Friday, December 18, 2009

Go Deacs!

6 weeks old One year old Two years old - It was a little harder to get him to look at the camera this year, but he looooves basketball now!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Outdoor winter fun

Just some cute pictures from the weekend of Drew playing outside.

Funny faces! Meema & Drew enjoy a brief swing Wheeeeee! I love to slide! Yes, the bubbles were frozen but he still liked to carry them around.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas

It has been fun to watch Drew "discover" Christmas for the first time this year. He loves all of the Christmas lights, the tree, Santa, the "HoHoHo" presents under the tree, etc. Our Christmas tree has gotten quite a few night-night hugs. He even watched his first full movie this weekend - he was captivated by the Polar Express (between Choo-Choos and Santa we figured we couldn't go wrong with it). We drove through the Festival of Lights here in Winston and Drew didn't stop talking the whole time... "Look look look!!!!" and "cool lights".

Drew helps Meema find the "perfect" tree for her house Brad decorated our bushes with lights and this was Drew's first time seeing them. He loves them and every time we drive up to our house he says, "Drew's lights!". I *love* this picture that Meema snapped of Drew at her house - his expression says it all. BUSTED!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas card photo shoot

Hopefully by now, Christmas cards have been received so this won't ruin anything - but just wanted to show you some "behind the scenes" shots of what it takes to get a dog and 2-year-old to take pictures together dressed in gear that they don't like wearing (the hat/antlers). Fun stuff - Brad and I enjoyed a lot of laughs throughout it! It takes a lot of bribery to get them together! Of course, we could get *one* of them to sit still for a second and look at the camera - the struggle was getting BOTH of them! These are two of my favorite pictures from the day. It's a wrap - job well done, boys.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Belated Thanksgiving post

Sorry for the delay - to say it's pretty busy around here prepping for the holidays and baby #2 is an understatement, but I do have lots of pictures to share!

We enjoyed going to Henderson on Thanksgiving then we took a trip to the beach for a long weekend. The highlight of the weekend came with the Dixie Stampede - Drew LOVED the 'horsey's and other animals and of course "HO! HO! HO!" (what he yells everytime he sees Santa). Here are some pictures from that trip:

Outdoor fun at Aunt Sistah's house: Thanks to Drew, we watched the sun rise every morning - not something that Daddy and Mommy are used to seeing at the beach, but it was beautiful. Daddy and Drew prepare for some Black Friday shopping at the outlets Just chillin at the beach - you know eating grapes and watching Dora... isn't life good? Napping - Mommy's belly makes a good pillow these days! Beep! Beep! I'm gonna schedule some more posts, so look for some updates in the next few days to catch everything up!

Monday, November 9, 2009

This is for you Uncle Denny & Aunt Lynda...

...and of course for all of the Jenns, Beccas and other Tigers out there as well! A couple of months ago Uncle Denny apparently taught Drew the phrase "Gooooo Tigers" (while Daddy wasn't around!). Drew will occasionally blurt this out of of nowhere - especially if football is on TV (any teams - it does not have to be Clemson). Well, he got a wonderful birthday package in the mail today from Uncle Denny and Aunt Lynda with a bright purple shirt with the phrase - you guessed it - GO TIGERS and then this bear which created the following scene:

He loves it but don't worry - he is still a Demon Deacon fan first!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Drew is two!

Drew had a big birthday weekend this weekend. On Friday, November 6th, our "baby" tunned two!! The day started out with Mommy, Daddy and Meema surprising Drew at his school. We were able to participate in circle time, show Drew's friends pictures of him, sing songs, and shared snacks with his classmates. That night we prepared for his big party the next day, but he still got his 'Choo Choo' cake then. On Saturday, many of Drew's favorite people gathered for a train party (what else?!). Thank you to everyone who made the effort and drive to help us celebrate this wonderful day! Daddy grilled out for everyone and Drew got a brand new train table which has already provided hours of entertainment for him. Here are some pictures of Drew throughout the weekend:

Drew and Mommy show his friends pictures of Drew the day he was born, pictures of his first birthday and some recent photos. Daddy sat with Drew for snack time. Drew's friends sang "Happy Birthday" to him!
Hmmmm, what is this?? CAKE!!!!! WOOOHOOO! Drew and cousin Mimi check out his new train table. Drew said "Choo Choo" and "Cool!" at least 500 times during his party! Finally, Mommy gets some good cuddling with her big boy at the end of a busy weekend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DREW!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

For Halloween today, Drew went to the first half of the Wake/Miami football game. Luckily for all of us, we didn't get rained on and Wake outplayed and outscored Miami (however, unfortunately for Wake, in the second half it poured and Miami then outscored them for the "W"). Drew did excellent at the game. He loves football, the people and the band. We then came back home, put on Drew's costume and hit the streets for some trick-or-treating. Drew quickly became a pro at ringing doorbells and holding out his bucket for candy. While he still doesn't really eat candy, he knew that was *his* bucket and *his* stuff he was collecting - he was very protective of that bucket... he even carried it up to his room when he went to bed. We also answered the door for a while - he loved the babies and whimpered with the "Scream" masks which seemed really popular this year still. Can you blame him - they are scary! Happy Halloween to everyone!

Now, introducing... ELVIS! Meema and Drew wait for the trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell Daddy and Elvis walk the neighborhood streets in search of chocolate He caught right on to the whole doorbell thing. In fact, I really think that was his favorite part of the evening! Don't even think about messing with my bucket!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just some little updates

Drew has seemed to recently hit a language spurt and it is so much fun to hear what he is talking about. He really talks a lot now... continues to love to greet and say "bye-bye" to any and all objects - living or not. (For example "hey gas station, hey, hey, *then we drive by it* bye-bye gas, bye-bye" He does this with everything!). He has started talking more about colors and shapes (purple and yellow appear to be his favorite actually - a future Pirate perhaps?) Anywhere he goes he likes to name things and make sure we repeat them. Some of his favorite new characters are "Burp and Nonny" (Burt and Ernie). Also, anytime we drive by anywhere we have EVER eaten before he pronounces "I EAT! I EAT!" And of course, when we leave a restaurant he says - you guessed it "bye eat!".

Drew learned a wonderful new habit of sticking food up his nose at Meema's this week (half of a thin baby carrot that was way up there), and unfortunately got the reaction that he wanted from us for it. I mean, really, how can you not laugh at that no matter how hard you try? I'm sure it won't be funny if/when we end up at the doctor's office for something that is lodged up there, but what can you do? I called and warned his teacher at school to please keep an eye out on random raisins and such from his lunch box.

We had our first parent/teacher conference last week and it went well. Drew's teacher's said that he is the "spark" of the classroom - which we hope is a good thing. They say that he enjoys art activities the most and is "learning how to become a good friend". He seems to have adjusted well to his new school.

Last weekend, we went to the Lexington BBQ festival where Drew made his television debut. I'm not sure how long this link will work, but if you go here you can see Drew and Daddy being interviewed (and very observant eyes will notice Mama and Meema in the background).

Drew also went to a birthday party of one of his classmates last weekend at Salem Gym. They do a medal ceremony at the end, and this is a picture of him recieving his gold medal.
And here is a quick video of Drew watching a train video online can you tell what his absolute #1 love in life is right now?!?!
A few weekends ago, Brad and I took a trip to Charlotte with some friends to see the Panthers finally win a game, and here were are:
We have quite a week coming up with Halloween and a big birthday - someone is turning 2! Look for updates! =)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Another transition

We are very sad to say that Drew has pretty much officially outgrown his clown suit. Let me explain. We have used zip-up "sacks" on Drew since he was itty-bitty - they are great because they act as a blanket but move with him so you don't have the risk of it being over his face at night. Ever since he has been able to stand/walk, we have been using Blankeaze - what we call his clown suit - which is the same idea (wearable blanket) with legs. He is so stinking cute in it when we zip him up in it - all clean after his bath. However, the people at Blankeaze need to realize there are BIG kids out there who need bigger sizes than 3Ts as Drew has finally outgrown his. So, it is very hard on us, but it is time for big boy PJs *sniff, sniff*. Brad bought him some Elmo PJs and he loves them though, so he has made the transition much better than we have.

In honor of the clown suit... Drew's first night in his new big boy Elmo PJs. Drew loved to keep pointing to his pants and shirt saying "Mo-Mo".

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thomas! Choo-choo!

Last Sunday, we headed down to the Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for their Thomas the Train days. First of all, we had never been to the Transportation Museum - it really is a nice day trip and a really nice museum. I wish everyone who follows this blog could have seen Drew that day. Brad made the comment on the way home that he thought that was the most fun Drew had ever had and I know our child said "choo-choo" at least 1,0000 times throughout the course of the day. "Hey choo-choo", "bye-bye choo-choo", "CHOO-CHOO" over and over and over again. They had a great set up, with train rides, hands on model train sets throughout the grounds, a "Bob the Builder" show, inflatables, and all of the other exhibits that are normally there as well.

Hey Choo-choo! Drew and Daddy riding on the Thomas train Mama and Drew-Drew in front of Thomas Drew got to "drive" the model train on the table from behind the window "Choo-choo" Wheeeee!!!