"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Friday, August 29, 2008

Projects, Projects

With both boys in school on Friday, I decided to get a few projects done around the house. Oliver's room has had nothing on the walls since we moved in 9 months ago. So, I made the letters and then I made this pictures. One of them will need to be redone, but it was cheap and easy. I also had my first experience with spray paint.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Baby Li's gift

This is the shower gift I referred to in my last post. The onesie didn't turn out like I had planned, but oh well.

Sorry Folks!

Sorry to disappoint my loyal readers. I have failed you. This girl has been too tired to Time Warp. I promise you all a great read next Tuesday!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Drab to Fab

My crafty juices were flowing while making a baby shower gift and decided to decoupage Oliver's letters for his room. These letters used to be plain old white. In our old house his room was blue, so it looked okay. Now check them out!!

Super easy and super cute!!

I love to decoupage!!

Alarm Clock


Every morning that you wake me up from my precious sleep, I want to beat you with a metal bat. I don't know if I will ever enjoy hearing your high pitched beeping. You are wearing out the whole household. PLEASE STOP!!!
(The actual time is 6:15, I just set it for later so I think I am running late)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Survivors

Well, we did it. We survived the first day of kindergarten. The worst part was the pick up line. I got there at 2:10 (20 minutes early) and didn't retrieve my child until 3:06. He was in tears. He thought I had forgotten him. Crazy!! They say it gets better. We can only hope. Tomorrow I will be one of the first in line. Clayton's favorite part of the day was rest time. He said he was so tired that he was glad he got to lay down for a while.
After ice cream at Braum's with Gigi, we headed home for an evening of tears and fighting between the two boys. Exhaustion had taken over us all!! The boys were bathed, fed and in bed at 6:30. It may take us awhile to get the routine down.

First Day of School

I woke Clayton up this morning at 6:30 and he was so excited. He didn't even want to eat his breakfast. I, on the other hand, woke up at 4:30 sobbing. Look at this super handsome Kindergarten boy. He looks so grown up. He couldn't wait to put his new Skechers Airators on. He has been looking at them in the box for weeks.



Here is the walk into school. Marlene, his Godmother, went with us for this special day.
Heading to class
In front of his classroom.
We went in, put his stuff in his cubby, and found his table.
Oliver thought he was staying!! Just imagine the face he made when we told him he couldn't.Then I kissed his hand and he kissed mine.
I know we will both be just fine!!

The First Day Poem

Every one has a “First Day”

When they feel sad and all alone

It can be so scary

When you’re out on your own.

Take my hankie, dry your tears.

You’ll find lots of things to do

And you’ll probably make new friends.

I promise we’ll be together

When the school day ends.

Here comes the teacher,

Blow your nose and be brave.

Come on now wipe your eyes,

This is no way to behave.

“Well, good morning teacher.

We really must beg your pardon.

No, MOMMY doesn’t always act this way.

But it’s my first day of KINDERGARTEN!!!!!”

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear Clayton

Deedle, Deeds, C-diddy, C-dids, buddy, my firstborn son,

As I sit here, I wonder where the time has gone. When did you change from a baby into a big kindergarten boy? As I watch you sleep, you still look like a baby. You still come to me when you are sad or hurt. You have so many questions about things you have yet to experience. Everything you see is exciting and new to you. In my mind, you are still a baby. My baby!!

From the moment I knew you were growing inside of my tummy, I loved you. I never thought I could love anything more.
I was wrong.The moment I heard that first cry come from your deep little voice my love grew even more for you. I was overwhelmed with joy!! You were the happiest baby. You started out very independent and you still are. I know you will do so well in Kindergarten because you have always been eager to try and do new things.
I have found myself this weekend trying to go over everything I have ever taught you. Be polite. Say "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am". Be kind to others. No roaring at other kids. No burping at school....the list goes on. I keep thinking, "What if I forgot to teach you something? What if you forget?" But, what I really want is for you to just be yourself. Be the fun-loving, energetic, and silly boy that we know.
(1 year old)
Four years ago, we dedicated your life to the Lord. I have never had any difficulty loving you. The hardest part is letting you go. We told God on that day that you are His child and that we would trust in Him to take care of you and watch over you. I have to remember this as I send you off to Kindergarten. I won't be there to watch you and take care of you, but I have faith and trust that God will take extra special care of you. He loves you more that you could ever imagine.
At two, you started to love dinosaurs. You knew their names, how big they where, and what kind of food they ate. I love hearing you in your room playing with your dinosaurs. You are so creative and I hope that your imagination continues as you grow.

(Two year old)
I am so excited for what you have ahead of you. You are going to make so many friends. You are going to learn and see so many new things. You are going to learn things that you will carry with you the rest of your life.
(Three year old)
You are such a great kid. Don't let anyone ever tell you different.
(four year old)
We are going to be heading down a new path. It will be different and maybe scary sometimes, but I want you to know that no matter what, Mommy and Daddy will always love you and always be here for you. I love you, Deeds!
Mommy
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be"

The Kissing Hand


We read the sweetest book tonight before Clayton went to bed. The little racoon is scared to go to school so the mommy kisses his hand and tells him when ever he feels scared or misses her to place his hand on his cheek. At the end the little racoon does the same to the mommy. I know I will probably need the kissing hand tomorrow more than Clayton will.
We made this cookie to put in his lunchbox to remind him that I will be thinking of him ALL day!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Meet the Teacher Night

Today was a day that has been marked in my calendar since April. It seemed so far away then, but came so quickly. We got to meet Clayton's kindergarten teacher, see his classroom and look around the school. I also got to join the PTA and sign up to volunteer. Am I old enough to be a member of the PTA??? Clayton's teacher is Mrs. Shehane and seems really nice. I have been praying for this teacher for a long time now, so I am confident that she will be the right fit for Clayton. His classroom is decorated in jungle animals. We found his cubby and put all of his school supplies away.
We are now the proud parents of a Tibbals Tiger!!

The Last Hoorah!

(well, sort-of). This would be the last day of life as we know it. After today, our routines will completely change. Clayton will be in school while Oliver and I run around town. This seems so weird to me, but I am sure I will get used to having just one child. Especially when I am doing the grocery shopping!!

So, I told Clayton he could decide what we were going to do today.... within reason. He chose to go to the zoo and wanted to invite his cousins, Emily and Macey to go with us. We had such a great time...even though it was so HOT!!! We even rode the monorail, which I have never experienced. I savored every moment.
The Crew


Watching the penguins
On the monorail
Our future kindergarteners
This gorilla came and sat right next to the kids

What's up?Ready to cool off!!
Cute CousinsThe most excitement came at the end of the day. I got to pull Macey's second tooth. Two teeth lost before kindergarten even starts. Clayton had a hard time wondering why he hadn't lost his first tooth yet. Don't grow up too fast big boy. I like your cute baby teeth!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sweet Baby

Oh, how I love you!!!

HILARIOUS!!!!

If you don't read my husband's blog, then I thought I would share these with you. This will turn your frown upside-down. He bet our friend Ashlee to duplicate this video. I think she was right on.



Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When it rains....

....we embrace it!!
We had such a great day in the rain! I love this weather.

Puddle jumping




A rainy picnic.

Daddy came home from work just in time. We had to move in the garage for a bit because our food was getting soaked.We had many races on foot and bike in the rain.We could have stayed out here all day, but nap time was calling us in.
I am trying to make everyday this week really special for Clayton since we won't have our daily time together starting next week:(

Monday, August 18, 2008

Count Down

Kindergarten begins one week from today!! I cannot believe it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Boys Night Out

We got free tickets for Six Flags a couple of weeks ago, so the boys(Joel, Clayton, Jeremy and Owen) headed out this afternoon for a fun time. They had a blast!!! These are my two favorite pics .Love those Pink Things!!