Saturday, January 28, 2012

PJ Day at Pre-K

Friday at Preschool Ramsey had PJ day in honor of the letter "P" week at school. I volunteered to help with the class for the day and Ramsey was stoked that I was coming to school with him all day. In honor of the fun day he of course had to get new Pajamas and can you believe he chose Star Wars pajamas? Crazy Right?

Here are he and some of his buds from class:

One of Ramsey's favorite friends JT:

Painting with shaving cream was one of the activities:

There was also face painting and Ramsey asked me to paint the Millennium Falcon (ship from Star Wars) but I made him settle for light sabres:

His whole class in their PJ's (notice how many boys have on super hero pajamas):

One stop was popcorn and a short movie:

Cheesin' for Mom:
One stop wait hair painting. Ramsey picked green and gold. Nice! After activities it was back to the classroom for a late breakfast:

Fun day at Pre-K and I am so thankful to work from home and make my own schedule so I can do these fun things with Ramsey. I love it as much or more then he does.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Go Cope!

Last Saturday Ramsey and I attended a change of command ceremony for Cope. Cope has been the company commander of his unit and now will be joining a different unit as the G-6. Military positions change fairly often but none the less it is still pretty important stuff. I was given flowers for being his wife and there was a nice speech made about what a great job he has done and how the new guy has big shoes to fill. I don't brag on Cope often enough but he is a HARD worker. I know he does a good job because he cares and really enjoys what he does. I am really proud of how he leaves a position better then when he found it and I just know he will do great at his new gig. Oh and Ramsey thinks his Daddy is a total bad ass because he gets to play with guns and every night a dinner Ramsey ask Cope "So, Dada did you get to use your rifle today?"As if that is in any realm of Cope's daily task.

After the ceremony and cake Ramsey and I went to lunch with Cope.

I am so happy that Ramsey has a Dad that is such a good role model.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Things We Do For Love

So when Ramsey was a tiny baby I was such a freak about not having anything in the crib with him like a blanket or stuffed animal. I know that sounds harsh but that is what the books say and I am a RULE FOLLOWER! When he was about 6 months old I decided to put what we now refer to a "Buddy" in his crib to give him a comfort items to hold at night. Well he took to it like a duck to water and loved Buddy like it was his job. I also love that Buddy was a gift from my friend Ashley from Ft.Drum and it reminds me of her often.

Over the years Buddy has been a constant. The one thing that goes on all over night trips. I typically don't let buddy leave our house but occasionally I will let him take it to Nama's for nap time that day. I know he is 4 now and I should make him give Buddy up but it is his thing. He never took a pacifier and I know he can sleep without buddy (had to use it as punishment before) but he and buddy are bonded.

So this past Thursday which is a Nama Day he wanted to take Buddy with him for his nap later that day. It was one of those morning where I was like "fine, whatever. Your will power is greater then mine today. You win! Bring Buddy". So he goes with Nama for the day and they run all sorts of fun errands and she doesn't know he isn't supposed to take Buddy in stores and you know he doesn't make this fact known. So into Home Depot, Ingles, and Arby's Buddy goes. Ramsey never takes a nap that day cause he declared "he had wayyy to much energy".

Thursday night Cope and I are tucking him into bed and he says "Where's Buddy"? Like it is my job to keep up with his most prized possessions. I checked his backpack from Nama's and no Buddy. He couldn't remember if he had left Buddy at Nama's so at 9pm we call her. She and Ramsey retrace their steps from the day and the last place Nama remembers seeing buddy is Arby's. So she lets Ramsey go and says she is calling Arby's and will call us back.

In the meantime Ramsey is so sad. He is crying "No Buddy!" "He is my best Friend" Part of me is thinking this must be a sign that it is time to get rid of his comfort item. But in my heart I was sad too. Buddy is a part of the family now. As Ramsey was crying and praying (asking God to make Buddy not be lost) I found tears coming down my face too. Seriously? It is only a doll head with blanket attached. Get a grip Lady! Knowing what Buddy means to the little Boy I love most in the whole wide world trumps any rational thoughts.

By that time Nama calls back and says Buddy is at Arby's!!!! On a back shelf being kept safe. (Ramsey is a regular at Arbys and knows most all the workers) Mom aka Nama couldn't stand the thought of Buddy sleeping on a self or the risk that someone from the morning crew might not know and toss him. So at 9:30pm Nama goes to Arby's to rescue him. There are seriously not much bigger acts of love that I can recall.

So yesterday after School we pick up Buddy from Papa's law office (the whole staff now knows the importance of Buddy and everyone is so happy to see he and Ramsey reunited). Ramsey loved on Buddy and took and excellent 2 hour nap with buddy safely tucked in next to him and all is right in the world of this little boy!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ty's Birthday Party

This past Monday Ramsey's best buddy Ty had his 5th Birthday party. It was at Devil Rays tumbling place where the majority of birthday parties we attend are held. It is the best place and never gets old (Ramsey has had his party here 2 years in a row and so has Ty). The kids can run wild and the parents can play and/or chit chat all the while. Here are a few pics from the fun party:

Eating Pizza with the Birthday Boy:

The Party was a Transformer Theme:
Playing with his friend Avery. Silly boys:

Letting Mom take just posed picture. Sweet boy:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sunday Night Fun

Sunday night we had a few friends over for a big pot of homemade Gumbo and then some Guitar Hero and Dance Party fun. Here are some videos and photos of the kids (Ramsey, Addison, and Bailey) doing Dance Party. They have mad Skills!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Snow Mountain

Over the Christmas break we took a day to go to Stone Mountain for their snow. We went with our friends the Brown who have Addison who is just like 2 months younger then Ramsey. We stoped in Roswell for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen then then took a little trip to Trader Joes. Here are Ramsey and Addison arguing about who gets to pretend drive the handicap chair: Super excited to go see snow!:

They both fell asleep about 10 minutes before we got there:

We're here!:

Our sledding on the BIG slopes wasn't until 6pm so in the meantime we played i their snow area:

Bundled up and ready to go!: (this is Addison's sweet pose and Ramsey's spider man pose)

The snow was really fun except that there were like 100's of people on about an acre of snow. Despite the crowd we had a blast with snowball fights:

Both kids loved making and throwing snow but man oh man don't throw one at them, especially Addison. So funny! She would give you the look of death. Why is aggravating our kids so much fun?:



Me posing inside of Mr. Snowman:

Our little Family after a fun day:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

One Last Christmas 2011 Post

Here are some pictures from our Christmas celebration at Cope's parents. I just had to share.

The Rowell/ Steed Family:

Mattie, Caroline, and Ramsey passing out gifts:

Ramsey has mad present opening skills:
Rocking OUT!:

The Rowell/ Dobson Grandchildren in order from oldest to youngest:

Bedtime reading with Mattie and Caroline. I just love how Ramsey is holding Mattie's hand here:

Silly kiddos:

Family Lunch:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Man I love this Boy!

His Preppy Look:Studying his Star Wars book with his back pack on and night vision goggles. In his PJ's and drinking milk in the morning: Construction man with his walkie talkie on his waist:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Years Eve

We didn't have any New Years Eve plans as of Christmas time so we decided to invite a few friends and their kids over and just have a low key, game night at our house. It turned out to be super fun and all the kiddos made it to midnight with no problem. This was the first time I had stayed up to ring in the New Year in several years. Here are some pics from our fun evening:
Cope on the mic during Rock Band: Ryan on drums:

Saunders on guitar:

Ramsey and Cope playing Wii:

The whole gang in action with Katie on drums:

Look at the concentration on his face:

Get it Saunders!:

Katie and Saunders doing some Dance Party:

Heather and Stephen battling in Dance Party:

Get it Browns!:

Nice moves Stephen:

Katie dancing with Katie Anne and Bailey:

The Rowell family at midnight: