The Big Thirty!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The idea for this post came to me while I was at the gym on Monday...doing my "birthday push-ups". My trainer was doing them with me and as we went, she asked me questions about milestones/events/memories at each age. I decided this would be a great way to recap my 30 years.

30 years ago today.
{August 27th 1984}

I entered this world already the luckiest little girl, blessed with these two as my parents. Two people who have been my biggest fans and support system from day one. 
 My first birthday turned into my fifth with a blink of an eye, and I was starting kindergarden! 
(Looking exactly like my future son!!! No?) 
 Skip ahead to 10 years old...which started what we all know as the "awkward years"...I will spare you the photos. 

Before I knew it, it was time for high school, where I met my first "forever friend". 
I turned sixteen! 
...and met another lifetime friend!

The college years brought crazy times and my future husband. We met when I was 19. 

At 22, I graduated with my BSN and became Katie Thomas RN, BSN.

...and Andy and I were engaged.

Married at 23.

Meyer made me a momma at 26.

Hadley followed at 28.

It's hard to believe I'm 30 years old. I don't particularly like it, but without those miles if life, I wouldn't be who I am today. Overall, thirty feels pretty darn good...my life is full of blessings and I couldn't be happier. 

I have to share what a friend texted me after leaving my birthday party the other night. It truly made me feel so overwhelming blessed. 
"You are such a blessed girl: your parents, brothers, sisters in law, mother and father in law, friends are all beyond amazing. You are such an important piece to your family, it's written all over all of their faces. You are such a sweet and caring person and I'm so glad we met and have become friends. I hope your 30th was as special as you are!" 
(Thanks Kate!)

My cup runneth over...and over and over again. 

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! 

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Hadley Rose {20 Months Old}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back again with the monthly update, feeling like how in the world did another month just slip by?!? Sadly, I'm already planning her 2nd birthday party. Say what? She has been here for almost 2 years...2 years! How? 

She's sweet and she's sassy and I love every inch of this adorable FACE! 

Meet little miss independent! She sure thinks she is big stuff and will let you know all about it. Her latest and greatest is pointing to herself when she wants something or wants to do something by herself, saying..."Hadee!" 
  For example, climbing the stairs...it takes us every bit of 5 minutes to make it to the top. She just piddles around, taking a break about every 2 steps to turn around and sit. Looking up at me like, "see mom, I can do it." You even try and touch her for support and she literally gives you "the hand" with a stern..."back"!

Irony is, little miss independent can be quite the momma's girl at the same time. It's the worst in the evening hours. Sister loves to be packed around, by mommy and mommy only! It was so bad the other night, I jokingly went up to the attic and got the Bjorn out. Sister didn't find the humor in it. She just went with it! 
Now, let's talk about what's in her mouth and both hands. These pacifiers will be the death of me. She is totally obsessed. We were doing so well with them, where she only needed them at nap and bedtime. No more my friends...this girls wants her "papi" at all times! I'm telling myself  it's the beginning of 2 year molars, but I know I'm lying. It's a comfort thing. Anytime she gets even remotely injured or her feelings hurt, there is an immediate..."papi, papi, paaaapiiiii!" I can't fight these kind of battles, so I'm over it for the moment. Papi on my friend! 

Her curls have gone to a new level this month and I'm LOVING them. She really does have great hair! 

This girl is full of life and loves to run, jump and dance! She loves hugs and kisses and says the sweetest "wuv ooh" you have ever heard. She still loves her babies and knows just how to shush them to sleep. She wants to be just like her big brother and will settle for no less. 
 Happy 20 Months sweet Haddy girl!
 Mommy and Daddy LOVE you SO SO MUCH! 


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Back 2 Preschool!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We made it! Summer has come to an end, and Meyer has officially begun his second year of preschool.  
 It's safe to say, we are all pretty excited! 
Don't get me wrong, we had a great summer. It was much better than I originally anticipated. We love a good routine and the end of school sent me into a little bit of panic. Meyer needs structure and lots and lots of stimulation, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep him happy and engaged all summer. In the end, all was well. He attended a couple of camps at CMOE (our children's museum), and I spent the week with him at VBS. We also went on a family vacation and several weekend trips to keep us busy. We had a wonderful sitter who came once a week to give the kids a change of pace, and me a wonderful break! Meyer also spent a half day a week at my moms. Although he was really getting into this summer schedule, he is really excited to be back in school!
 Little sister was just as excited, and she totally thought she was going too! She walked around all morning pounding her chest saying, "Hadee...school!" with this cheesy grin plastered on her face. Little did she know, she wasn't staying with brother. She was not a happy camper when she learned she would be leaving with me! Don't worry sister, I have lots of fun things planned for our girls only mornings. You just wait and see! 
Daddy didn't join us for drop off this year, so picture taking at school was limited! 

I'm blown away by how much he has changed since this time last year. 

Meyer was just 2 when he started preschool last year, which is why he is doing a second year. He has an October birthday so he definitely misses the cutoff. It's nice in a way, not to have to choose to start him early or not. He will do this year of preschool, pre-k next year and then off to kindergarden. 

He had a blast his first day back and is loving being in the red room, because it's his favorite color! I'm loving the red room too, because we know most of the kiddos. It's going to be a fun year! 

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A 90th Birthday Celebration!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We celebrated a very special man last weekend. My grandfather turned 90 years old. A man as special as he and day as special as this, called for a big party! 
 My grandparents...rocking this stage of life. They look great and are both in great health. What a blessing they are. 
 The whole Thomas family came together to celebrate, and we wanted it to be extra special. 
 The boys were even fancy for the occasion. 
{Brother, Dad, Brother}
 The little boys were no exception! 
 ...and I could've just eaten this boy right up! 
 This was the best I could get of the two of them. I was picking my battles on this particular night, trying to avoid meltdowns of any kind. 
 I had better luck with these two peas in a pod. 
 My grandfather loves to polka! My mom happily obliged. 
 ...as did the rest of the crew at one point or another that night! 
When Meyer wasn't busy cutting a rug, he kept himself entertained by lining up the place cards over and over again. 
The west coast Thomas girls and their guys looking as stunning as ever! How I'm related to these beauties, I have no clue. 
I mean seriously, Amelia....perfection.
 The boys all competed to see who could make the best speech or speeches (ahem...Chris). But really, they all had wonderful things to say about their father and grandfather. 
...and how could you not have wonderful things to say about this man? A kind hearted, soft spoken, gentlemen...just about as sweet as they come. He lives for my grandmother, always has and always will I presume. I'm proud to call him my grandfather and thank God for him each and every day. 

Happy 90th Grandfather! Here's to many more....

{I plan to be celebrating your 100th with you, just as I did as a child with your mom. Got it?}

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