Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Day

Our Christmas Day in pictures! 

Yes, only half of the lights work now...

Santa has come! 


Alabama used money from her lemonade stand to buy gifts for our family. :)

She also wrapped them herself. Love. 

Dr. Alabama Smelts

They're going to the Monster Jam! 


At Aunt Georgia's

The cousins! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

An Interview with Pate at 4

1. What is your favorite color? Blue

2. What is your favorite toy?  Ocotnauts

3. What is your favorite store? Wal-Mart

4. What is your favorite TV show? Octonauts

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Turkey and cheese

6. What is your favorite thing to wear? Fireman shirt

7. What is your favorite game? Tag

8. What is your favorite snack? Candy

9. What is your favorite animal? Elephant

10. What is your favorite song? Jingle Bells

11. What is your favorite book? Thomas

12. Who is your best friend? Jack

13. What is your favorite restaurant? Zaxby's

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Work with Daddy!

15. What is your favorite drink? Sprite

16.What is your favorite candy? sucker

17. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes

18. What do you not like to do? Put stuff up

19. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? The wittle white bear

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  A fireman and a Daddy

21. What is your favorite movie? I don't like movies . (Pate, you liked the Peanuts movie didn't you? Oh, yes.)

Pate is Four!

The most handsome boy in the world!

Pate, my sweet, handsome boy! I am just so thankful for you. I love you more than you'll know! You are such a fun boy who loves to play outside. You just learned how to swing yourself and can go soo high! You like to play in the dirt and make mud and are also getting good at riding your bike! You also like to play with your cars and trucks. Lots of times, you pretend they are a family. To the big truck, "Hey Daddy!" And to the little one, "Yes, son." Makes me so happy. :) You love to "play" football. Mostly you like to get tackled and to kick the ball. You make Blue play with you sometimes and poor boy gets knocked down quite a bit. But he loves it, too. You started t-ball this year and learned a lot and had a fun time! T, step, and throw!
Loving your skates!
You are a great helper and love to help Daddy and me! The other day, you helped him wash a truck and air up the tires. You are great at picking up toys. I'm thankful for your servant heart!
I love that you still don't say all your words correctly. :) Most of the time, you don't say the L sound, but say the W sound instead. Bwue, Mrs. Weesa, wemonade. You also say he instead of his. "He can't find he passy." But, there are a lot of things your say correctly, now. Instead of Axby's, you say Zaxby's!
You love Blue and he is over the moon in love with you! He wakes up from every nap calling, PATE! He loves to show you what he's got or what he's done. You are starting to play together a lot and I love that sweet brother friendship you have. He also likes to tell on you when you do something to hurt him. ha! You are really good at watching out for him and making sure he's ok.
We think you are a really funny kid! Sometimes you mean to be, and sometimes you don't! A couple weeks ago, you were upset at something I did and said in the funniest tone, "Mama Smelts!" haha! I guess you hear me say, "Pate Smelts!" a lot! Alabama asked you how you pushed yourself on the swing and you told her, "I just pat my back." ha! This week, we told you to show Papa your Georgia ball. In an exasperated voice, you told us, "But he don't have any eyes!!!" lol! Sometimes you ask me, "Is that just a joke?" ha!
Silly hair in the bathtub
You like to watch Octonauts, Curious George, Veggie Tales, Cars, Toy Story, Letter Factory, Thomas,  and others. But absolutely nothing scawy!
You love to run fast! Two weeks ago, you got your very own "fast shoes!" We went to the mall to pick them out and they are blue Nike Lebron X's. (on sale but still way more than I normally would spend on shoes!!!) You are so proud of them and love to wear them all the time. Daddy let you wear them to church on Sunday and Alabama got so upset. She said, "Those are not church shoes!" You told her, "They wook wike church shoes.' "No they do not!!" she said. ha!
You have a few friends and they just love you! Jackson, Beau, Clara, Georgia, Caleb, Blakely, Brooklyn, and Caroline are a few.
You have great manners and I love to hear your sweet voice say, "Yes, Ma'am", "Thank you, Mama."
You can also be very mischevious and a little sneaky! It's hard to not get in the dirt or water outside before we have to go somewhere.
Driving the boat! (Not seen in the picture, Alabama having a panic attack!)
You like to read books with me and are learning so much!
You are the only child we have who loves to go to sleep! ha! When you are ready for bed, you are going and with no lights on at all!
I'm extrememly partial, I know, but you are the cutest four year old boy I've ever seen!!!! I just love your cuteness overload! I could eat you up, I love you so! I know God has amazing things planned for you life and I'm so proud to have the awesome privilege of being your Mama!

At Stone Mountain on your birthday!

With Daddy

Birthday cake at Cracker Barrel on the way home

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sound the Octo Alert! Pate is Four!

Pate's 4th Birthday was a success! He was so happy to have an Octonaut party! It turned out cute and he was thrilled to have an octonaut cake and to have party hats, too! He got lots of fun presents like Octonaut toys for days, soccer ball and cones, John Deere Boots, mini trains, a huge truck with trailer, a book, money, a construction tractor, a movie, and more! He was just so sweet and happy to have his family come to his party. :) I love this boy and it makes me happy to see his joy and thankfulness! 

The party table

Sweet shirt from Wiggle Worms Boutique turned out so cute!

Blue was so excited about all Pate's presents! #brothersforthewin

Grandma and Grandpa with the Four year old! 

Kah Kah and Nana

Getting a little help with the candles! 

Opening the Crew

Grandpa helping with the Gup

Mimi and Papa with the birthday boy!
Singing Happy Birthday to Pate!

Party goers :) 
He was so happy about that cake! 

Under the Sea
Watch out for the jellyfish!

Sweet boy! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Funny kids

These kids of mine make us laugh every day.
Alabama really loves to be funny and tries hard to make us laugh. Of course, the funniest times are when she's not trying at all.
She does great impressions of people and movies. Lately, we watched Pollyanna and her and Pate recite scenes from the movie. "If I'm not dead before then!" and "You brought me all the way here to see a dumb old tree!" are her favorites.
Friday, she was doing a pumpkin worksheet and I noticed that she wrote a capital letter in the middle of a word. When I asked her about it, she told me "That's just the font I'm using." ha!
Pate was digging in the mud a week ago when Blue who was beside him, heard a plane in the air. We looked up, but because it was so cloudy, couldn't see the plane. I told Blue, "I hear it, but we can't see it because of the clouds." Pate said, "I can get rid of the clouds." I said, "Oh, how?" He said, I take dis dirt and throw it up to the clouds." I said, "Oh, yeah, I don't think that will work." He told me, "That just a joke." hahaha!
We were amazed at Blue last week. We were getting ready in my closet when Blue came in and said Mama and knocked on the big trunk. Since we were waiting on my sister, I said, "Bama, go see if Tay Tay is here!" Sure enough, she had been knocking on the front door for a while and we couldn't hear her so Blue came to tell us! Such a smart boy!!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015


Well, the pictures are backwards, but we so enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Nashville! 

Thursday, we drove up and checked into the Opry Land Hotel! It is just amazing and bigger than anything you could think of! We quickly showered and changed to get down town for the Dwight Yoakam concert at the Ryman. It was awesome! He played probably 20-25 songs and we had a great time. One guy in his band played 12 different instruments plus sang vocals. Amazing! He still had the moves, too! ha! 

While we waited for the valet to bring our car, we walked down Music Row for a minute then headed back to the hotel. We were trying to hurry back to make it before Room Service closed. We got to the hotel at 11:30 and stopped at the desk to tell them we found mold in our room. They were so so nice and changed our room to a newly remodeled room overlooking the garden area! It was amazing! He also gave us a $50 room credit! We ran upstairs and changed rooms and called in the room service with 3 minutes to spare! In no time, they brought our hamburgers and fries on a rolling table. So fancy! We wheeled it out onto the balcony and ate out there with the sound of the waterfall and the beautiful view! The food was delcious and it was the perfect night! (and it only cost us $2 plus the tip!)

The next morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel. I had a very good yogurt parfait while Adam got the $23 buffet!!! After breakfast we walked around to all the garden areas and shopped some, too. It is so beautiful and we could have spent more time but I wanted to hit up some Nashville thrift stores. We did find two, but they were not great. Then Adam was over it, so we found a hotel farther out and booked it and checked in. Then we left to go eat at Chuy's, go to the mall at Opry Mills, and make it to the 7:30 showing of War Room. Chuy's was okay (I think i got the wrong thing), the mall was quick, but War Room was so so good! I loved it! After the movie, we walked over to the Grand Old Opry and grabbed a few gifts from the store before we went back to the hotel. 

Saturday, we ate free at the hotel before we left and went to Wal-Mart and World Market. (My first time!) Then we met my sweet long-time friend, Katherine, and her cute little girl, Riley, for lunch at Jim and Nick's. It was delicious and it was so good to see them! I haven't seen her in almost 4 years!  Of course, I'm kicking myself we didn't even take one picture! ahhh! Well, that was all of our trip and we headed home to see those babies as fast as we could. Which, by the way, isn't fast. Such a long drive. But not before Blue facetimed us about 4 times! ha! Da-ddy. Da-ddy. Not Mama. Just Da-ddy. We were so happy to be home and love them and kiss their face 462 times! The boys got Cars from the Disney store. Alabama got a chopstick flamingo from World Market and a harmonica that she has put to good use from the hotel store. We were all happy to be together again. Especially Audra. :) 

I'm so thankful for an amazing family who took good care of our babies and even did our laundry while we were able to go on our first trip ever with no kids! :) Thank you thank you thank you!!!!xoxo

The view from our balcony! 

The Honky Tonk Man himself!