Monday, November 30, 2009

giving thanks

a peek into our thanksgiving at the lake with the andrews :)

opening birthday presents from mama boo & papa

parks loves his aunt jiewon

getting his workout on the treadmill...this was hilarious to watch (it was moving VERY slow of course)

meeting my great grandfather Dave Daddy


showing dave daddy my toys

parks LOVED going for rides in dave daddy's walker

playing with leaves

Jackson and his grandfather Timer


Aunt Betty Ashton makes me smile!

adoring parents

whenever i'm concentrating hard i stick out my tongue

i love bathtime!


yay for bathtime with mama boo

being cute

hanging out with my best friend, Moses

strike a pose


Proof that God has a sense of humor!  Moses and his "girlfriend" Roxy...hysterical!

helppp mommy!

watching the game with papa

giving Mo some love

moses is such a good sport

birthday pancakes made for me by mama boo

Jackson's mom was so gracious to take some photos of us with her awesome camera!  If the pictures look grainy or fuzzy, you can click on them to see them larger and crisp.  I was so happy we got some pictures of our whole family!

a trip to the lake would not be complete without a ride on the four wheeler!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Yesterday, my little boy turned one.  One year has passed since he was born at 11:46 pm at Martha Jefferson Hospital.  The amount of change in the first year is incredible.  To think he went from this...

to this

in one year is simply amazing.  Watching my child grow has been the most precious thing I've experienced so far in my life.  On the eve of his one year birthday I had two contradicting emotions swirling through my head (I've come to learn this is a common phenomenon of motherhood).  On one hand I was sad.  I was sad that he was officially leaving his "babyhood" and entering "toddlerhood" soon to be followed by "kidhood".  I actually went into his room while he was asleep and just watched him as tears streamed down my cheeks and I told him he would always be my baby.  I told him how much I loved being his mommy and how thankful I was for him.  Then, on the other hand I was excited! Every new step of independence he takes is so fun to watch.  Watching him develop into a  little person is the coolest thing.  I can't wait to see all the fun things he will learn to do this next year.  This will probably be the year he learns to run, starts talking and playing outside with daddy.  There is certainly lots to look forward to.  So it's with a sentimental, thankful and expectant heart that I remember his birth day and reflect on this past life-changing year with one special little man.  

You are loved, Parks.  

P.S. He started walking about a week ago!  I was keeping it a surprise for Jackson's family at Thanksgiving.  He's adorable, I'll post a video soon!