Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

I am still recovering from the weekend! I am just worn out for some reason!  We had a wonderful weekend at the lake...I loved every second of it.   Friday afternoon, Emily and the boys got in town and we all went over to play at Mimi's.  Even though we live right next door, we were not prepared for playing in the water...poor Paige

Saturday, we headed to the lake! I was so excited that Heather, her sister Joy, and Audrey were coming down to play with us.  We had a great day playing in the water.  We played on the slide, road the boat and just relaxed in the water.  It was great!  We also ate at my favorite place on the lake, Skippers.  Saturday was Paige's first time EVER skipping a nap.  She fought it and fought it, she didn't want to miss out on anything.  She made it until the ride home (all 10 minutes of the ride) and fell asleep.  She woke up when we got home for a quick nap and in the bed at normal bedtime at 8:30. 

Sunday was pretty much the same, Heather Joy and Audrey had such a fun time Saturday, they decided to come back down for another day at the lake.  Ray came with them this time.  Wes cooked a Boston Butt and we had BBQ sandwiches for lunch.  And guess what we did...Paige and tubed together.  It was her first time!

It was another no nap day for Paige and lots of fun in the water.  You could tell the no nap thing was catching up with her, but she did not want to miss out of any of the fun.   She said she wanted to nap, so I laid her in the bed in one of the rooms at the house, she usually talks her self to sleep, so I figured we would see if it worked.  I cracked the door and sat in the next room.  She talked for a few minutes and then quiet.... I was about to check on her when someone came in needing to change their baby's diaper and we couldn't find the wipes.  He peeked in to where Paige was and he said, "I found the wipes...Paige has them and has taken every single one out the package and laid on the bed".  Paige was having a blast...very quietly! So that was the end to nap time for us!  We stayed out until bed time again and went home to clean up and sleep.

Monday, we did the same thing again!  We loaded up and went to the lake.  Paige loved playing with her cousin Matthew and when I asked her if she was ready to go see him, she started dancing! 
 But then she was distracted by Mickey Mouse...
 We went on a nice boat ride..

 And then Paige found out how fun a tub with water in it can be...she had a blast splashing..

 Then her and Matthew decided they needed to clean everything..

BB came to visit and eat lunch with us too!  We played a little while longer, showed BB how she likes to slide into the water and then cleaned up all the toys to head home for nap time!  I think she was ready for her nap today!
When she woke up, her Daddy was getting home from work and he brought Paige a surprise home....a little pool with a slide on it.  She was one happy girl!

We had a great weekend at the lake and it made me even more excited about the summer!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day

I had a wonderful Mother's Day this year and I am so thankful that I am able to be a Mama..or Mommy as Paige has been saying this week!  Being a Mommy is what I have always wanted to do and it has surpassed all of my dreams.  Yes, it has it hard days but well worth it for all the other days!  I also have a wonderful Mom of my own to be thankful for on Mother's day...well, everyday!  We actually celebrated Mother's Day a week early with my mom and Mema because Mom and Dad were out of town on the actual day. 

Saturday, Paige and I were at my Mema's visiting some family and when we came home I noticed something different on my front porch...
pretty hanging baskets! Wes knew I have been wanting some for awhile now, so he picked this out for Mother's Day! I was excited!

Sunday, Wes made breakfast (he always does on Sundays) and after breakfast we headed next door to Mimi's to give her her gift.  We gave all both grandmas and Gerri the same gift....

Aren't those neat?  I loved how they turned out.  Each pot is made specifically for BB, Mimi and Gerri with some of their favorite pictures.  I just printed them in black and white, cut to the size I wanted to used a whole lot of Modge Podge...and a little super glue!  I thought they turned out great...what grandma doesn't love pictures of their grandbaby?

So after we gave Mimi her gift, we loaded up the boat and headed to the lake for the day.  WE played and played, road the boat, cooked hot dogs for lunch and played some more


 We had a great and hot day at the lake!  I am so thankful everyday for my Mom, Mema, Tommie and all the other Mamas!  I am very very thankful for Wes and Paige for making me a Mommy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

The most exciting thing happened last week! (It wasn't during the weekend but I have to tell you about it!).  Well, it wasn't very exciting at first....I was driving around town on Wednesday and my car started making this horrific noise.  Unfortunately, that has happened quite a bit lately.  First time was going to my Greenville office and basically the front driver wheel just feel off...along with a few other was awful!  So we got that fixed and then in January, I was driving back from middle of nowhere in Abbeville and my car wouldn't go over 20 mph!  Guess what...the transmission was shot!  So we had it rebuilt...$1,800 later!  So I was so mad when I heard this noise...I am over fixing my Tahoe!  But I love that car so was awesome!  We just couldn't invest any more money in it, it wasn't worth it.  So after supper Wednesday night, we decided to go look for a new-used car!  I would love a brand new car, but there is no way I can afford those payments!

We went to every dealer (well, good dealers) in town.  We started looking at Tahoes and Suburbans...those are our favorites.  All of the used ones from 2008-2009 had over 100,000 miles on them.  I just couldn't justify paying 20,000 for a car with that many miles.  So after much thought, I agreed to look at some smaller vehicles.  I didn't like anything that I saw, but then I saw a Toyota Venza and I thought, I could handle this.  It is a lot smaller but still room for two car seats (no we aren't expecting any time soon, but we knew in the next few years we would probably have another one, so we have to take that into consideration.) and it also had a lot of room for my work stuff to go in.  It only had about 50,000 miles and was around $18,000.  It was top on my list.  We decided to go back to the dealer that had the Tahoe and Suburbans so I could look at other cars there.  I found the one I wanted!  It was a 2008 Cadillac SRX4 with 50,000 miles.  I never thought that would have been in my price range but it was!  I knew that I needed to test drive both cars and see which one gave me the best trade in value for my falling apart Tahoe, but that had to wait until Thursday when they opened.

I had to scratch the Venza off my list, they wouldn't come down on the price or give me a decent trade.  After driving the cars, I knew I wanted the SRX4, it drove better and much roomier than the other, plus had a larger trunk area...which is important for work.  So after I drove it, Wes met me up there to talk the the salesman.  He told him what was wrong with the Tahoe, he test drove it, so he was going to hear the awful noise!  After they negotiated the price, he gave me a great trade in and a even better price!  I signed some papers, got a loan, signed more papers and traded keys!  I am so happy with my low car payments (as happy as you can be with a car payment...haven't had one since 2008).
Isn't she pretty?  I bought a tag for the front of it which makes it mine for real now.  I will miss my Tahoe but I am defiantly happy with my purchase!

Ok..enough about my car.  You want to hear a funny story?  The other night, Wes decided the move the ramp he built at his mom's house.  His grandma is in a wheelchair, so whenever she visits from Texas, she needs the ramp.  It was time for it to be removed, but one problem...all the grandbabies LOVE playing on this ramp!  Since we live right next door, Paige is able to play on the ramp every of her favorite things to do.  I wasn't real sure how this would go with Paige didn't go well!  I decided to video Wes doing this, not for Paige's reaction but I thought it was neat how he was doing it.....
Poor baby was devastated.  But her sweet Daddy moved it to the back yard on a hill coming from the woods.  So she can still play on it.  It is even better because you cad ride the 4-wheeler on it now.  She loves it!  She keeps pointing at it and saying "dada" then points at the tractor. 
Lets see..what else did we do this weekend?  We went to eat BBQ for supper Friday night and then I guess we just played outside the rest of the night.  Saturday, Paige and I played for a while and then picked up Mimi and we went to look for some Crocs.  Paige loved hers last year and needed something to wear while she plays in the water.  She loved trying on lots and lots of shoes and luckily she loved her Crocs.  After lunch, I dropped Paige off at Mimi's for the rest of the day because me, Mom and Jodi were heading to Florence for my cousin Sterling's wedding.  Mimi had a big day planed for Paige...she bought a little pool and they were having a water day!  Fun Times!

So we were on the road to Florence...we all really dislike this town.  My Dad is from there and some of his family still lives there.  The wedding was very small and was held at the park in the gazebo...very pretty!  It was great to see my cousin Robin!  Sterling, my second cousin and the groom, is a nut! He gets emotional and he was trying to hold back tears so he was very chatty as the wedding party was coming in!  It was kinda funny :)  The wedding was short and sweet and then we headed to the reception.  We caught up with my cousin Charles, uncle of groom, and just hung out waiting over an hour for the wedding took them FOREVER!  They finally got there and we watched them dance, cut the cake and we spoke with them before we headed back home.  They are a gorgeous couple by the way!
                             Photo: Back from Florence from my cousins wedding..what a pretty couple they are! Congrats Sterling and Leah!                             
Sunday, we just hung around the house that morning with Daddy and then Paige and I went to meet Mom and Jodi for lunch to celebrate Mother's Day a week early since Mom and Dad are going out of town.  It was also Jodi's two great things to celebrate.  Lunch was wonderful and then we headed to visit Mema for a little while.  We talked Mema into sitting outside, one reason is her house is always so hot and another was so Paige could play.  So we sat outside and Mema ate her milkshake Mom took her and tried to share with Paige...she wasn't too interested though.  I love these pictures of Mema and Paige!

 How sweet are those?  It was getting to be nap time, so Paige and I went home.  I had big plan of cleaning the house while she napped, but I caught up on Bravo shows! I don't get to watch what I want to watch that often these days so I had to take advantage of this time.  Once Paige woke up, we loaded back up and headed to my parents pond where Wes and Jonathan were riding in the canoe and fishing.  We stayed out there for a little while before heading home for supper and to play outside.

It was a fun weekend!  I just love our weekends together...never know what we will get into!
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