Sunday, January 31, 2010

Video: Snow Day 2010

Video: Here is a YouTube video compiling the wonderful pictures and videos we got of the kids in the snow this weekend. It is kind of lengthy, but if you choose to watch, I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our Snow Day!

So living in North Carolina means we do NOT get a lot of snow so we celebrate when we can scrape up a few inches. Yes, it is frustrating when you live in a place where NO ONE can drive in the snow and ice, but we still LOVE snow! And it is even better when the gorgeous white stuff comes on a day like today when we can just sit at home and enjoy it.

Well, actually, we didn't sit at home all day. We ventured out (not very far, mind you) to get some lunch at the local McAlister's Deli and then to visit my brother's family so the kids could all play together. These times are so precious now because we are all so busy. We love when our kids can get together, and the kids just go CRAZY when they see one another.

Here are some pictures of our winter fun:

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Evan gets his first peek out the window at his very own winter wonderland!


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A little winter wonderland in our own backyard!


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Evan is all ready for the snow!


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So cute playing in his winter wonderland!


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Our beautiful snow baby!


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Snowballs were difficult to make, but he had to throw snow!


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Our family shot was not quite a success...Evan was not happy! Hey, there's always tomorrow!


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Hot chocolate to thaw him and his temper out! :o)


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Evan gets ready to ride his "sled" down the driveway!


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Daddy gives him a little push!


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Walking in the snow!


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Sledding with Mommy!


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Havin' a blast with Mommy!


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Evan wanted to take the Barbie Jeep for a spin on the ice!


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Emma and Lanny go sledding on their "bums"!


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A beautiful snow princess!


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So pretty posing for Uncle Eddie. He can always get the best pictures of the kids!


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Baby Reade loved his first snow experience!


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I "heart" my adorable nephew!


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He looked like a Teletubby again!


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Just a sweet picture of Reade with his Daddy!


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Every time we turned around, Re-Re was on his back on the ice! He was all smiles though!


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Aunt Sherry and her sweet baby nephew!


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Evan runs across the ice. Thank goodness he didn't bust his little booty!


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Another pretty shot of sweet Emma!


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Emma and Evan slidin' together!



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Our crowning achievement...getting all the kiddies together for a picture! Wow, this just keeps getting more and more difficult, but I refuse to fail!


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And this is our tired boy after a long day of playing in the snow and no nap!


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Evan plays peek-a-boo in the snow!


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So happy for snow!


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Looks like he's going squirrel huntin'!


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"Yep, I tree'd me a coon!" :o)


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"We're havin' meat tonight, boys!"


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Daddy and his boy in the snow!



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Friday, January 29, 2010

I am seriously worried about my niece!

So my niece is the most devoted Disney Princess "follower" I know! It is a cult, I tell you! Beware all you parents of little darlings swaddled in pink! This is what your daughters will grow up learning:



If you let your daughters watch these movies, I will not hesitate to say "I told you so!" in a few years! Bahahahahahahaha!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Dear Dad,


We miss you so much and are so sad that we can't be with you on this very special day, but we hope we can be together soon to celebrate! Evan wanted to tell you how much you mean to him, but it is so hard to find the words so we thought we would post a special tribute to you on this blog to show everyone how special you are!


Who is this handsome man?
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Some call him Pastor.
Some call him friend.
Some call him funny.
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Some call him son.
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Some call him brother.
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Some call him husband.
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And some call him Papa.
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Some call him the head of his house and leader of his family.
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I call him Dad.
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Letters, Letters, Letters

Evan never ceases to amaze us with how quickly he learns new things and how well he retains information! His memory is awesome! Could I bottle some of this for me because my memory is horrible? Seriously, I can't remember what I did yesterday if I don't write it down! At work, I have instituted a whole system for logging in notes so that I can "remember" what I have done in cases! Yes, it is an AMAZING system, and I could not survive without it! :o)

Anyway, Evan has been learning different letters every week at school. He learned to recognize his written name quite a while ago so that he could find his cubby at school. He also went the extra step of learning all his classmates' names too! The first letter he really started recognizing when he saw it on signs was his "E". He will yell out "I see an E!" when he spots it anywhere. Last week, his teacher taught them "W". Last Friday night, when we were eating dinner at a restaurant on the way to the mountains, he blurted out, "I see a W!" I said, "Where?" He said, "Right there." and pointed to a window across the restaurant. I leaned over to get his point of view and saw a Waffle House sign out the window! So smart!

On Sunday, we were eating lunch at another restaurant, and Daddy decided to use his french fries as a teaching tool! Evan actually made his "E" with french fries and made a very good attempt at making his "W"!


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Rub A Dub Dub, Dinosaurs in the Tub!

Well, Evan and I had a great "date" night together. Daddy is in the mountains again finishing up a project for Uncle Paul. We sent him alone because we know he can work more efficiently without us around. :o)

Our night started when I picked Evan up from school! I love this special time and usually try to sneak up on him in his classroom to see what he is up to. Today, he was sitting sweetly and quietly on the floor playing with a puzzle while the rest of the room was in chaos because the 3's and 4's had joined their class for a while. I love my kid!

He looked up and grinned really big and said "Mommy!" as if I was the best part of his day! The feeling is mutual, sweet boy! After saying goodbye to his teacher and friends, we headed out. He asked where Daddy was, and I avoided answering that question until I knew he wouldn't throw a fit. I told him he was going to have Mommy all to himself tonight, and he was satisfied. We got home, and Mommy took care of some household duties while he went potty! Yes, he is doing very well now with number 1 and 2! When he finished going potty, he wanted to redress himself. He put his pants on, but I soon realized he had put his jeans on completely backwards. Ha! The little back pockets were in the front. That must have felt weird. Then, he proceeded to put his shoes on. He got one on but of course it was on the wrong foot. His daddy has actually taught him his left from his right so that when you tell him to turn left or put his shoe on the left foot, he knows which one. That is pretty amazing to me since I still have trouble with this sometimes! Haha! Anyway, when we finally got his pants and shoes straightened out, we headed out to his favorite fast food joint, good ol' Wendy's! It amazes me that he loves Wendy's so much when they do not have play places, but I am not complaining since Wendy's does have reasonably healthy options. He helped me order and then ate all of his chicken nuggets, oranges, and drank his milk (yes, chocolate). He kept me so well entertained as we ate chattering about washing his hands, pointing out letters he recognizes now on signs, etc. He is doing so well recognizing letters he is learning in school!

After we finished eating, I just had to reward him for being so smart and good so I bought us a milkshake! He drank his faster than me! :o)

When we got home, we decided his dinosaurs needed a bath! Yes, this was my clever trick to get him into the bath tub, but he loved the idea! We made lots of bubbles, and he and the dinosaurs enjoyed playing in them. His dinosaurs apparently like eating bubbles! After washing him, I let him play a little while in the tub. After a few minutes, I heard "Mommy, look what I made! I made pee pee!" I jumped up and ran into the bathroom to find him climbing out of the tub to show me he had pee peed in his little bucket he plays with! He is such a boy! He climbed back into the tub while I washed out his bucket.

When he finally got out of the tub to dry off, we decided his dinosaurs needed to brush their teeth. So we all brushed our teeth together!

Here are a couple of cute pictures I snapped on my cell phone of the dinosaur bath and teeth brushing:

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NC Mountains

We went back to the NC mountains this weekend so that Eddie could help my brother with some stuff for his employer. We stayed in the cabins at Canoe Club again, but it definitely seemed like a different place in the winter than it did in the fall. For one thing, the pretty mountain lake outside the cabin was completely frozen over so Evan got to experience "ice-skating"...without the skates, of course!

Here are some pictures of our weekend adventures:


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Evan at Canoe Club in Cashiers, NC!





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Evan goes for a walk in the woods. Actually, it was warmer on this trip than it was in the fall, but the lake was still frozen from the freezing cold temperatures earlier in the week.





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Me and Evan are firm believers that the "Road Less Traveled" should be frequented more often! :-)





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One of the pretty cabins at Canoe Club!








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The side of this mountain looked so cool with snow and ice formations clinging to the rocks!


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The frozen lake.


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Mommy and Evan go for a walk on the ice!


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A sweet Mommy & son picture.


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Evan takes the ice.


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"Skating" like a pro!


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Cashiers Lake after the rain and warmer temperatures melted the ice in less than 24 hours!


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A little photo shoot of Evan. He is wearing his "E" shirt from My Hammies, Emma's preschool best friend's Mom's business!


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Sweet boy!


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Baby Reade looked like a Teletubby in this little jacket! So cute! His Mommy can find the cutest kids clothes!


Evan plays in the snow at the Sapphire Valley Ski Area!

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Throwing snow "rocks"! They were too hard to be called snow "balls"!


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Sitting on the cold snow...I bet his little bum was cold! :-)


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Preparing to throw! He's got quite a pitching arm!


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Yes, Mommy received the impact of most of these throws!


Outhouses?

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Haha! Yes, this is an outhouse made to look like a little house! They weren't really "in use" but were just made to "race" down the slopes!


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Thomas was an outhouse too! Can you imagine "going" in Thomas? The kids would love that! :o)


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Yep, the little sign said this was Thomas the "P" Tank Engine! Haha!


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Sitting on everyone's favorite #1 engine!


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My little train conductor!


Emma goes skiing!

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Emma got her first ski lessons. She did great!


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Learning the proper stance! Can't believe my niece learned to ski before me! :-/


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Look at that ski bunny ready to take off down the mountain! Thank goodness for zoom lenses so I could get these shots!


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Here she comes!

James & the Giant Peach!

You know you remember that book! We had to stop in Gaffney, SC on the way home and let Evan see this big peach!

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There are two "Jameses" in this picture!

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Mommy and her little James!


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