I organized a 'Breakfast with Santa' for my neighborhood this morning - we had it at a local restaurant and thru some very good connections I have, was able to get Santa Claus, live in the flesh to come to our little shindig. All had a great time. I was shocked when Carter hopped on Santa's lap with no problem. My boys were even more shocked when Santa handed them Star Wars figurines! Oh how I love the innocent wonder they have at this age!
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Like many kindergarteners, Anderson had the duty of 'disguising' a turkey to avoid being served up for Thanksgiving dinner! How did he decide to disguise his turkey? Darth Vader um Turkey. Too cute - I actually enjoyed helping in this 'assignment'! Darth Turkey was complete with cape and light saber (red, of course)!
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For Anderson's 6th birthday party - I was stumped for ideas!!! We have new sod we just laid in the backyard and we really didn't want a bunch of boys rolling & tackling each other on the sod just yet, so I was scrounging for ideas. I didn't want to spend tons of money and we didn't want to invite a gazillion kids - just the boys Anderson spends a lot of time with. We nearly had the party at a good friend's home but in the end we opted for sheer bravery. We invited 4 of Anderson's best buddies to come spend the nite! I was told my dozens and dozens of my bravery (or foolishness) but I was confident in these boys and their behavior. If I wasn't convinced 100% that they would all be well behaved then I would not have gone this route. The boys were perfect - truly, we had zero conflict and I never even had to do a second-call for lights-out. I turned the lights out and I never heard another peep!! We had to get up and going the next morning as 4 of the 5 boys play on the same baseball team so we had to get all dressed in their uniforms, teeth brushed, fed with special chocolate chip Star Wars panakes, etc!
hard to corral 6 boys including Carter for a candid pic -- note all the bare chests! ;)
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Evan & Anderson nearing the finish line!
so our men ended up having to give the 3 year olds a major assist - they weren't as interested in running as their big brothers!
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Anderson is such a blessing to our family - with his 'strong willed' personality, there is never a dull moment with Anderson. He keeps us on our toes for sure. He is so smart and is excelling at school. He is showing to be a good little athlete too. "Little" being the key word. At his 6 year check-up he weighs in at a whopping 38 pounds - -he measures at the 10%ile in both height and weight. As much as this little man challenges me, he is my pride and joy and I feel so honored that God entrusted Mark & I with him!!!
the birthday boy, home sick opening his gifts....
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We got smart this year and beat the crowds to the pumpkin patch! Instead of waiter for October and cooler weather, we fooled 'em all by heading in the still hot summer GA weather in September!!! We still had perfect landscapes surrounding us (who cares the leaves weren't turning colors yet?) and we had our pick of the 'patch. Some great picture opportunities as usual and we had a great time with great friends -- looking forward to next year already!
Carter & Anderson
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We have been blessed with so many new friends since we moved here a year and a half ago. Thru Anderson and one of his buddies, Blake, we've gotten to know his parents - - which coincidentally the dad is Anderson's tball coach. They have a beautiful home on a local non-wake lake and so they invited us and our good friends, the O'Neills to join them for Labor Day on the lake! We had such a great time enjoying the sun & fun on the lake with our friends! the big boys - Blake, Evan & Anderson
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Carter started preschool in early September -- he is LOVING it!!! On the 1st day of school, there was no anxiety whatsoever (from him anyway!). The school encourages carpool drop-off starting from the very 1st day and Carter just hopped out, no problem, waved goodbye and was on his way. Basically every teacher at his school knows him already - if they have the priviledge of getting him out of my car or standing between him and his class after he gets out of my car, they get a Carter tidbit -- like, look at my shirt or my shoes, or my bandaid, or we went to the pumpkin patch yesterday -you get it!! I had tears welling in my eyes after I saw my little fella walking into the school by himself. What a big boy. He just loves school - -he tells me that he is going to be Ms Jennifer's helper. Such a sweet little guy. They tell me he tries really hard.....
the obligatory 'front o the house' 1st day of school pic
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all the 'big' kids!
Anderson, Ryan, Carter, Anna, Emily & Erin
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