Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cabo and Mother’s Day

mommy and kids 1

Steve had a business meeting in Cabo last week and I was fortunate enough to be able to join him.  I flew over there on their last full day of meetings – we had a lovely dinner with the group (the same group we met in Barbados last year and Turks and Caicos the year prior).  The restaurant was gorgeous with an unbelievable sunset.


steve and J sunset

The next day, we left the hotel where the group was staying and headed over to the Esperanza (where we stayed for our honeymoon almost nine years ago).  Let me just tell you – the Esperanza is on a whole different level than any place we have ever stayed.  Within moments of us arriving, they had fresh mimosas and tropical fruit sent to our room.  We headed down to the pool, where they immediately brought us drinks and a masseuse from the spa came over to give me a complimentary foot massage.  And that kind of pampering lasted the entire length of our stay.

      mimosasteve balcony

poolpool 2

We spent pretty much every day just relaxing by the pool, taking walks on the beach, and eating delicious Mexican food.  It was paradise. 

dinner 1steve beach

I hated to miss Mother’s Day with the kids, but this wasn’t a bad way to celebrate!

Pool feet

Mother's day breakfast

It was just as incredible as it was nine years ago- maybe we’ll be back on our 18th anniversary!  :)

Ms. Lisa and my parents were kind enough to watch the kids while we were gone (THANK YOU!).  My mom filled in for me at MJ’s Mother’s Day celebration at school where they planted some flowers for me:


The kids had a great time up at Grandma and Granddad’s house over the weekend where they made cookie pops, drew on the chalkboard wall, and played with all the new toys in the basement (which has been transformed into a playroom for them!).

We celebrated Mother’s day when I got home – I was showered with gifts from each of the kids (a birdhouse from MJ, flowers from Ty, and a Pandora charm from Catelin).  It was a wonderful vacation – and an even more incredible Mother’s Day. 

mommy and kids 2Mommy and MJ

mommy and tymommy and CL


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Catelin at 11 Months

It’s hard to believe that we are just a month away from my baby girl turning one! 

Catelin’s personality is growing exponentially …she is more engaging and sweet than ever these days!



-eating.  Unlike her brothers, Catelin is much more of a vegetable than a fruit lover. She likes eating whole green beans and cut up cooked carrots and sweet potatoes. She doesn’t even care if they are cold! She is starting to rebel against the spoon a little bit (much prefers to feed herself).
CL eating
-sleeping.  Still sleeps great – 12 hours at night and 2 naps (usually about 2 hours each) during the day.
-her music class.  She has a blast with all of the instruments and dances right along with the other kids. 
-the jumperoo, the walker, and her toy table
-standing.  She is very strong and can stand for a few seconds on her own.  She is getting more comfortable letting go and sitting back down by herself.
-the boot scootin’ boogy.  Since she doesn’t like to crawl, she now prefers to scoot all over any room on her tush (and she is very fast).  It is hilarious.
-balls.  She will roll the ball back and forth with a partner forever if you let her.
catelin playing balls
-anything with wheels
-cabinets and drawers. Why is it that she can be surrounded by toys but she is more interested in doing this:
-playing with others and copying their movements.  She is so funny- she will turn her head to the side, wave, blink, play peek a boo, and copy almost any noise her partner makes.
-babbling.  She says “bye bye” and “mama” in the right context (but not always reproducible).  She loves to “chat”- and she sure knows what she’s saying! 
-her paci.  The boys never took the pacifier, but she loves it!  And thank goodness for the Booginhead paci clip or I would always be looking for those things!
-CL loves her brothers.  She looks for them from the moment she wakes up in the morning.  It is so sweet.
CL and MJCL and Ty
kids swinging
-crawling.  She is just not a fan.  She can move all around but doesn’t really want to do it the right way. 
Are you calling me stubborn?!
-loud noises.  If she hears someone screaming or anything that makes a loud sound, she gets scared and starts crying.

-teething.  Sweet baby girl got two more teeth this month (bottom sides); she now has 8 teeth!
-constipation.  Sorry if this is TMI, but Lindz I know you can relate.  This has been a problem off and on with all of the new foods she is eating.  1/4 tsp of miralax in her bottle every now and then seems to help.
-diaper rashes.  We have been battling one that flares up off and on for the past few weeks.  There is only one CVS around that sells the Triple Past AF (and they know it because it’s super expensive!), but it seems to be helping.
-being told “no.”  She understands what it means and gets so upset when I say it…
CL no
Catelin- you are beyond precious and we love you to pieces…Happy 11 months, my sweet baby girl.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

iPhone Dump

I just love it when my blog friends do the iPhone dump, so here goes mine from the past couple of weeks!

The zoo:


Lemonade Days Festival in Dunwoody):
On the fire truck:
MJ”s first hunting trip with daddy (he did very well sitting in the turkey blind!)
Trip down to the hunting property!
Steve and I at Conan O’Brien’s live taping in Atlanta:
Ty waiting patiently in the car shop:
Fun with Ms. Lisa’s granddaughter, Sierra, while she was in town:


Bowling with the family (where I found out that I am actually the worst bowler out of all of us- even with the bumpers in the lanes!!)



Chick-fil-A Cow: