Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Day 2 and Day 3 have gone great with the remodel. Parker has loved the workers being in the house. He loves to sit in his wagon and watch them work. In the midst of the remodel, Parker got a stomach virus. We are PRAYING that Chad and I don't get it!
The new lights that are in the ceiling in the new office. We are also getting them in our den!
The old living room/new office has a new wall! The wall is now closed off and there are two new closets!!
More to come soon!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
New wall view from the dining room
Chad and Parker in the new office
They are closing the opening and adding two closets. YAY for storage! Storage makes me very happy!
The work began yesterday on our house. We had a few ideas of things that we wanted to do and they have slowly grown to quite a few big projects but we are so excited. Once we found out that we didn't have to move, we wanted to do a few things to make the house even better!
All older houses have a formal living room which we NEVER used. We decided to close off the opening between the living room and the dining room and turn the living room into a large office for Chad. (and me too!) Brink Builders are family friends and they are doing the work. Here are the pictures as to how it looked last night when we went to bed!
Other things we are doing:
We are adding recess (sp?) lighting in the new office and the den. We are also putting in a light over the shower in the master bathroom. We are taking down the HORRIBLE light fixture in the master bathroom and putting up new ones. We are going to paint the den, new office, dining room, and master bathroom. We are having Brink Builders build a covered patio off of the playroom. We are knocking out a window in the playroom to put in two french doors leading to the new patio. We are probably going to get a new Chad a new workshop on our back lot. That will be last though.
Chad has to sell his truck first! Let me know if anyone wants a truck!! :)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I always said that I did not want to be the mom that let their child eat the same thing at every meal and I am afraid that I am turning into that mom. I always try to fix him different things but he will grunt and throw the food on the floor. I always admired Kate Gosselin (strange, I know) because she cooks a meal and her children either eat it or they don't get dinner. I want Parker to be a child who will eat and try lots of different foods but right now we are on a path of Parker being a toothpick and his mommy pulling her hair out! :)
With that being said, he is becoming picky and I need some suggestions on some new things to try. Right now these are the things that I can always count on him to eat:
Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Whole Wheat Waffles with blueberries
Whole Wheat pancakes
Tyson Chicken nuggets
Sometimes mashed potatoes
He loves french fries and I try to avoid that unless we are in a restaurant and he's acting like a maniac. He actually did eat my spaghetti last night which is huge. For a few weeks, he was just refusing to eat. He would turn his head to the side and say, "All gone!" The only meat he will eat is chicken nuggets. I am concerned that he's not getting enough protein.
What are some things that you feed your children? Now keep in mind, he still only has two teeth! (Poor thing. He's probably going to start kindergarten with only two teeth!)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
We are converting our Living Room into Chad's office so we have some furniture to sell. Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone who is interested.
I have two end tables and the one coffee table. They are both from Ashley Furniture. All three pieces are $40.00.
The furniture is from Ashley Furniture and it's a light khaki color. They are in good condition. I am selling all three pieces for $250.00.
Friday, December 25, 2009
What an amazing Christmas! We've had a wonderful Christmas. The past three days have been really busy. We've gone back and forth, back and froth from Florence to Athens but we are blessed to be close enough to see all of our family.
Chad, Parker, and Ryan
Santa brought Parker a Thomas the Train Ball Pit!
Parker LOVES Broby!
Santa brought Parker so many things. (He did not bring Parker a TV though. Santa was too tired to move it to another room.)
The Greenhaw's on Christmas Eve
Rusty with his grandkids and greatgrandkids.
Oh dear. The baby bug will catch you quick. I got to hold sweet baby Addie on Christmas Eve. I love nothing more than holding a precious baby!
My mom, Aunt Debbie, Parker, and Kaden
My attempt to get a nice picture of Parker in front of the tree. It was pretty much a burnt run.
Chad got the movie The Hangover. Yes, we know that it's not very wholesome but it's pretty dang funny.
My mom gave Parker a Radio Flyer rocket.
And the best present of all, PARKER!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The day that I have been dreading has finally come. I turned 30 today. I am not really sure where the fear of 30 comes from. It just seemed like yesterday that I was in college, staying up half the night, making midnight runs to Wal-Mart, and eating whatever and whenever I wanted. (wasn't that nice?) 30 always seemed so old to me. I remember thinking that once you're 30,your fun is over. It makes me laugh now to think about my old feelings about being 3o.
Thankfully that my life is full of so many blessings and answered prayers that it is hard to dwell for long. I have such a great husband who is supportive in everything I do. I have a precious miracle baby who is a blessing to our lives everyday.
Chad planned the absolute PERFECT birthday night for me last night and it was all a surprise which is a miracle because he is a HORRIBLE secret keeper. The plan all along was for us to drop Parker off at his parents house and we were going to go to Huntsville to finish off some Christmas shopping and eat at the Melting Pot because I had always wanted to go there. At the last minute before leaving we decided to make plans to spend the night because Chad had enough Marriott Rewards points for a free night. We packed everything up and headed off.
We dropped Parker off and headed to Huntsville. We did some shopping for unfortunately a migraine headache hit pretty quick in Target so we went back to the hotel and I took alot of Extra Strength Tylenol and took a nap. I was refreshed and ready to go!
We made the BRISK walk to the Melting Pot through Bridge Street. It was freezing! You go down a hallway to get to the restaurant and you can see the waiting area though the glass. As we walked up, I noticed Katy. I yelled out to Chad, "OH my Gosh, there's Katy and Luke!" At this point I am just thinking that is pure conconindence that they are there. Then I immediately notice Raycheal and Brian. And mind you this is all before we even enter the restaurant. My first thought was, "They are so mean. They have planned a night out and didn't invite me." I was still totally unaware of what was going on.
As Chad and I enter the doors they all stand up to greet me and I see gifts and it's then that I realize what is going on..I immediately start crying because I was so excited. We don't get together than often and it's very rare for everyone to be there. (Sara and Craig walk in during the hugging and crying!) I just kept smiling and crying for awhile. It was an amazing treat and surprise. We had an amazing dinner and ate TONS of food. The dessert part was my favorite, of course! We were there from 6:30-9:30. I didn't want the night to end.
If you don't know who these friends are, here's a little bit about them:
Katy: Katy was the first person that I met at UNA. We lived on the same floor and we did so much together. We both pledged Alpha Gam and we've both have alot of the same interests. After marriage, we both had difficulty conceiving a child so we endured IVF together. I am not sure that I would've made it some days without her. She was able to tell me what to expect, how things would feel, etc. She has a precious little girl, Harper. I plan for her and Parker to marry someday! :) Harper has profound hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears and both Katy and Luke have been so brave and strong throughout the whole ordeal. She is an amazing mother!I love them all with all of my heart! Katy and I talk quite often on the phone and I feel like something is wrong if we don't talk every few days. I love Katy with all my heart! One of my favorite things about katy is that I can trust her to be honest with me. I can ask her if my jeans make my butt look big and she will give me an honest answer. I love that about her!
Sara: Sara and I also met at UNA though Alpha Gam because we are pledge sisters. Sara has always been the one that makes us laugh. In college, she was the one with the disaster of a room, cereal bowls that were a week old laying around, dirty clothes all over the floor, but when she walked out of her room, she always looked amazing. She is beautiful. Fashion is her thing. She is always dressed perfectly and she is current with fashions. She married her college sweetheart and he is just as great. I actually took him to an alpha gam function and that is where she "fell for him." I love and cherish her friendship and advice.
Raycheal: Raych was my matron of honor at my wedding. I was also the Maid of Honor in her wedding. (I almost ruined the whole wedding. I'll have to blog about that another day!) We met a year after I met Sara and Katy because she pledged Alpha Gam a year later. Emily Murphy and I were looking for a place to live and we needed a third roomate. I found a house and to be able to afford it, we needed a third roomate. Lynna, who was discipling us, told us to ask Raycheal,and the rest is history. We became instant friends. We love the same things. We were pretty much together from the moment we moved in together. We would stay up late playing Ninentendo, we'd nap on the couch in the afternoon and we'd eat all of the time. But Raych pretty much only ate chocolate covered Krispy Kreme donuts. (Some things never change!) We were also SOAR counselors together and we lived in the dorms together for one summer. Raych is a dear friend and a wonderful mother to two precious children, Connor and Anna Grace. I love Raycheal and I know that she would do ANYTHING for me.
Raycheal, Me, Sara, and Katy
Luke (belongs to Katy) My Chaddy, Craig (belongs to Sara) and Brian (Belongs to Raych)
Me and Raycheal
My sweet hubby who planned the whole night
Sara and Katy
Me and Raycheal again
It was an amazing night. I will have fond memories of turning 30!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here are some of Parker's Favorite Things right now:
Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raison Swirl Bread
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Fruit and Cream Oatmeal
Tyson Chicken Nuggets
*He used to love cheese toast but now he hated it. He won't touch cheese or any other kind of meat. The only meat he will eat right now is chicken nuggets.
He is totally off of a bottle which didn't even bother him. He's doing really well about drinking milk out of his sippy cup. He also loves Apple juice and Apple Banana juice.
Mickey Mouse ClubHouse
Yo Gabba Gabba!
Favorite Songs to "Sing":
Twinkle Twinkle-He will open and close his fingers to twinkle his star!
Itsy Bitsy Spider-He'll try to do the motions.
Five Little Monkeys
He LOVES to "read" books and I love it!
He loves to play with balls but he wants them small enough so he can fit them in his hand.
Large Lego Blocks
Words he can say:
Anytime someone sneezes, he will do his "sneeze." It cracks us up every time!
He is going to sleep between 7:00-7:30 and he gets up between 6-7. He doesn't nap very well at Mrs. Jackie's so most days he's ready to go to sleep around 6 or 6:30 but we keep him up.
He does NOT like for us to walk away and leave him. For example, if I am playing with him on the floor and I get up and walk into the kitchen to fix a drink, he will whine and cry until I come back. He does that to Mrs. Jackie too. I don't know how to get him to stop it though. He's very clingy.
He's at such a fun age and he's growing and doing new things every day! We keep thinking that he's going to take off any day now!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today was Parker's first birthday! Chad and I woke up all smiles and as soon as he woke up this morning, we began singing "Happy Birthday!" His smiles were a mile wide. Of course I know that he had know idea what was going on but it was so sweet.
We had a party here at the house for him tonight. Chad's parents came over from Athens and the rest was my family. It was my mom and dad, my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich, my brother, Craig, and my granddad, Rusty. We ate BBQ, potato salad, and baked beans. It was lots of fun! I just enjoyed watching my sweet little boy. He has brought us so much joy over the past year!
Parker this morning before he went to Mrs. Jackie's.
Parker and Daddy
Parker and Mommy
It's hard to tell but his shirt has a number 1 and his name.
Parker LOVED getting to eat his cake!
We got Parker a wagon as his "big" present. He seemed to like it. We pulled him up and down the hall. He got lots of presents. (I want to remember what he got.)
Chad and I got him a wagon, a basketball goal for the bathtub, a sweater for church, and little Mickey Mouse books.
My mom and dad got him an activity cube and an Elmo Christmas movie.
Chad's parents got him two outfits and a See and Say.
My Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich got him a set of Lego's with animals and a touch and feel book.
My granddad got him a toy that spins and plays music.
Aunt Shea couldn't come to the party because she had to go out of town for work but she got him two ADORABLE Christmas shirts and lots of books.
We had a blast and we are going to do it all over again on Sunday in Athens with Chad's family.
I took off work tomorrow because Parker has an appointment with his cardiologist in Huntsville. Dr. Isreal is his doctor. He was born with a VSD, or a hole in his heart. He has not had to receive any treatment since birth but it's always been in the back of my mind. We are going to get it checked tomorrow and we hope and PRAY that it's closed on it's own. I'll update after the appointment.
Friday, November 27, 2009
This Thanksgiving has been extra special for our family. We got to enjoy our sweet baby Parker! Although he's not really a baby anymore! Last year at Thanksgiving I was VERY pregnant and starting to get miserable. I was feeling pretty bad and I didn't know at the time but it was because my blood pressure was very high. I probably would've had Parker over the Thanksgiving break had I gone on to the hospital.
We are so thankful to be Parker's parents. We love watching him grow and learn. He is becoming more brave and we expect him to start walking anytime now!
We are also praising the Lord that Chad received word on Wednesday that we do not have to move! It's all very confusing and I don't explain it very well but to sum it up and speciality position had to be approved by a committee at headquarters. It was approved for Chad to take the position. We were going to have to move to Huntsville so Chad could take a primary care position. He would've done it because that's the kind of husband and father Chad is but it was not an ideal position. He has already done primary care and he would prefer not to go back so this new position is PERFECT!! He will have many of the same doctors with a few new ones. He will add some doctors in Birmingham so he will have to be away more overnights now than before. :(
We are blessed and thankful! Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Four years ago Chad and I were living in Panama City Beach and loving our "newlywed" lifestyle! We moved down to PCB without knowing anyone but thankfully we quickly made it home. Chad was offered a job with Lilly in May 2004 and we got married the next month, June 5, 2004. We were so unprepared. We packed up our car a few weeks before we got married and we drove down to the coast to find somewhere to live. We didn't do any research before hand and we LITERALLY just drove around looking for apartments. We started in Destin but we could only find one apartment complex and it had a very long waiting list at it was $1,200 a MONTH, yes, my friends, a month! So we kept on driving to the spring break capital of the US..Panama City Beach. We drove around until we stumbled upon Harbor Green apartments. We loved them and signed a lease on the spot. Upon signing the lease, I noticed that there was an elementary school next door. How convenient, I thought, I should apply. I did and amazingly, the principal's children went to UNA so she was interested in me. I was hired over the phone!
It was four years ago this month, however; that we got the sad news that Chad was being reallocated with Lilly. We were totally blindsided by the news. He called me at work and I had to go home immediately after hearing the news. I was sobbing! We weren't sure where we would have to go next. (Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a reallocation again and still not sure if/or when we are going to have to move but that's another post.) We found out in November and we sold our house and moved home by January. It was quick.
I can't believe that we have been back in Florence for 4 years. The time has gone by really fast!
Here are the top 5 things that Chad and I miss the most about living in Panama City.
5. The Shopping-I LOVED driving over to Destin for the day to shop at the outlets. I would go with Chad or alone sometimes. I loved being so close to such great deals. Since we moved Panama City built the Pier park development and it's even better than what Destin has to offer. I would've gotten in lots of trouble there I am afraid!
4. Our first house! We bought our first house about 6 weeks before we found out that we were being reallocated. It was tiny. It was about 1,000 square feet but we LOVED it because it was ours! I can't find a picture of it on this computer but it looked beachy. It was stucco, had a one car garage. We were so proud. We put in new tiles and painted the entire house. We basically flipped it because we only owned it for like two months.
3. THE FOOD-We used to eat out all of the time! And not to Taco Bell, we went to eat the good stuff. We love seafood and we made the most of being so close to great restaurants. (Now wonder I was so "fluffy" when I lived there!) Some of our favorite restaurants were: Schooners, Big City Fish, Montego Bay, and The Boatyard. Sometimes we would go to the seafood market and get a huge cooler full of seasoned steamed shrimp and we would eat and eat! We probably spent way to much money of food, but who cares now. It was great!
2. The friends we made-I taught first grade at Patronis and LOVED every moment of it. I taught with amazing teachers. The school was developed and laid out in pods. I taught with Ana Hull, Alison Parker, and Brenda McGonagil. We all were great friends and planned our lessons together. The teachers play Bunco together, shopped together, and went out to eat often. Alison and I got to be good friends. Sandy was/is a dear friends and they both still live in Panama City. I also loved the fact that it was a shorter school day. The morning bell rang at 7:50 and school dismissed at 2! We started loading the buses at 1:45... :)) Why can't we do that in Alabama??
1. And of course, the number one reason we loved living in Panama City was the BEACH!! Our apartment was so close to the beach. It would just take a few minutes to get there. We could go at any time and we loved that! Now I hate that we didn't go walk on the beach every night! If I had known that we would have to move and leave so quickly, I feel that we would have enjoyed it even more. My school was so close the the airplanes with the banners would fly over the playground. You could smell the beach in the air. It was such a stressfree place to work and live. In the fall, Chad and I loved to take a picnic lunch to the beach and sit and eat.
There is a job opening in Destin and we did consider it for a few minutes but it is just so far from family.
Not many people get the opportunity to live at the beach so we count our blessings that we were able to experience life at the beach! I think of my Florida friends almost daily!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I can't believe that we are planning Parker's first birthday party! I am just so excited about it! I started thinking about the first birthday the moment we found out we were pregnant. Is that weird?
His personality is really developing. Strong willed is an UNDERSTATEMENT. He does not like to be told no, but I don't guess that many 1 year olds do. If you make him mad enough, he will head butt you. Great, huh? I'm not really sure how to get him to stop that. Any advice?? He loves to play with my cell phone and we try not to let him get it because he will have a come apart when we take it away. He was a great eater but he's going through a really weird phase right now. Before we could give him ANYTHING and he would eat it. Now, he would be happy with bread at every meal. He is obsessed with the yogurt melts. He would eat the entire bag if we would let him. He did love the baby goldfish but he's not wanting them now. His eating changed when he got hand, foot, mouth and it just never returned to normal. Hopefully, it's just a phase.
He is completly off the bottle which makes me sad. We always called them a "shake, shake" and he would smile and wave his arms in excitement as we shook them up. He is just drinking whole milk now and he seems to be enjoying it more each day.
One of his favorite things to play with in his toy basket is books. They have always been there but he has just now started playing with them. He likes to "read" the ones with real pictures. He loves to look at pictures of cats and as soon as he sees Cane, our cat or a picture of a cat he says.. eow. (meow) It's so cute! He will also roar when you ask him what a lion says. Sometimes you have to prompt him first. My child is so smart!! :)))
He has been saying mama and dada and he will say it when he sees us. His favorite TV show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. When the music starts, he just SMILES and dances. It is adorable.
He is so close to walking. He walks along all of the furniture and will let go occasionally but he hasn't been brave enough to take those first steps alone. I think that they should happen any day now because all three of the other kids at Mrs. Jackie's are walking.
He is still a great sleeper at night. He goes to sleep between 7-7:30 and he sleeps until 6 or 6:30 the next morning. He has dropped his morning nap most days and just takes one afternoon nap from 12:30-2:30. Mrs. Jackie still tries to get him to take a morning nap and most days he won't. It is frustrating though because by 6 pm he is ill as a hornet! He really needs two naps a day. He won't let us rock him to sleep at night. He just wants to be laid down and he immediately goes to sleep. We know that we are lucky he does this but we do miss rocking him to sleep at night.
Here is what most days look like for us:
6:30 Get Parker up and let him play in his pack n play while I finish getting ready for work
7:00 Feed Parker breakfast
7:30 Take Parker to Mrs. Jackie's house and head Chad and I head to work. :(
8:00-3:00 Work like a crazy person teaching Kindergarten
3:30 Go get my BABY!! The best part of the day!
4:00 Play with Parker at home and wait for daddy to get home!
5:30 Feed Parker dinner
6:00 Give Parker a bath and play
7:00 or 7:30 Put Parker to bed and then start my second job of taking care of the house!
I haven't updated with many pictures lately so here are a few recent pictures.
Parker woke up with CRAZY hair Monday morning!
Parker sitting in his book basket.
Swinging in the backyard
Swinging at the park! I love to swing!
Staying warm in the cold weather!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Moms...I need help...
How do you bathe your kids? I know that is a random question but we are having trouble. We have still be using the whale bath tub and the blow up duck bathtub from when Parker was a baby and that is just too small.
Our only bath tub in the house is the one in the master bathroom and it's a deep whirlpool tub so it's so hard to lean down and bath him. He also, will NOT sit down. He is constantly trying to pull up and stand while in the tub. I am worried that he is going to fall down.
I have seen those seats that suction to the bottom of the tub and that would prevent him from standing but I haven't seen them anywhere.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We made it to 10 months without any major sickness so I guess I should be thankful for that. Up until this point, we had only dealt with snot and coughing. So here's what happened...
Tuesday was a normal day at work and Chad worked Florence so he finished early and got home by 3:30. Since it was so pretty, we decided to take Parker to the St. Florien (how do you spell it, Help me Krista!) park. We played for awhile and also invited Krista, Julianna, and Max to play with us! Bless their hearts, at the time they didn't know they were walking into a germ factory!
We then went down the street to the house where they sell the mums and pumpkins. They have GREAT mums by the way and they are pretty cheap. We came home and decided to go for a walk. parker always LOVES to get in the stroller and walk around the neighborhood. He fussed the entire time which is so unlike him. We didn't think much of it and came in and did the normal bath and bottle routine. As I put him to sleep, I thought that he felt hot but I decided against taking his temperature. This was around 7:30. At 10:00 he woke up soooo fussy. He is the kind that once you lay him down, He is OUT for the rest of night. (Thank the good Lord.)
He still felt hot so I took his temp and it was almost 102. Oh my goodness. I freaked out! It was his first fever. I tried to work out child care for him for the following day but in the end, I decided to stay home and love my baby. He ran a fever all day but he still ate and played. Around 6, Chad called and his car broke down in Rogersville, (That's a whole other blog in itself) so as I was leaving to go get him, I noticed the sores on the palms of his hands and on the bottom of his feet.
My poor baby has Hand, Foot, Mouth. It just sounds awful, doesn't it?? He isn't wanting to drink much because his throat is sore. We called the doctor and they said not to bring him in because there is not much they can do. We just have to wait it out. My poor baby. I had to go back to work today (because it takes an Act of Congress for a teacher to take off work!). Chad's dad drove over from Athens to keep him and when I got home, he was scorching!! His fever has been up all day long!
I want to stay home with him again so bad tomorrow but Chad's mom has taken off work and she is going to keep him. It just BREAKS my heart not to be with him when he is sick. I know that all of the moms who work out of the home understand!
It can take up to a week to run it's course so hopefully by Monday he will be well enough to go back to Mrs. Jackie's.If not, my mom is already on standby.
It is just awful as a mom to watch your child hurt and feel bad.... Oh and there will be many more times like these ahead...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I have not put any updated photos on the blog lately so I thought I put some from the past month or so..
And yes, I assume you are asking, "Is Chad digging in the garbage can?" Poor fellow. He was digging in the trash because I thought that I threw two Target gift cards worth $20 each in the trash! He dug and dug and couldn't find them. And then of course, after 20 minutes of digging in the trash, with gloves I might add, I immediately thought of a place where they could be! I found them and he gave me the EVIL eye for a few minutes...Well, for a lot of minutes! But he got over it!
I couldn't get this durn picture to rotate but it is Parker at the Florence Homecoming Parade.
Fun with my sweet cousins! I just love Carrington and Johnson!
Baby dedication was this past Sunday at church. This was an emotion and happy day for Chad and I. Two years ago we were going through fertility treatments and I sobbed through baby dedication. I was so scared that we would never be able to stand in front of our church family with a precious child. It was such a proud moment for us!
Watching my daddy work. This was about an hour before parker started running a fever and chad starting throwing up!
I love that sweet smile!!