Thursday, April 26, 2012

If It Helps You Clean Your Plate

I am all for making meals interesting if it gets my kid to eat. I've made a hot dog into an octopus, pancakes into hearts, and broccoli into forests.

That being said, yes Tyler is eating his breakfast with an ice cream scoop.

He picked it out of the drawer, would place bites of egg into the scoop, then eat it from the scoop. I don't care, he cleaned his plate and it made it more fun. Maybe he was pretending his egg was ice cream. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Details

I told him to take his shoes and put them on his bed. Later that night as I was preparing to lay out his pajamas and get his bath started I noticed which bed he returned them too. I actually meant for them to go on the twin bed in his bedroom. I laughed it was funny.

 I can't complain though, he listened to what I said. I just did not get the details of which bed to place them on communicated effectively to my 2 year old. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

A New Yet Familiar Start

Today, I begin a new phase of my career. I will be starting a new position and I am thrilled. I'm nervous but ready for what is in store, I hope. Please pray for me and my family as we now start something that is out of our comfort zone.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Family JB Moto-Racing Weekend

Last weekend we visited Carolina Motorsports Park to watch my brother Jason race. He takes part in the Championship Cup Series here in the Southeast. We were running late as usual and Jason was nervous that we would miss his first race. It worked out though and we were able to make it in time to talk with him before he suited up. 

Here he is taking a practice lap and getting ready to line up.

I had never seen him race and it was so much fun to watch him take off. Tyler was in awe of all the noise and how excited everyone was.

Jason had to show off a little for us. He was in first place here and doing very well.

This race had an accident in it and then a red flag. When this happens they have to ride into the pit, take a practice lap, then line up again to take off. This actually benefited Jason.

Tony and Tyler stayed at the fence so they could video Jason coming back around.

Here Jason passes another racer. We were so thrilled to see this happen right in front of us instead of across the race track.

I tried to take pictures of everyone having fun. Tyler had other plans.

Jason came back in after his win. Everyone was congratulating him and patting him on the back.

We went to go say hey and good job as well but it was kind of a frenzy to get his bike set up and the tire warmers back on.

I stayed and snapped a few pictures and then left him to finish his work.

This is the smile of a winner. He knows he's fast.

We all laughed and enjoyed his win together. 

Mamaw came to watch as well. I would ask her what she though of it all and she could not describe it. It was loud and confusing, that's all she knew.

Jason was not racing here, we were just watching all the other races from our shady spot over in the corner.

Tyler with Mimi. He had so much fun running around and playing.

We got to go to watch from the pit area. This gives a different perspective for sure. Jason is number 125.

Once again he left the race track holding up number 1. It was another 1st place finish.

Tyler enjoyed watching all the races and snacking on 'mar-mellies'. That's what he calls marsh mallows.

We would hang out and enjoy the great race weather. It was actually a little cool in the shade, but we had plenty of time to talk about the race and have fun as a family.

Number 1!

This was towards the end of the day. Jason had the last race of the day and it was getting late. Tyler managed to make it through the day with no nap.

By the end of the day everyone was tired. Especially Jay, but we managed a few pictures with everyone.

Jason had 7 first place finishes and ran hard with the experts. He had lots of support and I think that helped as well. If you want to learn more about the races and see more pictures go to

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

While Reading...

A year ago. Looking at a book while going potty.
Lately, Tyler has been throwing new word combinations our way. Last night I was caught off guard and complied with his request immediately.

After I read a few books we rock, snuggle, and sing silly songs to each other. He must have sensed that I was getting ready to hug him up and carry him to bed. He looked into my eyes held up his little pointer finger close to his cheek and said, "One more?"

Gasp! I Melted! He wanted me to read him one more book! He asked for one more book! It was amazing simple request, but the combination of my sweet boy and the fact he wanted to extend his time with me by one book was... it is beyond words. So I read another book to him with much pleasure.

The only thing that could top that would be, " I love you very much mom." I would have then cried, gave him a big hug, and fetched him the whole batch of rice krispy treats.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jam Packed Easter Sunday

On the Saturday before Easter Sunday we dye eggs. This did not go smooth. We dropped an egg before it was able to get a pretty color. I knew this would happen. Tyler was bound and determined to do it his self. 

This was awesome except for the fact that he constantly wanted to check on how the eggs were doing. This slowed the process tremendously and the fact he wanted to move the cups. Thank goodness we were doing this outside.

I was not happy with the dye though. Next year I will spend a dollar more for something a little bit better.

On Sunday morning the Easter bunny delivered a basket full of golf balls, a toy, and hid eggs with candy in the living room. Once he realized the eggs contained candy he would say, "Oh boy, candy!"

We were in a hurry to get ready for church, so this was a free pass for Tyler to eat candy for breakfast. He only gets this joy on Christmas and Easter Morning. Believe me he loves this almost as much as the toys.

After the morning service we went to Tyler's cousins Easter Program and then ran home to get ready for lunch. After lunch the boys hid eggs for Tyler around Memaw's yard. 

That pink egg in the tree was the hardest one for Tyler to find, but he eventually did. He was shaking the eggs and looking for candy still. I had to explain that we already emptied the eggs of candy. Aw-man.

Not to worry though he was happy to run around the yard and find all the eggs that he could. It made it that much more fun to do so with the boys.

Then we broke out the bubble wand and played with bubbles. Thank you Uncle Ted, Aunt Kimmy, and boys for the bubbles. We have had a lot of fun with them.

Our marathon of Easter festivities continued with my side of the family. We visited Nanny and Pappaw Banks,  Mammaw and Pappaw Brigmon, and Mimi and Paw. We hid eggs and played in the yard. It was nice to soak up the sunshine and enjoy being outdoors.

Tyler was on a sugar rush all day and enjoyed every bit of the attention that he received.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring... in March?

The trees are in bloom, the flowers are in full color, and the pollen count is at an all time high. It must be Spring? But it's March, although now that I am publishing this it is April. The green up for the area here in Western North Carolina is incredible for this time of year. Tyler has had a runny nose for weeks, bless his heart, he has allergies.

Just in the month of March my Dad (Tyler's Paw) has mowed the yard 3 times. I don't want to complain about such a mild Winter because you will find harsh and snowy Winters are what I actually enjoy complaining about, but I feel like I am a little off kilter because of the nice weather... in March!

Thank you God for this unusual weather. May you give Paw, Daddy, and everyone else who mows or has allergies the strength and a higher tolerance to pollen in the coming year.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

First Time Fishing

This year we decided would be a good time to introduce Tyler to fishing. We were so excited and feeling that all would be a success. I have provided a time lapse of events that marks our epic adventure on opening day.

Good Friday, 4/6/12, 7:00 p.m. - We visit a big box store to purchase my fishing license.

9:00 p.m. - I have been told twice that maybe I should have not waited until the last minute to get my license. I am tired, angry, and trying to reason with myself that having the flu was a good reason why I did not get my fishing license earlier. 

10:00 p.m. - It is one of the latest times I have ever got Tyler in bed, but I blame this on the big box store and the fact they were not prepared for my lack of preparation. 

11:00 p.m. - Tony and I are tying hooks on fishing lines, attaching sinkers, packing the tackle box, attaching a cute bobber to Tyler's little pole so he will have something to watch in the water.

11:30 p.m. - The car is packed up, our snacks for tomorrow are ready, our clothes are laid out and ready. Tony and I finally crawl into bed.

Opening Day Morning 4/7/12 6:30 a.m. - Tony has been awake for a little while, he could not sleep. I on the other hand do not want to be disturbed.

6:45 a.m. - Tony insists I get up, unfortunately I get up and start getting ready. I also start brewing coffee.

7:10 a.m. - We are not on schedule but we finally are pulling out of the driveway.

7:30 a.m. - I wait in line to buy worms and our breakfast at D&D Grocery. I wished I would have just purchased my fishing license from them. Next year will be different.

8:00 a.m. - We finally get a hook wet. 

8:30 a.m. - Tyler has lost interest. He only wants to find rocks to throw in the water. This does not bode well for us getting to catch a fish, so we move to a new fishing hole.

8:50 a.m. - At the new spot I have warned Tyler multiple times to not get so close. The grass is a little tall and even though it looks like he can stand closer to the edge it is a 12 inch deep hole of water. 

8:55 a.m. - Tyler falls in the water. I fish him out of the water and run back to the car to strip the soaked clothes off of him and turn the car heat on.

Maybe just a minute before he fell in.
9:10 a.m. - We are at Mimi's house debating on returning to the creek to try again.

9:30 a.m. - We decided not to go back but try again in the afternoon. We now pull back into our driveway.

9:45 a.m. - Tyler wants ronis. Nothing else will do.

10:05 a.m. - Tyler has polished off a bowl of ronis and his chocolate milk.

I am exhausted just re-telling this fishing tale. It was fun but with a 2 year old I don't know what I was expecting? I was planning for a possible fall into the water by bringing more clothes for us, but I had no idea how hard it was going to be. Next year will be easier... I hope.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Driving Range

We went to the driving range while we visited Raleigh, N.C. We purchased a large bucket of golf balls and an hour and half later we were sweaty and tired. Tyler probably hit over 100 balls. I am not exaggerating. The kid was a machine. Some of the balls only rolled 2 feet so we could easily use a club to roll them back for him to hit again. That does not take away from the fact that he swung his club over 100 times. That is impressive for a 2 year old. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Light of My Life

He is the best kid a mom could ask for. No exaggeration, I am blinded by love!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Phone Kisses Make It All Better

This is a special kiss I received while at work. It helped me get over a slight panic attack. You know what I'm talking about all you moms out there? That prick of fear that wells up in you when you have not heard from your child, husband, or parent. Your mind automatically goes into hyper worst case scenario mode. 

What if...

That was when I reeled myself back in and texted Tony. 

When I texted this was the scenario playing in my head; Tony and Tyler had been in an accident, it was bad, Tony was in a coma and was probably not going to make it, Tyler was not doing good, and the hospital could not find me or any family member. I was to the point of tears and my chest felt like it was collapsing in. 

That glorious little beep, from Tony's reply made me almost shout with joy. That alone made me feel better. It was the kick I needed to get back to reality and to stop my mind from wondering.

Today, I am thankful for my phone and sweet and simple texts saying, "I love you Mommy."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

First NHL Game

This was a first for me and Tyler. We went to go see the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers play at the RBC Center. We had such a good time. Only a few minutes into the game Carolina scored a goal and  of course everyone went crazy! It was super exciting, Tyler just did not know how to react. I snapped a pick with my cell phone.

I could not get him to stand he was too busy watching everyone act like a fool over our first goal being scored so quickly. We tried to get him excited and at least smile but he was pretty side tracked at the time.

Once the first period was complete they played a game with the mascot on the ice and then the Zamboni came out to work. There were two of them and they were sponsored by John Deere and had hoods that looked like something on a tractor. It was by far Tyler's favorite part. When they left I told him they had to go get gas. Although I am pretty sure that they don't run on gas inside an enclosed arena. I assured him they would be back and this made him satisfied him for the time being.

Of course the golf club accompanied us to the game, which kept me on pins and needles that he was going to accidentally hit someone with it. It was tight quarters and the chances were great that the club would connect with someone. When it finally met it's victim it was an unsuspecting lady sitting in front of us. This was not her actual seat so Tony justified it as, "Well she should not have been sitting there." We were lucky that we were on the very last row of the bottom section and no one claimed the seats directly in front of us. Tony and I sat on each side of Tyler to take any hits. That part was stressful for me.

The rest of the game played into Carolina's favor and we won 4 to 1. We had fun cheering and it was such a nice night for a hockey game. By the way, who knew that people tailgated for hockey games? I didn't.