Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Baby is Eleven!

It is so hard for me to believe that 11 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful blue-eyed baby boy I had ever seen! It was an easy birth as best as I can remember (after all, I did threaten the anesthesiologist that if my epidural didn't take or if I had a window like I did with Grace, well.....I made sure she knew how I felt about it). She gave me so much that I could hardly feel anything and didn't even know when to push; the nurse would have to tell me. I'm not even sure how long I was in labor; it all kind of runs together after awhile but I do remember the feeling I had when they put Zach in my arms and I looked at him and held him for the first time. He was so big! Even though he wasn't quite 9 lbs (he was only 8 lbs 12.6 oz), he was so much bigger than Grace was at 7 lbs 3 oz. I remember telling my Mom, "he's a hoss" just looking at how big he was.

Everyone, including Grace, was immediately in love with him. Having a boy was so new to us all after there being only girls in the family but he stole our hearts from the very beginning. And as he got older and started developing his personality, how could you not be in love with him? Those blond curls, mischievous smile, rosy cheeks and the most amazing blue eyes! People would always comment how cute he was and how blue his eyes were. He was always such a good baby and well-mannered even as he got older. And now, he's 11. Wow! Where has the time gone? He's still just as cute as he was as a baby but there is so much more to him now. He's sensitive, kind, loving and so smart! He loves school, especially reading and science, and makes great grades in all of his classes. He plays soccer, is a purple belt in karate and loves to play video games and nerf guns with the other boys in the neighborhood.

Zach, I hope you know how much you are loved! Eleven years ago, our family became complete when you entered the world. You bring us all so much joy and laughter and we are so proud of you, the child that you are and the young man you are growing up to be. Keep smiling, laughing, playing, caring and you will change the world!

Happy birthday!

We love you!

Zach didn't want a party this year but just a low key birthday with just his immediately family.  His choice of what to have for lunch?  A footlong chili cheese dog from Sonic!

He waited all day long until Dave got home from work to open his presents.  He loved evertying he got but is still hoping for one particular gift that he thinks Nana and Paw might have gotten him.

We usually let the kids decide if they want a party or not for their birthday.  If they do not want a party, then they usually get more gifts or a bigger gift.  We are letting Zach choose his big gift this year - either a new bike or an iPhone.  Decisions, decisions!

$50 bill from Lola!  Woo hoo!

He chose Carrabba's for his birthday dinner but then wanted to go to Chili's for Molten Lava Cake for birthday dessert.  We stopped by and picked up Mimi on our way to Chili's so she could celebrate his birthday with us.

Love these two crazy kids!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Zach's Purple Belt Test

Zach tested for his purple belt tonight at Alexander's Martial Arts. After 2 plus hours of kata, kicks, blocks, punches, self-defense and sparring he is officially a purple belt and will be moving up to the advanced class. Way to go Zach! Now for a celebratory dinner at Chapala!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HFC Madison 04 Spring Party

We celebrated the end of spring soccer  season with a pizza party at Stevi B's tonight.  The boys had a great time stuffing themselves with pizza and playing games in the game room.  Now we'll have a few weeks off until practice for the fall season starts back up mid July.  

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Report Cards = Sushi!

The kids both had great report cards for the last 9 weeks and for the year so we treated them to dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.  Of course, they chose I Love Sushi!  Mimi was able to celebrate with us as she is moving to the area. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Swimming at Cassidy's

Grace spent the afternoon today swimming at Cassidy's house and she had a blast!  I love the friends she made this past year in 7th grade.

Walking on water!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Day of School!

I can't believe that the school year is now over and Grace has completed her first year of middle school and will now be an 8th grader and Zach will be a 6th grader!  Where doest the time go?  What happened to my babies?

To celebrate the end of the year, Grace and her friends walked to Brewsters Ice Cream after school.  Unfortunately, it was an usually chilly day for May so they didn't want to stay very long but they had fun for the short time they were there.

6th and 8th grade, here we come!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5th Grade Field Trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium

Today Zach and the rest of 5th grade boarded charter busses and went to Chattanooga Aquarium. I hated that I was not able to chaperone (that's another blog post in itself but I won't bore you with the details) but was grateful that our friend, Stacey Whitmark, did chaperone and sent me pictures throughout the day.

Zach had a great time and his favorite part was the riverboat ride. They were able to eat lunch on the riverboat while they cruised firm the river and then spent the rest of the day at the aquarium.

Zach and Kyle doing what they do - Zach has his head in a book while Kyle is playing on his iPad.

The penguins are always a favorite!

Zach and the rest of the 5th grade neighborhood crew!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zach's Awards Day and Ice Cream Party

Today was Zach's Awards Day and end of year Ice Cream Party. Zach has made awesome grades all year long and racked up on the awards today. He won awards for science, reading, A honor roll and his class voted him Most Ravenous Reader! Great job Zach!

Zach getting his first award!

Zach and the group of boys he eats lunch with every day. 

Zach and his reading/language arts teacher, Mrs. Miller

Zach and his best friend, Kyle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hannah Graduates from James Clemens!

I am so proud of my niece, Hannah, who graduated tonight from James Clemens High School. She earned a full scholarship to Troy University where she will be attending in the fall and majoring in nursing. She's smart and beautiful!!!  Way to go Hannah!!!

Pie in the Face!

As you may or may not know, Zach is a voracious reader. His head is always in a book and reading is probably his most favorite past time. Every year he gets the reading award in his class for having the most AR points. 

This year the top three readers were chosen from each grade and they got to throw a pie in the face of their principal, Dr.Nelson.  Zach was so excited that he was chosen and Dr. Nelson was a great sport about it!