Friday, March 10, 2017

Celebrating Mattox's 2nd Birthday

Our little rainbow Mattox is 2 years old!  How did that happen?  What a colorful little addition he is to our family.  We just love him to pieces.  This stage is just so fun with him.  He is still so sweet and loving, but he is getting so independent and very busy all the time.  He is so much like big brother Evan and does not like to sit still.  His favorite things are his baby brother, giving "bah" kisses, driving his cars and making car sounds, and getting into drawers and cabinets that he knows he shouldn't.  He is a mess, but he is so cute that it is hard to be mad at him.  While I know relocating to a new house in a new town has turned his little world upside down, he has handled it like a champ much like he did as a newborn.  We wanted his birthday to be extra special for him even though we couldn't do a big party with family and friends since we had just moved.  We actually celebrated several times over the course of the month.

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I wanted to put up some festive decorations to surprise the birthday boy when he woke up.  

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He was pretty excited to walk through the streamers outside his bedroom and to see balloons and more colorful streamers waiting for him. 

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I thought about doing a different "theme" for this year, but with the moving and unpacking business, I just never had the time to put something else together.  Of course, rainbow colorful decorations for our little rainbow blessing just always seems appropriate. I think God has seen fit to take the stressful big birthday party planning out of my hands the last few years and has forced me to keep it more simple with moving twice in two years.  I know that planning bigger parties was always a stressful addition to my life and that I did need to relax and relieve some stress.  I do appreciate a simpler way of celebrating together.   

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Mattox enjoyed his breakfast "cupcake" complete with candles, and he even seemed to appreciate Mommy singing to him.  It was just the two of us and baby Grayson most of the day. 

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He even wore his party hat proudly.  I love that little chocolate face. 

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I just can't imagine anything any cuter than that face. He has stolen my heart completely!

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I made him a birthday shirt to wear.  Although I wasn't going to do any themes this year, I just thought this Dr. Seuss idea was too cute since his birthday is only one day from Dr. Seuss's. Someone on facebook said it sounded more like something Yoda would say.  I think Yoda would say "Two am I."  Haha!

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I added his name and number 2 on the back. 

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These boys and I planned to meet Daddy for lunch in a neighboring town about halfway between our house and Daddy's work.  Daddy works about 45 minutes away so driving all the way there is hard when I have to get back to pick the boys up from school.  Plus, there are not many places to eat around his work since it is out in the middle of nowhere.  Daddy ended up getting stuck inside the bomb range because of some bombing practice so we ended up eating by ourselves at a Mexican restaurant.  Yes, that was a little stressful for Mommy, but I did try to get a selfie to remember it. 

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Later that day, Daddy got home to put Mattox's present together.  He was so excited when he walked outside and saw his cool new car.  He loves to drive, and I think he makes a cute little police officer.  He makes the cutest little gestures and head tilt when he is thinking about something or checking something out.  I wish there was a better way to capture all of those cute toddler expressions and actions. 

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Loving his cute little car.  

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I was going to buy some of our favorite Whole Foods cupcakes for after dinner that night, but sadly, the Savannah Whole Foods doesn't seem to keep cupcakes ready to sale so I will have to remember to special order those next time.  I bought a little cake instead.  It was very rich and sweet. 

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Excited to be sang to and to have a candle on his cake.  He still hasn't perfected blowing it out by himself though. 

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The cutest and sweetest chocolate face. 

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It took me a pitiful long time to get this present wrapped for him.  I wanted him to have one gift to unwrap.  I had picked this up before his birthday and then realized I had no wrapping paper because I had not wanted to pack my old paper rolls and bags and had just tossed them out.  I finally got some new paper and wrapped this one up for him to open a few weeks after his birthday.  Like I said, we celebrated all month.  Haha! 

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He was so excited to see his new lawnmower.  We had also tossed out Brody's old mower because it was in poor condition from being left outside for the last couple of years.  Mattox needed a new one. 

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He loves mowing the grass and making bubbles too. Brody enjoyed it too. 

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Bubble mowers are awesome! 

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I also finally got around to painting the little house we had picked up last year in our old neighborhood and rescued from being thrown away.  I think it looks pretty cute now.  I had seen one on Pinterest spray painted like this and liked it.  Mattox loves his little house. 

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That weekend I made him a little 2 cake because I thought some friends were coming over and going to the children's museum with us, but they all got sick.  Our neighbor friends made Mattox this sweet poster for his birthday.  They are two of the sweetest boys, and I am so thankful Evan and Brody have them to play with.  

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We tried out the Savannah Children's Museum which is an outside play space in some old historic railroad and manufacturing buildings.  While right now, I don't think it is worth the price, I think the building plans for the future additions to the museum looks amazing.  I know it will take a lot of money and work to get those old buildings renovated to safely house a children's museum while keeping the character and history of the space.  The boys did have fun together.  It is connected to the Savannah Railroad Museum which the boys would really enjoy visiting. 

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Mattox enjoyed leading me through the little maze and dressing up as Harry Potter. 



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Mattox helped big brother build his fortress. 

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And he and Mommy built him his own fortress out of big lego blocks. 

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More building.  These boys could build all day long.  I think they will have their own construction and architectural business one day. 

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Mattox enjoyed playing music on this cool musical art feature. 

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Carrying big blocks is hard work. 

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Meeting a bear and driving a big ship. 
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Brody and Mattox hanging out with the bear. 


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Evan found a soccer ball and was showing off his tricks. 

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These boys enjoyed playing on this little train locomotive. 

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But playing king of the hill was probably their favorite part.  There was this big hill for climbing on outside the museum play area.  

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Mattox tried to climb up too. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fatigued and Fabulous February {2017}

Whew, February, I know you were a short month, but you were a tiring one for me!  Maybe it was unpacking and setting up a new house, maybe it was taking care of four busy boys, including a toddler and a newborn, or maybe it was just that I haven't been feeling 100% lately.  But aside from being tired, we did share some special times in our new Georgia home.  The weather was pretty fantastic in February too.

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We started the month with this little cutie pie turning 2 months old. 

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We tried out some new eateries in our new area.  Galloping Gertie is an old car outside a sweet little place called The Local that boasts some great coastal and southern classics like shrimp and grits and low country boil.  I also enjoyed a unique take on chicken and waffles from another place, and the boys and I enjoyed trying a local ice cream shop that I am sure we will visit many times this summer. 

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Mattox and Mommy had a date lunch at Chick-fil-a.  We have to drive a little ways to get to a Chick-fil-a.  There are surprisingly very few Chick-fil-as in this area, and you would think there would be more in Georgia.  And they are all very crowded.  I was hoping our town would get one soon, but another neighboring town is getting one so we may visit that one in the future.  

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I wish Grayson had worn this little shirt more, but he was already outgrowing it here.  He really is one of the best gifts ever.  I love our little "Christmas present." 

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We cheered for the Falcons in the Super Bowl this year, and again, we were disappointed in the outcome although the game was more fair this year than last year's game with our Panthers.  I didn't see any major bad calls.  I do think it is kind of crazy that we have lived in two states now in consecutive years when our state's teams went to the Super Bowl.  

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Another football fan, perhaps? 

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The Falcons started the game very strong so we were very hopeful. 

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Grayson tried out his play mat once we got a little more settled.  Of course, big brother was quick to try to steal it. 

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Since it was a lovely 81 degrees outside, we decided to try out the neighborhood park.  Have I mentioned the bugs?  Ugh.  Coastal Georgia is infested with sand gnats.  I didn't think anything was worse than mosquitoes.  

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But we all managed to have a little fun before the bugs ran us off. 

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Grayson was as happy as could be outside and didn't seem bothered at all by the bugs. 

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I have very little documentation of the moving and unpacking business, but these pictures of Mattox's fascination with bubble wrap will have to do.  

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I just love baby clothes with cute animals on the bootie and feet.  Siberian Huskies for the win. 

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And lots of brother loving happening here. Grayson even reciprocated a little. 

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We checked out our new library's story time, and Mattox enjoyed playing with the other kids afterwards. 

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I didn't have a smaller box to make Brody a Valentine box so I used a diaper box to make him this cool shark.  He was so excited and said all the kids liked his box the best. That's what it is all about, right?  Hehe! 

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Sweet sleeping baby and sweet happy baby. 

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My little fisherman.  Mattox decided he wanted to go fishing and has been playing with his little fishing set a lot. 

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We had to go back to the Local and take a picture of both boys driving Miss Gertie. 

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We tried to take a little afternoon walk after school while the bugs weren't too bad.  I am still trying to figure out the logistics of walking with four kids.  My new neighbor actually gave us a double jogging stroller someone gave her so that is making it easier.  Here, Evan was pushing Mattox in his car, and I was pushing the single stroller while Brody rode his old bike which was too small for him. 

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We celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday coming up with another library story time and project making Cat in the Hat's hat.  

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The rarely documented life of Cocoa.  She has her own room at this house where she can lay around and sleep.  I just can't manage her shedding well enough for her to have free reign in the house.  Thankfully, we have a sun room that is right off the living room area.  The boys also play video games in there so she isn't always alone.  

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These two boys were Mommy's very special Valentines.  They brought me a rose from the roses Daddy bought me. 

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Having a few minutes alone in the car with my sweet Grayson while Daddy and the big boys went grocery shopping. 

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Yay for blog friends turned real life friends!  I was so shocked to find out my old blog friend, Valerie, lives in our new town.  We are framily now! Miss Veronica's pouty face is the cutest.  She is Mattox's match for sure. 

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The boys love this local Mellow Mushroom in Pooler that has a movie theme. A transformer for Evan and a minion for Brody and Mattox. They also do a kids' night where they get to make their own pizza. 

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At another library story time, we made a Fox in Socks puppet. 

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Oh, I just adore this sweet time with my spunky little Mattox. 

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Lots of brother love in this house.  I am so glad these boys love one another.  Evan and Mattox are so much alike and are such great big brothers. 

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When I leave Mattox to his own devices to feed himself yogurt, this mess happens.  He thinks he is finger painting.  He also likes using his tools.  

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Our new dressers finally arrived at the end of the month so we could finally have somewhere to put our clothes.  We put our old dressers in Evan's new big kid room.  We are still debating whether we will get the bed to match these.  I do like it, but I also like our upholstered headboard.  We like that this set is well made and sturdy and not too ornate. 

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Some sweet pictures of all of our boys before church.  So handsome!  Brody cooperated better when he got to hold Grayson. 

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Sometimes I just like these little facebook quizzes click baits that give us sweet reminders like this one.  Definitely some precious moments from the last 5 years.  A lot has happened since 2013.  

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