Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Mary Laine!

It's hard to believe that Mary Laine is 5 years old. She is so excited. This morning, I overheard her chanting over and over again, "I'm 5, I'm 5, I'm 5, 5, 5!" It has been such a fun birthday. First of all, she's old enough this year to really appreciate the day and the significance of a birthday. Also, her birthday last year fell in the middle of a mysterious illness that she couldn't seem to shake. Thankfully everyone has been well for her birthday this year. 

We have been at the beach again for her birthday this year. Since her Papa and Uncle Wa-Wa left early this morning for a bowl game, we celebrated at dinner last night at a Japanese Steakhouse. Uncle Will and Aunt Susan were here again this year and were able to join us.

This morning, Mary Laine found a hall-full of balloons after she woke up. We went to a local cafe for breakfast. While we were there, another table got the attention of everyone in the restaurant to make an announcement (the presentation of a belated high-school sports award). We took advantage of the camaraderie and asked everyone to join us in singing "Happy Birthday" to Mary Laine. 

One of her birthday presents was a pirate costume. Since Peter Pan is her favorite story these days, she has loved pretending to be "Captain Hook". She loved that she got to be a pirate at breakfast this morning.

After breakfast and a few games of Peter Pan, we went to a bowling alley. Mary Laine was a big winner of the day, outscoring even her Daddy fair and square! She and Langdon also enjoyed getting to play some arcade games. Little things like this are a pretty big deal for this small-town crew.

We've had a fun and low-key afternoon hanging out with family. Since our big celebration was last night, we rented a movie to watch tonight. I would say that Mary Laine has enjoyed her day.


Our attempt at a "2,3,4,5" picture (Susanne is 24, Langdon is 3, and ML is 5). Thankfully we have 10 months to keep trying for this one.

As always, we asked Mary Laine her "birthday questions". Click here if you want to compare to her answers from last year.

I AM... five
I WAS... four and a half
I HAVE... a pirate costume
I PLAY... Peter Pan
I WORRY... "I don't worry about anything"
I KNOW... my math
I WANT... toys
I CRAVE... lots and lots of baby dolls
I USUALLY... play
I REMEMBER... when I was three
I DISLIKE... dirty things
I GO... to Jackson
I WENT... to St. Simons
I CAN... do magic tricks
I DON'T... "I do everything"
I FEEL... happy
I DANCE... like a ballerina
I READ... Peter Pan
I WRITE... a book
I BELIEVE... I can
I AM SCARED... of pirates
I LISTEN... to birds
I WISH... I was a mermaid
I LOVE... Peter Pan
I AM HAPPY... "I don't know what to say about that"
I AM THANKFUL... for my family

What is your favorite color? Pink and purple, silver and gold
What is your favorite toy? My pirate costume
What is your favorite fruit? Apples
What is your favorite TV show? Word World
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Everything
What is your favorite outfit? My butterfly dress
What is your favorite game? Checkers
What is your favorite snack? Fruit
What is your favorite animal? Deacon (our dog)
What is your favorite song? "Let It Go" (we saw Frozen last week)
What is your favorite book? Peter Pan
Who is your best friend? Everyone
What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play make-believe
What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas Eve
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My stuffed animals
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? "I don't know yet"
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor

Happy 5th birthday to our sweet baby girl!! 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Langdon!

Today, Langdon turned three years old. It's hard to remember what our family was like without him. I know that it was much more quiet, but along with the noise comes more laughter. Langdon is like his daddy in more ways than one. Not only is he his little mini-me, but he also has alot of his personality. He is funny and loves to get a laugh. He is very smart, but he doesn't like to show that off very often. When asked how old he is, even though he knows he's three, he'll say 5, because it's just funnier. We have alot of "funny Langdon stories", and most involve pressing his big sister's buttons.

I decided that it was time to start giving him my yearly questionairre. He hadn't had a nap and had injested alot of sugar, so it was a little hard for him to concentrate for very long, but this is what we got. The "I Worry" question is my favorite. Also, you can tell that he and Mary Laine had just been fighting over his birthday balloons and that he got a train set that he had been playing with all afternoon:

I AM... Langdon
I WAS... 3 1/2
I HAVE... "I don't know"
I PLAY... with toys
I WORRY... about my balloon and that the ceiling is about to fall down.
I KNOW... nothing
I WATCH... the rabbit.
I WANT..."I don't know"
I CRAVE... "I don't know"
I USUALLY... eat
I REMEMBER... "I don't know"
I DISLIKE... pigs in a blanket (**which is his attempt at humor, because that's what we had for breakfast that morning and he almost ate his weight in them.**)
I GO... to our "country house"
I WENT... to a clubhouse 
I CAN... "I don't know"
I DON'T...know
I FEEL... nothing
I DANCE... "I don't dance"
I READ... cake
I WRITE... pens
I BELIEVE... nothing
I AM SCARED... of a bear (**drawn out into two syllables when he says it)
I LISTEN... to music
I WISH...  "I don't know"
I LOVE... my birthday balloons
I AM HAPPY... with tractors
I AM THANKFUL... my balloons can touch the fan

What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite toy? Train set
What is your favorite fruit? "I don't like fruit"... oranges
What is your favorite TV show? Peter Rabbit
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  "I don't know"
What is your favorite outfit? Costumes
What is your favorite game? Trains
What is your favorite snack? Goldfish
What is your favorite animal? Aunt Su-Su and Giraffes (**another attempt at humor)
What is your favorite song? The rap
What is your favorite book? Peter Rabbit
Who is your best friend? Daddy and Mary Laine
What is your favorite cereal? Chex
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run and play
What is your favorite drink? Milk
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? All my "friends" (what we call their stuffed animals)
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Hot dogs/Pigs in a hot dog
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? The Crystal Grill
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to play with my train set... I don't want to grow up.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of School 2013

Getting all of our supplies ready the night before school (always Mama's favorite part!):

And our "1st Day" pics:

Langdon with his teachers, Ms. Myra and Ms. Margaret

Mary Laine with her teacher, Ms. Deanna

Love our sweet friends, Ann Grace and Mamie
 And guess what I did on my first morning that both of my babies were at school? I went and held this precious one:

They both had a great first day, got good reports, and got to show me some of their work:


Monday, July 15, 2013

St. Jude

I'm sure since I only put up posts about twice a year, I've lost all of my readers except Susanne and Laura (hello to two of my favorite people on the planet!) I thought that I would put this up here, though, just in case anyone happens upon it and wants to donate. This is a great organization and a very worthwhile cause...

I am participating in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today?

How your donation helps:
  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
  • For every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
Please visit my St. Jude Heroes fundraising page to make a donation.
Thank you for your support!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

First sleep-over

Mary Laine spent the night out for the first time with her sweet friend Sadie :)

Mary Laine turns 4 (and a half)

As always, we waited to have Mary Laine's birthday party until summer, so it was actually on her half birthday. She knew exactly what she wanted this year and requested a Peter Pan party at our "Country House" (our rental). It was a beautiful day for a party and Mary Laine was thrilled to be able to host all of her friends. Surprisingly, the bubble machine (a last-minute addition) was BY FAR the hit of the party.