Friday, July 31, 2009
Today was great!!! We went to our clubhouse pool and Matthew loved the kiddy pool. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a video up for you all to see. After the pool we came home and I fixed dinner...we had sweet peas, rice, and roast beef with rolls. YUM YUM!!!
Tomorrow our renter moves in so pray that everything goes smoothly.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Again, I do not have digital pictures of my wedding day so the quality may not be so good.
My flower girl was the daughter of our school of music director of instrumental studies and flute/theory professor. Her grandmother made her flower girl dress and my mom made a flower wreath for her head. She was so cute because she threw the flower petals over her shoulder when she was walking down the isle. When we asked her why she did that she said that she didn't want to step on the flowers. HA!!
Thank you for stopping by!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Matthew and Pop!!! Matthew would be crying up a storm and Pop would take him outside and sit in the swing and Matthew would stop crying and start to relax. Or maybe Pop just had the special touch!!! Matthew developed a fascination for toes and feet (especially if they were painted red!!!) Time for a pedicure I guess (if I have too!!) Tia Kay-Kay is a natural mom!!! Maybe one day soon!!!
I mean look at that belly!!!!
Anyway, today we got settled back in at home from our trip. I dropped by my school today because we are getting a new principal. She was not in the office when I dropped by but everyone seems to have a positive attitude about her. Of course our school always has a positive attitude because they are a great bunch of people!!! I can't wait to get started in a little less than a month. We should have a great school year.
Enough about school!!! I am still on summer vacay for now. I think we finally found a renter for our condo. We were getting nervous but it looks like this guy with his cat is going to work out. Hopefully he will be a good renter because we need the money.
Here are a few pictures from our Alabama visit. Enjoy and have a great night!!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This is Seth, Matthew, Tim and Dusti. Matthew is still showing signs of stranger anxiety so he just cried every time someone else held him.
Later Matthew was getting a little grumpy so I got out one of his favorite books to read. As you can see...he let Tim help him out with the reading.
Tonight Dad grilled filets wrapped in bacon...yum yum. He also grilled some hot dogs which are my favorite. We had cookies-n-cream pie. Matthew absolutely LOVED the pie. He has been eating much better here in Alabama. I hope for his 7 month birthday weigh in he will have gained a lot because he has been eating more solids. Right now he is eating carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, pears, apples, and sometimes some easy to eat food off of my plate. Sweet potatoes and carrots are his favorite though.
We are going to miss our family and friends in Alabama. We will not be back to visit until December for his 1st birthday.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
He looks like he is having so much fun in this picture.
I also like this one from when he was much younger. His uncle got him a Red Head hat and I think he could make an excellent model for the brand!!! I don't think he liked modeling the hat for a picture though!!! What do you think???
Friday, July 24, 2009
After lunch we decided that we wanted to find the place that mom and dad met. When they were young they both went to a party that was at a cave called Bangor cave. So I can officially say that my parents met in a cave. (No they are not classified as a caveman or cave woman.) Well what turned out to be a wild adventure through a creepy old road and bridge with holes in it (not to mention the dead dog and fish in the creek below the creepy bridge with holes in it) We eventually ran into the road (which was 200 feet from the main highway we were originally on). The road to the cave is now all grown up and we couldn't make the hike with Matthew (not to mention the fact that my car had a OBAMA sticker and Florida tags in the middle of rural Alabama).
This cave (in the early 1900s) was actually known as an illegal gambling casino and was decorated very elaborately. Now it is filled with graffiti but is for sale along with 63 acres for $200,000.00.
You can visit the site above if you are interested in looking at pictures.
Although the drive was a little scary it was rather beautiful at times. This picture was taken looking off the creepy old bridge.
After the creepy old bridge road (with no cell phone reception I might add)...we decided to visit an old cemetery. ***Although my day seems to get creepier and weirder the cemetery is actually a very peaceful and serene place to be.*** We found a tombstone of a Civil War Vet that was buried in 1883!!! He lost his right arm in a battle in Tennessee. I know that 1883 doesn't seem that long ago but being in the vicinity of that grave gave me chill bumps just thinking about all the events that man missed and I always like to think about what historical figure was alive when he was around??? What events did he see that I didn't get to??? What was his life like??? Did he hang out in Bangor Cave any???
There was a beautiful Alabama view from the cemetery.
If you didn't think we had enough adventure for the day we decided to go and visit one of the covered bridges of Blount County. Our county used to be named the covered bridge capital of the world until some idiot burned down one of the bridges. This bridge is found in some of the most amazing landscapes in our county. Matthew enjoyed getting out of the car to feel the nice breeze and have a photo opp!!!
Tonight we visited another old friend of mine (old meaning that we have been friends since we were kids...not old in age) I will post about that tomorrow night
As our trip nears the end we will miss being together with our family and friends. I am glad I have this blog to look back on this trip.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Unfortunately I do not have digital copies of my wedding pictures. I have a few pictures scanned into my computer but that gives them a lower quality so I hope these look ok.
Our anniversary was actually this past Tuesday so it was neat to look back at some of the pictures. We have been married for 8 years and now have our first child together.
Matthew didn't enjoy his trip in the lazy river with daddy!!!
Matthew and momma relaxing in the shade.
On Tuesday night we had some family over for homemade ice cream...Yum Yum!!! The ice cream was great and Matthew loved it...however this morning it didn't agree with him so I guess we should continue to keep him away from dairy products. It is kinda sad that the ice cream bothered him because I can't eat it either since I am still breastfeeding. These pictures below are of some of his cousins and him. Eva decided that Matthew was her doll at one point of the night which was really cute until Matthew decided that he didn't need to be tossed around like a ragdoll.
Tomorrow night we are going to Outback Steakhouse for my mom's birthday. We invited my aunt and more cousins for Matthew to see again. It should be a great night!!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When we go to the OB S, I love ordering the filet with baked potato and a salad with ranch dressing. We also LOVE LOVE LOVE the cheese fries.
I know that is not that exciting but that is technically my favorite recipe. Happy hopping!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
After church we went to meet an old friend and his wife and little girl who is a year and half old. Her name is Zoey and she is soooooo adorable. She even leaned over and gave Matthew a kiss...which I thought was so cute. They seemed to really like each other as you can see from the pictures below.
Zoey was teaching Matthew how to share.
We met at Cracker Barrel and you know how they have all of the rocking chairs on the front porch...well they had one that was Matthew's size and I sat him down in the chair and he loved every minute of it. I just wish I had 79.99 (goodness I didn't realize how expensive the kiddy size one is).
We had fun today. Seeing and spending time with them makes me wish we could spend more time with them.
Here is Michael with Zoey!!! They are so much fun!!!
Tomorrow we go to a pool and water slide park so hopefully I will have plenty of nice pictures of Matthew catching some rays!!!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
(Josh is really Matthew's cousin but in our family we tend to call any cousin who is older an uncle or aunt)
Granny (Matthew's great grandma), momma and Matthew
He is having some trouble going to other people. He seems to just be happy with me, Nana or his daddy right now. I hope no one takes offense or gets their feelings hurt because I know it is just because he has stranger anxiety. We are going to church in the morning so maybe he will do good. Pop (my dad) can't even hold him without a cry fest. Maybe its just a phase he is going through.
I am convinced that Matthew can sleep anywhere and at anytime. On the way up to Alabama he actually slept from 11 p.m. til we got here at around 7 a.m. The only time he woke up was when we stopped for gas at around 4 and he still just fell right back to sleep without the need to be nursed. Since we have been here he has slept soundly in my old room. We only have full size beds so I am sleeping in the same room as Matthew and Seth is in Scott's old room (my brother). He just whimpers around a couple of times and re-adjusts and then falls back asleep.
He has also said..."Hey Nana" and "I Want My Momma" since we have been here. I am so proud of my smart little boy!!! I thank God for such a wonderful little guy that I absolutely love with all of my heart.
Have a great night!!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
We are in Alabama right now and Matthew is having so much fun.
Matthew liked feeling the grass between his toes at Nana and Pop's house today. He got to sit down on the grass with all the bugs and everything...(even though mommy was nervous he would get bit by an ant or something)...he loved it!!
Here is Matthew finding out what it feels like to stand barefoot on the gravel road. He quickly started to stand on my feet.
Picking the flowers...Nana is sooo proud!!!
Sitting in the swing with momma...he really like being outside!!!
Getting ready to eat some watermelon...yum, yum!!!
Now for my favorite pictures of the day!!! Matthew had his very first piano lesson with momma today!!! Even though he is not playing the music in the picture...he still seemed very interested in the keys and how they worked. He even "played" along while Nana was playing a song for him. I hope he continues to love the piano and listening to classical music.