Thursday, July 24, 2014

Henry's 3rd Letter!

Dear Henry,

     You are three years old and have been for several weeks! You are all boy and in perpetual motion. You still want to be a "wittle baby" and like to be carried by anyone including Evie. You like to know what is going to happen and are not a big fan of change. You do not want to start the Panda class at preschool. You want to be in the Koala class still. Sorry, bud, three years old are in the Panda class. 

In Nashville, most people hold back their babies with summer birthdays even our pediatrician recommends summer birthday kids wait on kindergarten. I am already on the fence about this because I want you and Evie two years apart in school. Only time, will tell what we decide about this. I will say that as I prepare to send Evie to kindergarten - it sure would be nice to have another year with her but that is what is best for me. I have to do what is best for you but the good news is that I have some time to ponder. 

You are super smart and know way more at age 3 than your sister did. You remember everything and have an excellent vocabulary. So funny, that last year this time we were worried about your speech. Now, you never stop talking!

You are a Mama's boy and always want me. You stick close to me even in social situations - if you venture away from me it is not for long. You are content at camp, school and nursery. Babysitters are a treat but if Mama is around - you want me. Sometimes this drives me crazy and other times I just soak it in that you love me so deeply. I read a quote the other day that I will never again be this loved and it made me teary. That's true so even when I just want to be by myself - I need to enjoy my little shadow. 

You love to eat or snack! Favorites are blueberries, hummus and apples. Red chips are a treat - Doritos. You have a sweet tooth just like your sister and Mama. Ice cream is your favorite dessert! You are a tiny little thing only weighing 29 pounds. 

You do not especially love sleeping. Mostly because you are having some night terrors. I'll be glad when this phase is over! You were up for 2. 5 hours last night worried about a witch in your room. You are not a napper anymore - only once or twice a week. You sleep late a few mornings a week when you get exhausted from trying to keep up with your sister. 

You love Evie with all of your heart! She is your "favorite friend" and you are going to marry her one day. Evie suggested that you might change your mind and that really ticked you off. You get jealous of Evie's other friends and really try to keep her attention on you. I hear about "my Evie" all the time. You miss her so much when she is gone and are going to have a BIG adjustment when she goes to Kindergarten. You have already told me you do not want her to go to Kindergarten. 

You love watching shows - Paw Patrol and Jake are your favorites. You like trucks and cars. Playing outside is your favorite especially in the sand box. You love books and playing pretend games with your sister. 

Henry, we love you to the moon and back. You are the perfect boy for our family. God gave us a wonderful gift - that gift is YOU! We are so thankful to have you as our son. 

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Henry Turns 3!

We had a terrific day celebrating Henry's third birthday! How this kid can be 3 already? I have not figured that out yet!

We got a slow start this morning but left around 9:30 after presents and doughnuts.  Our destination was Fall Creek Falls. Gorgeous waterfalls! We enjoyed the scenery and played in the swimming hole.  I always have a BIG awakening that I live in Tennessee when we leave our county. Whoa, we saw some characters! Evie is a mountain goat even on slippery rocks and was the family champ at navigating the waters. Henry was content stacking stones. What a gorgeous day!

After the waterfall, we decided to check out Cumberland Caverns. What a treat to spend the afternoon underground while getting a nice workout - 350 stairs! Henry's feet did not touch the cavern floor until the end when they needed a volunteer to shimmy through a box. Both of our kids were up for the challenge. Henry asked the tour guide where the kitchen was in the cave. He found out there was not a kitchen so he invited her to our house. Henry already likes the pretty girls! Evie thought every thing about the cave was hilarious and is such a nature girl.  The tour guide led our group in singing Happy Birthday to Henry! He loved it! 

We stopped for Mexican on the way home. Cheese dip and margaritas never tasted so good! Henry was excited about the cookie cake for dessert - so excited that he had two huge pieces. Birthdays are special - two pieces of cookie cake at 9:00 sounds about right!

We love our sweet boy so much and had a blast exploring some cool Tennessee spots on his special day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Henry's 3rd Birthday Party

Sweet Henry is almost 3 and we celebrated early with a party at My Gym. They do an amazing birthday party without any parent help - love that!!!

Henry had a blast and enjoyed himself so much. He even came and sat with me during circle time. That made me happy. Henry thought it was wonderful to have all of his friends in one spot. He best little friends are Anderson and Nicholas - they were both in attendance! Of course, we were thrilled to have  everyone there to celebrate our little Henry!

One of the preschool teachers made the cupcakes for me and they were delicious! Chocolate with blue frosting - Henry's choice. 

Party favors were simple - pirate booty, pirate stamps and stickers and lollipops. Henry eats a lollipop every single day.

Henry thought opening presents was super fun and was really excited to get pool toys along with lots of other cool stuff. We have enjoyed building with squglies, playing Sneaky Squirrel and playing outside with all the new toys. 

What a terrific third birthday party! Still cannot believe my baby boy will be 3 on Saturday. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catching up!

Celebrating our 9th anniversary!

Hanging out with her baby doll!

Anderson and Henry hanging out - everything is more fun with friends even a CAbi sample show. 

My little buddy at the WannaBeatles concert!

Queso is her love language! Mine too!

I love this face!!

Growing way too fast!

Hard at work catching fireflies!

She talks to her fireflies and it is so hysterical. "oh little buggie - it's okay do not fly away."

These flowers have tons of fireflies and Henry tries to smoosh them. 

My loves!

Waking up Daddy on Father's Day!

Come eat your doughnuts, Daddy!

Breakfast time!

Summer has been really busy so far! Between swimming lessons, camp, playdates and catching fireflies we have been on the go. There have been some lazy mornings at home and afternoons snuggled up watching movies together. It is much easier this summer with an almost 3 year old and 5.5  year old. Love their ages right now!

It's hard to believe that our summer is already 1/3 of the way over! I am not ready for Evie to start kindergarten although she is going to love it! Her confidence has grown so much since she has become a swimmer and she makes friends at the pool every day. Kindergarten is going to be right up her alley.

Henry loves having Evie around more and asks "where my Evie go" anytime she is gone for longer than a few minutes. He is so protective of her and they are still the best of friends. Henry was running interference on Evie's doll last week at our playdate. A little boy kept grabbing it and Evie did not mind. Henry was determined that no one get his sisters baby. He kept saying, "that's the rules" to everyone. Poor Carl lives in a family of rule-followers. He is a lot more laid-back and sees life in shades of gray. Evie and Henry are like their Mama not exactly laid back.

Hope your summer is off to a terrific start! We love these hot days filled with popsicle drips, afternoons reading books and a dip in the pool. Cheers to Summer!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up!

We had a nice weekend! Hope you did too! Friday night was super fun with a joint birthday party for Campbell and Christian - two of our favorite boys. They chose to have their party at the zoo and it was perfect. Huge jungle gym, pizza and doughnuts - cannot beat that! Evie and Henry both wanted to sit next to the birthday boys without realizing the birthday boys were in demand. Evie did squeeze in next to Christian. 

Saturday, we spent the day at the pool! Evie passed the swim test and we tried to coax Henry in the water. He's a little more leery ever since he fell in the pool - yikes! That was scary for me too! He will forget about that one day soon but we will keep getting him in the pool. It is so nice not being stuck at home for naps. Henry is quiet when tired - I can deal with quiet. We packed a lunch and enjoyed it pool side. Evie adores swimming and would stay all day if we let her. She thinks her swim bracelet is her key to every thing that she wants in life.  Carl grilled dinner and we caught some fireflies.

Sunday, Henry woke us up just in time for church. Our Rector retired recently and church is not the same. Summer is always a slow season with church attendance and a missing Rector brings the numbers even further down. We went to coffee hour but only a few people showed up - nice to have good conversations with a few people but sad to see people not building community. After lunch and grass mowing, we headed to the other pool - Evie passed the swim test at this pool too. YAY for Evie!!! We are so proud of our big girl! She had a ball sliding down the water slide,  jumping off the diving board and swimming in the designated "wrist band" area. Evie thinks she is big stuff now!

We headed over for the summer concert and it was a packed house. Henry and Evie love the concerts and eating alfresco.  It's a lot of work to get over there with food, drinks, chairs and a blanket but always worth it. Both of our kids love dancing and people watching!

That wraps up another wonderful weekend! Hope your week is off to a magnificent start.