Monthly Archives: January 2014

birthday weekend continued

We rounded out Fletcher’s birthday weekend with dinner out, a sleepover with best bud Benjamin, and a 4 mile bike ride followed by treats at Starbucks. Purely lovely.

TEN

Just like that, our precious baby boy is double digits. Wow. It has, without question, been the best decade of my life thus far. This kid is amazing. He is smart and funny and kind, and I am so lucky to be his mother.

A big birthday deserves a big party, so we invited over some of Fletcher’s closest pals for a Minute to Win It themed party. We had loads of crazy games planned, but only made it through a handful before heading outside to scooter in the street.

The year hasn’t gotten off to the easiest start for Fletcher, but you would never know it to look at him. He is just a genuinely happy kid and almost always has a big smile on his face – and that makes me one incredibly happy mama.

Happy birthday, Sweet Potato!
(I wonder how long it will be before he cringes when I call him that?)

More photos from the polar vortex

Sledding at Huc-a-poos was so much fun, and totally a spur of the moment decision. That meant I didn’t have my good camera with me and had to rely instead on my iphone. The best camera is the one you have with you, right? Lucky for me, there was a professional photographer there taking photos as well, and she shared these wonderful photos of Fletcher and Lola Gray with me!

 

Polar vortex = “snow” on Tybee

It has been bitter cold the past few days. Highs in the 30s and lows in the teens kind of cold, and while that may be common in some parts of the country it is not something we in coastal Georgia are used to handling! Our poor old house hasn’t warmed up past 60 degrees for days, even with the heater running non-stop. The chickens have been sleeping in the studio where it is at least a tiny bit warmer. Dressing the kids for school in below freezing weather requires some creativity – particularly given the fact that Fletcher doesn’t own a single long-sleeved uniform shirt and Lola Gray doesn’t own a single pair of uniform pants!

But while the cold weather may make things a bit more complicated, it has also offered some amazing winter moments that one doesn’t often see in Savannah! The fountains in Forsyth Park froze. Across the neighborhood there are several, magical ice covered yards where the owners ‘forgot’ to turn off their sprinkler systems over night. And on Tybee Island, Huc-a-poos restaurant built a sledding ramp, made snow, and invited everyone to come give it a whirl. The kids and I headed out there right after school on Tuesday and spent the afternoon sledding. It was soooooo much fun, and the smiles on Fletcher and Lola’s faces were priceless. As much as I love living in Savannah, I continue to mourn the fact that my children will never know the joy of snow days and the winter wonderland that was such a magical part of my childhood. Being able to share crazy experience like this one makes it easier – and I hope in some way their odd sledding experiences will be all the more memorable because they are so rare.

 

New bikes!!

Fletcher and Lola got new big bikes for Christmas from NayNay and Grandaddy. And when I say big, I mean BIG. Both are a huge change from the tiny bikes they have been riding for the past 2 years! Fletcher jumped on his right away and was off. Lola Gray had a little more trouble gaining confidence, particularly starting and stopping, so on Sunday we went to the parking lot at Daffin Park where she could have plenty of room to practice. It didn’t take long before she was racing around with her brother, and starting and stopping like a pro. It was a warm and beautiful evening after days of rain and ahead of what we knew would be chilly weather for the start of the new school term. It was so nice to be out in the park having fun – the perfect way to wrap up the winter break.

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Raymond and his muses

Skatefest!

Ice skating pros, we are definitely not. But that didn’t stop us from a fun afternoon on the ice with the Rabbs! It was cold, crowded, the ice conditions were terrible, and the majority of the people skating looked like they were barely staying on their feet but it was soooooo fun!