Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brody's Birthday Party Pictures

Keeping in line with last year, when asked what kind of party he wanted this year, Brody replied, "a Spiderman party and only you, daddy, Chloe and me at my party. So, after wrapping my head around his request of NOT have tons of kids and all the real party stuff, I sulked for a day and then gave him his wish. A family party, right here at home. I was able to go all out though since we were not spending money on a party, favors, special napkins, invitations, food, ice cream, juice galore, etc... So in turn, he got a few more presents than normal, a much bigger cake because it was the one he really really wanted, and a lot of love and attention from out family of four. It was a glorious day to be honest. No stress, no worrying if the house was clean enough...only focusing on our little boy.
Since he is all things Spiderman right now, his party was such themed. Here are the pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

awesome cake from Publix

pointing out all of the cool things about the cake

opening his penguin DreamLite - he loves this thing and has been asking for one for a very long time. He was totally surprised when he saw it!

opening his costume

big "thank you" hug to his sister for the gift she gave him of the costume and gloves

SpiderMan holding his stuffed Spiderman

being Spiderman with a little help from daddy

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dear Brody...

Dear Brody,
You are four years old now. I cannot even believe that you are FOUR!!! Where have the past 4 years gone? I can so remember on August 18th, 2008 leaving for the hospital at 10:30 AM for a scheduled c-section and I clearly remember how excited your daddy and I were to finally meet you. I will never forget the sweet little look you had when you were born, and the way you just cuddled up to me right away. Such sweet sweet memories or you dear Brody. You have been such a blessing to this family but especially to me. You are for certain a "mommy's baby" and you have me wrapped around your little pinky...tightly!
So this past year, here is what you have been up to:
You have mastered getting haircuts without crying and without having to sit in my lap during them.
You have grown several inches and have put on about 5 pounds.
Despite that growth though, you are still in 24 month size gym shorts, 3T size regular shorts, and 3T shirts. In some stores though, you still wear a 2T shirt. You have such a teeny tiny little waist that nothing fits unless there is an adjustable waist built in.
You have learned how to spell and write your name.
You have learned how to spell "Chloe, No, Yes, Mommy, Daddy".
You learned how to dress yourself although you still prefer me to help you.
You have developed an intense passion for all things superhero...especially Spiderman.
You still cling to me when I drop you off at Parent's Day Out, church, with a sitter, etc...but secretly I like it because it helps me to know that you just want to be with your mama :)
You have started memorizing Bible verses and you know that Jesus is God's Son and that He forgives our sins. You also know that He died on the cross and lives in Heaven now.
You have developed a fear of all dogs...except for Cabot. I'm not sure where this comes from since we have a dog, but I get it because I was ridiculously afraid of dogs until I was probably 25 year old or so.
You are dying for a pet hamster, parrot, or Yorkie dog. I say no pets that even remotely resemble a rat, no talking animals, and we will discuss a Yorkie at another time.
You LOVE to be read to.
You LOVE playing daddy's iPad and are really really good at those games!
You still come into our bed every night between midnight and 2 AM and curl up with me and fall right back asleep. I secretly love this.
You still tell us that you are "mommy's baby, daddy's boy, Op-Op's buddy and Granny's doll."
You and Chloe are BEST friends! You LOVE playing with your sister and can go from playing house with her to Kung Fu Panda with her in 2.2 seconds.
You have started loving sour candy.
You are somewhat a home-body and are content to just hang out here with the family every day.
Your favorite food is PB&J sandwich.
Your favorite cartoon is Tom and Jerry.
Your favorite color is orange (because it's Daddy's favorite color).
Your favorite drink is a CapriSun.
You still have your "baby Donald" and still play with him.
Your favorite "zoo" animal is a penguin...and you pronounce it "peen-guh-win."
You have learned how to poopy in the potty and pee in the potty. You still have terrible aim from time to time, but when you pay attention your aim is right on.
You are a great little soccer player and are LEFT-footed.
You are such a silly little boy. When things around here are tense or mommy is stressed out, you have a certain little way about you that can calm any situation and can bring a smile and a laugh to everyone.

Brody, I love you to the moon and back a million times over to infinity and beyond. You bring so much joy to our family and I am so thankful that God chose me to be your mommy. I often get overwhelmed when I think how lucky I am that I was chosen for you. I look forward to watching you grow and learn this year. Keep smiling, giggling, and being the sweet little boy that you are.

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Official...Chloe Is A Kindergarten Student

Today marks a big day for Team Blevins...specifically Chloe. Today, August 13th, 2012 was her first full day of school! She woke up at 6:00 AM ready to go. She couldn't wait to get out that door and into Carmel Elementary. She had her breakfast and then, without me telling her to, got herself dressed. She decided that she wanted two ponytails as her hairstyle and decided to change her earrings to a pair that would match her shirt. She chose her Hello Kitty Keds and was then anxiously anticipating the time to leave home. At 8:00, I loaded up the van with her, Brody, her school supplies and lunchbox and set off. We got there about 10 minutes before they opened the doors so we sat in the car just talking about how her day would go and where the car pick up line would be. And then it was time to make that long walk up the sidewalk into the building....
Her teacher, Mrs. Campbell was out in the hallway at the entrance waiting on all of her students to arrive. She greeted Chloe with a huge smile and gave me a big hug (she knew this was my first child in school). We took Chloe's things to her room and then returned to the entryway to wait on the rest of her classmates to arrive. Mrs. Campbell reassured me that Chloe would be great and that I would be okay too and then she told Chloe to tell me goodbye and to give me and Brody hugs. And with that...I made the even LONGER walk back out to my car. Luckily, as I was leaving, a huge downpour started so we stood at the door and kind of watched Chloe to make sure she was okay (OF COURSE she was!!!). And then I trekked on and started the day with my little man. This is going to be a huge adjustment for me. I've had her home for 5.5 years and it's definitely weird to have her gone from 8:30-3:45. I have clock-watched ALL day long, however, I have thoroughly enjoyed my special time with Brody. He has never had me all to himself so this has been a fun day for the two of us.
Here's to praying for a wonderful first year of school and to the beginning of an exciting journey  of education, friendships, etc...

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Today has been quite hysterical in my house. Brody has had several conversations with me that I had to document so that I could look back one day and remember them. Here we go:

Upon his waking this morning, he ran to my shower and proceeded to have this conversation:
Brody - mom mom, we forgot to go outside and get my pet hamster
Me - Brody, mommy said you can't have a hamster until we don't have Cabot anymore. Remember, Cabot might eat the hamster?
Brody - But mommy, you said hamsters were in the back yard and I could have one if I could find it in the backyard
Me - (thinks to myself, "crap, he remembered that lie I told him!) I know Brody but I also said we couldn't look for any in the yard until we didn't have Cabot anymore (ie dies).
Brody - mommy, when can I give Cabot some chocolate?

OMG!!! He knows chocolate will make dogs very sick and die and he actually wanted to give him some...just so he can have a hamster. Newsflash son - we will never have anything in this house that even remotely resembles a mouse or a rat!

In the car on the way to Publix:
Brody - mom mom, did you know that Jesus died on the cross in Nashville?
Me - (slight chuckle) Really Brody? Nashville? I had no idea.
Brody - yeah and that's where my baby Donald died on the cross too!
Me - (little more of a chuckle) Actually Brody, Jesus died on the cross in a country called Israel. Can you say Israel?
Brody - Israel. Mommy, did you know that Dave is from Israel?
Me - Dave?!? Who is Dave? Do you mean David? Like King David?
Brody - No mom. I mean like Dave and the Giant Pickle (veggie tale movie!!!). You know Dave who kills that great big man with a rock! Mommy, if a great big man comes to my house I will kill him with a rock too. Hey mom, Dave is like daddy's name David!

I LOVED this conversation! How sweet and cute and how completely thrilled I am that he is recalling Bible stories...even if they are from Veggie Tales and even if he does momentarily think Jesus died on the cross in Nashville with Brody's baby Donald. Haha!!!!