December to Remember

Adam got Vikings/Falcons tickets at the new stadium from work, so we were very excited to go see the new stadium and cheer on the winning purple team! 12/3/17

We couldn’t afford the Santa at the outlet mall this year since they revamped it so luckily we got to go to the Gibson Co. who the owners sing at Browns Bridge Church and Adam knows them from when he volunteers, so we brought all the sqwearts and cousins to their venue and had some priceless pictures πŸ™‚

Grace asked for a locket, a bike and a surprise…

Lila asked for a fairy house with 4 fairies so there would be one for everyone in the family to play with… because she is so super sweet, and then she asked for candy and a locket, but that’s because she heard Grace but she didn’t want a locket, so we edited our list to Santa via email to just a necklace…

Asher asked for a bike and that’s it. πŸ™‚

12/2/17

Then once we brought all the kids back home, we decided that Moby and Dixie deserved to meet Santa too, so we brought them to Ruckers for their pictures with Santa πŸ™‚

Nothing like Get Air again for our neighbor, Wesley’s, birthday party with Asher and Summer getting to participate in all the bouncy fun…and Mommy getting to have a birthday dinner night with Wesley’s mom, Torri, for her birthday with the lady neighbors… to see Bad Mom’s Christmas

Before the party, we drove to Dahlonega, GA Chick-Fil-A to go grab some Fish Christmas Wishes… to give our dining room set to a couple that needs a table and chairs, and another single mom of 5 kiddos who needs a place to live… so between us and my brother and sister-in-law we were able to afford her a down payment for renting a house for her family… just wanted the sqwearts to be a part of the giving that is the reason for the season and giving that is part of being a good Samaritan, a good neighbor, a good person… to be the person that Jesus was… to try to be more like Jesus every single day.

12/16/17

Mommy got to visit all the sqwearts at their schools for the their Christmas parties… the Montessoru school did a singing recital kind of thing which was a joy to watch…

Then I joined Daddy at his company’s Christmas party – a night out with great food and drinks we didn’t have to pay for…. means a great time! Oh, and we got to dance, which we haven’t gotten to do in forever! 12/17/17

The sqwearts (except Summer) started gymnastics class – Lila and Asher in the little kids class and Grace in the beginner’s class for a while before she gets moved up to the next level…hopefully in the new year.

12/10/17 Gainesville, GA got like 6 inches of snow!! It was awesome… so much snow… luckily I bought the sleds at the end of the season last year so we had them ready to go! We made a family of snowmen and went sledding with neighbors at the Elementary school down the street… we ate snow slushies, we had warm chocolate milk, the sqwearts ate a lot of snow on the ground, made snow angels, and had plenty of snowball fights…. we finished Grace’s list of things to do in the snow πŸ™‚

Daddy putting together his old GIJoe’s for the kids to play with… and eventually they destroyed… so we had to put them away until Asher gets a little older… and some pics of the kids watching Christmas movies and getting a tree at our local Kinsey Family Farm… Daddy cutting one down again…he loved it, I swear πŸ™‚

Then I wore my vest that Grace made for me to my small group night to show it off… and having all the kids fit in our tub, makes it for a wild bath time, but easy and water-efficient πŸ™‚

 

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Thanksgiving Weekend

So we started our Thanksgiving weekend off with Grandma and Grandpa… taking a quick picture before the kids destroy their dresses and Grandma and I enjoying our vacation starting our wine around noon… while Daddy obsesses about he Vikings *thankfully they won, and then eating a nice late lunch, then taking the golf cart to the playground to wear the kids out and Lila did the monkey bars all by herself for the first time, and then coming back to eat some s’mores and turkey sandwiches for dinner…

Then on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we normally go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, but since Ben got tickets, all the brothers went to the GT vs UGA game which was not the best game to watch, but the sqwearts and I went along to tailgate and see some of my friends and sorority house and campus…

Then we finally made it to my in-laws on that Sunday for yet another Thanksgiving dinner with family… and having some wine with my sisters in law this time… because, hey, I’m not breastfeeding or pregnant πŸ™‚ And Summer made her funny faces with YaYa at dinnertime that was so funny not to add to the pictures πŸ™‚

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Grace Raine is 7! A wonderful birthday month!

My baby is no longer a baby…growing up so fast…yet so slow.

Height: 47.2 in (40th percentile)

Weight: 46lbs (30th percentile)

The handout the pediatrician gave me stated:

-usually has a best friend of the same sex – check! Makayla

-shows growing concern about popularity among peers – yep!

-seeks approval of peers as well as adults – yes and definitely seeks my approval and I have to remember to give her validation for all things, except for when I have 3 other kids to look after and they need my attention for when they do something new or awesome…

-takes it upon self to enforce rules — yep, to the little 3

-tends to be quite critical – yep, especially of herself

-wants to be the “first” “best” “correct” in everything – yep…. to all of these things

My girl is super talented in gymnastics, she is such a hard worker – she will try to do everything she can as hard and as best she can… she works hard with reading, writing (spelling still needs work), math and with all of her competitive spirit with games/sports… and especially gymnastics. She is super loud and emotional when she doesn’t get the attention that she wants, but normal people won’t see that side of her… she is sweet and shy and reserved in public, but has lots of opinions at home… she is always looking out for Summer and likes to boss around Lila and plays super sweet with Asher… I’m pretty sure she single highhandedly taught Lila how to read. She is the most amazing child I have, that is 7… because let’s be honest… all of my sqwearts are amazing.Β  πŸ™‚

I got to go to her school for birthday cupcakes and Miss Allison came so that Makayla could eat with us for lunch on the stage… YaYa took Grace out for a special day on American Girl doll for lunch, and a shopping day at a real mall….and before it all was Get Air with Makayla, Kennedy and cousin Emma and Grace had such a fun time with jumping, climbing and then eating at Chick-Fil-A for lunch and ice cream. Then, Mommy met her for lunch at school with a surprise of having Miss Alison come too so that Makayla could join us for lunch on stage…spoiled rotten!

Then, for more celebration – we took Grace to see The Star movie with her brother’s first movie ever in a theater, and Lila – enjoying the popcorn and candy… and the movie was SO GOOD! I was pleasantly surprised! Afterwards, meeting family for lunch and then some balloon animals…afterwards, haircuts and treats at Sweet & Sassy with cousin Emma… WHEW! There’s more! Meeting up with Grandma on her actual birthday that Grace was off school so Grandma picked her up and I met them out for lunch and we got Hibachi and she got her Easy Bake Oven where she ended up making her own birthday dessert that night and also getting to see Miss Nancy and opening up her school gift that Gracie loved…. Ok, that is one spoiled 7 year old… she deserves it all! πŸ™‚

 

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Star Student Grace

Sqwearts learning about the attitude of gratitude at an Upstreet event at Browns Bridge Church…nothing like a church that makes kids wants to go to church. Miss Nancy got the sqwearts some rakes as a gift and they loved using them to get all the clippings up with Mommy’s help…forget about TV and iPads… give them a rake! Some other random pics around the house with more gymnastics and biking, but also Grace making Star Student at her school… I’m not sure what it means,Β  but I’m proud of her for achieving it!

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Grandma turning 71

Enjoying some Publix cake and Happy Meals on Friday night and then an adult-only lunch with some wine at Wolf Mountain vineyard on Saturday… I’d say a pretty good birthday for an old lady πŸ™‚

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Fall 2017 happenings…

Grace pulling her own top tooth… Asher getting another haircut and never being happy about it… and then going to paint our pumpkins and the Fall Festival at Grace’s elementary school for a fun night with friends… and I only have the 2 kiddos, so it was super easy and awesome!

Moby always finding shade when the temps were staying hot in the FALL…

 

Grace teaching herself some gymnastics – back walkover, now front walkover… she can do it all — but she does NOT stay on her feet – she is always turning upside down, bridging, doing hand stands… cartwheels, round offs….. whew– she learned a lot from just watching Kennedy – the neighbor.Β  Then we have Lila learning to ride her bike all by herself!! She has not been interested in the balance bike, and since James comes around on his trick bike she has been getting on her bike with training wheels, but the bike has seen better days so she tilts when riding it… and well, Mommy was getting impatient when we rode our bikes to the playground and Mommy just took them all at the basketball court and told her to ride her bicycle… well, Lila took one look at me and basically said, “challenge accepted!” And that brave little toaster just started riding! She could only do left hand turns for a while, but she just started riding after like 4 pushes from Mommy. Sure, she crashed, but she would quickly assure me that she was ok and that she wanted to keep going… man, 4 1/2 years old… she is a bad ass πŸ™‚ Summer decided too that she wanted to start climbing up all the stairs at the playgrounds, which means Mommy can no longer sit there and watch her eat wood chips or play in the sand, but keep up with her running around everywhere! Whew!

 

 

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halloween for sqwearts: mermaid, jasmine, flash and care bear

Enjoying our time trick or treating with neighbors Makayla and Kennedy and also James… so it was a big crew getting around most of the neighborhood… even with my 3 and 4 year olds… they were all-stars… we stayed up WAY past bedtime in the other side of the neighborhood and then Daddy came back to get us in the golf cart after hanging with Mr. Jonathon handing out candy… and they surveyed their loot… and Mommy gave them 5 minutes to each as much candy as they could… Grace strategically eating what she could and Lila, of course, talking through it all just enjoying the colors and looking through it all. They were exhausted, but it was an awesome night!

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Payal ATL weekend

Needing to spend some time for her birthday with my friend from my first day of 9th grade year… Payal Patel… she was in my homeroom in high school because she and I both had last names that started with P – maiden name Julia Pendergast… so thankfully God put us together to have in each others lives forever. She is seriously like the nicest person I know… sorry to everyone else I know, but she is truly the nicest… she even made goody bags for me to take home for the sqwearts to give them… and a cake… even though it was HER birthday! hahaha that’s Payal! So she went to Emory and I went to Georgia Tech, but it has changed a lot since I loved away in 2005… so I stayed the night in her Atlanta, Ga home and she took me for a tour of the new ATL… beltline, Krog street for lunch, then I saw the HOT DOUGHNUTS sign NOW on… so we had to make a stop at Krispy Kreme and then to dinner at the new stadium… which is crazy! She absolutely spoiled me rotten and then I got a good’s night sleep after watching the final episode of Friends that I have never watched… and when we lives together post-undergrad, we didn’t pay for TV so I watched her DVD set and I never finished it… so it was kinda like wrapping up a part of my life to watch that final episode… Man, I missed that girl and her CAKES!

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Cousin Tilly and Aunt Dawn Visit Oct 2017

Aunt Dawn and Cousin Tilly came in town and we got to play outside for a bit with some races… getting them wore out! The cousins who don’t get to see each other very much got a long weekend to play together.. means a lot to this Momma.

Then, for an early birthday gift to my momers, I bought her a photo shoot to get pictures of her girls and their kiddos (without husbands)…

 

 

The next day we stopped in at Hillcrest Orchards for some apple picking – enjoying everything but apple picking… riding ponies, petting chicks, goats, cows, cats, etc…. and then riding the zip line, sliding down all the slides, and milking the cow…. but the best part was jumping on the pillow-blow up thing right at the beginning… we could have stayed there and not done anything else – the kiddos loved it!

Them the next day, we took an adult-only day to Kaya Vineyard, thanks to Daddy for taking care of all 5 kiddos while we went out drinking… Dad was the DD and Mom wanted just the girls to hang out… with Dad’s credit card of course (insert thumbs up here). I made my mom break out of her box and try something new…. it was a new vineyard but it had live music which is why I picked it for Momers… she loved it… and the flight of wine didn’t hurt πŸ™‚ hahah

We stopped by the Dahlonega Gold Rush Festival on the way home and ate some funnel cake and Sherry took a cat nap on the way home πŸ™‚ I guess it was a successful day to celebrate an early 71 st birthday in style.

Love you Momers!

 

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Daddy’s EN Golf weekend and Slumber Party for the cousins

Daddy got to enjoy some time with his boys while the sqwearts got to enjoy some time with their cousins with a sleepover at our house… enjoying some laughs, some play time and little sleep!

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Cumming Fair with the sqwearts

Asher got to participate with some of the rides this year…. since I left for the fair right after school, Grandma took the plunge with me and took on watching over the kids with me. I am so blessed to have an old patient that gave us free tickets and ride tickets for the day so we had a great time and luckily only had to pay for the crazy amount of food we ate!

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GT ADPi Girls weekend

Enjoying some mountain relaxing time in NC with some friends since 2000… catching up, eating some double stuf oreos and drinking some wine and looking through old pictures… enjoying talking about the good old days and making some more memories…getting the old Cloudman 3rd floor back together for a picture of us 5… man… amazing… how has it been 17 years?!?

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Because why not…?

When your son wants to have his nails painted because his sisters’ want them painted… you take a picture, even though he has a meltdown 2 minutes later for you to remove the paint… hahaha

 

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Montessori Field Trip to Kinsey Family Farm

Enjoying a beautiful day with my middles at the farm learning about antlers and leaves and planting a tree and feeding some massive catfish… we have done this a few times now, but it was a first for Asher… lucky we have a school and a neighborhood close to home that I can join the kiddos as they feed the animals and learn a little bit as well…

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Drive for Drew

Daddy taking a group of his buddies to play in a tournament to celebrate and raise money for Drew Norton, a friend of mine’s son from PT school Christy Norton and her son with leukodystrophy. It was amazing to see some golf, some donations and some love spread around this family. The kids and I left after school to go see them in Athens, GA and give them some love and the sqwearts got to try out some golf lessons.

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Cousin Emma’s Field Day 7th Birthday Party

Enjoying a beautiful day to celebrate Cousin Emma having a great time with family competing πŸ™‚

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10 year anniversary trip without the sqwearts

Our 10 year anniversary trip to Dominican Republic.

Well, it wasn’t easy for me to leave the sqwearts… serious mom-guilt happening… I had never left them more than 2 nights with both Adam and myself gone…and then no more than 3 nights with just one of us gone… so thanks be to my parents who stayed at our house and took care of all the sqwearts and Miss Nancy for taking them in 2 days, and YaYa taking them all for another day… we are so lucky to have a village to make this trip even happen!

Since it was my brother and sister-in-law’s 10 year anniversary too, we decided to go together to an all-inclusive (because I had never been to one) vacation that was adults-only. We had to go the week after the original plans due to Hurricane Maria, but we were able to go and not lose any money with flights and the stay. The golf course was damaged and there was a portion of the adults-only resort that got damaged so they actually put us in the kids-allowed section, but they made that section adults-only temporarily for us couples wanting to get away from that environment… and noise. We unfortunately were unable to sleep in, but enjoyed watching the sunrise most mornings… and not HAVING to get out of bed… unless we wanted to.

Then we started to get in the groove of relaxing…well, I did… Adam was ready to relax when he boarded that plane… watching movies while I worked on my continuing education courses and crying about missing my babies. We started off the first day with relaxing, but not going to the pool as we were a little late and it was a little chilly and overcast… having dinner and enjoying some drinks! Adam turned into a gremlin the first night… this was the nickname BOTH Adam and I earned after about 10pm, we turned into gremlins with bad attitudes… since, ya know… we are not used to day-drinking… I don’t think I have ever drank before 7pm unless I was at a vineyard…so yeah, I’m not too good at it!

Then the second day was beautiful weather… it was sunny every day after that first half-day when we got there… so it was perfect. Pool football using the same football Zach and Terese bought on their honeymoon, meeting some other couples mostly on their honeymoon, relaxing by the pool (which was crazy to bring only sunscreen, a towel and myself to the pool, and nothing else!!!), playing some pool, then heading out for some dinner to celebrate the anniversary…meeting up with Z&T at the casino. But after some shots that were terrible and a terrible decision, we ended up back at our room by 10pm, after I turned into a gremlin… yep, ooops.

10 years later… still wearing the same dress (insert thumbs up!)

Third day, after a calm and long breakfast with a lot of mimosas, we decided to try the paddle boarding that Adam has done and loved, so we all tried… and none of us were a big fan except for Adam, but hey, we tried…but that was a lot of work! We went to the non-adults-only side for the swim-up bar but decided we liked the adults-only side after that…hahah, just too many people and too many kids. Every day I called the sqwearts (and Grace made me promise to call twice a day – which turned into a terrible decision – one of the sqwearts cried every single time I called – so never again will I promise that many calls a day!).Β  We hit up Hibachi for the night, but couldn’t speak to anyone sitting near us as they all spoke Russian or Spanish… so Adam was the only one responding to the cook, so he got the special award and got to help cook the food. Michael Jackson show after dinner, but Adam turned into the gremlin that night… as you can probably see. But Z&T were way better at controlling their drinking that we were – as you can tell by the cute picture I got. Then getting dolled up and going to dinner at the Mediterranean restaurant and then to play pool… which again, I turned into a gremlin… making it another earlier night… I swear, we couldn’t ever make it to the dance club because it opened at 11pm! I mean, we are losing our game.

Day 4, more games – attempting to teach Terese how to play chess, but she lost interest and went back to the pool… going to the beach when the boys took a nap after all the morning festivities and drinks. After his nap, we went to the kid side and played on the slides and I kissed a frog and got a prince…

We got a massage… pics from 10 years and ago, and now!

Day 5… pool side, relaxing… Adam relaxing a lot with his 3 hour nap, so I took to the beach and then to the market down the beach for getting our sqwearts some souvenirs. Then off to our last date night to the Italian restaurantΒ  with Z&T after some fun pictures that only take when you have been drinking all day long… oh, and when you’re married to Adam. We had to stop by the American sports bar to watch the Vikings Thursday night game and we finally made it home without any gremlin activity.

10 years, then and now…

Final day, early morning breakfast, I lost at mini-golf,Β  doing some last minute slides at the pool with me recreating some Ariel on the rocks without the great perky boobs though…and getting some time with my man on the beach for just a little bit longer. Then we were off… back to life and back to the sqwearts.

10 years ago and now…

So that’s a wrap! 10 years of marriage and even though we might become gremlims at 10pm, at least we do it together! I love this man and he loves me… what more can we ask for?

 

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Asher’s birthday week

Starting it off with a Chick-Fil-A birthday party with family and friends hanging out with some breakfast nuggets and then some birthday cake… lots of gifts and an hour in the playpen. I’m pretty sure Lila was more excited about Asher’s gifts than he was at the time, but he has come to enjoy them all – once the girls allowed him to play with his own gifts! My favorite little man turning 3… can’t believe it… but then again, I can. He can talk very well, when he’s not whining… he’s potty trained during the day except for at school where he has the most accidents (normally he pees on his pants or underwear when he is sitting on the school pottyΒ  and not tucking it down appropriately) hahaha… and he wants to do everything his sisters are doing, he naps at school but we can’t get him to take on at home, so whatever – it just means he goes to bed on time and wakes up later than 5:30am to get his cereal bar! He used to stutter more, but that has gone away for the most part, and he hates it when his sisters interrupt him, which you can imagine, happens a lot!

Then onto his actual birthday on a Monday when it was family night and they had extra special stuff – like the Home Depot building where they made some frames and a picture box. Grandma and Grandpa came to help Mommy who was there by herself until Daddy got off work, and we closed the special festival thing down… taking home a very tired official 3 year old boy!

Stats:

Height: 36.5 in (25th percentile)

Weight: 30 lbs, 8 oz (37th percentile)

And I leave you with some of the highlights of having a boy…

You’re welcome.

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August and September 2017

Just hanging out at the pool almost daily, going to the lake and playing around the house… sqwearts getting bigger by the day…

Having the annual Sigma Nu GT family get together at our house, then our old Small Group come up for some fun with all the kiddos, and in onto Labor Day at Lay Lake with Adam’s mom and dad – enjoying some cousin time and some lake time for the end of the season

Then showing off Grace and her achievement: High Flyer for Being a Respectful, Responsible, Problem Solver — that a girl!! Proud of you girl!

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Total Eclipse of the Heart with my sqwearts… well not a total one…

I wish we had driven to the places nearby that were going to be a total eclipse, but maybe next time… in the meantime, it went dark enough for the lamps outside to turn on.

Grace got to have fun with her bestie at school, Makayla.

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Summertime = Pooltime and Laketime and Hangtime

A little pool time every now and then, sometimes catching the neighbors at the pool for a Friday night hangout while all the kiddos swam until they practically fell asleep…then the girls first sleepover at a friends house… it was supposed to be at our house, but Kennedy got scared, so Lila and Grace stayed overnight at Kennedy and Makayla’s house instead… going to bed by I think 11:30pm – Oh lordy!

Then the dress up clothes fashion show… with Asher wearing the girls fashion Batgirl… so that made me realize we needed some boy dress up clothes… Ooops!

Summer throwing some dinner on Moby, but Moby not minding it one bit. Grace has been teaching Lila school and pretty much how to read… so she got a report card from her teacher Grace. Lots of unhappy faces because that’s what we’ve got a lot in this house as well as happy smiles. Getting our basketball on, Daddy got some legos for Lila as a gift but regretted them once he had to put the teeny tiny thing together, Miss Payal visiting and reading our bedtime story, the sqwearts all went with me to a memorial service for a late patient who was near and dear to my heart… so bringing some sqweart joy! Then we had a pool day at YaYa’s pool with the slide and diving board… totally fun!