May 27, 2011

28 on the 27th!

The Top 2-8 List of things that I love about Graham!
1. He is handsome.  (an obvious one!)
2. He is a really great dad.
3. He always makes me laugh.
4. He has a strong work ethic.
5. He is willing to take risks for our family.
6. He is handy...and that tends to be very helpful!
7. He smiles A LOT!
8. He prays for and with our family.
9. He is willing to do things that I enjoy, even when they are not his favorite.
10. We have a history.
11. He is strong and athletic.
12. He eats my cooking and always says he likes it. ;)
13. He has a servant's heart.
14. I look forward to growing old with him.
15. He always walks Lucy...even when it's raining.
16. He gets up with Wells early in the morning.
17. He knows how to handle my moods.
18. He enjoys family time and makes it a priority.
19. He said YES...when I asked him out 12 years ago.
20. He wants a big family.
21. We have fun together.
22. He wants to travel with me.
23. I respect him.
24. He is passionate about our church.
25. He is my best friend.
26. He loves Wells!
27. He loves Me!
28. He loves Jesus!
Happy Birthday Graham!  I sure do love you!

May 23, 2011

Souvenirs and Mouseketeers

Last week the Butlers took off to Disney and left us with their boy, Tee!  Wells had a blast playing with his little cousin and did a really great job of comforting him whenever Tee missed his family!  Take a look for yourself:
 Tee: "Wells, do you know where my parents are?"  Wells: "Yes, but first let me get you turned around Buddy!"
Wells: "They're with these guys in Disney World!  They'll be back soon!"
And because Wells did such a great job babysitting, he has become Mickey's littlest Mouseketeer! 
 I think he's pretty excited about the title, don't you?
Thanks for the souvenir Aunt Missy!  You know how much I love the leader of the club that's made for you and me!  ;)

May 18, 2011

What Are the Chances...

Wells is saying:
"Emma Gray, pull my finger?"
"Ansley, close your eyes and maybe she'll go away!"
"Counts, check out my new moves!  Bubbles make me want to dance!" 

Sure do love watching these little friendships!  And wouldn't it be so fun to know what they were thinking! :)

May 17, 2011

Oh Boy, cont.

Boys are God's way of telling you that your house is too neat!  -- Author Unknown
Thanks buddy!  I get the picture! ;)

May 16, 2011

Monday and a Copy Cat!

So, it appears to be Monday again!  Man that little guys sneaks up on us, doesn't he?  Unfortunately my brain is moving a little slower than normal this morning so I thought I would bum a post from some of my best girls!  Thanks Jami!  And thanks Linds! ;)  I did make a few changes, just to spice things up a bit!

The ABC's of Me!  (I know you are beside yourself with excitement!)
A. Age: 28

B. Bed size: Queen!  I used to say that I would never have a King because I wanted to always be close to Graham!  Well, after 5 years and I would consider it!  Don't judge me, I'm just sayin' a little extra space may be nice!

C. College: Clemson!

D. Dogs: Lucy, our little beagle girl!  And I have joint custody of Lilly, the yellow lab diva dog! (She lives with my parents really but I got her when I was 15 so she'll always be my dog!) 

E. Essential start to your day: A Diet Coke!  Did you even have to ask?

F. Funny Fact: I'm still pretty scared of the dark! 

G. Gold or silver: Depends on what I'm wearing.

H. Height: 5’5 (on a good day!)

I. Instruments: Hold your applause until the end people but I used to play the flute!  And the handbells in church!  I'm just cool like that!

J. Job title: These days I feel more like a professional toy picker upper!  But I guess you'd officially call me a stay at home mom.

K. Kids: 1 little guy named Wells

L. Life's Dream: I really want to travel around the world...really, really, really want to travel around eastern Europe, go on an African Safari, and make my way Down Under!

M. Mom’s name: Dulcie, she always describes it to people like the musical instrument the dulcimer...yeah, I know!  We've tried to tell her that her example only confuses them! ;)

N. Nicknames: Mare/Mere (The spelling varies!), ML, Squirt (I don't know that I have ever heard my dad say my real name!), Kiddo (via Missy), Mary (This one makes me cringe a little!)

O. Overnight hospital stays: When I was in the 3rd grade I had whooping cough and had to stay in the hospital for 10 days.  And then I took another trip when Wells was born!  

P. Person you'd like to hang out with: Bethenny Frankel!  She is hilarious and I'm pretty sure we'd have a ball together!

Q. Question you hate: "Are you ill?"  My family is the worst about asking this and it's pretty annoying!  I mean, if I wasn't in a bad mood before, this question usually sends me there!

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: two older sisters, Missy and Katherine

T. Time you wake up: No earlier than 7:00 if I can help it!  My alarm clock doesn't come with a snooze button, just a paci and blanket!

U. Ugly habit: I pop pimples.  TMI?

V. Vegetables you dislike: Beets make me gag, literally!  I had a bad experience when I was pregnant!  I'll spare you the details!

W. What people may be surprised to know about you:  I am kinda insecure!  Don't worry, the Lord and I have had numerous conversations about it!

X. X-Rays you’ve had:  Weird question, but other than dental ones that they do once a year I have no clue!

Y. Yummy food you make: my Grandmother's caramel cake and her homemade banana pudding

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Oh, the orangutan!  Are you kidding me?  I could sit and watch them forever!  

Now wasn't that fun!  :) 

May 15, 2011

Check 'em Out!

Hey Y'all!  You have got to check out these guys:
Brad and Jodi own this shop and make some of the best things!  Not only are they creative but they also happen to love the Lord like crazy and are friends of ours!  And for all of you Nester fans out there Jodi actually had a chance to hang out with her!  Yep, I'm pretty jealous about that!
Anyway, their business is taking off and they are adding new things all of the time!  You can find them here:
Their blog:
Their online shop:
Their esty shop:
Check 'em out!  You won't regret it!

May 12, 2011

The Big One!

She's the big 3-0 today!  Happy Birthday Kat Bird!  I hope this year is full of so many blessings!  You are a wonderful sister and one amazing Aunt Kacky! 
Happy Happy Birthday!
We love you!

May 9, 2011

Oh Boy!

This was Wells' room this morning...before 8:15! 
Oh Boy! 
Happy Monday Y'all!

May 6, 2011

They Say...

That you can tell a good mom by asking each of her children separately which is her favorite!  If she's a great mom each child will say that they are!
Missy is the oldest, and the most like mom!  She certainly claims to be a front runner!
Kat-Bird is the middle child and has always had a way of tugging at mom's heart strings!
And, well, I am the baby!  And clearly I know that I am mom's favorite!  But don't worry D, your secret is safe with me!
Happy Mother's Day!
You sure are one GREAT mom! 
We love you more than you know!
Your favorite child

May 3, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls!

I read this in one of my favorite places, (in)courage ,this morning and couldn't help but think of YOU
Have a great day Girlfriend!  And be sure to show your dazzle!

May 2, 2011

Easter Weekend

A Recap in Pictures! (a week late, I know!)
The Butlers were here and Tee smiled like this the ENTIRE time!
Despite the occassional assault by Wells! 
The Easter Bunny came on Friday night and we spent the night at D.D.'s house!  Graham and I have decided that the EB will come every year on Friday night!  It made for a MUCH calmer Sunday morning and in the future it will also help keep all of the focus on the main reason for the day...Jesus!  Don't worry everyone, I have already thought of what we'll tell the kiddos as to why he comes worries! ;)

Wells was way more interested in the ice machine and Pat Pat's loot versus his own typical!
He later discovered this book that we have read no less than 2,000 times in the past week!
 Wells and Pat Pat are in a class all to themselves! 

 Nothing like eating cookies at 7:00 in the morning!
Or playing in the garage in your p.j.'s!  One happy boy!
One word: Joy!  Ok, seven words: I could eat you with a spoon!
 Egg Hunt at Aunt Mare and Uncle Graham's! 
 Perfect photo op, of course!

 Not a chance he's reaching for the veggies...
 No telling what's coming out of Pat Pat's mouth!
 The troops are ready for the egg hunt, well...sorta!
 CeCe had a pretty aggressive approach!
 Pat Pat seemed to be a little more relaxed about the whole thing!
 And though Wells finally got a few...
 He enjoyed this part most of all!
 That's pretty much Wells in a nutshell eggshell!
 Love these ones!
 Time to hunt eggs with Graham's family.  And these little guys seem thrilled!  Okay, not so much!
 The older kids made up for them though!

It was such a great weekend!  And best of all...we celebrated and rejoiced in a risen Savior!
Oh Happy Day!