Monday, November 26, 2007

Drew and 3 of his brothers. Very talented. Thanks Rob!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Carter

I can't believe my little guy is already 4 years old. The years have flown by!

Carter had a great day! We invited a few friends from church and a bunch of neighborhood kids over and had what we called a “play party”. No games, no gifts- just good old fashion play time! After an hour or so we had sang Happy Birthday, ate birthday cake and soon after everyone went home. It was great! Carter’s cake was a green frosted #4, with some of his favorite candy making it into a race track (Carter loves green and the movie Cars). Our good friend Perry was in town and joined us for dinner. After which I put Tay to bed and Carter opened his gifts. He had been patient all day but could no longer contain his excitement!

Carter is such a good little guy. We had such a tough time with him over the summer and first part of the fall. I guess he was trying to spread his wings a little. I think preschool has helped him simmer down quite a bit. At times he can be pretty naughty (he is a little boy after all) but overall, he is very very sweet. I love Carter’s laugh and that he laughs a lot. I love his smile and beautiful brown eyes. I love to listen to the funny things he says and to watch him be excited about the simple joys of life. The thought of Carter getting bigger makes me cry and smile at the same time. I am so grateful for him.

Carter’s favorite color is green, he loves to ride his bike, watch PBS kids, to “cook”, play with friends, go to the park, throw balls, and act silly. He is also a good big brother. He recently gave his little sister her first hair cut! Although Tay didn’t seem to mind, mommy wasn’t very happy about it! Here is a picture of Carter right before it was time to open presents. Can you feel his excitement? For more birthday pictures and a few others from November, go to

Carter is getting so big!

Carter all snuggly and sleeping, just a few days old.

What a sweet little face. Carter at 10 months old.

20 months old and as happy as ever!
Two and a half and sooo cute!

3 years old and silly as can be!
4 years old! Here's a preschool picture from yesterday!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Leaves Have Fallen

The weather has finally gotten chilly here in northern Virginia. I feel the end of fall has come and winter is beginning as Thanksgiving will be here in a few days. I feel like I haven't done our autumn season justice this year. We have enjoyed so many wonderful things! A few things I neglected to write about in the past few months was the fabulous Waterford Festival that I attended with my mother-in- law Heidi, the movie "Business of Being Born"- EVERYONE needs to see it!, the many wonderful walks we went on with my friend Kelly and her triplets, having neighbor kids for Carter to play with, and all of the blessings (and frustrations) of having a home preschool. I feel especially blessed and indeed thankful during this time of year. We look forward to Carter's birthday on Tuesday and stuffing ourselves silly on Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Swearing In Ceremony

Last week our family traveled to Richmond for a special session of the Virginia State Supreme Court. All new attorneys were sworn in before the Supreme Court Justices and Drew was one of them. Thank you to Drew's parents for joining us for the afternoon. Before they arrived I was wrestling two little monkeys by myself for the first part of the ceremony. There weren't very many children and I got a lot of dirty looks but Carter and Tay were an integral part of Drew's graduate school experience. . .so I just smiled and broke out snacks for everyone. Here's a picture of them being so good and patient. Don't you just love that Tay is looking at her shoes! She loves wearing shoes!

Although the ceremony itself was pretty dull, we were very happy to be there. When they read Drew's name I didn't know if I should jump for joy or ball my eyes out so I compromised and smiled like crazy. I am so proud of Drew. He studied so hard and for so long for the bar exam. I am so grateful for the sacrifices he makes each day for our family. Drew- we love you so much! Thank you for all you do for us.

Graduation Pictures

Drew graduated in May of 2006 with a law degree as well as a MBA. Way to go Drew!! The day was kind of crazy and we didn't get a chance to take graduation pictures. I have always felt terrible about that so while we were in Richmond for the swearing in ceremony, we stopped by U of R and snapped a few graduation pictures. Better late (even really late) than never!

These are the doors Drew entered every day for 3 years of law school. They are a symbol of his experience there. I think he is glad they are closed now :).

I wish we all had graduation hats to wear! Carter thought it
was pretty neat to wear his dad's special hat.

Fall Family Pictures

The University of Richmond campus is very beautiful. Being back last week brought back a flood of memories for me. When Carter was just a little guy I would take him for walks around the small lake on campus. He loved to feed the ducks and look for the snapping turtles that would swim up to the gazebo. We loved to meet Drew for lunch or dinner in the grassy area between the law school and the MBA building. Those were the days! While we were there to take "graduation" pictures we also snapped a few pictures of the kids.

Little Miss Tay

Don't you just love those big brown eyes!

Just the girls!

Trying to get the kids to smile got old so I thought I would
include a couple of "natural" smile pictures.