Monday, October 25, 2010

Finally ... the Room Pics

So I finally made myself take pics of Allen's room last night ... and now I'm going to share more pics than ya'll probably care to see :)

Here we go ...
The view from his door, and my proud boy.
 The Bed
 Close-up of the bed
 New bookcase cubby (from Target)
 Totally random picture of Allen's dragon Tattoo (from the Harvest Festival)
 Of course we had to have Cars stuff ...
 Cool alligator chalkboard
 Chest of drawers topped with pics of family and friends
 Future reading nook
 Goodnight Moon Print (was a graduation gift for me back in 1995)
 New Transportation lamp (from Target)
 Starry Night print. Used to be in our room, but he learned about Vincent Van Gogh earlier this year at school, and has been obsessed with it ever since, so we gave it to him.
 Yay! We got a toybox into his room (and out of the living room)!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's those eyes ...

Above is Allen's first self-portrait. Age 4, October 2010. His teacher, Ms. A, pointed out to us that we won't get many more drawings like this, since soon he'll learn the stick figure. But I love this drawing. Look at the eyes. Not only are they my boy's most striking feature (and, of course he knows this, since everyone remarks on them), but it occurs to me that it says something about how he views the world ... full of awe and wonderment over all he sees.

Ms. A also told us -- at our parent-teacher conference -- that Allen is confident speaking in front of the class (since he introduces himself to just about anyone, we were not surprised), and that he interacts with all the children -- even the shy ones. Our hearts swelled at the thought of our sweet boy caring about every child in his class, drawing out the shy ones ... we could not be more proud. Ms. A also mentioned that Allen loves geography (he knows the continents), is extremely enthusiastic (somehow, I'm not shocked), and is enjoying the pre-math works (whose child is he?).

In other news, my Mama is recovering from sinus surgery. Dr. Christian (the most wonderful doctor ever) told us that he cleaned out lots of junk from her sinuses (old nasty stuff too), and once he got that stuff cleaned out, he found polyps, which he also removed. She's in a lot of pain and is struggling with some nausea. And in true Cheryl fashion is extremely impatient about her recovery. But I think she's slowly accepting that it will take some time.

Soon I hope to backtrack to September and share with you details of the Farmer's Table and our anniversary trip to Greenville. Then I'll share with you the gifts I received ...


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Absentee blogger

Hi. It's been awhile, and, well, I could apologize, but ... I've done that before. Bottom line is ... TONS of blogworthy stuff is going on, but by the time I sit down at night to write about it, I'm exhausted. But I'll try ...

In case I don't get around to giving you more details ... here's what's been happening over the last month (in no particular order):

  • Allen's discovered that he likes the word, "stylish."
  • We had a delicious time in Greenville, SC (to celebrate our 10th anniversary)
  • In the past year, Allen's grown three inches, but he's only gained a pound and a half (oh how I wish!)
  • Nana (my mommy) is having sinus surgery tomorrow. I'm sad she'll have to go through the pain, but hopeful that this will be the end of the chronic sinus infections.
  • Allen LOVES to talk (and pray) about the Paradise.
  • I love to hear Allen talk (and pray) about the Paradise.
  • Allen is a little addicted to his Bubblegum-flavored Tylenol and his Orange-Cream flavored Mucinex. He keeps telling me that, "his fever is up," in hopes that he'll get more medicine.
  • Allen officially has real, big boy furniture. It's beautiful, and I promise hope to get pictures posted soon.
  • We sold Allen's baby furniture, which according to EVERYONE, means that I will now get pregnant. Nightmares have begun (don't get me wrong, I would adore a baby, but, um ... I just sold every last piece of baby paraphernalia I owned ... because we decided that we like our family of three just the way it is).
  • Allen's now going to school ALL day! And he loves it!
  • Brian totally rocks because he makes Allen's lunch every morning (along with coffee for me), straightens the house, and mixes me drinks when I've had a rough day.
  • I think I've caught Allen's cold ... so, I will now sign off and go to sleep. 
Love to you all, and I promise to try to post more frequently. After all, I have so many stories and pictures to share ...