Saturday, July 24, 2010

Braves Game

**This is the 2nd post today. Please make sure you read the wedding post as well!**

For the wedding, Michael's cousin Charley and his fiance, Erin, came and stayed with us! They are SO much fun and Caleb LOVES, kinda on the obsession side of love, Erin! We can't wait to celebrate their wedding day in Kentucky in January!!!!! On Sunday after the wedding we decided to go the the Braves game. This was Caleb's first big Braves games (he has been to several Gwinnett Braves games), so we were very excited!

We got there with plenty of time. Remember: I am married to the man who believes you should be at least 30 minutes early to everything, if not more. Charley is no better. Needless to say, we were WAY early! Anyway, we took advantage of the time and took some pictures outside of the stadium.

And then we took some more pictures once we got into the stadium...

Caleb was not too sure of Chopper!

Don't you worry...we were there SO early that we got to see the grounds crew cover the field for the RAIN DELAY!!!!!!!!!! UGH!! It poured. It lightening. It thundered. All of these things combined with a VERY excited 21 month old baby, who should have been napping, was not a great deal of fun!
Finally the game started, and Caleb was serious about the beisball (that's how he says it) and his tomahawk Charley bought him...

Here is Charley and Erin!

So, we watched about 2 innings, and Caleb had had enough. So Caleb and mommy headed down to Toon Town while the others watched a few more innings. All in all it was a fun, memorable first Braves game for Mr. Man!

the bearer of the rings...

On Saturday, July 17, 2010, Michael's sister, Mary Evelyn, got married. When she got engaged she asked if Caleb would be the ring bearer, and of course we said yes! All I could think about was this precious little boy, in his white knee high socks, stealing the show! Well, as the wedding got closer and closer, I got more and more nervous. I wasn't sleeping or eating, and all I could think about was Caleb ruining her day. :) The wedding was outside, and not to mention it was at 7PM! All of the odds were that he was going to A) run and play in the flowers or B) have a complete meltdown. Michael's cousins daughter, Sarah, was the flower girl, and all we could hope is that she would walk down the aisle and Caleb would follow her. Michael and I were also both in the wedding, and I am not ashamed to say that we bribed him, like a lot. Throughout the evening, before the wedding, and during pictures, I would feel safe to say Caleb ate 1/2 a bag of a king sized M&M's, got a new Thomas train and other things that we deemed appropriate at the time. But, in the end, all of my worrying and our bribing was not needed because Caleb and Sarah were PERFECT (and totally precious, I might add!!!)!!!!! Here are some pics. I will say that I have lifted these pictures from other people. I took not 1 picture all day Saturday. Running after a little boy, trying to keep him clean is a job in itself. :)

At the rehearsal Friday night...
Caleb and Sarah practicing...

They stopped for a few pictures on the bridge...they LOVED this bridge!
cousin love...
Now on to the BIG DAY!

Caleb and Sarah in the brides room before their "walk"

Michael and his brother, Grant, walking their mom

walking down the L-O-N-G aisle. Sarah had dropped all of her petals before they hit the bridge!
Caleb walking...
Mary Evelyn and her dad
The bridesmaids
The Grant/Rees Family
(Michael's mom's family)

The Anderson Family being introduced at the reception
Mary Evelyn and Shawn King

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. King!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mommy's Birthday Week...

If you know me well, you know that I love birthdays, and even more than birthdays, I LOVE to celebrate them. My birthday is no exception!!! This past Wednesday, July 7th, I turned 28. I like to celebrate my birthday starting with the rest of the US on the 4th of July, and go for a good week. :) My "week" was WONDERFUL, filled with my favorite things: family, friends, cookie cake, and relaxation (well, as much as you can with a very busy almost 2 year old!!). This year, along with my birthday, I was able to celebrate another accomplishment that I have been working towards: my Master's degree!!! As of June 30, 2010 I am a graduate.

Mom and Dad sent me a cookie bouquet to celebrate this milestone! Actually, the card read "Love, Mom and Dan," so dad is now Dan to any of you who see him!!! :) ha ha

The birthday week continued with a pool trip to Woodstock to see my sister and Savannah with Kim and Davis (Sara was at sleep away camp). We had a great time!

Caleb is such a little fish!!! He loves his float, and wants NO ONE to touch him while he is "swinnin'"

Savannah, Caleb and DavisCaleb and Davis drying off...I love this picture!!!

We continued our week with pool trips with friends, seeing old friends, and going to dinner on my birthday with my family. I will spare you the video of me on the horse saddle at the restaurant.
I share my birthday week with one of my favorite sets of twins, Adian and Addison Callahan. They are the twins of some of our friends, and they are 3 months older than Caleb. They had a Yo Gabba Gabba party complete with DJ Lance Rock. Caleb was not too sure of "Rock," as he called him, but had to keep close tabs on him the entire time. This is as close as he would get to DJ Lance Rock.
My birthday week concluded with an AMAZING trip to the Atlanta Zoo with Grandmommy, Grandpa, Aunt Lisi, Uncle Russ, and Savannah. Caleb had a BLAST!!!! And so did Mommy and Daddy! Thanks, Grandmommy and Grandpa for letting us use your passes!

As soon as we got inside the zoo Caleb was amazed with the flamingo's, or birds. Whatever.

Caleb and Savannah AKA: Meerkats :)
Our family and our friend, Mr. Giraffe :)
Mommy, Caleb, Aunt Lisi, Savannah and Willie B.
This baby and my baby, are the same age. The furry baby is just slightly bigger than my baby. :)
Caleb LOVED the petting zoo. Mommy thought it was stinky.
It is safe to say there will be many more visits to the zoo in our future. We had a GREAT TIME!!
Please notice Caleb's lion overalls. It is all about the outfit, ya know! ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010

...God Bless the USA...

We had a fun 4th of July. We went to church, the pool and then, of course, to see fireworks. :) We weren't sure what Caleb would think of the fireworks. Last year he was OK with them, and I use the term, OK, loosely. This year was no different. He was on top of our car with our nephew, Davis, (I know, I know, Mother of the Year), and when the fireworks started he freaked out, grabbed on to Davis and said he wanted to go home. Actually, he was pulling any excuse to leave (ni-ni (aka: bed), Barnay (aka: Barney), ki cat (Buddy the cat), etc.). Michael got him down and held him. He was OK if one of us was holding him, and he could get a death grip on our shirt. Here are a few pics from our birthday party for America!

Caleb and Mommy before church
Caleb and Daddy before church

Michael and Davis waiting on the fireworks

Mommy's Little Firecracker

Me and my favorite nephew...ok...he's my only nephew, but I love him!
The photo for my Mother of the Year nomination :)

The 4th of July always makes me remember what I am truly thankful for. I am thankful for my county, and all of the men and women who have fought to give us the freedoms that we have. I am thankful for my friends. I have a wonderful group of friends who I love dearly.I am thankful for my in-laws who love me like their own. I I am thankful for my brother and sister, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, and my beautiful nieces and nephew. I am thankful that I am at the point in my life where they are all my friends, and not just people who have to be nice to me. :) am thankful for my mom and dad. I love them more than words can do justice. I am thankful for my husband, and the family we have created. I am thankful for all of the memories we have made, and those that have yet to be made. I am thankful he loves me when I am not that lovable. He is my number one fan, and my best critic. Most of all, I am thankful for Caleb and the beautiful little boy he is becoming. He has a heart of gold, and a personality that radiates happiness. I am thankful for pictures like this one that truly capture the love I have for this
little person...