Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Will is 7!!

And just like that my baby boy turned seven!  We love our little man so much and are so thankful for him even though watching him grow up is a little bittersweet.  There is very little "baby" left in him.  He is definitely a big kid now!

He still has his moments that make me want to pull my hair out but overall Will really is a great kid.  We are always told how sweet and well behaved he is at church and in school.  His teacher this year goes to our church so we get to talk to her often.  She is always praising him for being such a leader in his class.  He is doing so well in school.  Will is an amazing reader and we have seen such incredible improvement this year already in his writing and spelling.  He is simply a math whiz.  Concepts just make sense to him immediately and he is quick to figure out a problem in his head.  I have never loved math so I'm thankful that so far it is easy for him.

Will is still all boy and his lifelong obsession with sports continues.  He never stops moving.  His new favorite thing to do is watch old Alabama football games over and over.  While watching, he is acting out the plays and constantly running and catching and having his own game all over the den floor.  No picture frame is safe in our house!  We finished soccer season and immediately started basketball 2 days later.  He wouldn't want it any other way.

We celebrated his birthday a day early.  He was super excited about opening his presents early and then we had dinner with Grams, Nana, Uncle Matt, Aunt Lauren, Avery, Ansley and Addy.  Isabel was very  proud of the gift she picked out for him.

She got him a candy bar and a game she thought he would like.  I think the best part of the present for Will is that Isabel will actually play the game with him!

If you can't actually play basketball at all times, you should at least have a basketball game to play.

Will has told us repeatedly that he really wants an ipad/tablet but he knew it was expensive and didn't think he would get it.  (His plan was actually to just ask Santa Claus since he could just make one and it wouldn't be expensive.)  We got him his own Kindle for his birthday and he was beyond excited.  The look on his sweet face when he opened it was perfect!  His favorite thing about it is the ESPN app so he can always have a game to watch!

Of course the game had to be opened and played before heading to dinner!

Will also got a bow and arrow from Grams.  The "arrows" are like bouncy balls on the end so not so dangerous.  In his mind, bouncy ends means it is fine to shoot in the house!

**Please notice Will's clothes.  This is basically his uniform.  He only wants to wear athletic pants and shirts.  Alabama shirts are always the best.  Jeans are absolutely unacceptable except on Sundays when he doesn't get a choice.

Isabel's 3rd Grade program

Last week was the 3rd grade Veteran's Day Program at school.  It was a big night for Isabel because the cheerleaders performed before the program.  She cheered and then did a very quick outfit change to get ready to sing.  The kids had been practicing their songs for a while and did a great job!

My sweet girl ready to cheer and dance

As shy as she can be sometimes, she Loves cheering in front of an audience

Singing patriotic songs with her class

She did a great job but was exhausted at this point!  We actually ended up at the doctor the next day to get her some medicine for her terrible sinus infection.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Birthday fun for Will

Because Josh and I will be taking 100 teenagers on a Fall Retreat on Will's actual birthday, we decided to celebrate Will's birthday a week early.  He wanted to invite a few friends to jump at Airwalk and then go for pizza and cupcakes.  It was crazy but so much fun.  Definitely a perfect way for Will to to celebrate his birthday.

Somehow this kid is almost 7!  

He sure loves his daddy.

It's November and he is wearing shorts and short sleeves-partly because it still isn't that cold and partly because he doesn't feel cold and only wants to wear "athletic" shorts

Isabel was sick a few days ago and Will was so worried she wouldn't be able to come to his party.  We were all glad that she was feeling better and ready to come.

Basket ball, trampolines and friends..what else could a boy need?

There was a lot of flipping taking place

I love this picture!  Will has triplets in his class this year, Kody, Kale and Emory.  Will loves all 3 of them and was so glad they could come play with him.  This is Emory trying to pull him out of the foam pit.

This was taken about a minute later.  Somehow Emory and Kale ended up in the foam put with him and all were laughing hysterically. 

Other than the triplets, Will only cared about having Mia and Yates there.

Will with Kody and Kale-I'm so glad they are all in the same class this year.

Then they found dodge ball! This was probably Will's favorite part!

The sweet girls!

Time for Pizza!!

Listening to his friends sing Happy Birthday to him

Blowing out that "7" candle

The whole group!

my favorites

Reading his card to his friends

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween was a crazy day this year.  It was a Saturday which is the perfect day for Halloween but it was a full one.  First there was a Monster Dash fun run at the kids' school.  Josh took Will early that morning.  Isabel did not want to go because she could not eat most of the candy they were giving out because of her expanders. Well, that and the fact that running a mile is not her idea of fun!

After the fun run, they had just enough time to throw a soccer uniform on Will and we headed to his soccer game.  It had started raining a little at that point but apparently a little rain doesn't stop a soccer game. After a tough start to their season, Will's team won their 3rd game in a row.  He has been playing great and even scored 2 goals!

Finally it was time to actually focus on Halloween.  There was no doubt that it was going to rain so the kids were dressed and ready to go by 4pm.  We were so excited to finally be in our house this year with a fun neighborhood to trick-or-treat in.  We had some friends, Grams and Nana come over and had a great night despite the bad weather.

Isabel and Grams pre-costume

My beautiful mermaid
She desperately wanted to be a mermaid this year but made sure to specify that it was NOT Ariel!

I love these two so much and how their costume choices say so much about who they are!

Josh took Will costume shopping one night and came back with this robot football player costume.  I don't really get it but the boys loved it!

The group handing out some candy before we started trick-or-treating

These four are such sweet friends!  We got to a few houses before the rain started.  Luckily it didn't rain hard for a while and the kids barely noticed and definitely didn't care.  When it started pouring we decided we had enough candy and headed home!

Isabel's sweet friend, Sarah, lives in our neighborhood so they got to see each other out trick-or-treating.  Their teacher lives in our neighborhood too but wasn't home when they went to her house.

Soaking wet and sorting his candy

After sorting their candy, we loaded the crazy kids in the car and headed to dinner at Zaxby's where kids in costume ate free.  What else are you going to do on a rainy Halloween night?

pumpkin carving time

We ended up with 4 pumpkins after our trip to the pumpkin patch so we decided we needed to carve at least some of them.

Isabel is very proud of the pumpkin she picked out.  She decided no one could carve it because she wants it to last longer!

Will was all about helping Josh clean out the pumpkins this year.

We went old school this year.  No drawing from a book for us.  Isabel drew a picture that she wanted Josh to carve.  Then both kids stood behind to supervise him!  It turned out pretty great!

I love this sweet girl!

While Josh was carving his own pumpkin the kids wanted to do their own "spooky Halloween" photo shoot.  

Of course that quickly turned into a fight

Isabel decided to use some glow paint on her pumpkin