Monday, August 22, 2011

Georgia's 1st Day of Pre-K

Today is Georgia's first day of 4 year old preschool- she was so ready! She's been asking to go back to school for- oh- about three months! ;) We are at a new school this year for preschool and she will be attending 5 mornings a week, 8:30-12:30. Just one step closer to real school!
Everyone obliged me for first day of school pictures on the front step...

And then we all loaded up for the 5 block drive to drop her off for her first day. It was definitely more for us (me!) than her- I probably could have sent her out the front door with her lunch box and she would have marched herself those blocks and to her classroom with no problem! When we got there she led the way to her room, and was inside and off exploring before we could even say goodbye!

I finally caught up with her for one last picture- she'd found the coloring table of course!

Have a really great year, sweet girl! You've gotten so big- we are so proud of your independence, your friendly, cheerful spirit and your inquisitive mind. We know this is going to be an awesome year!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rosemary: 2 Months

Dear Rosemary,
Another month has flown by! At two months you are really turning into a baby and have passed by the newborn stage. You are delighting us more every day. I still try to sneak in every snuggle I can- and so does every one else! We are all loving having you here!

~ Your smiles are in full force! They stretch from chub cheek to chub cheek and light up the room! I get lots of them when I come get you out of your bed or at the changing table. I think you love that face to face time. And Georgia and Lincoln are always funny to you!
~ You are starting to try out some sounds too, besides the grunts and groans we've been hearing. We've heard some adorable coo's, goo's and awwws- and it melts my heart every time! Lincoln and Georgia are great at interpreting your noises- "she said HI to me!", "she said she loves me!"
~ Official doctor stats from you two month checkup (8/18/11): Height 23 inches (74%), Weight 10lbs 9oz (42%), Head 15.5 in (66%)
~You are still amazingly laid-back and easy- you were nicknamed The Invisible Baby by the Phelps! ;) You are eating 6 times (3-4 oz) every 3.5 hours from about 7am till last feeding around 11-11:30pm, and sleeping pretty much thru that last feeding till 7-7:30am. (We dropped to 6 feeding at about 5 weeks). This month I've started trying to get you on a better schedule of wake time after eating, then regular naps, some in the cradle.
~ You will sleep in your cradle just fine, but what you really love is the swing! It swings really fast even on the lowest setting because you are still so little, but you seem to love the crazy pace! I guess it goes along with the tempo of our household with brother and sister running around!
~ We went back to the pediatric orthopedist and you were cleared- no more signs of any hip click or displaysia, which is so awesome. That means no more triple diapers! I've been able to put you back into some of your smallest clothes again that didn't fit with the extra padding. The ortho doc said we won't have to visit him again until we start playing soccer. ;)
~ You got to meet Barry, Dave, and the Phelps when they came down for Daddy's fishing trip. Logan and Avery loved playing with your big bro and sis, though Avery wasn't sure about sharing her momma with you! It was a great weekend with friends and you were awesome with the extra activity going on around you!
Rosemary's first Sunday in church:
~ I finally got your birth announcements together (though not all mailed!) and chose this verse for you: "I praise you (Lord) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
We thank the Lord every day for you, sweet baby girl. You truly are a precious gift and we know the Lord has created you for His wonderful work. Thank you for being such a great baby- you make having a third child look easy! ;)
love, mommy

2 Weeks Old
9 Weeks Old

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Teach a man to fish...

... and he'll buy a boat, start a charter fishing company, take 5 guys out in the smooth waters of the gulf in the hot heat of August, tell them where to drop their lines and help them reel up fish after fish after fish!
So we've been living down here in Florida for almost two years now and had eaten only one self-caught meal that I can think of (courtesy Steve Waters!). But now we'll be eating like (fishing) kings for weeks! A few good friends went out with Larry for a charter fishing trip last weekend and pulled quite a haul! They had a great time and it was so awesome to see friends from Birmingham that we dearly miss- Barry, Dave (missed you Laura & Charlotte!), and all four Phelps. Sandy and I held down the fort at home with 5 kiddos all day Saturday while the big boys had their fun, and as she said, we had at least 10 unfinished conversations, which was so great! ;) It was neat to see the Georgia, Lincoln and Logan reconnect, and catch up with what a big girl Miss Avery is becoming. Mike also joined the guys and it was great to have him and Megan over on Sunday to sample the spoils with a fish lunch.
Thank you all for making the effort to be with us and our house is always open! We'll probably be having some yummy fish for dinner! ;)

The boys made sure to bring the favorite red suitcase!

Logan paused [briefly] to give me a quick smile!
Doing a little painting.
Attempted picture...
Group shot: Georgia (4 yrs), Lincoln & Logan (2.5 yrs), Avery (10 mo), Rosemary (7 weeks)

Another attempt ;)
Dave missing his Charlotte :)
Sandy & Avery- sweet smiles!
Mike bonding with Rosemary!