Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sea Grove Beach 2012- Part 1

 OHHH....I miss this place.  We have never stayed in Sea Grove before, but it was wonderful.  It's just down the road from Seaside which had most of the restaurants and activity, and I loved being more in a community with less traffic and people.  It was great!  Because we took so many pictures, this is just a start.  All our family pictures are to come!

 Our house was just across the street from the ocean, so we rented a golf cart so we wouldn't have to walk with all of our stuff. It was perfect.  We had a private pool in the back so we could still be in the sun and water, but the kids could nap inside.
Our last day :(

 Asa and his three (boy) cousins.

 My beautiful sis in law!  I had on heels and she had on flats. I'm not a giant as the picture would make you think.

 Great Southern restaurant in Seaside. Delish!

 My sis and beautiful niece, Lilly

I got a good snapshot of Branton (middle nephew).  What a cutie!

 They had an outdoor theater and a play happened to just be starting that night. It was so fun to see all the kids enjoy it.

 Asa LOVED the beach. The water, sand, he loved it all.  He just wanted to walk everywhere.


His hair was just blowing every which way. I could never expect it to lay just the way I wanted. And..I'm talking about Asa not Joe. :)

 My brother and his sweet family.  I love Bennett's "Cheese" face.

 Every other night, a couple could go on a date night by themselves.  My brother and sister decided to do their date nights on the same night, so we were left with all five kids.  It got kinda crazy, but we managed, and had a great time.  I didn't know a burger the size of a sausage and biscuit for a kids meal would cost $12.  yikes.

 Lilly girl and me

His "camera" eyes...

Asa is 19 months, but  I never updated (mainly for myself) for Asa's 18 month check up, so I'll wrap up by giving Asa's Stats:
(this was not adjusted for his preemie age- yeah!  They will adjust him until he is two, but I decided to list what according to his age now since he is doing so great!!)

25 pounds, 10 ounces (50th)
33 inches long (75th)
Head was 75th. I forget the actual measurement.
Size 4 diaper
Size 5-6 shoe
2T clothes

-Still giving inhaler twice daily until he is 3 years old.

-Had a speech evaluation yesterday, came in at only having a "mild delay".  A moderate delay would require speech.  Only three points from it, but I'm thankful for a good report.  In the last few weeks, he has said SO MANY new words.  It's awesome to hear and watch him learn everyday.  

-He got the MMR shot at his 18 month and had a reaction.  Apparently, 70% of patients have it.  He had measle- like bumps and fever for 4 days, 10 days after he received the shot.  So...for anyone that is about to get it, just a heads up to look out for it.  It wasn't bad at all, and it didn't seem to bother him.

We had a GREAT time in Florida.  Asa did great on the way down and back. Better than expected!

More pics to come!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Community Group at the Park

The weather has been so nice, and even though our group is not meeting for a few weeks, we still love to get together.  We decided grilling hot dogs at the park would be a fun idea, and it was!  I love summer, especially the nights that it's not just completely hot or muggy, and last night was perfect.   Asa is 18 months old now and he LOVES to be outside.  We caught a few pictures before everyone got there.  He is getting SO big!! 

"I want to go on those slides!"

The community group girls, minus Amber. :(  These girls are the best!  They are my best friends and the biggest blessing in my life!

Even though Amber missed out, Cooper got to come and hang out!

Oh Ellery....  Always adventurous!

Amy and Nathan, who are in our community group, lost their little boy, Tucker, on February 28th of this year.  All the kids in the group were born within 6 months.  They played so well together.  My heart hurts for their family, and we miss Tucker so much.  There is not a single day that goes by that we don't think about him.  Asa and Tucker were only 6 weeks apart and I imagined how close they would be growing up together and what fun they would have.  We know Tucker is in such a peaceful place in the arms of Jesus, but our selfish hearts ache as we want him to still be here with us.  I hope the kids know how special Tucker was. We have experienced what a community group is all about.  Coming together to celebrate as well as weep together when tragedies happen. Amy and Nathan's strength is unbelievable, and they have been given peace that is only from God.  What a testimony their faith has been to all of us. You can read about their story here. We miss you and love you Tucker Hill.