Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Way Back Whensday #1

Last week, I spent several hours copying all of my picture and video files to DVDs. There are thousands of pictures on my computer and I am a happy girl to know that they are all now safely backed up - twice (one set to keep here and one to keep at my mom's house).

In the process, I took the time to look through old pictures and watch videos from when the kids were younger. It was amazing - I loved the walk down memory lane and I thought it would be fun to share it with you!

I've seen this Way Back Whensday idea on other blogs and loved the concept. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I'm going to copy this great idea!

Check back each Wednesday for old pictures or video of the kids - I promise it won't disappoint!

This video is from April of 2006. Drew was 2 1/2 years old and Abby was 1.

The next video is much shorter, but I had to share it because I just love his sweet voice as he says "uh-oh."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fruit Or Vegetable?

That was the raging debate at our house last Saturday as we carved pumpkins.

And by raging debate, I really just mean that it came up in conversation. Sometimes I feel as if I should try to add a little drama to the blog, okay?

Anyway, Matt and I said fruit. Anna and Kyle said vegetable. Google would provide the answer, but it was nice to see that the couples were sticking together on this important issue.

The only reason I didn't know the answer immediately is because I make it a point to know nothing about pumpkins. I don't want to be responsible for picking one out, scooping out the insides, or carving it. I don't want to know that it will rot on your front porch within 24 hours and bugs will start flying around it and then your kids will ask a few times each subsequent day about where the pumpkin went and why, again, did we have to throw it away?

And, no, I don't want to roast the seeds, make soup, or some pumpkin bread. And, I've never in my life tasted pumpkin pie. I just don't see the appeal, you know, like the rest of America does.

The one thing I do like is watching my children enjoy themselves and then taking pictures of all that enjoyment. Now, that is fun!

First, we had to go to the pumpkin patch to pick out just the right pumpkin...

We looked around for less than a minute and then Matt reached down and picked up a perfectly sized and shaped pumpkin. I could tell he was proud of himself and thinking maybe, just maybe, we could pay for our pumpkin and head home.

Instead, we paid for the pumpkin, put it in the car, and went back to the pumpkin patch for all the photo opportunities!

Finally, it was time to carve pumpkins!

Aunt Anna and Kyle (some dude that hangs around my sister all the time) joined us for all the fun. Anna had Kyle get a pumpkin carving kit before he came over and it turned out to be so helpful! The tools were great and made the carving so much easier.

He also brought over lots of beer, but that doesn't really seem relevant to the story, does it?

Check out Drew's face in this next picture. He was not impressed when the top of that pumpkin came off. In fact, he was completely disgusted with the way it looked and smelled. I can't blame him on the smell thing though - it did smell awful. He ran away from the table and busied himself with some Star Wars toys until the insides were all scraped out.

That boy is just like his mama.

Abby, on the other hand, was undeterred. She dug into that pumpkin with great enthusiasm! She had a blast, but she did continually comment on the insides as she scooped them out. She would hold up a spoon full of pumpkin and say, "Eeeewww, gross. This is disgusting. Yuck." And she would make this awful face as she dumped the pumpkin guts into a bowl. Then she would get a huge smile on her face as she nearly put her head back in the pumpkin to repeat the entire process.

She is a funny kid.

We convinced Drew to come back to watch Daddy carve the face. Abby continued to dutifully stir her pumpkin seeds.

And here are the finished products!

Aunt Anna and Kyle's -

And our jack-0-lantern-

Great job, honey!

And, by the way, a pumpkin is a fruit.

Don't say I never taught you anything...

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Look who had a BIG hit in today's game and earned himself the game ball -

We are so proud of our Drew!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


My mother-in-law's birthday is next month and she is also turning 60. She and my father-in-law are retired and living the good life - they've truly earned it. Right now, they are on a Mediterranean cruise enjoying an amazing vacation before their 4th grandchild is born next month.

It doesn't get much better than that.

But, last weekend, we were successful in surprising her with a birthday celebration -

It was Joe's idea, and then Denise did a fabulous job planning and hosting the party (all the while growing that sweet, aforementioned grandchild). Mom was completely surprised and that made it all the more fun.

Here are Denise, Matt, and Joe before the party. They couldn't wait to surprise their mom.

I'd be shocked, though, if anyone had more fun than these cousins! Oh, how they love each other! They played so sweetly together and my kids are so excited that baby Ryan is getting older (he turned 2 on Monday) and now he can talk and play with them. Abby said more than once that she really likes Tampa and thinks we should move there. I think cousin Ryan has a lot to do with that!

Here is Mom with her sisters. I've never seen a closer group of women. They are best friends and they sure know how to have fun!

Joanna and Christina (Matt's cousins) had so much fun with the kids - especially Abby. And they were so nice to me and said such sweet things about the blog. It was really great to spend some time with them.

Me and my sweetie -

Here are some more party pictures -

Matt had a great idea for a tribute to mom. Denise, Matt, and Joe came up with a list of 20 things they love/appreciate about their mom. Each shared their 20 (totalling 60) with the group and it was a really sweet and emotional moment. I can't even imagine how wonderful it must have felt for her to be able to hear her children describe what a difference she has made in their lives.

Here are two parents who love their children immensely and have always put family first.

You can't ask for better role models than that.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Big 6-0!

My dad turned 60 last week.

Birthdays are very important and we love celebrating them - especially big ones like 60.

However, every year we celebrate with my dad is even more special considering the fact that four years ago he bravely fought his way through stage 3 esophageal cancer.

And, now, he's about as healthy as a person can be.

Of course, that doesn't mean the man doesn't need help blowing out his birthday candles - that's what grandchildren are for!

Or need help opening his presents - once again, the grandkids save the day!

A popcorn machine?

I guess this is what you get the guy that has everything!

Or you could give him this...

Because I think those grandkids are his favorite present of all!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Live Action!

Drew had another game tonight and this time I took some video of my little baseball star.

Who needs the tee?

Not Drew! Here he goes to second base - I just love watching him run!

He loves to "score points" for his team! Watch him pat the other player on the head after he scores his run. I could just eat him up with a spoon...

Aunt Anna and I headed to the dugout to congratulate him. He was telling all his buddies, "I scored a point for our team...for the Tar Heels...I scored a point for us!" They all high-fived him and jumped up and down with excitement.

Drew had lots of fans watching him tonight - Grams, Uncle Joe, Kelly, Aunt Anna, Kyle, and Uncle Adam. The same Adam who was well known for hitting home runs on this very field many years ago!

Whoops - did we forget someone?

There's my girl! She had so much fun tonight with her people. She took turns playing with everyone - she's quite the charmer when she wants to be! And, she sure didn't want to be left out of Drew's fun picture.

The lighting in this next video is awful (it was dark outside after the game) but I love his precious voice!

I love that our family comes out to support this little guy.

He yells from the field, "Hey mama, everyone, cheer for the Tar Heels!"

We all cheer loudly and he beams with pride.

It's a fun thing to watch... if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Baseball is in full swing around here.

Get it?

Full swing?

That's the best I can do for an intro after sorting through 300 pictures of Drew playing baseball.

So, let's just get on with the photo fun -

Matt is an assistant coach for the team. He's so good with the kids, and Drew just loves that his daddy is a coach!

Drew's team is the UNC Tar Heels. We're actually pretty happy about that. Of course, our first choice was the Gators, but we played them in the first game and let's just say that team appears to have some experience and leave it at that.

We were happy with the Tar Heels for several reasons. First of all, I wouldn't have been able to take Drew's picture if he was wearing a Seminole or Hurricanes outfit.

I'm sorry if that makes me a bad mom, but it's true.

Secondly, Matt often travels to North Carolina for work and he really likes that area and the people there. In fact, one of his co-workers sent us a Tar Heel magnet for the car when she heard about Drew's team name. How sweet is that? Drew never forgets to put it on the car!

Here's my sweetie getting ready to bat. He was checking out all his fans in the bleachers.

Abby and Sherilyn were excellent cheerleaders - they were so excited for Drew!

Also in attendance was Grams, Uncle Austin, Aunt Anna, Kyle, and the entire Patterson family! Uncle Adam surely would have been there if only I had remembered to tell him about the game - whoops! He's coming this week though and Uncle Joe came to watch Drew last week. In fact, Uncle Joe was able to see Drew hit a double without the tee!

Clearly, my boy has some fans.

Ok. Here's how it went down for this game.

Daddy and Drew are watching the play before Drew's turn at bat.

Getting a little help with his form...

Ready for the pitch!

At this age they get 5 pitches from the coach and if they don't get a hit then they get an opportunity to hit it off the tee.

Here's Drew running to first base!

He's safe!

Getting a little instruction from one of the coaches - I think he's making sure Drew knows to run to second base.

And there he goes!

And, on and on and so forth and so on to the tune of 300 pictures. Drew on each and every base, running to each base, scoring runs, in the dugout, at bat, in the field, and all his fans cheering him on.

He has been amazing! We are so proud of how much he is improving with each practice and he has such a positive attitude about the game. He's thrilled to be a Tar Heel, to play ball with his daddy and teammates, to have family and friends come watch him play - he loves all of it!

Anna, Kyle and Abby had fun watching him play-

Grams and Drew show us how many runs Drew scored for his team!

A big hug for our baseball star!

And, of course, Drew's biggest fans of all...

Gooooo Tar Heels!!