Monday, November 11, 2019

Grady Graduated

Grady graduated from Physical Therapy on 11/06!  He has been going to see Ms. Amy since he was 8 weeks old. It started out as he had to go because of torticollis then ended up being because he was behind on rolling over, crawling then walking.  It all worked out but I worried plenty for the first year and a half of his life. 

Amy and the girls there are absolutely amazing. They became friends of mine and I hope we all stay in touch. Fun fact - Amy helped Molly Anne with torticollis too so I've known them all for awhile. 

As you can tell from the pictures, Grady loves Amy too!  We still have some items to work on at home but he’s definitely heading in the right direction and I’ll check in with her as needed.  Thankful for her patience with Grady and I both!  She was overly kind when I was overly worried. I’ll never forget her kindness and sweetness!  xo

Mom and Dad visit

I’m not sure who in my house loved having my parents in town more!  I so wish they lived here (or closer) so we could see them more.  But we talk a lot on FaceTime and make the moments count when we are together.  

They hadn’t been to Charlotte just to come hang in a couple of years.  In May they were here for Grady’s party and Kevin and I went to Savannah. Then they were here in December 2018 for Christmas. They were here in May 2018 when Grady was born. Then the Christmas before that when we moved. So they needed to just come hang out with us!  

Mom and I shopped the two days that the children were in school while my phone blew up with work emails. I tried really hard to take two days off but it only sorta happened.  The first day we did the mall because it was raining out.  The second day we did little shops around town.  We had a nice lunch at Napa on Providence.  Getting to shop with mom is not lost on me.  I’ve pushed her in a wheelchair before, with a cane and we’ve walked very slowly and sometime regularly around the mall. No matter what, we are together and I’m thankful for that. 

We are good at doing some damage together. We knocked out 95% of her Christmas shopping. Now I need to get my act together!  Ha!

One night we went to our club for dinner. Eating out with the children (ahem Grady) isn’t easy but I’m always glad later that we did it.  

Saturday afternoon while Kevjn worked, we headed to Legion Brewing for a late lunch/early dinner. It was fun!

Mom helped and taught me how to trim the swirl bushes. She’s really good at that stuff. You should see how impeccable their yard is at home. She hand trims some of the plants around their pond. 

Dad built some fires while he was here and spent a lot of time in his favorite place - on our porch. 

This was the best fire.  He started it about 10am and kept it rolling all day. We ate appetizers and got some wings from Duckworths for the Panthers game last Sunday. It was fun watching it and eating out there on the porch. 

Grady loving on Nannie. 

They flew back Monday morning.  It’s always a sad day when they leave. Everyone is sad.  Molly Anne and Mills were not happy. Mills kept going in their room. He always sleeps with them when they’re here.  

Until next time!  It won’t be so long until we see them again. That was way too many months!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Grady is 18 months!

Grady is 18 months today!!  We love this bubba boy so much. Here’s what he’s up to. This past month was a huge one but i don’t think I’ve done a post since 15 months, maybe 12!

1.  31 pounds, not sure on height. 2T clothes, size 5 diaper although moving on up next box, size 5 shoe.  

2.  He has started talking a ton in the last two weeks. Boat, tractor, golf cart, truck, mills, look, book and many more.  All boy! 

3.  He finally walked on October 19th. Kevin’s parents were here and saw him which was cool!  Now he just needs to choose to walk over crawling!  

4.  He dropped from 2 to 1 naps in August at 15 months old. He was mostly ready but his new school kicked that into high gear for us. I miss that morning nap because I got a lot of things done and Molly Anne and I always did something special. But it’s also nice now because we can get out and about in the mornings!  He still goes to bed at 7 and gets up at 7.  Thank you moms on call!

5.  He really likes climbing up the stairs when he’s not supposed to. He even unties the ribbon I have joining the gate to the stair post. He likes golf cart rides A LOT. We have lived on that thing during teething and anytime he’s sick.  He loves riding on his plasma car that’s honestly a little old for him but he loves it. He loves being outside. He loves watching construction equipment and planes.  He does not love TV. He does not love being away from me. He loves Molly Anne and Mills something fierce.  He loves his mornings with Da-da watching tractors and screams his name if he goes across the house.  He loves brushing his teeth and playing in the tub. 

6.  Croup is still happening way too often. Daily Zyrtec is our latest plan of attack versus breathing treatments of Budesinide. Zyrtec is proving to be better for him so let’s hope that stays. The child is always sick or getting teeth. And he takes getting sick to a whole new level. I feel so badly for him!

7.  He is loving his new school and I’m so glad he’s become comfortable there. Leaving Ms. Becky’s is hard for everyone. He calls his new teacher by name and they are all SO sweet to him (and me!).  

8.  He became picky on food probably around 17 months.  I still give him all of the same things and hopefully he will grow out of it sooner rather than later. He still tears up the buffet at our club every time we go and he won’t be whittling away anytime soon! ;)

9.  I can’t wait to see this boy for the Christmas season. He will love the lights and pulling down our tree!  I’m sure he will hate Santa. He isn’t into stuff like that, hence his lack of Halloween costume. He is the exact opposite of Molly Anne in that regard, even when she was his age. 

10.  Watching he and Molly Anne together is magical. She is so good with him and he idolizes her. They have little inside things they do and say as we ride to and from school. I love that time with them. We talk talk talk! 

And the queenie wanted her picture included!  Next time I’ll brush her hair, ha!

Friday, November 8, 2019


My parents came for Halloween weekend because we hadn’t seen them since July and we needed some Nannie and Poppa time!

Wednesday night on Halloween eve, we carved a pumpkin. When I say “we” I mean my Dad and Molly Anne!  Molly Anne named her Margaret Penelope!

Halloween day mom and I shopped while the children were at school and my phone blew up with email. Why should I ever take a day off?  But we got a bunch of gifts knocked off of moms Christmas list!  And Mom and I hadn’t shopped in over 2 years...probably longer.  Mills was a lion for the 7th year in a row. Bless his heart. 

Molly Annie was Rapunzel!  She didn’t want to wear her Rapunzel hair for Halloween night!

Grady hates his puppy costume and cried the instant he was put in it so he was much happier being a fisherman!  Cutest fisherman I’ve ever seen!

The storms were terrible but we hung out early then went in for dinner and Grady’s bed time.

Then my dad and I took Molly Anne back out after the storms and we stayed out from about 7-8:20!  We hit all of the houses we wanted to in the hood and had the best time!  Counting the loot with Nannie. 

Nannie and Kevin had fun.... who knows what topics they covered but this is part of what happened. Lots of trick or treaters they took care of too! Haha!!

It was a fun Halloween!  We look forward to good weather next year because our neighborhood does Halloween right!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Neighborhood Halloween Party

Happy Halloween!  Our neighborhood had their children’s Halloween party on Sunday afternoon and we had so much fun! 


And he frustrated fisherman!  Ha!  He was not pleased to have to sit still. 

A little better here.  Kevin was standing directly to my left to catch him if he leaned forward!

The clubhouse was all decked out!

They always hire a DJ/entertainer that makes it super fun for the children! 

And they do the cutest costume parade! 

Lots of dancing!  Grady loved it!


It was a blast!  We are hoping Halloween doesn’t get rained out tonight!  And if it does, hopefully everyone will do it tomorrow night!!  Molly Anne is SO excited!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Last Weekend

Besties. He climbs up there and lays with mills now!

He is a good head rest. You can tell mills hates it. 

I took them to our old neighborhood last Saturday morning because they have great trails there. We did a nature walk!  Molly Anne had talked about doing this at school so we went and did pajamas!  We learned about all kinds of things (streams, different leaves, bridges, trees) and I felt like I was back in my Girl Scout camping days.  Camping to me at age 36 is at the Ritz though! ;) But I want my children to be well rounded and get lots of different experiences!  

I forgot to put it on my blog but the weekend before, Drew took Maggie and Molly Anne to play putt putt, eat ice cream and play at his parents house.  Then they came back and played over at their house for another hour or two. It was during Grady’s nap so I felt like I won the lottery! Molly Anne had a blast and got to putt putt for her first time!

The one thing I really wanted to do last weekend was a peloton ride called Sundays with Love. It is live at 11:45am which is kind of an odd time but I put Grady down a little early and Kevin got Molly Anne to bed for nap.  My friend Jodie joined in Denver so we rode together virtually!  So glad we could do this ride together. It was a special one. 

Ally Love high fived me!  Or maybe her people did it for her but that was cool!!

Next post I need to do is for our neighborhood Halloween party!  Then I’ll be caught up!