Happy Mother’s Day….
Being a Mother is truly a gift from God. Life before Savannah was good but unfulfilling. It is so true when they say “I never knew I could love someone so much” or “Children completely change your life”. Until you have children you do not truly understand the impact they have on your life.
I have loved Justin & Jordan for many years but until I had Savannah I didn’t know how to really “LOVE” them in a Motherly way. Hopefully they know that I love them and did try my best. For me Mother’s Day is more exciting than any other day because I feel so lucky to be a Mother.
So this Mother’s Day weekend started out with Muffin’s with Mom at Savannah’s pre-school. I got to go to school with Savannah that morning and hang out and watch her class sing little songs they had practiced for Mom… Although Savannah refused to sing I was so happy to be there. I don’t want to miss a thing.. One of my favorite things Miss Kelly did was ask the kids questions about their mom’s and write it down and have it laminated.. Definitely a Keeper
What she really thinks..
Mother’s Day 2013
Mother’s Day 2013
Muffin’s With Mom 2013
The rest of the weekend was pretty busy Savannah had gymnastics on Saturday then we headed over to Monkey Joe’s for Brady’s birthday party.. Hard to believe he is 3.. we got to see some friends we haven’t seen in a while and that is always a good thing.
- Tyler & Savannah
After a long day Mommy, Daddy & Justin went to dinner to celebrate his graduation.. So proud of him.
Graduation Dinner 2013
Sunday was Mother’s Day so we got up went to church I got a very pretty necklace with Savannah’s initial on the front and her dob on the back and a very cool Ippolita ring… What mommy doesn’t love jewelry. After church we all had lunch and then everyone cleared the house and I was ALONE..lol best present ever peace & quiet.
Mother’s Day 2013
Mother’s Day 2013
All in all it was a great day and there is no greater gift than to be a Mother.
Well I can’t believe it’s already May and as usual I am behind on my always “I’m gonna blog more New Year’s resolution“. I am so jealous of people who can be purposeful in their blogging. My intentions are always good but I’m just not GOOD at it. So I have just accepted the fact that I am not an everyday blogger. Maybe I am just a once a week blogger, once a month blogger or shoot I need to catch up on my blogging blogger. Whatever I am as I blog I am gonna take the pressure off myself to do it and try to start thinking of it as a pleasure instead of something I must get done. Maybe that will help me.
It has been a good couple of weeks. Savannah is growing so fast and quickly becoming a very independent little girl. She want’s to dress herself & do everything on her own. Which is good and bad. Her last day of pre-school will be June 7th and then it’s SUMMERTIME!!
But something even more special has happened on this beautiful day.. My oldest son Justin graduated from Clemson University.. Well he is my step-son but I love him as my own.. I just hate calling him step-son.. I need to come up with a new name maybe love-son, great-son or cool-son.. I don’t know I will get back to that one.. Anyway.. I have known him for a very long time and it has been an amazing journey. To watch him grow into the young adult he is today is nothing short of special. He is very determined, dedicated & hardworking. To say I am proud of his accomplishments would be selling it short.
Justin has also landed his first job with Ally Bank his first day is June 3rd.. Welcome to the real world. I am sure this will only be a stepping stone for him. God has great things in store for his future I just know it.
The Younger Years..
The Big 16.. shared with what will be lifetime friends.
State Championship Game 2008
CCS Graduate May 30th, 2009
College Graduate 2013
Love this boy!!
Great day today Priss had a good day at school. Only a slight attitude this morning but I have decided that I am the mommy and there will be no more arguing with a 3.5 year old. Haha.
I don’t know what I was thinking before I mean really why would I try to reason with a 3.5 year old. Of course I have heard “your mean” a few times but I can live with that. I just respond with “that’s right I am mean maybe that will make you think before you do something your no suppose to”. So no meltdown today and I’m happy.
My son Jordan detailed my car and for the first time in 6 years I got to park in the garage!! Yay!! Savannah were so excited to park in the garage. It’s the little things in life.
After nap savannah hung outside with her brother while I made a playlist of songs for Ed & Tina’s wedding that will be at the house on Friday night. Then she gathered up
A few dolls and headed out to her play set and had a birthday/tea party for McKenna. When I walked out to check on her at one point she was singing happy birthday.
Now everyone is off to bed and I am right behind them.
Happy Birthday McKenna!
Ready for pre-school
Easter is always a fun time! We celebrate the life of Jesus and that he died for our sins. What better time to celebrate! It’s especially fun with a child. You get to share this special message and all the fun activities that come along with Easter.
This year Savannah walked in her Easter parade at school and the theme for her class was “Sunday Best” lucky for us that theme was easy peasy lemon squeezy.. All the kids did great and I think she had an awesome time!
Easter Parade Calvary Pre-school 2013
Easter Parade Calvary Pre-school 2013
Ms. Kelly & Ms. Holly’s Class 2013
After the Easter Parade the kids all went outside for an Easter egg hunt it was a fun-filled day for all the kids!
My Little Bunny
The Hunt is on!
Pouty Bunny has made an appearance
All the bunnies.. And pouty bunny with her back to the camera..lol
Mommy & Savannah Easter 2013
The fun festivities were only just beginning… Saturday morning we were up early and off to the Lazy5 Ranch for their annual Easter Egg Drop.. We met Aunt Shelley, Landon, Big mama & Nana for a day full of fun!!
When we finally made it to Lazy5 we ran all the way to the egg drop site and got there just as the helicopter was releasing the plastic egg’s lucky for us Nana was looking out for us and snagged a few eggs before we got there.
Savannah & nana
Who doesn’t love a Bunny on Easter
Here comes Peter Cotton Tail..
Landon & Savannah waiting for the Wagon Ride
And we are off… The best part of the day a trip on the wagon ride to feed the animals. This never get’s old and Savannah has the time of her life. So glad we can share this experience with my family.
Fun times with Nana!
She is afraid of nothing.
hmmmm Thank you
Big mama & nana
Can’t go without feeding the Sheep!
After a fun-filled day at Lazy5 we woke up the next morning, went to church celebrated Jesus resurrection and headed home to hide eggs (which we are still finding) with the neighbors. It was an awesome weekend and I can’t wait to share more with the family.
Justin, Savannah & Jordan
Today started out a little grumpy.. Just when I think we are moving out of the sassy stage it rears its ugly head again.. I have began to question myself and wonder what it is I am doing wrong. Maybe I need to take a step back a breath a little more before I react. Or as our pastor said on Sunday sing a little song his wife sang to their children..
“I love you when your happy
I love you when your sad
I love you when you good
and I love you when you bad..
oh I love you, I love you, I love you….”
Once I finally got her off to school and the fight of “I don’t want to wear this today” was behind me I went of to yoga which was much-needed.. After yoga I rushed home for a quick shower so that I could pick Savannah up from school a little early.. I had planned a little field trip with her and the Franck’s today at the Whispering Hope Farm in Gastonia. Today was the annual sheep shearing day and petting farm. We weren’t quite sure what to expect but it’s always a good time with the Franck’s plus I get to see my beautiful god-daughter Ella. And bonus my great friend Jim (Sonja’s dad) who brought us all together was there too. So we drive out to the country park on the side of the road and head up this steep hill to someone’s house who has a barn, a couple of horses, goats, chickens & rabbits. It was a great time.. The baby goats were so used to being held they didn’t even flinch when the kids picked them up or petted them. We got to see a lamb being sheared and Ella & Jackson took a couple of laps around the arena on the horse.. All in all it was a great trip.
After a good ride home I could tell priss was getting a little antsy missing naps is not a good idea for us. The evening never ends well. After a few games of operation and candyland daddy was home.. Tag your it. They went outside and planted flowers for a while and needless to say savannah ended up wet. Which is bad for 2 reason’s… 1 she had already changed close once since we got home from the farm and 2 I knew as soon as she got wet she would want to change again. Let the battle begin. Reasoning with a 3 1/2 year old is useless. So up the stairs she went and up the stairs I went after her.
No you cannot wear your dress shoes outside you can wear your tennis shoe’s..
“I DON’T WANT TO WEAR THOSE SHOES”..
You can wear these shoes or stay in the house it’s your choice.
Hmmmp arms crossed lip poked out..
I headed downstairs only to hear her scream at the top of her lungs. Which I myself would like to do sometimes.. FYI.. At this point the line had been drawn and she has jumped waaaaayyyyyy over it.. So back up the stairs I go..I will spare the details but will say there were tears and early bath and off to bed. Why why why does she test??? I give her the world all she has to do is listen, be respectful and follow the rules.. OMG your life would be so easy!! Fake it.. I sure hope she catches on soon.. Although I will say even though I have to be the disciplinarian she still want’s to be with me all the time.. And even though we have these day’s the good far outweighs the bad.
I will leave you will a happy picture from earlier in the day..
Savannah & baby goat
I would also like to send out a prayer to all those affected by the Boston bombing today.. My heart go’s out to you all.
Well it’s hard to believe that in just 2 short months Savannah will be 4. Time to start planning the birthday party.. For weeks I have asked her what type of party she would like to have and for weeks she has said “Meg” she is the girl who is on the Disney Hercules movie.. REALLY?? all the princess’s and you want one that has NO decorations at all.. Ummm we need a plan B..
So as her birthday draws closer it seems I always reflect back to when I was pregnant and when Savannah was born. When they say time flies it really does. I can still remember those first 2 weeks of sleep deprivation and finally breaking down and calling my friend Lisa “NiNi” to come over and please hold Savannah while I sleep for 2 hours. Which ended up being 3. I seriously did not think I was going to make it but I did. And what an amazing journey it has been so far.
During my pregnancy I made the decision to leave my job after Savannah was born and be a Stay at home mom or SAHM for short. It has proven to be the hardest job I have ever had. Mom is 24/7 even when you say you are off you are still on… Sleeping with one eye open for the rest of your life. Mom’s job is never done and our hearts never rest. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world even on the bratty OMG what is wrong with you days. But from time to time we do need a break..
While I was pregnant I knew that I would eventually need a nanny to come in and care for Savannah so that I could get out of the house for 2-3 hours a day. I prayed every night for Savannah to have wisdom, Health and faith in God. I also prayed for that perfect someone to come into our lives who would love and care for Savannah as much as we do. I wanted someone who was bilingual so that she could teach Savannah spanish starting at an early age. I wanted someone who was a Loving, Kind Christian and had worked with children before. If you don’t believe that prayers are answered you have not met Mercy.
I started looking for someone when Savannah was around 6 months and one day I just happen to ask a friend if she knew of anyone that fit my criteria and she said yes my sister in law. I truly believe that God answered my prayers and sent us Mercy. She is the kindest most loving woman I have ever met. When I met Mercy for an interview she was teaching spanish part-time at a Christian school.. I couldn’t believe it. I was sold the moment I met her. Of course I checked her references and her background but it didn’t take me long to realize she was a gift.
Mercy has loved and cared for Savannah for the last 3 1/2 years. When Mercy is with her she doesn’t just sit her in front of a TV and go about her business she educates her. Savannah could count to 10 in spanish before she could english. I cannot say enough good things about this woman. And Savannah LOVES her. She cannot wait till Mercy comes back.
I have known for a while the older Savannah get’s the more she will go to school and the less we will need Mercy during the day. Well this breaks my heart because I always see Mercy a part of our life. I have told her that even though Savannah goes off to school I would still like for her to come and tutor Savannah and be in her life. And she has agreed.
Well this year Savannah will start pre-school 4 day’s a week and I knew that Mercy had been looking for a job and today she told me that she had interviewed for a position at a pre-school and they loved her and wanted her to start as soon as possible. I knew this day would come but it didn’t make it any easier. WE LOVE HER.. and it was all I could do not to let her hear me cry. Mercy only comes 2 days a week now so it’s not that I will miss the help so much as I will miss her. I am sad that Savannah will not get to see her twice a week and I am sad that time has flown so fast. So as the tears start to fill my eyes again I am sad that the woman who has LOVED my child with all her heart will not be here on a regular basis.
I have always told Mercy that even though Savannah will grow and get older I always see Mercy as a part of our life and I pray that will always be.
Mercy & Savannah
Dance class for savannah (which she pouted through until they bribed her with candy)
Lunch with the make a wish foundation where I have been asked to be an inaugural member of “wish” I will explain more later
Cortisone shot in the shoulder. Not pleasant but hoping worth it.
Dinner with Jeff and savannah at illios noches. The best part of the day. Especially when Jeff and I were talking and savannah put her arm around my neck and said “I love you mommy” unsolicited I love you’s are the best.