Our little girl has turned 4 years old! We are so blessed and she is a wonderful kid. She is smart and crafty. We celebrated her special day on her birthday at Thompson Farm in Conway. Thompson Farm is a wonderful place and the kids had a great time. We enjoyed a hayride and played games all over the farm.
The leaves are turning outside and fall has officially arrived – colder temperatures and all. The time change has thrown the family for a loop… Peyton’s schedule hasn’t adjusted. So I guess, we’re adjusting to her. Though, she has gotten better as the week has progressed.
We’ve had a busy month in October… The last weekend of the month, we went to Cheraw for a BBQ at my parent’s church on Saturday. Everything was delicious. The following day, my mom threw Peyton a birthday party with the family. We had a great time.
We’ve had a lot of visitors over the last few weeks, too. Marolyn and Harry came into town for a week while Jen was in Columbia, SC, for work. Peyton and I were able to go to dinner with them, although, I dont’ think I was good company – I was too busy keeping up with Peyton. We know next time to block Peyton into a booth – works out much better… The same week, one of my friends Leigh Ann came in from Chesterfield too. I was able to have dinner with her and, let me tell you, booth is the way to go.
Jen’s parents came in this past weekend for Peyton’s Conway party. They were able to stay with us for several days and spend time with Peyton. She’s grown a lot since they got to see her last time. We ate out at Outback with Brett and Trina (Peyton’s Godparents) as well as Janet and Jim on Thursday for Peyton’s birthday. Friday night, we went to Brett and Trina’s for trick or treating in their neighborhood. Sharon and William and Brianna (B&T’s Godchild from Cheraw) came in town and they all got to go around the entire neighborhood. Everyone had a really great time.
Janet and Jim went back on Monday… Janet will be very busy now through Inauguration. She’s going to be swamped with paperwork for the transition at the federal DOT. Jim is keeping busy working some and with his model airplanes. Both of them are doing really good.
Jean and Emily Crawford came into town, also, last weekend for Peyton’s party and for a visit. They were able to see where Jen works and Jen gave them the grand tour. They also got to spend time with Peyton. I visited our PF Chang’s for the first time with Emily and Jean on Monday night. They stayed at our local bed and breakfast, The Cypress Inn, and loved it. I think Jen and I will need to reserve a room sometime for an anniversary or something.
I start a new work schedule on Monday. I’ll be working 7am to 4pm. I have traded schedules with one of my co-workers who was previously working this schedule. It didn’t work out for him because he was working too many evening hours in addition to his normal business hours. So, hopefully it will work out for me. I volunteered for the schedule change. I’m hoping it gives me some more time in the evenings to do some things that need doing around the house or around town. By the time 5pm rolls around now, its dark and I can’t accomplish anything. Wish me luck!
Peyton turned two on the 30th and she’s changed a lot in just a year. She is walking and talking now. She’s actually more at a run speed than walk these days. She’s into everything. The talking is a great thing, so far. She’s able to tell us what she wants most times and she’s able to finally let us know what she’s thinking. Its really cool!
She is doing amazing at her day care. She’s learning so much every day – from the teachers and other children. She’s doing pretty well with colors. She knows her numbers up to 10. She’s got her ABC’s down too (well, except that LMNO letter…).
Our little girl is a singer, too. They’ve taught her “the Wheels on the Bus” and “Tinkle Tinkle Little Star”. She’s also learned the ‘Barney’ song. So, I’m hoping she’ll keep those musical genes that she got honest. Granted, they passed over me once puberty hit, but I’m hoping she’ll take after both sides of my family and their musical abilities. No one in my generation seems to be using that talent – so maybe we’ll have a little superstar come out of Peyton’s generation… 🙂
She’s inquisitive, too. She loves to learn about every little thing. Forunately, its not “Why” followed by “Why” with a little “Why” on the side… But she will ask you questions trying to learn about the world around her. “Where’s the air-pane going, daddy?” – “Look, mommy – a toot-toot” (a train…).
She celebrated her birthday with two parties. We had one with all of my family in Cheraw and a second with family and friends here in Conway. Some photos from the parties are posted below… Hope you enjoy. Videos to come!!
Can’t believe it, but Peyton turns one on Tuesday! Its been a year already. Jen and I are both amazed at how much she’s grown and how much she’s doing. We’ve had a birthday party both weekends for the past two. We had a party in Cheraw last Sunday with family back home and another party yesterday at Tammy’s farm for our family and friends down our way. The party at the farm was also a costume party since Peyton was born the day before Halloween. There were more than a few costume surprises – including a pair of jailbirds, a couple iPods, and a purple pimp. We had a blast with all our family and friends that were able to make it. We’ve got photos uploading now to our photo gallery and our .Mac photo/video gallery… Check them out!