Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Peachy New Year

I've said time and again, I don't miss bowl games, and this year was no different.  I love going.  I've been to each one since my senior year in high school.  I love the atmosphere at a bowl game, the people, the fans, the different arenas, I just love it.  This year we went with our friends the McCartys.  We loaded up the afternoon before and stayed in Jasper, AL before leaving game day morning to finish our trip in to Atlanta.

We watched the horrible showing of football for three quarters, headed back to the hotel for a nap and then met friends for dinner New Year's Eve.  
From dinner to the top of the Hyatt we went to ring in the New Year.  It was our first time leaving Jett over night.  So it was a growing moment for us as parents, but at almost two I think he and his grandparents were more than ready.

2014 Year in Review

 January:  Jett Boy turned one.  I gave up Facebook for the millionth time.
 February: Cullen turned 31.  Joanne and Drew got married.  Leila turned one in Cleveland, MS.  Henry turned two in Cleveland, OH.
 March: I began to attempt some 5k races. Jett had his second set of tubes.  I went to the McCarty sale weekend again and Cullen busied himself with baseball games.
 April: We celebrated Easter at our house with our family.  I kept up with the 5k runs and we enjoyed more baseball together.
 May: Cullen started his new job with the Foundation, he made the move to Major Gifts. The cousins visited for a while from Cleveland, Ohio.  I was in full fledged Dance with the Stars mode and the Pollards started eating clean.
 June: We celebrated seven years of marriage.  June was busy we raced from weekend to weekend soaking up work, suffering through summer school, and enjoying the slower pace.
 July: Jett Boy's Second Annual Firecracker Brunch went off with out a hitch.  I turned 29 again. Jett turned 18 months.  My brother and his family moved back to the South.  We enjoyed lake time with friends and family swims.
August: I had my 20th first day of school.  Dance Like the Stars was finally over.  We counted down to the OleMiss Football Kickoff.  Jett visited the zoo for the first time and our summer workout group. Ralph's Rockstars, came to an end.  I started working officially on my doctoral degree.
September:  Football season was well underway.  We spent our Saturdays watching football and long days in the Grove.  Daddy left this world and things just haven't been the same yet.  
 October:  We held the first Costumes in the Courtyard, and planned our next surgery for tubes.  Football kept my weekends busy and school kept us on the move.  Cullen continued his version of Crossfit and I dropped off the fitness bandwagon.
 November:  Thanksgiving was at our house for the sixth year.  Football season kept us busy and Hotty Toddy we won the Egg Bowl.
December:  The Gingerbread Breakfast was a hit this year.  We spent our first time away from Jett in two years, and we spent lots of time with friends.

December iPhone Dump

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Boys will be Boys

Oh these boys.  Jett and Tyler play so well together.  This summer they had a blast at the lake house and again over Christmas they had a big time.  We met at Cole and Megan's for dinner and while we ate these little rascals entertained themselves playing with Mary Leighton's girly toys.  Poor baby girl was sick and put herself to bed while the boys ran wild and explored all things pink and girly.
Just as we were finishing dinner I heard a noise that seemed odd.  I excused myself to check on them, when Tyler met me in the door way with wet spots on his clothing.  I round the corner to find my sweet Jett Boy up to his elbow in the toilet.  He had stretched out his sweater sleeve and was using it to splash water out of the toilet.  I began my No No No and continued toward him when my feet hydroplaned on the tile and I hit the floor.  In mid air I was grabbing for Jett, the door facing, a towel anything to stop my fall and yelling for him to stop simultaneously.  By the time I was up from the floor and had him by the arm, I met Tyler and Mollie in the bedroom stripping to his diaper.  Tyler had already told everyone, "Jett splashin'"  Yes, my child was the ring leader.  When I finally looked down my black pants were covered in white shards of wet toilet paper.  It seems they had the most fun filling the toilet with paper.  
We dunked them in the bathtub, sacked up their clothes, and let them play the rest of the night in diapers as we disinfected ourselves and the restroom.  I was mortified to say the least, but the homeowners were in good spirits.

We don't get to see these sweet families often enough.  In a perfect world we would live on the same street and have family dinners every week.  I'm so thankful for these two couples and how they minister to Cullen and me.

I am super thankful for these everywhere boys that keep life fun and every minute interesting.  I can't wait to see them in college.  

Friday, December 26, 2014