Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Future Star - Video

Fitz has recently become very interested in all of his books, which I love, because I LOVE to read.  He has a ton of my Little Golden books from when I was small, including the Christmas books.  I've left them out, even though it's not Christmas any more...because, let's face it, I love Christmas.  

Last night, he brought me the Jingle Bells book.  He loves it when I sing Jingle Bells to him, and this book has a story that goes along with the song.  The song lyrics are in red, and so, while I read the story, I sing when I get to those parts.  We were reading it last night, and he was "singing" along with me, so I decided to try to catch it on video. 

He only sings a little bit, but the funny part is that he sees himself in the phone.  I love that feature on the iPhone, where you can turn the camera around, and apparently, so does Fitz.  Watch after he gets excited and see him smile at himself.  It. is. hilarious.


Seriously, he ca-racks me up.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Short Nap = More Play

This is what Fitz looked like on our way home from church:


That looks like the start of a great nap, right?  Um, wrong!  He slept for 15 minutes on the way home from church, and then lay in his bed talking, singing and playing for the next hour, which I lay on the couch, praying for him to go to sleep.  Third Sunday in a row with no afternoon nap for Mama.

I left him in his bed for an hour, then went and go him and we went to the park to play!


I observed a few interesting things at the park:

1.  A child of about 10 years old with a foot long rat-tail.  I didn't know people still did that?
2.  A grandma with a too-snug t-shirt on that said, "Sarcasm is just one service I offer."
3.  A little girl asked what Fitz's name was, and when I told her, she said, "Does he throw fits?"
4.  Fitz fell over a curb face first, and rolled over, got up and went right back to playing.  Proud mama moment.
5.  Mama Bear comes out really quick, and sometimes for irrational reasons.  Another young child told me "She needs to hold on," referring to Fitz.  I politely said, "He's a boy," and smiled.  We saw her in another part of the park a few minutes later, and she said, "Why's she in that swing?"  Um, HE'S A BOY.  She was only about 5, but I had already told her.  I was very annoyed, but I just smiled and said, "Because HE wants to be in this swing, so HE is." 

 After we got home, I gave Fitz my Krispy Kreme hat from our race pack we got yesterday.  He LOVES this hat.

He wore it until bath time.  He would take it off, grin at it and put it back on.  Over and over.  Then, he would make it so he couldn't see and walk until he ran into something and then crack up laughing.  I love this child.

He knows he's hilarious.  He has my heart.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash (K2D2)


First, let me just start this post by saying, I'm not a runner.  I've never got that "runner's high" I hear people talk about, and most of the time I walk fast instead of running.  But...

Heather and I - pre-race


Today, some friends and I ran in the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash, a run which benefits Children's Hospital.  Children's has been WONDERFUL to us, since the very day that Fitz was born, and when I found out the run was raising money to benefit Children's, I was IN.  
Ashley, Heather, Me, Jennifer, Paula and Jessy

In December, Heather, Ms. Paula and I did the Jingle Bell Run, which was a 5k to benefit arthritis, and Ms. Paula made Christmas head wraps to wear in the run, so this time, I asked her if she was planning to make us some doughnut wraps to wear in our hair.  She was up to the challenge!

Showing off our cute accessories!

We got compliments all morning on our doughnuts!!  Over and over people asked where we got them, and told us how cute they were.  Krispy Kreme workers took our picture, race volunteers took our picture, friends took pictures...it was great!  One lady that owns a Krispy Kreme was so excited about them that we gave her our extra.  She was so happy to get it, and pinned it to her jacket.

Heather was very excited to see Aubie at the race:



K2D2 is not just a 5k, which is 3.1 miles.  It's a 4 mile race!  You could register as a "challenger" and you would run 2 miles, eat a dozen donuts and run 2 more miles, in under an hour.  Or, you could register as a "casual runner" and run 2 miles, pick up your donuts, and run 2 miles back.  We all ran as casual runners, for fear of throwing up if we tried to run after eating a dozen donuts.  We were glad we chose that route, when we saw others doing just that on the last 2 miles back!

As I said, I'm not really a runner, but I prayed that I would have good stamina, and for the first time, used my headphones and Pandora radio while I ran, and it was awesome.  I finished all 4 miles in 47 minutes and 7 seconds!  I was so excited!!  I decided I deserved a donut as a reward:




It was a fun race, and I can't wait until the next one!!



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday


As always, this Wednesday, I'm loving this sweet boy, and how he looks so grown up in his jeans and sweatshirt:


I'm also loving anything with chevron print, like this precious shirt I just got for Fitz from Pixie Stitch on Facebook!


I posted a shot of the view from my office earlier this week on FB and got a lot of flack for it, but I do love the view from my office window.  My office is right across the street from the Courthouse where I practice law, and First Baptist Church, where I hope Fitz will attend Pre-School.  Today, I'm loving my view of these cute kiddos playing on the playground.  I can't wait until I can watch Fitz playing out there, too!

And last but not least, I'm loving dinner out with long-time girlfriends.  I'm having dinner tonight with two friends that I met in college.  I love that we still get together (as often as we can with 7 children between the 3 of us) and laugh and talk, just like we always did.  We may not be able to pick up and go to the beach at the drop of a hat anymore, but we're still friends and that's what counts.  I'll try to get a photo, but we may be too busy stuffing our faces and laughing!

What are you loving?


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Our Weekend


I apologize for the sparse blogging lately...but January is just not very exciting. We're just relaxing after the busy holiday season, and having fun playing outside!


Although it snowed on Thursday, the weather was beautiful and warmer this weekend, so Fitz and I took full advantage.  We went to the park on Saturday and played on the slide:

And had tons of fun on the swings:
Look at that face!  Pure glee.

Fitz also took a great nap on Saturday before we played, which was good since he decided he didn't need a nap at all today.  I left him in his crib for about an hour thinking he would eventually give up and go to sleep, but he just sat in there and sang, talked and played with bunny.  I finally just went and got him, and we headed outside.  We rode in his car for a few minutes, until he spotted some older kids playing down the street and took off toddling down the road to play with them.  He went right up and got one of their basketballs, as if he knew right what to do with it.


Thank goodness, they didn't mind sharing, and thought Fitz was so cute.  They just played right along with him.

He stopped for a few minutes and just played in some dirt...


 And of course, checked out a few tires along the way.


The shirt he has on says, "Bless Blessed Blessing," and I could not agree more.  This little boy is a blessing to me every day, and I'm so thankful for him.  We had a fun, relaxing weekend just hanging out together and playing.  We hope you had a good one, too!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday


I saw What I'm Loving Wednesday on this blog that I read, and then again on this blog, so I decided that might be fun to do.  Here goes:

I'm always loving this sweet boy's smile:


If you're my friend on FB, you know that I got an iPhone after Christmas.  I'm loving so much about it, but particularly, the Kindle app, for which I've downloaded this book for my daily devotions, and I'm LOVING it.  You should get it, too!  It was free when I downloaded it from Amazon, but it's well worth whatever it costs.


 I'm also loving the MyFitnessPal app on the iPhone!  I put in how much I weigh, how much I want to lose, and it tells me how many calories to eat each day, and how many calories are in like, every single food.  It's very detailed, too.  For example, it lists "Honey crisp apple," not just "apple".  Love it.

And with the iPhone, I can do my daily devotion while I'm on the treadmill in the morning, which I then record in MyFitnessPal...perfect!


I'm also loving the way my dear husband makes our bed each and every morning.  I love a crisp, clean bed!



What are you loving?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cars



Crazy January weather means outside fun on Sunday afternoon!

Fitz rode for a little while with me pushing, then decided he would rather push his car:


John LOVES cars, and I think it's just in Fitz's blood, too.  When we got married, John's mom told me that he got his love of cars from his dad, and apparently, it's been passed right down to Fitz.  He likes to walk up and down our street, point out the "trucks!" and touch the tires?!?



I posted a photo of him on FB last week crawling the wrong way up his slide, and people commented that all boys did it that way.  Today, I put him at the top of the slide, to show him how to slide down.  As soon as I moved away from him, he turned around and went down it his own way, lol:

I just love that he is ALL boy!  He even had that "little boy" smell when we came in from playing...so sweet.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

God's Planning

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"  Jeremiah 29:11

That's been one of my favorite verses for a few years now, and I'm continuously amazed at how true it is.  I've shared before how I came to live in this small town, how I met John, and other "big" things that God has planned and done in my life, but lately, I'm learning how much God plans all aspects of my life.  Did you know that God has lovingly planned out your day well before you wake up each morning?  I read in "Jesus Calling" that He places things along our paths, just for us, to show us His love, and I wonder how much I miss each day that He has done, just for me.

For example, Fitz and I went shopping today.  I had asked a friend of ours if she and her daughter had plans today, because a lot of times on Saturdays, we will meet up and have lunch with them, but they had plans.  I was pondering in my head whether to eat lunch in the town where we were, in a restaurant, or come home for lunch.  I've never taken Fitz to eat in a restaurant, just the two of us, before.  I thought it would feel sort of like eating in a restaurant by myself, ha!  Anyway, I decided to just wait and see how long my shopping took, and then decide.  It was about 11:15, and we were 30 minutes from home.  I figured if Fitz fell asleep on the way home, then I would have to wake him up, feed him lunch, then get him sleepy again to take a good nap, so the easiest thing to do would be to venture out and take him to eat somewhere, just us.  We went to Chick-Fil-A, and I was wondering how I was going to get our tray, take him and it to the table, and get straws, napkins, etc, but I figured it would work out.  What do you know?  I walked in and there were our friends and neighbors, Amanda and her daughter (almost 4 year old) Sarah!  They were by themselves, too, so we all ate together!  I knew Amanda would get it when I said, "God clearly orchestrated this!"  She totally agreed.

That may seem like something really small to you, but it gave me great JOY to realize how much the Creator of the Universe loves me.  I would have missed that JOY, had I not given God the glory for it.  I often pray for God's timing when I have a packed day, with court in many different places all at one time, or just a lot to do, and I find that it always makes my day run smoother if I'm more aware of His planning of my day.  He already knows it will be busy, and He's got it under control.  We talked about JOY when celebrating Advent at church before Christmas, and how God wants us to have His JOY.  I'm learning how much JOY I can have when I'm more aware of God, and all He does for me, just because He loves me.  He plans everything for us, we only have to realize it and give Him the glory for it.  

Thank you, Lord, for all your planning!  I pray I'm more and more aware of it!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Early Intervention and Play Time


First of all, is that not the cutest picture of our sweet boy??  

Anyway, I mentioned a while back that the Speech Pathologist at the Cleft Clinic suggested that we contact Early Intervention to see if Fitz needed their services because he was not saying as many words as he should be.  Two really sweet ladies came to our house a couple of weeks ago to evaluate him.  They each tested him in different ways, mostly through playing and talking to him.  They would give him different toys, show him how to play with it and see if he copied them, ask him to do things, or say things, etc.

The lady called me back this week and said, as she suspected, Fitz is NOT delayed at all with his speech, and does NOT need Early Intervention services! Woohoo!  Way to go, Fitz!

When I did my Christmas posts, I mentioned that Tootsie got Fitz a toy that was too big to wrap...and here it is:


It's in the garage for now since it's Winter (although it's 70 degrees outside today), and Fitz discovered it a few days ago.  He tried to go up the slide backwards...and then saw the stairs on the other side.


It's just a little bit too tall for him, but it won't be long before he's scrambling all over this thing!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Fitz says...


I can not believe it's January 7, and my mommy has not posted a blog yet in 2013!  I decided I would post one myself since she's been too busy.

After our big trip to Mississippi after Christmas, we didn't do much at all for a few days.  That next Monday, my mommy and daddy were both at home with me all day long!  That morning, do you know what they did??  They took a whole bunch of stuff out of the room under the stairs, then took down our neat tree that they just put in the house a few weeks ago, put that tree IN THE ROOM, packed all the stuff back in there and shut the door!  I didn't know that tree had its own room!

The rest of the day, we all stayed in our jammies, all day long!  I played with my new toys, and ate Oreo cookies all day.  It was so much fun!


I thought Mommy would go back to work the next day, but do you know what we did??  We stayed in our jammies all day long AGAIN!  Mommy and Daddy said it was the first day of 2013...whatever that means.


On Wednesday, I finally got to go back to my Papa and Grandmama's house to play while Mommy and Daddy went to work, and it was so much fun!  Then I had fun playing with Tootsie and Uncle Zac the next couple of days after that.

Saturday, Mommy and I played at our house, and ate cheeseballs.  I even shared a few with Fancie:


And then we had some fun with Daddy when he got home:


Sunday, we went to church, like always.  I love going to church.  They give out these little cups at the end, with purple juice in them.  They never give me one, but that's ok, because after my mom drinks hers, she puts it in my bag, and now we have a whole stack.  So, when everyone else is getting their juice, she pulls out all of my cups, so I can play.  During church, I walked all over the place and played with my ball.  I only cried a little when it rolled under this big thing and I couldn't get it out.  My Uncle Zac had to go up to the front, while Mr. Bill was talking, and get it for me, but no one seemed to mind.  Then we ate lunch at Del Toro, and I dipped my crackers in salsa and cheese dip...yummy!

I took a good nap for Mommy after church because I was so tired, and then I kept telling her to take me outside, but she kept saying no.  She said it was too cold.  I kept right on telling her, and even took her my socks so she could put them on, because when we put socks and shoes on, it means we are going outside.  Finally, she gave in and we drove up and down the street in my new car!  We saw everyone and I pointed out all the trucks for Mommy.


Mommy took one picture, then had to go back in and get my hat and gloves.  It was so cold!


Mama says she'll be back soon to talk to all of you!