Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer 2016

As it feels like our summer is coming to a close, I wanted to write about the things that we've done this summer and what we still want to do! We will start back with school on August 15th. We have joined a co op this year and are excited about the new opportunities there. I'm a little nervous about my music class but I know it will all come together and be fine! :) So, even though summer isn't over, and even when it technically is, the days are still warm and we will still have time to do some fun things. 

This summer we've: 
Completed the Library's Summer Reading Challenges 
Went to the {Atlanta} Zoo
Played outside
Watched TV
Went swimming several times with friends
Picked blueberries
Alabama went to Ballet camp and Art camp
Monkey Joe's
Visited Alicia in Atlanta (ha! that's a fun nickname!) (oh, and Audra in Athens is funny, too!)
Spent the day in Decatur
Ate ice cream
Slept in
Went to VBS 
Went to story times 
Rode the trolley
Cleaned out the craft room
Pate is playing T-Ball
Went to Greenwood to see Aunt Ann
Visited with Nana
Drew lots of pictures
Went to the lake with Georgia
Set up the bookcase with new school books
Lots of Chick fil A
Went to the park
Met sweet baby Annabelle
Ate donuts
Painted the dining room white
Rode on the Augusta Canal
Had Mattie Mae's picture made
Went to the movies 
Playdates with friends
Thrift store shopping
Built Kids Alive set
Girls Night
Visited residents at the GWV Nursing Home 
Late nights at church on the lawn


Some things still on our list:
Eat lunch with Adam
Go to the Thomson Museum
Go to the beach
Plan out our school year
Send out more Happy Mail
Craft some gifts
Make popsicles
Bake cookies
Post more on Sterling Oak Vintage
Ride our boat on the lake
Take the full Trolley tour downtown

Wow, when you write it out, we've had a full, fun summer! Even though we didn't take a big family trip this year, we still managed to make it a great one! Hoping to check a few more things off soon! 






Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Funnies

The other week, I told Blue to tell Alabama his whole name. He told me, "That not Bama. That my wittle Mama." So true, Blue! ha!

Pate likes to make up jokes. His funniest one yet has been: What do you call a banana that's old? A Nana! ha!


Mattie Mae - Four Months!

Mattie Mae, You have learned so much this past month! You have found your hands and can't keep them out of your mouth. I don't know if you are trying to get some teeth early, but there's lots of chewing and drooling! You haven't rolled over, but you are pushing up with those {strong} legs and crossing them over as if you are trying. You're holding your head up much better on your tummy now. Just Friday, you reached up on the baby gym and grabbed the toys! It was so neat to watch you concentrate so intently to finally get them!

You also started sitting in the Bumbo  and your brothers love to push you around in it like it's a car.

 You wear 3-6 month clothes and size 2 shoes. You also wear size 2 diapers now. You are still nursing every 3 hours and will sleep about 7 hours at night. When you are ready to go to sleep, you fuss a little, want your passy and now you put your hand over your face or in your hair. It's the cutest thing! You are a go with the flow baby and can sleep anywhere, although the car seat has not been your favorite recently. Sometimes, you have some tummy trouble and it makes us both sad. I'm hoping you move past that soon! The day you turned 4 months, you slept in your crib about half the night. 

 You did some really fun stuff this month! You celebrated your first Fourth of July. You didn't mind the fireworks and were so cute in all your red, white, and blue outfits! :) 









Sweet Sisters


You're never alone on the playmat! Who says they are just for babies??! ha!


We took a tour of the Augusta Canal with the GCB and you did good! You like this carrier and will go to sleep in it about every time. You don't like the Ergo carrier at all.


You can seriously sleep anywhere! This is on the hard floor in a Sunday school room while Daddy was working on the Kid's Alive set!

National Ice Cream Day (with Birthday Cake for Mama!)

We took a trip to Atlanta for a mini-vacation to visit Tay Tay. You were so easy to take along and made it a lot of fun! The first day, we went to Decatur and ate at Sweet Melissa's, went to the bookstore and read and played, then had ice cream at Jeni's.

Tuesday, we went to the zoo and you wore your elephant shirt, of course! I don't think you actually ever saw any animals, but you were very content and happy the whole time.

 Wednesday, we went to eat breakfast at Tay Tay's work then went to the Centennial Olympic Park to play and watch the Fountain of Rings show. (No pictures, please!) ha!

The big kids went swimming every night and you sat with me and Tay Tay and got some snuggles! You're a good traveling partner, when you're not fussing about being in the car seat! We were glad to get back home to Daddy, though!
We love you so very much, Mattie Mae. You get no less than 102 kisses every single day. You're growing up too fast, though, so maybe slow down just a little! ;) We want you to stay our baby! Pate is your buddy and says he's going to teach you how to be good. Blue likes to talk in a sweet high pitched voice to you. Sometimes he grabs your arm in the car and makes you cry, though. I think your first word will be "Hey" because you hear them say that to you all day, every day. Alabama is a great helper and thinks she can walk around with you now. She picks you up and sits you in her lap. We're blessed to have such a sweet baby sister in our family and I hope you will all be best friends forever. Thank you, God, for this precious gift!




Three months

Sweet Mattie Mae, 
You turned three months old on June 30! You are growing so much! You wear 3-6 month or 6 month clothes. You are such a sweet baby and love to smile and coo and talk to us. You eat every 3 hours and then after a few minutes, you fuss a little and are ready to go to sleep. You like to have your passy, be held sideways facing me, and patted to sleep. :) We put up your crib, but you have only slept in it for naps so far. You don't like swaddling so much anymore, you get your arms out in no time! You hold your head up so good now and are trying to be too grown, of course! ha! A few fun things we did this month were going on a date with me and Daddy to the movies to see the new Jungle Book (You have a baby...in a movie...), going to ride the trolley downtown, attending your first year of VBS at church, and praising the Lord that the health tests for Daddy came back fine! We love your to pieces and are so thankful for the sweetness you add to our family! xoxo, Mama


Your BFF, Annabelle, was born this month, so we went to see her! 

Morning snuggles in Mama's bed are the best! 

She wiggled and she giggled, beat all I ever saw! 


We had a great week at your first VBS. I was in your class with Mrs. Brooks! 



After church with Nana

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mattie Mae - Two Months

Dear Mattie Mae,
You are two months old now and growing so much! By this month, you have moved into 0-3 month clothes. You were 12.8 pounds at the doctor for your checkup. She said you were perfect! You wear size 1 diapers and size 1 shoes. You have started to smile and coo at us! It's so precious and we love to hear you talk! I think your first smile was on May 7th! Everyone is still in love with you and kiss you all the time! The other kids are also such great helpers. They get your passy and burp cloth, they hold you, and are so attentive.

The babies are ready for the day! 
On Mother's Day, we had our baby dedication at church and dedicated you to the Lord. We promised to raise you to serve him and to lead you to a relationship with Jesus and to teach you to love him. Our family was there with us on this special day. Here are all of us after church. You wore the same beautiful gown that Alabama wore and that Mimi made.
After church, everyone came to our house to eat lunch for Mother's Day and celebrate your dedication. Here is Morgan holding you.
Baby Dedication cake

Pate love


Family Reunion picture. Dresses by Cruz by Sheena Whitlock. 

Sweet lemonade. 

Blue and Mattie Mae. A lot of people say that you look like Blue and I think you do, too!
Aunt Betty and Uncle Jerry, or B and JJ, as y'all call them, came up to Nana's and got to hold you this month! 

Aunt Kathie and Jenna came over to Nana's and met you, too. We had a fun weekend with family.
You are starting to get some cute little cheeks to squeeze and some rolls on those legs! Everywhere we go, people comment on your beautiful hair. You are sleeping well and usually only wake up once to eat. Sometimes, sleeping until 4 or 5. You still have some tummy troubles that cause pain and are no fun but you are a good good baby. You are more alert and awake more often and you love your passy.  We love you immensely, Mattie Mae, and are so thankful to have you as the baby girl of our family!

Mattie Mae One Month

Sweet Mattie Mae,
You are a great baby and we are all so so in love with you! You are held all the time (You don't like to be put down!), kissed endlessly, and loved greatly! Since the first day we came home with you, your brothers and sisters have been wanting to hold you every day. They give you kisses or "kisthes" as Blue says. So cute! Daddy stayed home until Tuesday when he went back to work. At the Monday Doctor appointment, he went with us and you looked great!

 The jaundice was fine and she said there was nothing to worry about! Yay! Tuesday and Wednesday were a little crazy the first week with four kids at home all day by myself. So, on Thursday, we packed up and went to pay the power bill and went to Just Kidz! Then, Aunt Judy called and said she was going to have lunch with Jeff and asked if we wanted to go...YES! HA! So, your first time eating out was at Longhorns with Aunt Judy, Jeff, Papa, Joe, and all of us! You did great and slept the whole time!


Saturday, you had lots of visitors! Aunt Ann came to meet you and we were all so glad to see her!

Then, Aunt Judy, Nana and Papa Ralph came by. Nana hadn't got to hold you at the hospital, so she got to hold you for the first time.
You also spent some more time in the sun to get rid of all the jaundice. 
The next Sunday was your first Sunday at church. Everyone was so happy to meet you! It was so good to be back at church. You wore a sweet pink smocked dress with pearl beading and a white lace jacket.



Cristina came and took the most beautiful pictures for which I am so grateful!


Cristina Annis Photography

one week old

Here is your birth announcement. I love how it turned out...except for the wrong time on the clock! ha! 

I love this sweet little outfit you wore. It was a newborn size. 
Aunt Georgia came to see you when you were born, but this was the first time she got to hold you! She came by after work. 

This picture was after church on April 17th. 


Bo Bo finally met you on the 27th! 
This picture was when you turned one month old. You're so smart, you already knew your numbers! ha! 
And this is our first picture as a family of 6. It is perfect for us. :) We love you and smother you with kisses every day. Your brothers and sister think you are perfect and want to hold you constantly. What a blessed first month it has been!