Sunday, January 22, 2017

6. {Nash Baylor Poe}

Nasher Noo,
Silly. Charming. Fun. Busy. Sensitive. There's no way to sum you up! It's amazing to me that God can give me two boys that are SO different...but, I'm so glad He did.

You are full of life and always moving. After a full day at Kindergarten, you come home to immediately start some game that includes a ball! You either create your own game or want to shoot hoops or kick the soccer ball into the goal. You've played soccer and basketball since Kinder has begun and are about to try flag football. You're also in Running Club with you Bubba. I'm afraid you're going to want to play them all...there just aren't enough hours in the day!

I'm not surprised but am so thankful that you LOVE Kindergarten. It's so fun having you and Quinn at the same school this does something good for my Momma heart to know you're both under the same roof. You're growing and learning so much...and are really reading now! Your teacher sings your praises about your writing and even awarded you with the Cool Cougar award during the 2nd 9 weeks of school. She said that you are loving and kind to everyone and have a good attitude every day. That makes us more proud that you can imagine. 
 Anywhere you go, you're the life of the party. Your personality is magnetic and people seem to flock to you. You're kind and fun and clearly very loved. I thought it would end with Preschool, but the "I'm going to marry Nash" talks from little girls have continued. It cracks us up! 

At home, you can be quite the handful...pestering and loud and busy, like I said before. But, in the next breath, you're the most helpful of the bunch!...Always willing to do anything to help Bliss or me. If I make it a game or am a part of it with you, you're almost always on board...even if it means cleaning the banisters or unloading the dishwasher. You're the official "bug getter" in our house. You have no fear and are so proud when you get the job done. 
Sometimes I have to remind myself that you're only 6. Because you're so big and so responsible, I often forget. Your sensitive self comes out at times and you'd cuddle all day long. You want to hold my hand ALL of the time when we're out and about. You don't like getting in usually brings you to tears. You are already eating us out of house and home...I'm amazed at your appetite. You for sure eat more than I do! You truly are a bottomless pit.
 I love watching your relationship with the Lord grow! You're asking some BIG questions and have prayed to ask Jesus to live in your heart! We're reading a book with you now, but I'm certain you'll be ready to be baptized soon. May you always love Him and never, ever doubt!!! That's my prayer for you! 
You love orange and all things BB-8. Sports are your love...right next to stuffed animals. You sleep with too many to count. (But, Tigey...your tiger, is your very favorite!) Clothes matter to you. You change multiple times a day and have to look just right. You look in the mirror a lot. ;) You love McDonald's and candy and root beer and your family! 

For years, I've told you that you make things more fun! And, I have a feeling it will forever be the truth. I can't imagine life without you, Nasher Noo. Thank you for all you do to make me laugh, truly help me and remind me how much you love me! You are a joy...a hoot...and you (and your dimples) have my heart! 
I love, so much!!!

2.5 {Bliss Mabry Poe}

Bliss Mabry Poe,
My sweet Lovey Lou Lou. Two and a half has come and gone and it all seems to be going too fast. I find myself counting down the semesters until you go to Kindergarten and it's not enough...and it hurts my heart! So I'm going to try to focus on one day at a time and soak in all of your girly cuteness as much as I can.

I love our days together. We have so much fun and, for the most part, you're such a good little girl. Sure I get very little done when we're both home...but, these are THOSE days, right? When we aren't at home watching Peppa, eating Gunguh or playing with princess or dolls or in your kitchen, we love to shop! You get excited when we go to the mall and are SO MUCH FUN! At the mall, the carousel and Disney Store are a must...and I love them both as much as you do.

Wednesdays are always ballet days and they're our favorite. You love to go to dance and are so darling in your pink tutu with all of your ballet friends. Thursdays we go to BSF and you love that too. You always eagerly tell me what you learned about Jesus and about your friends. I love our days together.

Thankfully you're still a good napper. You usually go down for a nap right after lunch and I usually have to wake you at about 2:45 so that we can go get Bubbas from school. Now that you're potty training (and doing pretty great), getting out of the house seems near impossible. I always want to make sure you go before we're in the long car-rider line.
You're in the quotable stage and it's too much fun! Some of my favorites are when I tell you you don't need something and you'll respond with "Yes My Do!" I also love that you recently told me all about how "Daddy died the ant!" You were so glad he got rid of that yucky bug. Your long conversations are so darling...I try to catch it on camera but you catch on quick. You are so expressive and use your hands when you talk. Such a chatty girly!

In a nutshell, you're a terrible eater. You go few places without Alli, your pink bear. You have the sweetest, raspiest voice. You have an opinion about what you wear and only want to wear dresses. Pink is your VERY favorite color and you tell us ALL of the time. You're not a very good sharer. You think you're way bigger than 2 1/2. But, you make it clear that you ARE 2 1/2 when you tell people how old you are. You love puppies, purses, beans and princesses. Your Bubbas hung the moon in your eyes and really do so much to help you/entertain you. You're still tiny for your age...and I kinda love it. You can be quite clingy...and a handful at times...needing Momma and fussing about the silliest things. I guess it's part of being two.

But, goodness, how I love you. You're a dream come true and such a blessing. Thank you for giving me a new reason to love pink, glitter, princesses and all things girly!

You're my favorite girl!! And I love you most!

9. {Quinn Davis Poe}

My single-digit Quinn Davis Poe,
Before you get too close to double digits, I had to take a minute to document how much I love your 9 year old self! I can't even process that you're less than 3 months away from, for today, you're 9 and I'm holding tight!
You're a thinker! Goodness, such a thinker! The questions you ask have always been numerous but now they're so deep and big boyish. You have such big questions about Jesus and God and heaven. Since you've read your Power Bibles dozens of times, you have so much knowledge of the Scriptures...more than me...and always have such good questions that I usually don't know the answer to. You even decided that we probably don't remember our baby days because Jesus wants us to have to choose Him instead of us always having known who He was...since we started with Him. You're asking big growing-up questions and even used Santa in air quotes this Christmas.

But, in the midst of all of this big boy stuff, you still seem so little sometimes. You're still fearful and come downstairs way too many times after bedtime. You still snuggle with Milo and had a brief panic moment when he was lost for a few days. There's no doubt that you still love our company above anyone else's...especially if you can have your iPod in hand while you're with us.

We're so thankful that you still love school...4th grade! You're smart and doing so great. You even got Cool Cougar during the First Nine Weeks this year...and your teacher praised you for for always being positive, happy and smiling. It's obvious that you are loved...and the way that you treat others makes us so very proud.
There's no doubt that you still love sweets and have seemed to become even more of a picky eater. As long as we can keep the cavities away, you could use the extra calories...such a bony baroni. Your favorite things include, but aren't limited to, Harry Potter, Star Wars, video games, yellow, reading, monkeys, comfy clothes and legos. You would talk about most of those things for hours on end.

This year, you started caring about your hair...right around the same time that you got glasses! You're SO proud of your glasses and look so very handsome in them. Sometimes I look at you and still can't believe you're mine. I see your baby self and a little man at the same time.

At school you're involved in Destination Imagination, the Wave Club, GT Envision, the 4th grade choir and just about anything else they'll let you be involved in. Outside of school, you're in Running Club, extra races and are super involved at church...we're usually there when the doors are open and you really enjoy it and your friends there.
You're still such a great big brother! You and Nash are at the ages where you can push each other's buttons, but you still truly enjoy each other's company. And I'm pretty sure you'd do anything your little sister asked you to do. You're a good help around the house...but would always rather be doing your own things...and then apologize when I call you out for doing it less than joyfully. You're super self reflective and quick to apologize and forgive.

You rarely stop moving...always fiddling. You do a great British accent. You hate Math. You don't like talking about having a girlfriend...or if girls are pretty. You don't like quiet very much. You cherish alone time with Daddy or me. Your seat of choice at school is an exercise ball. You can't wait to go back to Disney World. You pray when you're scared. You still sleep with your head covered up and too many lights on. You still call me Momma or Mommy...and I hope that never changes. You love being home. You're so creative. And, I love it all...everything about you!

Thank you for making me a Momma and for not rolling your eyes too much when I want to hug you tight! I loved you first, Quinn Davis Poe...and I'm so proud of you!

I love you more than you'll ever know,

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

{A Wizard, a Droid and a Mouse}

I must admit that Halloween on a Monday seems like a cruel joke for Mommas/Kids/Teachers, but that didn't stop us from having the MOST fun night! Being a Momma is always pretty great, but there are very few nights that top Halloween night when it comes to enjoying your babies! ThePoeTrio has been talking about this night for months and it's so fun to see all of their excitement and planning come together. 

*Harry Potter (because he has now finished ALL of the books and might be a bit obsessed!) 

*BB-8 (it's ALL he wanted to be and a big boy costume that was able to be played in was impossible to, guess what? He's wearing a dog costume and a bicycle helmet!) 
*"Minnie Pink" (As much as I love Minnie, I had high hopes for Rapunzel since it's her fav princess. But, "Minnie Pink" was what she had her heart set on!! And, I think her choice was perfect!)  

Bliss (2 1/2)  felt so pretty all night long and asked me over and over again if I loved her dress! She wore her costume and her ears proudly...but the black nose was wiped off before we even got to the festival! I could have just eaten her up all night! 

Nasher Noo (6 years old) was such a hoot in his (puppy) BB-8 costume! Once he realized he could ball up and look just like his favorite droid, he showed everyone he came across. He owned that big belly all night!!! 

And, oh...Quinn (9 1/2)...the cutest Harry Potter I've ever seen. He loved having his hair painted black and was super proud of how authentic his scar looked! ;) He recited spells and decided he needs glasses...because they make him see better...he can tell! lol! 

After getting these crazies ready all by myself (major Mommy points!!!), we headed to our church's annual Fall Fest! As always, it was SUCH an impressive and fun night! Characters, games, prizes, food, friends and FUNNNN! 

This was when she realized the princess were coming!!!....

Meeting Anna and Elsa...They, and all of the other princess she met throughout the night, got big hugs from Bliss...
The Live Pokemon GO! game was a huge hit! Once they found all four guys and collected all four colored lights, they got a special prize!!! The Pokemon would pop up and go the boys were on the look out all night! 

 She had been ecstatic about riding "Lella's Carriage" for days! Unfortunately, we had to wait for Daddy to get "off duty" to ride it and she was not wanting to wait. But, it ended up being worth the wait and all that she hoped it would be!!! More pics of that to come from the church photographer! :) 

It's always hard to remember to take pics of all of our fun friends, but here are a few...Mickey was EVERYWHERE and Bliss loved it...


 I'd say that these two stole the show!!! The cutest Minnie and Mickey pair EVER...


Time for Daddy to join in on the fun and finally ride Lella's Carriage... 

 After more fun and candy that we could stand, we headed home to do a little neighborhood trick-or-traeting to finish out our night. Walking around with my 3 was pretty perfect! So thankful for them...for this night...

It's always the MOST fun and MOST exhausting...but we have loads of candy and memories to show for it! 

Hope your Halloween was one to be remembered!!!