We had a great week and stayed very busy! We went to the zoo on Monday and had a lot of fun seeing so many animals. On Wednesday Granny and Poppy arrived for Ryan’s birthday party. They went with us to see Kitt and Garet go swimming and we played a whole lot. On Friday we all went to the petting zoo at our school and also to the park to play. Saturday was the big day! Daddy took Garet to music class while everyone else helped to get ready for Ryan’s birthday. We had a wonderful celebration with lunch, cupcakes, family and friends to let Ryan know how very much we love her. Everything was perfect and there are lots of pictures for you to see. Mommy made a quiz to see how much everyone knew about Ryan and Uncle Mark won. See how well you do (the questions are below). Of course, Ryan’s real birthday is Tuesday and Mommy is going to do an extra blog post that day so be sure to check in and read it.
Questions for Ryan’s birthday quiz:
1. What was my due date? _________________________ (May 19)
2. What was the name of the hospital where I was born? _________________________ (Piedmont)
3. What time was I born? ____________ (8:23AM)
4. How much did I weigh when I was born? _________________ (9 pounds, 7 ounces)
What do I weigh now? _________________ (23.6 pounds)
5. How old was I when I consistently slept through the night? ______________ (9 months)
6. What is the theme of my bedroom? ___________________ (Very Hungry Caterpillar)
7. What animal is my favorite sleeping buddy? _____________ (Bear)
8. What is my nickname? _______________________ (Pookie)
9. What song does Mommy sing to me almost every day? _______________________ (You are my Sunshine)
10. What costume did I wear for trick-or-treating? ________________ (Elephant)
11. What was my first food? (not counting rice cereal, if you can call that “food!”) ______________ (avocado)
12. What is my favorite “snack” finger food? ___________ (Animal crackers)
13. How many teeth do I have? _________ (8)
14. What was the first “trick” I started doing? ________________ (clapping hands)
It just so happens that today is Mother’s Day! We love being able to celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommy and Granny. It was a fun day with play time at the park, lunch together and more play time at home. We hope you are enjoying the day celebrating your own mother in addition to the women out there who are like mothers to you, too! Mommy asked if she could write something today, too for Mother’s Day. Here it is:
Dear Kitt, Garet and Ryan,
I hope you will always know how much I love you. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be a mommy–YOU are why I am celebrated on Mother’s Day. On this day, when the world is telling you that you should buy me something or do something nice for me, I want you to know what I really want from you. This is what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.
I want you to be a decent human being.
I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.
I want you to ask for help when you need it.
I want you to help others when they need it.
I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.
I want you to play nicely with others.
I want you to feed your curiosity.
I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.
I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.
I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.
I want you to know that you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.
I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you in Lily Potter fashion any day of the week. (I know you don’t know who Lily Potter is just yet, but you will, oh you will!)
I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.
I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.
I want you to relax and not feel guilty about it.
I want you to know life can be hard sometimes.
I want you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.
I want you to know I am always here for you no matter what you need or when you need it.
I want you to always know how very much I love you and always will.
My Dearest Kitt, Garet and Ryan,
On Mother’s Day and every day, thank you for making aunt-hood one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I’ll love you forever and in all ways,
Girls, Granny is home in Florida and missing you terribly. Your mom created a terrific blog this week of all your activities. I was so happy to be a part of most of them. You may not realize it now, but you have the best mommy any girls could have. It is evidenced in the words she writes to you and about you. You are so truly blessed; and I am blessed, also, to have her as my daughter and you as my granddaughters. I am already anticipating your longer visit this summer when we can have more time to do so many things together. I’m already getting your rooms ready. Have a fun week (as you always seem to do), and I will be thinking about you and praying for you every day. I love you with all my heart, Granny
Good Morning Girls! This is kind of a “blue” morning because Poppy is missing seeing your smiling faces. I really enjoyed spending the past 5 days with you and loved doing so many things with you. I heard that after we left yesterday morning, you all went to the Fernbank Museum and that you had lots of fun doing the special things there. Wish I could have gone with you. But before you know it, it will be time for you to come to visit Granny and Poppy in Florida and I am looking forward to that time already. I hope you have a wonderful week. Love you lots! …Poppy