Six Years







Has flown by so fast, I can’t believe how quickly time goes by.  I love you so very much my baby boy.  I hope you have a wonderful 6th birthday today!


**I can’t take credit for a few of these:  1 year was taken by Beebe Tran, 3 year was by a really well-known photographer at a workshop in New Orleans and her name is escaping me right now and 6 year pic was by my sister :-)

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Memory Lane

I mentioned before that I had gotten a couple of boxes from my grandma’s house and they’ve been sitting in our garage since I brought them home. I wanted to go through them before putting them in the attic, where I’m not likely to see them again for years. One box was full of all my old elementary school things, mostly kindergarten through 5 grade. Report cards, art, projects, certificates, worksheets – I don’t think my mom threw away anything. I think the one thing I found most interesting was all my report cards. I’ve already seen Hayden developing some habits with school that really bother me and in the past, the things that bother me most about him are the ways that he’s most like me – he’s extremely messy, stubborn, doesn’t like to be told what to do, he’s hard to wake up and very, very slow to do things. And now, apparently, his school habits are much like mine. Some of the comments that I read on almost every report card were:
– Student needs to be more responsible (not turning in homework or signed tests)
– Student can put forth more effort
– Jamie has been a bit talktative lately

And so on …. but despite this, I always had A’s and B’s, so you can’t have it all, right? :-)

Being in school for just about a month now, Hayden has already forgotten his homework, red folder and lunch box at school. He is very unorganized and I’ll often find school papers folded up and shoved to the bottom of his bag, rather than put nicely into his folder. As a parent, I’m trying so very hard to give off a “responsible, organized” vibe to his teacher. As soon as he gets home, I go through his folder and immediately take any actions I need to – signing his conduct folder, sending money for pictures or snack, filling out paperwork, whatever. I know that if I don’t do it right then and there, I’ll forget and I don’t want to be THAT PARENT :-)

Hayden seems to have a tiny bit of trouble with talking in class and in the cafeteria and last Friday, he was moved to “yellow” for “throwing game pieces and crawling around on the floor.” I just hope this isn’t behavior that continues. I made him right his teacher an “I’m sorry” note and am crossing my fingers we see all Smiley faces this week!

A few other “gems” I came across in my box … apparently, I did a photography project in 4H when I was 10. I vaguely remember it but it was fun to read over the little report I wrote:

I was a little shocked by an “I don’t like” book that I made in kindergarten. Apparently I don’t like “brochly,” spinach, or “being fat.” Um, I was far from fat in kindergarten and it makes me sad that at that age, I even thought of something like that!

Oh, and anyone who knows me well, knows that this stamp would not have meant pleasant things for me!

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Snapshots and an iPhone

A couple of weeks ago, I finally caved and got an IPhone.  I was always one of those devoted Droid fans who said I did NOT want to get an iPhone, ever.  But after debating for literally 3 months about what phone I would upgrade to (I had an original Motorola Droid), I finally just decided to make an easy decision and get an iPhone 4.  There were several Android phones I was going back and forth with and just could not make up my mind.  I wanted simplicity, but I wanted all of the features I loved in my Droid …  once I figured out that I could still have turn by turn GPS navigation, streaming Netflix, Skype and plenty of other things I wanted, I decded to do the iPhone.  The kids have iPods and Wade has an iPhone, so it just made sense.  Yes, I do love it though its taking some getting used to … I hate that it doesn’t really multitask …a couple of examples I have come across is that I can’t download my Audible books and do anything else, if I close the app, its stops downloading.  There is also a cap on the phone which doesn’t allow me to download books and apps over 20MB without connecting to WiFi – I HATE HATE HATE this feature.  I’m on Verizon, so I have unlimited data and should be able to do this … many people don’t care about this, but I do, I did it often, especially with audiobooks in the car.  Also, when I was riding my bike yesterday, I had my bike GPS running and couldn’t use that and Rhasody at the same time, annoying.  I’ll get used to it though, I love much more about it than I hate, I guess, especially the ease and entertainment of taking pics with it!

I love Instagram and Hipstamatic and use it several times a day just to document what we’ve been doing.  I love being able to scroll through my pics and remember what we did each day, then I can go back and post about it here :-)

A couple of weekends ago, we all stayed at my parents’ house so we could attend a couple of birthday parties.  My mom was watching Adalyn and Ethan, too, so the kids got to hang out and play all weekend:

Mom taught Em and Addie how to play jacks:

At one birthday party, the kids got to play on a water slide and at the next one, they had a fun jump … it was a fun weekend for both of them!

Emelyn even got to see her future husband:

I’ve already posted about our Mommy School activities, which is mostly what Em and I have been up to.  She also had to accompany me to a bridal session last week at Oaklawn Manor in Franklin.  I was a bit nervous about it, but it was a rescheduled session and in the morning, so I couldn’t really find a babysitter or reschedule again.  I knew that most likely she would be ok and was really only worried that she would get clingy and whiny, wanting me to hold her.  I packed a bag of snacks and loaded up my phone with games.  Thankfully, the bride and her mom, as well as the lady who works at Oaklawn, were very sweet and liked having her there.  She sat back most of the time and ate her snacks or played on the phone.  She was very, very good even though she did sit on some very old (100 year +) furniture and make herself comfortable with her snacks LOL

She got a bag of Skittles as a treat for being so good and fell asleep on the way home with them still in her hand:

Hayden’s open house was last Thursday and my mom came to stay with the kids so we could go (a whole 15 minutes, quite useless in my opinion). Em went home with mom that night, so Hayden had us to himself all weekend, which he really enjoyed. Friday night, Gabi and Mike came over and we stayed up very late playing Dance Central. Hayden stayed up with us until after midnight and the next day, fell asleep watching TV in bed with me around 3pm. I still love watching him sleep.

When he woke up, he spent some time snuggling mommy and daddy and we all stayed up late once again because he had slept until 6pm.

This past week, Em and I did some more mommy school and lots of shopping / errand running. On Monday morning, I wanted to visit a little kids boutique in Thibodaux but we got there way before it opened, so I took Em to the library, which has a boardwalk along the bayou. We watched the ducks, climbed up and down the stairs and walked around, back and forth.

That afternoon, there was some excitement at Hayden’s school when 6 firetrucks pulled up as we were waiting for him to get out of school. It turned out to be a faulty alarm or something:

Tuesday, Em and I visited my friend Corine and her new baby, Mia. She’s so beautiful and it was great to spend some time with Corine. We don’t get together nearly enough and I miss the friendship we had years ago.

Hayden finally got a new booster seat, a Cybex X-Fix which has side impact protection and a LATCH system. Its really neat and comfy, Hayden loves it and I feel so much safer with him in it.

Em and I discovered a Pinkalicious doll on clearance at Walmart yesterday!

And I think (hope) I finally found an exercise that I enjoy – I bought myself a new bike yesterday along with a seat for Em so she can ride with me. I can’t believe how much it actually works me out, just a 15 minute ride and I was dripping with sweat LOL Emelyn loves riding with me!

Now, if we could just get rid of this so I can actually ride it:

Darn hurricane season …. it just better all go away before October 1 when we leave on our cruise!

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