Now She Is Five

It is really hard for me to believe that I now have a five year old in my house. She has grown up right in front of me faster then I care to share. Now I just look at her in aw as she is turning into a kind and gentle soul.

I guess I need to start from the beginning as it is February and I am just now writing a blog entry about my daughter turning five, which happened last month. Can you say slacker dad? You see my daughter loves her birthday. We have heard nothing but her birthday party plans since before last summer began. Those plans have changed from a Frozen themed party to an Ariel themed party to now just a simple princess themed party. I am not going to lie I was so ready to dress up like Olaf or come in rocking my amazing Jamaican accent. Anyways, she is obsessed with her birthday. I wonder where she gets that. I mean I love to remind everyone about my birthday starting in October so I can make sure I have a good gift and cake ratio. Ok so she gets it from me. Man you guys really know how to make a guy confess. Just another reason why I could never get away with murder.

It came to the day of and I may have went a little over board with the decorations and making my daughter feel extra special. The birthday crown and matching sash may had been a little to much. What do you think?

My wife really is the grand champion of all things birthday party related. She sent out the group birthday part invitation text, bought all the food, and made sure the house was clean. All I was in charge of was getting the decorations and picking up the cake. These things I knew I could handle.

When it came down to party time. our house got full real quick. K-Dubs friends all came along with her cousins and of course little Evie was right behind them as they ran around the house screaming. I have never heard so many screams of laughter in my life. It was cute but also made it very impossible to carry on a conversation with any of the other adults at the party.

Being there crowd fearing person I am, I worked hard to keep the party moving so after about 30 minutes of mingling around and greeting guest I pushed for it to be cake time.

There is nothing more special to me then when I get to sing happy birthday to my kids. It is just a confirmation that they are getting older and more importantly that I survived another year of parenthood.

Then it was time to open gifts and one of things I have found hard about this is trying to get my kid to say thank you. Here we are surrounded by family and friends and some strangers and the last thing I want people to think is that my kid is an ungrateful monster. Usually when people pass judgement on me based on my children I am quick to point my finger in my wife’s direction but she was in the same boat I was in. Also it is really hard to enjoy my kid opening presents when there are so many kids around her trying to grab her new toy out of her hand and yelling that they either want it or they already have one. Its like watching zombies attack the only human left on earth. I seriously asked my brother for his taser.

After the presents where opened I spent the next hour opening all the presents out of their packaging so my daughter could play them. I must say that the toy companies don’t need to worry about someone stealing their stuff cause they may it very impossible to their toys out. so many rubber bands, plastic twists, and tape make it very impossible. You need a knife to open this stuff.

Finally the party was over and we were left to clean up. I remember just sitting on the couch and thanking the Lord I made it through another party alive. Then I looked over and saw happy my daughter was. I smiled as she came over to me and sat on my lap and kissed me on the cheek. We stared at each other and then she said she wanted a Belle themed party next year!

Help me.

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Unicorn Party- Evie’s 2nd Birthday Party

This weekend we celebrated Evie with a little party at the park. I had to start my morning off with coffee of course.

My wife worked very hard pulling off an awesome Unicorn themed party. She spent a lot of time on Pinterest and making the decorations. She really is very crafty. The decorations she made turned out amazing and the cupcakes were very cute.

 

The party got a little damp as unexpected rain started but the kids did not care. They just got their umbrellas and played.

We decided to open presents and Evie had a blast opening them. She got a lot of Minnie Mouse stuff and clothes.

We then sang Happy Birthday to her and ate lots of cake.

Football, Splash Pads, & Life Lessons

Let me start by saying that I am sorry for not following up on this past weeks blogs. Things have been nuts around the house and and trying to find the time to blog and update you guys has become difficult but I will talk about that later.

Picking up from my previous entry, the past few weeks we were grieving the loss of Tanner and things are still not the same. You would think with all the losses that my family and I have had that we would be come pros with dealing with grief but it still is easy and I have come to the conclusion that it never will be.

Many people know that my relationship with my brother has never been the best and I am not going into much detail about it but just know that we did finally have a talk and decided that we don’t always have to hang out or see each other every day. I can work with this. After mending some fences he invited me to the open preseason Panther game and you know I love my Carolina Panthers!

I had a great time. Too much of a great time and maybe should have never drank that 6th beer. Anyways, I was really glad to spend some time with him and enjoy some football also.

Finally the weekend came along and we had another birthday party to go to. This time it was for my other niece Charlee as it was her birthday. I can’t believe my niece is going to be in 1st grade this year! Where has the time gone?

The party was fun and even I got on the splash pad and got soaked. My girls had a blast and it was great to be around family and friends.

One thing that I never stop doing is learning. I always try to learn life lessons and sometimes I learn thing even when I don’t want to. I have learned that no matter what happens to just forgive and move on. That does not mean keeping the person around but to not let that hurt control your everyday life. Just let it go. Now sometimes it is harder then others and I struggle myself sometimes but you need to let it go.

The other lesson I learned was to stay out of God’s business and other people’s business and just worry about your business. This has helped me at work. When something does not go my way I have to tell myself I cannot control other people and what they do. I can only control what I do and how I react. This is more then likely my biggest lesson to learn.

I have a lot of cool things happening on the blog soon. A lot of fun things with the kids that need a post so stay tuned.

Ponys & Country Roads

We had a complete Saturday filled with birthday parties. When you become a parent these types of weekends are normal. You have to plan your shopping trips in accord to make sure you get enough presents for the party that you are scheduled to attend. Its the circle of life.

My niece Hayden was born on the Fourth of July so her parents had the party the next weekend so we headed down for a My Little Pony birthday party. The house was completley decorated and looked amazing. The kids played outside in a pool. K-Dub had a ball.

After singing to the birthday girl it was time to move onto party number two. This one was all the way on the back roads of Anson County, which is my old stomping grounds.

On the way out there I was was reminded about how beautiful those country roads can be. I would not move out there but it was still a pretty site.

This party was for a friend of my wife’s little girl. I have to say that I never felt more comfortable with a group of strangers then I did at that party. Everyone was nice and greeted us and talked with us. It was nice.

Superheros And Horse Riding

This past weekend was my nephews birthday party. No they are no twins but their birthdays are like two weeks apart so my SIL like to do one big birthday party and to be quite frank, I do not blame her.

So the theme for their party was superhero. Man I wish I had boys so I could do cool themes like this. You can only be a princess so many times before you want to move on.

The party was so much fun and very hot as the whole thing was outside on my FIL’s farm. I love that farm. They have a ton of land and it is so peaceful unlike the loud suburbs we live in. To start things off we indulge ourselves in watermelon, funny cut shaped PB&J sandwiches, chips, and deli meat pinwheels. My SIL knows how to party.

After we ate, we began to to tractor rides around in the field.

And horse rides for the kids…

and adults..meaning me.

Then we had some really good cake.

I think my nephews had a great party. I am looking forward to spoiling them this coming weekend at the beach.

She Is Four

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As a dad, it is hard to watch your kids grow up. I am more then likely not the first person to tell you this as almost everyone said this to me at the time of K-Dub’s birth. It is however true. So true that sometimes you feel like if you blink your kid will be packing their bag and heading off to college. I am being way more dramatic then I need to be but you get the idea.

This week K-Dub is turned four. Wow, four years old. It wont be long before she starts Kindergarten. The other day I was making plans for her party which was Saturday and I could not help but get a little emotional. Its hard to keep it together when you know you are just another year closer to when your oldest leaves you.

I remember the day she was born. It was there day that changed my wife and I forever. Funny how you never knew some much love could exist until you have it bundled up in your arms.

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I remember when she first started to walk. Now I can’t keep you from running around Target.

I remember the first time she got sick.

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I remember the first time Paw Paw held her

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I remember her making Christmas goodies with Maw Maw.

I even remember her first birthday party.

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It is so hard to believe she is growing up. Now she loves to be a princess, likes to swing at the playground, get her nails done, wear jewelry and even help Daddy make dinner. She is so special to us and a delight to raise. Sometimes she makes things harder then they need to be. Dinner time is always a fight to get her to eat something other then Goldfish and a cereal bar. She freaks out if she gets the slightest drop of water on her sleeve and must change her shirt ASAP. She only can be a princess when she has a dress on and don’t call her one otherwise. She never wants to go to bed unless you tell her that there is a bath before hand.

Parenting is hard. It just is and no one is better at then others. People just do a better job of hiding it then others. Kids are tough and fearless which is scary. It is a never ending rid that goes way up and then comes crashing down the next turn. I love these moments even though they are hard and I feel like a failure as a dad, I still would not trade them for anything.

Watching K-Dub grow up has been a privilege. Yes that is the word I chose. I could easily have left at any time but I chose to stay and love this little girl. I love teaching her right from wrong, making snacks with her, taking her on special dates, fighting with her about proper shoes for school and punishing her for talking back to her mom. It is all in a days work.

Now she is growing up and one day will not me. Even after I spend three hours of my day off building her a Disney Princess Dollhouse.

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Until then I will just continue to enjoy the ride.

The party was a blast. K-Dub had a lot of fun and the day was truly about her. Here are some pics from her party and when we gave her her present.

So Look Who Turned 2

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So this week my little girl turned two. I can’t believe it. It just seems like yesterday we came home from the hospital. Now she is running around and speaking full sentences. I always heard that they grow up so fast but I never thought I to be true until having a child of my own.

K-Dub had a great party. We had our family and a few close friends come. I hate January birthdays cause it’s cold and flu season so a lot of K-Dubs friends could not make it cause they were sick. She got lots of presents and ate tons of what she calls happy cake.

After the party we went to dinner with Aunt Kate and came home feeling exhausted but successful that we threw an amazing party.

Now that K-Dub is two she can now do the following…

1. Feed herself
2. Drink out of her own cup
3. Sit through an entire movie.
4. Climb on everything and I mean EVERYTHING!
5. She knows who people are.
6. She repeats EVERYTHING you say
9. She sings songs even ones she does not know the words to
10. She farts and thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world.
11. She hates to share
12. She does not like boys unless they are Daddy.
13. She loves Curious George.
14. She likes to dance. Mostly with her Cousin Charlee Bell
15. She still uses a diaper but wants to learn to use the big potty.

So I can’t wait to see what happens in year three of being a parent. She is so smart and continues to learn everyday. I love being this girls dad and I know that things are just going to get better from here.