About Me

We are a family of five (yes we count our dog) who are loving every minute that the Lord has blessed us with!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Picture Update

Fussy boy in one hand so add your own captions!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mamaw Lucille

On Thursday afternoon, heaven received a beautiful soul. Ryan's grandmother, Mamaw Lucille, went to be with Jesus. As many of you know, Lucille holds a very special place in our hearts. So much so, that we named Lucy McLean after her. Ryan gave her eulogy today and it was perfect. This lady was amazing. Mamaw Lucille (or Loose as Mr. Shelton called her) was the spunkiest, funniest, most mischevious, loving, real woman. She taught Ryan how to nail, by nailing 2X4's in her living room floor. ON TO THE FLOOR...they got in trouble with Mr. Shelton for that one. She and Ryan figured out baseballs blow up in the microwave together. He rode in a car that hit 100 MPH for the first time, while being driven by Lucille. Ryan spent countless hours, as a child, beside loved ones and strangers alike that Lucille was with in their dying hours. She was a nurse and a caregiver. She was a lover of many and one of the kindest souls I have ever met. I feel blessed to have a daughter that is named after this precious woman and I pray that she will be half the woman that her namesake was. I know, as pastor Doug said today, that Mr. Shelton welcomed Lucille in to heaven on Thursday and said in his bigger than life voice "Lucille, where ya been?" She will be greatly missed by a family who adores her. We thank the Lord for the time that we had with her and are grateful that, although she suffered from alzheimers, that she didn't suffer any longer than she did. We are also grateful that Lucy McLean got to know her. I can only pray that she will have at least one memory of her. It breaks my heart to think that Tripp will not know his Mamaw and Papaw Shelton and the wonderful people that they were. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Lucy McLean and Mamaw Lucille.
Meeting her namesake
Looking at Mamaw for the first time
I love Lucille's expression in this picture
I know there are a lot from this same day...but they were all so captivating that I couldn't choose!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lots Going On

So our little man turned 5 months old on Tuesday. That is so hard for me to believe. He is such a fun little guy. Here are a few facts about the big boy:
  • He is getting more in to a routine and napping good.
  • He is teething and loves to chew on just about anything.
  • He likes to sleep with his cutie patootie bum in the air.
  • He has woken up the last two mornings with a big ol' poopie diaper and laughing hysterically (what can I say...he is male).
  • He likes to ride with the windows down
  • He is pretty obsessed with his mama.
  • Between 4-7 at night are not his "happy hour"
  • He loves baths
  • He is trying to scoot
  • He sucks his middle finger & ring finger together (and signs "I love you") instead of sucking his thumb
  • He likes to sleep with white noise
  • He is about to grow out of the cradle his Grampy built for him and Lucy McLean
  • He makes my heart melt when he grins
  • He is hopefully smarter than his mama who took some cute pictures of the boy, downloaded them, and can't for the life of me find them on the computer to post them :(
  • He is an amazing blessing and is growing up WAY too fast!

In other news...

  • We are moving tomorrow. We will be back in Brevard, living out of our suitcases, for the next week. Then we are officially back in RowCo (my hometown).
  • Lucy McLean manages to make us laugh, scream inside, want to cry, and want to eat her up all at the same time. She is hilarious, defiant, and very entertaining. After a very long night of defiance, we decided to take a walk last night. On our walk, she asked Ryan..."How ya doing Day-ad?" He told her "Good, how are you Lucy McLean?" She replied "Good" He asked her why she wasn't great and she replied "I'm two"...which pretty much sums it all up.

And because Lucy McLean will be 28 months old tomorrow, here are some fun facts about her right now...

  • She loves her baby brother to death and tells him a few times a day
  • She shows Tripp that she loves him in a very "forceful" way ;)
  • She asks everyone "How ya doin?" and "Whatcha doin?"
  • She slept walked for the first time the other night.
  • She loves to dress herself and might be the tackiest thing alive!
  • Since being in Sara's wedding, she thinks every bride is a "flower girl" and she dresses up as a flower girl every day.
  • She loves to talk on the phone
  • She loves Shrek, Elmo, and Nemo
  • She could go through about 2 gallons of milk a day
  • She doesn't meet a stranger and remembers the connections of people
  • She can count 2-9
  • She knows her colors
  • She knows triangle, circle, heart & star
  • She loves chilly willies
  • She can pee and poop on the potty
  • She loves to get silly bands as a reward for doing this
  • She loves to swim
  • She runs up and hugs her daddy and yells "Hey Daddy" when he gets home
  • This melts my heart!
  • She says she "needs" things instead of "wants" things
  • She says "I not" and "I can't" WAY too much
  • She makes other mothers (who don't have to raise her strong-willed little self) laugh hysterically at play group!
  • She knows how to say her blessing and her night time prayer.
  • She prays for her Papaw EVERY night.
  • She is such a blessing and I thank the Lord for her every day!

Pictures to come soon when this tired mama can find them!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Megan called me while she was in Louisiana a few months ago to let me know that she found a perfect t-shirt for Lucy McLean. It read "I eat ketchup with my ketchup"! AND BOY DOES SHE! This girl LOVED her condiments. Today, on the way home from church, she asked to go to Zaxby's for lunch. I asked her what she wanted from Zaxby's and she replied "Ketchup". Does this count as a vegetable?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

We celebrated the 4th with our two little firecrackers. We dressed in our patriotic attire and went downtown on the 3rd to celebrate at the festival.Tripp enjoyed people watching
And Lucy McLean enjoyed the slide

And then they expired

Then we went to Brevard College to see the fireworks
Then we went to church Sunday and celebrated our freedom to worship our Lord!
LM loves her mama a little ;)