Friday, December 31, 2010

Celebrations and Resolutions

While some have spent the past week relaxing and recovering from Christmas, I have been on a celebration marathon. We celebrated Uncle Kevin's birthday, Blake's birthday and my friend Jill's new job. Eric and I got to have a long-awaited date night out with my friend Tiffany and her hubby Jake, and...on Thursday, we celebrated the life of my friend Natalie's father. It has been a very joyous, emotional, exhausting week, which is why I have been a bit absent from my blog. I have also spent the last two days prepping for Blake's birthday party tomorrow and since it is New Years Eve...I decided to give myself a little break :)

And speaking of New Years Eve, I can't help but think of what Eric and I were doing on this very night last year...


Last year I made 3 resolutions: Go Green (Again), Get Organized and Stay Organized, and Make This Year All About Family and Fun. I mean...how could you look at that picture and NOT want to spend your whole year with those three precious people?

I wish I could say I managed to get organized and stay that way this year...but I am afraid that is a work in progress :-) BUT...I did go green and I have countless Eco-Friendly Friday posts to prove it. I also did my best to make this year all about family and fun and I would say I accomplished that and then some :-) But that is a resolution I will make every year and considering we have Disney World on our calendar in 2011...I would say we are already on our way!

Now...I was tempted to not make any resolutions this year but come on...you know I can't pass up the opportunity to make a list. So here are 3 resolutions/goals I have set for 2011

Get Caught Up on Archiving: It is sad how far behind I am on scrapbooking, but I realize that has a lot to do with time. So, I have been learning a lot about digital scrapbooking and I think I am going to move in that direction this year. I would LOVE to be caught up on all of our pictures and videos so that we can pull them out whenever we want to reminisce :-)

Achieve a New Running Goal: I was going to say, "Run a 10K", but I am not sure if I want to limit myself. I have absolutely no intention of running a marathon or anything like that, but I would love to possibly run the Hot Chocolate 15K in November. Of course, I need to get back to running a 5K first. Ha!

Start a Business: AH! I know. This is a HUGE goal for the year. But I am serious. My mom and I have talked about this for years but we have never really made it happen. I am not going into any details at the moment, but I promise you will all be the first ones to know when something becomes of it. Just think cute :-)

So...what are all of your resolutions/goals for the year? Any BIG plans?

Oops...gotta run! The ball is dropping in 10 minutes so I need to put the computer down and get ready to smooch my honey :-) I wish you all a very happy, healthy NEW YEAR!!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Blakey Boy's Birthday Funday

Deciding what to do with a one-year-old on his birthday isn't easy, especially when the day falls between Christmas and New Years. We thought about taking Blake to the Children's Museum because he had so much fun there last month, but I figured with all the kids off school...it would be slammed. So I decided to keep it local and make the day all about "Blake's Favorite Things".

We started the morning by getting all dressed and cute (the slicked hair is compliments of Nana. Nice :-)


And we headed out for Breakfast. Nana, Papa and Addie were all there too...


Waffles are one of Blake's favorite foods so we thought he would enjoy going out to eat. When the waitress took our order, we told her that we were celebrating Blake's first birthday. We didn't think anything of it until we heard a bunch of people singing "Happy Birthday". Blake heard it too...


And then a bunch of the waitresses arrived with a mini chocolate cake. I wasn't able to get a picture from the front, but Blake was smiling ear to ear while they sang...


He wasn't really into eating this cake, but he loved shoving his fingers in it. I was fine with that too because it meant I got to eat it later. Ha!


When we were done eating, Blake handed me my keys so that we could head to the next stop on our list...


The Mall!!! I know...REALLY exciting. But it was the best we could do. The kids actually had a lot of fun. We stopped at the pet store so that they could look at all the puppies...


Blake fell in love with this little Maltipoo...


After the pet store, the kids took a little ride...



And then had some ice cream!!



And then we stopped at the Disney Store! Both kids walked away with a new stuffed animal, and Blake chose Goofy.


He was giving Goofy some major love on the ride home...


The morning must have been a success because this little peanut passed out before we got home...


And after a FABULOUS nap...Eric and I made Blakey his favorite supper...SPAGHETTI!!!


And since he ate all of his dinner like a big boy, we let him have some of this...


He was so damn cute when we sang to him. We are all tone deaf and I think that must have entertained him because he giggled the whole time.


I honestly wasn't sure if he was going to like cake, considering he wouldn't take a single bite of his cake at breakfast...


But apparently I was wrong :-)


Like...really wrong.


That's my boy :-)


As you can see, Blakester had a FABULOUS birthday yesterday and it was really nice to celebrate in a low-key way, especially since his big bash is this weekend!!! I am SO EXCITED for his party! My mom and I have come up with so many adorable decorations for his Snowman Winter ONEderland party that I promise to share them as soon as I take some pics :-)

Thanks so much everyone for all the sweet birthday wishes for Blake! I know he appreciates them very much :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blake is One Year Old!!!!!

I don't know what's more amazing...

The fact that I went from this...


to this...


to this...


In just 9 months, or the fact that Blake went from this...


to this...


to this...


In just 12 months.

It's scary how fast time goes sometimes. I am still in denial that today is Blake's first birthday. On one hand, I am so excited to be moving past the baby stage and into toddlerhood where he will play more, talk more and understand more. But at the same time, I am sad to be moving past the baby stage and wish that I could bottle some of these precious moments up so that I can relive them when Blake is a teenager and wants absolutely nothing to do with me. It's truly a bittersweet moment in my life.

To say that this year has gone by "fast" is an understatement, and yet I can't believe all that has happened in that time. I can still remember each moment like it was yesterday.

I can still remember the first time Blake really smiled. My brother Ryan was over taking pictures of Addie for her second birthday and Blake was in such a great mood...I asked Ryan to snap a few of him. We propped Blake up on my Boppy and as soon as Ryan said, "Smile"...Blake did. And we caught it on camera...


I can also still remember the day Blake laughed for the first time. We were taking a walk around the neighborhood and I made a silly little face, followed by one of my obnoxious silly voices and he just burst into laughter. I also got a video of this moment that I will treasure forever...


The giggling baby stage was a fun, easy stage for Blake. He was content just hanging out in his jumperoo, lounging in his stroller or chilling on me in his Baby Bjorn. But I knew that would only last so long. I knew that he would want to start exploring and when he sat up for the first time...I knew it was the beginning of his independence...


He started to crawl shortly after and he hasn't stopped moving since...


I thought for sure my little peanut would walk by his first birthday, especially since he was standing up at 9 months...


But that's just Blake for ya...he does things on his own time. We haven't taken our first unassisted steps yet...but I know it's coming. I am just going to enjoy these last few weeks (or days) while he takes his sweet time walking down the hallway with his shopping cart. Before I know it, him and Addie are BOTH going to be running all over and then I am really in for it :-)

Now...I don't know if you all know this...but Blake has a nickname. We call him "Beek" because when we first brought him home, that's how Addie pronounced his name. It was always Beek this and Beek that and I guess after all that joking the nickname just sort of stuck. My SIL Diana says she has a hard time calling him anything else. I am not sure if Blake will like the nickname or not when he is older...but that probably won't stop us from using it anyway :-)

Speaking of growing older, there are a few things about Blake at one year old that I hope NEVER change.

1.) I hope he stays a mama's boy. Not the whiney, hang-off-my-leg-crying type of mama's boy he has been lately, but the kind that loves me more than anyone else in the world and is always willing to hug and snuggle :-)


2.) That he will continue to take after his Daddy. He already looks like Eric's mini-me, but lately I have been noticing how he loves playing ball, is energetic, will sit and watch sports, and loves wearing hats. That is pretty much Eric in a nutshell :-)


3.) That he will always love his big sister. It blows my mind how much these two love each other. Addison just can't wait to run to Blake's room every morning and when Blake is crying, sometimes Addie is the only one that can make him stop. I know they won't always get along, but I sure hope they always love each other and watch out for one another like they do now :-)


4.) That he will always be playful and silly. I love that he is such a ham because that is exactly how I was when I was little. He loves making funny faces and pretending to be bashful. I just can't get enough of his toothy little grin :-)


6.) That he will always love the outdoors. We are definitely an outdoorsy family and I hope that he loves to camp, fish, hunt, swim, ride 4-wheelers, play sports, play in the snow, etc. I think there's a good chance he is already on his way...


6.) And finally...that he will always love to learn and explore. I know I am biased because I am his mother...but I will say it anyway. Blake is smart. I watch the things that he is already picking up on and the things that he can do and it blows my mind. He is great with his hands and I can only hope that he is as talented as his father and grandfathers.


My little man is one. ONE!! I just had to say it again to see if it would sink in. I guess it really won't sink in until I see him destroy is his birthday cake this weekend. But don't worry...we aren't going to make Blake sit around and wait until Saturday..


There's lots of celebrating to be had today so I suppose I should quit typing and get to it. But before I go, I just want to wish my sweet baby boy a very

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!!!

Mommy, Daddy and Addison love you more than words can every say. We all wish you another happy, healthy year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Very Important Lesson My Husband Taught Me the Night Before Blake was Born...

A year ago tonight, I was anxiously awaiting Blake's arrival. My c-section was scheduled for 8:30 the next morning, which left only 12 more hours of pregnancy. Part of me was ready for this baby to be out. To have my body back, to be able to see my feet, to be able to sleep without a body pillow, to be able to go longer than an hour without peeing...you get the idea. But I also knew that I would miss this feeling. I would miss laying on the couch, rubbing my belly and feeling Blake kick. I would miss having him safe and protected inside me because once he was out...I wouldn't have him all to myself anymore. I would have to share him with the world and as I excited as I was for that...it also made me a little scared. But I wasn't really scared for the reasons you might think.

That night, after we tucked Addie into bed, Eric and I had a talk about death. He didn't want to have this talk, but I needed to have this talk. I am someone who needs to verbalize my fears. I need to talk about them and plan for them. My big fear the night before Blake's birth was not about Blake. As much as I prayed for him to be healthy when he arrived, I was more worried about myself for some reason. I was scared something would go wrong during my surgery and Eric would be left to raise both of our children by himself. Whenever I had brought this subject up before, Eric would just roll his eyes and repeat, for the 50th time, that everything would be okay. But that night...he listened to my fears.

At first I just started listing all the things that scared me. Not being there to watch them grow, not being there to help raise them, not being there for Blake at his first baseball game, not being there for Addie when she walks down the isle, etc. He just held my hand and nodded as I went down my list.

I then told him that I was worried he wouldn't know where everything was. Yes...this was a huge worry for me. I asked him if he knew where I kept all the kid's keepsakes, where I kept their baby books, where I kept the extra wipes, how I organized their closets and dresser drawers...and instead of letting him answer...I decided to just tell him where everything was again. I reminded him where everything was in the kitchen (as if he didn't live there too). I reminded him that the hall closet is where I keep all of the extra diapers, wipes, etc. (as if he hadn't already seen them). I reminded him that I keep the kids keepsake boxes in my closet. I also told him about the pen I use for their baby books (so that it stays uniform throughout). I also reminded him about certain files on the computer and where all of our important documents are. He didn't say much while I went down this list, but when I was done, he got a huge smile on his face.

At first I wanted to yell at him. I mean, we were talking about my death here!!! Why wasn't he sad? Why wasn't he balling like a baby at just the THOUGHT of losing me? Wasn't he scared? And the thing is...he wasn't scared. He knew I would make it out of surgery safely. He knew that Blake would be happy and healthy. And more importantly, he knew where the damn wipes were, where I kept our blender, where the kid's play clothes were and where I kept the black pen for the baby books. He just knew everything was going to be okay because even if it wasn't...he knew there was nothing we could do to change things. That is just how Eric is. He thinks positive and doesn't worry because he knows that worrying and stressing about things that might happen won't change the outcome.

Oh how I wish that I could program my brain to think the same way. I do have to admit though...his way of thinking is what makes us soul mates. I need his positive, level-headed attitude to level out my crazy worry sometimes. Even today, as I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get Christmas decorations down, birthday decorations up, gifts put away, new gifts wrapped, etc...he reminded me that worrying and stressing about Blake's birthday party this weekend was not going to make it go more smoothly. I think I gave him the finger when he said that, but as I sit here tonight, I realize that he is right. YES BABE...you are right. We can't live our lives stressing and worrying. We have to enjoy these moments because they come and go so quickly. I mean just look...the same baby I am talking about in this post turns ONE tomorrow!!!

Speaking of which, I promise to have a very happy birthday post for Blakey Boy up tomorrow, but tonight I just wanted to reminisce about the wonderful lesson that my husband tried to teach me the night before Blake was born...and every night since :-) We all need to enjoy every day we have with our families and not worry about what might be. A good friend of mine lost her father today. They had just finished celebrating a wonderful Christmas with lots of laughs and fun memories. And then he was gone. My heart is heavy tonight thinking of them and it just makes Eric's outlook on life more real...and more important.

So before I go and spend the next few hours looking at Blake's baby pictures with tears in my eyes, I ask that you say a little prayer for my friend Natalie, her Mom Lynne, and the rest of her family as they go through this difficult time. Pray that they find peace and comfort. Until tomorrow friends :-)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Morning and All the Fun That Followed

Santa came without fail this year and brought us everything we asked for...


Including a white Christmas...


I was sure that Addie would be out of bed at the crack of dawn, but to our surprise, we had to go wake HER up! When we opened her door she shot right up and said "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" She ran down the hall, into the kitchen, into the family room and straight for....the fireplace? I guess the presents under the tree weren't enough proof that Santa actually came. She had to check the milk and cookies first :-)


And so did Blake...


But then she spotted it...


The gift she has been asking for all year...a new PINK BIKE!!!


Her reaction to the bike wasn't as wild as I thought it would be. She just looked at it and whispered "My bike!" with a big smile on her face. We told her that there was a seat on the back for her baby and that's when she went nuts. She just started yelling "Santa brought me a new baby too! Oh my gosh! Amazing!!" I guess it is a pretty damn good thing that Santa did decide to get her a new baby at the last minute...


WHEW!


While Addie was ripping through her gifts, Blake just kind of cruised around. He was more interested in the opened gifts, but every once and a while he would pull at some paper...


And then he spotted his train table...


I am usually a bit of a neat freak, but I love looking at all the damage after Christmas morning. Can you spot all three of my kids (no I'm not talking about Eric :-)...


I was talking about Howie, who was in doggie heaven playing with his new squeaky duck...


Before heading off to the next stop on our Christmas marathon, Eric helped Addie take a little cruise on her bike. She still doesn't have pedaling down, but we have a lot of time to practice before Spring...


After a quick change of jammies, we headed out the door for Mima and Papa Davis' house!


Addie was so excited to see all the presents...and Papa Steve :-)


My MIL Patti always makes us a DELICIOUS breakfast, and the kids usually help...


You know...while the adults stand around and drink...


After our yummy breakfast, the kids were really starting to get antsy...


I can't imagine why. I am sure it had NOTHING to do with all these presents...


I find it fascinating how quickly kids can open a whole room full of presents. It's like they don't even look at what they got...they just just rip through and toss paper until there isn't a package left! Aunt Dana was there to supervise...


The kids were totally spoiled again! Addie got a ton of great stuff, like a new Pottery Barn kids backpack, some Leapfrog toys, a bunch of Barbies and clothes, and her favorite...a pink piano!! Blake was spoiled too. He got a new basketball hoop, a sleeping bag, some new trucks and movies, a T-ball set and some other outdoor toys, and his favorite...the Little Tikes bowling set. He played with this thing all morning!


Nia and Nolan were also spoiled of course, and Nia ended up getting this Nerf Dart Gun. Now...this gift was for her...but my husband spent most of the morning playing with it. Boys never grow up do they? Ha!


After a fun-filled morning at Mima and Papa Steve's house, it was time for a nap so that we could rest up for Eric's Aunt's house.

Last year, we received some big news at Aunt Sue and Uncle Earle's house. They let us know that my cousin-in-law Katie was in the hospital having this little guy!!


I still can't believe Cole is already a year old!!!

We spent a lot of that night catching up and sharing some laughs...


But the real excitement came when Santa decided to make another visit. The girls waited impatiently by the window (in their matching dresses that Mima gave them for Christmas :-)


And then he arrived!


And Addie was jumping up and down with excitement...


She couldn't wait to thank him for her bike...and her new baby...


Blake wanted to thank him too, but only from the safety of my arms :-)


It doesn't matter anyway because these two wouldn't leave his lap :-)


It's hard to believe that Christmas is already over. I think it is safe to say that ALL the kids had an amazing holiday and even though we are sad to see Santa leave...


We have a YEARS worth of toys to play with until he comes back :-)

I hope all of you had just as much fun as we did this Christmas!!! Ho ho ho!