Saturday, October 31, 2009

October Activities...pumpkins and parties



Lots of fun things have been happening this month at the Blevins household. From picking pumpkins at the patch to carving them to having Halloween parties,  we have been busy. Here are some pictures of what we've been up to.

Brody loves pumpkins!



Helping me clean the insides out. Chloe kept yelling "Ewww, that's GROSS!"



Master Carver David



Halloween Party Decorations - we hosted an adult only Halloween Party last night...so much fun.









Me and David in our footed PJ's...we were going as Chloe and Brody




Tim and Kate dressed as the chicken and the egg. So, what did come first? The chicken or the egg?




Joe and Erin dressed as fanatical Univ. of Kentucky fans.



Lynne and Woody...she's dressed as a masquerade-er, and he is an Iraqi Sheik. His costume is actually a real outfit from Iraq that he got when he was there during his deployments.





We also went to watch the big UT/Alabama gave at our friends' house. Lynne and Woody are HUGE bama fans and of course we are HUGE Vol fans so it was quite fun to get together for this event.

Me and Lynne (I made my shirt!)



Me, David, and Woody (notice his shirt)



Lynne and Woody



The Cake...we ate only the orange side

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So Much To Catch Up On

I have gotten behind because I have been SUPER busy lately. How is that?!? I am supposed to be taking it easy and resting with this radiation, but I have tripled my schedule and just feel like I am running in a hundred different directions everyday. So, I am going to attempt to update on the kids really fast while I have a few minutes.

BRODY:
He's WALKING!!! Baby boy walks around everywhere...like he owns the place. He is so stinking cute doing it too. Sometimes he puts his arms out in front of him like he's Frankenstein! But seriously, I think he walks just because he can now. He just LOVES it.
He's got 7 teeth and still eats like a little piglet although he weighs next to nothing. My friend has a 4 month old that weighs more than Brody does at 14 months old!
He is starting to say words : book (buh), cup (cu), uh-uh, mama, dada, dog (dah), duck (dut), moo, quack (cak), cupcake (cu-k), kitty cat (kii-ca)
He loves to dance. He's a dancing machine actually.
He also LOVES to have his teeth brushed! When I show him the toothpaste, he will start pretending like he is brushing his own teeth. SO CUTE!
Brody now wants BBQ sauce on almost everything he eats...green beans, carrots, fish sticks, chicken, etc...
He fights me like a banshee when I am trying to change his diaper or put on his clothes. Boy loves to be naked.
He climbed up both flights of our stairs yesterday and did great. Can't figure out how to go down them backwards yet though.

CHLOE (aka - miss sassy pants):
is getting so big! She will be 3 in just a few weeks.
is in the throws of potty training. This has got to be the hardest thing we have had to do thus far.
says the funniest things at the most random times that gets us laughing
told me the other day "mommy, you are my best friend" and it melted my heart
LOVES to read now. Every night we have to read at least 5 books if not more. And she only wants me to read to her laying down on the couch covered up with a blanket.
LOVES Tennessee football and will randomly yell "Go Big Orange!"
is being broken on the pacifier. She gets it at nap and bedtimes only. I cannot believe I am still allowing it at all.

I will post pics soon, and more on the fall activities that we have done so far this season. I plan on taking the kids to a pumpkin patch this week while my mom is in town visiting so there will be lots of pics and writing.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New Tradition

This morning, our family set out for Nashville at 6:35 AM.  We were on our way to our first ever Susan G Komen Race For The Cure. Excitement, nervousness, and reflectiveness are just a few words that describes how I was feeling on the drive down. When we got there though, my breath was totally taken away. It was literally a sea of pink. There was pink everywhere!!! People were dressed from head to toe in pink. There were men with pink wigs and tutu's and women with pink boas and leggings. I mean you name it and there it was.
The first place we went was to Race Village. There they had tents set up with vendors from all over. Free ice cream, free drinks, tons of free breast health information, free t-shirts, etc... But my favorite tent of all was the Survivor Tent. We headed in there and sat down to a hot breakfast first. It was a really special time for our family. Just looking around at all of the different ages of survivors was inspiring. I heard some saying that they were celebrating 20 years cancer free, 5 years, and then me...the new survivor with the hope and confidence that I too will be one of those ladies in 20 years still celebrating life in the survivor tent.
Around race time, we strolled the kids over to line up. We did the 5K walk and just enjoyed that time. Chloe was excited to be in a race and wanted to know if she was winning. Of course she thinks she won the race and I'm letting her think that! Anyways, at the very end of the race, they seperated the finish lines for survivors and supporters. Our family of 4 got to go down the survivor lane which was awesome. There were people lined up that were cheering for us, high-fiving us, clapping, and wishing us well as we walked down that pink carpet and underneath the pink balloon arch. I was handed a red rose and was just blown away. I started crying at that point. I was overtaken with emotion! There were actually several times today that David and I both remarked that we could just cry when we look out at everything and everybody. Someone actually came up to me and said, "I'm doing this for you." WOW! All I could manage was to hug her and tell her thank you. Again, breath taken away.

Here are a few pictures from this very special day that has now become a tradition for our family. We will be doing this race every October from this point forward.



before the race




big pink survivor ribbon balloon



Chloe being silly - her shirt was a BIG hit! There were people actually taking pictures of it. It says...Find a cure before I grow boobs.




Me and David getting ready to start the walk












Just a quick look at some of the people. I think there were around 20,000 people who participated this year.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Disney On Ice

Last Friday night, David and I took Chloe to see Disney On Ice. It was sooo much fun, not only for Chloe, but for us too. She was totally thrilled when she saw Mickey and Minnie Mouse and kept calling out for them and waving. Then she kept turning to me saying "mommy, they can't hear me!" She was mesmerized pretty much throughout the whole thing. The only part she was bored at was the princess part, but I'm pretty sure that's because she has never seen one of the princess movies. She, up until this point, has never been a movie girl. Clearly though I am going to have to start getting those movies.
Of course, what's a Disney show without shelling out big bucks on souveniers. I wasn't going to take her to a show and not let her pick out something, so I let her choose a toy and she picked the most expensive thing. It was a light-up Minnie Mouse spinning toy. It is really neat and she has continued to pay with it. Then she wanted a massively huge lollipop so David got that for her.
I can't wait until February when Disney Playhouse Live comes to Nashville as Brody will be old enough then to take too. I hope for many many more years of doing these things with my kids as it bring me so much joy to watch their little faces light up.
Here are a few pics from our evening.











BEFORE WE LEFT. SHE IS SO GROWN!





SHE'S IN HEAVEN WITH HER TOY AND LOLLIPOP

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"I'm Mad"


Earlier this week, Chloe wanted cookies for breakfast. I told her that she could have either cheese toast, cereal, a breakfast bar, or something else (can't remember). She told me she didn't want any of those, but wanted cookies. I told her "no" and then she proceeded to tell me that I never feed her anything!!! At this point I'm rolling my eyes and told her that I was going to get Brody up and that she could choose one of those 4 things for breakfast. I came back down the hall and this picture is how I found her. She was sitting at the end of the hall waiting on me to see her. I asked her what was wrong and she replied, "I"M MAD!!!" Well, OK then, be mad but let me take your pic.
Then we went to the grocery store and I told her she could pick out what cereal she wanted this time so she was happy. Then, what do you know, she picks out Cookie Crunch! Dang it, she got me after all.