Saturday, January 16, 2010

Oliver is ONE!!!!

Birthday Fun!

Waiting patiently

My Precious Boys

Oliver's homemade birthday ensemble!

Oh Happy Day! My precious baby Oliver turned one today! This year has been so much fun. The big boys have been unbelievably supportive and helpful. They are THE BEST big brothers anyone could ask for; loving, protective, entertaining and "educational"! As for Shannon and me, we have stayed tripley (is that a word?) busy, on the go, and prayerful- in thanksgiving and asking for strength!!!! WHOOOOOOO---Three is awesome but crazy!

I asked Sam and Fulton how we should celebrate---they know I'm a theme addict---so Sam suggested that since Ollie didn't have his own favorite colors that we should use his and Fulton's. Great idea!!!! Sam (red) and Fu (blue). So I searched high and low for the perfect birthday suit and couldn't find the "right one". So I tried my hand at my very first Jon-Jon and matching birthday hat. I don't think I did too shabby ;-).

The boys also suggested that we eat dinner at EVERY One-year-old's favorite place...THE MEXICAN RESTAURANT!!!! We invited a few of Ollie's favorite people to join us for dinner and cake and ice cream. He thought he was Mr. Big Stuff sitting in his high chair with his precious hat on. And he was over-joyed when he realized he was going to get to eat as much of his cake as possible.

He opened his gifts and played so excitedly. He had a great night! We were all worn out from the fun and the late night. We turned in thanking God for this little person and this year of joy, watching him grow into an adorable 1 year old.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Precious little Ollie-lu-jah!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

playing catch up --- nov 09-jan 10

-----november 2009 kicked off a very hustling and bustling holiday season! we started with our traditional annual trip to the lake for thanksgiving dinner then back to the acres for dessert. i say every year and will continue to say it...i have so much to be thankful for! my boys mean the world to me. and i have no clue what i'd do without my mom and dad and in-laws. i appreciate them more and more every day. there are many times i forget to say it but i am so thankful to have all of them in my life! i hope they all know that!!!!

the turkey bakers

ollie on the porch

papa and na-na turkey baker

muzzy crab and boppa turkey
sam participated in his first road race with brockman. he was so precious! they did a warm up and got fruit crackers and water at the finish---so official. ;-)

sam's first road race
sam so proud of his certificate
-----december 09 was a very fun month filled with friends family and parties. christmas was so much fun with little ollie this year. he loved unwrapping presents and all the beautiful lights. sam and fu had several parties and exciting events to attend and thoroughly enjoyed themselves also. shannon and i---well, we just took it all in and felt blessed to be able to provide yet another amazing christmas for our boys.

me with my sweet snugglie boys
shan and fu

ollie...the best present under the tree! just precious on his 1st christmas!

sleepy and excited sam
sleep and excited fu
cookies and milk for santa. the best part...he left a note saying that alex the elf could stay but his powers wouldn't return until the feast of st. nick next year.

ollie and uncle nic

a very gangsta christmas
aunt judy throws one out to her peeps
mom and aunt laynie get in on it too

shan and netta enjoying some holiday cheer together

a bunco party with good friends

a few elfings from alex the elf:
alex made the rest of the biscotti dough and shaped it into their initials
game night with friends

roasting marshmallows in front of the tv
(great grandfather, joe tronco) papa and oliver

the troncos

the bakers
my awesome committee for pj's with santa at holiday market
oliver meets santa for the first time at pj's with santa...not so cool.

my best gifts ever!!!
-----january 2010 we rang in a very happy new year with friends and family. a low country boil at mom's and cocktails and fireworks with the mccarleys and co.
izzie and ollie

the scotts

maccarleys and griers

dj stevie p and the fresh claud
anna hawkie sam and eliza

ans and patsy
darbs and me
in january i also squeezed in a super fun girls weekend at wild dunes with some of my fave jlc girlfriends
bebe misty katie

marge me caroline ann
we also celebrated ollie's 1st birthday on january 15th. we have been sooooo blessed to have this sweet little guy join our family. he is so much fun to be around. he just brightens our days and sam and fu adore him. poor guy got jipped on a big shin dig to celebrate his big day. but we plan to do a 1/2 birthday party for him when it's warmer.

ollie in his homemade get-up (my first attempt at a john-john). where do you take a 1 yr old for his birthday?
san jose of course!

a homemade mini-cake cupcakes and hat

waiting so patiently

i think he liked it!

ollie poseing with his g-parents uncle and big bros who were there to celebrate with him
happy birthday ollie----we love you sweet baby boy!!!!