Fun with the Grandparents!

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We’ve enjoyed seeing the grandparents a little more this summer, from time with Big Mama is Columbus to time in NC with Mimi and Grumpy. Our latest adventure in NC had a lot of summer fun.

We enjoyed playing in the park, especially now that Logan is big enough to walk around. We also enjoyed playing in the splash pad Mimi got him. As my brother said, “This kid gets his watermark park?” It was super fun to splash in the water.

 

So fun! And we look forward to having even more fun when Big Mama comes to visit this week.

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Stylin’ with a new haircut

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My handsome little man got his first haircut today!

It was time, even though I hated to think of him losing those baby curls. Another milestone, my baby is growing, growing, growing. But we were thrilled with our stylist and the whole experience. We went with my friend Jennifer’s suggestion and made a fun day of it with Auntie! Snip-its is in a cute shopping area, so we had lunch and shoe shopping afterwards – not his favorite part. But fun for me and Ash!

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Happy with our new ‘do!

He did pretty well, just a few tears. They have a whole package where you get a certificate, a lock of hair, and the whole bit. They let me just hold him in my lap, so it wasn’t too scary. Sweet boy!

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Most importantly, I had the lady leave him a few curls – not too short in the back. Those curly’s are just too sweet to cut away just yet.

North Carolina, on our minds

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We decided to make a week of our trip to NC for the CBF General Assembly.  We always look forward to seeing good friends at CBF. And when we realized it was just a short trip away from Mimi and Grumpy, that was a no-brainer.  We were NC bound!

Logan is loving his grandparents!  From Big Mama’s silly faces to Mimi and Grumpy’s fun, this boy loves to play with the grands.

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We spent lots of time outside, with this sunshine loving boy. Mimi got him a baby pool to play in. He was pretty nervous about it, so Jake jumped in too.

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We tried to wear out this little man with sunshine and fun!

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We ventured to a great lake park that Dad found.  Just in time for a thunderstorm.

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Play Date

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One of the best blessings of this past year has been the Moms group we began at our church.  A very fun group of normal, down to earth Moms, who I appreciate so much.  We have enjoyed getting together through the school year, and planned a few play dates this summer with the kids.

Our very own Martha Stewart, Nancy, hosted a fun water play date. For a bunch a tiny people, 1 – 3 years old, it was a magical land of awesomeness. A giant sprinkler ball, baby pool, water table, and toys a plenty.  Moms had pizza, ice cream and good conversation. Fun stuff.

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Such a fun backyard day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming in the big pool

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We ventured into the neighborhood pool and Logan may or may not like it. He hasn’t yet decided.

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He definitely does not like his swim hat, but Mommy doesn’t care.

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With a little coaxing from Auntie Ash, he was convinced that this gigantic bathtub was kind of fun. And splashing was super fun.

His favorite toy in the pool, however, among all the balls and floats, was this tiny leaf in Ashley’s hand. Oh my.

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Once Jake got him set up with the float boat, we were good to go.  It looks like we will enjoy the pool after all.

Fun with Big Mama!

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We spent a little time with Big Mama in early June with a good visit to Columbus.  It wasn’t all fun . . . Brenda had to spend some time in the hospital for heart procedures again. But we did get to have some good cuddle time with Big Mama!

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Logan is obsessed with glasses right now – no one can keep them on their face when he’s around. He loved making silly faces with his Big Mama and exploring every inch of her house.

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All smiles in Columbus!

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We had a good visit with family, including Aunt Miriam. Thanks for the super cute outfit and books, Aunt Miriam. Logan loves his, “Books! Books!”

We were glad to be there with Brenda until the docs gave her the OK to come home and play with her little grandson.  Thankfully, she is on the road to getting stronger every day.

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!