Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thankful Tuesday

and he is the reason why I am thankful not only today, but every day!

* I am thankful for Jalen. I didn't think I could love the way I love him. He is my everything and I can't believe that I am blessed enough to be his Mom.. I tell him every day that he is the best little boy ever and he now says that he is the best little boy.. Thank you Jalen for allowing me to be in your life and thank you for teaching me what the true meaning of love is.
* I am thankful we had a safe trip to and from Greensboro for Curious George Live. I would do a post on it, except I left my memory card for my camera at home, so I had to use my camera memory and can't find my cord to get the pictures off. Soon, hopefully! Jalen had a great time though. He got a little restless towards the end but got cotton candy and ice cream, so he was happy!
*I am thankful I will be able to see my Mom this week. Jalen and I are leaving Thursday night and coming back Saturday night. I am hoping the weather will be beautiful and we can play on the beach in the sand or go to the park while my Mom is working some of the time. I hope Jalen will let me go in some of the cute shops and enjoy some Cubbies, which is like some good ol' Homers in Hickory!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Performance

Jalen had an Easter performance last Thursday. He did very well considering he'd done nothing like this before. He missed his Christmas performance because we were at the beach. As soon as he saw us, he wanted to come and sit with us, but he stayed on the stage. He didn't sing, but he stayed on stage with Ms. Carol, his teacher and buddy! I am very proud of him for staying quiet, being a big boy, and staying on stage. He's a trooper. Afterwards, we were able to join his class for a little party and he was very excited to have us there with him. I love my little man!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Salah's Recognizing

On the 20th, Salah had a recognizing ceremony and here a few pictures from the day...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hello George!!

And we're off to Greensboro today!

We will go visit with Curious George, The Man With the Yellow Hat, and all of their friends. Jalen is very excited to go see Gnocchi, Chef Pisghetti, and Hundley!

Can't wait to post pictures and really hope that Jalen gets to meet someone, like he did at Elmo Live!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Park Fun..

With the Spring weather here, Jalen loves to go to the park. The other Sunday we invited Ry-Ry and Grandpa to join us and the boys had a blast. Ryan passed out in the car and Jalen wanted to go to Grandpa's house and play! While at the park, the boys loved playing in the sand, swinging on the swings, and giving Grandpa a run for his money by showing him what they're like at the park! :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thankful Tuesday

I interrupt this normally scheduled thankful Tuesday to say happy birthday to my Dad and say my thankfulness to him...

Happy Birthday, Dad...
I have to say that I am a very blessed person to have a Dad like I do. I thank God every day for blessing me with you, Dad. We've had our share of times that we have bumped heads, disagreed with each other, and just knew the other was wrong, but we've also had our share of times that we've laughed, cried, and held each other up. There aren't many girls who can say that their Dad is one of their best friends. I never will forget our many trips to Hickory, stopping at the cookie shop to get a cookie sandwich, and just enjoying some Homer's!

Seeing Jalen with you makes me realize how blessed he is to have a Grandpa like you. It makes my heart melt every time he says 'Grandpa' and when he cries to go to your house. He loves you very much and I thank God that you two have such a loving, great relationship..

I hope your day is excellent and always know that we love you and are very thankful for you! Without you, I don't know where I'd be.. you're always a phone call away and I think I've probably used all my phone calls up, but thank you for continuing to answer! :)

Love you, Dad!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Not My Child! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

* Jalen did not ride with my Dad to his house (as I followed behind) and proceed to tell me to go back home when I walked in the door. And to make matters worse, my Dad did not tell me that I could go do some laundry or work on my tan and leave him there! Nope, not my family! (Note: I did not proceed to go tan... actually, I did - haha)
* Jalen did not eat a pop for breakfast for a couple days in a row. Nope, his mother would never let him do that! (Note: he did eat something after he ate his pop!)
* Jalen did not say hi to every person he saw the other day. He did not tell at a lady until she actually answered.. Nope, not my child.. he understands people ignore 3 year olds! (Note: I do not understand why a lady would ignore him if she plainly sees that he is talking to her!)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Charlotte (3/5-3/7)

In the beginning of March we headed to Charlotte and enjoyed a Bobcats game, found IKEA (which I probably did NOT need to find), and just enjoyed seeing the sites of Charlotte.. It was a great time and we all had a blast!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Love, Sweet Love...

While I was getting ready for work the other day, Jalen and I were downstairs. He turned on the CD player and an old CD was in there... 'what the world needs now, is love, sweet love...' Jalen loves to dance, so I stopped whatever unimportant something I was doing and picked him up. I started dancing around like a crazy person with him in my arms and he was laughing and smiling from ear to ear. The music was blaring and if someone saw us, they'd probably wonder what we were doing. But, that will be something I never forget because his smile was amazing..

Sometimes the things in the moment that seem important, aren't really important. Sometimes being 5 minutes late for work isn't such a big deal because you were able to see the most important person in your life smile from ear to ear... It's the simple things in life that matter the most!

Friday, March 12, 2010


It's no lie that Jalen is my world.. he's my world and my entire life and without him, I have no clue where I'd be or if I'd still be here.. It's amazing to me how much one little boy can change your life so much. When I found out I was having a baby (at the age of 17), I was scared to death. I had no clue where to turn (or where to run!). Instead, I ran to my sister while she was at work and told her the news by showing her some beautiful ultrasound pictures that I had taken earlier in the day. I remember her holding me in her arms and me hoping she'd never let go. I can tell you I still feel her arms around me every day, but along with my entire family. There's not a day that goes by that I do not take a step back in amazement of the love of my family and for that I thank God every day...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thankful Tuesday

What a great week it's been! I am in awe of how blessed I am and how lucky I am to have Him by my side. I can't tell you enough how many times I look around and wonder why?! Why was I chosen to be blessed with a family who accepts me with arms wide open and friends who will be there for me through anything?

* I am thankful for a fun, restful, and enjoyable weekend in Charlotte. Friday night Nicholas and I had a little break and went to the Bobcats game. It was lots of fun, but I did miss my little booger. Then, we found IKEA and that speaks for itself...
* I was able to have a wonderful dinner with my Dad tonight. Usually I do these posts ahead of time, but because I'm delayed, I get to add this to this weeks. We always have great dinners but tonight we had great conversation, Jalen was content, and we were able to just enjoy the moment!
* Jalen is so smart.. He counted to 20 for me and said his ABCs.. How I love his preschool because they are so great with him! (Note: We work with him too but they are wonderful there!)


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Love My Family

Thankful Tuesday!

Wow, I survived this week, and for that I am thankful..

- I am thankful that I am starting to get in the groove of my new job and starting to like the constant schedule.. I will like it a lot more when I don't have school after work, that kinda sucks!
- I am thankful Spring is coming. Jalen was able to play in the backyard for a little bit this past weekend. He dug in the dirt and got all muddy, was climbing trees, and messing around, so there is no telling what he'll be like this spring.
- I am thankful that we've had Cherish for as long as we've had. She's been so nice to have around and Jalen has truly loved having her. We looked at puppies again, so we'll see soon -- above is a picture of Jalen with one he loved..Barcode is what his name was because he had a white stripe on his neck.
- I am thankful for living in such a great place.. The earth quake in Chili is so sad, along with Haiti. We are so blessed and lucky to have what we have..

I am thankful for such a great life with great people!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Not My Child! Monday

-- My child did not stop sleeping! He goes to bed now around 8, but definitely by 9 because he wakes up between 7 and 8, if we are lucky.. My child knows how to sleep, so this is not my child...!
-- My child did not fall off a bar stool, do a complete flip in the air, and proceed to land on his head... Yes, my child did not scare the crap out of me and make me run to him in tears within 2 seconds because I thought he was seriously hurt. (Note: He is okay, he just has a bruise on his head.)
-- My child did not start just walking out the door. He does not just open the door and proceed to walk out..

I could go on and on, but needless to say, he was just not my child this week! He was cRaZy!!