Seriously, he is 3. I am so sad. Where did my baby go? He has become this funny, music loving, potty trained, silly, sweet, thoughtful, prayerful, (did I mention funny?), wonderful, smart little boy. The last 3 years have been a lot of fun. I feel like his personality has really developed between ages 2 and 3. He loves to be silly and is silliest with his dad. They wrestle and tickle and say funny things and make each other laugh all the time. I adore every minute with him. He is so much fun to be around! I just can't believe he is not little like this......
1st Birthday
2nd Birthday
3rd Birthday

I had big plans of having a birthday party for him at one of the jumping places in town, but there is a giant kangaroo that walks around and Andrew wanted NOTHING to do with it. I kept thinking he would forget about it or change his mind, but nope! So we decided to have a small party with some of his friends from school here at the house. He wanted a bulldozer on his cake and a Lightning McQueen pinata. It was perfect for him! He really loves having company over to our house. It was a really fun day.
Micah, Rowan, Lucas Andrew and Gabe. Blake had to leave early.
Taking a hit at the pinata.
More presents
and even more presents!
Hanging his guitar ornament he got from Gigi on the tree.

The Ba Fairy

So we have been telling Andrew that when he turned 3 he had to give up his ba (paci). I think we waited so long because Bo and I were so dependent on it! He only got it at night when he was getting ready for bed. It was like instant sleep when he put it in his mouth. We had been preparing him for this by telling him that big boys didn't need ba's. They were just for babies. So on the Friday night before his birthday party we gathered up all the ba's and but them in a basket with a note saying- "Dear Ba Fairy, please take these ba's and give them too the babies like Elise, Will, Wren, Zoe and Kellen (our neighbor, friend, cousin and 2 babies at his school) and please bring me a drum set. Thank you, Andrew" He went to bed just fine that night (and every night since then) with out it.
The basket of ba's and the note
Andrew telling his ba's good-bye.
So the next morning he went to the door and checked... but they were gone! He had the BIGGEST smile on his face! So we ran upstairs and.....
He has been rocking out every night! He was so excited and named that he had a high-hat, base, snare, tom tom and cymbal. It was such a fun morning...followed by his birthday party.


School Performance

Is there anything cuter than a bunch of 2 and 3 year olds singing and performing? NO! Andrew's class invited all the parents to a Christmas program with singing and cookies. I actually went earlier that day and took cupcakes and goodie bags for his birthday during their snack time. Birthdays are a big deal around there. Everyone gets so excited. He seemed so big. Then they all got ready for their show and all the parents came in. Imagine twice as many parents/aunts/grandparents etc. and they all have cameras and video cameras. I can see how that would be intimidating to a bunch of 2 & 3 year olds! They sang several songs including, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves the Little Children, the 12 Days of Christmas (Andrew was the "5 Golden Rings" part!) and a few others. It was precious, absolutely precious. Here he is about to sing Jingle Bells... a little nervous at first, but he came out of his shell.

The whole crew
Raven, Gigi, Meme, Aunt Dougie, Mimi and Papa
Miss La Traunda- Assistant Teacher
Miss Tanna- Afternoon Teacher (and babysitter)
Mrs. Donna- Lead Teacher


Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I usually try to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, or sometime that weekend. This year we just had too much going on so we did it the following weekend. Last year, Andrew woke up from his nap to find the house all decorated and proceeded to rearrange everything! So this year, we decided to just let him help from the beginning. He was so excited about everything. Mom came over to help like she does every year. I couldn't do it with out her! I love this tradition. This year Andrew really knows what Christmas is about and is excited about everything...except Santa. He said that he does not want to go and see him and he does not want him to come in the house!
Andrew showing Mimi baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary.
He grabbed all the snowmen and said that they were all having a birthday party for Jesus!
Trimming the tree

Iron Bowl Saturday

PawPaw came over to keep Andrew while Bo and I went to the game. They had a blast playing. He brought Andrew a kitchen and a grill. They played and cooked and cooked and cooked some more. Thanks so much to my sweet dad for coming over to keep him for the day! We had fun at the game, although it turn out quite the way we wanted.
Andrew and PawPaw having an early morning snuggle.
Mimi and my sweet niece, Alyssa Kate
Love this girl!


So Much to be Thankful for

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

Last year we had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at our house. This year, I am thankful that I only had to make corn casserole to take to Nanny's! We always go there for lunch and it is always DELICIOUS!

The 2 things that I am most thankful for: A loving, caring, supportive, funny, understanding, semi-patient husband and an adorable, funny, sweet, sensitive and cuddly almost 3 year old.
After lunch, we went over to my mom's for round 2 of Thanksgiving. Another great meal and some after dinner decorating. Andrew loved to help Mimi put out all the nutcrackers. Each person gets one by their stocking (his was a rock star nutcracker with a guitar! so cute). When we finally made it home, we settled in to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Andrew really got into it last year and we watched it over and over again for months. This year was fun too. He likes all the marching bands and performers and there was even a float with the Fresh Beat Band and Dora the Explorer. That was his favorite. He was also excited to see "Jim's Band", which is our friend Jim Crowder who coaches at Homewood High School. He heard the announcer say it and got so excited. I am sure we will be watching it every morning/night for the next couple of months. It is sad that we only pick one day out of the year to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am pretty sure the Pilgrims and Indians did it for almost a week. We are very blessed with our health, jobs, home, school, teachers, family and friends. I am so thankful for all of that and thankful to be a part of a wonderful church family as well.


Don't Stop Believing

Andrew has been on a bit of a Journey kick lately. Here he is doing what he does best...


Andrew's First Auburn Game

When I was pregnant with Andrew, Bo and I said that we would not take our kid to an Auburn game until they were potty trained and could definitely be big enough to sit through the game and not be crawling all over us. I didn't think that day would get here so soon! After the Samford game a couple of weeks ago, we knew he would be ready and would do great. We were so proud of him. Auburn beat Samford 35-16. He got to see the band, and Aubie and loved seeing the eagle fly down and yelled Waaaaaaaar Eagle, Hey!
Practicing his ticket scalping. "Who needs 3 together?"
Loving it!
My favorite little tiger.
My favorite boys!
Halftime was definitely the highlight of the day. Andrew undoubtedly loved the band and here you can see him being the drum major and directing the band who was playing to our side.
Family Picture

Too Much Fun!

NYC- Foo Fighters and UK Basketball

In New York.... concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do.-Rihanna
Ahhh, the big apple. I have missed you. You still smell and feel the same though. Thanks for not changing. You were always perfect. Bo and I decided what better way to celebrate our anniversary than doing 3 of the things we love- traveling, sporting events and concerts! So we went to New York to see the Foo Fighters and watch Duke/Michigan State and Kansas/Kentucky at Madison Square Garden. We arrived Monday afternoon and after checking in to our hotel we went to Eataly- a really cool Italian...compound. It was a restaurant/market with EVERYTHING you could imagine. We had delicious pizza and ravioli. It was right across the street from this beauty... The flat iron building.
Then we went to Penn Station where we caught the train to Newark, NJ. We had fantastic seats for an AWESOME rock and roll concert- The Foo Fighters! We saw a little boy there that was 5 years old. It was his first concert. I don't think that the language at the Foo Fighters is appropriate for a 5 year old, but couldn't help but thinking about taking Andrew to his first concert. I wonder what it will be. In a related story- Bruce Springsteen just announced he is touring again. Hmmm.
Rock and Roll!
The great Taylor Hawkins
The very talented and funny Dave Grohl.
Tuesday we met some friends at Rockefeller Center and ate a delicious lunch at the Rockefeller Cafe as we watched some ice skaters and the Christmas tree being put up. Then we went shopping! It was super fun an Bo made me feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. We didn't have near enough time to cover all the places we wanted to go, but that just leaves things for us to do when we go back. We had fantastic seats at the Garden for these games. Center court and VIP hospitality passes- free snacks and drinks, score! We got to watch coach K beat Bob Knights record for the most wins and got to watch the Cats beat Kansas. We met up with Bo's Uncle Paul and cousins Neil and Nathan at the game.
We all went out to dinner after the game (at midnight). Then Nathan came with us to go to the Empire State building which was supposed to close at 2AM, but it closed at midnight. We were pretty bummed. Again- more things to do when we go back. It was all too quick of a trip, but we had a blast and packed a lot into 2 days. We both were excited to get home to our little guy.
One fun thing about being a kid, is that when your mom and dad go away, they always bring you back a surprise. We brought Andrew back a wristband just like Dave Grohl wears and a couple of guitar picks. Needles to say, he was pumped!


Papa's Birthday

We got to celebrate Papa on Sunday with a delicious lunch at Mom's house. Andrew's cousins were there and they all played so great together. After lunch they ended up picking up acorns out of the yard. It was like an Easter egg hunt- a race to see who could get the most. On the way home, Andrew told me he was going to feed his to the reindeer on Christmas!

Samford Game

This was officially Andrew's First College Football Game. It was a beautiful day that day and we had a blast. We were only going to stay through half time so he could see the band and cheerleaders. He did not want to leave. He loved watching everything, especially Spike the bulldog. (Although he did NOT want to have his picture made with him). He convinced us to stay for a hot dog. I mean, what kind of parents are we if we don't get the kid a dog at his first game? It was great and we are excited to take him to his first AUBURN game this weekend. Ironically, they are playing Samford! War Eagle!

Halloween 2011

It's Halloweeeeeeen, It's Haloweeeeeeen... This is a song that Andrew has been singing a lot lately from a Diego movie. It has helped him get ready for Halloween. I started asking him what he wanted to be for Halloween and he said Woody. I thought, cool, easy, no problem. Then a few days later it was Buzz. Again, easy. Then it was Mickey Mouse. Hmmm not sure he would wear the ears and not sure how I would get this costume... Then it was a fireman. PERFECT. He has been really into the Fresh Beat Band and there is an episode he would always watch and one of them was a fireman. PERFECT. We started looking for costumes, but he only wanted a RED fireman outfit, and I don't know if you have looked lately, but most of them are black and yellow. I found an awful, cheap, tacky one online and he LOVED it. So we ordered it. He already had the hat from Mimi a while back and we went to Wal-Mart and got a black water hose and cut it off for him to carry. He pretended to put fires out all over the house.
Here he is in action... Then the costume came in the mail. He was pumped... until I tried to get him to wear it. Nope, no, no, no, not gonna do it! I thought well maybe when he is ready, he will wear it. You will probably remember from a previous post that he was a "coach" for trunk or treat because he refused the fireman costume. Well Mimi kept him after that and decided to take him to the fire station to meet a fireman. He met Ben who let him drive the truck, ring the bell and try on the hat and jacket. He was pumped again and wanted to be "Ben" for Halloween. Awesome, now he is ready. Halloween was on a Monday (which I think is crazy to do this holiday during the week- cant we just make it the last Friday in October every year??) and when he got home from school I made him eat vegetables before we went on the door to door candy binge. Ready to put on your fireman costume? Nope, no, no, no, not gonna do it! Here we go again. He wanted to wear basketball shorts and a jersey. After a couple of rounds of tears, we all agreed on the "coach" costume and were off! We met up with our neighbors and he loved running from house to house. He had a great time and the last house gave out a Capri Sun. He was so excited about that! It was too funny!