Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Jake!!!

My baby is growing up too fast! Jake turned 9 today. I can't believe that he is getting so big!!! A few more years and he is not going to want to hear "the story" anymore! Every year on his Birthday I tell him the story about how I went to the hospital early in the morning and who all was there waiting and how the doctor came in and brought Jake out of my tummy. His favorite part (and mine as well) is when I tell him about how the doctor laid him on my chest and with every ounce of energy he had, he tilted his little head up and looked at me. That was the sweetest moment I have ever had. He had to see just who had been talking to him for the past 9 months! I have been head over heels in love with that boy ever since! I always tell him that story (with a little more detail) every year on his birthday at exactly 2:02 p.m. because that is when he was born. That was the best day of my life. Those are the memories that are worth a million dollars and I would not trade them for anything!

Happy Birthday Jacob Owen Gurley!!! We love you more than anything!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Hectic Blast

The next few weeks are sure to be very very hectic. But, along with the busy hustle and bustle it is sure to be such a blast as well. Let me break down the next 5 weekends for you.

This weekend we are having Jake's 9th Birthday Party. We are having 8 kids, other than our own, over for a swim party on Saturday. Then after that they are all spending the night!!! I am going to have kids everywhere. But Jake is super excited and has been counting the days down. He said yesterday "This is going to be the best Birthday Party EVER!". Which makes it all worth it!!! That is what is happening Saturday and part of the day on Sunday. Plus, tomorrow is my Mom's Birthday as well. So somewhere in all the madness we have to find a good time to celebrate that as well.

Next Friday is Jake's real Birthday. There will be gifts and celebrating that day as well. Then Saturday, Michael, Jake & I are packing up to go camping with my parents at Lake Guntersville. We haven't been in about 2 months so that will be a lot of fun. Michael and I are coming back late Sunday and Jake will stay with Nana & Papa until Monday.

The next weekend (the 7th - 9th) is another busy one. Saturday we are having an "adult swim party". Some friends of ours are coming over that day to swim during the day, grill out for dinner and play cards that night. That is always a lot of fun. That Sunday is Mary Katherine's Birthday. We will get her for a few hours that day since she will be at her Moms that weekend. Probably take her out to eat and give her some gifts. Her party will be the next weekend.

The next weekend (14th - 16th) is going to be relaxing and....wait....what am I talking about??? No it isn't! The 15th is my 30th Birthday!!! Woohoo!!! It really isn't bothering me like I thought it would. Just another day! So my Parents always take us out to eat for our Birthday's so I am sure we will do that Saturday night. Then that Sunday is going to be Mary Katherine's Birthday Party! We will repeat everything that we did on Jake's Birthday (minus the spending the night part). Pool Party, Pinata, etc. Fun times will be had by all.

And finally...the last weekend that have plans for is the 21st - 23rd. Michael and I are taking a trip by ourselves to the beach! We did this last year as well for our anniversary and are going to keep the tradition going. We had our second anniversary on the 20th of July, but as you can see, with all we have going on..this will be the first chance we have to actually do anything. We went to Fort Walton Beach last year, but I think we may try Gulf Shores this year. Change it up a bit. Although I love taking vacations with the kids, this will be a nice weekend to relax and recoup from the crazy hectic month we had!!

Oh and did I mention that in the middle of all of this madness Jake starts soccer and school!! I signed him last night for soccer. It should start the middle of August and school starts then as well. He will be going to a new school this year (moving up to the "big boys school") so that will be interesting to see how he likes that.

So much to do...But it is ALL worth it!!! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Didnt Think It Would Happen So Soon

So yesterday afternoon we were going to eat with my parents for dinner. For those of you who do not know, we live right next door to my parents. So after work instead of going home I just drive to my Mom's house. We all eat dinner ( was great!), Jake & I go downstairs and film another Star Wars Lego's movie (too cute!), and then we sit around for a while and talk and watch Jake's masterpiece. Around 7, we decide to go home. So we all walk home and get settled into our nightly routine. Only to have my Mom call me about 30 minutes later to let me know that I had forgotten MY CAR!!! Completely forgetting that I had drove over to Mom's, I just left with Michael and Jake and walked home. I could not stop laughing. Imagine my surprise had she not noticed and I had gone downstairs to leave for work this morning. I would have called the cops and filed a report with it sitting 100 yards away from me! Whew!!! I knew turning 30 next month was going to have it's hurdles, but I didnt think they would start this soon! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boy, That Will Wake You Up

Fire alarms going off in your house at 2 a.m. will definitely get your sleeping butt out of bed with a quickness. I have never seen myself, nor my husband jump up and immediately run around the house like we did last night. We didn't even say anything. We were in detection mode. It is sort of the same reaction you have when your child is sleeping with you and all of a sudden you hear that "bluh...bluh....BLAH" sound of vomiting. There is no rolling over and stretching and rubbing your eyes and letting them get focused. You are UP and you are as alert as you have ever been. Jake was asleep in his room and the child didn't even budge. Of course that is the first place that I run (and when I say run...think Olympic training). Snoozing away! There are two feelings that you have when you see your child enjoying his zzz's while the fire alarm is going off. 1. Thank Goodness that he didn't wake up. If he had woken up, he would not have gone back to sleep and there is only so much UNO Spin & Battleship that a Mommy can take a 3 a.m. Plus he would have been scared every night for the next two months about the house burning down. 2. OH MY GOSH!!! He didn't even budge! What if this had been a real fire and he didn't even hear it??? He has a fire alarm in his room...right above his head and he didn't hear it. At that moment I hopped a bus and took a short trip right to Panic City (lovely place this time of year!)!!! So, after we repeated this process for the 2nd time, (Yes, it happened TWICE in about 20 minutes!!!) Michael and I got back in bed and flipped and flopped for about 20 minutes. I then realized that I would sleep MUCH better if I went and got in bed with Jake. That way if it did go off again and it was the real deal I would be there to wake him up and get him out. So heart still racing and mind still running with all the "what if's", I curled up next to Jake and went sound to sleep...finally. I always considered myself to be a comfort to him when I was sleeping with him after he had a nightmare or woke up and got scared...but the tables had turned and he was then a comfort for me!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's Getting Close

About 6 more weeks to go!! Erica is having her baby the first of September. Mommy & Addyson Grace are both doing great. She had her baby shower today. So many cute, tiny little gifts!!! She is going to need a bigger closet I do believe! I am very much looking forward to being an aunt again. Spoiling is my specialty!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back to Reality

We are back from the beach. Those seven days flew by! Why dont they go by that fast while we are at work? We had the best time. I think this was by far the best vacation that we have taken. We played putt putt too many times to count, rode go karts, went bowling and to the arcades, ate...and ate...and ate some more, swam, played at the beach, went crabbing at night...and relaxed! Such a blast! Nana and PaPa were able to come and stay with us the last two nights as well. I was so glad they could come. Everyone had an amazing time! We were all glad to see the house though on Saturday. The kids missed the pets (we also added 2 new pets to the clan while we were gone...turtles! Both the kids got their own turtles at the beach!) and I missed my bed! Home Sweet Home!

Here are some pictures of the fun...

Monday, July 6, 2009

What a Trip!

What a fun trip this has been so far. Just now stopped going non stop to sit down and relax for a few minutes. Today was the third day that we have been here. It rained for about an hour today, but other than that, the weather has been just perfect. We have been to one of many Putt Putt courses, we rode Go-Karts (well, they did....I am scared of them, but that is a whole other story), went bowling, went to a video arcarde and ate out at some really good restaurants. It has been very busy and very fun. 4 more days to go. We rode around a little while tonight and pretty much planned out the day for tomorrow. It involves turtles, balls, cannons, salt shakers, and spiders! Should be interesting! ;)

Oh - and we also found out tonight that Nana & Papa are able to come and spend a few nights with us. They will be arriving (if everything goes smoothly at work for Papa) Thursday and staying with us until we leave on Saturday. Yay!!!

Have a great week!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Buh Bye!!!

The family and I will be leaving bright and early in the morning (5:30 a.m. - - - to miss rush hour traffic) for Panama City Beach. I will think of you all while I am laying on the beach, lounging by the pool, playing at the water park, watching fireworks, and drinking fruity drinks (non alcoholic of course...we will have the kiddos!)!!!

I hope that you all have a great week! I know we will!!!