Mother's Day 2017

I started the morning with flowers from all 4 of my men and 
Joey also got me new perfume.

Shepherd was so sweet. The day before Mother's Day, we went to this craft festival in Berea. Shep was walking around with me and we stopped at this booth selling bath bombs. I talked to the owner for a minute, asked if they had bombs with toys in them, because I figured Shep would only like it if that was the case, then we moved on. A little bit later Shep kept saying he wanted to go back to that booth, so Joey walked him over and gave him a few dollars. Shep came back to me and was so precious and proud, and presented me with a bath bomb he had picked out. He told me it was for Mother's Day and that was why he chose my favorite color. ANGEL.


So thankful for these three boys that call me Mommy. 

And thankful for my Grandma, who I love and adore! She has been with me every step of my life and I couldn't be more grateful.


And my own mom!


This was my Mother's Day post I put on Facebook for her:


This was our first Mother's Day without Joey's mom, and it was a hard day for him. I'm thankful that he still made it a good day for me.

Trying to get a picture with all 3...

Which resulted in the decision to just do a picture with each of them individually. 




We drove to Lexington to have lunch at my favorite restaurant, Pazzos. A bar on UK's campus isn't exactly a hopping Mother's Day spot ;) so we didn't have a wait...or a crowd. LOL. I like what I like!
I used to have lunch here with my friend Tara at least twice a week when we were in school.




THE best pretzels! And my favorite salad, which Major loved too. 


Shep insisted on sitting on the "balcony."


After lunch we went to Gratz Park for the Mayfest festival. Its held every year on Mother's Day and we love it.


So Major never asks for any toy. Shep always has a running list of things he wants, and if we are out Shep will always find a toy he loves. Not that Major doesn't want toys, he is just never as sure about what he wants and is pretty happy with anything. So I was so surprised when we first got to the festival and Major told me he wanted to look for a fidget spinner. I had no idea he even knew what that was. But its literally the first time he has ever had something he specifically wanted, so I told him we would keep an eye out. 
One of the last booths we went to happened to have fidget spinners, so he picked one out! He was so excited and hasn't stopped carrying it around and playing with it. 
(Side note: If you know what a fidget spinner is, I removed those circle inserts and just threw them away. They are the perfect size to choke on and I didn't want to worry about it. It still spins just fine!)






Fun Mother's Day with my boys!


Breaker loves his Daddy.


After the festival we stopped by the park to see Jen and Jeremy. Major just wanted to play with his fidget spinner.


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Mother's Day Then and Now

We have been so busy with holidays and birthdays and whatnot, I am working on posts to catch up my blog! Today though, I wanted to share these pictures from Mother's Day. Almost every year we go to downtown Lexington for this festival on Mother's Day. One thing about me, I love a good festival. This year I made sure to take pictures in the same spots we had for their first Mother's Days, and get a picture of Breaker to compare in the future! 

Shep in 2013//2017, on the steps of the old library.


Major, 2014//2017.

And Breaker's first Mother's Day in Kentucky. 



I love the big boys playing in the background :)


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On Shepherd's 5th birthday

May 10, 2017

We started the morning with blue cupcakes and singing happy birthday and blowing out candles. 


He got his gift from us, which was about 50 Thomas minis we had been hoarding so he could open all ones he didn't have yet.
He also got a new mini carrying case and two train shirts.



Shep had school on his birthday, and it happened to be "Superhero" day where they were supposed to wear their favorite superhero shirt. Shep decided Thomas was a superhero to him, so he wore his new Thomas shirt ;)

After school, I picked him up and we went to McDonald's for milkshakes. Then we went to our favorite park and Joey left work early to meet us there.
I brought the boys bikes and scooters for them to ride around the track...something I usually never do. Because I'm worried about them going to fast and I won't be able to catch up with them.
Side note: Turns out that should be the least of my worries. The real problem is them getting tired of riding them half way around the track and wanting us to carry them. 



If you're going to ruin pictures where your son looks like an angel, sorry but I'm posting them on the internet anyway ;)




After the park, we went home to meet Mema and Aunt Patty. They brought up gifts and ate dinner with us (McDonald's...Shepherd's choice!) and had cake and ice cream.
I surprised Shep with this special cake with his picture on it. 


Just like on his birthday, Breaker demolished the cake.
I've never seen a baby eat so much cake. I did limit him this time because he had a belly ache after his birthday party. 


But how can you say no to this face?


Pure sugar induced bliss:


Out of order, but Shep loved being sung to and blowing out the candles. We lit them 3 times so Major could have a turn, too. 


It was a great day celebrating Shepherd's 5th birthday!

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My first baby is 5


I have bawled my eyes out over this child turning 5. I swear I can remember EXACTLY what it felt like, snuggled up with my newborn baby in his perfect, precious little nursery, in the house we brought him home to. The happiest I have ever been was the first year of his life.  I feel weird admitting that but its the truth.  Not like I've been unhappy or less happy since then, but that was just a very simple, easy time and I loved it.  I think the best thing about that, is that I knew it then too.  So I can say I enjoyed it to the fullest.  5 years ago, I knew I was going to look back and think of happy, then.  I would go back and relive it all in a heartbeat. If I could transport myself to that room with my sweet angel baby I would. It goes so fast. I've cried thinking about how much faster its about to go. My dad has always told me that the first 5 years, the days are long but the years are short. But that once they start school, time really flies because you're so involved with the school and everything.


God, I love this child.

Shepherd, you are so special. You are a dream. You're kind and sensitive and thoughtful, funny and so so smart. You notice things. You are passionate. You love to make friends. You are magic.

One of the best things about you, is that you will always be the type of person who knows what they want. That is such a good quality to have. You are decisive. You like what you like and you like it a lot. Blue is your favorite color, so you insist on everything being blue for you. If there is an option for colors, you're getting blue, duh. If I ask you what you want for dinner, you will give me such a specific list and end it with "and thats all I want." Honestly, it makes it easier to do stuff for you, or buy you things, because you know exactly what you want at all times.

You love love love trains. I adore that about you, and I get just as excited as you about your minis. I love collecting them together and that you get so excited to tell me what you got.
You seriously know everything about trains. If we are watching a show or see a picture of a train and something is not right, you always can point it out. Like, "MOM! Why does that diesel engine have a coal car??" And I'll say, "they need you working for them because you know more than they do about trains!" ;) Or when we are looking at Thomas birthday cakes and someone has put any number other than "1" on Thomas, you're like, "Um, no, that is not right."
You also have a train radar that is really impressive. No matter where we are, if there is even the tiniest train, you will notice it. The other day we were in a store with a greeting card section. You zeroed in on the one card that had a train. It wasn't even a kid card, it was a flowery, old lady card that just happened to have a scene with a train puffing down the tracks on the front of it.

You love to learn. You can write your name and count to 100. You've memorized every Bible verse they've taught you in school since starting in January. You love to "do science" and I'm always trying to come up with activities I can do with you.


You LOVE Breaker. Always have. You want Breaker to sit with you on the couch, to lay in your bed...you try to teach him to walk and to say, "Shep." You play peek a boo with him. You genuinely just think Breaker is really funny and cool and its just so sweet.

You and Major do everything together. I pray you are always the type of brothers that have more of a friendship bond made even closer by the fact that you're brothers. I love that your and Major's first instinct whenever something is funny or exciting or out of the ordinary, is to race and tell the other.  You know how something great could happen to you, but the best part is telling someone else? It doesn't even feel real until you've shared it. You and Major are each other's go-to and I pray it is always like that.


Favorites:
Food: Cashews and green apples
Color: Blue
Restaurant: McDonalds
Show: Thomas
Movie: The Polar Express
Activity: Play with trains
Train: Percy because he's nice and he delivers the mail
What do you want to be when you grow up? Train driver


Thank you, Lord, for another year with my angel!




If you're interested, a look back at past birthdays:

ONE!
TWO!
THREE!
FOUR!



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