Well, I say this is day 2…day 2 for the third time :). I think we are going to make it this time, though! Today we were in underwear or pull-ups (when we were out) the whole day, and the only accidents he had were #2 accidents….he never went #2 on the potty at all today, which is weird, because he has done that a hundred times….oh well- he still added a BUNCH of stickers to the potty chart today! We are still not to the point of him telling me he has to go yet, but we will get there. I am DETERMINED to have this kid out of diapers by the time I go back to school! :)
Yep, the one with the adorable dimples…..
And super mischievous grin….
And the perfect blue eyes…..
Yep, that one……got TWELVE stickers on his potty chart today!! Plus, only had two accidents the entire time he was wearing underwear (about 6 hours). I’ll take it! :)
It’s official. I have a FIVE year old. How did that happen?! I thought Josie was absolutely going to burst with excitement yesterday. She has literally been looking forward to being five since she was three years old, no exaggeration. I just hope being five lives up to her expectations! :)
We started out the birthday day with our annual birthday breakfast. We always let her pick what she wants for breakfast, and then we put candles in whatever that is, and sing Happy Birthday.
This year (like every single year) she picked chocolate donuts! :)
Jack is a total photo bomber
Jack had to get in on the blowing action, too.
We let Jack give her his present at breakfast. It was a framed picture of she and him (this was actually something she put on her birthday list!). She was so excited about it!
After breakfast we hurried off to church. I think she told every person she got near that it was her birthday :). Our sweet music leader even sang Happy Birthday to her during the kids catechism time.
After church we hurried home to eat lunch so we could get everything ready for a very special birthday party.
My big five year old…..and another photo bomber Jack picture.
Fun fact: this is the birthday dress Ta smocked ME for my five year old birthday! Josie loved it because it was purple, so it worked out just perfect for her to be able to wear it for her five year old birthday, too. :)
When Josie told me she wanted a gymnastics birthday cake, I had no clue WHAT I was going to do…so I searched the internet, and finally came across instructions for just using a silhouette and white chocolate….I’m not sure anyone else could tell what this was supposed to be (a gymnast on a beam, doing a handstand)…..but Josie was thrilled, which is all that matters! :)
The wind is always blowing so hard at Josie’s birthday parties, and balloons always end up blowing away, so instead I got out the paper lanterns from Josie’s first birthday-and she was SO thrilled! :) It doesn’t take much to excited my sweet girl.
She was SO excited about the pink and white table cloth!
Lots of pink and purple for the birthday girl!
Josie gave Abby and Katie Ann a tour of our garden. :) She is for sure going to be a tour guide at some point in her adult life….
Time to sing Happy Birthday!
And this is the last picture we have of the candle-blowing, because the wind was blowing too hard to light the candles, so we ended up stepping just inside the door of the house to let her blow them out. :)
Enjoying some chocolate cake…
At some point, Jack *might* have been running around in just shoes and a diaper….
Princess towel! (Are we noticing a theme here?)
Her very own purple ukulele!
And her reaction when she saw what Pappy was pulling out of his truck for her…
A new, (very much needed!) big girl bike!!
Playing with a new LaLa Loopsy doll-she officially started a La La Loopsy collection yesterday! (A La La Loopsy doll was basically the only thing she put on her birthday list)
Uncle Chad and Nana
Pretty ladies :)
Ta and Justin…
Riding her new big girl bike!
She looks TOO big in this picture!
The party was a huge success with the birthday girl. We have pretty simple, laid back parties around here-just cake and icecream and family, but they are always a big hit with the kiddos, so that is all that matters. :)
Happy Birthday, Josie!!
Instead of buying presents for our kiddos, we decided last year that we would take them on birthday dates instead. Just me, Jake, and the birthday kid, and we would take them to do a special activity and to a special restaurant.
This year we kept Josie’s birthday date destination a complete surprise to her-she didn’t know where we were going until we pulled in. :) We went Saturday, the day before her birthday. First we dropped Jack off at Grammy and Pappy’s, and then hit the road to the Adventure Science Center. Josie had never been before, and she was amazed by everything (of course!). We even got to see a planetarium show, which was also Josie’s first time to see a movie on a big screen (she has always been so scared of movies she’s never seen, that we’ve never taken her to the movie theater!). She also said that was her favorite part. We climbed all the way up into the big tower they have, and then Josie went down the big slide at least a dozen times. She loved the big walk-on piano, and she was fascinated by all the different mazes they had set up. Another favorite thing was shooting a rocket.
Going through one of the mazes…
Funny house mirror…
How does a car work?
She loved this thing-a pipe organ
Waiting on the planetarium show….
Watching the planetarium show…she totally ended up in my lap when it started, and remained there the entire time :)
At the very top of the tower.
The Magic School Bus!
She was having such a good time that she did not want to leave! I finally caved and told her where we were going for lunch (Rainforest Cafe), and she was so excited about that she finally decided she was done :).
On the way over to Opry Mills, I called to check on Jack, and this is what I got in reply. :) I think he enjoyed his day just fine!
We had never been to the Rainforest, but Josie has asked me a few times about going, so we thought it was the perfect occasion for it. Josie was thrilled with the whole thing-she loved the animals moving best of all, and she wasn’t scared of the “storm” a bit (I was afraid she might be).
I LOVE this picture…they are ALWAYS playing around and teasing each other-Josie is such a Daddy’s girl, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
After we left Rainforest, we decided the birthday girl needed some dessert…..and Sweet CeCe’s is always our favorite choice for dessert! :)
It was such a sweet, good little day with our precious little girl. :) It’s good to have one-on-one time with just her sometimes, and that doesn’t happen very often at all. She definitely had a good day!
To the best husband and father to my children the Lord could ever bless me with. Every time I see my husband wipe our children’s faces, or help them get their shoes on, or play hide and go seek, or read bedtime stories, I fall a little more in love with this wonderful man I get to call mine til death do us part.
When I first started writing these monthly letters to you, I thought I would probably stop when you turned five. At the time, that seemed liked AGES away…..and now, I am looking back, wondering how the time has flown so quickly! Baby girl, you are FIVE years old. That is such a huge milestone! And right before our eyes, you are getting big, and not just physically. You are doing all of these things that officially puts you in the “big girl” category. In just this past month, you had your official last day of preschool and graduated from preschool; you learned to ride your bike without training wheels; Mommy registered you for kindergarten; you got promoted to the “Gym 1” (the big girls’ class!) in gymnastics; you had your five year old well check; you started your THIRD year of swimming lessons; you don’t really like to hold my hand in public anymore…. You are losing those last glimpses of “baby” and I am seeing more and more glimpses of what our future might hold with a “school-ager.”
Preschool has been amazing for you, because not only have you learned a lot about school, and math, and reading, and how to get along with others, it has also helped you overcome so many of your fears. You are so much more brave than you used to be. You aren’t afraid to watch movies anymore (as long as someone is watching with you), you will climb all over playground equipment and bouncy houses without any help, and you don’t run and hide when a story gets kind of scary. You aren’t scared of learning to do new things; instead, now you embrace them, and are excited about doing something new. You are also learning what it means to be a friend, and how to know when someone is not being very nice. You have learned to form your own opinion about things, and not just go with what someone tells you.
Josie, you are such a sweet, fun-loving, always glass-half full kind of girl. You are excited and amazed by life in general. You have this amazing spirit and life about you, and you light up a room just by walking into it. You love God, and are learning more and more about what that means for you. You have an insatiable curiosity, and are constantly asking us what words mean, or what something is, or why something happens. You are an awesome big sister, cousin, and friend. You are an extremely social little girl, and if you had it your way, you would be surrounded by people at all times. You are your happiest when we are in the car, on the way to some big gathering of people-no matter what it is for!
Some of your favorites at five years old:
-Foods: Nutella sandwiches, scrambled eggs, anything that can be labeled “azert” (dessert), hamburgers, tacos, strawberries, cereal, spaghetti
-Things to do: Math, cooking with Mommy, helping in the garden, spending the night with Grammy/Nana/Mee-Maw, riding your bike, painting or doing any kind of craft, reading books (or having a book READ to you!), snuggling with your Daddy, camping, swimming, swinging, gymnastics, camping, playing tea party, going to real parties, going to church and community group, eating at restaurants
Baby girl, I am so blessed to be the one you call Mamma, and I am so amazingly proud of you. These last five years have been absolutely priceless, and I don’t even have the words to explain how glad I am to have gotten to experience them with you. Happy Birthday!!
I love you,
Lots of birthday posts, FAther’s Day posts, etc coming tomorrow….but right now, I must rest, because I am falling asleep at the computer trying to post….
-To love God, and to live that love boldly and fearlessly.
-Worship is not confined to the four walls of a church building.
-Black Sharpie markers are a vital necessity.
-To say yes mam, no mam, and yes sir, no sir
-To always respect my elders.
-To never do things halfway, and to always finish what you start, and everything you do, do it to the best of your ability.
-Family should always come first.
-You love your family always, even when they make you mad, treat you unfairly, or do something you don’t agree with.
-A love for the outdoors and nature that can’t be topped by anything else.
-To always write on the backs of pictures you take, and keep them organized so you can find them when you want them.
-“Family” is not only defined by those who have your same blood.
-One of the best places in the world to be is on a boat, on a lake, on a hot summer day.
-The best rest is sitting on a porch swing with a cold drink after working hard all day.
-It’s not a bad thing to show affection to your spouse in front of your kids-in fact, it’s a good thing!!
-If you are able, always pitch in and help. Be a volunteer.
-Chocolate donuts, Little Debbie’s, ice cream, and chocolate pie or brownies are a perfectly acceptable snack, any time of the day….as long as your willing to run it off later. :)
-A healthy fear of snakes.
-A love for John Wayne movies I’ll never be able to explain.
-Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.
-To ALWAYS take care of your things.
-To drive a boat, and the fact that this skill is necessary to life. :)
-Respect others, and more than likely, they will respect you.
-Just because you want something, does not mean you NEED it.
-There’s nothing better than a good cartoon.
-To always use the “laser” rule when using guns.
-To respect dogs for what they are-animals who do NOT have the same reasoning and brains as humans.
- The junkier the antique store, the better luck you’ll have :).
-I am special, just because I am me.
Daddy, thank you for teaching me all these things, plus so, SO much more that I cannot even list it all. You have taught me more than I could ever learn myself in an entire lifetime.
I love you,
This has been a WHIRLWIND of a week. Between swim lessons every day, VBS every night, and various inservices, doctor’s appointments, running dates, and errands, I feel like we haven’t stopped! Hence the lack of blogging….so here are some of the pics I have taken throughout the week…. (now don’t get me wrong-we had an AWESOME week…just kinda crazy :)!)
On Monday we went to my friend Megan’s house to help her pack, because they are moving pretty soon. The kiddos had a BLAST playing with her kids (she has 4). They were having a “meeting” in the clubhouse :).
Josie started swim lessons this week with Mrs. Pam. She is already doing so much better than even last year, but she is really scared of getting her face wet/going under. She hates when Mrs. Pam lets go of her hand. She is a pro at swimming with her kickboard, though!
Josie, swimming down and back all by herself on the kickboard.
Swimming with Mrs. Pam…
One day after swimming, we stopped by Mee-Maw’s because the cousins were there, and they had a blast playing with Carley and Abby and “Maffew” (as Jack calls him)
On Tuesday, Josie had her first official “Gym 1” gymnastics class. She and Raegan were SO excited to be a part of the big girls class, and to get to do things on the real bars, beam, and floor. They were really starting to get bored in the other class, but no way are they going to get bored, now! These teachers kept them moving the entire time, and really challenged them and taught them some true gymnastic skills. Yay!
Stretching with all the big girls-she is the one in the turquoise tank.
All lined up…
Jack, making mischief while Josie was in class…
Getting to use the REAL bar!
Jessi and I ran a total of 11 miles this week, which puts our total at 21.2 for the month-more than halfway to our goal! :) And yes, this is a picture of our shoes, because we were WAY to sweaty nasty to take pictures after our run on Wednesday-it was HOT!
Wednesday night the kiddos went home to spend the night with Grammy and Pappy after VBS. When I went to pick them up on Thursday morning, they just HAD to go in the creek before we left-they hate to miss a chance to go wading!
Chad was there, working on the gun range, and Jack is SO fascinated with his “monk-monk” truck!
At CiCi’s Pizza before her well check on Thursday
Jack actually EATING for once!
Jack eating with his class at VBS…
He said, “Gammy, turn upside down so my can get the last drop!” That boy….
The kiddos love when Jessi and I meet at Garner Street Park to run on the greenway, because it means they get to play on the playground when we get done :).
Now to get ready for this birthday extravaganza weekend….tomorrow, birthday date, Sunday-party. :)
Yesterday Josie had her 5 year old well check…I know, I canNOT believe she is old enough for that. But she is. So.
Anyways, it went really well. She passed her hearing and vision tests with flying colors, and everything else was normal. She is 40 lbs (56%tile) and 41 3/4 inches (41%tile). I am still always so amazed when they tell me how perfectly in the middle/normal her height and weight is, after all the growing issues we had when she was a baby. That is a WHOLE lot of prayers answered. :) She had to get 3 shots and a finger prick, but she was really brave, so we of course had to get milk shakes afterwards. Shots= special treats at our house!
She was the most excited when Dr. E told her that she could officially start kindergarten now. She told that to everyone she saw, for the rest of the night!
I sometimes wonder how it is possible for such a little tiny boy to have such a HUGE personality. Because little boy, you are full of personality-it is just oozing out of that big teethy smile and those precious dimples. You can hear it in every little evil laugh and giggle, and just see it in those mischievous eyes. I never knew I could love one little boy so very very much….but I love you so much my heart could burst-quite literally. You are a Mamma’s boy, through and through, but you want to be just like your Daddy, and you mimic pretty much everything he does. You are also a big-time sister mimic. You have to do EVERY THING that Josie does, and just exactly the way she did it or said it. There is never a dull (or quiet!) moment at our house!
Here’s what you’ve been up to….
-We went camping at Dale Hollow Dam. You actually got to go up early with Nana and Shshr. You loved every minute of camping, and definitely didn’t want to go home. You probably rode a thousand miles on your little bike, and you got really good at balancing and riding without your feet on the ground. You had fun playing trucks with Greyson, and you loved seeing all the fish at the fish hatchery.
-You said your very first memory verse for your teachers at Sunday School “Children, obey your parents, for this is right. ” You always put a special emphasis on “this is right!” So precious.
-You rode Uncle Andy’s four wheeler with Pappy and you were absolutely FASCINATED with every single part of it, and had to know what every little part was for.
-You got to swim for the first time of the season at our community group party. It was really cold, so you didn’t want to stay in long, but you did go down the slide and jump off the diving board.
-We went to the Springfield library and you had a lot of fun picking out your very own books to take home.
-You had two playdates-one with “Maffew” at Mee-Maw’s, and one with Jude at his house. You love to play with both of those boys!
-You went to VBS at Grammy and Pappy’s church, and did great going to class. You even won the “smile” award one night for having the biggest smile!
-Your MOST favorite thing right is “monk-monk” (monster) trucks. You consider any vehicle with big wheels a monk-monk truck, especially Daddy’s truck.
-You are very independent. You want to do everything by “mysels”-buckling your car seat, climbing in the car, putting your top on your cup, getting your shoes on, climbing in the bathtub, brushing your teeth, turning your lamp off, etc. Sometimes this is good….sometimes this is NOT good, and causes some fights. :)
-Pottying is hit-or-miss…sometimes you are really interested, and will go several times, and other days I can’t get you to sit on the potty at all. You are just a stubborn little thing!
-You still do not eat hardly at all. When you do actually eat, some of your faves are grapes, animal crackers, strawberries, sausage, muffins, popcorn, croutons, and sunflower seeds. You are absolutely a milk-a-holic. You will even pick milk over ice cream.
-You ALWAYS want me to lay with you before naps or bedtime. Sometimes I will, and you just snuggle up to me, and want me to “pat-pat” You really do love to cuddle. You also still love to have receiving blankets to sleep with.
-You love bandaids, which is good, because you ALWAYS have some kind of cut, scratch or bruise. When I put one one you, you always say “That feel much better now!”
-You LOVE to be outside. You like to ride your bike or scooter, “mow” with your little push mower, blow bubbles, swing, dig holes, play with your trucks, hit balls with a bat, chase the bunny that lives under our barn…..as long as you are outside, you are happy. Probably your favorite thing to do is ride the lawn mower with Daddy (NOT while he is mowing) or help him “drive” his truck.
-Favorite indoor activities: Playing on the “iPat;” trains/trucks, Legos, play dough, puzzles, playing doctor with Josie and/or Daddy, chasing Josie around, playing “soup-soup heros!”; ”pick show?” (watching a tv show), helping Mommy cook, reading books! (Your favorite book this month is “Little Monkey Lost”)
-You are talking up an absolute storm now! I love how you say “oss” (off) and “jes” (yes). You said your longest sentence: “Jes, you are going to chase that bunny!” (to Daddy). You also love to sing along with the radio, or Mommy, or Josie, and you even make up little songs sometimes.
Little boy, sometimes I wish I could just bottle you up, and keep you this little forever. You are the perfect mix of “big boy” and baby. You are at such a precious little age, and you are just so much FUN. I love you to pieces,