Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pool Boy

Watch out world, Henry is ready for Summer!

His Juju gave him the cool shades.


Here is our boy chillaxing in his infant pool for the first time.


We may have had as much fun as he did.


This was Henry's first time in a bathing suit, in a pool and his first time to experience Summertime. We just adore all these firsts with our sweet Henry Patton!


Abby


Friday, May 28, 2010

We're Back!!

We had such a good time at Disney World.

The trip there was forever long. I didn't think we would ever make it.

We went to all four Disney parks and visited Magic Kingdom twice. The kids had an awesome time and we rode some great rides. Anna rode every roller coaster and loved them all. She had no fear!

We had our pictures taken with Mickey and all his friends, and even got autographs. What could be more fun.

We saw parades and fireworks, we swam in a baseball diamond shaped pool (which is really just a square!), we met some great people in line for a ride. We got to bed late and woke up early. We were first in line at the parks and didn't have to wait in long lines. Just two long lines, not bad.

It was hot, it was exhausting. But it was a great time. I'm glad we went. The kids all enjoyed it so much. At 12, 9, and 6 they were perfect ages to go. No one was whiney, no diaper changes, no naps needed to be taken. It was great!

Thanks to my cousin Hollye for giving me guidance, advice and sound wisdom in all things Disney. I couldn't have done it without you. The trip was as fun as it was because of all the advice you gave. Thanks so very much!!!

I would promise pictures but you know how that goes!!!

Julie

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just A Swingin


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Henry in his swing


Our sweet friend, Melissa (J'town Melissa....for those who get confused on which one) gave us Avery & Will's old swing. They have outgrown it and it is just right for Henry. We have the perfect trees for a tree swing but decided to keep his swing in Randall's shop since he is so little. We can turn the fans on and keep him cool and away from the mosquitoes that plaque our yard. Here is a short video of him in his swing for the first time. The swing is very high because we have it hanging from the ceiling....I think they may have had it on a swing set base or something of that sort. We laughed at how high it was and how short we are. Melissa and Richard are both about 2 feet taller than us, it is quite comical when we get together for a photo! We love them and that they gave us their swing. Funtimes for Henry!


Abby

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tour of Homes

I decided I should take part in Kelly's Korner Friday blog hop, but with my own spin. I have lots of towns I have called home so I will highlight each one. Should be fun.


I was born and raised in the Fort. If you paid any attention in history class you know my hometown is known for the hanging gallows at Judge Parker's Courthouse. Lots of fun on the lawn in the above picture. So weird to call hanging out at a gallow fun, huh?

The Fort has the peanut factory and houses the Mr. Peanut sign. Cute, isn't it?

And if you know anything about the Fort you know this place. Ah, makes my mouth water. Is it weird that looking at this image makes me feel warm and comfy? I guess it makes me feel like "home". I like that feeling.

Next is the dorm where I lived while at OBU in Shawnee (to some of you this will be "the OTHER OBU"). I did not prefer being an Oklahoman, so my tenure there did not last too long. It was very windy and not as southern as what I like. It kept me honest though.

My next stop was UCA. I was back in God's Country. I liked the comfort of this place. My closest friends, a short drive to all my family and an even shorter drive to Target in NLR (back in the dark ages before Conway had good stores). Bliss. I got "edumicated" and left out for the big city.


The mighty Mississip, Bluff City, Memfricia, Home of the Blues. This is where I met my hubs, had my first "real" job and learned life as a grown up. What precious memories from childhood ( my Daddy's "people" live/lived here also) and until now. I know some people say bad things about it (I do) but it is a "home" for me and that bridge makes me feel comfortable just like the gallow, the peanut and the drive-in.

We decided to purchase/build our first home in this little Podunk town called Byhalia ( Are you singing the tire store jingle in your head, all your Memphis, north Mississip natives? Of course you are!) Trying to find an image for it was hard because the web is still a bit foreign to the folks there. This barber shop always cracked us up. I do believe it was the closest thing to Floyd's you will find outside of Mayberry. You have to appreciate a bit of timelessness. This place was not really ever "home" to us, but it served its purpose. We lived on the outskirts and worked in Memphis...we just drove through on most days. Never had a haircut by Floyd, but we did buy tires at the tire store (are you still singing the jingle?).
(Yes, I marked out my info for safety sake)

God moved and we moved...yay...Back to God's Country.

We like J'town and how good it has been to us. We have gotten the jobs we longed for and the baby we prayed for. SCORE! It is still becoming "home" and I think it will be with time. We love being close to Memphis and going there to eat, shop and see family & friends there. We also love being in the same state as the rest of our sweet folks and the towns I love so much. There is something about being in Arkansas that makes life a lot happier for us, even though it is not "home" all the way yet.
So, that is my tour of homes.
Abby

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mouse Ears & Open Arms

Julie and her crew are wearing their mouse ears this week and playing with Mickey. I keep getting texts from her and a few phone calls reporting on their activities. I think they are having a ball! Lots of family memories will be made for them this week. Much deserved.



He reached for me with a smile on his face. Be still my heart!

Yes, he did. When I picked him up today he was in Ms. Maribeth's arms and saw me, smiled and then reached out for me. I was in awe. I looked at Ms. Maribeth and said "Is he reaching for me?!" and she said, "Yes!" I think if my smile was any larger it would have been a crime. She cheered for him and told him what a big boy he was. He just put his open mouth all over my nose and laughed. He is such a funny boy. He is definitely happy to be alive and I love that. He also knows that his Mama is his ticket!! ha.

I love how the Lord puts things into perspective after a long work day and all is immediately right with my world when I see my sweet Henry Patton. I can't wait until he reaches for his Daddy. Baby Daddy was so excited when I called him from the car, but I think he would like to also be on the receiving end of such sweetness.

What fun we are ALL having this week!



Abby


Monday, May 17, 2010

Laughing Little Love

Below you will see a grainy video that I think will make you smile just as much as it makes me smile. I just love waking up to this little boy smiling at me from his bed and laughing at his Daddy and me each morning before we head our separate ways. I took this video last week while he was playing on the floor. He is so full of personality already...watch out world!

Abby
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dionne Warwick Ain't Got Nothing On My Friends

Friends come in all shapes, sizes, ages and places. I have been reflecting on some of my friendships lately and just smile at the melting pot of friends I have. God is good to allow our hearts to open up and accept friendships with a wide variety of people ( Well, I guess some people don't open up...but I am not friends with those people. ha). I love connection, laughter, familiarity and sincerity. I always remember hearing that you will only have 1 to 3 really good friends in life. I agree with that, yet I think you can have a wealth of friends all over the place who enrich your life in all sorts of ways. I am feeling warm today from my friendships. I cannot imagine my days without each one. They all play a perfect part in my life. Thank you if you are my real life friend. I am so glad you put up with me!


I am so excited about seeing my friend Paige this weekend! I have posted about her before. (You need to read that post. That was back when I had time to do deep thinking and post really lengthy stuff) I have not seen her in almost 4 years. What a shame. She has moved back to God's Country with her husband and baby girl. Tomorrow night she and her daughter are coming to town to spend the night with us. I normally fall asleep extra early on Friday nights from the hustle and bustle of the week, but tomorrow night I am going to drink extra caffeine because we have tons to chat and laugh about. I love laughing with Paige. I have missed her beautiful face!
Abby

Are We There Yet?


Does this seem like Friday to you?

It does to me. Yesterday seemed like Thursday so at least I'm keeping a pattern going.

Vacations do this to me every year. I love leaving town and going somewhere different. The beach, Branson, my hometown. It doesn't matter the where. I get excited anyway.

My kids are just as bad. They are packing their backpacks with their favorite toys and things to do while in a car for.ever. I have printed out bingo cards and have tic-tac-toe sheets ready to go for a Triple T Tourney!

Sound fun?

Anna loves tic-tac-toe, but sadly she isn't very good at it. She just likes playing a game with someone, she doesn't care about where to put an x or an o. I'm afraid she won't fair very well in the Triple T Tourney!

We'll also play the ABC game, and There It Is. But I don't like There It Is, so I won't be playing that one. It lasts a long time when Stephen is choosing "it", and I don't like things that are long and drawn out. Especially a long drive to our final destination!

Do you have any good car games? I'm up for ideas!

We will have the DS's charged, my Kindle will be loaded with new books and the ipods will be charged and have new songs to listen to.

Did you notice that the above three things aren't done yet? I guess my Sunday afternoon will be busy making sure everything gets done.

Today I'm cleaning house. I don't know why, it will just get bad again before we leave. But it is what is being done today.

So, do you have any traveling tips? I could use some!


Julie

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My First Mother's Day

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

.Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every ten minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom

Abby

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pray For Luke

UPDATE: Luke had surgery late this afternoon and is repaired! Pray for a speedy recovery and that his parents can find some rest. He should be headed home in about 3 days. God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. And I must say that Luke's Mama held it together so well. I commend her strength through all this. Luke is a blessed little boy.


Do you recall my post a few weeks ago about my best friend having her 3rd baby boy? Well, Luke is 4 weeks old now and in route by Angel Wings helicopter to Arkansas Children's Hospital. He has a diaphragmic hernia and he is to have surgery. Please pray for little Luke and the doctors who will operate on him. Pray for Sam & Melissa and the rest of us who sit here pacing the floor, biting our nails and who are ever so anxious to hear what is to come. I plan to head to LR early in the morning to lend a hug to the girl who knows me better than I know myself.

Pray for Luke!


Abby

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A+ Teacher

It is Teacher Appreciation Week and I give my sister this fabulous award. The responsibility she has each school day is more than I can fathom. I may run from meeting to meeting all day long and think my plate is full, but it does not touch the weight she carries on her each day as she teaches school to her four children. I am so proud of my sister for wearing a mom hat and a teacher hat at the same time. Her job is huge, yet it must be so rewarding to see the little light bulbs go off in their eyes as they "get it". Here's to you, Homeschool Teacher Of The Year!
Abby

From Julie : Thank you Abby. It brought tears to my eyes. I know homeschooling is hard to understand, both the desire and the "how to" of it. Thanks for the appreciation. You are so sweet!
And did you know that Abby took Henry's teachers breakfast this morning? Including two kinds of milk. I'm hoping one kind wasn't formula!! I'm sure it wasn't.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Henry in Pictures

I wanted to share a few pictures of Henry I have taken over the past couple of weeks that I have failed to post. I get so busy with life that I have not been posting like usual. Forgive me, but I am sure you will! Being a Mama is most important to me in my "free time" right now. I laugh at the "free time" because I am not sure what that is anymore. I think back on all the posts I have done the past 3 years that had me in deep thought and pondering life and it makes me laugh now. I have no time for deep thinking or pondering much of anything... and I love it! So funny how fast things change. Henry is our whole world now and it is such a cool place to be. I know he is mine, but is he not THE cutest thing you ever laid eyes on?!
Henry is starting to eat a little cereal and baby food. He is not a huge fan of eating like a big boy, but he is working his way into being an eater. He loves carrots though!

Henry is grasping and moving his arms like a pro. Of course most everything in his hands goes straight to his mouth. His gums are working on some teeth I think.

Henry is most sporty and fashionable. I love dressing him each day. It is like having a real live baby doll. I know we have folks who think I dress him too "girlie" but he is a baby and this is the only time in his life he can wear polka dots, smocked and monogrammed pieces and not be a called a sissy! He is so cute in all his wears and does get lots of positive response on what a fine boy he is.

Henry loves bonding with his Daddy. His Daddy is quite fond of him also. I smile just thinking about life to come with these 2 boys. I know my days are going to be filled with shenanigans and surprise. I just love it.

Henry on a tractor for the first time. His Daddy is so careful with him and makes sure he is not outside around chemicals if they have been sprayed that day. He is very careful about coming in the house after working around chemicals. I love that Randall is so attentive. He is a good Daddy.


Our little slugger is growing like a little weed. It makes me sad sometimes to see him grow so fast, yet it makes me so happy to see him develop so well. God has blessed us with such a sweet boy.
Abby




Monday, May 3, 2010

Henry - 5 Months

May 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

January 2, 2010

Can you believe my baby boy is already 5 months old!

I am amazed at how fast he is growing. I adore watching him thrive and become more alert each day. He talks like crazy (as you can tell from the previous videos), eats a wee bit (as you know from the previous carrot video), grasps his little toys and brings them to his mouth, rolls to his side, sleeps 10-12 hours at night and naps very little during the day, loves his new daycare, still has reflux and spits up quite a bit, loves to laugh out loud, loves the bath, and Henry still has to be swaddled to sleep at night. He is precious. I told Randall the other day that when I wake up in the morning I smile because it means God gave me another day to be Henry's Mama. I know that might sound cheesy, but I really mean it. I love hearing his little voice in the morning and seeing him smile at me when I lift him out of his bed. I stay tired and frazzled most of the time from juggling motherhood, marriage, home and work, yet I would not trade this life for anything. I love the joy and simplicity Henry provides Randall and me. Happy 5 months, sweet boy!

Abby


P.S. Randall asks for a redo on the 1 month but I told him it was a little too late. Poor baby, he looked drunk!