a week at the beach

We had our family vacation at the beginning of June & it was so nice to escape to the beach for a week! We found out we were having some big plumbing issues the day before we left so it really was nice to just forget about house problems for a little while! We went with my parents and stayed at a big condo in Gulf Shores. This was our first time to stay in Gulf Shores & it was nice not having to drive quite so far!
Last year we didn't do our normal beach trip because we went to Disney World. Little Griff had not seen the ocean since he was Cheney's age! I was so excited to take all the kids & couldn't wait to see Cheney play on the beach.  Much like her middle brother, she LOVED everything about the beach. The boys are at such fun ages & they had a great time, too. I will let the pictures do the talking but it was a great week!

These were from our first day. The boys loved digging big holes and looking for crabs & Cheney loved playing with the sand and crawling in the surf!
One of my favorite beach items is our One Step Ahead pop-up tent. It is perfect for baby naps on the beach & Griffin enjoyed his snacks in there. Cheney took her morning nap down at the beach almost every day we were there. She was living the life!
Griffin's happy place was in the sand with his trucks!

Grayson & Nana

Our fearless girl!
We did pictures of the kids one night on the beach & let me just say, 3 kids make pictures comical! I love this one though!

We loved spending a couple of our nights on the beach playing Frisbee & searching for crabs.  Not a bad way to wind down before bed!
Cheney mastered the booty up crawl so her knees wouldn't get all scraped up. It is all about improvising!

The kids loved spending the week with Nana and Poppy!

We had the BEST time! Vacation definitely isn't really relaxing anymore but it sure is fun. We can't wait to go back!


Cheney: 10 months old

Cheney, today you are 10 months old! We had to take your pictures at the beach this week..it wasn't so bad!
Weight: around 16.5lbs
Height: 28in
Clothing: some 9 month but mostly 12 month
Shoe: size 1
Sister, you LOVE to eat. If anyone is eating OR drinking anywhere near you, you think they are obligated to share. You are such a good eater and try everything. Your favorite foods are pretty much all fruit (especially watermelon), yogurt melts (you are OBSESSED), bread of all kinds...you love the crust off of your brother's peanut butter sandwiches, goldfish, macaroni and cheese, & yogurt. You still have zero teeth but that doesn't seem to phase you! You are still drinking 4 bottles a day and have finally mastered the sippy cup. You think drinking water is so fun!
You are still a great sleeper! You are the 3rd baby and it shows...you are pretty laid back about our schedule. You have become an early bird this month & have started waking up at 6:00. But, you take 2 great naps and are so happy when you wake up. I don't mind spending early mornings with you! Thankfully if we have to skip a nap here or there, you are still pretty happy. We love that about you! You will sleep just about anywhere. Over the past week you have napped on the beach!
Happenings this month:
-You spent the last week in Gulf Shores and LOVED the beach! You are fearless and spent your time crawling to and from the water & loved the waves crashing on you. You are definitely a beach baby!
-You are starting to cruise the furniture more and are trying really hard to stand up on your own!
-you are into EVERYTHING. Busiest baby girl ever. We have to watch you like a hawk because you will pick up anything and try to eat it!
-You have figured out how to crawl up the stairs. I am not sure how I feel about this.
-You are obsessed with dog food. It is your favorite thing. You will speed crawl when you hear me open the dog food containers! I try so hard to keep you out of it, but unfortunately you have tried it & think it is fantastic. ha!
-You love your brothers so much and have a special relationship with both. Grayson helps take care of you & Griff keeps you giggling.
-You love playing Pat-a-Cake
-You have learned how to wave & love waving to everyone!
Cheney baby, you are just the sweetest & happiest little girl. I can't believe you are only 2 months away from turning 1! You bring so much joy to our family & we adore you! Those blue eyes & sweet gummy smile pretty much turn us all into mush. We love you so much, sweet girl!
Happy 10 months, Cheney!


School's out!

Well, last week we wrapped up another great year of preschool at our wonderful church! This was Grayson's 3rd year in the preschool program & it was Griffin's first! I was a little worried how Griffin would adjust at the beginning of the year because he is such a mama's boy, but he LOVED school! He was actually telling me over the weekend that he was sad school was over & that he wanted to go back this week. I think that is a great thing!

Before the last official day, we had preschool program day. I love watching each class perform with with their music teacher, Mrs. Emily. It is just the sweetest! Griffin was very hesitant about going on stage, but he did great. It's been fun watching Grayson come out of his shell over the years. The last 2 years he barely participated at the program. He was so animated this year! I love that he is losing his shyness & gaining more confidence.

After the performances, we had a school carnival and picnic. It is always a fun way to end the year!  They get all the inflatables and the kids can play games. We had a fun afternoon....even with a very sleepy baby sister!
Last Tuesday was their last day of school & both boys had end of the year parties. I still can't believe they have already finished another year!

Griffin had Ms. Barbara and Ms. Jennifer this year. Ms. Barbara is also his Sunday school teacher & we just love her! Grayson was in this class too for his first year. Griffin had such a wonderful first year & I know it is because these teachers are just so wonderful. They really love what they do & it shows. He adores his teachers & it makes me teary knowing how much they loved on my boy this year! 

Grayson was in the 4 year old class and had Ms. Cherry and Ms. Ashley. He learned SO much this year! It was such a big year for him & he loved school. He is recognizing all his letters and writing his name & spelling shorts words. This boy could barely write a "G" in August! We are so proud of him! We loved his teachers too. I can't believe he will be in pre-k next year! 
Last day of school. These boys sure have grown!! I can't wait to have a fun summer with them!


new beginnings

The past 2 months have been the busiest & most stressful of my life.  I guess it has been apparent of that on my blog because I have basically been nonexistent. We have had so much house stuff going on!
When I left off we had a contract on our house. Well, the very next day after I posted about that, our contract fell through. I was so upset. Mostly because we had a house that we wanted and needed ours to sell AND that meant more showings. Showings with dogs and small kids are just not fun. "House on the Market" mama is not nearly as fun as "Regular" mama.
Thankfully, just one week after our contract fell through, we got another offer! The house we loved also accepted our offer and we were back in business. The business of crazy, that it. I could probably write a book about horror stories on buying a home. We dealt with a lot of crazy shenanigans with the homeowners...including having to break in to our new house on closing day! Ha! Never a dull moment with the Mays!
We moved in late last week and are loving the new place. It is the same size as the old house but it has a little over an acre and the boys are LOVING the outdoor space. I'm just trying to get settled and unpacked as quickly as possible so we can all feel normal again. We have been wanting a big, beautiful yard for our entire marriage and it feels surreal that we actually live here!
We will have several projects with this house but I will take before pictures as soon as it is all arranged. 
One of the best parts of our house is our neighborhood. It is exactly where we wanted to be AND we are right down the street from friends! Life is good, y'all. 


Cheney: 9 months old

Cheney, you are NINE months old today!
Weight: 15lbs 12oz (PEANUT status!)
Height: no idea...find out next week!
Clothing: 9 month & 12 month
Diaper: just moved up to size 3
Shoe: size 1
Well, you still LOVE to eat! You are getting less interested in your bottles. You are still getting them 4 times a day but you usually only drink 4-5 ounces each time. You love to eat real food, though! Whenever anyone else around you has food, you think they should share. Your favorite foods right now are: blueberries, yogurt melts, Mexican rice, yogurt, any type of pasta, strawberries, watermelon, and crackers.  You still haven't mastered the sippy cup yet but love drinking water out of my cup!
You are still sleeping through the night! Hooray! Sometimes you wake up fussing but you always get yourself back to sleep. You are sleeping from about 7:30-6:30. You were sleeping later until we moved. I need to get those blackout curtains hung up in your new room! You are taking 2 good naps a day. Luckily you are pretty laid back & can handle just one long nap on your brother's preschool days.  I know you will love summer break though because we won't have as many interrupted naps! You have also entered in to the fun phase where you throw all your pacis out of your crib as soon as you wake up!
Happenings this month:
-you are now CRAWLING! You can speed crawl all over the house! You are loving this new freedom.
-we moved! You have loved exploring the new house...you are a busy girl!
-You know how to climb up the stairs. I do not love this milestone.
-You are pulling up on everything! We had to lower your crib because you were starting to stand up in it.
-still zero teeth!
-you are obsessed with Jack. That grouchy little dog is your favorite and you follow him all over the house!
-you got your very first boo boo this month when you hit your eye on the coffee table.
-you are BUSY. You are always on the move & do not like to snuggle anymore except when we rock you to sleep!
-you really don't like having your diaper changed or changing clothes. You don't have time to sit still on your changing pad...you would rather be crawling around! You cry & roll around like crazy when we do change you.
Cheney May, you are just the sweetest and happiest baby girl. You are our little ray of sunshine & we are so thankful you completed our family! I adore your big blue eyes and big gummy smile. I will miss that when you finally get some teeth! You are so precious and so LOVED! Happy 9 months, baby girl!


Cheney: 8 months old

Cheney girl, today you are EIGHT months old!!
The Stats:
Weight: SURELY you are 14 pounds by now. I have no idea though!
Height:26.5ish inches
Clothes: either 6-9 month or 9 month
Diaper: 2
Shoe: 1 (and they are SO TINY!)
You are still drinking 4 bottles a day. You eat between 5-7 ounces at each feeding. You LOVE eating real food.  Whenever anyone is eating, you think you must be eating too. Your favorite foods right now are mandarin oranges, blueberries, yogurt melts, mum mums, raisin bread, scrambled eggs, & really anything you can gum. You still have zero teeth but that does not seem to be a problem!
I can finally say that you are SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! Praise the Lord! It took a few nights of sleep training, but it worked. You are now sleeping in your crib, in a sleep sack, from about 7:30-7:00 each night. It is wonderful! You also realized this month that you are a tummy sleeper. That is fine with me! You also finally got the hang of crib naps! You are taking 2 naps a day. Your morning nap is from around 9-10:45 and in the afternoon you sleep from about 1:00-3:00. Thankfully you are pretty laid back and can sleep anywhere because our schedule is pretty crazy!
Happenings this month:
-well, you are sleeping all night long! YAY!
-you are rolling all over the place...especially in your crib. Sometimes you even flip yourself to face the wrong end. You are the busiest baby and are always moving!
-You are pulling up to a standing position. Such a big girl. You can't do it on everything, but you are a master at pulling up in the bath tub. Stinker!
-You can now clap and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. You always clap when we say "YAY CHENEY!!!" I need to catch it on video!
-you are obsessed with your brothers. They make you laugh so hard! Grayson now gets in your crib when you wake up & I love hearing y'all giggle through the monitor. They love you so much!
-you have enough hair to actually hold a bow! a real bow!
Sweet Cheney, you are just such a joy. You are the happiest baby girl and are always full of smiles. People stop and compliment you everywhere we go.  I think it is those pretty blue eyes! We can't imagine life without you in it. Happy 8 months, baby girl!


oh, nice to see you again.

This poor blog has been so neglected since Cheney arrived. There are so many things to fill the world in on, too. I thought I would swing in & give a little (or big) update.
We have been SO busy. Busy raising small children, yes. But, even busier because we decided to sell our house! This was not a spur of the moment decision or anything, but once we got our agent, things moved pretty quickly.  Let me tell you something. Living in a house that must remain "show ready" at all times is SO VERY DIFFICULT with 3 small kids and 3 shedding dogs. It's exhausting.  Our house was on the market for 10 days when we accepted an offer & we are hoping to close in late April. We are still dealing with a few hiccups regarding our buyers but I am really praying that everything works out and we won't have to go back on the market.
So what is more fun than selling a house? Looking for a house to buy in a CRAZY market! We don't want to move far. The neighborhood we are hoping for is only about 10 minutes away from where we live now. It just has different schools and really nice, big yards. The problem with where we want to move is that houses tend to sell before they are even on the market. It's a tiny bit (okay....REALLY) stressful. So that has been our life for the last 3 weeks. Learning the crazy game of real estate. We seem to keep taking one step forward & then a few steps back. It's been frustrating & I am just looking forward to the day that this house has officially sold & we are in a new house. Praying that happens soon!
Grayson started spring baseball a couple weeks ago. He has several boys from his last team with him again so he is loving that.  Games haven't started so poor Griffin has not had to be tortured with those yet. Haha, those 2 could not be more different!
We also have a baby girl who is dead set on crawling. How is she big enough for that?! She always leans forward now & rocks back and forth. I know she will be on the move soon enough & I am not ready for three mobile kids!
So, that is our life right now. Hopefully next time I blog we won't be homeless!