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. 

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