We tried a new church a couple of weeks ago and we really liked it. The preacher was awesome and he put things into context in a way that I could completely understand. We have been trying to find a new church that both Gabe and I like. He definitely likes more of the Baptist atmosphere and I was brought up Lutheran so definitely lean that way. I really hope that we can find a common ground and can find a church that feels like home and one that we can bring our kids up in. I feel like that is the one thing lacking for us and I really want to work on that now that the kids are old enough to participate. I bought a new bible today to begin studying some things on my own. It is a devotional bible and is based around building a strong family unit and marriage. I am really excited about starting to read it!
SO as you know the kids and I have had our fight with the flu the past couple of weeks. Well over the weekend, Gabe caught the worst of it. He was so sick and I felt so sorry for him. I have never seen him that weak and it scared me a little. His back started hurting today so he made another trip to the doctor and they think he may have kidney stones. We are going back to the doctor at 8 a.m. for more tests. I pray that is not this because I have heard how painful it is. My dad called when he finally passed his and you would've thought he had just had a baby he was so excited to be out of pain. I will update as soon as we find out something from the doctor.
So in the past 5 days of school, Griffin has managed to get into trouble 3 times. I don't understand why he is acting out at school. The first day he pinched a little girl for not sharing her toy, so we had a long talk about not pinching and how it hurts and he wouldn't want someone pinching him. He seemed to understand what we were saying, so we thought we had made some progress. The next incident was with peeing on the playground. And now yesterday, yet another note and a trip to the principal's office. Apparenly there was a little boy on a bike and Griffin wanted it. Since the boy wasn't willing to give the bike, Griffin took a rock and hit him in the head. He lost the rest of his recess and he had a note sent home. The principal actually brought him to the car yesterday to explain what he had done. I never thought he would act like this at school. He has attended a two day mothers day out before and this never happened. I guess he is definitely going to make Gabe "pay for his raising" so to speak. Today when I dropped him off he went in and apologized to his teacher and the child, so I am praying there will be no more "bad notes" from school~
I know it has been about a week, but since I just got started with this blog i feel it is ok. I wanted to say Congrats to my best friend ANNA for passing the AR bar!! She is now licensed in GA and AR. I guess I now have an attorney on retainer if I ever need it, which will hopefully be never! :) So Congratulations Anna from the Gossett's!!
Gabe's mom (Meme) sent Griffin this awesome Halloween/Dress Up costume. Gabe is going to be soo excited when he sees it. I love that they find all of these unique Georgia items because around here all you can find is Arkansas Razorbacks or Cardinals. Griffin loved the costume and I had to post some pictures to share! Thanks Meme!!
Gabe and I picked up all four kids from school yesterday. Ella, Taylor, Tyler, and Griffin were all in the car and we decided to drive by Gabe's granny's grave because it is on the way home. There was a funeral in the cemetary and so the kids decided to ask a lot of questions about death and how people end up in cemetaries. My mom lives right across from the cemetary and so a couple of weeks ago, Ella told Gabe that her NaeNae knew lots of people who were "married there." I think she misunderstood when NaeNae tried to explain about people being buried. Well yesterday, she knew a little more because Gabe had explained it. She was explaining to Taylor and Tyler that people were buried there. This is something they already knew because they have been to a funeral for a friend of the family there. They started asking us "Who buries you?" We told them that as you get older, like really really old, you will die and your kids will bury you. And so on and so on. Ella, as sweet as could be, told me that she was buring us and then coming right to heaven to be with us. Tyler was in the back seat and thinking about this all very much and looked up and said "Well I guess Griffin will be burying us then." It was too cute and Gabe and I laughed about it all the way home. I guess he figured the idea of any of them having kids was too much to take in, so he'd just let Griffin do it..haha.. I love listening to kids and the things they say :)
Since Ella was feeling better towards the end of the day today, we decided we would bake a cake together after dinner. I usually don't let her cook with me because it makes such a mess, but I am trying to look past the mess so that she can help out. She loves cooking and is always asking lots of questions while I am doing anything in the kitchen. I figured a basic cake in the box would be a good first time experiment with her. First I let her break the eggs, which was prob a big mistake because half of the shell landed in the bowl. I tried to get out as much as I could but lucky for us, Gabe and Griffin aren't the pickiest of eaters and probably never noticed. :) She did really well mixing the batter and pouring the cake in the pan. I have posted some pics to share and some of Griffin and Gabe enjoying the leftovers. Enjoy!
So it is only the fourth week of school and Ella has already missed her second day of school. The first week of school, she caught a virus and was so sick. Last night she came to my room at 1:00 a.m and said her throat was hurting. The next thing I know she was feverish and vomiting. I felt so sorry for her. She is just like me and when she gets sick she panics just like I do. I don't like the feeling of losing control of what my body is going to do or not having control over how I feel. I just wish when my kids were sick I could take away everything. I feel helpless. She stayed home from school today and is finally starting to feel a little better. Hopefully she will be back at school tomorrow!
When Gabe picked up Griffin and Ella from school yesterday he knew something was wrong because the teacher came to the car to talk to him. She said that she had a "funny" incident happen on the playground today and that she needed us to talk to Griffin and explain that it wasn't appropriate behavior. Apparently when the class was outside for playtime, Griffin decided it was a good time to go to the bathroom so he just whipped it out and started peeing. I am not quite sure where he has picked up this habit, but he did the same thing the other day at Blake's except he didn't just pee. We were mortified but laughed it off and had a talk with Griffin.
It went something like this: Me: Griffin, now you know that you can't pee on the playground. You need to go to the bathroom if you need to go potty right? Griffin: I don't want to go to the bafroom, I want to pee in the sand. Me: (Grossed out by the thought of peeing in the sand and thinking about all the times i have played in the sand with my kids at a playground) But we don't do that, that isn't very nice and I want you to use the bathroom. Griffin: No me ain't (This is is his favorite phrase)
I am just praying that after reiterating the importance of the bathroom that he will actually use it today. lol
My nephew Blake celebrated his birthday yesterday in Little Rock. Gabe and I got up early and made the drive down with Ella, Griffin, Taylor, and Tyler. Brooke was unable to go because she was working so we volunteered to take my niece and nephew. The party was a huge success and the kids never get tired of playing in anything that is inflated and allows for bouncing and two hours of nonstop running and playing. It is the only time of the year that Blake and the other three cousins are all 5 years old. I love that they are all so close and I hope that it stays that way forever. The way they all light up when they are together is priceless!
This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. My best friend of almost ten years is having her first baby in October. Together with her sister and cousin-in-law Courtney we decided to throw her a baby shower on Saturday. Since she is my best friend and she has been there for me through my two pregnancies, I wanted her baby shower to be extra special. I was in charge of the cake and invitations. I ordered the cake from Jenny Box and it was amazing. You should check out her blog, http://www.apieceofcakejonesboro.blogspot.com/, her cakes are delicious. I had a little trouble getting the cake to the shower which caused me to almost have an accident which definitely wouldn't have been good for the cake or my nerves. The shower was at Courtney's house, which is down a gravel road. After I was almost there and driving as I normally do, I noticed that the two tier cake was seperating from being bounced around. I freaked out but everyone assured me that it still looked perfect and was fine. The shower went perfectly and I had perfect co-hostesses. Courtney is the ultimate party planner and I don't know what I would ever do without her. I still have another baby shower in a couple of weeks for another of one my best friends, Amy. She is due in early November. It is so weird because her and Jamie got married a week apart and are now having babies a little over a week apart. They are both expecting little boys and I can't wait to meet them! I just feel blessed to get to be a part of it all!!
I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful kids, Ella Grace and Griffin Paul. I have a loving and wonderful husband, Gabe, who keeps our family going strong. This blog is dedicated to my family and the three people who mean the most to me. My kids are always doing something new and I thought this would be a great way to share everything with family and friends.