Monday, November 28, 2011

Thankfulness, War Eagle and a Request

We had so much to be thankful for last Thursday as we gathered at my parents' house for Thanksgiving.  This year has brought us a new baby boy along with countless blessings.  We watched the parade, feasted and enjoyed our family time.

Libby has become the official cornbread crumbler for the dressing.  Actually, all my kiddos are excellent crumb makers.  She did a very efficient job!

The girls kept us entertained while we awaited our Thanksgiving meal with some interpretive dance performances...

One of two birds.  Dusty smoked this one on the Big Green Egg.  It was righteous.

...and Mom's table was beautiful as always!

There were pumpkin cookies to decorate to keep little hands busy...

...and fun with cousins Sarah and Shannon.

Here is the young man on his first Thanksgiving.  Baby food turkey and sweet potatoes were the perfect fare for the day!

It was a delicious and fun holiday.  We even went to the movies that afternoon and it was a nice way to shake off that turkey coma.  

I shopped on Friday morning (not hardcore...around 8:00 AM) and got some great deals around NorthPoint.  We drove back home that afternoon since the next "holiday" was coming up...The Iron Bowl!

We had Dusty's entire family in for the big game and tailgated ALL day on Saturday.  It finally feels like football weather in our neck of the woods so it was nice to be out to enjoy it. 

We enjoyed a barbecue lunch as well as a bushel of these bad boys...

Dusty and his dad took turns shucking and those around our tailgate were either jealous or completely grossed out!

The cousins played hard.

Charlie was tuckered from all the excitement.  Cici's arms were the perfect place to nap.

Annie and her leaf microphone.  Do you see a musical theatre theme here?  These are my days...

Dusty and I went to the game and, although Auburn didn't pull out an upset against Alabama, we enjoyed a football date together!  War Eagle!

So, it appears that mutant Eustachian tubes and gigantic lymph nodes must run in our little family.  This week, Annie and Charlie will both have surgery to help them hear and breathe better.  Charlie will have tubes placed in his ears as a result of five (count them, FIVE!) continuous ear infections that he has had in the last three months.  It is a very simple procedure, but he will have to be put to sleep.  

Big sister Annie will be having her adenoids and tonsils removed to help with nasal congestion, snoring and sleep apnea.  Libby has had tubes plus these two procedures done as well, so we know what to expect, but it will still be difficult to hand her over to a nurse.  Her surgery will be much more involved, ( an IV, anesthesia, a 10 day recovery and limited post-op diet).  She is also younger than Lib was at the time that she had this done, so I am trying to prepare her, but I'm not sure how much she is understanding.  

If you think about it, would you please pray for my two little ones this week?  I am buckling my chin strap for the coming days and am making my grocery list to include lots of Jello, Popsicles, pudding, soup and Gatorade.  

We are trusting in the Lord that these procedures will be the best thing for Annie and Charlie in the long run and they will both start off 2012 happy and healthy!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

School Thanksgiving Feasts

We enjoyed Thanksgiving festivities at both preschool and Kindergarten this week.  This is such a perk of being a parent of kids this age.  Watching children sing about thankfulness and then pray, hands folded, dressed in Pilgrim garb... it just doesn't get any better!

We ate lunch as a family at Annie's preschool at their Thankful Feast.  We are so glad that Daddy could join us too!

Getting ready to say goodbye to the sweet Myer family as they make a move to the north.  We were in a Small Group with them for several years (and through the births of many of these babies!) We will miss them!

"Annie let me get a picture of you and the turkey you made!"

She was not having it.

Yesterday, I went to Libby's Thanksgiving program.  They sang songs outside for all the parents and our cameras!

The kids spent all week getting ready for this event.  They even made their adorable Pilgrim outfits!

I continue to be impressed with how her sweet school pulls out all the stops for these events.  Isn't this a precious spread?

A delicious lunch!  Libby discovered that after eating her corn on the cob that she has her first loose tooth!  At this realization she exclaimed, "I'm the luckiest girl in the whole world!!!".

They even made their place card settings - fancy!  The teepee on the right actually had a cupcake baked inside.  Love it.

Even "Welcome Bear" was dressed for the occasion.  

And what has our own little bear been doing?

He made it all the way to the very top.  I am not kidding.  I'm not ready for a fearless boy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Tees

"Theme dressing" has kind of fallen by the wayside since we have had three children.  There are just too many holidays and now too many bodies to clothe for them each to have the perfect seasonal ensemble.  Plus, it kills me for them to only be able to wear something for a particular day or event.  A budget on time and funds has put somewhat of a halt on those delicious monogrammed and holiday-inspired outfits.


I ran across this idea on Smashed Peas and Carrots for an easy turkey applique.

Clearance priced top at Belk + mismatched scraps of fabric + tiny bits of felt =


This was one of those projects that didn't require intricate or precise sewing skills (score!) and is supposed to look a little "homemade" (double score!).  I think they are darling.

Libby chose the fabric for her "feathers" and arranged them in this order.  I changed the turkey feet slightly from the original instructions just to make them easier for me to hand embroider.

I made one for both girls and, as you can see, Libby was more than willing to model hers.  

We are ready for two Thanksgiving feasts at school this week!  

Gobble Gobble!

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Let's Hear it for the Boy..."

This and That

Blogging has become difficult for me these days.  I feel that I am busier than I have ever been.  These three kiddos keep me on my toes, but mix in travel, babies with runny noses and fevers, school field trips, my half hearted attempts to potty train Little Middle and that stinkin' time change and I now choose to spend any free moment looking at the back of my eyelids.  I'll try to recap some happenings of the past week or so...


We have cheered on our Tigers.  The girls enjoyed a day of tailgating with their Daddy.  Fun times (and several chicken fingers) were had by all.

We have just realized that this little princess will turn three in a month!  Where did the time go?!?  I seriously still think of her as a baby.  

She will have a party with a royal theme that I am ridiculously excited about already.  You only turn three once, right?

The mini man tried his first table food the other day.  Pieces of banana made for a great projectile onto the floor around his highchair as well as a sticky mousse for his hair. I think we will try something else next time.

Libby attended a birthday party for a little girl in her class at the American Girl Store!  She and I traveled to Alpharetta for the day and met Mom and Mel for lunch and shopping while she celebrated with her buds.

While she partied, Mom and I got to visit Pottery Barn and totally fell in love with this picture wall.  When I get up enough courage, I will make this happen (sans the red wall) at the wall facing the bottom of my stairs.  Isn't it groovy?

The weather has been beautiful and our afternoon routine has included some playground time as we wait for Daddy to get home.


Then there's the moment that we all wait for...

Last weekend, we took trip to Atlanta for the weekend and Dusty went to the Auburn/Georgia game while the kids and I stayed with my parents.  On our way into town, we took the kids to the Georgia Aquarium.

Petting the stingrays!

The moving sidewalk in the Ocean Voyager exhibit...literally on the "ocean floor".

Forcing a family pic....

If you plan a trip, made sure to include the Dolphin Tale show.  It is in the new "water theatre" that has been built on the Aquarium and is fantastic! 

And finally...

we made it nine months with no accidents for Charlie.  Friday night I was giving him a bath at my parents' house and he took a tumble.  Oh. My. Heart.

He is pulling up constantly now and wants to do it in the tub as well.  As I was trying to sit him back down, his feet slipped out from under him and he bonked his eye on the side of the tub.  I would have caught him, but he was so slippery from the soap.  We both cried.  Thankfully there was no permanent damage and no stiches were needed.  

Big sister gave him some extra cuddles and I think that helped!

I think that's it for now.  We are gearing up for school Thanksgiving festivities and an ENT consultation for Annie and Charlie this week.  Both are showing the same symptoms as Libby, so we may be signing up for adenoid removal and ear tubes respectively.  Prayers for clear answers would be appreciated!