Happy Halloween!

Halloween this year was FUN!  This is the first year that Chloe was actually excited and in-the-know of Halloween happenings.  She was a duck, and she mastered the “quack quack” while flapping her “wings.”  Cole was a giraffe, and he was not as excited….. or excited at all.  Actually, he was pretty darn unhappy.  He had no desire to keep the hood of his costume on, but once he got outside in the stroller, he seemed to forget about it.

Before trick-or-treating, I ran to McDonald’s and got the kids a Happy Meal.  This was a treat in itself because we don’t feed our kids food like that, but Chloe was too excited to eat.  Cole, on the other hand, ate almost his whole cheeseburger.  As much as this kid eats, how is it possible that he is in the 3rd percentile?  I don’t know where he puts it!

We began trick-or-treating exactly at 6:00 and were the first ones out in our neighborhood.  This was not because we were overly excited, but due to the fact that we had 40 minutes to trick-or-treat and be back in front of the television for kick-off.  The Vols played the ranked Gamecocks at 6:45, so we had to hurry!  Luckily, it was pretty chilly outside, and luckily again, Chloe tires pretty easy.  We made some quick rounds, got some good candy, and then headed back toward our house.  The Gills dressed as the Skywalker family, so Mr. Chad was Darth Vader.  He had no intentions of doing so, but he scared Chloe… bad!  She started crying and all she wanted to do was go home.  We were trying to hang out in the yard with them a bit, but Chloe would have none of it.  She began walking back to the house by herself.  I think Matt was thankful because Chad’s scaring Chloe actually helped him make kick-off.  The rest of the night, Chloe kept repeating, “Mistah Chad scare me.”  When the Gills finished trick-or-treating, they came to our door.  Chad had his mask off, but still, Chloe wanted nothing to do with him.

Chloe was fine and happy being home so quickly.  She had just as much fun, if not more, answering the door when the doorbell rang.  We had a ton of trick-or-treaters, and of course, the Vols were playing and winning!  That made the night that much better!  Chloe really enjoyed going through her candy at the end of the night.  It was a struggle to keep her from opening and eating everything.  Her daddy and I were distracted by the game, so every time we turned around she was opening or eating a new piece of candy.  I eventually had to hide her treats.

Starting the night with Happy Meals….

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This next picture makes me laugh.  Cole was sitting in my lap, and that’s the hair from the top of his giraffe head in the bottom of the picture.

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Cole didn’t quite know what to think of Chloe’s costume.  He kept wanting to feel it.

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Ready to trick-or-treat!

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Back at home going through all the treats.

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When we got Cole out of his giraffe suit, he was so happy….. and free!  He laid out and stretched!

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What is all this????

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Candy, candy, candy!

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Settling down and getting some cuddle time with Mommy (while watching the Vols) before bedtime.

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Happy Halloween!

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Annual Pumpkin Carving

Tonight was our annual pumpkin carving, and this is the first year Chloe has really gotten into it.  I started making my chili and continued working on it while Matt got the pumpkin going.  Chloe DID NOT like the insides of the pumpkin.  Cole hated being strapped in his seat, so he was crawling all over the kitchen floor while all this was going on.

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“Yuck!” Chloe would say.

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She reached in one time and grabbed a couple of seeds.  After that one time, she was done.

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Ohhhh….. the excitement!

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Cole finally decides to check what’s been going on.

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The finished project – Chloe was able to pick out the face for the jack-o-lantern, and this was the face of her choice.

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Cole was being so good crawling around the kitchen floor while all the carving was going on.  We later realized why.  We had cleared the table and put the fruit basket on the floor.  Cole picked up every apple out of the basket and took bites out of all of them.

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School Party

Today was Chloe’s Fall Party at school, and boy did it bring back memories of my teaching days…. and how I do NOT miss those parties!  What a sugary mess!  But, Chloe loved it as did everyone else in the class, and it was a great chance for me to meet Chloe’s classmates and their parents.  I thought Chloe would have such a sugar high that she wouldn’t nap when we got home, but that wasn’t the case.  The excitement must have worn her out because I had to wake her from her nap at 5:30!  Sadly, Cole did not have that great of a day today.  He cried when I left him this morning, but only for about 30 seconds.  When I picked him up today, Miss Jean said he would not eat or drink anything.  I’m afraid it’s the dreaded separation-anxiety.  When I got him in the car, I gave him his two sippy cups of milk, and he downed them in no time.  Poor thing!  He was starving!  Hopefully this is just a quick phase that will pass.  My fingers are crossed!

Here are some pictures from Chloe’s party.

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Heartbroken Again

We received some heartbreaking news today.  Our sweet, sweet friends, the Gregg family, learned last night that 3-year-old Madelyn has leukemia.  I am so heartbroken for this family, and again, I’m wondering why this nasty disease known as cancer has to affect so many people.  We are praying, praying, praying for Madelyn to beat this cancer, but she has a long road ahead of her….. at least 2.5 years of chemo.  I cannot imagine what this family is going through.  We are also praying for Mommy (Amy), for Daddy (Alex), and for little brother, Hudson.  Please pray for them as well.  They have a huge, wonderful support system, but I know they need and appreciate all the prayers they can get.  We love this special family, and I hate that they were chosen to go down this path.  My heart is aching and breaking for them, but I know Madelyn is a brave girl and will beat this thing hands down!

If you would like to follow her progress, her website follows:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/madelyngregg1

Back Home

We traveled back home, and this is the first time we have been back in 6 months.  I cannot believe it’s been that long, but since Mom and Dad have been in Nashville the past 4 months, we haven’t been back.  It was a great trip, and it was so good to see all my grandparents and other family members.  The trip was anything but relaxing, but it was fun.  Our family had a shower for Dana Friday night, then Saturday morning my mom and I hosted a brunch for my cousin, Laura, who is expecting her first baby boy.  Then, Saturday afternoon our church had a bridal shower for Dana, and Saturday night Matt, A. D., and I had a “stock the bar” party for Austin and Dana.  We had to get up Sunday and head back quickly because Matt starts his new job Monday.

Whew!!  How about that for a full weekend??  And my two kids were crazy.  They were completely off schedule and stayed up Friday and Saturday night until after 10:30.  Not good!  But, as I said before, we had a great time seeing people.  This was the first time many of our family members and friends have seen Dad, so that was special.  Dad looks so good lately, and everyone was pleasantly surprised at how well he looks/acts.

The weekend was so crazy that I forgot to take my camera to many of the showers/parties, but I’ll post what I have.

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The bride-to-be!

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Cousins!

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Chloe “helped” open gifts, and there were a TON of them to open.  Austin and Dana sure do have a lot of great friends.

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Cole’s First Day of School

Because Cole had to wait until he was officially one year old, today was his first day of school.  His parents were not the best of parents on his first day of school.  Their favorite band played last night, so Chloe and Cole spent the night with their grandparents while Mommy and Daddy rocked out to some Widespread Panic and Allman Brothers.  Nannie took Cole to his first day of school, and I keep forgetting to ask if she took any pictures.  If she did, I will upload them later.

Cole did very well his first day, but he didn’t eat much or sleep much….. just like his sister.  I hope he continues to do well because I do not want to encounter the separation-anxiety with him.  Chloe never had any type of separation-anxiety, but I have a feeling Cole could be a different story.

Itty Bitty Cole

We, family and friends included, have laughed about Cole’s size since the day he was born.  He was a “whopping” 6 pounds when he was born, and he has been tiny ever since.  Today was his one-year appointment, and he weighed 18.13 ounces and was only 27.5 inches in length.  Cole is in the 3rd percentile!!!!!  And now, our doctor is concerned.  We have to return to the doctor in 3 months, and if Cole has not hit a growth spurt, we will have to have some blood work and x-rays.  Poor little thing!  I was not prepared for that.  And, to top it all off, Cole had to have 3 shots today.  It sure is rough being a kid these days, and it makes his mommy sad!  We are praying for a growth spurt!