Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

This year Will wanted to dress like his favorite baseball player, Albert Pujols. Jake overheard us talking about it and said he wanted to be Albert, too. Jake really looks up to Will and wants to do EVERYTHING he does. It is so cute!

We ran into some friends while at Ginker's house
Jake's friend Madison was a cute little bumblebee

This is Jake before his Halloween party at Under the Rainbow earlier in the week. Again, excuse the pics being out of order. I can't seem to fix this problem.

Trick or Treating at Ginker's

Trick or Treating at Daddy's work

A special friend, Sophie, came to trick or treat at our house.

My handsome little guy

Best buds for life, I hope.

So cute, if I do say so myself!

I wanted Will to squat down so he would be closer to Jake, but, of course, Jake had to do what Will was doing.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Life Lately

These pics are in reverse order AGAIN! I can't figure out why I can't click and drag them like I used to. If anyone can help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it. Anyway, life lately has been very busy. I am almost finished with my masters degree and will feel like I have my life back when it's completed...only 8 weeks to go!! Maybe I'll be a better blogger in the new year. For now, I'll have to do a quick recap of the past couple of months...

Jake will finally pose for the camera instead of running from it. Maybe Christmas card pictures won't be so horrible this year. But, I seriously doubt it. That would make my life too easy! =)

Another milestone was reached at the beginning of this month. For the first time in six years, I no longer have a baby bed in my house. Jake is sleeping a "big boy" bed, which is actually a toddler bed. It suits him perfectly for now, but I'm sure he will outgrow it soon. This boy is growing like a weed! I want to get bunk beds for his room eventually, but I am afraid he is still a little to small for climbing up to the top bunk.

We've spent lots of time at football games. This family is full of die hard Newport Greyhound and stAte Red Wolf fans.

I had my 15 year high school reunion this month, also. Man, I'm getting old! I had a great time catching up with some old and dear friends.

Nana treated us to a Disney Live show in Jonesboro. The boys loved it! Jake is already asking when we can see Mickey Mouse again. I guess we will be going to Disney World before too long!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Will's Party!!

Will had his 6th birthday party at Pump It Up in Jonesboro...easiest party he's ever had! I didn't have to do anything except bring the cake. He had a great time and I think all of the other kiddos did, too. Jake loved it just as much as the big guys. You can see him in the background of the first picture heading up the monstrous slide.

While opening gifts at Pump It Up, the birthday boy or girl gets to sit on this huge throne shown above. When Will kept insisting that we have his party at this place, I told him I could rent a bounce house and we could have the party in Newport where it would be more convenient for his friends. Then, he informed me that he wouldn't get to sit on the throne. So what's a mom to do??? By all means, let's sit on the throne!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Will Is 6!

I didn't get this post on here on his actual birthday since it took 10 minutes to load each of my catch up posts, but I was determined to get this on here before I went to bed. I will be paying for that in the morning!! We celebrated his birthday earlier tonight with Ginker and Coach. Will got to pick where we went to eat (of course, he picked US Pizza...he is his mother's son) and then we came back home to have cake and open presents. His actual party will be this weekend at Pump It Up in Jonesboro. Hopefully, I'll keep up with the blog and have more pics to share this weekend from the party.

Jake kept saying that is was his birthday everytime someone mentioned Will's birthday. I'm glad he had some presents to open, too, or he would have really been disappointed on his "birthday"!

This is a pitiful cake, I know, but it's what he wanted for his "at home" birthday cake. He put the candles on it himself and didn't want me to try to decorate it in anyway which is probably a good thing!!

Some things I want to remember about Will at this age:
-He still loves his momma! He loves to cuddle and loves to just sit by me and watch TV or read books.
-Even though he's a cuddler at home, in public it's a different story. He recently quit letting me hold his hand when we cross the parking lot at stores. Everytime he pulls his hand out of mine, I feel like my baby is slipping away and becoming too independent. But, I guess that's what parenting is really about...raising our children to become independent. So, I will try my best to let him grow...and not smother him to death with my overprotectiveness. Is that even a word??
-He loves sports! He's definitely a Keedy! He knows more players on the Cardinals team than his dad and calls his dad with play by play updates if he is not home to watch the games.
-He will sleep in his own bed and lay down by himself, but he doesn't like it. He was doing good until Michael Jackson died and seeing pictures of him on the news back in June still haunts him.
He thinks he was a monster, and it's not because of Thriller. He's thinking about how he looked after all the plastic surgery.
-He loves to learn, especially anything dealing with numbers.
-He is a wonderful big brother most of the time. He is so patient with Jake and will not hit Jake even if Jake hits him. In fact, when Jake tries to bite him, we've told him to try to bite Jake back but he will not do it. I'm glad he was the first born because I'm quite certain that Jake wouldn't have been as good of a big brother.
-He hates to clean up and is a very messy kid! This is the source of most of our disagreements!!
-He is a very well-behaved child in public (and most of the time at home, except for the mess thing) and always has been-- except for the first four months of his life. He is very much a "pleaser" and comes by that honestly. He also always thinks he's right and is a little bossy at times...he comes by that honestly, too! =)
-He has an awesome memory. It's spooky sometimes. He'll say remember that time when I was 2 and we went to blah, blah, blah... and we really will have done what he is talking about and it's not something that he's seen in pictures.
-He admires his daddy more than anyone and wants to be just like him. It's so sweet!! I love hearing him tell things about "my daddy" to other kids.
-He adores his grandparents (both sets) and would probably choose to live with them if given the chance. LOL!!

My (Oldest) Baby Is Growing Up!

Where does the time go? Seriously...

6 weeks old
5 months
7 months

1st Birthday Party at Nana's

2nd Birthday
3rd Birthday
Big brother at 3 years 7 months
4th Birthday
5th Birthday

And now my baby's turning 6!

First Day of Kindergarten

Will started kindergarten this year! Many people think he has already been to kindergarten since he is turning 6 this month, but since his birthday is so early, we decided to wait until this year to start him. He was certainly ready to go last year, but I was afraid the age difference might show up in junior high or high school when kids really need to have a level head. I've got to brag just a little....Will can already do math that some of my 5th graders can't do. He can add and subtract (all in his head, not with pencil and paper) and multiply by 2's, 5's, and 10's. I think he gets it from me!! ;)

These pictures are in reverse order too. So start from the bottom up!

Mrs. Miller and Will--She is the teacher he was really hoping to get.

The Wiggles

Nana, the boys, and I went to see The Wiggles in Little Rock a few weeks ago. When Will was little, The Wiggles were all the rage and had a show on Disney. Now they aren't as popular, but Jake still likes to watch all of Will's old Wiggle DVDs. Will was probably a little too old to go with us, but I couldn't stand to not take him. He acted like he was so bored during the show and too big for it, but I know he really enjoyed it. Jake had a look of awe of his face the entire time!

First Cardinals Game

These pictures are in reverse order of how I wanted them, but it wouldn't let me rearrange them for some reason. Ginker and Coach took Will to St. Louis for a few days to see 2 Cardinal games and go to the St. Louis zoo. Recently, Will has become obsessed with the Cardinals and begs to stay up late to see the end of games. He already knows the starting line up and all their jersey numbers. I think he's a Cardinal fan for life!