Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tiny Talk Tuesday

Sammy's language is coming along at a great pace now that he has had his tubes for a while. He is also very obsessed with letters. When we are in the car he tells me about every letter he sees. Lately he has had some really funny things he has said. Here are a few:

Sammy was eating his cheese pasta in his booster seat. He then picked up his bowl and identified it for the first time. I was excited and told he was correct. He then took the bowl turned it upside down and said, " bowl hat." It was then I was thankful it was cheese pasta and not tomato based :-P

On Saturday night we were driving back from my parents house and Sammy started saying a new word. Tim and I looked at each other with a very confused expression. It sounded like a word that we didn't think he should know. He was very emphatic about this word repeated it over and over. I looked back and he was pointing at the bag of sun chips. It all made sense then.. he was asking for a chip. Last night we were eating some tostitos and Sammy came over and said, "eat sh*t please." I guess we need to work on the p sound ;-)

For more Tiny Talk Tuesday check out Not Before 7.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Father's Day... Pot Luck

Since we had company for Father's Day we kept the "celebration" pretty low. I am lame and gave Tim his present last weekend since I wanted him to wear it on Father's Day. Sammy got Daddy some plaid shorts from Old Navy and a matching pair for himself. I am hoping to take some pictures when we go to the beach in a themed outfit. Sammy also got his Daddy some books and made a beautiful card.

Whenever Becca is in town she misses out on seeing all of her friends. This year we decided to do a Pot Luck so that she could see as many people as could make it. Unfortunately since it was Father's Day not very many people could make it out.

We did have fun with Jolanthe and her kids though! Along with most of Tim's family.

Check out these beautiful sunflowers that Reatha brought for the table:

Reatha also got in a game of hot potato with Laurianna and McKenna. This ball would light up when you hit it. So they turned off the lights in Sammy's room and went to town!

Sammy and Kaleb sat down for a few minutes to eat some grub before going out to enjoy the outdoors!

Here is the spread.. Tim was amazing and cooked all of the hamburgers and hotdogs.. on Father's Day! What a great Dad!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm back.. trying to catch up on posts :-P

We had an amazing visit with Tim's sister Becca and her husband John! There was lots of hanging out.. lots of food... lots of chatting and lots of pictures.

They got to our house on Saturday night.. It was the first time other than Christmas that everyone was able to hang out together. Tim's brother Dave, his wife Lisa, and their beautiful girl Kylee drove down from the DC area to hang out as well.

It was the first time that Tim, Sammy and I got to meet Kylee and man is she a sweetie!

Here are some pictures from Saturday labeled with Sammy's names for them:

Grandma and Kylee

Uncle Greg missing his little girl

I am sad this picture came out blurry.. but Uncle Dave and Sammy had a blast rolling the ball back and forth!

Aunt Reatha and Kylee (Aunt Lisa in the background)

Aunt Rachel and Kylee.. I should have cropped this picture :-P

Aunt Nicia hanging out!

Uncle Greg had fun tossing 25 lbs into the air and catching it :-P

Aunt Lisa and Sammy reading a book

Going clockwise Sammy, Aunt Nicia, Daddy, Uncle Dave, they were listening to Uncle Dave's band

Tim and Kylee.. he got her to smile.. I like to call Tim the baby whisperer

Sammy, Mama, and cousin Kylee

Sammy giving his cousin a "snuggle"

Sammy likes to try on shoes.. We convinced him to try on baby Kylee's

Uncle Greg and Kylee

Grandpa, Kylee and Grandma

I will have to get pictures of Becca with Kylee.. somehow I didn't end up with any of those!

Monday, June 22, 2009


......I'm tired! .....Tim's sister and her husband are here from Atlanta and I have been busy enjoying our time with them. .....Sammy woke several times screaming last night! ....because I got up really early to get in hours at work. ...because Tim's whole family was over hanging out on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon plus some friends. .....because I didn't download pictures from my camera.

These are all the reasons I am writing this pathetic post! :-)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009 - Wrap Up

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your spring reading list? If not, why not?
Yep, I finished all of the books on my list. I made a much more reasonable goal for myself and was able to meet it!
  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?
I went with the same list. I really enjoy having a list to go from. When I finish up a book its not so hard to decide what I am going to read next.
  • What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why?
My favorite book this Spring was certainly World without End. I really loved this book. I love how it was a sequel to Pillars of the Earth but you didn't have to read it to understand the story.

My least favorite book was Confessions of a Shopaholic. I enjoyed the book but didn't really get into the book until about 3/4 the way through.
  • Did you learn something new because of Spring Reading Thing 2009 — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about?
I learned a lot from reading The Five Love Languagues. I learned so much about myself and my husband.
  • What was your favorite thing about the challenge?
I love the relaxed feel of the challenge. But setting some goals and trying to following through with them.

For more reviews check out Callapidder Days for the other Spring Reading Thing Reviews :-)

Friday, June 19, 2009

What's Wrong with Vanilla Ice?

Amanda wrote about Vanilla Ice yesterday in her post and it reminded me of a funny story from high school.

Our high school was way over crowded. To the point that the Juniors and Seniors had a different "bell" schedule than the Freshman and Sophomores. This was because it was a fire hazard for all of the students to be in the hallways at one time. We were very low on parking spots for the kids old enough to drive. So they were mostly for seniors and a very few juniors with the luck of the draw. I unfortunately was not one of those my Junior year.

Our high school had a pretty big slow pitch softball complex behind it. This was a huge benefit because they allowed students to park in their lot and walk to the high school. Sometime around October it was a nasty rainy day. My friend that rode with me and I decided to put in some awesome music. We were jamming to Ice Ice Baby and Havin' A Roni (if you don't know this Ice song go look it up its hilarious).

The school day ended and Nicole and I were walking back to my car in the rain. When we get up there we see a bunch of people standing around their cars with umbrellas. We were like I wonder whats going on. When we get to my car we found out. Someone came through and broke into about 15 cars and stole everything inside.

I had my whole big binder of CDs in the car.. all gone.. had a crappy "cell" phone but it was really old and the car had to be on and the charger plugged in.. gone.. They tried to steal my radio but they couldn't get it out.. So they broke it.. Mind you the Vanilla Ice CD had been in the cd player.. I looked on the floor of the car and there was a cd in with the glass. I picked it up and flipped it over.. My Vanilla Ice CD.. the theif ejected it from the CD player and then decided he didn't want it and threw it on the floor.. The only CD I have from that point of my life.. so I ask What's wrong with Vanilla Ice?

After the cops came and basically said sucks to be you guys go home. I drove home in the pour down rain with no driver's side window.. listening to Vanilla Ice by holding my CD player together and laughing because most of my other CDs were Christian music.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Company Picnic

Last weekend my company had a huge picnic at a local summer camp. The camp has such an awesome range of activities from a rock wall, to horse back riding, to a pool, to a lake with a zip line and canoes, and much more.

Sammy was a little young for most of the activities. He did however enjoy his first snow cone.. I got an orange one to match his shirt if you know what I'm saying.

Those of you that haven't read my blog long might not know that my son LOVES to jump. Ever since he as about 4 months old he wanted to be in the exersaucer or johnny jump up doing his thing. That might be why he started jumping about 9 months ahead of schedule. We took Sammy to a jump house place and he hated it.. this was pre tubes and I think it was loud and scared him. We went to a church Easter egg hunt and tried to get him to jump there.. he hated it (also pre tubes).

Well this time I was determined he would get inside and like it! Tim and Sammy went in together to get him comfortable. Sorry for the blurry picture.. but this was right after we convinced him to jump:

It worked out well that no other kids were in there when he was getting comfortable. But it didn't take long for him to really enjoy himself. I think the noise isn't so weird for him and he was able to do it by himself made for a winning combination.
Sammy's other favorite activity.. jumping off this rock!

Finally got him to sit still for a while when we gave him his own bag of salt/butter popcorn ;-)
Can I just say I love his shirt.. I can't wait to put it on him again!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

8 things..Meme

Amanda at Lifelong Playdate had a fun post earlier this week and I thought I would join in on the fun.

8 things i look forward to:
the lake, the beach, the weekend, visiting with family, summer, Sammy learning new words, 5:30pm on weekdays, and Sammy's kisses before bed
8 things i did yesterday: went to lunch with my best buddy with out our kids, exchanged the swimsuit I got Tim for a smaller size, bathed the dog (yay.. blog post coming later), played scrabble with Tim, repeatedly cleaned up toys, blew bubbles, played choo choos , and read eclipse
8 things i wish i could do: water ski (maybe this summer), eat what I want and lose weight, stay home full time, a better job keeping the house clean, sew, sleep in, scrapbook, and keep in touch with everyone
8 shows i watch: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Survivor (I know I'm a dork), American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Big Bang Theory, Curios George, and anything else Sammy watches

You are suppose to tag people.. but if you want to do this feel free.. let me know if you do I will come over and read it :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lawn Party...

I have never heard of such a thing until I moved here. Basically the gist is the lawn party is a carnival. All of the proceeds go to the volunteer fire department that hosted the party. So that said there are a bunch all over the area throughout the summer.

Last week our local town had a lawn party.. it unfortunately was raining most of the time and the field was really wet. However, that didn't keep us from the parade, rides and funnel cake :-).

Sammy didn't understand why we were standing on the side of the street. But he knew everyone was watching the road. So every time a car drove by he would get really excited and point at it.

I really liked this picture.. a natural Sammy smile!

Watching the start of the parade.. so much concentration!!

Our local fire truck! Our neighbor is a volunteer there.. we kept watching forMason but he was working at the actual party.

There were a ton of tractors there. Sammy though they were really neat to look at. They park them next to the party and you can go over and sit on them. Tim and Sammy did this while I stood in line :-)

Waving at the firemen.. we need to make a trip to a fire station!

There were even some redneck trucks.. in the parade.. I look at Tim and asked where we lived ;-).. The back of this truck said Mud makes me h*rney.. so single ladies.. let me know I will try and get his number LOL!

Sammy got really excited for the drums to come through.. he watched them as far as he could down the street.

Some baton twirlers.. they marched with the drums. Sammy was still watching the drummers!

Okay I had to put another tractor picture on.. This kid was so cute.. he was probably 8 or 9 and drove that stick shift tractor like a pro.. it was so cute!

Sammy loved this carousel! He asked for more after it was over. This picture is a little blurry but Sammy's expression is wonderful!

So happy!!

Sammy and Daddy did the big slide!

Sammy loved it.. but not as much as the carousel!
We got a funnel cake.. because how could you not when you are at a lawn party.. However, Sammy wasn't feeling adventurous so he didn't try any. But man was it good ;-)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friend Makin Monday- Confessions

This week I am joining in the Friend Makin Monday hosted at All That is Good. I saw this on a blog last week and just had to join in on the fun :-)!

Each week Kasey puts up a new topic to write 10 things down about. Last week it was the 10 things you loved about summer. This week is a toughy ;-) its 10 confessions.

1. I hate cleaning the house.. Most of my family are neat freaks (love you guys)... I'm the black sheep and I am totally fine with that.
2. I sometimes forget to give Sammy's veggies all day long.. its not that he doesn't like them I just can't seem to remember it all
3. I often stay up to late reading then I'm grumpy in the morning when Sammy gets up!
4. I love board games.. whats that thats not a confession.. Well I love them the most when I win ;-)
5. I cannot remember the last time I gave the dog a bath!
6. I don't like to snuggle when I'm sleeping.. I know bad wife :-P
7. I like to eat apples and peanut butter mostly for the peanut butter.
8. I confess to giving Tim his father's day present early because I was excited for him to see what I Sammy got him.
9. I confess to have never left Sammy with a babysitter.. It has always been family or good friends.
10. I have been doing terrible watching what I eat.. but I am working on pulling it back together!

What are your confessions?