Sunday, August 31, 2014

Frederick - 2 months

 2 months
Stats - Weight: 11.1 lbs 25% Height: (forgot the inches) 25%
This boy is a good sleeper.... a little TOO good.  He's definitely our skinniest baby.  It might be because of all the sleeping he's doing.  We've sort of worried about him being so small but at his 2 month appt the doc said he's not worried one bit and 11 lbs is fine at 2 months.  But Luke & Lucy were both 13 lbs 12 oz and Maryanne was 11 lbs 10 oz so I'm used to chubby babies.  But this little skin and bones sure is a delight.
2 month old Frederick
so...ready for a bunch of pictures of him in his first 2 months?  Ok, here we go...

First bath

First Smile - 
July 3, 2014 around lunchtime at Amanda Cremean's house with Marshae holding him.

First Selfie  :)

Baby Einstein
(after removing cradle cap)

one month --- 7/6


2 months


 Sibling interactions
The first clip of this video is our very first outing with all 4 kids. Frederick was crying and the kids started singing song to him.  Lucy wrote the song and Luke wrote the lyrics :)  
Then it's mostly just Maryanne doting on him.  From the stories I hear, she's similar to the 2 year old me doting on baby Sarah.  I couldn't get enough.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Sarah! (vol. 3)

July 19th would have been Sarah's 34th birthday.  This is one time of year I'm really happy that Facebook and Instagram exist.  I get to celebrate with Sarah's friends all over who appreciated her crazy antics and we can all remember her charisma and charm together.  Oh how I love my sister!!  And what better way to celebrate her than hear what everyone else loved about her too.  My family gathered at the Huntsville Cemetery with a few of her friends and shared some great Sarah stories.  Jenny took notes and shared them and that meant so much to me. 
A few of my favorites from the day were Jason Barrows facebook post of his favorite birthday gift from her of his very own Sarah shrine.  Only it was seriously the very ugliest pictures she could find with really, REALLY funny captions.  Oh, I'll post it here... 
 It's a bad copy but this cracks me up so much.

A few more gems from the day is Tiffany Sillitoes reminding me about "Sarah bonks".  Yeah, they were just bonks straight down on the top of your head with her fist.  And Heather Brown remembered how she would always say  "Where's my damn tiara!"

Here's the family at the cemetery right before the sprinklers went off.  :)  (can you turn sprinklers on from heaven - cause if so that is a pretty funny joke.)

Here in Tennessee we celebrated Sarah with the #nevergrowup theme of sugar cereal and barbies (explanation: here).

That afternoon we watched my wedding video of Sarah singing the song she wrote for Joey and me.  And then clips of her touching up my makeup before the reception and just being really funny. 

That night we watched "Grey Gardens" in her honor.  This was introduced to her by Justin Rhees just a few years ago and she had me watch clips of it with her in the hospital in New York.   This was her favorite part:

Happy Birthday Sarah!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just keep swimming

Back to Ms. Carolyn this year.  But this time with Lucy and Maryanne. 
It was supposed to be Luke and Lucy but Luke was off partying in Florida so I put Maryanne in his place.  I was glad because she is one who will just jump in the deep end and wait to be rescued.  Scary!  We had to pull her out of the pool 4 times the first couple weeks of summer.
She was a little young though I think.  I was surprised how scared she was.  And sad.  She was never traumatized by almost drowning but was very afraid of swim lessons.  hmmm.  There was a lot of crying the first 3 days and it broke my heart.  It's so unlike her.  But I would try to just hide behind plants and stuff so that she would just do it. :) 
By the last week she was doing everything with no crying and her bravery of water came in handy as her face was dunked over and over and it was no problem.

Lucy did great and in two weeks learned to swim!!


PS - bad idea to do swim lessons that are 30 minutes away every day for 2 weeks when your baby is one month old and doesn't like his car seat.  It was a painful 2 weeks. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Luke goes it alone

So... we sent our 6 year old son on an airplane by himself to meet up with his best friend at Disney World.  That's normal right?

It was a strange feeling to know he was flying alone - oh that I were a fly on the wall of that airplane and could watch how he was with no parents.  He seemed pretty confident and brave about it.

The story is that we had a free flight that was about to expire and we were tying to think of a way to use it.  I was having a baby, Joey needed to work - so next in line was Luke.  The flight wouldn't get him to Utah but it would get him to Aiden in TX and her birthday was coming up.  I talked to Lezlie about it and she was excited.  So, I booked him a flight to San Antonio, TX as a birthday surprise for Aiden.  Then I got an email that they had changed his itinerary.  He was going to have a layover in Atlanta!  I called the airline and explained that he was 6 and there is no way he can have a layover.  And they said all non-stop flights from Memphis to San Antonio had been cancelled.   The flight just didn't exist anymore.  When I told Lezlie the trip was off - she said that Aiden was actually doing a Disney soccer camp in July and why didn't I just fly Luke out to Orlando and meet up with their family to do the camp with Aiden and Disney World with their family!  Well, who is going to say no to that!

This is a picture of Aiden the night they told her that Lukey was going to soccer camp with her!!!  (Aiden still calls Luke Lukey - it's cute)

Here are a few snapshots of Luke having the time of his life.  I was clinging to every text and picture Lezlie sent that week.  I missed him so much but was happy he got to have this amazing adventure (while I relaxed at home with a newborn)

Meeting up at the airport

Soccer Camp!

 Luke and Aiden's team was Chile in the World Cup and they got all the way to the finals and just barely lost.  Came in 2nd overall.  (that morning at breakfast Luke said "I am going to get serious and win this thing"
 Luke and his coach Christina

 Disney World!!

 they loved mt. everest ride.  Luke with his yetti. (he's wearing Lezlie's sweatshirt cause he got drenched in the rain)  Aiden's grandma said he rode this ride with her and she thought - oh this is so scary for such a little boy!  and he looked at her and saw she looked worried and said "don't be scared, it'll be ok"  :)

This boy was pretty hammered when he got off the plane to come home.  When the Terrys play, they play hard.  Once I texted her saying "Oh, I was going to call Luke tonight but just realized it's an hour later there so he's probably asleep!"  (it was 10:00pm)  She texted back "asleep? uh... no - he's riding Splash Mountain for the 3rd time"  I think they got home that night at 12:30.  

I asked him what his favorite part of the whole trip was and he said "the first time I saw Aiden"

Monday, August 18, 2014

As American as Apple Pie

JULY 4, 2014
This year we needed to keep things low key since we had a not-quite-one-month old.  We did a one family parade down our street blasting some Neil Diamond "Coming to America", "Stars and Stripes Forever" marching music and "God Bless the USA"  We threw candy to any kids who happened to be outside and actually got about 8 or 9 kids who joined us on bikes and scooters.  It was funny.... and a  bit dorky. 

 Slip n' Slide

Chillin with our neighbs
Maraynne, Lacey, Dawson, Luke, David, Maggie Kate and Lucy
Swimming Party and Cookout at the Marshall's

playing catch with Penny


Hurray for Independence Day!!

Every story has a beginning...

Joey and Katie first met in Mr. Hawkes 3rd grade class at Valley Elementary. They became good friends in Jr. High and best friends in High School. Katie wrote to Joey on his mission in Tiajuana and Joey wrote to Katie later on her mission in Tokyo. Years later at the ripe old age of 25, these best friends finally fell in love... or maybe just realized they were already in love. They got married on January 22, 2004.

happy kids

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