Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sunshine Days

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We have been soaking up the sun with so many smiles in these May days.

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Walks in the neighborhood and in the park are super fun.

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And, of course, with the start of summer we had to let the boy try his first watermelon. He was iffy about it at first, but was soon loving it.

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Oh, how I love summer. Watermelon, sunshine fun and the days just seem to be longer. I have so many memories of summer days with my grandparents, and as we walked tonight I made Jake and Logan listen to my stories of “nature walks” with my Grandma – collecting twigs and moss and flowers. (That is, in fact, the extent of my love of nature. Not so much a camping kind of gal – I love the sound of a flushing toilet. Really, my idea of nature is the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, but still) Sweet memories of her knowing the name of every tree and flower. And I can’t wait to introduce Logan to the pool in a few days, with memories of how my Nana and Tom had us in the pool every single summer day.

The boy is also obsessed with his favorite toy: Annabelle dog.

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And a little play with blocks, too.

Bathtime fun ends our wonderful days . . . this boy is all smiles. (Despite my ridiculous lack of make-up here, I love this picture. Says it like it is: joy)

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More birthday fun!

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Logan is lucky enough to be able to share a May birthday with Dad, his “Grumpy.”  I think these two have a lot of cake-sharing good times ahead.

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On Sunday after his party, we got out and about for a little bit.  We ended up at the mall where friends had told me there was a play area with good space for even the littlest guys. it is a neat play area, but on a rainy Sunday, there were a million kids there. And I had to resist the urge to go “teacher voice” on some of those crazy big kids who apparently had been given espresso and told to run wild – around my baby. Anyway, we’re learning how to navigate the jungle of play areas. But we had fun anyway, because Grumpy got a fun birthday present.

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Dad got to take Logan on his first train ride. He was SO excited!

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A boy and his grandfather.  They took a quick spin on the train, with goldfish in tow of course. Mimi, and the rest of the crew had a great time watching Logan try to hang with the big kids in the play area.  Once he figures out the walking thing, I feel sure he will own that play area.

We are so blessed with family who adores our little man.  It’s a blessing to have these moments with grandparents.

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Snuggles and love!

Birthday Boy!

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Happy 1st birthday to our little man!

This face says it all. He is the happiest of babies, loving life and a busy about the business of being a one year old. We celebrated the big first birthday over a whole weekend. All the family came to visit, and we invited friends and family to a party we held at the church fellowship hall (For space, and let’s be honest, the kid feels pretty comfortable there since he is a PK) His birthday party had a book theme . . . since his favorite word is “Book!” (He loves to “read” books of all kinds. And will repeat “book! Book!” pointing to his books when he is desperately trying to avoid naptime) So, we copied my dear friend Lauren and invited all our friends to share their favorite book with Logan, with a special note inside.

Our party theme was . . . The Very Hungry Caterpillar! ( a favorite we read every day)

I’ll be honest, I had alot of fun on Pinterest planning this little shin dig. But it was fun to do a party theme for my sweet boy. We had a huge caterpillar join the party.

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The kiddos actually had fun scooting around with this caterpillar. I wanted to hang it, but then decided it was more fun to interact with.

My brother Bryan decorates cakes (among his many other talents – singing, acting, drawing, shoe design, baking. I mean, seriously) So, he said he wanted to decorate Logan’s cake as a gift.  Along with the custom shoes he designed for Logan.  I was thrilled!

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He took a copy of the book and made it come alive in cake form. I was amazed!

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And of course a smash cake just for Logan! Thanks, Uncle B!!

And of course a little decor to go with our Hungry Caterpillar theme.

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Mom made these little caterpillars as favors, too! So cute!

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Pics of our baby boy, from 1 to 11 months. Ah, sweet memories.

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Logan is super spoiled by his Auntie Ash and his Aunt Penny here! Not to mention these two . . .

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Fun friends playing together. Luke, Luke, Quinn and Logan had fun with the caterpillar and some cars and trucks.  Cousin Alannah was just about Logan’s favorite person.

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Buddies!  Quinn will celebrate his big birthday pretty soon.

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Dad shared his birthday with Logan.

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Logan was more interested in the microphone than in folks singing Happy Birthday to him.

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We did the cake thing, He did love the singing and the cake looked interesting to him, but he didn’t really smash it or know how to eat it.  He just kind of picked at it. Then I helped him taste a little bit.

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His outfit for the day ended up being spread over a while weekend.  Mimi made this adorable cupcake outfit. And embroidered two onesies to wear on his actual birthday.  The hat was a special treat as well.

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His Aunt Penny made sure he was decked out in the cutest blue smocked outfit, which was fancy enough for church the next day (this kid is like his Mama – he takes a whole weekend to celebrate a birthday)

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Classic Logan face there. Love this sweet outfit.

So, we were blessed with lots and lots of gifts from friends and family. Logan got some wonderful books from friends, which he loves.  He got the coolest play space (with an actual ball pit! Can you believe it?) from Big Mama.  He has only crawled through it so far, because I’m afraid of taking out a bag of balls in our already chaotic-covered-with-toys house. But it’s so much fun!

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After the party, the gathered family all went back to our house to visit and have dinner.  Logan got to play with his other wonderful birthday gifts.

A cozy coupe . . .

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And a water table. My, it’s a shame this kid has nothing to play with.

Along with the book theme, Auntie Ash gave Logan two very special books. One, she intends to teach him religiously: Game Day at Bama!  Yes, it says “Roll Tide” throughout, and she is very proud of it. The other book was very special. She wrote and collected pictures and ordered a printing of a book called : A Very Good Dog, Indeed.    Yes, it’s a children’s book about our bulldog Harley. Melted our hearts!

A wonderful 1st birthday!

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The Doc is in!

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We celebrated Jake last weekend!

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Jake graduate from McAfee School of Theology with a Doctorate of Ministry. It’s been a great experience for him over these last few years.

We went to his Commissioning Service Friday night. It’s a special worship service and ceremony for the Divinity grads and Doctoral students too.

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Jake got his “hood” with the other three DMin grads.

Our friend Van who is a member at Heritage also graduated with his MDiv. The MDiv grads get a chalice and the Doctoral students get a special pitcher and towel.  They are really beautiful pieces of pottery.

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What goofballs!

The next morning was Mercer’s graduation.  This trip took a little planning since there was not a babysitter at dark-thirty in the morning when we had to head to Atlanta.  So, Logan came along.  While Jake lined up to walk and graduate, Logan and I stayed in the stroller and had the best seat in the house: under a nice shade tree waving to all the grads.

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He thought it was some kind of parade and waved to them all.  He gave them a little smile that morning.

Then, we made it through some of the graduation before this almost one year old decided he had had enough. We went inside McAfee building and and crawled over every inch. (Sorry about the tiny fingerprints on your office glass doors, Mrs. Libby and Mrs. Michelle – hope you didn’t notice) Then, we had to check out the grass and leaves.

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This may have been the favorite part of Logan’s day.

Once we finally caught up with Daddy, we had napped and were all smiles.

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This was a great moment for sure. We celebrated Jake’s hard work with lunch at Chuey’s (found out there’s one in ATL and Jake is THRILLED!)

I am so proud of my Jake. He certainly didn’t need this diploma for me to know he is an amazing pastor.

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Along with being an amazing husband, fantastic father and wonderful friend to so many, Jake is just good at ministry. I could go on for days, but I want to take this moment to point out how much I admire him as a minister. He cares, deeply, about people and about the church. He means what he preaches. He takes seriously the calling of being a minister and that calling shapes so many of his smallest and largest decisions. He is a great preacher. He challenges us and speaks to where people are. I am amazed with the ease with which he moves from the little things pastors have to do (the nobody-teaches-you-this-in-seminary stuff) to the big life changing moments in which he sits in sacred spaces with people in their most vulnerable moments. In that space, he is truly an amazing minister. I am amazed at the grace he shows to people, even those who have been hurtful to him, he regards with compassion. I love to watch him work, to minister alongside him, to have him challenge me as well. Jake is one of my heroes in ministry and I am so proud of him.

Enough gushing . . .

There’s also this:

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I mean, seriously. This guy.

We are so proud of Dr. Daddy!

Growing so fast!

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Our baby boy is growing so fast!

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It’s hard to believe he is an 11 month old and will soon be celebrating the big first birthday.  But for now he is busy getting into anything he can reach.

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He loves to go to church, styling in his little outfits.  (Yes, I will dress him in anything I deem cute, until he is old enough to grow an opinion). I just love these little seersucker pants and vest embroidered by Mimi.

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He and his best buddy Quinn love to play in the nursery and roll balls in the grass.

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Noting that, for once, we were the matchy-matchy family who coordinated all in blue-greens, I had to snap a picture (I was wearing a blue ensemble as well, but the photographer can’t be in everything).  Love these boys!!

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This is how we really look on Sundays: all smiles in our sweat pants.  Actually, he looks this way most days when we wakes up. Huge grins for mommy! My sweet boy is alot like me . . . super grumpy when he’s tired, but wakes up happy and smiley.

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He’s all about the motions these days.  Logan can clap his hands and do “So Big!” (above). When we sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” he claps his hands right on cue.

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He loves to crawl into EVERYTHING! Not much interest in walking yet – he can get there much faster crawling.  Here, he is giving kisses to himself in the mirror. (Never mind the weird stake thingy there . . . parent of the year award is clearly in the bag because of our dilligence with keeping sharp objects out of reach – oops!)

His very favorite toys right now are puzzles, books (he sits and “reads” flipping through all the pages, and his firetruck.  He loves to roll it all over the living room. But his FAVORITE toy is  . . . Annabelle dog! Poor girl, he chases her around, “pets” her (smacks her over and again) and pulls her tail. We do try to teach him “Be sweet to puppy” but so far he smacks her and laughs.  Thank goodness she is as gentle as they come.

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We love to visit Auntie in Atlanta sometimes. She is totally goofy and cracks him up!

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Oh this boy! I cannot believe that this time last year we were wondering when he would come and how he would change our lives and now I cannot imagine life without this little smile. We love every second of life these days, even the hectic church schedules and the middle of the night wake-ups (getting some molars in – ouch!)

In the next couple of weeks, we have many celebrations.  Birthday parties of friends, graduation celebrations, Mother’s Day, Logan’s first birthday party, Grumpy’s 60th birthday, and a big one: Jake’s graduation! He will graduate with a Doctorate of Ministry next weekend. Hooray!

So much to be thankful for!