You are two years old! My baby is not a baby anymore! Your mommy and daddy have enjoyed watching you grow and change so much over the past two years!
Right now you seem to be a Daddy's girl. You squeal with delight when the garage door opens. When he leaves your sight you are asking "daddy go?". You want Daddy to rock you before bed and you tell Daddy " ready to eat." Yes this breaks my heart just a bit, but it is precious.
You are finally beginning to talk in phrases. And mommy was worried about your communication skills?? You are doing great. you say things like
"ready to eat"
"I do it"
"you are recognizing some letters especially the letter A (hmm...anything to do with all your clothes being monogramed?)
You love music, you love to wear dresses and shoes (girly girl), you love for your brother to chase you around the loop, you love playing with other children especially Avery, you won't sit still for a tv show or a book. You love playing outside.
Some funny things you have done lately: You have started getting out of your bed at night and when mommy and daddy check on you at about 11, we have found you asleep in your rocking chair!
When mommy disciplines you you automatically say "sorry, mommy" about 3 times.
As if turning two is not enough, today we met your pre school teachers. You are starting school on Monday. You were so confident walking into your classroom, not interested in what I was doing at all. You were friendly to the other children right away. You are so ready to start school and mommy is almost ready to say "its going to be Ok."
I love you sweet girl. You will never know how complete you have made my life. I thank God for your sweet smile everyday. And..if you could just stop at two that would be great!
Brent is in his glory! J.Riley is finally old enough to do some real "manly" things. Things that I will probably never agree to do! This past weekend Brent decided they were going to camp out in the backyard. They went shopping for all of the gear. Tent, sleeping bags, lantern and of course S'mores ingredients! They sent the tent up in the backyard and were ready to go! I snapped a few pictures before Ava and I were told "NO GIRLS ALLOWED!" J.Riley did great. He wasn't scared at all. They took a night walk and read lots of books by lantern before J.Riley finally fell asleep. At about 2am I heard the back door open. Now get this...it wasn't J.Riley who wanted to the comfort of the indoors, but Daddy!! Brent was afraid of getting a little wet. ( it did end up raining a bit). He carried J.Riley to his bed without waking him. In the morning J.Riley did not even ask about not being outside. Finally Brent say "J.Riley what happened to sleeping in the tent?" J.Riley simply replied "I woke up and I was in my bed."
We have been blessed with some wonderful friends..the Bates family. Brent met Jim while he was in North Carolina at Brevard college and they have remained good friends. Jim and his super fun wife Jenn live in Idaho, and we only get to see them a couple of times a year. We had the privilege of flying out to Idaho to visit them and see where they call home a little over a year ago. We can't wait to go back!! In the meantime, they have family that lives in Maryville, Tn and we always try our best to get together while they are here. They have two beautiful children Jayden and Jollie. We just really enjoying their friendship. In July we met up with them at the Knoxville zoo and whoohooo did we have a good time. It was extremely hot, but the cocktails after the zoo made up for all the sweat! Bates family, we absolutely love you guys! You are wonderful people, great parents and just the life of the party!!
The fam in front of one of the favs of the day the elephants!
Oh they were so cute! Friends forever! The beautiful Bates family Feeding the camel Jollie and J.Ri watching the penguins
Yes it is official! Our house is for sale! If you know anyone that is looking for a home in the East Tennessee area send them our way! We are not in a huge rush to sell but just thought we would try and see what would happen. We have found some property in Johnson city that we are looking to eventually purchase and build again. Here are some pictures of our lovely home!
Yes it is official! Our house is for sale! If you know anyone that is looking for a home in the East Tennessee area send them our way! We are not in a huge rush to sell but just thought we would see what would happen. We have found some property in Johnson city that we are looking to eventually purchase and build again. Here are some pictures of our lovely home!
Happy Fourth of July! We had a very relaxing weekend. We started it off on Friday..Brent was off work! This is something we all look forward to! My Parents actually came up on Thursday night where we went to J.Riley's favorite restaurant in town call Bones. We had a nice relaxing evening. Dinner and then an evening stroll. The next morning we all got up to head out to the parade. Our little town has a huge fourth of July festival every year call Jonesborough Days. It is kind of nostalgic in alot of ways and is really kind of neat. The parade was a big hit with the kids and we roamed around the festival until about 2 o'clock. The kids always have such a good time with Nana and Grampy and always have a hard time adjusting when they leave. If only they lived down the street!! (we are still working on it!) My parents headed out later that afternoon. Later that night we stayed up late to watch the fireworks. We actually have a great view from our yard, so we put Ava to bed and just the three of us got to watch the beautiful show! Saturday was pretty low key and we ended the festivities with a GREAT BBQ at our friends the Whiljhems. Matt smoked the BBQ all day! It was yummy! We are so thankful for such great friends! Also, Thank you to all the men, women and families that sacrifice so much so that we can call ourselves a free country! THANK YOU! MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
First I am a child of God. I am a northerner turned southern girl! I am a wife and mommy that tries, but fails miserably on occasion. My kids J.Riley (4) and Ava (2.5) are awful and wonderful all at once. I am a sister,friend,and former teacher. I have an immense passion for Jesus, coke, taking pictures of my children, anything chocolate, a clutter free home,family and friends.