Monday, May 30, 2011

Bye Bye Crib

Will said bye, bye to his crib today.

I thought I would be sad to see his crib go, but I was excited because Will was so excited.  I ordered his toddler bed about 2 weeks ago so we have been talking with him about for a while. He was so happy when it was finally delivered today!

Clay put it together and Will moved the pieces around.  We were missing some screws when we were nearly finished, but Will "found" them for us.

As soon as we put his bedding on, he got right in and laid down. 

I hope that he transitions well. I definitely think he is ready.  He is in his room right now taking a nap and we haven't heard a peep out of him. 

Our boy is growing up!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Weekend

We had a great weekend!

Friday night, Will stayed with Mawmaw and Pop so that Clay and I could go out to celebrate Jordan and Drew's birthday.  We ate at Stix and then went to Jackson's for dessert. It was a much needed night out and we had a great time just eating and talking.

Saturday morning, we got up and headed for Roanoke.  It was Brett (Clay's cousin) and Krista's wedding day.  I love weddings and of course it is a wonderful reason to get the whole family together.  The wedding was gorgeous and Krista did a great job planning everything.  Also, it was Will's first wedding to go to and sit through the whole thing.  He went to see Kate and Gray the day of their wedding when he was a month old, but he didn't stay for the ceremony or reception. He was at Richard and Julie's wedding but mom took him out before the ceremony started. Brett and Krista's wedding was the first time he actually got to see someone get married!  I was a little worried at first because he is so talkative and a little loud.  He actually did really well.  He talked a little while the mothers were being seated but we gave him milk and a snack and that quieted him.  Half way through the ceremony, he fell asleep! 

His favorite thing about the whole wedding was the bubbles. He thought it was great that we got to blow bubbles for the bride and groom.  It was a great wedding and a fun day with family.  Congrats to Brett and Krista!

Sunday, we went to church and then ate lunch at Wendy's.  Clay headed for the golf course and Will and I made our way over to mom and dad's house.  We played out in the yard for a bit and then went home for Will's nap.  I cut the front yard and did laundry while Will napped.  He slept for almost 3 hours!  He must have been exhausted.  Then we went back to church for service and then Clay and I attended a church leadership meeting.  We fell into bed about 11 last night and struggled getting up this morning.

Fun weekend with family and friends!  Wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

And because Will always keeps us laughing, this is what he said to me in the car yesterday after lunch:

"You take me to Jackson's house. I eat Happy Birfday Jackson cake!" 

I don't know where it gets this stuff from. Jackson's party was weeks ago.  I guess Jackson's birthday cake left a lasting impression!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oh the things he says...

Will has always been a talker.  He talks all the time and we rarely have quite moments in our house.  We have a constant running commentary of what he is doing or what is going on. He even talks in his sleep sometimes. 

I think there are two reasons he talks so much are:

1.  He goes to daycare and I think he gets a lot of stimulation there, which I am thankful for.
2.  Clay and I never talked "baby talk" to him. We talk to him like we would talk to anyone else.  Also, we always try to have conversations with him and ask him questions. 

Will is at such a great stage right now.  He recounts his day for us and talks in length about every subject!  Because I want to remember, I am going to recount some of the things he has said over the last couple of weeks.

Everyday when we pick him up, we ask him about what happened during the day.  This is a conversation I had with him one day:

Me: Did you have a good day?
Will: Good day.
Me: What did you do today?
Will: Played ball wif my fwiends.
Me:  Did you do anything else?
Will: No.
Me: Did you read a book, sing a song, or color?
Will: No.
Me: So you didn't do anything educational today?
Will: No, dere no education at scool.
(Sidenote:  There is a lot of educational things done at his school.  I think he just enjoys playing more than anything else!)

A couple of versions of what he said after his fall on Sunday:

Me: Tell Daddy what happened?
Will: I fall off da bed and hurt my head on da dwawer.  It hurt.  Da firetwuck came to see me, I go to the fire station. (The paramedics said he could come visit the fire station).

Me: Tell Pop how you got your boo-boo?
Will: I fall off da bed and hit my head.  Da firetwuck come to my house. Whoo-whoo! <---making the siren sound.

Last night before bed:

Will:  Mommy I love you so much, your my best friend! (Seriously melted my heart!!!)

And if I am being completely transparent, he said this little gem the other night in the car.  None of us were talking and we were leaving Jack's:

Will: Mommy is a jacka**. 

Awesome, right?!?!  I was mortified. I don't think he has ever heard anyone say that to me.  Clay asked him to repeat himself a few times because we thought he might be trying to say something else. But no. He was saying that word.  I told him that was a dirty word and he said "dat not a diwty word".  Oh the joys of parenthood.

I love him more and more everyday!!!  He is the best thing ever!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

An Afternoon Spent in the ER


We spent Sunday afternoon in the ER at Children's.  Not my ideal way to spend an afternoon.

Here is what happened:

After church, Will and I headed home and Clay headed to the golf course.  Will and I were in my bedroom changing into our sweats in anticipation of spending the rest of the afternoon on the couch. Will was sitting on the bed and I was changing shirts.  I have no clue what happened, but one second I was pulling the shirt over my head and the next second Will was on the floor crying.  I scooped him up and held him to my chest to comfort him.  I went to pull my hand away from his head and I looked down and my hand had blood all over.  I turned him around and blood was all over the back of his head.  Since I was alone with him, I called 911.  I have never called 911, but I just felt like it was the right thing to do. Plus, we live on the same street as the fire station and I knew they could get here quicker than anyone else I called.  Thankfully Will never lost conscience or anything.  He was actually excited when he saw the paramedics because he thought it was a fire truck and it was super fun that they were coming to see him! The paramedics were so nice and they checked him out.  They decided because of his age and how far he fell that he needed to be checked out by a doctor. They also thought he may need stitches for the cut.

Sometime during that whole thing, I called Clay and he came home. As soon as he pulled up, we put Will in the car and headed to the ER.  Will was acting normal but he did tell us his head was hurting.  The ER was almost empty so we were taken back pretty quickly. We were there a few hours.  They had to strap Will down to this board to hold him still so they could clean the wound out. That was the worst part. He was crying and asking me to hold him. It was so sad.  Once they got his head cleaned up, they said the cut wasn't as bad as they thought. They said they could put a couple of stitches in but it would be purely for cosmetic reasons and that might be more traumatizing then the benefit of the stitches. We opted out of doing the stitches, so they made sure the cut was really clean and then put some antibiotic ointment on it.  Then we were sent home!

It was a really scary moment for me but I think Will seems to be fine.  He keeps telling people "I fall off da bed and hit my head, it hurt".  He is so sweet and I am so thankful that he was a very very minor injury. 

I am sure that my Mother of the Year award is on its way in the mail right now! I felt so bad!!! Clay told me to get used to it, we have a very active little boy and this probably won't be the last time we see the inside of the ER. HA!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


As I have mentioned in a previous post, Will loves GOLF!!! It is a topic of many conversations around our house.  It is crazy how much he talks about golf and wants to play golf.

Pop decided to encourage his little obsession.  He took an old Ping golf iron and cut it down to Will's size!  It was love at first sight for Will! Haha!

(Please try to ignore the bright blue croc/shoe combo!)

Will now has a real putter and iron, as well as, all his little plastic golf clubs.  Clay is really happy that Will thinks golf is so great! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day was a very low-key day for us and I loved it.  I didn't ask for a gift, but Clay kept inquiring about what I wanted and the only thing I could think of was sleep!  He took Will and let me sleep in on Saturday morning and then I got a nap on Sunday afternoon. Seriously, that was the best gift ever!!!

Sunday morning we went to church.  They had baby dedication and 4 babies were dedicated to the Lord, including Will's friend, Jackson!  It was a sweet service. 

After church we headed over to mom and dad's for lunch. John bought a ham and I fixed the sides. The ham was mom's gift so she didn't have to cook.

John got me a gift and it was a chocolate Edgar's cake!!! LOVE!!!

Of course, most of all, I feel so blessed that God gave me Will and allowed me to be his mother.  I already knew what a precious gift that was, but through a difficult situation a friend is going through, I am even more grateful for Will!  And I am so grateful for my mom.  I could not have asked for a better mother and friend. She is the BEST!!!!!!

It was a great day spent with my family!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jackson turns 1!

Today is Jackson's Birthday! 

Happy 1st Birthday!

We celebrated with Jackson on Saturday.  His mom and dad planned a wonderful party with great food and a cute cake.

The boys played together and were all over the place.  Jackson was so sweet at his party and I think he loved all the attention! 

Happy Birthday Jackson! We love you!

Monday, May 2, 2011


The last few days have been a constant reminder of how blessed I am. I stand in awe of what God is doing in my life and in the life of my family.

I have taken so many things for granted but I am thankful for God’s constant reminders of his love for me.

Here are a few things I am thankful for today:

1. This man:

I seriously don’t know what I would do without him. He is walking beside me as we navigate the waters of being husband and wife. He has such a tender heart and I love that he cares more for others than he does himself.  He has been helping our neighbors and friends as they clear their property of trees and debris.  He has worked so hard and I am so proud of him.

2. This boy:

He keeps me going. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be his mother. He is pure joy and he sees the good in everyone.

3. My family and friends—Since the storm hit, our house has had a constant rotation of friends and family (mostly because we had power). I love spending time with my parents and brother, and I am so glad that we have so many wonderful friends in our lives. I am so thankful that God kept them all safe during the storm.

4. My job/finances—Clay and I are by no means rich, but God has seen fit to provide for us financially during this time. What a blessing. We were able to go and purchase some much needed storm supplies without putting a financial strain on our family.

I could go on and on, but these are the things that I have thanked God for over and over the last few days.

The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Sunday, May 1, 2011


The last few days have been very emotional. Our city and state have gone through so much because of the devastation that the storms caused. Also, one of my closest friends is going through something and it is very serious. 

I want to be a good friend, mother, helper, wife, Christian, etc.  I know that there will always be times when I feel like I am not meeting the needs of everyone in my life, but thankfully those who love me are very forgiving.  I hope that God will sustain me through these next few days. My prayer is that He will use me and that I will be open to the plan He has for me.

The one thing that I cling to during this time is that no matter what is going on, God is still God and His plan for our lives is perfect! Please continue to pray!  Prayer is what is getting me through all of this. 

I love this song and we sang it this morning at church:

You're the God of this City
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You are

You're the Light in this darkness
You're the Hope to the hopeless
You're the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

Greater things are still be done here!!!