Monday, November 17, 2014

{His} smile......



Jude had his lip repaired on October 29th.

Look at his wonderful "new" smile!!!



I'm amazed.



I'm thankful.



It's beautiful.



BUT.

I do miss his "first" smile.



Pure joy!



His big wide, adorable smile.


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!! And I MISS, MISS, MISS it!



And you know what?

I must confess, I was nervous, afraid of his "first" smile.

I worried about his "first" smile for months before I met him.

I didn't know what to expect.  I didn't want people to stare...to judge...to...oh, I don't know.....

I.Don't.Know.
I just don't know.....
What in the world was I so afraid of?????

THEN.
I.
MET.
HIM.

And EVERYTHING changed.
No fear.
Only love!

Those first - tentative "first" smiles.....while we were in China.....



Oh my!


Be still my heart!



Now.

He has THIS smile....



A sweet "new" smile.



A smile I can hardly resist.




That "first" smile.....it melted my heart.



This "new" smile?
Melts my heart FOREVER!





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of School


Yep, it's another 'first day of school'......

I'm filled with all kinds of emotions.


Like:

*Wow, summer is over????  Wait, how did that happen?

*Finally. School has started.  

*I'm going to miss our lazy, unscheduled days of just doing whatever, whenever.

*The girls really need some structure. (I really need some structure!)


Sigh.

My little girlies are growing up on me.

They didn't even want to have their backpacks in their "first day of school" picture.
What is this world coming to?
I love their backpacks!

Shea is in 4th grade this year.
She scampered off to her class and didn't even need me to help her......with anything! For shame!
At least she let me take a picture of her.
As you can tell she wasn't thrilled with the idea.


Avery is in third grade.
She gladly accepted my help!
Made this momma happy.


My second round of kiddos seems to be growing up on me.  (How does that keep happening???)
I really missed them today.


Good thing I have "round three" to keep my days filled.
My grandson and my youngest son.
2 two year olds.
Yep.
They keep me hopping.
And I love it!


By the way, these two little bubbas are NOT growing up.
Just saying....



Sunday, July 20, 2014

These Two!



These Two.... Oh, the joy they bring me!


It's the simple things.....
Like their "after lunch Lolli-pops".  Or as Archer calls them: Suckuuuurs.


My grand-baby, Archer and my sweet baby boy, Jude.....

Uncle and nephew.
Pals.  
Fearsome Twosome.
Conspirators.

Friends forever!


This Mommy/Mimi thinks These Two are priceless!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A little swim time.....



*Forgot to post this.  Lately, that is how I roll.  Our "swim time" happened in June.  Since then, it has been literally too cold to go swimming.


It was finally warm enough *kinda* to visit our local swimming pool.

We like to go after dinner, the crowd usually thins out at this time of the day.

We pretty much get the whole pool to ourselves!

Jude LOVES to take a bath so I was hoping he would enjoy the big ole "bathtub" outside.

And yep.  He certainly enjoyed himself.





Then he got cold!


Time to wrap up and get warm....


Love my little penguin!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Playing at the Mall



We went to the mall the other day.

Faith (my oldest daughter) and Archer (her son).
Shea, Avery, Jude and me.

Just did a little shopping.....a little eating.....and a little playing!

Our mall has a small play area.  Faith suggested that we let the kids, mainly boys play there for a bit.
I wasn't so sure.....  Jude had only been home a few weeks......

What the heck.  Let's have a go at it.

This was the first time that Archer and Jude would actually "play" together, hmmmmm???

And y'all know that Jude is only a few months older than my grandson, right?
Jude is Archer's uncle.
Interesting to say the least.  ;)

Archer is a whirlwind.  He is fast on his feet.  He is confident.  He is so stinking cute!

Jude (for now) is very tentative.  Kinda wobbles when he walks.  He is cautious and careful.  He, too, is so stinking cute!

And off they went!

Fearless Archer followed by shaky Jude.



This may have been Jude's first time going down a slide.


C'mon Dude, I'll wait for you.....


But only for a second.....


Left in the dust again.


It was so much fun watching these two run, climb, and play!

I think Jude had a ball!



I am one blessed Mommy/Mimi!!!