Jude and I spent the day together yesterday. We dropped off Jonathan at work, Ella at school, went to the bank, took pictures, dropped off recycling, went to the grocery, had lunch, took Jonathan lunch, took a nap (of course), picked Jonathan up and then Ella. Believe me, we were both so hot all day. There were some funny things said though. Jude picked up a sucker at the bank for himself and Ella. (He wanted to get one for the baby and Daddy but I told him neither needed it). Anyway, he was allowed to hold it but not open it until after pictures. On the way to pictures he said "My mouth really wants to open my sucker, but my hands know I have to wait until after my pictures". He also found a butterfly wing in the parking lot of the restaurant. He said "I hope the butterfly that lost his wing comes back to get it". He was a good boy and fun to hang out with!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Okay, so I am not crying as I am typing - yet - but today is the last day for my "baby" to go to preschool! I had intentions of taking her picture as a memory but my memory and the rain got the best of me this morning and I forgot. It hit me - just now. And maybe NOW I am crying as I am typing but I will blame it on the hormones...anyhow yesterday I told her that she was going to school for two more days, going to Mimi and Pop's house then when she came home she would start Kindergarten. Well, it brought on tears for her too. She said "I can't eat that fast yet and I don't know enough. I am not smart enough." I understand the eating part because she is a very slow eater but the other stuff I don't get. I am pretty sure panic attacks are reserved for people my age, not hers. I am anticipating that August 11 (first day of Kindergarten) will bring more tears - mine, not hers.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Above is the slide show for Jude's 3 year pictures. I picked from about 300 and still included too many. It was HOT and when you have long hair like Jude you get sweaty. It was harder to control his hair than it is Ella's! His Daddy is living vicariously through him and likes it to be long - he has also trained him to say he likes it long too!! It's fine with me - until pictures!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Ella received an Easy Bake oven for her birthday back in December and I am just now getting around to letting her use it. We tried one other time but I did not have the proper light bulb. Anyway, after Jude wanting cookies and Ella wanting a cake - she won and a cake it was. Not bad for water and mix...
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Monday, July 28, 2008
They were fighting over the umbrella until I said "say Cheese"! He's got moves
What we have seen of Jude most of the summer
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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On Tuesday night Ella was invited to attend Abby's birthday party. Parents were optional so Jonathan and I opted out. Debbie was having some health issues which left her unable to drive so Cassie drove Riley up to our house and Jonathan and I dropped the girls off at the party. The two hours went by very fast! We went to Kroger, unloaded groceries and had dinner then it was time to pick them up. They had a great time and had about 15 tattoos a piece in various places on their bodies. Ella proclaimed that she had eaten 2 cupcakes before I was even fully in the door. Not something I was proud of but what else could I expect.
Debbie's strong pain relievers left her unable to drive on Wednesday. I picked up her and the girls and took them with my two kids to Chuck E. Cheese to meet Carmen, Lofton, Landon, Cherie, Sam, Rose, Becky, Brett, Reece, Mallory, Teri, Josh and Hannah for a play date. Everything went pretty well. Reagan did fall out of her booster seat and hit her head on her pizza which resulted in the "sauce to the head" picture (which I love). As we were getting ready to leave, Jude used one token to give several of the kids a ride...overall a productive Chuck E Cheese trip that took up about 2 hours (felt like 6 though).
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Monday, July 21, 2008
The sex of Baby Griffin will be known on September 10th around 7:30 a.m. - which is when the c-section is planned. Of course the heat is killing me and I would love for it to be now but you know, gotta gain more weight, grow some hair and fingernails.
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Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday night I took Ella to get her toenails done and Jonathan and Phillip took the boys golfing. Needless to say, Ella loved getting a pedicure. She was such a big girl! Her legs were barely long enough to get from the seat over the water to the little lady. She said her favorite part was getting her legs massaged! Afterward, we went to dinner where the conversation was great. It is so much different when we are one on one. I love talking to her. She can be so big sometimes. When we finished dinner we headed home to make banana splits. We ran into Carmen and Landon playing outside so they came over and joined us. Much to my surprise, Carmen had NEVER had a banana split! Luckily, I was well prepared with chocolate fudge, strawberries, pineapple, bananas (of course), cool whip - in the spray form - and ice cream! They were yummy. The boys got home pretty late and Jude was hungry. He has always been an eater but he consumed the following - 2 bowls of Honeynut Cheerios, watermelon, pineapple, blueberries, chicken strip, banana and a bowl of peanuts. I guess that is why, when my dad took him to the bathroom in Chili's today and he came out very proud of his "big log" (Jude not my dad), my dad asked if he had eaten alot of fruit?!
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Although the golfing outing took HOURS, the girls (and boys) had a great time. I thought they would take lots of pictures but they didn't . Apparently the girls had really good imaginations on the course. The tees were alligators which ate babies...I am not sure what that is about but they were good enough that the dads will take them back.
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After the golfing debacle - think supposed to be home at 11:30 and not getting here until 2:15 - the McConnells and Griffins did make it to Nashville Shores. Jude and I were the only ones to get a nap. I guess that is why Ella fell asleep at 7:00 in the car. We had a good time with the exception of Jude's rock impersonation - he sinks. The big and little kids loved the water slides, pool, lily pads and miniature golf. I had to put my camera down for some of the water fun due to previously mentioned incidence of Jude sinking. I did learn that watching 2 kids at a water park is very hard and am just now beginning to wonder how I am going to keep up with three?! Too late now!! We won't go back until everyone can swim. The evening was capped off with dinner at O'Charley's and the consumption of a whole lot of rolls.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ella: Mom, when Ally goes to sleep forever can we get a cat?
Part of me was appalled and the other part could not help but laugh...I don't even like cats!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have to blog this because when he is a teenager and I wonder where he came from I want to remember that he is a sweet boy deep inside...
That to say that obviously raising boys is different than raising girls - I am sure most of you know that but I will continue on. I want him to be a boy that is polite and respectful to girls. It does not always work but at least we are trying. For instance, when we leave in the morning he holds the door open for me and says "Ladies First" in the sweetest little voice. I am working on having him do this for all ladies and all doors but I will take what I can get. Anyway, on to the phone conversation I had with him mere moments ago. It went like this (only the Jude part was in broken just turned 3 yrs old language - but I knew what he said):
Jude: Hey Mama, what are you doing?
Me: Just watching some tv, Jude, what are you doing?
Jude: I am talking on the phone to you.
Jude: I see your picture. It is in the living room.
Me: You do?
Jude: Yes, you are very pretty.
Me: Jude, you are such a gentleman.
Jude: I know. I love you Mama - Do you want to talk to Ewwa (Ella)?
May not seem like much but my heart melted.
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On Saturday, Ella and Jude will have been visiting Nana and Pepaw for a week. They were going to come back earlier but Ella is scheduled for a tea party with some girlfriends on Friday afternoon. Anyway, what I have learned this week:
My mom will *almost* cave and buy my daughter a very cute chicken at Trade Day. Thanks for not doing it, Mom, as it would have lived at your house.
Apparently, my children are VERY hungry when they go visiting. They have eaten very well this week and I don't think any meals consisted of cereal....weird.
Yes, washable markers DO come off of hardwood floors, desks and Jude's skin. Sorry Nana!
They actually enjoy swimming in KY?! Who knew they could be entertained without me constantly having to threaten them at the pool?
NO, they EACH cannot have a jelly filled doughnut. But, they may share ONE!
Lastly, you can have two kids and have a peaceful meal where you get to eat your food hot - oh wait, they weren't there.
Thanks Nana and Pepaw- I have gotten many more things marked off my list this week!
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Sunday, July 6, 2008
So, I asked Carmen to join me for a Kenny Chesney concert several months ago that was on July 5th. We tried to rally some other takers but no one wanted to spend the $100 to go. As it turned out, Phillip scored us some free tickets from Rob Bironas, Carmen's Mother-in-Law let us park at her condo for free and Carmen drove me - THANKS CARMEN! Anyway, we had a great time. The concert started at 3:30 but we decided eating could be more important. So, we ate then headed that way. We arrived a few minutes before LeeAnn Rimes came on stage followed by Sammy Hagar, Keith Urban then the anticipated headliner Kenny Chesney. As a "guest" the lead singer for Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles) performed her song "Stay" with Kenny. As entertaining as all the singers were, the people sitting around us were almost as good. We had Dog the Bounty Hunter ("he" was actually a she) - see picture of the fabulous mullet - as well as a young man that perfected the puke and rally (as Carmen called it). He got deathly ill, lost about 2 gallons of brown vomit - believe me, I saw it - ate a funnel cake, pepperoni pizza and by the time Kenny was on was having another beer dancing in his own vomit...wow! Needless to say we had a great time! Thanks again Carmen! (Will have to post pictures later)
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As July 4th tradition, Puh invited everyone over for some wonderful food and fun. Carmen bought several outdoor toys and set up a water play place for the kids. A little rain was big fun for the kids! The big kids (otherwise known as adults) sat in the garage and supervised the outdoor fun. After the rain cleared and the food was starting to be digested it was time for fireworks. Carmen had also bought poppers, glow sticks and sparklers for the little and big kids. After our fireworks the WH park shot off 30 minutes of their own. Thanks Carmen and Puh for a fun 4th!!!
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
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