Tag Archive: Carter

Photo Catch-Up

My camera has been snapping pictures left and right these days…they just haven’t been making the journey from my memory card to my computer.  So…sorry for the back up and the plethora of pictures, but here are a few slide shows:

For starters, we have Asa’s 3 month pictures.  I did take them when he was three months old…it’s just taken me a month and a half to do anything with them.

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This is from one day while Lydia and Asa were sleeping. Carter asked me to take some pictures of him, so who am I to say no to that?  🙂

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We also have pictures of all of us in our Easter outfits.  Some of these pictures are ones I took on Easter morning, and some of them are pictures taken by my friend Donyale Leslie.  Her’s are the better looking ones.

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And here’s a collection of random pictures.  Easter Egg hunts(1 at church, 1 at school and 1 at Nana & Papa’s).  Everyday stuff.  Lots of close-ups, not sure why I’ve been taking so many close ups.

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Wordless Wednesday: Big Brother Edition


Happy Birthday, Carter!

We had such an insane weekend that I wasn’t able to blog much or finish Carter’s birthday photo montage.  But…better late than never.

On Saturday, our Augusta “family”(Jesse, Noelle, Ella, AND “my girls” and their mom) came to visit.   Since the whole crew was here, we decided to have a little birthday party for Carter.  He was SO excited!  He’s still talking about it actually.

We were able to celebrate his birthday again on Sunday night when he got to pick the restaurant for dinner.

AND he and I went on a date today!  We went to take his 4 year old pictures.  I only got a few because he asked me to quit taking pictures and play with him.  Who can resist that?  So we played on the train track and the steps of the old depot.  We watched some college kids play tennis, and went to look in the reflecting pool.  Then we went to Scoops(our downtown ice cream store) and had fun there, too.  We also tried to go to the store to buy a booster seat, but didn’t have much luck in that department.  I don’t want a white booster seat(you’re crazy if you buy a white car seat!), nor did we want a pink, princess or Dora booster.  Grr…that’s the only thing I don’t like about being back in a small town.   I guess now we’ll have to go to Target.  Poor me…

Anyway…I know that this is more for me than for anyone else(seriously…it’s five minutes…you don’t have to watch it!), but if you want to here’s the video montage that I did that starts with his 3rd birthday and goes up until today.  He’s getting so big!  I can’t believe he’s four!!!  I’ll have the other pictures(of his party and our visitors) up soon.  Keep checking back…


The Pre-K Debate

I can’t tell you how many times in the past week someone has asked me some form of the question, “So what are you doing to do about pre-K?”  It’s just that time of year, I guess.

I had initially made up my mind that I would send him to Ms. Diane’s “school” where Carter and Lydia are both going this year.  It’s at a local church.  It’s convenient.  I’ve enjoyed and been happy with the teachers there.  They seem to have a pretty comprehensive program.  And he seems to be doing well there.  He (and Lydia) currently go 2 days a week for half-days.  Nine a.m. doesn’t sound early until you have to get three children under 4 up, fed, dressed and ready.   And by the time we get home and have lunch, I’m as exhausted as they are!  We all nap, and it’s wonderful.  We’ve developed a rhythm, a routine I guess.  It’s comfortable.  I’m happy.  They’re happy.

But when the registration forms for next year came out, I mentioned it to Marshall.  He, completely understandably, was a little surprised that I wasn’t really considering the state-funded Pre-K program that’s offered in Georgia.  We have one of the best Pre-K programs in the country.  Why wouldn’t I want him to go, right?

Well, here are my reasons:
(And, no…I’m not trying to convince Marshall.  We’ve already talked about it, and he is comfortable with whatever decision I make.)
1. I like the preschool they are in, and I like the idea of both Carter and Lydia being in the same place.

2. He’s a pretty smart kid(I know, I’m biased. But that’s ok, because all mommies are supposed to be, right?), and I feel like he has a pretty good grasp on a lot of the things they teach in Pre-K.

3. I’m no teacher. I wasn’t cut out to be one. But I do try to incorporate a lot of “teaching moments” into our daily life. I don’t baby talk with them. I always try to answer their questions honestly and to the best of my ability. We emphasize letters, numbers, words and shapes that we encounter. We even do simple math…like when they help me cook, or we count toes(a favorite at our house).

4. I’m just not ready.  I don’t want him to be gone all day(from 8 to 3) for 5 days a week.  That’s a long day!!  I think I could handle the 4 half-days(like at Ms. Diane’s) much better.  Is that selfish of me?  I enjoy being at home with my kids-at least most of the time I do.  🙂  He’ll be in school for at least 12 more years.  One more year wouldn’t hurt…but would it help?  My biggest concern is that I’ll-because of the decision I make-be putting him at a disadvantage.  No mom wants that.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to stick with Ms. Diane’s preschool.  But everytime I make up my mind, a little seed of doubt rears its ugly head.  So I guess the best thing I can do is to register him as normal, and then still put him in the lottery for Pre-K.  If he gets in, I’ll have to decide then.  That’s the other thing:  even if I make up my mind that I want him in Pre-K, there’s no guarantee he’ll get in because they do a lottery here!  What if I don’t register him for Ms. Diane’s school, and then he doesn’t get in at Pre-K either.  Then I’d really be upset!  And he would, too!

I know it’ll all work out.  I know that.  But I still can’t help but keep weighing the pros and cons, rolling it around in my head over and over and over again!  I want to do what is best for Carter, not me.  I want to do the most responsible thing.  I want to make a good decision.

What do you all think??

How sweet is he?

Marshall has started riding his bike to and from work again.  He called me this afternoon to tell me that his back tire was flat, and asked if I could come pick him up.  The kids and I talked in the car about Daddy’s bike being broken, and Tucker was very upset about it.  When Marshall finally got in the car and we were driving home, this was the exchange between my sweet son and his dad:

Tucker: Daddy is your bike broken?
Marshall:  Yes, Tucker.
Tucker: You can ride the little red bike, Daddy.  (He’s talking about his little red tricycle.)
Marshall:  Thank you, Tucker.
Tucker:  You can ride the little bike until your tall bike is fixed again, ok?


I realized just now that I haven’t posted any pictures lately.  We’ve been busy-busy-busy, but there haven’t been too many pictures!  But here are the ones I do have: Tucker’s Sports Day at school; some of the kids playing in the backyard-once with water, once without; and some of us at the Green Jackets Baseball game tonight.
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