Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer lovin'


A friend asked me last weekend how we spend our days this summer at
home together. It was a really good question and one that got me
thinking. We are busy with our daily life, travelling some, swimming,
boat rides, play dates, and being with friends and family. But a lot of our days can be summed up in this picture. At home, happy, me without make-up, and inseparable. I'm afraid we've both gotten pretty attached. He cried when I dropped him off at children's day out this morning and I was counting down the clock to go get him. Now we've had our ups and downs and it's not always easy, but I have to say, David
Franklin is my summer crush! Well, he and his daddy.

Friday, June 25, 2010

DF is going through a wake up extra early phase... This morning we came out for a swing on the deck since it was so nice and cool. He is being super cute and funny lately, talking up a storm! This morning he said- "mama, seep, good night?" Precious!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Road trip to Grands Ellie's






I have to start by saying Happy (late) Father's Day to Franklin or "Dada."
We love you BIG!

David Franklin and I hit the road for a quick trip to Missouri to visit Grands Ellen. We went up in one day (6 1/2 hour drive) and back the next. I am glad to be out of the car, but it was well worth it. We met Jack and Leslie in Harrison and they came with us, which made it so much more fun! The boys destroyed Grands' apartment in no time flat, jumped on her bed, threw her necklaces all over the floor, pulled things off the walls, pushed all the buttons on the remotes, phones...anything they could touch, they did. Grands lives in a nice retirement living facility and there is a long hallway that the boys ran up and down and up and down over and over again which cause quick a ruckus and sent a few residents to see what all the commotion was about. They were all so nice and thrilled to see children and just said, "let them run," and we were glad to! We had an early birthday party for Jack, and it was an overall great visit! Minus the speeding ticket I got after missing a turn and trying to make up time in Springfield...whoopsies!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank God I'm a country boy...




Franklin has taken a big interest in working on my Pap-paw's farm in Glenwood and getting it all cleaned up. It had been neglected when my Pap's health declined. Franklin has visions of taking DF camping, fishing, and more country adventures there. It absolutely thrills my mother and it would my Pap-paw too.

David Franklin's favorite things right now are his farm animal and truck books so we went last night to meet Franklin working so he could ride on the tractor. Well- let me just say....it was a HUGE hit. He really enjoys most everything, swimming, going to the golf course, going to the park or playground and he never really wants to leave, but leaving the tractor was in a whole different league. He was actually broken hearted to drive away from his dada and the "tractor". He was bawling and begging for the tractor.

We went up to Mam-maw and Pap-paw's house because my mom and Uncle Bob are about to start cleaning it out. Let's just say, David Franklin wasn't the only one with tears in Glenwood last night. I was flooded with memories I haven't had in a long time, of spending the night in the middle of my mam and pap in there bed and how we would all say prayers together. Of the little towels my mam would use and the tiny amount of bath water I got over there. When I sat up on that tractor for a short ride, I looked down at the wheel and remember riding it when I was a little girl with my Pap and David, and he would let us shift the gears.

I'm so glad that I married a man who has such deep love and sentiment of family and being outside, that he takes the lead on preserving land from my family and my childhood, in order to create the same experience for our son. It was beyond fun for David Franklin and beyond meaningful to me to see them driving off to the pond in my Pap's "big tractor."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hat day

He wanted to wear a hat today, he never leaves hats on so this was a big deal! I always try to sneak them on his head when we are in the sun to protect that baby skin, but he hardly ever goes for it. It got a little crooked and came off and on, over and over again, but he was such a little cutie pie in it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

20 months





I can't believe that my baby is four months away from turning 2! Oh my goodness sakes alive. I keep looking at the cross stitch my mom made and hung in my nursery that is in David Franklin's room now. It reads ".....Calm down cob webs, dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep." Is that ever true. The tasks of the day can me take away of being in the moment, and it's flying by. He wants me to "rock oou" before I lay him down for naps or bed. It is really precious time together where we read his Bible stories and sing songs. (It actually turns into a mini church session because he's started asking for prayers too so we read the Bible, sing Jesus loves me, and pray.) I have been holding his long body, and looking at those words on the cross stitch- just wanting to press the pause button on these days.

We had a swim party playgroup this morning. He started getting brave right at the end, sticking his face in the water! Hopefully this will get better and better because right now he just yells "Mama" over and over again if I'm not touching him in the big pool. He loved the boat in the baby pool so that is where we mostly stayed.

He is learning new things and new words constantly. His little brain is exploding with knowledge and he surprises us everyday with things he says and remembers. He is an absolute joy to be with and we are so blessed to have him in our lives.