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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe 2008 is almost gone.... so many changes (the good, bad, & ugly). I cannot believe how fast time is going (I know I'm sounding like an OLD person), but REALLY - this year has Flown by. I think once you have kids it goes so much faster. I still find it hard to believe that I'm old enough to have a 10 year old (DOUBLE digits!). It still feels like yesterday I was in high school (sort of...). Oh well, time doesn't stop. I'm sure 2009 will go by just as fast, I just pray that I will slow down more and enjoy the little things. It's so easy to fly through certain events/holidays/birthdays because of all the planning & anticipation associated with it and then when they're over you feel like you've missed something. This holiday season has been filled with excitement and anticipation thankfully.

I am looking forward to continuing the Christmas celebration with my family this weekend. As for New Years, Hope is already asleep (down about 8:00) and I doubt Cole & I make to midnight - but we'll get it a try...

Here are a few pics from bath tonight, yesterday was Hope's 23month Bday - only 1 month away from being 2 Years old!! I usually try to take her month Bday pics in the bath, but she was not happy in her bath last night so here you go...

Happy New Years - wishing you all many Blessings in 2009!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

10 Years Old

Today My Baby Boy is 10 years old. Each year on his birthday, we talk about the details of his birth...sometimes we watch his birth video (haven't done that yet this year). For those that don't know....Cole Taylor Hargrove was born December 28, 1998 - weighing 8lbs. 7oz. 21in long. He was born @ 1:35am. We arrived at the hospital @ 1:00pm on the 27th - LONG labor. It's so funny on the video, about every hour we'd say "He's Almost Here..." he was face-up so supposedly harder to push out (Hope was that way too). The miracle of birth is still amazing to me - especially for a 1st time mom - the moment you hold that precious bundle, it all comes natural. I really believe it's a "God-thing."

So today we celebrated this Milestone Bday by going to church & Pizza Shack, of course, then gathered @ the PaintBall Park by the river for his Party. Every other year we have had a party some place where we've invited all family & his friends for pizza, bowling (last yr), etc. I've tried to make it as separate from Christmas as possible (if that's possible). This year was a little different, just inviting a few boys from school & his cousins. The kids had to be 10yrs old to play so that cut down on the numbers too. Anyway, the party went well. Some friends we'd invited were out of town, so some of the adults joined in on the Fun! This was the 1st time most of them had played PaintBall & I think they Loved IT!! We enjoyed the beautiful day by having his cake and ice cream by the river too. We never know what to expect for the weather around his Bday & today could not have been more Perfect - Sunshine & 60 degrees. Hope stayed with Mimi & Pawpaw during the party, but joined us for cake.

I am soooo proud of my Little Man and have so enjoyed being the "main" girl in his life. I am praying the God is preparing a strong, Christian girl for his future. I love you Cole - I hope you have many, many more Happy Birthdays.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Well, here goes...'

I've been enjoying everybody elses' blogs for awhile now. So now I'm going to start my own. With the new year coming soon, what better time to document events in mine & my kids lives. We have been through several changes in the last several months and I'm sure this next year will bring even more. I am confident that with God's help, love, & guidance it will be a year to remember!

I will be posting lots of pictures... for those of you that know me that shouldn't be a surprise (I Love my Pics).

By the way - My Baby Boy will be turning 10 on Sunday - CAN You Believe it!!