Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Primrose Costume Parade.

Not sure I've  ever seen a cuter Rudolph.  Actually, not sure I've ever seen a Rudolph on Halloween period.

It's one of the many, many reasons I love that boy.

Happy Birthday, Granti!

Granti turned fifty-one on Wednesday.  According to Harris, she is going to die before him, and before Ben and me, but not before Woody.  "So that's good," Harry has decided.

We celebrated, of course, at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday night with a cookie cake, some playground time, a few gifts, and a little Grandma lovin'.

Granti even scored a peppermint chocolate milkshake before they officially hit the market!

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!


Because our schedule got a little crazy this week, we decided to carve pumpkins last Sunday night.  Even though we moved our carving night up about a week from last year, we did manage to keep the tradition of making both a boys' pumpkin and a girls' pumpkin going strong.

Harry and Babe both selected the perfect pumpkin from Publix, and we wasted no time getting to work soon after dinner.

Harris decided he wanted to make a "spooky" pumpkin, while Hadley wanted one that had five teeth.

And so we ended up with "Meanie" and "Five Teeth," the newest seasonal members of our family.

Here's hoping they make it 'til Halloween!

Fall Festival.

We spent last Saturday hanging out at The Way's Fall Festival.

The highlights for the kids included "Mr. Barry's Hayride" and the jumpies.  It's pretty much next to impossible to get Hadley out of a jumpy.  The girl could could jump forever.

Both she and Harris did check out a few of the games once they realized candy was involved.  It's pretty much next to impossible to get Harris to pass up Nerds.  I think he ate ten boxes.

Ben roasted himself a hot dog over the bonfire, and Granti and me both enjoyed marshmallows.  The kids had a good time roasting things, too, but much preferred eating the marshmallows straight from the bag.

In case I haven't said it enough, I'm so glad it's fall. :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dance Party!

Harris and I attended our third annual Mother/Son Halloween Dance Party last night.  He has chosen to be Rudolph for Halloween this year, but his costume (that I ordered two weeks ago!) still hasn't arrived, so instead we went like this:

He told me not to worry about it, though, because we could both pretend like we were from the North Pole.

We had a great time.  We danced, ate, danced, ate, danced, ate, and danced.  We sang loudly when the DJ played "GhostBusters" and "Thriller."  We (well, he) did lots of spins and slides on his knees across the dance floor, and Harry even got in on the limbo action.

We ate pizza and Halloween cookies and smarties and potato chips and drank slimer-green punch from the big punch bowl.

And we laughed until we were exhausted.

I really, really like that kid.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


After finishing up with swim lessons, the kids decided they'd like to give gymnastics a try.  Gymnastics is much cheaper than swimming, so Ben and I were all for making the switch.

So far, so good.  Hadley is in the preschool class and Harris participates in an all-boys class (very cool!), and both groups meet at exactly the same time, so it's working out for our schedule just as much as it for their growth and development!

Babe has been begging for a "gymnastics bathing suit" for weeks.  Ben and I agreed that if she was able to keep her pull-up clean at night for one week, the leotard was all hers. 

She did it!  And she is so, so proud of her new style.

Matching scrunchie and all. :)


Ben and I headed up to Nashville this past weekend to watch the Dawgs whip up (well, at least pull out a win) against Vanderbilt.

We had a fantastic time, and were able to swing through Chattanooga on the way back home for a lovely baby shower given by some of Ben's friends and family.

It's become quite obvious that this is Baby #3.  In addition to the picture above, I managed to get two other shots with my camera.  Which means three pictures total.  I'm a shoe-in already for Mom of the Year.

And the shower was gorgeous.  The weather was beautiful, and we spent the afternoon enjoying lunch outside with old friends and family.  Old to Ben, that is.  They're all still pretty much new to me. :)

I did manage to get this picture of the gift table before everything was loaded into the van.  I've been to many kids' birthday parties where the presents stayed wrapped throughout the duration of the party, but this was my first shower experience where nothing was unwrapped.

We had a great time bringing everything home and opening it all with Harris and Hadley, though.  They're really getting into the whole older sibling thing. 

We're so blessed to be off to a good start with all the things Baby Emmy will need.  I still kick myself often for selling and/or giving away every single bit of my baby things.  I had no idea what God had in store for my life at the time...

Mostly I just look back and smile.

The third and final picture I took at the shower is this one of Ben's sister, Dolores, and me.  I guess DoDo is going to be getting a whole lot of baby book love.

She won't mind.

How fun it is to celebrate Emmy!  Seven weeks and counting...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homegirl's Homework.

Community Helpers.

It was "Community Helpers" week at Primrose. 

Harris' class learned about policemen and firemen all week long, and Ms. Wendy ended the unit by asking Ben to come in and talk to the kids.  Harry was beside himself excited and Ben was pretty stoked, too.  According to Harris, the best parts of the presentation were getting handcuffed in front of his friends and climbing into the police car with his class.

He's one proud little guy.  Who can blame him?!?!?!?!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beach Bash 2011.

Thanks to the furlough day, we were able to enjoy a three-day weekend in Destin with the Boozers and the Mayfields (minus Shane).  It was a quick trip, but sooooo worth it. 

We basically spent our time sleeping, eating, watching football, and hanging out on the beach.  Pretty awesome way to spend the weekend if you ask me. :)

Beach highlights for the kids included being buried and collecting dead jellyfish. 

Beach highlights for the adults mostly included relaxing.

Daddy Boozer made sure we were well fed throughout the duration of the trip.  We hit up The Crab Trap, The Red Bar, Harbor Docks, Mellow Mushroom, and The Donut Hole all within three days.  When I type it out like that, it sounds a little gluttonous.  But it sure was good.

In addition to the beach, the condo also had access to a splash pad and two large swimming pools (including a lazy river!). 

We spent a late afternoon hanging out at the pool and in the hot tub (well, I didn't get in the hot tub) before heading out for a night at the go cart track.

Harris had a blast racing with the boys and Cadence, and Babe chose to ride the "horsies" instead.

Both Ben and I agree that the fall beach trip is definitely somethng we'd like to repeat.

Once we've recovered from this one, that is.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Emmy Update.

We're eight weeks out.


We've scheduled our c-section for December 5, which is exactly eight weeks from today.  And that, friends, is both unbelievably exciting and remotely terrifying all at the same time. 

We had an ultrasound and our 30-week check-up last Tuesday.  Everything looked great!  Emmy's little legs were long and stretched out, and the tech was 99% sure that the cord is no longer around the baby's thigh.  We even got a weight estimate at four pounds, so my little chunker is pretty much right on track!

The best part of the visit, though, was that because it was early release, Ben and I took Harris with us to the ultrasound.  It was soooo much fun to watch him watch the screen and try to process all that was going on.  He was full of questions for the ultrasound tech, my favorite of which was this:  "So, when she is born...will she be all white or, I mean, what will she look like?"  My sweet boy doesn't quite understand the concept of black and white pictures. :)

Harry left with his very own snapshot of Emmy's foot, and, according to his kindergarten teacher, was so, so proud of his special trip.

It's about to get real...and even though I'm not anywhere close to being ready, I can't wait!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Celebrating Cultures.

Harry's class proudly represented Germany.

Complete with lederhosen, edelweiss, pretzels, sauerkraut, and lots and lots and lots of "Guten Tag!"

There was even a little performance of "It's A Small World."  Harris belted it out with the best of them.

We love Primrose.

Corn Dawgs.

In an effort to beat the October rush (and because we had some free time!), we headed to Corn Dawgs for their Opening Weekend.  Granti and Sam joined us for the afternoon, and a fantastic time was had by all.  The crowd was super light, which was great, but the weather got a little tricky on us and by the end of the day we were all pouring sweat!  Happy Fall, y'all!

Once again, this pregnant Mama took a backseat role while everyone else enjoyed themselves on the attractions.  The kids made an immediate beeline for the giant slides.

And the cow train was a very close second.

We also hit up the younger kids' play area, with the tricycle track, horse swings, baby zip line, and more.  Climbing in and out of the boats and planes, swinging on ropes, and visitng the pet zoo were also big hits.

We also took a trip through the corn maze!

Harris' favorite part by far was the hayride.  Babe enjoyed it, too...mostly because she heard a family speaking a different language and made sure to ask, "Are they acting Spanish?"  Thankfully the other family laughed right along with us!  Homegirl is all about her Spanish these days.

We spent most of our time in the corn box.  It was a dirty, dusty mess, but it kept everyone happily occupied for quite a while.

We finished up with day with drinks to cool off and a stop by Zaxby's for dinner.

Minus the heat, I can't think of a better way to kick off my favorite season of the year.  I am sooooo looking forward to cooler temperatures...hopefully they'll show up sooner rather than later!