Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dear Matthew,

Today is your 9th birthday. It seems just yesterday you were born. I remember your "birth"-day very clearly.

It was a week before my due date. It was early morning and I was asleep, Daddy had already gone to work at the airport. I remember Nana calling me around 9:00 a.m. We talked to for a while. I noticed as we spoke that I was feeling pains in my tummy. I thought "hmmm. That was different."But I didn't dare tell Nana cause I didn't want her to worry. I went back to sleep and woke off and on, all the while noticing that my tummy was aching. Around noon I decided to call Daddy and tell him what was going on. He wanted to come home but we weren't sure if I was actually in labor. It wasn't until our friend Chuck, who worked with Daddy, said "Your having a baby! Go home!"

Daddy got home around 4 and around 6 we decided to go to the hospital. That's when we called the family. Alot of people showed up, from mine and Daddy's side, to await your arrival. Nana showed up first. Followed by Pop-Pop and Uncle Steve. Aunt Adrienne was next and then Uncle Josh. Daddy's Grandma and Grandpa Burgoyne were there also.
Labor wasn't too hard and you were born at 11:00p.m. (An hour before your Nana and Pop-Pop's wedding anniversary!) You were 7lbs. 6ozs. and you were 21 inches long. We noticed right away that you were the spitting image of your Daddy. I won't put on here what your Nana said when she first laid eyes on you. (it's hilarious, but a little graphic for a public post.) I'm sure you've heard it before and you will hear it a million times more as you grow up. (It's something we do on my side of the family. Tell the same stories over and over. I think we like to try to engrain these memories into your brain.)

I just want to say how proud I am of you. You amaze me every day with your love, patience towards your brother and kindness towards others. I am proud of who you are today and who I see you becoming as you get older.

I love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

And to commemorate this day, here are some adorable baby pictures that I'm sure you're not going to like me posting, but I'm going to anyways. It's one of the perks of being your Mom. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Matthew is turning 9!

I finally finished Matthew's birthday invites for him to pass out to his classmates. I decided to make them this year cause we had all the stuff to do them at home and like Matt's Grandpa Dial says. "I'm like a baby bird. I'm cheap, cheap, cheap!" Lol. I love the way they turned out. I might just make them from now on!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Father and Son

Nothing brings me more joy than watching my husband play with our children. Matthew is almost 9 (this Thursday is his birthday) and his dad and him are always teasing and chasing each other all over the house. I love it. We didn't think we were going to be able to have any more children so David, who is 15 months, is a true blessing to us. We have treasured every moment with him. It warms my heart to see him with his daddy.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Family Day @ Ft. Riley

Matt had his annual training this past month at Ft. Riley, KS. The boys and I went to Texas while he was gone and we missed Family Day. Our good friends, The Butlers, went in our stead. They are that awesome. I am so glad to have friends that will drive 3 hours to go see Matt so he woudln't be alone on Family Day.

Sgt. Barber and Miriam.
Snacktime with an M16

"The Littlest Butler" aka Miriam

Gina! She. Is. Awesome!

Just call her G.I. Jane...

The Howitzer.

Matt and Miriam in front of the huge Howitzer bullets.

Evan and the huge Howitzer bullets. Woah!

Miriam actually pulled the trigger on the Howitzer. Such a brave girl.

You don't pull, you twist.

Miriam and Evan with some studly dude...oh wait! It's Matt!

*sigh* I do love a man in uniform. Specifically this man.

Evan sportin the Shoemaker hat.

Evan sitting inside the Humvee.

Little Miriam.

Gina took her turn on the Howitzer also.

yet another adorable picture starring Miriam.

Evan learning all about the Humvee.

All geared up and ready to go! Thank you so much for coming out guys. I know it really meant alot to Matt.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Along Came Herman, The Worm...

Matthew and his best friend, Jana, practiced and then performed this for us.