Lilypie - Third Birthday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet the Teacher

Yesterday was Orientation/Meet the Teacher day at Fulton's new school 
(which happens to be my new school too). 

He already loves his teacher Ms. Juliette. She is so sweet!!! He has already been around her some since we have been up there working in my room, so I am glad he is already comfortable with her. We like to suck up, so we took her some cookies. Did I mention how awesome Aunt Keri is because she came and stood in as Fulton's parent since his orientation was at the same time as mine. Love her!!

Guess who else we got to see?? His BFF Laylee!! These two miss each other like crazy since they just about spent the first three years of their lives together. They picked right up and started wrestling on that blanket. 

Hey Fulton, look we both have on green! See that sweet globe ball... yeah, they were pounding it at each other's heads. They are like brother and sister. I love it!!

He was so excited because he got to see his first ever teacher, Mrs. Vin. He misses her so much too!! Glad we got to see all our faves today. By the way, I got to meet my little ones and their sweet mommies today too. Oh my stars!! My kids are adorable!!! Five girls and 3 boys and they are the cutest!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family Times

The last week and a half of my life have been a little crazy and I haven't even blogged about our big family weekend at the lake which was two weekends ago. 

Our family (aunt, uncle, cousins, and kiddos) all came down from South Carolina 
for a weekend on the lake. Fulton and I went up with Mom and Dad Thursday night 
and enjoyed an extra day. 

We spent Friday at Papa's grocery store and playing on the water. All of the great grandchildren are boys and they had such a good time playing together. 

We were excited when Daddy arrived Friday afternoon. Somebody's gotta work, right?!

We spent Saturday playing in the water and wearing these little fellas out. 

It was so good to have everyone together!

These three were a little mischievous. We had to keep an eye on them. 

Grill master Matt cooked some delicious steaks Saturday night. 

 Our family prepared the meal that night and these two were slaving away in the kitchen. 

We took a painless family picture while everyone was there together. Our family
 sure has grown in the last few years. 

We attempted a great grandchildren picture with Mema and Papa, but you can see how well that went. At least Mema and Fulton were looking at the camera.  

These two are best buds these days. 

Fulton enjoyed some time with Greg and Ann too, despite the look on his face. 
It was a great weekend spent with sweet family!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Winding Down

So summer is winding down, but is sure has been fun. 

Matt had his first day of school almost 2 weeks ago and here he is looking sharp before heading out the door. Speaking of school... my part time preschool teaching job started up last week and I am loving it. I am in totally new territory and learning the ropes, but having so much fun being home with Fulton more and getting my classroom ready for these little ones. More on that later. 

So, while Matt's been slaving away at work so we can eat at night, Fulton and I have been playing pretty hard. Sometimes shirtless.. him, not me. 

My little buddy and I do some relaxing too. We are so incredibly blessed. This little guy challenges us, makes us laugh, and sometimes cry, but God is so good to allow us to be his parents. Matt and I attended a 2 day parenting seminar this weekend at our church and it just continued to reinforce the enormous job we have in front of us, but thankfully God is giving us the strength, patience, kindness, and gentleness to take on the task. We pray this little blond hair, blue eyed 
charmer knows Jesus really soon. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Diaper Days

Our days have been filled with trips to the pool, seeing the animals at the zoo, and several playdates with friends. But there is one major milestone I failed to document. Drumroll please... we are fully potty trained. Hallelujah, sound the trumpets!!

This actually happened around the middle of June, but I realized I never documented it. Fulton had a long road of potty training. We started this process last November (a few months after he turned two.) We never did pull-ups and went straight to big boy undies with some training pants over them. He quickly got a hold of #1, but #2 took a little longer.. but we finally got that sometime in the spring. He didn't have accidents in his underwear, he would just wait and take 
care of business when the diaper was on for the night. 

Nightime training was a different story. He would wake up with a sopping wet diaper and I thought to myself... he will go to college still wearing these. However, I ate my words. The first week of June he woke up dry for several nights in a row. He asked to wear underwear at night and I thought sure, why not!? He hasn't looked back since. We had one wet accident at night this summer and it was a night that he slept way longer than he ever has. We are so so proud of him and how good he has done with the potty. He is a champ. And even though there were some days I thought we may never get it, I look at him now and still want to high five him after he gets off the potty. That's kind of weird isn't it?!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

We had a great night last night. We met up with several couples from our small group at church and went to the Baron's game. 

We were able to get there early and save some areas for everyone. Fulton loved hanging out by the fence watching the players warm up. 

They were having a little baseball lesson. 

It was a little hard to get a whole group picture and make the kids all sit still, so I took some family pictures of those that were there. The Raudenbush fam!

The Warrens. We love some sweet Chloe. She kept us entertained. 

The Sorrells. Their sweet son Alex (not pictured)  kept Fulton busy. He is precious
 and so good with the little kids. 

The Holdens. Their blonde headed little Andrew is precious. 

The Beech Family. Rusty was good at keeping an eye out for foul balls... of which one 
came very close to us. Yikes. 

The Tapia family. They brought a few extras with them and I love it. The more the merrier. 

Fulton was excited to meet Babe Ruff. 

Our crew all stretched out and enjoying the absolutely perfect weather we had. Did I mention it was 50 cent hotdog night?! Doesn't get much better than that. 

The guys!

Our little family.

The girls enjoyed catching up and watching the kids run around. What a sweet night 
of memories with great friends. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Lately

I cannot believe July is almost over. It seems like 4th was just yesterday. Our days have been full of fun. Here's a little randomness of what we have been up to lately. 

Last Sunday afternoon we had a birthday party. We have unfortunately missed several this summer because we were on vacation or at the lake. Fulton enjoyed eating some watermelon with his buddies David and Victoria. 

In the last few weeks we have been working overtime to get Fulton's big boy room put together. This is just a sneak peek and I will share the whole thing when it's finished. Thankfully, he has not tried to climb out of his crib, but we want to be prepared if it happens. I think we will keep him in his crib until he is like 6 :)

Last week we had a couple of playdates and I managed to snap a picture on the day Ford came over to play. These two enjoyed some water fun outside and his mommy and I enjoyed catching up. 

Kiki came over for a little visit one night. We enjoyed Popsicles on the porch together. 

Last Friday I had two of my sweet teacher friends over to take our boys to the pool. Charlie didn't make it in the picture, but all three boys had a blast playing together. 

We actually took a weekend off from the lake (shocker) and enjoyed Friday night as a family. We had dinner at Jim n Nicks and then hit up GiGi's cupcakes for a little dessert. Enjoyed my dinner date with these two cuties!

Saturday morning we had another birthday party. This was a Cars birthday for David and Victoria. 

We spent the rest of the day running around to thrift stores looking for one piece for Fulton's room. No luck,  but we found some other fun treasures in the process. It was time to get cleaned up, because we were heading to dinner at our friends house. Fulton enjoyed playing with his sweet buddy Emily, until we had to sit in time out at their house and then eventually leave because he wasn't listening. These are some serious child rearing days we are in. 

Sunday was a full day. It started at 5:00 am when I got up to cook the biscuits for the biscuit ministry at church. We headed to church later and then had nursery duty, followed by a Deacon meeting for Matt. I came home and took a little power nap and sister and I met up for a little photography class. We had so much fun finally learning to use our cameras. I now (sort of) know how to shoot in manual. I didn't even know what this was when I arrived that day. Thanks for asking me sister and thanks to KK and Pop for keeping Fulton entertained. 

We met back up with the fam and all 7 of us had dinner at Zaxbys. No need for entertainment.. Fulton made everyone lick a lemon and laughed hysterically while we did it. He is a mess. 

Today was a beautiful day and so much cooler than it has been. We spent whole morning outside in the driveway playing and then decided to wash my car. My little helper did a great job! My teacher friends go back this week and God is so good to me to allow me this time to stay home with Fulton. I am usually feeling very stressed, anxious and weepy about this time knowing my summer is over. Thank you Lord for this opportunity. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrating 40 Years

We had another big weekend. Seems we have been on the go pretty much all summer, but it's been fun. 

Fulton and I went on up to the lake with mom and dad Thursday night. We spent Friday playing with Mema and getting ready for their party on Saturday. 

This little guy was a good helper and it was a good thing because we had a lot of people coming the next day and plenty to do. 

Daddy came up after work Friday and we were excited when he got there. 

Saturday we had a 40th wedding anniversary party for mom and dad at the lake. We set up a little table of past year's pictures and their wedding album. 

We woke up to a little rainy weather, but the Lord was gracious and the sun came 
out and we had a beautiful day. 

Happy 40th Anniversary to these two!! We were excited to celebrate with them and 
thankful for their example. 

Our family before the guests arrived. All Fulton could talk about was the cake that he 
had seen in the fridge. 

The girls. 

Ready for a big day of fun. 

His sweet buddy Elsie arrived and he was happy as could be. They had a blast together. We had  a delicious lunch and a table full of desserts and then headed down to play in the water. 

The day wasn't getting away before this little guy took a ride on the waverunner. He is hooked. 

We didn't get pictures of everyone, but a few of the guests who came to spend the day celebrating with us. Grateful for sweet family and friends who came. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the water and wearing out a certain little guy. He was out before we turned out of the driveway heading home. Happy 40th Anniversary Mom and Dad. We love you!