Monday, January 31, 2011

Terrible Twos and Potty Training Adventures!

Dear Drew,
Wow! What can I say? You aren't even 2 years old yet, but the terrible two's have hit for sure!! From temper tantrums to unexplained outbursts, you are showing typical 2 year old's personality! I often say I can't wait for this time to be over, and as I sit and type this, you are pulling on my arm and crying "Mamamamamama" because your daddy and brothers are downstairs in the den and you want to go, but I have to remind myself to treasure this time because it will be gone all too fast. I have to remember that this is you testing your limits and trying to express yourself the best way you know how at this point....

That being said, you are saying so many words! It's so funny, because any time we ask you anything, the answer is almost always "NO" even if you mean "Yes!" I'm very proud of how smart you are! You have this shape-sorter ball and that is one of your very favorite things to do! You have your daddy or I let all the shapes out and you will sit there for hours spinning the ball looking for the right hole for each shape over and over again! You are VERY good at it too! It's really quite impressive!

You also love any kind of sport! Football, baseball, basketball...those are your favorites! And oh my! are you left-handed! You hold a bat and swing perfectly left-handed - just like your mama! You throw left-handed, shoot basketball left-handed and even suck your left thumb! Yep! Sorry to say, but you are STILL sucking that thumb! I know you're going to get me for allowing you to do that for so long later on, but everywhere I've read says it won't hurt you until your permanent teeth come in....believe me, I've researched it over and over again!

After the last couple of weeks of bathroom wars with you - long periods of time sitting (playing) on the toilet, you FINALLY peepee'd in the potty today! I was so excited! I hope that this is the start to you realizing what you're REALLY supposed to do when you're in there!!! You won't be 2 for another 3 months or so, so this is a fantastic head start. I'm very proud of you and all of your accomplishments in the short year and a half you have been part of my life! Your dad and I love you VERY much!!

Mommy <3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baseball Season - January 29, 2011

Dear Dillon Ray,
Ohhh I am so excited for you today! It's time to sign up for BASEBALL! Your very favorite! This year you are going to move up from ragball to t-ball - a year early! You won't be 5 years old until the END of the season. Your dad and I just know that you are going to be a fantastic baseball player!
I took you out in the yard yesterday and pitched to you and you are hitting so well! Then you put your glove on and I threw to you. At first you were backing away from the ball, but I challenged you by asking if you wanted to be an awesome baseball player. You got that cute mean look on your face and said "YEAHHHH!" so I told you you couldn't be scared of that ball and you stepped right up and missed very few of the rest I threw to you! I think the sweetest thing yesterday was when you said "Mama, you know how I learned this? From Kowa!" You love your big brother! He certainly is someone to look up to, for sure!
When Daddy told you last night that he was going to work at the gym this morning and sign you up for baseball you told him "Make sure you tap me in the morning so I can go with you!" This morning, when he "tapped" you, the first thing out of your mouth was "Yay! We woke up just in time!!" Then, before you left you said "This is the best day EVER! Signing up for baseball and the CIRCUS in the SAME DAY!"
I sure hope I can remember days like today and your sweet, innocent reactions to them. Always remember, do your very best and we will always be proud of you!!!

I love you SO much!
Mom :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This is probably the third time I've made this same exact post! I WANT TO COMMIT TO BLOGGING AGAIN!!!

...starting tomorrow :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Be still, my heart!

Dear Dakota,
Tonight while riding home from Gardendale, Dillon and Drew fell asleep so you asked me the sweetest, saddest thing you have ever asked me. "Mama, how do you get a girl to be your girlfriend?" You were so honest and sincere about it, and I was so proud, but it was all I could do to choke back the tears. Are you really old enough to be thinking about that? I guess you are already 8 years old, and your "girl crazy" years are fast approaching. My advice to you was to either call her, write her a note or ask her at school. You are so funny though because you don't want anyone else to know about her (you're afraid you'll be made fun of)and you never get to see her at school because she isn't in your class or in your PE class. Some of your main reasons for wanting HER to be your girlfriend are (these are YOUR words) "She's pretty, she's sweet, she's NEVER mean to anyone, if someone gets hurt on the playground she always goes to check on them, and she makes good grades". I must admit, those are pretty good reasons, son! I'm proud of you for going after the "good girls"!

Thank you for trusting me enough to talk to me about such sensitive matters. I always want you to feel like you can talk to me about anything at all.

I love you so much and I am so proud of you!

Mom <3

Thursday, August 12, 2010

First Day of Third Grade

Dear Dakota,

Today you started the third grade! I can not believe how time flies! Pretty soon I'll be sending you out the door for your senior seems like I just blinked and you were out of NICU and going into the third grade. I know you were very nervous this morning, but know that everything will be ok. You are so smart and handsome and talented - everyone who knows you loves you! I know that you have nothing to worry about, so I hope that once you get to school you can relax and have a great time - oh, and learn a LOT! Your dad and I love you so much and we are so proud of you!

Mom <3

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

Dear Drew,
I can't believe how fast you're growing! You are 14 months old now and are so smart! Your granny gave you a shape sorter ball and you could literally spend hours sitting and placing the shapes in the holes! You love it! Tonight at dinner I got you to shake your head and say "Mmmm...good!" It was so cute! I love how you shake both hands and say "Gone gone!" and especially the way you yell out "Mama! Mama! Mama!" until I ask you "What?". Every time you ask me the same question..."Manema nema blah blah ball?" I so wish I knew what you were saying! I love you so much!
Mama ;)

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Sunday, July 11, 2010


Dear Dakota,
This year, instead of soccer, you decided (with a little push from your dad) to play football. Although I enjoyed watching you play soccer, I am so excited to watch you play football! I hope that you choose to excel in football like you do in most everything you do. Always remember that no matter what you are doing, you should give 100% 100% of the time! That is all your dad and I ask of you and your brothers! Doing so makes you an excellent role model for your brothers and those around you, builds character and gives you a sense of self pride and satisfaction at the end of the day. You will never regret giving all you've got! I am so proud of you for everything you are and all you've accomplished in your 8 years!
Love you!
Mom :)

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