Wednesday, July 20, 2016

At one of Tyson's birthday celebrations, we gave him a simple, basic scooter.
He was absolutely excited and wanted to take it for a spin, ASAP.
It was of course 'just what he's always wanted', also, and he was gliding and near-balancing in no time. 
He'll occasionally ride it to check the mail with me and the other day he was telling me how much he loved his new scooter. I told him, 'Oh good, mom and daddy picked it out special, just for you.' 
He paused, and said, 'You gave me this scooter?'
I replied, 'Yes, mom and dad gave it to you for your birthday.'
He stepped off the scooter, and drug it a few steps over to my side, gave me a hug and said, 'Thanks mom!!'
We've been trying to really stress the importance of WHO a gift is from and how thoughtful and kind it was of them to give the gift. We take time to express gratitude and hug that person, so I was melted into a puddle of pride to see him take that action on his own and thank me for his gift.
These moments have me thinking four is going to be my favorite age yet..!!

Birthday Celebrations: [Turning Four]

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Catching up on all the happenings since we now have a FOUR year old in 'da house.
That's right, a little kid - his clothing size is no longer followed by a 'T', he's scheduled to take part in organized sport camps, and will soon enough attend a new, big-boy school.
Someone hold me..!!
I can't believe we are taking on this next, new phase as parents, but we couldn't be more proud of this (not so) little one of ours.

Ready for 'party' overload..?!
Tyson got to have two birthday celebrations this year since we were out of town, one with each side of our families.
We celebrated early with my family and had a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party. I was excited to find turtle stuff at the Dollar Store/Dollar Spot, so I grabbed a plastic cup and pair of socks for Tys & Harp each, and their two cousins that would be at his 'party'. We did bubbles, played outside, ate pizza, and had cake.
We had to explain that it wasn't yet his actual birthday, we were just celebrating beforehand. Which set off mild confusion as he kept asking, 'is this my real birthday or a pretend one?'
For his actual birthday, we were in Florida (helping celebrate his great-Mimi's birthday; she and Tyson are birthday twins, 90 years apart). 
Even though we were not at home, I hoped to make the day special for Tyson. 
We, of course, still had his annual donut birthday breakfast.
(Previous donut breakfasts - 1st // 2nd // 3rd)
Then we had a Lego party complete with cousins, water balloons, tape-the-head-on-the-Lego-guy-body, and pizza and cake (yes, again).
We had such a great time celebrating Tyson and his special day, on a few different days.
Happy 4th, buddy!!

Summer Birthday Gift Exchange: [Turning Four]

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One of my favorite things about blogging has been the community I've been fortunate to become a part of; I've been welcomed into a group of successful, encouraging, friendly, and wonderful ladies that were exactly what I needed. We share common phases of life which includes the ups, downs, joys, and 'sufferings' of motherhood. Specifically, a handful of us all with summer 'babies'. 
A few years ago a gift exchange started and it's now in it's third year, how fun is that..?! 

This week my baby turned four. FOUR. It's been so fun to follow along with these families as their babies have grown also, it's hard to believe how quickly these years pass. Now on to a very special package, all the way from CA..
Tyson received a package from the beautiful gals at Work it Mommy - Whitney, Kinsey, and Breilana. Let me just say, they sent the sweetest gifts of pure perfection..!!
Whitney mentioned she was a little nervous to come up with gifts for a boy, coming from an all-girl household, but she NAILED IT!! Seriously. 
Bubbles + gun = little boy heaven!!
Dinosaurs?! NEVER enough dinosaurs. 
Whitney filled the box with some extra-large, colorful pom-poms. They were the go-to for Homegirl, she gathered up as many as she could and kept a death-grip on them while we continued through the package. 
We lovedplaying games as a family, so I know we'll have a good time with this connect four game.
 I just love watching Tyson open gifts. He's filled with such genuine excitement, gratitude, and joy. 
He kept exclaiming, 'this is what I've always wanted!!' When it came to this super-cool fireman Lego set, I especially believed every word he said. He's already got it put together like a pro and is such a fan!!
Whitney, Kinsey, and Breilana - Thank you so much for the awesome package filled with the most thoughtful gifts. You guys seriously nailed it..!! Did we already mention that?! Everything was so perfect for Tyson and will be thoroughly enjoyed, I mean it was 'exactly' what he wanted!!
Thank you again!! xoxo
Also, check out all the mommas and their (not so) little ones celebrating special birthdays this summer!!
Ashley and Waverly // Being Brickner
Elizabeth and Mason // Chasin' Mason
Laureen and Tyson // Chateau Deveau
Brittany, Charlie, and Maddie // Just Another Day in Paradise
Desiree and Julia // Macke Monologues
Natasha and Ethan // Schue Love
Sarah and Brantley // Seeing All Sides
Vanessa and Arden // Sunflower State of Mind
Julia and Myles // The Everyday Mama
Traci and Charli // The Hallway Life
Amanda and Lily // Tickled Pink
Laura and Liam // tiny toes, little nose
Whitney and Brielana // Work It Mommy
Big thanks to Elizabeth for organizing this super-fun exchange!!

For more fun, see our previous birthday exchanges:

Weekend Fun: [Independence Day 2016]

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

We had a WONDERFUL long weekend at my parents', doing small town stuff, taking it slow, and running wild; and of course sneaking fresh peas out of my mom's garden.
Here are a lot of little bits that I want to remember from the weekend.
The rainy start to the weekend was calming and refreshing. Plus, the humidity had Homegirl's hair curling up in the back a little bit more than normal so that was adorable.
Tyson was so excited and SO PROUD to shoot along with his Dad and Grandpa.
We had failed attempts at taking pictures, but success in letting it go and just playing on the swing set instead..
 I love this picture because it includes my grandpa's old truck, and the swing set my dad grew up on.
Sparklers and (20+ year old) fireworks my mom found in the garage made for a fun vintage show at dusk. It was perfect and so entertaining to watch the kids watch the sparks fly. Even after burning his arm with the very first sparkler, Tyson loved whipping them around and holding them as a family.
Tys & Homegirl had their first parade experience and besides it being hotter than Hades, it was a hit!! I just love the small town vibe and sharing that with my kids.
We drank from the hose and had water fights. We laughed til we cried and had sore cheeks.
One more attempt at taking pictures. Homegirl hated when the bench would swing, but Tyson loved making the bench swing. (Eye rollllllll.)
Whew, what a weekend!! We also had a little 'ninja turtle' early-birthday party since we won't be able to be with my family on Tyson's birthday. It was simple, low key, and just right. Maybe I'll share some of that someday soon too; you all would be SO impressed with the turtle cake I whipped up at nap time. ;)
We came home late Monday night, with a car full of dirty laundry and snoozing little kids, the Mr. and I watched fireworks all over the horizon as we drove into town, exhausted and not ready to head back to reality.
Family and our freedom are such blessings and something we don't take for granted. 
We are thankful for all those who have and continue to fight for our freedom. 
Happy Independence Day!!