Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fitz Update

Y'all, when did this boy get such a BIG personality?  I know, I know, he's always had it, but it's like Kindergarten has just brought him out even more! 

We had a dentist appointment the first week of January, and he was a little nervous because he threw up last time (gag)...but this time we had a really good person who let him sit straight up, and he did much better!  She let him hold that thing that sucks your spit out and he was fascinated by it, ha!

She was young and cute and he's a flirt, so it all worked out great.  He flashed those dimples and she just about melted and let him do whatever he wanted.  He even sat up on this contraption and let her take x-rays:

He had no cavities, and the dentist said everything looks great, so we are good to go for six more months!

Speaking of Kindergarten, have I mentioned that Fitz has the best teachers EVER?  I love getting texts during the day with him and his cute buddies.  These are two of his besties, Easton and LJ.  They were so excited to match one day!  I told their moms we have to save this pic for the senior year slide show!

So, my cousin got him a "shaving kit" for Christmas, and that's all he wants to do now...like five times a day.

Usually each morning when I'm almost done getting ready, I'll call out and tell him to go ahead and brush his teeth and potty, so I can dress him when I get finished getting ready.  Now, he has informed me that I need to tell him to shave at that point as well.  One morning last week, I forgot to tell him and then we didn't have time for him to shave.  He was so mad.  He said he was telling his teachers on me when he got to school.  Later that morning I got a text that my name was on the board at school.  Hilarious!

So now here I am, "Fitz, go ahead and use the potty, brush your teeth and shave!"
Fitz:  "Yes ma'am!!"
He used to get mad that his playing time was over, now total excitement to go and shave.  Who knew such an easy gift would be such a hit??

He's also very concerned about his hair lately.  He saw Little Rascals 2 recently and now wants his hair like Waldo on the movie.  Hair gel every morning.

I swear he's like a mini-teenager.  He told his teacher that he will wear his hair like that next time her daughter comes to babysit.  Like it's a hot date for him, ha!

I put most of his funny stuff on FB, but one day last week he cracked me up talking about his homework.  He is so much like me that it's almost scary sometimes.  So, they have a computer program to help teach reading, right?  Well they are doing a different part of the program now, and the instructions were to say the word out loud, then click it with the mouse.  Fitz was going through just clicking the word with the mouse and not saying it, so I told him to say the word, too.  His response? (with lots of eye rolling at his dumb old mama)
"Mama, the man don't know if I said it or not, he can't hear me, so I can just click it. Ugh, Mama, you don't know!!"

I mean, how can I argue with that logic?? I think I'm getting a glimpse of what my mom dealt with when I was little.  Always an answer for everything and an argument for all occasions.  Bless Tootsie!

I pray he is always so self-assured and outspoken.  It's served me well.  But John and I definitely have our hands full when the actual teenage years hit us!

Monday, January 16, 2017


So, it's January 16, 2017 and this is my first blog post for the year, although I said I was going to try to do better, ha!  We started this year off by buying my office building on January 3!  Not a bad start to what I hope will be a fabulous year.  Honestly, I was hoping I would be moving my stuff into the courthouse this year, but that's not happening, and I've said before, I'm at peace with that.  I know 100% that the election played out how it was supposed to play out.  It was not God's timing for me to be judge this time, and that's ok with me, but of course, I still think about it.

Since the election, I learned a lot about who my true friends are, who to trust, who NOT to trust, and who has my back no matter what.  After the election, I was evicted from my office and had to find a new one in a matter of about two weeks.  I had already been looking for a new office space, and you know I've learned that sometimes God has to physically kick me to the next step in my life, and that eviction was His way of doing that.  I found this super cute house that was owned by the judge who's position I had been running for, and when I went to look at it, I just had a feeling it was going to be mine.  The owner and the bank disagreed on the value of the house, which caused a little hiccup in the plan, but my dad helped me come up with a new plan, which involved me renting the office from May until December, and then buying it for the lower price in January, which the bank approved.  Since I practice daily in front of the owner, she rented the office to a real estate company who then subleased the office to me.  I've been on my own practicing law for 9 years, and I've always rented my office space, and have never had the opportunity to own my building until now, and I must say, it feels pretty great!

Last week we had the retirement party for the judge who owned my building, and sitting there listening to people talk about what an impact she has made in their lives inspired me so much!  It made me even more determined to be a judge one day.  I just know that God would not have placed that desire in my heart unless it was going to happen one day!  I am prayerfully waiting and hoping until it's my time.

Tomorrow we have the investiture ceremony for the newly elected judge (who beat me) and I'm excited for him.  I'll be at his ceremony and reception, with nothing but peace in my heart, and excitement for him, as he takes this next step in his life.  It will be an adjustment period for all of us, but I feel no ill feelings towards him at all.  He was an extremely gracious winner, and was easy to work against on the campaign trail.  We have a mutual respect for each other, and I'm so thankful for that.

A few days after we closed on the building, Heather and I took a quick little road trip to Biloxi.  We had girl talk for hours on the road, and in our hotel room.  Even before that little trip, and before the campaign, I knew she would 100% always have my back, but she was also with me every step of the way while I pursued my dream last year.  She attended events with me, went door-to-door, dressed up crazy at the polling places, and was with me as the results rolled in and we found out I did not win.  I can't imagine a better friend, and I'm so thankful for her every day!

So, I say all that to say this, 2017 is off to a fabulous start.  I have an awesome husband who loves me no matter what my job is, and supports me no matter what, a wonderful son who loves his Mama and brings me so much joy, a job I love that is never boring, amazing friends who love me unconditionally and most importantly, hope and anticipation for what God will do in my life this year!  I can't wait to see what else 2017 brings!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Recap

This is always one of my favorite blog posts for the year, and I always start in January and recap what we did each month during the year.  When I just pulled up the blog to do this year's recap, I realized I didn't blog at all in January and February, ha!  January and February were spent campaigning.  Literally, that's all we did!  I ran for District Court Judge in my county, and every weekend was spent going door to door campaigning, and most nights during the week, I was speaking at or attending various events, meeting people and campaigning more.  It was the hardest thing I've ever done and I loved all of it.  Mark it down, it won't be my last campaign.  I WILL run for another position, and one day I WILL be a judge.  

So, here's a little campaigning recap for ya:

Want to know how the election turned out?  You can read about it here.

In March, I updated about John running his first half marathon:

and about Fitz playing baseball for the first time:

In April, I only posted once (?!?) and it was all about me and Heather's trip to Atlanta:

After that, I didn't post again until August.  Y'all, I'm telling you, if you want your whole life to turn upside down, run for office!  After the campaign, we were just as busy as before because we moved into a new office the next month.  But when I did blog in August, I talked about stuff we did before that, ha!

In May, we got a pool!

In June, we put it to good use by throwing Fitz's 5th birthday party at the pool:

In August, we finally got to go to the beach!

In September, we got a new family member, Ms. Annie:

October always means PUMPKINS!

and Halloween, of course:

November meant time for our yearly cleft appointment:

We took a little trip to the North Pole in December:

And had a very Merry Christmas!

Want to re-visit recaps from years past?

2016 was an awesome, learning, blessed year for our family.  We are so thankful for the lessons we learned, and for God's plan for our lives.  I know 2017 will be great, and I'm already thanking God for his plans for it!

I will try to do better about blogging, too, because I love to look back and remember all we've done!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

We started out Christmas Eve by baking cookies for Santa.  So thankful for my cute little helper!

 Later that day, Fitz wrote one more letter to Santa, while I held my breath seeing if he would come up with anything else new to ask for!
Ghostbusters Girl Movie, Bone for Annie, Batman vs. Superman

Fitz was in bed and asleep by 7:30, right after we left out his letter to Santa, chocolate milk and cookies!

 We had wrapped all the gifts the night before, so all we had to do was set it up and go to bed!

We set up my phone and caught Santa in our living room!
John had to leave for work at 6:15 Christmas morning, so we had planned to wake Fitz up early so he could open his gifts before John left.  Well, the dog woke me up at 4:45 to go outside, and when we came back in, Fitz was standing in the living room, grinning from ear to ear!

He had so much fun opening his gifts and trying them all out!  We even had time for a quick family selfie by the tree!

One of the gifts I really wanted to get him was the new Nintendo Classic Mini Console, which sold out everywhere as soon as it hit the shelves.  I posted about it on FB last week and one of my sweet clients messaged me and said she had bought one for her husband and he didn't want it.  It was new in the box and I could buy it if I wanted it!!  Yes, please!

While John worked on Sunday, we had fun playing it all day!

Uncle Zac was happy to try out all the toys with Fitz that afternoon, ha!

I tried one out, too:

When John got home, we ate and then opened more gifts!

 My living room was a disaster and I loved every minute of it!

 But most of all, I love my people!

John is having so much fun teaching Fitz how to punch on this punching bag!

We have one more Christmas celebration in Mississippi this weekend and we are looking forward to it!  I hope you all had as much fun as we did.