Friday, January 20, 2017

Andrew - 3 Years Old




Dear my THREE-year-old BOY!  
You are not a baby anymore, or even a toddler.  3 years old is old.  I have all the emotions of a mom sending their high-school senior off to college.  Which feels like it's gonna be tomorrow.  Too soon. 
Too fast.  The years have flown by, but let me just say....
They have been filled with the greatest joy and love that I've ever known.  

Because of you.  Because of the gift and blessing you are to our family.  
From the day we found out we were expecting you, our hearts have grown and grown with love for you.  And don't think for a second that our hearts are maxed out.  Because guess what?
Somehow, some way, God keeps making room in our hearts for more love.  

When you quietly sing "Jesus Loves Me" or climb up onto our laps to read your favorite books.
When you rush over to comfort Ellie if she falls down or gets upset.
When you give one of your sweet compliments to me...."I love your dress, Mama!" 
When you say you're sorry and tell us how "po-wite" you are.
When you give us bear hugs.
When you belly laugh while Daddy tickles the mess out of you. 
When you eat all your dinner ;)

You are so loved sweet boy. 
Thank you for making our family so special.   
Happy 3rd year of your precious life. 
God is so good.








*I have kept a journal in my phone of "Andrew-isms" during his 3rd year of life.  Whenever he says or does something sweet, funny, or just memorable, I jot it down so I won't forget it.  
Here are a few "Andrew-isms" at 3 years old.*

A perfectly healthy Andrew:
"I can't carry my toy upstairs...it's too heavy.  And my leg hurts."

Looking down at his feet in the grass outside:
"Watch out - those 'squitos are gonna git me!"

Ellie coughs.  
Mama: "You ok, Ellie?
Andrew (fake coughs): "Don't worry, I ok, too Mama."

Taking bites out of his graham cracker and waffle:
"Look it's a chair!" "It's a choo choo train!"
(quite the imagination!)

Pushing Ellie in stroller outside around the carport.  Puts her stroller up to back steps.
"Alwight baby, we made it!  We are AT the museum!  I'll be right back. Now let me put the shade down so there's no sun in your eyes."

Drawing on his dry erase board, scribbles something:
"Look, Mama!  Do you love it?"
Mama: "I do love it!"
Andrew sighing, "It's beautiful."

Holding play phone up to his ear, nods to Gigi and whispers to her:
"I've just got to go make a quick phone call."

"Stay here Ellie.  I've got to go pee pee and poo poo. I'll be right back.  I'ts gonna be a big one."

Andrew calls from living room:
"What are you doing, Mama?"
Mama: Oh just cleaning the playroom, what are you doing?"
Andrew: "I'm reading books and singing songs for Jesus!"

Driving out of the driveway on the way to school:
"Oh, wait! I forgot my lipstick."

Mama singing "Joy to the World" maybe a little passionately: 
Andrew: We are inside, Mama.  That is waaaay too wowd."

"I just can't reach it.  My arms are too big."

Picking Andrew up from school and buckling him into the car seat.
Mama: "Oooh what color lollipop did you get to bring home? Looks like you got yellow!"
Andrew, gazing at my face, "Yep, yellow.  Like your teeth."

Mama getting Ellie dressed, and pulls her dress over her head. 
Andrew walks in at that moment.
"Oooh baby, you look beautiful."



Instead of "this", he calls is "that":
elbow: "uncle"
ipad: "puter"
sponge: "squish"
elevator: "alligator"
nothing: "nuffing"
cracker: "cwacka"
cupcakes: "cukcapes"


Favorites:
Food: banana with peanut butter
Book: Little Blue Truck 
Song: ABC's and Jesus Loves Me
Toys: Fire truck and airplane, disposable camera

Stats
30 lbs
38" tall






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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Fire Truck Birthday Party

The only thing better than Andrew's "Birthday at the Fire Station" was the next day!  His "Fire Truck" birthday party!  Months ago when I asked him what kind of party he wanted, this was the first thing out of his mouth!
"And a fire truck ladder on my cake, please!"
Done and Done.

We had our family over for a fun-filled fire truck day, and Andrew loved every second of it!
Balloons, presents, Chick-fil-a, and cake - what could be better?!




(breakfast with the birthday boy!)




















(these sweet cousins are just 1 year and 1 day apart!  Evie turned 4 the next day!)













We really had the BEST day!  Andrew loved sharing his day with all his family and cousins.  And of course was so excited about his fire truck themed "everything"!


Thanks to everyone for all the sweet gifts, cards, and birthday wishes!  We are blessed and grateful for your love for our sweet boy and our family!


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A Day at the Fire Station

This day may go down as one of Andrew's top 5 days of his 3 year old life! 
Possibly just after the day he became a big bro, or the day he got his very own "big boy bed"!  
Or maybe the day he discovered his love for doughnuts ;)

Andrew turned 3 right before Christmas, and for his special day, we decided to set up an "emergency" phone call to him from the local fire station.  The "fireman" on the other end of the line (my dad!), needed Andrew's assistance, and right away!  Andrew couldn't believe his luck, and hurried to get on his appropriate gear, as we hustled out the door!  

Huge thanks to the Memphis Fire Department for giving us the tour of the station!  Andrew was in toddler boy heaven :)  He loved every bit of it, especially holding the fire hose and climbing up into the driver's seat of the fire engine!  What a day ;) 
















Up next, this boy's Fire Truck birthday party!  ;)

{HAPPY NEW YEAR!}


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Friday, December 23, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

We've been getting all into the Christmas spirit 'round here!  From festive hayrides and parties, to cookie decorating and ornament hanging, wrapping presents, and staring at the Christmas tree in all it's glory.... 
it's been one very merry month.  




{Ellie seeing cows for the first time - complete wonder and awe!}


Andrew loved picking out the (non-fragile) ornaments to hang on the tree, while lil sis Ellie mostly supervised in her favorite chair. Andrew also explained the glee and magic that Christmas morning holds. 












One of the best nights was spent baking and decorating sugar cookies with Andrew.  We made a giant mess, and were covered in flour and sprinkles by the end of it.  But oh the joy on Andrew's face (and mine!) was well worth the clean-up.  I can't wait to carry on this tradition for years to come.  








We've also spent a lot of the time under the tree, just looking up at it in wonder, checking out all of the wrapped presents, guessing what each could possibly hold, and just looking real cute in our Christmas-y outfits :)









And we can't forget that moment Daddy comes home from work - all is finally right in the world ;)




Hope you and yours are having a wonderful and joyous Christmas season. 
May the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, be ever present and near to your hearts, while we remember and celebrate His holy birth.  Love you all!

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