Sunday, December 6, 2009
If you are in the Chattanooga area and haven't done this ride on the Tennessee Valley Railroad you really are missing a treat. We love it and so do the boys!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
You would never know the boys moved schools. Adam and Andrew are so happy at their new school and not once have they asked about the old school. It really is quite interesting. They've just fallen back into the routine. We are so happy back at Primrose. We have very happy children who love being at school and are so happy when we pick them up. It really is a night and day difference.
It was a tough decision to move them to a different school, but in the long run we know that it was the right decision.
Editorial Note: The boys have now switched schools, more to come on that later. :-)
Enjoy the photos!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
They had so much fun for bath time that we had to take some pictures. Little boys can be so much fun!!
This summer we decided to have a garden. We had more zucchini and tomatoes than we could eat. We learned an importnat lesson - no matter how much you like zucchini, you probably don't need 6-7 plants. :-)
Adam's favorite part were the sunflowers. I'm still amazed at how well they did. I think every bird in the neighborhood found them and had a ball with the seeds. Our deck still has sunflower seeds everywhere. Adam says he wants to plan lots more sunflowers next year. We'll have to see about that.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It was a great relaxing trip and Adam is already asking when he can go back!
Yes, I know it has been two months since I've posted anything. That should tell you a lot about our lives right now. It's been a crazy two months and I hope I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but some days I begin to wonder.
I'll give some quick updates and be on the lookout for a photo recap of the past two months soon. Let's see....my job has just been crazy. We launched a new version of the GAcollege411 website at the end of July. Despite all the hours put in before hand and all the testing, things didn't go as well as anticipated. We are still working through some issues. But the site is incredible and we have received wonderful feedback from high schools and students and that it what it is all about. I've been traveling the site talking about the site and we kick off the training in September. I love my job and I love helping students realize that there is a way to go to college and to find the college that is the perfect fit for them. It is so rewarding but so very draining.
Ken is still job hunting. We're on month 4 now since he was let go from IBM. The market seems to be flooded. We are very fortunate and lucky on so many levels with how things happened, however I think we're all ready for him to take the plunge back in the job scene - especially Ken.
Adam is loving Pre-K. I think he misses some of his friends from church, but he sees a lot of them at Sunday school and I'm sure we'll see a few more when choir starts up in a few weeks. He seems to be learning lots and is always telling us about something from his day.
Andrew is also liking his new school. It seems like he is saying more and more words every day and understands a ton more than he is saying. I'm sure it will all come in time. At his 18 month check up the doctor said it was absolutely nothing to worry about that he is only saying a few words.
It was a very busy summer and appears that it will be a very busy fall. Life is good and I wouldn't trade it for a thing. I'll be posting photos soon! And, I promise to try and do a better job of updating the blog.
Friday, June 26, 2009
We had such a great time and Adam loved it. His best buddy from preschool, Tyler, was in his group and they had a great time together. We had a great group of kids and volunteers. I think every summer I'll take a week off work to work on VBS. It was probably one of the best things I've done in a very long time......
We were able to see so many of the animals up close and personal. The giraffes were closer than I've ever seen them before. The pandas were also out and playing in their area. Adam loved seeing the reptile house....and it wasn't too bad. At least it was air conditioned!
Both boys sacked out on the way back home but it was a great Saturday outing....
We had a great time at the picnic. The kids all got bug catcher kits from their teacher's and they had the best time playing with them in the field. We had pizza and cupcakes and cookie cakes and the kids were all on a sugar high. It was lots of fun, but a pretty hot day for May. We had a great time and are so fortunate that Adam has loved Due West so much. It is so wonderful that he loves our church so much. Anytime he hears us talking about church, he wants to go too! Below are some of the pictures from the picnic.
Unfortunately, the day of their picnic, it rained, so we played inside. Andrew loves Due West and we are so glad!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Adam's buddies Luke and Tyler rode with him to Bruster's. Ken even took some photos of all of them in the van. :-)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Here are some of the photos from the great day....Enjoy!
We went to the Easter Egg hunt at our church (there were tons of eggs), dyed Easter eggs, made sugar cookies and decorated them and just had a great weekend at home.
My favorite quote of the weekend was Adam got up to see what the Easter bunny brought. He found the basket for him, Andrew and Dad, but asked "Mom, where is your basket?" I told him I guess Mom wasn't good enough. Adam told me "Next year, don't break the eggs when we're dyeing them and he'll bring you a basket too." :) Out of the mouths of babes! :-)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
On Saturday while Ken was at a meeting in Tuscaloosa, we all went to ride Thomas the Train in Calera. We had a great time...but somehow I didn't get a single picture of Thomas! Oops! I'm not sure, but Adam's favorite part might have been eating pancakes afterwards at Cracker Barrel.
On Sunday, we went to church with Mom and Dad and then went to their church Easter egg hunt. It was misting rain and a messy day, but the boys had a great time. Both of them came away with plenty of eggs and candy. We had a great time and had a great weekend.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
And, since we are catching up...this was on April 3rd. :-)
Grant's party was at the end of March so we're playing catch up for a while.... :-)
Let's see in April we celebrated Palm Sunday in Jasper, Easter was wonderful at home, a dear friend's wedding the weekend after Easter (where we did the programs for the wedding and I played the piano for the ceremony), my Grandmother Warren's 80th birthday party, roof damage from a storm and Ken was officially laid off from IBM. Wow - what a month. It was filled with lots of ups and downs.
We have Adam enrolled in one of the Georgia Pre-K programs and finally made it off the "waiting list." We weren't sure if we'd make it or not. It will mean a change of school for him and we'll move Andrew as well. They'll be at a private school that offers the Georgia Pre-K program and other daycare options as well. However, we took Adam to his new school the other night and he's been asking about it almost every other day since. Some of his friends from church will be there as well, so we feel really fortunate.
I'll be catching up photos over the next few days. I can't believe how much the boys are growing and how well they are doing. We are loving life even with all of its challenges. We know God is in control of all of this and that we just have to patiently wait to see what He has in store for us.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Adam has already been asking when he'll get to see Landon and Lydia again. :) He loves having someone to play with.
Enjoy the photos!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
On February 28th we had a party at Chuck E. Cheese with all of his friends from church. He had been begging for months to have a party at Chuck E. Cheese. This happened to be the weekend that it was pouring rain, so when we arrived for our 10:00am party it wasn't too bad. But, by 11:00am, the place was packed. There was not a single table avaialble in the entire restaurant. By 12:00, we were in the van headed for home. It certainly is nice to be able to go somewhere, walk in with a cake and have them do all the rest of the work, but what is even better, they do all of the clean up! :)
On Adam's actual birthday, March 4th, we took a cookie cake to school, which we had to bring back home. It had been processed in a facility with nuts...oops! We took back safe cupcakes. He got a few more presents and we went to his favorite restaurant for dinner - La Parilla. They sang to him and had him wear a sombrero. It was too cute.
On March 5th, he took Wall-E cupcakes to church to celebrate. By this time, we were just about birthday celebrated out. We were - Adam wasn't! He would celebrate every day if you'd let him. Enjoy the photos!
We made the very tough decision that Adam will only go to Primrose this fall. We've loved his time at the church and love that he loves our church so much. He'll go to Primrose full time and be in their Pre-K 4 year old class. He has so many good friends there and really does seem to love it there as well. We've been so lucky to have the kids in such great schools.
My job has continued to be really busy. I guess that's a good thing. We'll be watching President Obama's budget recommendations to see how that will impact my job. I hope that it won't, but if it passes to make all student loans through the direct loan program, I may be on the job market in the next year or two.
We also started the Financial Peace University at our church. This is Dave Ramsey's class. It is so good. We're in week 4 now and it has been a great experience. We have a few more weeks to go and are looking forward to the remainder of the class.
Here are a few photos from February. Hope you enjoy!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
We celebrated the day at my parent's house and invited all of the family to join us on Saturday, January 24th. We were so glad that Great Uncle Allen, Great Aunt Kathy, Great Uncle Neil, Great Aunt Margo, Cousin Abbey and Cousin Grayson game to help us celebrate the day. There is just something about sharing birthdays with family.
We had a great day!
These photos are of us dropping him off that morning and then picking him up that afternoon. He is such a happy baby no matter what....we are so blessed.
After we landed in Atlanta from our trip to Texas and finally got in the van, we had barely left the airport when this is what we saw.....
Not just one sleeping boy......
But two sleeping boys!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Here's some photos from our couple of days in San Antonio (some were made today), so I think I'm about caught up on blogging now. We went to the Witte Museum, the River Walk and the Alamo while we were in San Antonio. We had a great time and look forward to coming back sometime to spend a few more days exploring Texas.
So thank you very much Uncle Neil and Aunt Margo. We love it!!
Here is Adam showing off his $20.
And here we are after we found Thomas' Break Down Train....we were so excited.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Adam loved his new racetrack and was so excited when Grammie and Grandpa got here. They came over Christmas morning and it was like Santa arrived all over again. We had a great day and then had cupcakes and sang "Happy Birthday to Jesus." Adam lead the whole song and he was so much fun.
They are at such a great age and we are having so much fun....