girl – and yes, he wanted this ‘band’ in like his sisters.

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My first born Moby got into a riff with a coyote apparently. I let him out the front door with me when I was setting up Christmas lights out front (even though Adam told me not to). He ran away chasing something like normal – usually critters like birds and there’s a cat that stays out there sometimes. So about 20 min later he scratches the door and I let him in. He is normal, not limping, no blood (noticeable) and he runs and gets in bed with us just like normal. Then around 4 am I get a wake up lean from him and he’s wimpering so I take him in and hold him and feel some wetness and matting and ask Adam to turn on the lights and finally see the holes. So we wrap him up enough to get back to bed and then called the vet in the morning and take him in – thinking it was just some scratches and only 3 of them… when in actuality it was like 7 wound and 3 were really deep so they had to put the drains in to let them drain blood (all over my house and comforter). So he’s doing better now, finished his antibiotics and now not needing pain medication – but still the cone of shame and he keeps running into children, doorways, etc with that stupid thing. I feel so bad… he could’ve died! And I just gotta give him props… he is a badass! He wasn’t limping or anything when he came in the house – and the vet finally said for the time of night and the wounds and location – it was a coyote. No more out front for him… sticking to the fenced in yard in the back now. Poor baby dog!

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We all now get to eat dinner together at the table!

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Mommy and Moby with matching left leg bandages. I had my varicose vein procedure…one of many.

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

I gotta tell you one thing both Thanksgivings had in common… they didn’t want us over there early! We used to get invited over for an all-day event…now it’s, “well, come over after breakfast…or around noon.” haha, I guess expanding the family has it’s overwhelming affect on people! So we started off at my parent’s house on Thanksgiving Thursday. I didn’t have to cook or clean a thing (nor did I offer) so Thanks MOM and DAD! We ate a great meal and Summer tried her first solid food – avacado (which she wasn’t hating nor loving), and then after the Vikings lost we rode the golf cart up to the playground to give my parents a break… came home and hyped the sqwearts up on sugar playing Bean Boozled and continued playing outside – it was like 70 degrees out! We finally let the old people rest and took all the little ones home to bed.

Friday, we went to go get our family Christmas tree – but we are doing things a little different. Normally we alternate getting a potted tree or cutting down a tree… this year we bought 5 potted trees: one per child, and then a family tree…all with ulterior motives: to get some landscaping trees in the ground. The trees can’t be inside too long so they will remain outside until it’s closer to Christmas (but by then, there might be too many bugs in them…so we shall see).

Saturday, heading to my in-laws house at noon to begin watching the GT vs UGA game per tradition…but this year we actually WON! That rarely happens so an added bonus to my day! Sqwearts all played nice most of the day with their cousins and family and we ate a huge turkey and all the trimmings with sqwearts literally sitting on the dining room table next to us and taking up the kitchen table too. The dogs all got spoiled by the leftover turkey and the Weart men played games throughout the day. We celebrated Ya-Ya and Uncle Ben and Uncle Zach’s birthday with their gifts… but would later celebrate on Sunday.

Sunday, after church we went to see Santa with cousins Emma and Tyler per usual. Grace wants a mini Christmas tree, some Legos and a bouncy house, Lila wants a light-up trampoline (which Santa looked at me, like… what???) and Asher made sure he asked for CANDY! We went right after church so prepared for the wait with donuts and grapes, but Santa didn’t get there till noon, so by the time we got to see Santa, the kiddos were going nuts! But, they looked good thanks to Aunt Jen and we made it through – successfully giving Santa their lists…well, maybe not Summer.

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Then it was off to Top Golf to celebrate all the Weart birthdays (thanks to Miss Nancy for watching all the kids so we could go out with just adults). It was a nice time to get away and eat and drink and hit some balls! I am not good at golf… the ball is just too small… but it was fun to try!

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My big birthday girl

My big birthday girl, Grace, turned 6 today… She had her mommy and daddy come to her school for snacks to celebrate an early birthday since hers is during Thanksgiving break. She had cousin Emma come over and spend the night on Friday night and stay until the family birthday party on Saturday. It was a great day to celebrate this big girl! She asked for a few things: a microphone like Sid the Science Kid, school stuff, legos, a laser pointer like her teacher, and a pinata that you hit with a bat… and of course a cake – this time, a strawberry one! She got everything she wanted…and more, of course – there were so many people that spoiled her. She might not have reacted like she loved it, since she doesn’t like to be center of attention (nothing like her mother and father), but she enjoyed the love that she felt and she loved that she “won” the pinata (with the help of Daddy, but she doesn’t need to know that for now). I mean, even Uncle Ben couldn’t smash it up… those things are like rocks! Grace is definitly turning into a big girl… the attitude is starting, but the sweet little girl will always be there. She is so considerate and willing to share anything with anyone anytime… she is helpful and patient (to some extent and not really with Lila), loving and sweet especially with the younger sqwearts… Asher knows that when he needs someone to feel sorry for him or give him attention – he goes to Grace! She is reading really well, and writing better every day. Grace is really good at math and loves having friends… Makayla (neighbor and classmate), Jayden (met in Kindercamp and at church), Tammy (classmate) and of course cousin Emma are her besties… but the one person she loves the most is also the person she dislikes the most at times too – little sister Lila. They fight hard, but they love hard… they play really well together 70% of the time – especially since Grace started to like playing school and Lila loves the attention they give her as a “student” so it’s been working out well! I know one day they will really like having each other, even if it’s when they are 30 like it took Aunt Dawn and I to get to be friends… it’ll happen. For now though, they are pretty close.

All the people that came to celebrate our 6 year old daughter.

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When she first saw her new desks given to us by Uncle Frank. We finally took out the Barbie house she didn’t play with and added these… this was her reaction!

Birthday girl photos from school and the party at our house:

And Grace designed her own birthday shirt this year – putting on the shirt what she wanted the most, and then changing the colors to what she wanted when the first colors were not what she wanted…and the font of her name – her dad should be so proud! (since he’s a designer he goes through like 3000 fonts all the time for marketing purposes)

Height: 45 in (aka 3ft, 9 in) – about 40th percentile, Weight: 42 lbs 8oz – about 35th percentile

Grace got a special day with Ya Ya at American Girl Cafe… and shopping at the mall… some girl time with her Ya Ya! Ya Ya knows how to make a big girl feel special.

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Little Lila’s Thanksgiving program

Nothing like little Lila being a turkey for her school’s performance. I got to see her yawn, try to pluck out the feathers on her head piece, pick her nose and sometimes attempt to sing the words to the songs during her schools program. It was truly Lila! At least she didn’t run off stage like she did last year… but instead stayed on stage and was completely herself… enjoying NOT sharing the attention and spotlight from everyone she loves and holds dear to her heart!img_5382

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Grace learning to ride her bike without training wheels!

Learning to ride a bike after the training wheels fell off – that was the best mistake that could have happened… one of the wheels fell off and we just didn’t put it back on. She is learning fast…still not ready to go about it alone, but learning bit by bit. Proud of her for finally being brave enough to tackle the big girl bike… even if it is with Daddy’s help for now… I think Daddy is A-Ok with having his little girl need his help for a little while longer.

And some cute photos of SumSum and AshMan.

 

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Grandma’s 70th birthday in style!

Well, my mom turned 70 and we had to go big or go home! It all started Thursday… she and Dad babysit Asher and Summer and during their nap times Dad was sent out to “get something for my mom for her birthday.” Well 2 1/2 hours later my dad returned with Dawn from her flight. We met up for dinner that night at Tam’s Backstage and had an awesome kid-free birthday night out. Adam and I have a deal, since I was pregnant or breastfeeding for like 5 years, I get 10 years of drinking whenever I want to… so I used it this night! Steaks, drinks, dessert and lots of laughter!

Friday comes rolling around and little to my mom’s knowledge, Adam took off work so he could watch the sqwearts while I ran around getting ready for the weekend with Dad. With the help of Dad’s wallet, we had planned some local ladies to come up to Dahlonega for the weekend and do a wine weekend to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. So after getting the food, the decorations and of course the cake at Publix, I set out to pick up all the ladies from the house we rented for the weekend. We surprised my mom at Backporch Oyster Bar in Dahlonega square with some of her friends and some of her family. It was awesome – I think she was actually surprised! We had a fabulous dinner – with the whole tab on Dad – so if they liked a bottle of wine, I ordered 2 more. It is SO easy to be generous with someone else’s money! Hahaha! But Adam brought up the sqwearts and even though they didn’t stay long, mom was happy to have them there and they were happy to participate in eating the cake! So after a lovely dinner I took them all back to the house and they opened presents and talked and enjoyed the night.

Saturday AM comes and Dad takes Dawn and I to the house and we cook breakfast for the ladies – we gotta get them to eat because there is a lot of wine drinking in their future! An omelet and waffle bar – delicious and nutritious! Then the limo driver gets there at 10:30 and we head out to the first vineyard. Some of the women had never been in a limousine, some had never been to a winery… so it was awesome to not only surprise my mom and give her a treat, but to also give her friends an experience they had never had. So first a tasting at Cavender Creek vineyard, then lunch and a tasting at Wolf Mountain, then off to end the day at Three Sisters for another tasting and a bonus of chocolate… it was awesome. By lunch, I was pretty hammered, but tried to keep my cool since I was signing Dad’s name to the bill everywhere we went… but alas, I don’t really recall getting out of the limo… but I do remember making sure I pumped and dumped so my boobs wouldn’t explode!  Mom had a great time, reminiscing with her friends since they never hang out — it must be a generational thing, because they said, it had been years and they hadn’t ever done an overnight trip! It’s nuts, because my girlfriends and I go to girl weekends every now and then and I think that’s what keeps up going… because we don’t check in all the time, but we can do a little bit every now and then to keep the friendship going. Hopefully this will initiate a group hangout with this set of friends to keep in touch and use their retirement wisely and go party together – because let me tell you something… it was fun and I wasn’t even their friends! These ladies can party!

They all got back to the house and got into the hot tub… and since I booked this house strictly because it had a hot tub, I am glad the owner finally got it back and running for them to enjoy when they got home. It was kinda weird calling my mom’s friends by their first name though… because these were mostly her teacher friends and I called them Mrs. So and So and not by their first names… but after the second wine tasting… anything goes!

Sunday rolled around and with the time change, they got an extra hour to rest and then we got to hang with Sherry and Dawn for a little while at Mom’s house reminiscing on the lovely weekend. And then she was lucky enough to be packing for a trip for the beach afterwards! I mean, 70 seems pretty good! So lucky to have her as a mom, and hope that 70 was one of the best years!

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Summer’s 4 month

Stats for our 4 months old little lady….

length: 24.4 in (50th percentile)

weight: 13 lbs, 4 oz (40th percentile)

head circumference: 16.5 in (75th percentile)

My little girl is just the happiest baby in the world… except when she’s not. Every now and then she has a bad day that she wants to be held and will not stop crying unless you take her outside – so matter what the weather. She is blanketed by the sunshine, or the warmth, or the wind blowing, or the stars and moon shining… but that’s just one day a month or so… other than that, if you keep her fed once she gets up, she’s as happy as a clam. Loves to be held facing out so she can be a part of the sqwearts. She loves her bumbo – watching all the crazy play out in front of her. She loves grasping things and bringing to her mouth. Interacting more with life and loves to give and receive sloppy open mouth kisses from her siblings and cousins. Summer Rae of sunshine. She loves to give smiles – like huge smiles. Not laughing, but her smiles look like she’s belly laughing… and she rolls her head around while smiling. Unfortunately, she got all my forehead wrinkles to boot… but man, those smiles! She loves a good, warm bath… loves to cuddle with mommy before bedtime since that’s the only alone time we have. Trying to tolerate more tummy time, but not really digging it. I haven’t really tried to get her mobile, but I’m trying to do more now… but would like for her to remain a baby just a little while longer. My sweet little girl.

Some pics from the GT game on her 4 month day… and then one of all of us in bed after the time change – because the sqwearts didn’t get the memo the time had changed.

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