Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Very Eventful Trip to Little Rock

As we have every summer since moving here to Roanoke, the boys and I went to Little Rock for two weeks. I think every single day was jam-packed with stuff! Since I am saving up my PTO for when Henry arrives, I did go into work every day, also. Whew! It was a lot for this pregnant lady.

My parents are in the process of redoing their pool; it was so nice to get to "break it in!" The boys swam just about every single day.

Even this day...when Nathan busted his chin and got stitches for the very first time! Golly! He was so tough when Uncle Bob put in his stitches; he didn't make a peep. I was very proud of him.

We also celebrated Nathan turning six years old! I left work at lunch and took him to his requested lunch spot, The Purple Cow {for a purple milkshake, of course}!

We had the whole family over, and it was a sweet time of celebrating this boy with many of our loved ones!

We also went to a Traveler's game one evening. I bought cotton candy for the boys, and they totalllllly didn't know what to do with it. They kept licking it, which of course turned it into a huge, blue block of solid sugar. Fail. Oh, well! Made for some cute pictures!

We also celebrated the 4th of July in Little Rock! Jack was terrified of the fireworks, and my mom lovingly went and stayed with Jack inside. Nathan, on the other hand, was mesmerized by the loud fireworks, the sparklers, and the poppers. 

Oh, and of course, Nathan re-busted his chin open, and had to get stitches a second time. This came a whopping two days after getting his first set of stitches removed. Oy! That boy!

And Nathan lost his first tooth! {Maybe I should just re-name this The Eventful Nathan Trip to Little Rock.} His tooth was hardly even that loose; he told me he yanked it as hard as he could. Ouch! I'll never forget, I was just about to turn in for the night, and I hear slamming footsteps down the hallway and "MOMMY! MOMMY! I PULLED MY TOOTH!" I cried, because there are just too many changes going on for this big boy! Silly boy had blood absolutely covering his chin because the tooth really wasn't ready to fall out. He didn't care, though. He was thrilled to pieces! Oh, and that tooth? It was about the size of a grain of rice. Preciousness.

And after a couple busy, busy, busy weeks, we headed back to Roanoke! These boys are old pros on this stinking long drive now. I'm sure it will be difficult all over again once Henry comes. C'est la vie!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nathan's 6th Birthday Party

Nathan wanted his sixth birthday party to be at Bricks 4 Kidz, a local Lego play store here in Roanoke. Of course, the theme was Star Wars, as this boy is pretty obsessed with two things: Lego and Star Wars.

Pops and BeeGee flew in to celebrate the birthday boy at his party! It meant the world to him that they were there. 

Nathan was adamant that he wanted to build Darth Vadar. {It's always the bad guys who are cool, huh!?} I think he did a pretty good job!

What a fun morning celebrating my firstborn son! I can't believe this boy is SIX! What!?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Inviting Jesus In

This week, Nathan is attending his second VBS of the summer at a church that is very close to our house. He has a few buddies in his small group from school with him, so he has been enjoying himself immensely.

Yesterday, June 21st, Nathan got in the car and told me, "Mom, I prayed for Jesus to come into my heart. And He did! Do you know how I know? My heart feels brand new."

Nathan has been very tender toward Jesus since he was little. His prayers have become more and more earnest and sincere over the last year. He has told me many times that he wants Jesus in his heart.

I knew, as his momma, that there was fertile soil in his heart.

Of course, I teared up and I told him that I was so happy! What a wonderful and exciting day this was! "Do you know what, Nathan?" I said, "When Jesus is in your heart, He doesn't leave your heart the same. He changes you, if you let him."

Nathan said, "I don't want to be the old way, Mom. I want to have a new self."

I'm so, so proud of my little boy. And more than that: I'm so, so grateful to the Lord for hearing my cry and answering my prayer.

Yesterday afternoon and evening, I allowed myself to get all worked up and agitated and upset. When I finally crawled in bed at 10:30, I thought, "Well, I'm just going to tell God how I feel." And I did. I told Him all of my frustrations and everything that was putting anger in my heart.

And do you know what God put on my heart?

Do not forget that the greatest prayer as a parent you've ever prayed over Nathan James was answered today.

I slapped myself on my forehead. How quickly we forget sometimes, hm?

I have prayed that each one of my sons would be a Christ follower--in word and in deed. What more could you want as a parent? Success, money, standing in the community for your child? Those things pale in comparison to eternity.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fishing And Kayaking

On Saturday, we went out to Carvin's Cove for a picnic lunch and some kayaking and fishing. The boys were so excited! Of course, they were in little boy heaven!

I parked my pregnant hiney in a beach chair, and mostly just laughed at my three guys as they splashed each other, got tangled up in fishing line, and just generally acted like the Three Stooges.

They didn't catch anything, but they sure had a fun time swinging those fishing poles around!

Scott was especially excited to take both of the boys out in his kayak. I've been super hesitant about both of them going out on the water, especially since Jack absolutely cannot swim. But, Scott showed me how stable the kayak was, and of course they had life jackets on.

It was a fun afternoon, for sure. Have I mentioned how much I just adore my guys!? So excited to add the final guy to the crew! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Surgery Department Graduation Dinner

On Friday, Scott and I attended the annual Surgery Department dinner, honoring the graduates of the residency program here at Virginia Tech. We had a very nice evening! I will admit that I was a little bummed that I couldn't drink a glass of wine or champagne, but c'est la vie! There's always next year. {Also, that black dress did a pretty good job of hiding my sizable baby bump! I'm 26 weeks.}

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was that Scott, after being last year's recipient of the Junior Resident Award (awarded to first and second years) was this year's recipient of the Senior Resident Award (awarded to third through fifth years). I was so proud of him, for winning this prestigious award as a third year resident. He works so, so hard! This award is voted on by all surgical faculty in the program.

We sat with our dear friends, and had a wonderful time laughing and catching up! I can't believe we have two years left. That might not seem like a lot, but for some reason, it does to me right now. I keep thinking "two whole years left" instead of "just two years left!" I'll turn my attitude around, I promise! ;)

It was a fun evening, celebrating the graduates and spending time with friends!

First VBS Of The Summer

Well, the summer is officially underway. And, we have been having a busy, busy, busy and fun, fun, fun month of June! There have already been lots of popsicles eaten, afternoons spent running through the sprinklers, and trips to the snow cone shack. Last week was the first "camp" of the summer {we have many camps this summer}. The boys attended VBS at First Baptist Church Roanoke.

Jack was beyond excited that he was finally old enough to go to "Bible school." And on the first day, both of the boys just ran right in! They never cease to amaze me. Neither one of them had a single friend in their classes, and it's a church that we don't attend, and yet in they go--excited for the week! I hope they always keep that gumption.

The week was wonderful! Lots of crafts, Bible stories, songs, and snacks! The boys had a great time!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nathan's First Swim Meet

Yesterday afternoon {which turned into yesterday evening}, Nathan had his very first swim meet! He was so excited! In the car, on the way to the meet, he kept chanting over and over, "I'm gunna' win! I'm gunna' win!" I do love some confidence. :)

Scott was able to finish scrubbing his last case at 4:30 and be at the pool by 5:00. We had to wait over an hour {!!} for Nathan to swim his first stroke: butterfly!

I think probably everyone was looking at me like I was a crazy lady, because I was most definitely that loud mom who is cheering and jumping up and down for her baby. He came in 3rd place for butterfly, and then he came in 3rd place again for freestyle. GO NATHAN! 

My favorite part? He would stop--literally in the middle of racing--to look up at Scott, Jack, and I and give us the BIGGEST Nathan smile. Melt my heart, boy!

Nathan really, really loved it! He had the best attitude the whole time. I'm constantly impressed with this son of mine. He is truly a gift and a blessing from the Lord.

Go Sharks! I can't wait to keep cheering my baby on all summer long!