I have to rip off Old Navy's slogan because this baby is- Seriously. Cute.
Some new developments have occurred week/weekend:
-Tears! Actually just watery eyes, no real drops yet. -Cries when I leave (even the room) Pretty pitiful! -Trying to crawl but very unsuccessfully and is scooting backwards -Trying to pull up on things and almost stood up in his high chair!
I just had to share the cuteness and milestones. No teeth yet. I can't believe I thought he was teething months ago!
The Tournament Dates have been set... It is going to be held August 8th and 9th at Wilson Park in Fayetteville. This is a Doubles Only Tournament so start picking partners and mark your calenders! Don't forget the Mixed division. That can be lots of fun and is a lesser fee if you are also playing in another bracket.
Women, the men always out number our women's division in a big way. I know lots of you are getting into tennis so come out and play! Print off fliers or let your lesson groups know and let's bring the girls out! I am playing again, last year I was extremely pregnant, but this year it's on! :)
This tournament is different than most other tournaments. We are not USTA sponsored, as we tried going that route, but it was discouraging our base players. Think neighborhood park vs. Racket Club feel. This tournament is open for experienced players who want to compete as well as people who just want to have a good time. Seriously- we have some EXCELLENT players on one court with guys in fake mustaches and wigs playing right next to them. Love it and ALL are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Proceeds are tax-deductible and go to sponsoring 'Kids Tennis Day' which exposes underprivileged children in NWA to the game of tennis through the Razorback Tennis Team, and Safe Ride at the University of Arkansas.
Go to the website for more information such as sign-up sheets, fliers, and history. www.drj2.com
I will remind you again closer to date, but I have had some questions and I want everyone to have enough time to plan for this event!
Really does look worse in person, but there it is above the left eye...See it?
Objects (babies) are FARTHER AWAY than they appear
I lost the "Mother of the Year Award" yesterday....we went on a walk through the neighborhood and I had Bella on the leash. She caught the scent of a squirrel or a rabbit and jerked me so hard I started to go down (but I had the stroller safety band on my wrist) so the stroller went down too and fell over on it's side with David Franklin in it!!!! So scary, and he bumped his head on the bar on the side of the stroller. He only cried for about a minute but I was sick to my stomach thinking his head hit the street! So, we have our first knot/bruise on his forehead. It is little (ok, minuscule) but I was sad about it. I hear we will have lots more bumps and bruises to come, especially with boys. We have seen an E.R. doctor (nice neighbor, did not go to the actual E.R.) and I called the pediatrician's office. I've got 'first child syndrome' I know. It really did look worse in person...but yeah, I totally over-reacted. The Chill pill has been ordered!
On a happier note- Those of you who know Franklin know how he loves golf, so he was beyond excited when I suggested that we join him after work and ride in the cart while he played a few holes. It was so much fun! I'm so thankful for time like that together.
We also went to our first Music Together class. David Franklin responds to music in a big way, so I thought this would be right up his alley. Plus, I was really excited about meeting some new moms in town. He smiled so big when we sang and danced, and of course...chewed on the instruments!
I had a fire in the fire place last week!! WHAT?! We have taken full advantage of these warm, gorgeous days. It is getting me so excited about summer. I can't wait to play with David Franklin at the pool and on the lake and outside. I am teaching 1 class this summer, in the mornings M-Thursday from 8-10. The afternoons and Fridays are free for me to play with my baby. I love my job! (For more reasons than the fabulous schedule, but as a mom, the schedule is pretty high up there!)
We have a few parties this weekend and I must say that I am looking forward to some "Adult" time. Balance. It's a good thing, and harder to achieve than I ever realized.
Will's school bus cake! Go Badgers!! The Chaney and Bass boys (dads included) Can I eat this tail?? I'm going to try!! Playing before bathtime!
We have had a busy week this week with work and events and so this weekend has been mellow and very nice (add Borat accent there :)
We went to Will's birthday party today- he turned 2! It was a school bus party and it was so cute!!! There was even a real school bus with balloons and the kids loved it. Will is VERY into buses, trucks, cars, etc. David Franklin didn't quite appreciate the bus yet, but the big kids sure did!! We love our Arkadelphia friends so it was so nice to get together with them, even for just a little bit.
Tonight we are cooking dinnner and staying in. We are liking being HOME these days!! The April showers we're having make the couch, DVR, and fire (yes, I know it's almost summer but I have a fire going) so inviting!
Christ the Lord has Risen Today!! I love Easter. It was one of my very favorite holidays growing up. We would always go to Glenwood after church and have a huge egg hunt, crack a pinata, and then hit the eggs off of a ridge with my Pap-paw's old golf clubs. Weird traditions- I know, but that is what made it so much fun!
David Franklin got to meet Lilly Johnson yesterday. I'm not sure if he wanted to eat her or "kiss" her but either way, he liked what he saw! My friend, Abby, spent the night with us last night and it was fun for her to be here with us when we woke up (early) this Easter morning! We went to early church, had a breakfast brunch with Gammers, then went to the Bass's to play and eat lunch with the Vaught cousins. Meme had her own "egg hunt" for David Franklin which was laying plastic eggs on a blanket and letting him roll over grabbing them...it was a success! He really loved it!
I love all of the colors, candy, eggs, outfits and celebration Easter holds but I am most grateful that Christ died and rose again for us to live eternal life with Him. Franklin remembers every Easter his Mimi saying, "Christ has Risen." What a precious memory for him and one that reminds us of the gift of life this day holds. Happy Easter everyone!
Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary. Franklin and I have been married 3 years, but together around 10 years- CRAZY!! Not to be cheesy and gush about how much I love my husband but the more I learn about him, the more I love who he is. I respect him tremendously. I hope Martina McBride won't mind me borrowing her sentiments from her "Blessed" song but the lyrics just seem to fit today...
I have been blessed With so much more than I deserve To be here with the ones That love me To love them so much it hurts I have been blessed
So much for the not being chessy and gushing, but who was I kidding?? Seriously.
I'm loving this sunshine!! It's still a little chilly but we had to go outside and play in our new front yard on such a pretty day. It was also a good opportunity to practice sitting up because there is slope (so that helped hold his weight up so we sort of cheated). He did really well, but ended up in a face plant on the grass- play time over!
Last night we tried sweet potatoes for the first time and OH MY!! He has liked just about everything he has tried so far. Not oatmeal, but really everything else. We are introducing the baby food; green first, orange second, fruit third, meat (if we do meat) last. We are to the orange veggies and he is loving them! Last night after the 2nd bite of sweet potatoes he was hooked. He was literally shaking in his high chair fixated on that jar. (I was kind of scared actually) He was diving for them and cried when he polished off the first jar so I opened up a second and in no time it was gone!! He started to cry for even more until I distracted him enough for him to forget about it. I've never seen anything like it- it was like it was chocolate or wine or something. I guess I will be buying some more sweet potatoes today...I can't imagine what he is going to do when we get to applesauce!
Ok, so it's time for a little catch up. A lot has happened this week!
Last weekend we went to David and Ann Aday's rehearsal dinner and wedding in Little Rock. They are a really cute couple and the wedding was a blast. The Rockets played and they are one of my favorite wedding bands! There was some hilariously BAD dancing that made me cry I was laughing so hard. So much fun!
Sunday, we went to Glenwood to my Pap's church and it was so special. He hasn't been in over a year due to his declining health and everyone was so happy to see him. They asked him to stand after they played his video, and once he sat down the whole congregation stood up and gave him a standing ovation. So touching and wonderful a tribute to him...it felt kind of like that scene in "The Holiday" when the old man walks in with Kate Winslet- but better!
All throughout this week/weekend we were moving load after load to the new house. We had many people help us (watching DF, cooking, unwrapping, etc) and I don't know what we would have done without them. My mom was amazing through this whole process! We stayed at her house for several nights and she fed us, watched DF for us after we put him down we would come and work for a few more hours. She took off a day at work and helped me totally unpack the kitchen (huge deal, boxes galore!)
We spent our first night Wednesday night and we were exhausted but so happy to be here. We had a champagne toast and one of our favorite new neighbors (Mrs. Stella:)) brought our dinner. She is a WONDERFUL cook! She knows how much I love her chocolate cake and guess what she brought...YUM! I'm trying not to eat some for breakfast now and it is taking lots of restraint.
And last but not least- today is my baby's 6 month birthday!!! I can't believe he is 1/2 a year old. How does this happen so fast? I may be weird on this but it makes me sad in a way... I don't want him to grow up too soon. You really see the value of each day when you watch a baby grow up. Happy 6 months David Franklin! WE. LOVE. YOU!!!
I am Amanda and I love being a wife and mother. I have the family of my dreams! Motherhood is the most fulfilling, exhausting, rewarding, difficult, fun, and important calling on my life right now. Franklin and I have been married for over 9 years and I am lucky I get to live life with such a great husband and father. We are the proud parents of David Franklin, Nora and Isaac. We have a puppy, Maple, who has added lots of energy to the house! ;) We love to travel, spend lots of time with family and friends and really appreciate all of our blessings in life! This blog is an online journal, scrapbook/ baby book for our growing, busy, wild, little family. If you are looking for grammatically correct, politically correct, stimulating information on current events, I am sorry I can't provide that for you here, but I can tell you what my children are up to and how they are growing on a semi-regular basis. That is in between changing diapers, kissing boo boos, and pouring the chocolate milk!
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