Georgia - Seven Years Old

May 17, 2018

Oh my sweet, Georgia! How on earth are you SEVEN?!  (How am I old enough to have a seven year old?!) You are so smart and loving and have such a friendly little spirit about you.
In march you were 51.4 lbs (61.2%) and 48.25 inches (66.1%) which is so funny.  The older you get the smaller you get.  I would never look at you and think you were in the 99% as a baby.  My tiny hiney used to be such a chunky monkey.  You are naturally muscular, which you don't get from me, and doing so well in gymnastics. You moved up a level in gym and got your back handspring in tumbling.
You love your baby brother so much and it makes me so happy to see you growing in that role.  He gets so excited to see you when you come home from school.  You talk about him like he's your baby.
"Mom, that picture of brother just grabs me!"...Beats her chest with her fist! "Mom! Where did our baby go?!"
Y'all's sweet little relationship is just the best.
I'm always proud of you but this year you have grown so much.  Not just this year but I have seen a distinct change in you over the past 4-6 months.  You're doing phenomenally in school and in have learned so much in gymnastics.  It is like all of a sudden it all clicked for you in a way that it hadn't before.
Your reading ability blows me away and math has become super easy for you.  You love art and you sing really well but don't care for music class.  You love to dance but don't like dance class either.  Last night you told me you wanted to be a professional gymnast and vet.  You love animals of all kinds and will pick up nearly anything.  You love to draw and write and I love watching your creative side develop.
 You are in a 6/7 clothes and a 13/1 for shoes.  You love shorts and Tshirts right now but I still get you to wear dresses most of the time.  You are all about comfort while you play and don't want any dresses holding you back.
 You love to play outside with all the neighborhood kids and enjoying riding your bike up and down our street all afternoon.  You are pretty sensitive and take anything said to you to heart.  You tattle more than you should and your little white lies get you into trouble at home.
My Georgia Peach, you are so much more than I could have ever dreamed having a little girl is.  I wish I could keep you little forever despite that watching you grow and learn is one of my greatest joys.  I love your kind heart and your silly personality.  I hope you have the best day today!  I love getting to celebrate you and am so thankful God gave you to me.

Week in the Life - 18

May 14, 2018

-Illness, Teachers, Party, Prom, Photo shoots-

When my alarm went off Monday morning I was like, "No.  No.  Just NO!"  This time of year is so busy.  I feel like we are just coming and going and I am ready for school to be done.  Jonathan is super busy at work and I have more photo shoots than I normally do this time of year which is good and bad.  I'm such a homebody that I just want all my people with me all the time.  We do try to include each other as much as possible but sometimes it just doesn't work out.

On Monday we played outside a LOT.  The highs are just about 90 but for us that isn't too bad considering we have a screened in porch that is shaded 100% of the day and with all our large trees we can find shade somewhere.  Milam just wants to water the plants all day.  Luckily the pots are all well drained...hahaha.

We enjoyed celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week/day all week long and are so very thankful to all the wonderful educators in our lives.
On Tuesday Georgia came home from school sick.  BOO!  I am so over illness!  Milam and I had been suffering with allergies FOREVER and I had even been to the doctor twice to treat the resulting sinus infection and ear infection that would not go away.  Milam also had a sinus infection...then a stomach bug.  And then G.  She's a nail biter and when she's anxious she puts her hands in her mouth (super annoying) so any and all germs go straight on in.  Ick.  I took G right to the doctor because her birthday party was planned for Friday.  Spoiler: she missed school wednesday and thursday but went to school on Friday and still had her party.
At the doctor she tested negative for strep but they gave her antibiotics because her tonsils looked so bad.  Who the heck knows what is going on with her.  It very well may end in her tonsils getting taken out.

Wednesday and Thursday we just hung out at home and skipped school and gymnastics which was a huge bummer because she just got moved up.  Georgia was really disappointed.
On Friday I baked three batches of cookies, one batch of cake balls, and a three layer cake!  I was so busy but it was worth it to have Georgia's birthday party on friday.  Jonathan left in the middle of the party to chaperone prom.  Lucky him ;)  Actually, poor guy got home at 2 am.  After G's party I had my mom come over and watch the kids so I could go out and celebrate my sister in law's birthday.
On Saturday I had a photo shoot two hours away so that took up five hours of my day.  It was a gorgeous day and location but a lot of driving.  The images are turning out lovely.

Sunday was mother's day and it was a great day.  Breakfast in bed, sweet gifts and cards, church, and then family lunch.  Then, we ended the day swimming with our across the street neighbors.  It was fun.
Hopefully I can find the time to post about her sweet little party later!

Week in the Life - 17

May 7, 2018

On Monday we skipped MOPS.  I know I know.  But, after a really busy weekend I just could not get my mind wrapped around getting up and dressed.  We lounged around home and ran a few low key errands.  We even went to the park to kill some time but I literally wore the same workout gear all day...that I had slept in that night.
 On monday night Jonathan let the kids help him make granola bars.  He's so funny about his dang granola bars.
Tuesday was our normal go on a walk, eat breakfast, play outside, run errands routine.  I did school pick up this day and brought a friend home.  They played outside, found a snake, just the usual.  Haha.

Wednesday Georgia went to my niece's birthday party.  My mom took her because Jonathan was working late and I didn't really want to take Milam to a swim party.
On Thursday we continued to play outside a lot!
On Friday I took the kids to school and pulled Milam out of his car seat once we got at home and he instantly puked all over the garage floor (me, himself, my purse, his stuffed animals) and I could tell he was warm.  The stomach bug had stuck our home! ahh!  I felt terrible because he was sick (duh) but also because Jonathan cancelled a quick weekend trip with his dad.  I was glad to have the extra set of hands since Milam only wanted to be held.  Luckily he napped well and slept well at night.  We even played in the rain when bitty boy was feeling up to it. He only threw up that one time in the morning so that was a plus!
On Saturday we played outside and went on a walk and were thankful that Milam's fever had broken sometime in the night.  We had an early dinner of mexican food and then headed off to a photo shoot.
On Sunday Milam hit 24 hours post fever but I didn't want to push it so we stayed home from church and then Jonathan and I took turns running errands.
We've been sprucing the yard all spring.  We finally added the back yard chalkboard.  The kids love it.  I just embraced the kid junk and gave it it's own corner of the yard.  It's not glamorous but it works for now.
Not exciting by any means but it's sunday and we are all healthy and mainly happy so I'll call it a win.

Week in the Life - 16

April 30, 2018

This week gave be summarized in two words: Grass pollen.

Because of this we didn't go on our morning walks.  We stayed inside as much as possible (and bought new air filters for our AC). Both Milam and I were coughing and had sinus congestion while Georgia and Jonathan were/are fine.

We went outside for small 20 minute intervals.  Milam got his little Boden swimsuits in and they are so cute.
 Georgia made the most creative little bird feeder
 Georgia looks cute everyday for school but this day I thought she looked especially cute!
 I tried to be a "fun mom" with Milam.  We've done this project before and failed.  I'm not sure why I thought it would work this time.  It didn't work last time either.  He's a frustrating little guy.
 He loves black beans.  So funny.  He's drinking them.
 Oh goodness.  This was day 3 or 4 of not going outside.  I was desperate for something for us to do.  Lite Brite for the win.  Finally.
 When Milam gets up and Georgia comes home I usually make some sort of family snack for all of us to share.
 On Friday our church had parent's night out.  I love when they do this!  We went to a new local place and we liked it ok.  Just sitting and talking with this guy was more than enough.  After dinner we went to get ice cream and and then hung out at the book store.  My mom watched Milam at our house so she could put him in bed.
 Once our allergies seemed to be at bay we ventured outside more and more to play in the water and eat homemade popsicles.  I promise you, I did not edit his eyes.  I think they look this blue because he's looking up at the sky and there were no clouds so his blue eyes were reflecting the blue sky.
On saturday Jonathan took the kids to the grocery store while I stayed home to catch up on life.  Jonathan then took Georgia to work with him (fine arts festival) and I stayed home so Milam could nap.  That night I had to work.  Lots of coming and going on Saturday but also family time.  All in all it was a normal saturday.
On sunday we went to church, did house work, and then headed into Houston for a photo shoot.
I became obsessed with these trees.  Did an online deep dive and found out what they were.  They were in the parking lot we used while in Houston.
 We went to dinner at Barnaby's and then headed home.  We got in bed way too late.


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