The Living Museum

Tonight was Peyton's Living Museum at school. He did a great job giving his speech. He mentioned that earlier today when they did it for the kids at school there was one spot that he couldn't always remember, so we put a little reminder on his hand and it really seemed to help. The kids were spread throughout the school. Preston was happy because Peyton's spot was in the cafeteria, near the cookies & punch of course!! We took lots of pics tonight including this one of our family with all 6 grandparents!

One big happy family

Peyton & his teacher Mrs. Carelock, previously Ms. Albert. She got married over Christmas Break

Our niece Riley as Betsy Ross!

Peyton and Noe as Babe Ruth & Albert Einstein

The Artists

Here is what Peyton said in his speech:

Do you know who was known as the Great Bambino? Well, it was me Babe Ruth. I was born February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. My childhood was very rough. When I was seven my father sent me to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. When I grew up, I had two daughters, one was named Dorothy Ruth and the other one was Julia Ruth. My teams were the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Boston Braves. I am widely regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history. Many polls place me as the number one player of all time. Sadly, I died of throat cancer on August 16, 1948. One of my favorite quotes was "If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery."


Thanks Uncle Matt & Aunt Katy

Well, we're at home again today. Even though I hoped with all my might that we'd get back to our normal schedule, Little P got sick first thing this morning and the school nurse sent Big P home after only being there for 45 minutes. Thankfully Peyton received some awesome gifts from Uncle Matt & Aunt Katy for his b-day so we put them to good use this afternoon. Above is a pic of Peyton with his POWER PUTTY. I'm off to play table-football with him now. I haven't lost hope. Tomorrow is a new day!!!


Fresh haircuts and getting over the gunk

Boy, it has been some weekend. The "fun" all started last Thursday when I got the call that Preston had gotten sick at day care. There has been a pretty nasty stomach virus going around and little P was the first in our family to catch it. Even though I'm usually off on Fridays, this week I'd planned to work some that day. Of course, that meant there was going to have to be some schedule swapping. We got just about everything covered and managed to care for the infirmed too!
On my agenda for Friday was a Topping Out ceremony at the new hospital construction site. It's a tradition for construction companies where they celebrate the placing of the final beam on a building. Brasfield & Gorrie hosted lunch out at the site for the close to 300 workers that have been working round the clock to get us up and running in our new hospital. Each person there got to sign their name to the final beam and then it was hoisted to the top of the building and bolted into place. JE & I were just 2 of the 4 TMC employees that attended and it was so neat to be apart of. Our signatures will forever be a part of that facility.
As long as things progress as planned we'll actually be open this December...SO exciting. While I was there David stayed home with the little guy and then Grammy came over for about 20 minutes when I began to run late and he needed to get to work. What a team!!

Me with one of the 4 cakes at the ceremony and the lime green shirt that B&G gave us to wear

The final beam going on the building...so awesome to see!

This weekend was the Texoma Expo out at Midway Mall. TMC hasn't had a booth out there in several years so we decided this would be a good year to get back out there. I was there for about 4 hours on Saturday and it was really a lot of fun!! People came by and checked out the latest rendering of the hospital and I heard tons of stories about how people are so excited for the new hospital to open. I felt like quite the marketer as I stood there handing out Physician Directories and telling about the new facility. It really was a great event and I'm so glad we chose to do it again.

TMC Home Health Director, Stacy & I at the Expo!

On Sunday, we all headed to church. After 2 days, Preston seemed better so we thought we'd get back to our regular schedule. Sadly, the pig-in-a-blanket that the little guy chose for breakfast from Southern Maid didn't agree with his tummy and he and David ended up heading back home. David & I were scheduled for Extended Session with the 2 year olds, so I needed to stay. Later that night, the gunk caught up with Big P. It was not a pretty site (or smell!) in our house! :(-

The boys and I stayed home on Monday. It was basically a saltine cracker eating, Power-ade drinking, Wii-playing, movie-watching kind of day for them and LOTS of laundry for dear ol' Mom. Around 3pm we were all a little stir crazy, so we decided to venture out for haircuts. They were both overdue and since they both had been vomit/diarrhea free we took the plunge. I didn't realize that they hair salon where we generally go is closed on Mondays, so we ended up at J. Tolands. Below are the handsome boys with their snazzy new cuts. You'll notice that Peyton looks like he's just enlisted. His hair grows so fast and with baseball starting up soon, we thought this would be a good look. While we were there, I decided to get my annual cut as well. No big surprises...it's the same as always...long layers...really livin' on the edge I know.

Fresh haircuts

Peyton and his buzz cut

Such a ham!!!

Well, we're going to try to venture back to school & work tomorrow. Pray we don't infect anyone!!


Lots and lots of dirt

Guess what we came home to tonight?

View from our front door

View from our mailbox

The neighbors are having to have a sewage line replaced and unfortunately their faulty line extends across our front yard, right up to our mailbox. The funny thing is, we now realize why our grass in that area has been so lush and green over the last year!!! Yuck :(-

Guess who thinks it is so cool to have this work-truck in our yard?


The House that Ruth Built

Each year the 2nd graders at Wakefield have a project called the Living Museum. Every student chooses a historical figure and then spends the month learning all they can about that individual. At the end of the month, they dress like the person and give a short speech as the kindergarteners and 1st graders walk through them--like at a museum. They will also do it for friends and family later that night.
For those of you that have spent any time with Peyton over the last 6 months or so, it should come as no surprise that Peyton has chosen to be Babe Ruth. The Museum isn't until next Thursday but tonight's homework consisted of creating a 5 ft. tall backdrop. And who did we call for help??? Grammy, of course! Peyton and I had gone online and printed several historical photos of Yankee Stadium. Peyton had an idea of what he wanted and our super, talented Grammy made it happen! She drew the background and Peyton (and I) colored it. Of course we had to snap and pic and post it here. Isn't it amazing?!?

Peyton has a pretty good sense of humor. He insisted that we include President Roosevelt as one of the fans. Look at the top center and you'll see him in his top hat smoking a cigar! Also, as he grew tired of coloring the circle "fans", he decided that the top left section should all be Cubs fans. That's why that section has all blue heads and red shirts. He's a pretty clever boy!!


$$$ Show me the money $$$

That tooth fairy has made quite a few stops at the Reed home over the last month. Today, during church, Peyton lost his first front tooth!! So cute! We were beginning to wonder if he'd ever lose one. Must have been all of the Valentine's Day candy. Let's just say that there is no shortage of chocolate around our place after this weekend!!
Of course now that he's lost that tooth, it's given David the opportunity to pull out one of his favorite lines...
"When I look at Peyton, I don't know if I
should smile at him or kick a field goal"

Yes, I'm groaning with you!!


Super Bowl Birthday Fun

In addition to yesterday being the day of the "Big Game" our family celebrated Uncle Bryan's 36th Birthday. Once again, the LeBlancs had quite a spread of goodies including some chili that looked DELICIOUS! I say "looked" because honestly I was just too stuffed to even try any. The chips & dips, spanikopita, and chicken wings were too yummy!
The outcome of the game didn't exactly go the way we would have like for it to, but at least it was close! There is nothing worse than a Super Bowl that is a blow-out. Unfortunately, with the Steeler's win, the Cowboy's have fallen behind in teams with the most wins. But David said on his show tonight that The Boys are actually already the pre-season pick to win the NFC next year! Crazy huh?!?

I didn't pull out my camera until we having B-Day cake, but here are a few pics from the fun night.
Singing to Bryan

Preston & Aunt Katy

Uncle Matt & Peyton

Aunt Nicole & a wiggly Miley

Peyton & Ellie Grace

Emma & Preston

Licking the candles!!

Cheesy Super Bowl smiles