Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Snapshots

"Just a Couple of Cuties"

"Spring into Fashion"

"Daddy Rocks the Tough Mudder"

"The Lineup"

"Sugar and Spice"

"Cool as a Cucumber: Escape from Bedtime"

"Smile Sweet"

"No headbands, please"

"Afternoon with Grammy & Papa"

"Breakfast Buddies"

"CLC Cookout"

"Nighty Night"

"I can climb!"

Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Matt!

Happy 30th Birthday to Matt!

We started Matt's birthday celebration early.  We stopped by the office after Bible study on Wednesday and enjoyed a birthday serenade and a cupcake with Matt's coworkers.

Reed also dropped off some new loot for Matt's treat jar at work.  Reed was sure that Daddy needed some fruit snacks for his jar.  He is a pretty smart little guy. :)

Wednesday night at youth we surprised Matt with another celebration.

I couldn't believe he was actually surprised!

And slightly embarrassed... Ha!  Love this:

We collected birthday cards and notes from our youth family for Matt, who is a "words" person.  And also from friends, new and old.  I think he felt encouraged and loved by everyone's words of celebration- thanks!

On Thursday the kids and I snuck around to pick up Ms. Becky's Death-by-Chocolate cake (Matt's favorite!) and Sublime Donuts (also a favorite!).  (If you haven't ever been to Sublime, you are missing out!)

Friday, Matt's actual birthday, started with his men's CLC group.  We left his breakfast surprise on the counter, so he could take it with him to share!  (Matt leaves at 5:30... waaaay too early for a wake up call for us!) ;)
Luckily, Matt pulled out the "H" and the "B" and left them for Reed and me. ;)

After CLC, Matt went golfing and ate lunch with some friends, and then enjoyed a run at Kennesaw Mountain.  It was a beautiful day for a birthday, and I know he enjoyed the day off.  He came home late that afternoon and relaxed a little. :)

We soon got a call from our friends, and were able to step in and help in a medical emergency.  Just a couple of minutes after we picked up their boys and were caravaning home, Matt driving our van and me driving theirs, we witnessed a car accident one lane over from us at the stoplight.  Matt jumped out and called 911, and eventually I went ahead while he waited for the police.  (Everybody (in both emergencies) is okay, by the way).  We laughed at how out of the ordinary the evening turned out, but it is cool how the turn of events kind of represent who Matt is and what brings value to life in general-- servanthood and serving others.  Anyway, we ended up getting to enjoy pizza on the back deck with the Waldrons.  After the week of cupcakes and UGA cake (and with Becky's cake still up my sleeve), I was planning to switch it up and get ice cream or Rita's on friday, so we improvised with leftovers on a platter. :)

I don't think anyone minded. ;)

Later that evening, the kids gave Matt his gift-- a Braves shirt!

On Saturday, we surprised Matt with a birthday dinner with several of his (and our) closest friends.  Matt and I have been doing life together with these amazing couples since early in our marriage, and we're very blessed by their friendship.

The evening was a lot of fun!  We laughed a lot.  Matt even got to have sushi.  And Becky's cake was amazing, as always!  Thanks to everyone for celebrating my man!  Happy birthday, Matt!  You are a wonderful husband, leader, father, and friend.  I love you so much!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zoo Crew

We took a family trip to the zoo for the first time this spring, and we had so much fun.  Here are Reed and Molly, ready to roll...

It was especially neat to bring Molly to the zoo a few days after she turned one, because she reminded me so much of our very first trip to the zoo for Reed's first birthday!  Look:
Molly, Age 1, 2013
Reed, Age 1, 2011

Love it!

Some of our favorite encounters on this visit...

Feeding the birdies, of course!

The rhino was out and about.  He usually likes to stay undercover.

The gorillas.

The goats.  (Ugh).  The petting zoo is my least favorite spot... Reed put the goat brush in his mouth at one point, and I thought I was going to pass out.  Matt saw it and pointed it out, and I literally ripped the goat brush out of his hand and said "we're going home."  I was totally serious, but Matt gave the 'get real' look, and I was able to employ deep breathing techniques. ;)  Glad God gave me my hubs to help me navigate my germophobia.

The flamingos.  Pretty in pink!

And, of course, Reed enjoys the animal statues as much as the real animals!

Love the zoo.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


My favorite quotable kid stories are always overheard.

Reed & Molly hanging out in Molly's crib has become a new "thing."  Ha!  Usually I take the opportunity to put away laundry in their rooms and pick up the upstairs... A couple of days ago during "crib time" I overheard Reed teling Molly, (in a high squeaky voice), "you're perfect just the way you are!"  I leaned around the corner in time to see that he was holding her face in his hands and witnessed him give her a few loud kisses on the cheek.  Ugh.  So cute.  Don't know where he gets his material, but so cute!  He always wants to play with Molly, but we've noticed that he has gotten a lot more confident around her-- as in he takes it upon himself to hold her or will even try to pick her up.  I'm thinking he might need to be limited to heavily supervised visitation. :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Celebrating Molly

Molly turned ONE on Friday, April 19th!

It is hard to believe it has been a year since our beautiful baby girl joined our family.

She has been pure joy and sweetness and has stolen our hearts.

(Don't laugh.  So I wasn't very consistent with her photo project. (Second child.)) :)

At one, Molly is snuggly and petite.  She is 27.5 inches long and weighs 16 pounds, 9 ounces.  She is the proud owner of two teeth (bottom).  Molly still doesn't sleep well at night, but is scheduled like clockwork during the day.  She loves to play and is busy as a bee.  Molly is an expert and speedy crawler and works hard to get into just about everything!

She likes to bounce to music, or just whenever she feels especially happy.  Sometimes it looks like she is going to bounce right up to her feet and take off running. :)  She still prefers to be with mommy, but has started to play well in the nursery at church and is pretty attached to her caregivers.  Molly is also a great eater; some of her favorite foods are avocado, cheese (takes after Reed!), broccoli, and blueberries.  She can also tear up a Moe's quesadilla! :)  She likes to drop food off of her high chair try, then lean over the side to look at it and shake her head "no."  Molly says "dada," "mama," "hi," and "bruh-er" (brother).  Her special talents are pointing, clapping, waving, pinching faces, giving high fives, and if you ask her for "lovin" she will lay a big, open-mouthed kiss on your cheek. :)  She loves to smile, and has a great laugh.  Molly loves to snuggle her pink lovey bunny, and she loooooves her big brother Reed.


Reed and Molly's Pirate and Princess Party was a few days before her actual birthday, so we had extra time for some more fun...

On Thursday, we had a little lunch playdate at the park just for fun, and we got some pictures with a couple of Molly's baby gal pals, Olivia and Ava.


Uh-oh again...

Enter Calder on the scene. Close enough... And that's a wrap. ;)

Meanwhile, Reed and Haven gave the playground a run for its money! :)


We started the day of Molly's actual birthday with a pancake breakfast.

We sang "Happy Birthday" to Molly, and she loved her blueberry pancakes.

Reed insisted that Molly would want to go to Chick-fil-a for lunch on her birthday... because Molly looooves to watch him play on the playground. :)  We humored him, and I think everyone had an enjoyable time.

We had Molly's birthday dinner with the Bowlers... including one of Molly's biggest fans, Audrey Grace.  The dining room was still decorated in pink and purple, so that was fun!

Audrey and Reed

Birthday diner

Singing to Molly

Make a wish


We love you, Molly Bette Morgan, and we thank God for you!  You are a precious, precious gift.