Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Michael!

Today is our favorite guy's birthday!  Michael has been away camping all weekend and we cannot wait until he gets home to spend his birthday with him!  I know I say it all the time, but it is true.  God has blessed me immensely and I'm so thankful for Michael.  He works hard to provide for us, is a fun, but good Daddy, and my best friend.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the birthday boy  and Nicholas to celebrate his big day!  

Happy Birthday Michael!  We love you!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

First Baseball Tournament

As I mentioned in my post earlier today, Nicholas played in his first game a few weeks ago which was an exhibition type game in a preseason tournament.  His age group just played one game on a Saturday morning and they did great and had a lot of fun!  They earned their first trophies and saw how a game is played.

 After the game we took him downtown for some yummy ice cream.  He chose blue cotton candy and sure did seem to enjoy it!  Haha!

This weekend was our first real tournament and it was a full weekend of baseball!  They played THREE games yesterday and two today!  I still can't believe they made it all weekend!  Haha!  It was only about 5 minutes from our house, so we were able to go back and forth between games and I think that helped some.  The first game yesterday was a little touch and go, but the next two he did great!  

Here are some of the highlights of day 1:

Getting a hit on his first at bat!

During Game 2 they figured out exactly what they are supposed to do, catch the ball...but they ended up piling on and fighting over it...

 During Game 3 we began to slowly lose them.  This is how my child spend the last inning in the infield...  Haha!

We had a little later start today and only played two games.  The motivation today was that if they did well and everyone played hard, they would all get a trophy.  It's amazing what a trophy will do to motivate a kid!  Hahaha!

Nicholas' fan club came in full force this weekend!  Yesterday his Aunt Peggy came to his 1st game, today Lindsey and Katie came to both games and his Gigi and Pawapw stuck it out all weekend with us!  He is definitely a lucky little boy with such a large fan base!  :-)

Today didn't go quite as well as yesterday, but we still had fun!
 During the break today Nicholas had fun playing with his "new friends" as he calls them!
 We did have one little mishap today.  During the 1st inning of the last game, Nicholas got an abrasion to his arm and it was quite dramatic...and traumatic.  After we got him cleaned up and a couple of bandaids on it, he felt that it was just too hard to run, so he slowly walked from base to base while carrying his arm.  LOL!

When the games were over Gigi took him to the concession stand for 2 lollipops!  Pretty sure that was the highlight of his day, other than the trophy!
 We are sooooooo proud of these guys!  They played so hard all weekend and I just love our coaches!  Lori and Sue are awesome!  No way could I do what they are doing!
 Nicholas loved getting his trophy!  When they called his name he was so excited!
 As soon as we got home he ran and put it up on his dresser with his other trophy.  He should be proud of himself!  This was a hard weekend, but it was fun and worth how tired we all are tonight!

We Are Still Alive!

Just wanted to pop in and reassure everyone we are ok, just super busy!  Since I last posted, we've had baseball twice a week, a game, a tournament, I've been out of town for a work trip, trauma season is in full swing a little early so work has been crazy, and life has simply just taken priority.  Here is a quick recap of where we have been...

1. Nicholas is LOVING baseball and we are having so much fun!  He is doing pretty good when we can get him to stop playing in the dirt and wear his helmet to bat! Haha!  He had his first game a few weeks ago and is in a tournament this weekend.  I'm hoping to find time for a post about that tonight or later this week!

2. Three weeks ago I had an overnight work trip. That was a new thing for me!  I went to Knoxville for an OSHA class to help train for my new position.  It was a good break from the everyday routine, but I was happy to be back home with my boys when it was over!  I want to give a huge shout out to all of those Mommies that travel often.  I have no clue how you stay organized and pull it off!

3. Nicholas had a new babysitter a couple of Saturdays ago!  Nicholas has gotten to know one of my Dad's former players by seeing him at games and at my parents house a couple of times and has just fallen in love with him.  He came over and kept Nicholas while we went to a birthday party and it went great! They had a lot of fun and I'm so thankful Nicholas has someone like him to look up to! 

4. I have kept my resolution to spend more time with friends and having a monthly night out.  In January I went to dinner, February went to a wine tasting, and last Monday went to a paint and wine party with the ADPi alum group.  So much fun!  My cousin is also a member of the group, so it was fun to paint and spend some time with her.  This was our group

and my painting...
Not a masterpiece, but I think I'm going to hang it in my office to add some color.

5.  Last Friday we took Nicholas bowling for the first time.  He LOVED it!  He did pretty good too!

Michael won the first game, but I killed them the second!  :-)

That is just a quick summary and recap of our last month.  It has been wild and crazy, but mostly fun!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

First Night of Baseball!

Tuesday night was our first ever attempt to play organized sports and Nicholas loved it! It was so cold, so we had to bundle up as best as we could for practice, so he had one 3 different shades of blue and 3 different sets of stripes, but he was warm and cute anyway! :-)  We got there just in time and he started out by learning how to let the ball roll between his legs.

Next they had batting practice. Oh. My. Word. It was adorable!  He swung 5 or 6 times but finally got a hit!  It was the first time he has ever hit a ball pitched to him, so excuse his loud, obnoxious mother cheering at the end of this video. :-)

They practiced running the bases and he said that was his favorite...possibly because they got a skittle every time they made it around! 

All in all it was a great practice. Nicholas definitely needs to work on waiting his turn and the concept of hitting the ball not on a tee, but otherwise he did great! He woke up the next morning and immediately asked if he could go to baseball today! We've had practice again since and he did great again!  He has two more practices and then their first game!  GO LIL' ROOKIES!!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Learning A Lesson From Spider-man Valentines

The past month has been a struggle for me as a mom balancing a full time job, household chores, and a family. I've been out of work twice due to either a sick kid or snow, Michael has had to miss a day due to Nicholas having a rash and told he had to stay home from school, I've prepped over 100 items for consignment, cut over 20 newspaper articles and made a scrapbook for my Dad for his birthday, kept my house picked up, my family fed and clothed along with working on a big project at work, seeing patients and my daily tasks, and trying to keep up all of the above. I think all moms no matter if you stay home or work outside the home all face these times. Y'all, I want to be real here and let me say, I've struggled. I've lost sleep, overate, and shed a few tears over trying to stay afloat and I want those feeling the same way to know they aren't alone. 

Let's rewind a couple of weeks and recap a crazy day in my life. It was a Friday and my stress level and emotions were at a high because two days earlier day care administration decided that Nicholas should be sent home with a 24/hr sick suspension because they felt the rule we had been following related to the treatment of a rash was suddenly not good enough. Great. Then I find out that if I had just provided evidence we are using the medication we had been prescribed, he could have come back without a 24/hr leave. When he went back to school that Friday he cried and didn't want me to leave him. I had enough at that point. It was only 8am and I lost it. I had not sleep much for a few nights, spent 10 minutes trying to find the pants I wanted to wear to work that day, Nicholas spent 15 minutes while trying get leave lying in the kitchen floor crying over not wanting cereal, but rather oatmeal (after requesting the cereal), then a potty accident on the way to day care that led to me changing an embarrassed 3 year old in the bathroom at school first thing at drop off, who then cried because he was embarrassed and that I had to leave him, topped off with the news a day off for a "sick" child could have been avoided. I cried as I crossed the street from day care to work. I was stressed and it was only 8am! Then I was busting it to complete a section of my project by the end of the day when I ended up juggling some unexpected patient problems. Cue the tears number 2 by 10am. After work I spent 4 hours tagging for the sale and when it was done at 11:30pm. I crashed and had an ugly cry. I was emotionally and physically exhausted and thank goodness it was the end of the week. 

That was a week when I felt overwhelmed, that I could not balance all of my hats and that I was failing everyone: my employer, patients, husband, and mostly my child. Having to chose between a child unable to attend day care and work is torture. Leaving a crying child that just wants his Mommy is heartbreaking. Then came the big lesson when I learned that it is ok to let something go and set priorities. 

I was still planning to whip up some homemade Valentines to send the following week and as I finished the last two things on my list that Sunday, the scrapbook and meal prep. Michael could tell I was starting to stress over making Valentines. He told me to please just take N to the store and let him pick something he wants. Not stress over crafting something. I felt torn again. I kept seeing all these fabulous homemade Valentines on social media and I didn't want my child to feel like his Mommy let him down because we didn't spend time crafting his valentines. (Red flag, I'm clearly overthinking at this point. Keep in mind this child has no clue that creating our own Valentines was even an option. Let me also say that I think it's awesome that some of you made those cute valentines, so please do not think I have anything against you at all! Again, I was sleep deprived and clearly delirious!) Nicholas ended up taking Spider-Man valentines complete with a heart shaped lollipop and I'm pretty sure he couldn't have loved them more. 

(See also: I'm a crazy mom. I was so upset the 2 days we were home during the snow because that was prime crafting time...had we had any craft supplies. At this point I was really panicking that he would be the only one without cute little valentines, still not acknowledging the fact he could care less! I was surprised to see that no one handed out anything but valentines like we brought. Time for this crazy mom to calm down. No permanent psychological harm was done over Spider-Man valentines!)

The Valentine card lesson was definitely needed.  It showed me sometimes as moms we worry too much. We also need to know that there comes a time when we have to let something go and know that no one is let down by us when it is all said and done. I'm learning to let go of my need to please everyone and admit that I can't do it all sometimes. So, that fellow stressed out Mommies, was the day I leaned a lesson. From Spider-Man Valentines. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Day I Become A Sports Mom

Today is a BIG day at our house!  It's a day I've personally dreamed of for years (like 20 years) and a day I dreamed about while waiting on a baby...Nicholas has his first practice of little league baseball!  I'm excited but sad all in one rolled up ball of emotion. I can't believe this day is finally here and that my baby is old enough to own a bat and glove, wear a uniform, and play organized ball. Watching his excitement as he chose his bat and glove and proudly walked around the store with it was so fun and exciting, but also another sign he is growing up. Knowing that he will probably be my only baby makes this day even more bittersweet.  

When I found out he was a boy I automatically began dreaming of my little football and baseball player. I've spent my entire life watching high school athletes and their proud moms. I can't believe it is now my turn to be a sports mom! I've always said that I can see myself being THAT mom, the one who never misses a game, encourages and cheers for every player, hugs every player after a tough game, and is her child's biggest fan. We alway laugh that as loud and hard as I cheer on Friday nights for kids I don't really know, little league may not be ready for this Momma! Ha! (Kidding. Sort of. Not really.) (No one be surprised if my husband stands far away from me at games or if my child acts like he doesn't know me. I can't help it. I swear.) 

I pray that Nicholas always loves playing sports because I think it is a good, healthy activity and helps keep a lot of kids busy and out of trouble.  I pray that if God has granted my son the gift of athletic talent that he uses it and glorifies The Lord for giving it to him. Lord willing, maybe it will even provide a college education for him! (I know, I'm totally getting out of control now. He is only 3, but a mom can always hope, right?!)  With all of that being said, what I really want for my son is to be happy. If he loves playing, great, but if he doesn't, that is ok too. (Ok. Let's not lie here, I will be sad, but I'll get over it. Sorry, just being real.)

Today as we rush out of the door and to work and school with all of his gear, change of clothes for practice, and pray we haven't forgotten anything; then as we rush across town in a mad dash to baseball tonight, I'm praising God for my opportunity to be a mom and finally getting a chance to cheer on MY son. There were dark days during infertility when I never thought this day would come and it was just a part of my dream. It's days like today where part of me wants to sit down and ugly cry for my little baby turning into a little boy that no longer even resembles a baby, while the other part of me is excited with him for a new adventure! Thank you Lord for this day and for a healthy, spirited little boy who is growing and loves life, even if his Mommy wishes she could freeze time. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day

Last Friday was one of the best Valentine's Day I've ever had because of my littlest valentine and the happiness he brings me everyday!  He loves parties and holidays so he was super pumped Friday morning!  He was even excited to wear his Valentine shirt I found at Gymboree! 
He was excited to get to school to give his teachers their Valentines!  I got both of his teachers a box of candy. He thought he was pretty cool bringing gifts! Haha!
I really wanted to make homemade Valentines this year, but after spending a week working on over 100 items for consignment, my Dad's birthday gift (a scrapbook of his football season), and work, Michael finally convinced me something had to give. Nicholas was happy with his "store bought" Spider-man valentines and that is what really matters!  (More on this subject on my next working mom post coming this week!)

When we got home, Michael surprised me with flowers, crab and lobster that he was going to cook for me, and a bottle of champagne! Clearly he knows me well! :-)
We ended up spending the evening cooking together, having a dance party with our little valentine and just enjoying being together. While dancing around the kitchen, Nicholas asked me to "take my pishure Mommy!" Haha! 
We had a wonderful day. Valentine's is a day I used to hate and it is definitely not one of my favorites, but it certainly was a great day with two great Valentines that I love more than anything!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Day With Mickey

Today was a special day out for Nicholas.  A few months ago my cousin Katie invited us to join her and my other cousin Lindsey at Disney Live, Mickey's Music Festival.  It was such a fun afternoon!  As you know, Nicholas LOVES anything Disney and he loves music, so this was a win win for us.  We had awesome seats too front and center!  When we first got there Nicholas got a snow cone, which he sure did seem to enjoy! Ha!
Maybe this wasn't our best idea...
 The cutest kid in the area today!
 He wanted to bring his ears from Disney and Lindsey and Katie bought him a new Disney sword, which he loved!  Light up sword, what's not to love?
 My favorite of course is the Little Mermaid!  This was the Kiss The Girl part.  Probably my favorite part of the movie.
 The encore featured everyone, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, Buzz, Woody, Jesse, Ariel, Eric, and Sebastian.  It was so cute!

Thanks Katie for inviting us!  We had a great time and it is always fun to see Nicholas have a fun time!  Now I have Disney planning fever like crazy!  We are a little less than a year from going back with my mom, so maybe I should get started planning...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snow Day, Fun Day

This week we were pleasantly surprised by a "significant snowfall" as the weatherman kept calling it. We went to work on Tuesday with about 1/2" on the ground at our house in north Georgia, and by the time I got to work in Chattanooga (12 miles away!) the ground was completely dry.  This is what I left behind in GA that morning (this was the beginning. There was a lot more by the time I left). 
 Apparently my house was right on the weather line that day. Throughout the day Tuesday we were hearing more about snow for Wednesday into Thursday. Wednesday morning I woke up to this...

Given the forecast and the fact my area doesn't exactly handle ice and snow on the roads well, I made the decision for a snow day.  The roads were worse than they look and very slick and icy. By lunchtime this was the view. 

By late afternoon the roads were good again and we ran out to do a couple of errands in Michael's 4-wheel drive truck when he got home. By 6:30 this was my view on the secondary road by my subdivision. Nasty and scary!

Nicholas and I spent the entire day as couch potatoes. I had a head cold and he was just lazy. We watched the Olympics and I am pretty sure by bedtime I became one with my recliner. Nicholas even fell asleep on me around 9:30 while watching figure skating! I got up to put him to bed and he just fell over asleep! Poor kid! Our lazy day caught up with him! 

We ended up having 8" of snow by Thursday morning!  
For the third time in eight years, my office closed due to the weather, as did Michael's, so we had an official snow day fun day! 
 My tree was my favorite thing in my yard.  Gorgeous!
 My car didn't move for 48 hours so this is what 24 hours of snow will do!  Probably more than 8" there because Michael's car had less and it only sat for 12 hours at this point.

Nicholas wanted to build a snowman and have a snowball fight, so that is just what we did for about 2 hours. Luckily, the temperature was close to 40 by this point so we had a blast just playing without feeling like we were freezing to death! 
 Nicholas was obsessed with snowball fights.  He was smart and hid in his clubhouse!
 And then he did this... Haha!
 My child is 41" tall and it came all the way to his knees!
 Family Snowball fight!

 Even Mommy made a snow angel!
 We had a 6 ft tall snowman who changed identities several times throughout the day.  1st he was Captain Snowbeard...
 Then Nicholas wanted him to have my scarf and he was frosty...
 Eventually Nicholas joined the rest of the kids on our block and had a snowball fight.  He was the youngest, but he holds his own with them!
 By 3:00 this was our fort and snowman.  They melted a lot but actually there is still a significant amount of them still there today, 48 hours later! (this was Thursday afternoon)

Truly one of the most fun and best days we have had in a long time!  It was fun to play together in the snow and to just have a couple of lazy days.  By dinner time the roads were in pretty good condition, so I was able to keeps plan to attend a consignment presale!  I didn't find much, but as soon as I got home I went back to being one with my recliner. I think God knew that Nicholas and I needed a couple of days like that!