Sunday, February 5, 2017

Jammed January {2017}

Whoa, January!  You were a bit crazy with preparing for our big move.  Surprisingly, this post and its pictures won't really reflect too much of that craziness.  I guess I don't really like to document the less pleasant parts of life in pictures because I took 0 pictures of the moving process.  Not the stacks of boxes I packed up during the month or the crazy full day the movers spent loading it all in the truck.  To be fair, Eddie had to deal with most of that business while I got to have fun going with Brody on his school field trip.  I did handle most of the packing though.  This post is really making me nostalgic already since it was our last month in North Carolina in the only real home Mattox has known and the home where we first brought baby Grayson.  We will always have a special place in our hearts for that house and the town of Holly Springs and the friends we made.  Evan will particularly miss his school, Cub Scout, and neighborhood friends.  Thankfully, it didn't take that social butterfly long to make new friends at school and in our neighborhood, and we are so thankful to have so many kids his age on our street.  We have also found a nice church where the boys can be involved in lots of activities spiritually and socially.  So this post is the last post in the era of our North Carolina lives, but it ushered in a whole new era of life in coastal Georgia.

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Starting out the New Year with a special New Year's lunch together.  I love drinking sweet tea from Mason jars. The boys enjoyed their hot chocolate.
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Lots and lots of snuggling. 

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We hit the road for our first trip down to Georgia to find a new home. 

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After we got back to NC and had an unexpected snow break from school, we took the opportunity to go see Star Wars:  The Force Awakens. Yes, all of us!

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Oh, Mattox!  You find the strangest places to fall asleep, and you pull all my clothes out of my drawers.  Sweet little Grayson just loves sleeping. 

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Yay for ice cream from the ice cream truck on a "snow day."  The snow was all gone and temperatures were in the 70's again.  Welcome to North Carolina!  Sometimes I find sweet notes from Brody.  "I like to play wii.  Love mommy.  love Brody"  

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Big brother love is the best!

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Oh this kid!  He is the silliest!  He took the whole hand under the bathroom door up a notch and passed me a washcloth.  I guess he thought I would need it.  Bahaha!  He also passed me one of my bras he had pulled out of my drawer.  My reward for locking him out was a mess he left for me. And I know I am going to get so many laughs from these pictures one day down the road. 

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And Brody is equally silly and funny.  He picked a "treasure" from his school treasure box for good behavior and brought home this "stink bug."  Haha!  He also drew a sweet picture of him and Cocoa and enjoyed his last days playing with his neighbor friend, Katherine.  

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Lots of brotherly love going on. 

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Yummy lunch time for this kid. 

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He loves getting to eat lunch with Daddy sometimes.  He may not get these opportunities much anymore because Daddy works so far away in an area with very few restaurants.  

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We enjoyed some time outside, and Mattox found a new favorite nap place...under the laundry basket.  Sigh. 

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Brody brought home a snowman from school, and I just liked the tire cover on the back of this Jeep and thought Evan would like it too.  I seriously stalked that car to get this picture.  Haha!  We do love Jeeps so he may end up with a Jeep Wrangler one day. 

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Awww, the boys sleeping in their old NC home for the last time.  We had to sleep on the floor the last night.  Evan and Brody slept in sleeping bags in their room, Mattox slept on an air mattress with Mommy and Daddy, and Grayson slept in the pack and play. 

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And the boys wake up for the first time in their new Georgia home. 

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And it doesn't look like it took too long to get moved in.  The movers arrived the day after we arrived and moved all the furniture in, but there was still a lot of unpacking to do.  Eddie had one week to help us before he had to start work. 

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But we enjoyed ending our month playing outside in our new yard.  Don't you just love the Spanish moss dripping from that tree in our front yard and that our azaleas were blooming in January?  Evan was riding his old toddler bike because his other one that is also too small for him has a flat tire that needs fixing.  He should be getting a new bike for his birthday. 

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I thought this one was funny, but I mostly just liked how it took my profile picture and made it like a pencil drawing.  I think that child does look a little like my oldest niece. 

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And what I will look like in my future apparently.  Ha!

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And I did Grayson just for fun.  Haha!  The second picture looks like a friend of mine from high school.  

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Yay!  I still got it.  One of my pet peeves is when auto-correct on my phone changes something I type when I send it out and makes me look dumb.  Sigh.  You would think they would get better at making auto-correct work properly after all these years. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Evan's Last Days as a Webelo

Evan has enjoyed his years in Cub Scouts and all the interesting and fun events he has been able to experience.  He loved camping, hiking, playing with his buddies, building things, and going to fun and educational places.  On the day we moved from North Carolina, Evan got to participate in one last big Cub Scout event.  He always loves the Pinewood Derby so I was thankful he would get to participate again.  Last year, we made his car, and we made one for Brody to race.  This year, I had hoped we would have time to make him another car, but with packing and preparing to move, it just never happened.  We decided he could just race Brody's car this year which had actually performed well last year.  Evan's den leader also wanted to present him with his Webelo badge before he left since they had all accomplished the tasks required of them.  The rest of the troop would get their badges in a couple of weeks anyway.  So before we hit the road for Georgia, we had a little more fun although it did make for a later start on our journey.

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One of the last events Evan participated in was the fun and chaotic annual "snowball" fight.  The kids all donate new socks to be given to a local charity for the homeless, and before the socks are given, the boys get to roll them up as snowballs and throw them at one another.  It is a blast!  And no, it is not possible to photograph this event with non-blurry pictures. 

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All of my boys wanted to participate.  Little Mattox was just fascinated. 

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Mattox did get into the action a little. 

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Kids and socks flying everywhere. 

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Then, the boys celebrated the oldest Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, and congratulated them on moving up to Boy Scouts.  They made a tunnel for the older boys to run through. 

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Let the car races begin!  Evan was using the blue car with the red stripe in lane 2.  He took the lead in this race from the start. 

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He didn't get a trophy this year, but he did get first place in this race and no more than second or third place in his other races.  There were just some cars with faster times than his.  I was just surprised Eddie caught pictures of this race where he won first place. 

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There were some cool cars for the kids to judge this year. 

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Brody was just there for the pizza.  Ha!

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Evan was presented with his Webelo badge.  Little brother was has some pretty serious big brother hero envy. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kindergarten Fun

Brody was lucky that his last week at his old school was so fun.  They celebrated their 100th day of school and got to go on a fun field trip to Marbles, the children's museum in downtown Raleigh.  I was thankful to get to share in some of this fun with him.  Daddy and I also went to eat lunch with him at school on his last day, and he got to pick some friends to eat with us in his classroom.  He picked all girls.  Haha!  I am feeling very nostalgic already looking back at these pictures from our last days in North Carolina.  Sigh.  I am just sad because my heart will always be in North Carolina where I grew up, fell in love, and started this little family of ours.  All of our children were born there (except Evan since he was technically born in Virginia).  It will always be home, but I know in a few years, I will have a ton of memories here in Georgia to make this feel more like home too.  I just want my kids to remember the good times we shared in their beloved first home.

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I made him a cute monster shirt with 100 googly eyes for his 100th day shirt.  Thanks, Pinterest!  I am having too much fun making cute kindergarten projects for him.  I don't remember getting to do these things for Evan.  I don't think his old school was as active, and unfortunately, I don't think their new school is either. 

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I just love his faces. He was trying to make mean monster faces, but he just ended up looking cute. 

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His teacher posted these shots on their class share site.  The kids made 100th day hats to wear.  Apparently, Brody preferred wearing his upside down.  He was hard at work making shapes with yummy pretzel sticks and marshmallows.  

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On my walk to meet Brody's class at the museum in downtown Raleigh, I couldn't helping taking a few last shots of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh does have some old history in it, and this old church has been designated a National Historic Landmark. 

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One last view of the old Capitol building. 

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Ready for a fun day at Marbles.  I do wish we had visited this little museum together as a family before we moved away.  It was always in my plans but just never happened.  Brody's class had been doing a whole unit on money and buying wants and needs so this section of the museum dedicated to money and how you earn it was perfect.  Raleigh isn't a big banking center like Charlotte, but it does have the headquarters of a large local bank that sponsors this exhibit.  

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Brody loved visiting the "bank" and driving the armored truck and using the teller deposit tube to send his "deposits" which were just balls.  He loved watching them go up the chute. 

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He went to work at the lemonade stand making lemonade. 

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He loved jumping on the big piles of coins and making them light up. 

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Working in the pizza parlor making pizza was definitely a favorite for him.  He loves to cook so this was a perfect spot. 

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But he also cares for animals and loved taking care of them at the pet spa.  He gave his puppy a bath and cleaned her up and put her to bed. 

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Yay for money!  I could see his face on some currency in the future.  

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A special "magic" show about money and how it really isn't made by magic. 

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Building with giant legos. 

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Playing with real tools (yes, real saws) and making some art.  I am glad I took a picture of his creation since it didn't make it home safely.  He colored a dog like Cocoa and dressed her up with a collar and blanket to keep her warm. 

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My little ladybug (those can be boys too) put on a performance on stage for me.  Then, my little firefighter hero put out some fires. 

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He worked on the farm and couldn't decide whether he wanted to be a vet or a pediatrician as he lovingly cared for a newborn baby and a big dog. 

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He planted and harvested his garden. 

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He also fed the baby animals but cooking in the kitchen was still his favorite option. 

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He did enjoy driving a city bus though. 

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These piano stairs were awesome.  I got on with him and tried to play some music.  It was so fun as they lit up and played the keys as you stepped on them. 

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The boys posed for a picture on their last day at school.  Yes, I am sad to leave that school behind.  We noticed that Brody's class had made it onto the wall for getting the bronze award for earning golden hawks which are their good behavior awards.  Brody was on the front row in the class picture. 
Goodbye, old school!  *Sniff*


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