Saturday, August 31, 2013

Busy Weekend!

Last weekend, and the early part of last week, was jam packed with lots of fun!  By about Thursday afternoon the exhaustion was beginning to set in!  Amongst many things to do, we also had a visit from the fever virus.  Poor John William had fever Saturday through Tuesday, but thankfully no other symptoms and nothing came of it.

Our busy weekend started by John William making a trip to Fort Deposit to spend some time with Pops and Grandma (still not sure what he'll call Mrs. Sharon- he'll be coming up with something soon!)

Brett and I went to a beautiful wedding here in Tuscaloosa Friday night

Saturday I had an all day conference here in town for work.  The Ooey Gooey Lady (Lisa Murphy) returned to Tuscaloosa to do a work shop, and it was so good!  She is wonderful!!!  If you are in Early Child Care, you should really check her out.  She is hilarious and filled with tons of ideas for great hands on activities and learning!

Saturday night we headed to Birmingham to Superior Grill to celebrate our good friend Carla's birthday.  Can't believe we didn't get a pic!  This was a great night with all of our closest friends!

Monday Night we headed to Montgomery for a surprise Birthday party for Mrs. Sharon.  Our time there was short because of the little one having fever.  Mr. Ronnie surprised her with all of her friends in a suit at the Montgomery Biscuits game.

when John William would get his 5 minutes spouts of energy, this is what he wanted to do!

Tuesday night, along with some girls from work, we lived some of our teenage dreams...

and went to the Backstreet Boys concert!

we LOVE the Tuscaloosa amphitheater, the fact that it is less than 3 miles from my house is just an added bonus!  

we acted like we were 15 again

the BSB put on a great show!!!  It's funny how all the words came back to us too!

Wednesday was our kick off of "The Story" that our church is doing, so we had another fun and late night at UCC!

Although this is the first Alabama kick-off game we have missed since pre-college days, I'm pretty excited to spend this 3 day weekend at home with my family, with very little plans!  Roll Tide!!

Clinic #6

Also known as the Pulmonary Clinic at Children's hospital in Birmingham, is a place we have come to know.  And we are thankful for that.  Last March we noticed John William was having chronic bouts with pneumonia, after looking at all his x-rays we noticed that the spots in his lungs were really not healing (especially the spots on his right lung).  We got checked out and he has something called "Middle Right Lobe Syndrome", something apparently common in young children, along with talking about him having asthma.  This is all treatable, so that we are thankful for.  When we went back in May his lungs were looking better (spots still there, but not worse) and we were told in August he could begin to be congested again with constant mucus.  And like clock work, August 1st approached, and there was the snot!  He hasn't had any other symptoms, so I knew it was just his allergies, and because he has the spots on his right lung that act like sponges he just tends to hold the congestion and mucus a little better than others.  We had our scheduled visit to clinic 6, and I was thankful for that.  After looking at x-rays it still shows those little sponges on the middle lobe of right lung, but the Dr. said they hadn't worsened to a point of concern- that's a great thing, especially since he has been so congested!  He suggested along with his inhaler steroid he also take Singular daily to help with his allergens.  We will go back in January so long as he doesn't catch any lung infections (Pneumonia) this fall/early winter, which he is at higher risk for.  We will just pray that we will avoid that this season and we'll have a clear check up in January!

the exam room tends to get a little silly as we wait!

our nurse let John William check his oxygen levels!

these 2 are best buddies

for being such a trooper he got a prize when we got home

and he loves it!

Basketball in my living room.. makes me feel like a mommy of a big boy.. and I love it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Orange Room

Welcome to the Orange Room!

I can't believe my sweet baby boy is no longer in the 'baby room'!  We had a wonderful time in the Purple Room (the nursery) and loved our teachers!  Last August was a huge transition for me; going back to work, getting 2 people ready and out the door in time, and leaving my baby in the care of someone else.  We truly couldn't have asked for a better year!!  Although, I was very sad to see my baby move on up, I am excited about what this year will bring!  Thankfully for us, all the teachers at UCP are great, so I know this will be another great year!!

First Day!

A few things that are different this year are... sleeping on a nap mat (and only 1 nap at that!!)

eating lunch at the big table

Mr. Independent is loving that!

He now gets big boy play time in the gym!

this is one of the times our paths cross during the day

he wanted nothing to do with me.. he was all about the scooters!

it made my heart happy!

We've had a great first 3 days back, and are getting use to this new schedule and routine!  I'm so blessed that I get to be just down the hall from where John William is, it helps this momma get through realizing my boy is growing up!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Gulf Coast Zoo

While at the Beach we decided to take a break from the direct sun for one morning so while the boys were playing golf, Mrs. Sharon and I headed to the Gulf Coast Zoo with John William.  John William LOVES animals.  When any animal comes around he gets this high pitch voice and points and reaches out to grab the animal, or wave them near.  He loves to pet dogs and try to hug anything he can!  I knew he'd love the zoo!

I didn't take many pictures of the animals because, sadly, I left my camera at home :(

He likes to make "Ooooo" noises at the animals!

He really enjoyed feeding the animals too!

And he only tried to eat it himself once!

He couldn't decide which animals to stay with!

This Zoo had lots of options for hands on exhibits for older children.  John William would have enjoyed all of them, but because he was younger we decided we'd wait for him to pet the reptiles, jump with the Joey's, and get in the Lemur cage!  We'll be looking forward to Boo at the Zoo this year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Orange Beach 2013

Last week Brett and I got to enjoy the beach with family!  This was one last hoorah before summer ended and busy fall schedules ensued.  It was yet again another great get-a-way!  And this time the entire family was able to be there, at least for some of the time!

I fotgot my camera, and was sick about it, but thankfully had the trusty iPhone along with Ashley bringing her camera- it's such a wonderful thing having a photographer in the family!

this boy loves his daddy... and so do I!!

he didn't love getting all sandy (like his Daddy) so bringing his little pool on the beach was a big hit!

he also loves his Pops and Grandma!!!

when we weren't at the beach we enjoyed the splash pad!  John William would get brave and run through the fountains over head!

Can't express how much I love this wonderful blessing in our lives!

no need to bring toys when there is a remote present!

first time we have all 3 been at the beach!

the big pool was another favorite stop!

thanks to Pops and Grandma, Brett and I got a date night!

John William loves Lecia!  So glad she got join us.  

we had to wait at Lulu's so Pops was to the rescue.  Nothing like some Dipin' Dots before dinner!  Which didn't put a damper on John William's appetite at all!

we had such a wonderful time with family and enjoying some of God's most beautiful days.  The weather was perfect, the company was wonderful, and the memories are joyous!  Already looking forward to next year.  We'll have a 2 year old then, that I'm sure will become more adventurous!