Friday, November 27, 2009

We have so much to be Thankful for!

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

This just in...

We found out today that we do not have to move...More info to come!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

4 years ago...

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

We're planning a birthday party!

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

Bath Tub problems

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.