Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Seven on the Seventh

i can hardly believe it, but my baby boy is 7!!!!!!

i am sad that the time seems to be flying by, but am so joyful for what he brings to our lives. he is funny and kind. he is thoughtful and grateful. he is a momma's boy and such a cuddler. he is strong and confident. he is persistent and patient. he is so many things and we are so thankful that God chose us to be his parents.


on his birthday eve, i snuck in to give kisses to the almost birthday boy. here is what i saw. the hand over the eyes is cracking me up. and the snuggle with his froggy melts my heart.

after i was sure he was asleep for the night, the preparations began. the balloon avalanche was in place.

the presents were lined up down the hallway.

but, in true Murphy's law fashion, this would be the one night that he called for me. he almost never does. but, because i had closed his door all the way to set up the avalanche, he got a little scared. of course, i cracked the door so as not to let the balloons fall in and said, "what's the matter, Ro". that wouldn't do. he needed me to come in. so, i did. and so did all the balloons. he was groggy and confused, but realized that the balloons were supposed to be for his birthday. so, he asked me to set them up again for him so he could have them fall on him in the morning. he said, "maybe i'll forget." haha so, i left the door open and balloons on the ground until about 6:30, then set them up again for the big avalanche!

and, HERE'S the BIRTHDAY BOY!!! (p.s. he said that he was surprised, because he forgot)

too bright mom!




and we took all the presents downstairs to open.

this is a little long, but we wanted to capture the moment (which ended up being a few moments, actually)



he spent a good portion of the day as Roman the Magnificent...thanks to a magic set from Aunt Hettie.

we had some birthday cuddles on the couch...

and then we went to mady's birthday party...

it's hard to see, but the birthday boy was the one to bust the pinata open. candy for everybody!!!

in a sea of pink, my little man was happy to celebrate his best friend

we are so blessed to have these two as first and best friends. now, if mady could just grow a little so ro doesn't have to bend down...haha

we ended the day with dress-ups. i guess we are ready for the next holiday, Halloween!!!

happy happy happy birthday Ro!! love you with all my heart!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Backyard Birthday Bash

on saturday, we had the colellas over to celebrate family and of course, a certain birthday boy. it was great weather, everyone brought a dish to share and we had a great time together.

the birthday boy. he likes cake (mostly the icing), but give him some chocolate ice cream and he's set. (just like his momma!!)

reese found the bubble gun and then found herself in a cloud of bubbles.

mikah was all about the slip n slide. girlfriend would run and run...

... and then fall. so, maybe we should call it a run n fall?

okay, maybe not. this one knows how to do it right!

the girls were content in the baby pool, pouring water on each other and out of the pool.

finally...time for cake! roman said he wanted a ninja turtle cake, so i recruited maddy (in town for the weekend from college) and she brought macee and rylee too. i think it turned out really well and i am so grateful for their help!

but, of course, we couldn't have it be completely perfect, right? see in the picture above how the bottom cupcake icing is smooth and the others are textured? yeah. because this happened. right before i was taking it outside. so, with no extra green cupcakes to spare, i scooped it up, put the icing back on and marched that sucker outside. no shame. i regret nothing. (fyi, i took it off the tray as soon as he was done blowing out the candles. i may or may not have eaten that one myself. you'll never know.)

and then, we sang.


i think she likes it...what do you think?

look at this handsome fella. i just love his smile.

are we redneck or what? trunks and drawers hanging out to dry on the palm tree. hee hee

this was really funny. gage was driving the police car around the garage and ended up running into the bushes. roman ran over and made him get out so he could fix it. so, gage is walking away all dejected and roman looks to be reprimanding him for his erratic driving.

roman even got to open a few really cool presents too!

we had a great time celebrating roman's upcoming birthday with our family. we should probably do it more often, huh?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ready for Fall

okay, okay, last porch update...

well, we finally finished everything that we had been wanting to clean up/refresh/paint/stain on the porch. and i love it. it's ready for some fall weather with me hanging out on the swing. i hate to admit it, but it's still too warm in the evenings to go out there and relax. so, bring on the cool, crisp autumn air!

new flag, new textured porch floor, fresh coat of paint on the steps, and some stain on the swing, finally.

the stain we picked out ended up being almost a perfect match for the chairs. i'm thinking that in a few weeks, i need to go get some mums and put some color around here.

and, as always, i'm ready for fall long before it is ready for us. so, i made a wreath to welcome it to our home. (spoiler alert: it hasn't gotten the message, yet)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

How We Do

no real theme here, just documenting the everyday. you know, if you go to target every day and pretend the big red ball is a ginormous bouncy ball and you are tiny. that's how we do.

going to island playground the day before school starts to burn off some energy. yup, that's how we do.



or if it's your first time climbing a tree because we don't have oak trees in our yard like normal people do and we have to wait a bajillion years for our crepe myrtle to be tall/thick enough to climb. that's how we do.

rolling on the parkway with my homies after a trip to chickfila, rocking out to fancy. that's definitely how we do.
you know what else? we buy a bubble gun because goshdarnit momma can't produce enough bubbles fast enough. that's how we do.

and then we make a bubble nest on the flowers so they can't fly away.

pop. that's how we do.


Friday, August 29, 2014

College Girl!!

can you believe that maddy is a college girl!? yeah, me neither. when i started dating toby, she was a mere 4 year old, and i remember her getting a splinter from the back deck and we kept telling her that if she didn't let us get it out, it would get infected. we must have repeated that warning 1 too many times, because she yelled "i don't know what infected means!" haha love this girl!

here she is on move-in day with mom and dad...

and we are sporting our purple koala shirts with columbia college pride!!!

...and gianna looked at herself with straight hair and declared "i look like aunt maddy!"

and she does, i think. both are really pretty girls whom i love so much.

the first year of college (or all 4) are tough, i know that...but we are happy to have her close to us for a change. and maybe, just maybe, that means we will see a little bit more of mimi around here...hint hint!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Lot of Firsts

hey hey y'all! we have a first grader in the house!!

this year, roman gets to move up from the cottage (pre-k and kindergarten) and into the big building. he's also got a new teacher and new teacher's aide. they are both new to the school and are super sweet. his teacher's name is Ms. Anania (ah-nah-nia) and Mrs. Robertello is the aide.

on monday, we got to go see roman's new classroom (front row seat, baby!) and meet his new teachers. he's got a spot right in the front, and seems really excited about this year.

can you believe we have a first grader? i'm still in shock, i think. (p.s. little sister got new "school" shoes too and i made her wait until he started school to wear them, so she could feel like she was starting something new too)

dear sweet 1st grader of mine, i hope you learn a lot this year and i hope you love your teachers and all the new experiences that life is throwing your way!

let's recap:
first day of school
first day of first grade
first year for his teacher
first time in the big building
first time running the halls
first time momma didn't cry when i left him at school
(but i totally teared up when i was typing this up!! haha)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Toes in the Sand

on saturday night, we got invited to go on a little cruise on the lake in our friends' neighborhood. they let us all use their babysitter and the kids stayed in the game room and had pizza and lots of fun while the adults went out for a little ride. it is a no wake lake, so you have to go really slow. which made it really easy to eat and drink...so nice.

after our cruise, we went and got the kiddos and headed to their beach for some fun and some s'mores too.

gianna really liked putting those cutie toes in the sand.

and then off she ran with her friend, gracie!

i really just love everything about this picture. i love her wrinkly nose smile and her pigtails and how she looks so tall and how her shirt looks like those candy buttons i used to love when i was little (why? they were so gross, with all the paper still sticking to them!)

here come the girls again. this was right before they started playing in the outdoor shower and gracie pulled the string and got gianna soaking wet. it was hilarious!

we didn't see much of the boys, they were off playing games. you can see here, that roman was hiding from them behind a palm bush (?).

and running again, playing tag with all his friends.

time for s'mores! see gianna is no longer wearing pants...they were soaking wet! at least her shirt was long enough to cover her cutie booty!

we are so lucky to have made such wonderful friends here!