Monday, August 30, 2010

Mr. Baby Butterbean

Last Saturday, Justin let me do something I would have never in a million years thought he would let me do!  Not being able to disagree with Perry’s cuteness, Justin finally gave up the thumbs up to let Perry compete in his very first pageant.  (Of course Perry will not compete in many more, but for a pageant loving mom, this was SO much fun!!)

First off, we had to get an outfit.  I knew I didn’t want him to look like a mini penguin in a tuxedo, so I opted for a little boy’s sailor suit.  The best part of that decision was that I had found a really cute sailor suit at a consignment sale a few weeks earlier.  Wanting to dress it up just a bit, I decided to personalize it by monogramming Perry’s name on the collar in baby blue.    

Then, there came the shoes.  My, Oh my!! What big feet he has!!! We FINALLY found a pair of little white Willits shoes in a…. drum roll please…. 5 ½ Extra Wide!! Though I hated to buy him a pair of brand new white shoes right before the Fall, season they were absolutely adorable on him, and I quickly deemed them a “must have.”

Then next came the… wait.  Wow!! Little boy pageants are a breeze to pull together! 

So, on Saturday morning it was off to the famous Butterbean Pageant.  In typical Perry fashion, he loved seeing all the other little babies that were there, and was not shy at all when doing his practice run.  Although he was a little more timid during the actual pageant, he still managed to show off a bit, clapping for himself when the audience would and waving bye-bye to everyone as he exited the stage. 

Whenever it came time to announce the winners, Perry received the title of best smile (which was no surprise to me since his smile always makes my heart grin) and best dressed (which I was very excitedly surprised about!)  But then came time for crowning and when they called out the prince award, it did not go to Perry.  I’m not going to lie, I was a little bummed.  But then, they kept calling out more princes.  Then, they called out the alternates, and I realized quickly that every other boy’s name had already been called.  Then I heard, “And your new Mr. Baby Butterbean goes to…. Perry Murphree!!” Seriously!! I would never have thought I would be so proud to be little Mr. Baby Butterbean’s Mommy!  It was so funny to me to be so excited about Mr. Perry’s accomplishment, even knowing he didn’t have a clue in the world what was going on. 

For his winnings, Perry received a darling little crown and a monogrammed sash, a photoshoot with Cameo Modeling, and the opportunity to ride in the Christmas parade as Mr. Baby Butterbean. 

It is just so much fun to be a Mommy to such an amazing little bitty!! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

All this work, and not even a bite!

What's that? Is there tension on my line?!

Pulllll!!!  It's a Big One!!

Gotta Reel 'Em In!

Whew!! Fishing will make a boy 
(and his Grammie) 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's All Gravy Baby!! (Literally!!)

I am by no means the type of Mommy that thinks it's all cute and picture worthy for her baby to get all disgusting while eating.  (Especially during breakfast!!)  However, this is what happens when you put Perry in his high chair, give him toast and homemade gravy, then turn your back for thirty seconds.  Yuck!!!  Needless to say, he got two baths this day!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Spring Cleaning!

Or, ummmm.... Summer Stashing?!! Have I ever mentioned how much I truly HATE to clean?  I'll admit, I'm definitely a sweep the dirt under the rug kind of gal, even though I truly love when things are crisp and clean.  So, no surprise to my dear husband, whenever it was time for some friends to come hang out, I took all of the clean laundry and did what any respectable cleaner/wife would do.  I threw it right on the floor of our closet.  A dismay though it is, Perry LOVES to play and roll around on them.  So much so, that I have left that pile of clothes in our closet floor for two months... going on three.  However, all good things must come to an end.  I have slowly started resorting the piles and rewashing them, and yes, actually hanging them up and folding them this time.  Justin promises that the day we win the lottery, he will hire me a maid!!

The Playroom/Er, closet

Justin gives in to the madness...
After all, If you can't beat em, Join 'Em!

Worth every Re-Load!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love: A Post of Resolution

I love to eat.  More than most people I know.  And unfortunately, I also like junk food.  However, the new school year is starting, which in my eyes, is somewhat of a new beginning.  I have an herb garden, that produces deliciously tasting and smelling herbs, and I just love to cook with them.  However, I think I need to do a better job incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies.  Now that my local farmer's market is back up and running, I'm thinking of trying to pick one day each week that I run by there to pick out produce for the week.  Ultimate goal = a healthier family.

Praying has been a part of my life since I was old enough to think.  Justin and I really enjoy saying our prayers together each night, but I don't feel like I express my thankfulness enough.  I want to do a better job of openly thanking God for what he has blessed me with, and I want that thankfulness and conversation with God to be modeled for Perry.

Justin and I have also been praying relentlessly about our adoption.  Our "plan" is to turn in our adoption application in November of 2011.  Although it is still a little over a year away, we are getting very excited!!  With all things adoption, many of the programs are going through lots of different changes, so we are keeping a very open mind about everything.  Being the control freak that I am, our prayer lately has been that God will help me stop trying to "find" our child, but allow Him to guide us to her.

Today was Meet-the-Teacher day at school, and I have already fallen in love with my students.  They seem so sweet and genuinely excited to learn and be in first grade.  I pray that I will be a safe haven for my students when they've had a bad day at home.  I pray that they will enjoy coming to school and know that Mrs. Murphree truly loves them.

I also pray that Justin, Perry, and the rest of my family will always know how much they are loved by me. I know my family, above anyone else, should get the very best of my time, energy, and attitude.  Unfortunately, I have the habit of giving them the opposite, knowing that they will forgive me in the end, because after all, we're family.  I truly pray that I will give my best to those I love the most!

It may not be New Year's, but I think resolutions should be made when one sees fit!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday *Daddy's Helmet Day*

Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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