Friday, September 28, 2012

Pizza Night

Every Friday night is pizza night at my parent's house.  Sometimes my mom makes the pizzas from scratch, crust included, and other times we eat Papa Murphy's.  On this particular night we ate Papa Murphy's.  Hunter LOVES pizza.  He asks for it all the time.  We never have to worry about him eating his dinner on Friday nights at their house.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Galveston 2012

At the end of August we set off on our first real family vacation.  We decided to spend a few days in Galveston because we wanted an easy and affordable trip considering the huge purchase that's coming our way.

First, let me say that Korey and I have always been anti-DVD player in the car kind of people.  We just don't believe in constantly making our child consume TV at every chance he gets.  But roadtrips?  A whole different ballgame.  So we loaded up a DVD player, toys, snacks and Hunter kicked off his shoes as soon as we left.

Our first stop was in League City to see where Korey's paternal grandparents were buried.  Korey's grandfather was an architect which is how he inherited his drawing skills along with his drawing desk.

Since Hunter didn't nap at all during the car trip despite two doses of milk, we tried to get him to lay down once we go to the hotel.  Fail!
Hunter was not bored at all in our room.  As you can see below he loved playing with the A/C.  He would constantly turn it on and off despite us telling him numerous times to stop!
Underneath the night stand was one of those pouf seat things so I put it in front of the bed and that became Hunter's way of jumping on the bed.  He easily entertained himself in the room.
I guess he had to yell while he jumped, too.
Haha just noticed the TV caption "Party City."  I think that's fitting for this picture.
Poor Monkey was tired after all that.
That night we went and walked on the beach.  This was Hunter's first time to see the ocean.  Pleasure Pier is in the background.  I have no idea why we're both looking in different directions.
We got our feet wet.  Poor thing wanted to go swimming so we kept telling him tomorrow he could go.
I picked up a seashell to show him but he didn't stay interested too long.
The next morning Hunter woke up and literally said, "Hi Mommy, go swimming ocean."  It made me laugh!  But unfortunately it was raining so we took the ferry to Bolivar.
Korey and I both grew up taking vacations in Galveston and feeding the seagulls off the back of the ferry so it was a precious moment to see my son doing the same thing.  Some nice kids gave him some bread slices to feed the seagulls so in between bites for himself he threw chunks to the birds.

Once we got to Bolivar we headed to a neighborhood where Korey's other grandfather used to live.  He has many good memories of staying there with his family.  Sadly, the cabin isn't there anymore.  I did see this on one of the streets so I just had to take a picture.

After lunch we threw caution to the wind and decided to let Hunter swim instead of napping.  Day 2 of no nap!
We got him dressed in this flotation shirt that made him look like he was wearing football pads.
He was happy playing in the sand.  When we walked him out to the water he was scared so he ended up sitting in my lap and we let the waves splash on us.
A boy's dream - miles of "dirt" to play in.
Then we chased the birds and while we tried to "catch" them Hunter would say, "Hold chicken."  Gotta love that.
After dinner that night we took him to LaKing's or rather we took me so I could indulge in all of their goodies.
Hunter raced boats and horses while Korey and I ate ice cream.

I took this picture of Murdoch's to show the original pilings in the back where this location used to stand.
Not a happy car rider.  I think he wanted to go back to the beach.
And yet another horse he got to ride outside of a Mexican restaurant.
Our last day on the beach.

I finally snagged someone to take a family photo of us.  I have a better one but I guess it didn't upload.
Then we walked around the beach some more....
and we found a HUGE rainbow!
It was gorgeous!  I was pointing it out to everyone that walked by.  I thought it was a great finale to our vacation.
This final picture is a quick one I took at LaKing's.  It's the candy maker feeding salt water taffy into the machine which cut it, wrapped it and dropped it into a basket.  If you stood and watched he would toss you a piece.  I loved this place!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hunter's First Day of Preschool 2012

My baby started his first day of preschool yesterday.  It's his second year to attend.  The night we went to meet the teachers he started to tear up in the hallway but I assured him we weren't leaving him like we do on Sunday mornings.

There are ten kids in his class!  The sad news is that the kids from his class last year are in different classes based on their birthdays.  Not a familiar face for him.

He had to have a nap mat this year and I had purchased one last year but the storage unit sucked it up into its depths so I had to go buy another one.  When I brought it home Hunter loved it and laid down in the middle of the living room.  He got mad at me when I tried to put it up.

I got an unexpected day off from work so I was able to go with Korey to drop Hunter off and I was able to pick him up in the afternoon.  At 2pm on a Tuesday!  Needless to say I was ecstatic that I had this opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mom for the day.  I even made him homemade waffles for breakfast.

We took pictures on the front porch.  Hunter is wearing outfit #2.  Outfit #1 ended up being too big so this was a random scramble of clothes.  He is proudly wearing his Galveston souvenir t-shirt and carrying his nap mat.

Love this pic!  He is growing up way too fast.  

I snapped this quick pic of Hunter in his new room.  He wouldn't take off his backpack and I guess he is listening to something his teacher is saying.  He did cry a little when I passed him off but it was the same as he does on Sunday mornings at church.  I wish I had a video monitor so I could see what he's like during school!  We had a talk at breakfast about obeying his teachers.  I wonder what he acted like towards them.

When I went to pick him up from school, I left Korey at home so I could spend some quality time with Hunter.  I took him some juice and snack and I was just so excited to be picking up my son in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday so we could hang out.  This working mommy misses things like that.  We got to go to Toys r Us and then I took him to the firestation so we could see the firetrucks and ambulance.  Such an awesome day for him and me!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mercy Project - Working to Eliminate Child Slavery

I'm happy to be partnering with Sit a Spell to bring light to the issue of child slavery.  For any parent, this is something that you would want to protect your child from.

There’s an estimated 7,000 children who work in the Ghana fishing industry. Some of
these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old.  All of these children are slaves.
–Mercy Project

Today many in our country will take a day off from our jobs to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  No matter if we’re celebrating at home or at the beach, we’re entering into a tradition that has largely been shaped by Labor Unions - organizations that are dedicated to protecting workers’ interests and improving their wages, hours, and working conditions.  Today as we lounge around or hang out with friends and family, we’re not only celebrating hard work, we’re honoring fair, ethical working practices and the laws that prevent discrimination, abuse, and child labor in our country.  Without these laws in place (and enforced), the most vulnerable members of society suffer.  Who are the most vulnerable? Children. 

Today as we’re celebrating the systems in our own country that strive to prevent injustices like child trafficking and child labor, we’re mindful of the many child slaves around the world who are unprotected and the organizations, like Mercy Project, who are working to free them.

As a mother, it’s difficult for me to imagine my children working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I’m unable to wrap my brain around the thought of my children engaged in long, hard days of physical labor, eating one meal a day, and then falling asleep at night on a dirt floor filled with other slave children.  Yet this is the daily reality for kids who have been trafficked into the fishing industry in Ghana, Africa.  As with much of Africa, there is a great deal of poverty in Ghana. Unfortunately, this leaves many mothers in an unimaginable position: sell their children to someone who can take better care of them or watch them starve to death. Most of the mothers are told their children will be given food, housing, and an education. Instead, the kids are often taken to Lake Volta where they become child slaves and their mothers never see them again.  Thankfully, Mercy Project is working to break the cycles of trafficking around Lake Volta by providing alternate, more efficient, sustainable, fishing methods for villagers – ultimately eliminating the need for child slaves.  Because of the work Mercy Project is doing in Ghana, the first group of children will be freed this month from Lake Volta.

We invite you to watch this moving, 10 minute documentary about the issues surrounding child labor and trafficking in Ghana and most importantly the hope Mercy Project is bringing to children and entire communities in Africa.  Mercy Project is the only NGO working on Lake Volta addressing the injustice of child labor and child trafficking at its root - by strengthening the Ghanaian economy and eliminating the structures that cause the demand for trafficked children.
Whether these ideas of child labor, child trafficking, and modern-day slavery are new to you or you’re aware of these injustices, but need to hear some good news every once in awhile, we invite you to become a part of what Mercy Project is doing in Ghana.  When Mercy Project frees their first group of children this month, we can all celebrate together.

Learn more and get involved by –

• Watching Mercy Project’s short documentary. [link provided below]

• Following Mercy Project on Facebook. [link provided below]

• Connecting with Mercy Project via Twitter.  [link provided below]

• Spending some time on Mercy Project’s website.  [link provided below]

• Sharing about Mercy Project’s work in Ghana with your friends.  [link provided below]

Although child trafficking, child labor, and the unstable economies that result in these injustices are a tragedy, we’re grateful for what Mercy Project is doing to protect the vulnerable and for allowing us to be a part of this story.   While we’re commemorating labor laws and ethical work in our own country today, we invite you to follow along on this journey with Mercy Project to protect and free children in Ghana.

Helpful Links
Link to Mercy Project’s Website:

Link to the documentary -
Mercy Project’s Facebook Page -

Mercy Project on Twitter -
(Mercy Project is a Texas based 501c3 organization.)