Monday, August 30, 2010

Holden turns FIVE!!

Five years ago today, I became a Mommy for the first time! It seems like yesterday this was my little pumpkin... and here he is today! What a big boy!

And this big boy was up bright and early to see what surprises I had in store! Here are some of the decorations. After opening gifts, playing. and some treats we set out on an adventure to Chateau Laroche The Historic Loveland Castle. This castle was built by one gentleman, Sir Harry Andrews.
The boys enjoyed the Castle, Knights, and the gardens.

To top off the birthday celebration, there was cake!! (You will have to excuse the lopsidedness--I am not a cake decorator!)
When I asked Holden tonight what was his favorite part of the day? He said "Everything! Thank you for my birthday, Momma" Priceless!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Year Ago....

A year ago today, the moving truck was packed and bound for Ohio. Little did we know everything would end up going to storage for a couple of months. But either way we were setting off to start our new lives in Ohio. I remember feeling sad, nervous, and extremely overwhelmed for what lay ahead of us.

It is hard to believe that a year has already elapsed.

Before moving I was talking to an older lady who moved several times, and she told me that with each move there were several blessings. She proceeded to explain that she met new friends, experienced new cultures, and her children experienced a different part of the country that otherwise they probably would not have. After our conversation, it really left an impression on me to view the upcoming year with an open mind. Now, I thought I would share some of our blessings from the past year.

1.) Preschool- In Georgia a typical preschool day was from 9:00-1:00 4 days a week for a 4 year old, here the typical preschool day was 9:00-11:30, same as Kindergarten, and only 3 days. I was dreading the short time and one less day, I mean really how was I ever going to get anything done. The blessing from the short preschool day was the growth of the boys' relationship. We were able to have picnics after school, play dates, and park trips all before naps. Over the past year, Holden and Rylan have become best friends, and their bond has become much stronger. This is definitely a better outcome than having "time" to run my errands. So the one thing I was dreading the most has turned into something I really love. A true blessing!

2.)My friend Irena- In my search for preschools, I spoke to Irena and she was kind enough to arrange a tour for Kevin. At parent orientation, she asked for volunteers so after the "Meet & Greet" session, I volunteered and introduced myself since I called her several times. Immediately, she gave me a website for activities and asked me to join her MOMS playgroup. I was a little hesitant, but I went that following Friday. What a great decision! That day I met so many great girls that over the past year have been become great friends. We all have such a blast together at Mom's Night Out, play dates, playgroups and outings. Not only has Irena been great in helping me meet people but she has been my "go-to-girl" for all things. For example, she led me to my hairdresser, doctors, dentist, photographer, directions to any store, neat places that are not known by many or simply put - you name she knows it or will find out! She has been such a blessing! I love her, not only for making the past year easier, but I value her friendship more than she will ever know.

3.)MOMS Club & Potluck Girls- I really can not say enough about the friendships that I have made over the past year. They truly have made this year much easier and a ton of fun!! We have had several fun outings with many of the MOMS girls and kids.

Our monthly potluck is something I look forward to each month. We always have so much fun, share many laughs, and the food is always great too. The boys have such a great time playing usually they never want to leave. I can not say enough about how much I treasure the friendships we have made through potluck. Thank you Sarah & Courtney!! Most of all we look forward to many, many more fun times and great memories!

4.)Church- Our church has been the best! The boys love going each Sunday, not sure if it has anything to do with the donuts they get each week, but what matters is that they love going there. From the children's activities, children's choir, VBS, sports activities, women's activities, the list could go on and on. I can not sat enough about the foundation they are building for our children, us, and our community. We are extremely blessed to have found our church home within the first month of moving here. However, I could not mention church without including my friend Holly, she is an extraordinary person. Another blessing and friendship that I cherish.

5.) Activities-There is never a lack of activities for the children. Our community has a great family friendly base. Great parks, great community center, great sports!

6.)Parks- I believe it is widely known much I adore the area parks! They are not only beautiful, each one is unique, offers a special activity, and FREE! Of all things, this is the one that has surprised me the most, how many wonderful parks this area has to offer!

7.)Family friendly-To my surprise, Cincinnati is a very family friendly city. I could probably list a thousand things to do that are free or cost a minimal amount. At our time in our lives, the move to Cincinnati has benefited the kids the most: they love the parks, farms, lakes, activities, and the friendships.

8.) No traffic!!!!- Living in Atlanta, you always had to deal with traffic!!! Not the case here, there is little or no traffic at all.

This is an often used phrase but it rings true - It does not matter where we are but who we are with!

Of course, everything is not perfect. We miss our family and friends, Publix, SEC football, drivers that use the left lane on the interstate, sweet tea, reasonable taxes, crown moulding, Southern charm, shopping, an international airport, spring, and Sweetwater 420 on tap. I'm sorry - Kevin hijacked my blog. Back to point, we look forward to what the future holds for us and hope that it brings blessings to all!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote of the Day

Holden was moving ever so SLOW this morning, and I had a laundry list of things to accomplish. Not a good combination! I swear it took him an hour to eat one bowl of cereal, and about twice as long to get dressed, but any ways. I told him, "Holden you have three seconds to get your shoes on or I am leaving you." He looked up at me with his big blue eyes and said, "Momma, you never leave me. You just turn on the car, silly."

So I guess my "scare" tactic is NOT working! He has me figured out! Geez! But it did give me a good laugh and put me right in my place! Funny how he can always do that!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A step back in time

Today, we journeyed back in time to the early 1880's, at Carriage Hill Metro Park. This historical farm displays life as it was 100 years ago. The workers are all dressed in period pieces as they perform daily chores. There were horses, sheep, cows and chickens. Both boys loved all the animals especially Rylan! We walked through the farm house as they demonstrated how they cooked years ago. Holden just happened to find the "game room". We also toured the old school house and play area.
Our step back in time was a fantastic and even more fun to share with friends.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pictures from today

Today we did not have much planned except for a little outdoor playing. Like I have said before Rylan dislikes wearing pants, shorts, shirts, well, clothes entirely for that matter. Today was no different. While I was getting the balls out to play Rylan was undressing himself. This is what he came up with...
Then he decided he needed a hat to top off the outfit...

The joys of a toddler's mind:)

All the while Holden was content just bouncing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

In Aww....

After our second batch of larvas, we finally had one butterfly complete metamorphosis....the boys were in aww! This is an activity we will definitely do again. Maybe in the spring when it is a little cooler and the larvas have a better chance of survival.

Just Playing in the Rain!

As I said earlier it was raining on Saturday and these two could not resist playing in it!

Air Force Museum

Saturday our plans were to explore a new park and nature trail. However, after waking up to rain showers I knew we had to change our plans. Instead we headed over to Dayton to the US Air Force Museum. I had wanted to take the boys for a while now but just have not had the time. I thought the boys would enjoy seeing real air planes and army guys, and I was correct! Just look at these two! This museum was amazing with all the exhibits, history, memorabilia, tours, displays, and literature. It will take us several visits to actually see everything in the museum. Either way it was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday together as a family!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Never Grows Old!

It just never grows old....that is the Discovery Gardens. The boys, including myself, love this place! Each time we go they are growing something new, have a new exhibit, have a new scavenger hunt, and have new demonstrations. It just does not grow old! Today when we visited, the boys discovered so many new things but I think they enjoyed the nature talk most of all! They talked about colors and how there are many different colors in the garden. They finished off by making rainbow bracelets, which does not seem like much but the beads change when they are in the sunlight so that made them extra special. And we can not go a day without getting wet. They had the misters on and I am sure you can guess where my two were...right under them!

One of the newest gardens is the vegetable garden. We just happen to be touring when the naturalist was watering and look at the treats we were able to bring home.
I just can not say enough about this cute garden except, I am sooooo glad we discovered it!