You are the busiest baby! In just the past week, you went shopping in Jackson, to Walmart, stayed with your first babysitter, went to the park, watched Lee's choir program, went to 2 tball games, a wedding, and a dance recital! I bet you're wondering why you left the womb! You are so easy going and just take it all in. We take you everywhere we go, and you seem to enjoy seeing new things. People bragged on what a good baby you were everywhere we took you last week. We are so proud to show you off to everyone. You are very curious and look around a lot when you're playing in the floor. You say "goo" all the time and kick your feet a lot. It's pretty stinking cute.
You are a pure joy and the perfect complement to our family.
I have 9 first cousins, and Chelsea is the baby. I can't believe the child ever learned to walk with so many older cousins toting her around. Here she is as a register attendant at our wedding 9 years ago. She is one special girl and has found her soul mate in Dalton. They were married at Second Baptist Church in Union City on May 22.
Greatma looked so pretty.
Aunt Carrie (the baby of Mom's 6 siblings) and Uncle Ken, the proud parents of the bride
Beautiful bride with her daddy
Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Shannon
Gracie Anne=flower girl extraordinaire!
Wade and Joe Joe are hanging out after the wedding trying to avoid pictures.
Brylie and Lee
Somehow I got all the Cole Grandkids in one place for a quick picture, and Wade wasn't happy about it. Or maybe he wasn't happy about having to attend 2 weddings in 1 month!? He was a trooper and was a big hit at the reception. Lee and his cousins danced and ate and took at least 100 pictures with the disposable cameras left on the tables for guests. Maybe at least they'll provide some laughs for Chelsea and Dalton. Congratulations to you!
On May 19th, Lee's choir participated in the year end program at our church. It was held in the sanctuary in front of a packed house, and Lee did great. I am so proud of how far he has come in the past year. He loves to sing and is not afraid to perform in front of a crowd. He has had the best teachers including; Traci Shepherd, Danice Purcell, Ed and Janice Wheatley, Olivia Smith, Adam and Rachel Steedly, and Sheryl Nanney.
I love these kids!
Paul and Hope brought their parents and Nam and Pa to watch Lee. We did not plan to dress them alike, but aren't they cute??? Wade has a matching outfit, but he hadn't grown into it yet at this point.
Post show love
While playing in the floor, Wade went from this....
....to this! He made it look very easy, too. I don't know who was more excited, Lee or me. Matt was in the other room, and we both started screaming for him to come and look. We scared both Matt and Wade with our squealing.
While organizing and ordering some pics, I realized I left a couple out that I wanted to document.
Family pic before graduation When I went to pick Lee up from school, they were on the way to the gym for graduation practice. He raised his hand high above his head to wave at me, and I noticed it was very blue. After school I asked what he had been painting. He said he painted his hand at the art easel that morning. No worries. It was washable paint, right? Well, since we were getting ready for our special ceremony that night, I started washing the hand right away. It faded a little each time we washed throughout the afternoon, but it would not go completely away. Short of breaking out the Magic Eraser, I didn't know what else to do. So we just chalked it up to something we would laugh about for years. I forgot about it again until I saw this picture. You can see the one blue hand in the following video too.
Here is my favorite part of the night. Precious memories....
On September 18th, 2009, Lee walked through these doors for the first time. He weighed 39 pounds, was 43 inches tall, could only write his name in upper case letters, and could only read a handful of 2 & 3 letter words. Leaving him there was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I remember crying all the way home and wondering if we had made the right choice to put him in preschool. On May 18, 2010, Lee walked through these doors for the last time. He weighed 44 pounds, was 45 inches tall, could write his name with capital and lower case letters, and can read chapter books. Leaving him there was much harder than I could have ever imagined. I cried all the way home, knowing that in 3 short hours, Lee's preschool days would be over. He would officially be a Kindergartner. We would be leaving behind our comfort zone, our amazing new friends (& their mommies!), our routine, and most importantly the teachers that we had come to love like family. For the first time in Lee's life, I did not want to go pick him up.
I did stay long enough to take a few pictures.
One of Lee's favorite places in their room was the prayer table. He talked about it a lot.
Lee and Paul are getting ready for their last calendar time.
The day absolutely flew by, and before I knew it, it was graduation time. The stage was so precious. The backdrop was made out of handprints.
The kids marched in to the song, "What a Wonderful World." Their little gowns were too cute. I didn't survey the room, but I feel certain there weren't many dry eyes.
They sang several songs including, "I Love You, Lord," "Zaccheus," and "My God is So Mighty."
I LOVE Lee in this picture!
Look how they're all doing something different. So funny.
Paul is getting his diploma.
Lee is getting his diploma too. Lots of hugs.
Holy Cross Class of 2010!
This was Lee's favorite part.
I can see this picture re-emerging in about 13 years.
A HC event is not complete without a picture of Lee with Marly Kate.
I wish I had the words to convey just how much Holy Cross Catholic Preschool has meant to our family. Lee has learned so much more than Kindergarten basics. He has made amazing friends that we would not have gotten to know otherwise. And I have new friends that I am certain are for a lifetime. I am so grateful that I was able to be a "Mommy Helper" as often as I wanted and was able to be a part of Lee's days. Lee and I will treasure those memories forever. Most of all, we're thankful for Mrs. Angie's and Mrs. Connie's influence in further developing Lee's relationship with Christ. We were constantly amazed at the amount of material Lee remembered and asked questions about from their Bible story time. It was just what we needed to guide our own devotion time at home. It was so exciting to watch Lee grow and want to learn more about the Bible. The Graduation ceremony was just the perfect ending to our year.
You are probably wondering where Wade was during the festivities.
He was busy getting completely spoiled by the Coffields.
He was rocked,
cuddled to sleep,
and loved on more than any baby could imagine!
He was so happy with his first babysitters that he cried when it was time to leave. Thank you to our precious friends for taking such good care of our sweet baby so that we could focus on and enjoy Lee's special night. We love you!
We have been married for 11 years and are the proud parents of 7 year old Lee, who is a 2nd Grader at Rhea Elementary, and 2 year old Wade. Buzz is our 8 year old Lab/Golden mix, and Sam is our 1 year old mutt. We live in Paris and can't imagine a better place to raise our family!