Wednesday, April 28, 2010

in the car

Bella: Hey Micah, guess what, Jesus loves you.

Micah: Yep and he loves you.

Bella: Yep

Micah: and God loves us too.

Bella: Yep Jesus and God.

** Small bodies but BIG faith. It made my heart happy. Thank you God (and Jesus) for loving us all!

Monday, April 26, 2010

botanical gardens

On Thursday we headed to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. My parents are HUGE gardeners and I love flowers, though I kill most of them, so I thought this would be a fun field trip. It was Earth Day so the tickets were buy one get one (sweet!) and there were also fun handsish on exhibits for kids too. The first one were a frog talk. That thing was huge! The second one was a box full of worms. Very fitting since my dad calls all children worms and relates everything they do, say or eat with worms.

The actual gardens were just beautiful. We started in the rose garden, ventured through the herbs, and did a music activity on the lawn. They had lots of instruments for the kids to play make out of various woods and some were filled with seeds to make different noises.

We spent a lot of time in the conservatory walking through the jungle, dessert and orchid exhibit. It was pretty wet and humid in there! We even spotted a turtle among the plants in the jungle. He didn't look super happy to be there.

Our last stop was the Children's Garden. They had this amazing Chinese Fringe Tree on the bridge to get there. LOVED IT! Micah walked through the life cycle of a butterfly, went down the slide, dug in the sand for dinosaur fossils, walked under a waterfall, played in the treehouse, and splashed in the sunflower sprinkler.

This is definitely on the top of my faves list for Atlanta family spots. It was beautiful, relaxing, spacious, quiet and fun. Will DEFINITELY be visiting again!

boys night at the braves game

My parents and brother came to visit for a couple days last week. Mama and I had plans to go to my Women's group dinner so the boys (minus Connor) decided they would go to the Braves/Phillies game. Micah had only been to one game before but he was only 18 months old and it was REALLY HOT so we were only there about 3 innings so Zach was excited about giving Micah his (kinda) first Turner Field experience.

I don't know what it is about being around Papa but it makes everyone goofier! After eating a hotdog and his promised box of popcorn Micah lasted in the stands about 2 innings :)

When the restlessness began Zach to Micah up to an area on the side to see the coke bottle, the HUGE Chick-fil-a cow, and to run the base path. These is pretty much how they spent innings 3-7!!

They watched the bottom of the ninth while walking out of the stadium and grabbed a couple pics on the way.

I know Micah had a great time because when he got home he was deliriously awake and telling mama and I all about it. The next morning, as soon as he woke up, he said, "I need to go to Bella's house so I can tell her and Leslie I did have fun at the game."

Great Boys Night!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

word of advice

Just to let you know, when you make muffins for breakfast make sure you put the cap on the vegetable oil back TIGHTLY otherwise your 11 month old might find it later that night, dump it out on the kitchen floor, and swim it in therefore needing his second bath in 20 minutes.

Zach was washing dishes and by the time he turned back around he saw this mess and yelled for me to come look. I stood there with my mouth open while Zach was doubled over in laughter and Micah was yelling "Connor don't do that. Mama look what Connor's doing." was fun.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

sunday song

Beautiful Jesus
Kristian Stanfill

Your love, oh God
Displayed for us
As crimson covered
Over sinless hands
Your majesty
For all to see
In raging storms and quiet cloudless days

Beautiful Jesus
Beautiful Savior
Nothing is greater, briliant Creator
Friend of mine

You're powerful
Above this world
The universe is under your command

Your glory shines
A holy light
That leads our hearts to praise
Your holy name is on our lips

Beautiful Jesus
Beautiful Savior
Nothing is greater, briliant Creator
Friend of mine
Perfect in power
Matchless in glory
Nothing is greater, brilliant Creator
Friend of mine

My lips will sing
My heart will bring
Praise to you, the holy King
My lips will sing
My heart will bring
Praise to you, holy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

view from above

Connor loves his mama. By this I mean (while yes of course he loves me) he loves to be wherever I am and wants to be held whenever he can. When he is playing contentedly by himself I try my hardest not to make eye contact because I know that means he is going to crawl as fast as he can to wherever I am. I don't mind really unless I'm cooking dinner or something and there are things I am doing that he just doesn't need to touch. One day crawling to me might be the last thing on his mind so I'll take it while I can get it. So in the meantime I'll just enjoy this view from above that lets me know I am wanted and needed.

On another note my baby boy can stand up and yesterday he took 2 steps to stephanie. We practiced a little bit more and I got him to take one or two more to me. CRAZY. He's so big!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

what doesn't belong 2

So awhile I go I shared 3 pictures and asked you to name what didn't belong in each one. My friend from college, Tara, guessed it right first. Tara you cracked Zach up when you called out Silas by name! The three things were 1 the car on Micah's cup 2 Silas under the exersaucer and 3 the blue dye all around Connor's mouth.

I have another one to share today but I'll just tell you instead of making you guess.

Do you see it? Last week Micah and I went to Children's Place to get him the last few warm weather items he would need. They had flip flops or slip slops as he calls them 2/$5.00 so we got red soled ones and blue soled ones (he picked). According to my brilliant boy he likes red and blue so why wouldn't he just wear them both at the same time.

He's a fashion pioneer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

savannah: day 2

We started off the day seeing this FABULOUS view from our window. Notice the big red and white boat in the background. Micah stared at it all morning.

The first stop was River Street Sweets! Candy for breakfast!! Zach and Micah spent a looonnnngggg time at the candy bins picking out exactly how much of each thing to get. Then they spent the rest of the morning eating almost all of it.

We fulfilled our promise to Micah and let him run in the water. As we kind of expected he did it once got kinda of wet and then just walked around them. Zach ran through with him a couple times though and that was pretty darn sweet if you ask me.

For lunch we went to the Pirate House. This was our plan all along because we though Micah would love it however, as soon as we told him we were going there he informed us that he didn't want to eat with the Pirates. We went anyway and as we pulled up in the parking lot he said "This IS the Pirate House." Not quite sure how he knew it but we convinced him it was the Boat House and not the Pirate House and he seemed to be ok with that. He had a great time look at all the ships and actually ate which is a big deal lately. Connor pigged out on the Souther buffet with Zach and myself. It was YUM-O.

The last stop before we went home was the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Again we assumed Micah would LOVE looking at all the trains. We did not anticipate him FREAKING out when the train blew it's whistle. He seriously melted every time he heard it. Zach and I were great parents and calmed him down every time but we did secretly laugh at his cute pitifulness. He really enjoyed the electric train track and the other miniatures in the landscape. But sadly whenever we got near one of the big trains he yelled "DON'T TURN IT ON!! I don't think he was too scarred by the experience since he talked all about it as soon as we got back in the car.

This was a fantastic weekend. We successfully made it through our first vacation and had a great time doing it!

savannah: day 1

We were going to Statesboro last Thursday for our brother in law's Senior Composition Recital at GSU (Big Deal!) and since it's only 45 minutes from Savannah decided to take our first mini family vacation. We left from the 'boro early Friday morning. Zach's parents, Joel, Katie and Christopher came down for the morning/afternoon also. We walked through a few squares on the way to River Street and then walked along the river for a bit. We spent most of the time together in Forsythe Park (BEAutiful!) having a picnic, playing on the playground and enjoying the beautiful azaleas and of course the fountain.

After Zach's family left we put the boys in the car and drove around the city, across the bridge, and then all the way to Tybee and back so that the boys could get their nap in. At 4 we were able to check in to our hotel. We had a great view and the boys were big fans of staring out the window at the boats and the bridge. We got in some swim time before heading back out to walk around and eat dinner.

We went to the City Market area to eat and then spent the rest of the evening at the fountains there. Micah wanted to run in the water so badly but it was chilly outside so we PROMISED him he could do it the next day when the sun was out.

We headed back to the room around 8:30. I can't say that it was the best nights sleep I have ever gotten but it certainly wasn't the worst!