Friday, October 24, 2014

UM vs. UT

Westwood/Knoxville comes to Oxford!!
we missed you Martins, Sullivans and Peter :-(

Brent and I sure do miss doing life with these guys!  However, so thankful for those five years and these lifelong friendships.  Also, thankful for a VERY FUN, ADULT ONLY weekend.  I still do not think I have recovered 100%.

(Miss Landry, 3 mths old, broke the rules and got to come too....I don't think I've ever seen an easier baby...except maybe one of those Blackwell babies :-)

(Also noteworthy.....Meg left her baby overnight for the first time ever in his 2.5 years)

I had to include this "bad" picture of us about to pile into the limo, I won't even try to REALLY just had to be there :-)

So sad Ole Miss and UT are not playing again anytime in the near future....but I hope when they finally do, we will all do it again!  

***I'm sure everybody knows Ole Miss won.  We are now 7-0, and ranked #3 in the country (MS State is #1).  I can not even explain what a wild, fun season this has been.  It seriously feels like a dream.  So proud of our Rebels!

***Still working on Anne Lowry's TWO year old post!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Anne Lowry at TWO!

Anne Lowry's actual birthday, 10/4/14, fell on the Saturday ESPN's Gameday came to Oxford for the first time ever.  It was Ole Miss vs. Alabama and Ole Miss WON.  Happy Birthday to Anne Lowry!!  Anyway, she spent the whole day with our babysitter.....whom she LOVES, so it was a win win :-)  

I had already decided that we wouldn't have a party, especially since the town of Oxford was crazy that weekend with football stuff  (poor baby with a birthday right in the middle of football season.....i promise we won't let it stop the celebration from here on out :-)  Anyway, we were planning a small cookout Sunday night with some friends to celebrate but unfortunately my sweet grand dad, Pappy, passed away late Thursday night before your birthday so we headed to Hattiesburg Sunday morning.....with your cookie cake.  

Let's start with the easy stuff...

--30.6 lbs
--34inches tall
(can't remember exactly what precentile these fall into but both were in the eightieth)
--head circ. 49inches
--wearing mostly 3T and a few 2T
--size 7 shoe
--1 nap a day, however, about twice a week you never go to sleep.  You just sit in your bed and play/talk for two hours.   
--Loves:  reading books (favorite book right now is a Doc McStuffins Look and Find), baby dolls (you like to change their diaper, have picnics, and put them to bed), singing songs, Mickey Mouse, mommy/daddy/hamp, yogurt, cheese, water, animal crackers, fruit snacks, suckers, and me to rock you before bed (however, please see dislikes :)
--Dislikes:  Hampton aggravating you, going to bed, when I don't hold you when you ask to be held.
--Your surprised/excited face is priceless.  Actually, you have the best expressions and they are pretty much all priceless.
--If you are about to have a breakdown and cry your little hand goes up to your mouth...sometimes both hands.  It definitely adds to the drama.  Even the doctor made a comment about it at your two year check up.
--you can go from a complete angel to raging mad in less than a second (Lord help me!)
--You are also such a nurturer and encourager.  If I were to say ouch or you see me bump my toe on something, you run over and ask, "you need a band aid?" And when Hampton "wins" you are usually cheering saying, "Yay, Hamp!"  Can't say that Hampton reciprocates those feelings if you win :-)

Your language skills are amazing.  For real.  You've been talking in complete 5-6 word sentences for a while.  Before you turned two you could sing all the ABC's with only a little help.  However, here's how you count, "one, two, three, two, three"  :-)
Some other things you have said recently that I wanted to remember:
**"I bootiful (after I had just gotten you dressed) I wanna go show daddy."
**"I got a wee wee, I can't sit down."
**"Mommy, you sit down right here by me."
**"I got to get out, it's an emergency!" (didn't want to go to bed and wanting to get off air mattress at Phyl and Grandaddy's)
**"I'm a bad guy."  You say this in a really creepy, deep voice.  It was super creepy when I found you in Hampton's room with the lights out climbing on his bookshelf and you had accidentally broken his letter "H."  I said, "what do you think your doing?"  To which you replied, "I'm a bad guy, ha ha ha."  In the creepy voice!

Honestly, I forget you are two sometimes.  I totally stuck three candles into the powder donuts, lit them, we sang happy birthday to you, you blew out the candles....then your daddy asked me why there were three.  I still didn't get it, so he asked me again why there were THREE candles......  Oh my Lord, I seriously thought you were turning three for a minute.  True story!

Dear Anne Lowry,  
You have completely stolen our hearts and keep us on our toes.  Personality is literally coming out of your toes you have so much of it (I do have to admit I get a little nervous thinking about your teenage years though).  You are smart, sweet, funny and tough with a bit of a temper.  I feel so blessed, honored, and grateful that you are my daughter.  Love you more than words could ever say.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hampy at 3.5

Here's a little update on our favorite little boy!

Buying 3T which fits but can still wear a lot of 2T and some 4T
Size 9.5 shoe

He bought home a school project that (if I remember correctly) he weighed 33lbs and was 33in. tall.

Favorite Foods-- pizza, chicken nuggets, bread and sweets. 
Loves--playing in the dirt, building "houses" aka forts, building "lines," wearing Ole Miss "ballgame" clothes, riding bikes/cars, school, Disney Junior, and cars/planes/trains.
 Not a big fan of....being told no, drinking water, vegetables, but mostly he dislikes being told no :-)
I'm afraid we are experiencing some of the terrible 3's.  EEK.  Nothing too terrible....but we are working on listening and minding the first time preferably without tears, screaming, running from us.  It can be a little exhausting some days :-)

You can't really notice in these pictures but his front, right tooth is dead/black.  He knocked it on the playground at an Ole Miss baseball game this Spring.  I actually think it has lightened up a little bit, may be wishful thinking.

Since school has started his confidence has gone way up which is so fun to watch!

He is going to speech two times a week for 30 minutes with Ms. Ginger.  He loves it and just adores Ms. Ginger.  We are definitely making a lot of progress but still have  He can now at least say his name and it sounds sort of like Hampton :-)  Finally, we can recognize what sounds he has problems making.  I think this is a good sign and shows some of the progress we are making.  In the beginning, as his mom, I still couldn't put my finger on exactly what he was was all so bad!  At least we have something he can work on now :-)  For example, He cannot say the "f" sound.  Most of his F's sound like "sh."  So, we have "shiretrucks" for firetrucks, etc.  (However, as a speech info tidbit....the "F" sound typically isn't mastered until age 4, so we aren't even working on that yet.)  

    He still won't sing his ABC's (or even count to 10).  In fact, every time I start to sing the ABC's or try to get him to sing his he says, "NOOOOO."  Occasionally, he'll sing to F.  But then he will blow you a way by recognizing all the letters in his name.  Or just this morning he was wearing a shirt with his initials on I was talking to him about them...our conversation went like this:

Me:  H, for Hampton.  J, for James.  
Hampton:  J?
Me: yes.
Hampton:  Jesus!
Me:  umm, okay, yes!

Needless to say, our conversation took a little turn for the best!  I love hearing him talk about God and Jesus.  Another phrase we are hearing a lot, "God made the rain?"  or "God made the ant?"  So on and so on.  95% of the time this is followed by "WHY?"  Brent is soo much better at answering these questions :-)

Anyway, there is no questioning his intelligence even if he won't do the typical tricks another kid might do such as sing all the ABC's or count to 100.  I think a lot has to do with his speech issues but I truly believe it will all work itself out.   Until then I will just keep trying to pray more about it and worry less :)

Hampton, you are no longer a toddler, but a fast "shast" little kid.  You are caring and sensitive with a big dose of silliness.  I, along with your dad and sister, ADORE and LOVE you!  We are so PROUD of YOU!


Up next:  AL turns 2.....this Saturday, when College Game Day comes to Ole Miss for the first time in school history!  #atleastshelovesourbabysitter 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Happy October from these skeletons!!