Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall Fair

One of the local churches was having a Fall Fair.  Some friends invited us to go, so we had a little impromptu Wednesday night fun.  :)

The boys went rock climbing, played games, and got tons of candy.  It was so much fun!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Drew - Version 8.0

Our Drew is EIGHT years old!  What a precious blessing he is to our family!  We are so thankful for him and his sweet little life!

Grammie & Papaw came to town the weekend of Drew's birthday, so he got his gifts a bit early.  :)

He woke up on Sunday (his birthday) to kolaches and cinnamon rolls.  Yum!

He got to pick our after church lunch spot, and he chose Babe's.  He was a good sport with their chicken dance birthday hub-bub.  He hates being the center of attention, so I was very proud of him for playing along!  He was half way through his chicken fried steak when he said, "This is soooo good!  Can we have Babe's again for dinner???"  Ha!

 At 7 years old, Drew:
*  Is 4'4.5" (84%) and weighs 73 pounds (95%).
*  He wears a size medium (8) shirt and size 8 pants.  His shoes are a size 4.
*  He has lost 8 teeth - 4 on top, 4 on bottom.
*  Drew is still my tenderhearted, shy little guy.  But... he is coming into his own with age.  ;)  His teachers say that he talks in class, and he is much less passive with his brothers than he used to be.  Ha!
*  Drew is a hard worker at school and makes excellent grades.  I love his brain!
*  My boy got my dry sense of humor.  He tends to mutter one liners under his breath, and I think he is so hilarious!
*  Drew is still playing baseball and continues to improve.  It is so fun to watch him progress as a ball player!
*  He is still very much a technology guy and prefers to be playing on the computer or his DS as opposed to playing outside.
*  Drew has gotten very into Pokemon Go.  He knows all of the creatures names (Lickatongue?!?!) and stats.  He has tried to explain it to me, but I just don't get it.  He thinks it is the best game ever, though!

Drew's Birthday Questionnaire:
1.  What is your favorite thing about being 8?
     Being 8 is great!
2.  Who are your best friends?
     Blake, Luke, Beau, Landen, and Liam
3.  What is your favorite thing to do?
      I like riding my bike with my family.
 4.  What is your favorite color?
5.  What is your favorite food?
     Chicken Fried Steak, pumpkin pie, and pretty much everything...
6.  What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
      Ride bikes
7.  What is your favorite toy?
     My bike, DS, and my geoflux
8.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
     A policeman
9.  What makes you happy?
     Being with my family
10.  What makes you sad?
      Homework & being sick
11.  What is your favorite TV show?
      Walk the Prank
12.  What is your favorite book?
      Magic Treehouse
13.  What is your favorite subject at school?
      Science, History, and Reading
14.  What is your favorite sport?
      Baseball - First Base
15.  What is your favorite restaurant?
      Babe's, Pei Wei, and Subway
16.  What is your favorite vacation spot?

My Sweet Drew,

You are EIGHT!  I can't believe how big you have gotten!  It seems like just yesterday that you were my tiny little pumpkin baby.  Time really does fly!

You are the sweetest soul, my Boy.  You internalize things and aren't one to talk about your feelings.  You bottle things up and hold things in.  I've had to really pry to figure out what is going on in your sweet little head.  Here's the thing, though... I get it, Dude!  I'm the same way.  I don't like talking about what is bothering me.  I'd rather just keep it to myself.  But, I have learned that sometimes it is good to get things off of your chest.  There is some freedom in just letting it out and allowing someone else to bear your burden .  I hope that you will let me do that for you.  I will always be there to listen to you, precious boy.  You can always share your troubles with me.  I pray that you feel open to do so.

You are so crazy smart, my Drew!  I never have to worry about your tests or grades.  You always do so well!  God has given you a beautiful brain, and I know that He will use it for His glory.  I can't wait to see what you choose to study in school and what profession you choose.  I mean... I actually can wait, so please don't rush, but I do think it will be cool to watch!  ;)

I have sure loved watching you play baseball!  You are becoming such a good little player!  I am most proud of the way that you encourage your teammates and cheer them on in their successes.  I can hear you in the dugout building up the other players, and that matters more than anything that you do on the field.

Drew, I sure hope that the next year is a great one for you!  I pray that the Lord continues to mold you into exactly who He wants you to be.  You are such a gem, Drew, and I just love being your Mama.  I am so grateful that you are mine!

I love you to the moon and back!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkin Patch 2016

One of my favorite days of the year...  Pumpkin Patch Day!

Our usual patch was closed due to a family death.  We were so sad for the owners and have been praying that the Lord will be near to them in this sad season.  :(

We decided to drive to Timbuktu to go to the patch at The Gentle Zoo.  It was an awesome alternative!  They had pumpkins, of course...

They also had some fun entertainment.  There was a jumping pillow, which was so cool!  It was filled with air and half of it was buried underground.  It was more stable than a bounce house.  The kids loved it!

There was a knight from Medieval Times.
And, best of all, there were LOTS of animals!  Our little animal lovers were in heaven!

An Emu - Clayton had a bad experience with an ostrich at the fair one year, so he was a bit cautious.  :)


As we were about to leave, one of the ladies told us to go and visit the kangaroo.  Apparently, Sadie speaks kangaroo, because she started making a strange noise and that little fella came right out of his house.  Ha!
A peacock as a grand finale as we were walking to the car...
We had such a fun time with our besties at the Gentle Zoo!