Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday with the Burke Bunch

Asher has fallen in love with Bonnie and the kids. He asks me all day when we are going to see them again. Saturday while Shea was at work we let them have a few hours of play together. It was a lot of fun.

So many much FUN!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

If you only knew.....

I haven't been very good at making scrapbook pages, slowly but surly I am getting there though. This is a page that I started about a month ago. I stopped late one night and finally got back to it this week.
William was 6 weeks old in these pictures. I am so proud to have pictures of him and me together. I wish he could stay a baby forever.

Friday, May 28, 2010


These are some pictures from this week. Nothing to really say about them, just some great memories.

To a 2 year old little boy, there is nothing more
fun that a kiddy pool on a hot day.

Uncle Ricky playing with William.
Asher and William snuggling on the couch.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lassie Instincts

Last week while Shea was out of town I had the duty of feeding the dogs bright and early in the morning and letting them out. At 4 AM Moses woke me to feed him. Then at 6 AM, he woke me to let him out. I left the back door cracked so they could go in and out on their own and I went back to bed. At 8 o'clock Game came in my room whining. This is really unusual for him, he is a late sleeper like the rest of us. I usually sleep until William wakes around 8:30. At this point William was waking up anyway and Game would not leave me alone. So I got up. As I walked down the hallway with one thought and one thought alone.....COFFEE, I stopped at Ricky's room to check on Asher. My heart dropped when I saw that he was GONE! Game was still ahead of me as I ran to the the living room and then to the dining room. Game ran outside and looked back at me....and there he was...Asher got up and went outside. He was in the kiddy pool playing. Don't worry after that I made sure that Asher knew to come get Gogo when he woke in the morning and to not go outside without a grown up. I just had to brag on Game. I know how protective he is and how much he loves children and this even amazed me. I am not sure how my gentle giant knew to let me know, he defiantly has some "Lassie" instincts.

If he keeps this up I just may have a new babysitter, but for now official bodyguard will do.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The best is yet to be......

One year ago today I married my best friend. In just a short year our lives have changed in a big way. There are sleepless nights, mountains of laundry, dirty diapers, and the stress of sleep deprivation. All day today I have gone back to that day at Kings Courtyard, with the sound of the fountain trickling in the background as I made the vows to love you for the rest of my life NO MATTER WHAT!
We couldn't have imagined that just forty weeks to the day later we would watch our son come into the world. Or that on our first anniversary we would have a 3 month old baby....but we do. It has been the best year of my life thus far and I am for sure that with you Shea, the best is yet to be.
Ricky and I went to Macon this week to see the Frady bunch. The purpose of the trip was to pick up Asher. He came to Charleston to stay with us for a few weeks. The highlight of the trip was getting to meet my newest little nephew. His name is Sid Liam.

He is 3 weeks old now. William is exactly 9 weeks older than him. In the picture below you can tell who knows the drill when it comes to photo taking. I know William must be telling him, "if you just give her the shot she wants she will stop."

We got back to Charleston late Wednesday night. The first hour of driving Asher said excitedly "I'm going to Gogo's house" at least 100 times. He chattered about skateboarding and surfing at the beach. He has been going on and on about "going to Gogo's at the beach" since Christmas, when I made the mistake of telling him to come see me at the beach. Thursday morning when I woke up I said "good morning Asher" and he said......"we go beach?!" So that day I made the little boy's dream come true and we went to the beach. I dint think he really even knew what a beach was. I wondered what he had created in his little mind about the beach, and hoped I wouldn't disappoint him. I can safely say now that I don't think I did!

I stood on the shore with baby in sling, camera in hand while Uncle Wicky took him in the water. He had a blast jumping waves with Uncle Wicky. When it was time to go we saw some big tears.

On a sad little boy is sick. He has a runny nose and a lot of congestion. All through the night I hear him coughing and struggling to breath. Needless to say I have seen little sleep. I get him out of bed a few times a night to suction his little nose. It is so sad to have a sick baby.

He turns 3 months old today. Here are a few pictures I took of him the last week.

This one is typical William. I am not even sure what to call this face. He looks at us all like this all the time, like we are insane or something.
And then there is this one......sigh.....need I say more.....

This is my favorite new thing William does. When he is about to cry he pokes out his bottom lip. it is so cute. We do things to make him do it sometimes......poor child.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

a week to remember

Last weekend I turned the big 26. What a year it has been. My life has changed in every way in the last year. A year ago I never would have guessed that I would be married only 9 months before having a baby. I don't know what could top my 25 th year on earth. I am such a lucky girl.
We celebrated with family. Aunt Theresa invited Shea, me and the baby to spend Saturday night with her. Of course it was a lot of fun. There were several highlights from the weekend.
First of all we played some usual. And not only did I win, but I got a 7 letter word that was worth 106 points. For all of you non-Scrabble players, that is HUGE! I am such a dork that I took a picture of it. The mac-daddy word that I made was "entices."
Aunt Theresa was a great host. She made me feel so special that weekend. I got up to feed William in the early morning and found a surprise that she set up for me.
There was a balloon and party decor and a very yummy chocolate cake made from scratch.
Angela came for the day of my birthday and we went to lunch at a Tia restaurant downtown. It was a wonderful day. I am a blessed woman. My life is full!
This week was a big week in the emerging of William's personality. He is adorable, the faces he makes are a range in expressions.
I love that he is smiling and cooing all the time. My favorite face that he makes is a serious look. He has the ability to move his eyebrows independently of each other and it is the cutest thing. He presses his lips together and lifts his eyebrow with a look that makes me wonder what is going through that little boys mind. He amazes me everyday. He is too cute not to spoil. I have lots of help on the spoiling front from his Myma and Aunt Theresa. When we are with them he is the center of attention.

The other day that was very special this week making it a "week to remember" was my very first Mother's Day. The day was very low key. Shea had to work all day, so William and I spent the day at home together. Shea had already taken his mom and me out to eat Friday for Mother's Day. To me there wasn't a better way to spend my first Mother's Day, than just being my sweet baby's mother.
I relaxed, and didn't do a lot of housework. Every time I looked at my little boy, I was reminded of how much I love being his Mama. My favorite moments are like ones pictured below. I am lying on my back with him sitting on me. We make noises and faces at each other. I just love getting to know who he is.
I got the best Mother's Day/ birthday gift from Shea. I knew exactly what I wanted.
Something that I really need as a mother. It is a Scoop! A flash attachment for my camera. I take most of William's pictures inside and I haven't been happy with some of them because of having to use a flash or trying not to use one. My photos have been either cold or blurry. I wish I would have gotten this sooner because I love it! It makes a big difference in my photos. Here are the very first pictures I took using it on my camera.
I decided to start back taking photos for people last week. I thought for sure that I would be kinda rusty. I have been cooped up in my house for 2 months, not being creative at all. So I started with a family that I have photographed before. They wanted some photos take by Morris Light House on Folly Beach. The shoot was actually really good.
The hard part was leaving William for a few hours to go and take the photos. I left him in the best of hands, my dear friend Bonnie. She is awesome with kids and babies. She has such a huge heart and I knew that he would be held and loved on the whole time.
She also has some of the best baby helpers around. When I came to pick up William he was having some tummy time while Wyatt and Ella read him books.

I think Ella decided that she was done...William had learned enough that day.

As you can see it has been a great week. I am starting to feel more and more like myself these days. A lot more energy and my mood is stabilizing (Shea can attest to that). So that is the weekly review. I will end with an adorable picture of my little man.