Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sweet Little D!

And finally, he said, "Enough, already!"

A Romp in a Field

So here is the kind of thing I do. We are driving, killing time while Georgia is in her 45 minute gymnastics class. Daniel has fallen asleep, so I drive around so he can get a nap. We are riding down a country road, actually a dirt road, in Tallassee. Jack spots a tractor in an open air barn across a field. He wants to go see the tractor. He begs, he pleads, so we go. Michael gets so mad when I do this kind of thing. We walk over to see the tractor, and of course I use it as an opportunity to take some photographs of Jack. Later on down the dirt road we saw horses. So, of course we got out to see them as well. A little colt was in the field and came right up to us at the fence. He was very curious of us. I didn't take pictures with the horses. I am a little leery of horses, so I didn't want to be distracted with a camera. (These are pre-haircut photographs. He needed one REALLY bad, and got one a few days after these pics were taken.)

Georgia Anne Butler

As I mentioned in my earlier two posts, Georgia Anne turned six this month. She is such a joy and I am so blessed to be her Mommy! Looking back over the past six years, I get very emotional. It is funny as your child gets older, as you look back on them when they were a baby or small toddler, and see how much of their personality was already evident, you just might not have noticed it at the time. Georgie is really one of the most sweet hearted people I know. She never says anything mean about anyone. She sees the good in people and for that I am so grateful. Often times she will remind me when I am being negative about something or someone, that we need to be nice to everyone. I wish I were more like her. She always has a smile on her face, and one of my favorite things is seeing her come to the car everyday when I pick her up from school. She is so happy and smiling ear to ear and bounces down the sidewalk to the car. Everyday when I ask how he day was, she always says she had a good day, and often will say she had the best day ever. She loves her brothers, her family, loves to learn and most importantly loves God. She can say the sweetest prayers and I can not wait to see what the Lord has planned for her life! She can be a little spit-fire at times. She still is VERY sensitive and cries if you look at her wrong. She is also a very big ham, and LOVES to be the center of attention. She doesn't have a shy bone in her body and can carry on a conversation with just about anyone. She can also be somewhat bossy at times, especially to Jack. She is very much her own person and I LOVE her more than words can describe!

I thought it would be fun to share her birthday pictures. (You'll have to excuse the first ones....before the digital camera).

Her very first birthday (don't look at me....I hate this pic of me....I was drugged out of my mind). She came out without crying and as the delivery nurse said, "Girl, you're going to have your hands full with this one. She's looking around at everything!" Boy did she nail it!

Her first birthday! Wasn't she the cutest???
Second birthday: a puppet show party that had a farm animal theme.

Third birthday: a "pretend" slumber party (that explains the pajamas in the photo)

Fourth birthday: A tea party

Fifth Birthday: at Pump it Up!

Sixth Birthday!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Georgie's Birthday Party

You know your little girl is growing up when she wants to invite just a few close friends to do something rather than have the big birthday party. This year instead of having the usual big party, Georgie wanted to take a few friends to the movie (movie-ator as she calls it) and to dinner at the hibachi grille. We took four of her friends to see The Princess and the Frog, and then for dinner afterwards at Kabuki in Montgomery. The kids were soooo good and well behaved and I think they all really had a good time. It was fun to take them to Kabuki....the fire and knives are always fun, huh?
On a side note, I wasn't too impressed with the movie. I was so excited that Disney had gone back to hand drawn animation. The movie is set in New Orleans and has a voodoo theme that runs throughout the movie. At times, the "bad guy" character talks to the dead and what seems to be the devil. I would advise caution if you are planning on seeing this movie with children. It's a shame, because the rest of the movie emphasizes a lot of positive messages, like hard-work, friendship, loyalty and marriage. I felt really bad that I took the kids to this movie without researching the story-line. There were some scaring scenes. Anyway, thought I'd give you my take on the movie!

Brady, Taylor, Caleb, Georgia Anne and Kiley

They turned off the lights and turned on the disco ball and sang "Happy Birthday" to Georgia and brought her ice cream. She wasn't expecting it, so it was cute to see her when they did it.

Friday, January 22, 2010


It is so hard to believe that my first baby, my sweet little girl, is SIX!! How in the world could it have been six years since our lives were forever changed? Georgia Anne turned six on January 9th. We celebrated with a small family party which was so much fun!

Front: Jack, Brittan, Georgia (with her Zhu Zhu pet), Michael and Kami
Back: Leigh Anne, Papa, Daniel, Nana, Paw Paw, Memaw, Joey and Marshall

Britt-Britt, Georgie and Marshall

Georgia with her choice of cake: a Reese Peanut Butter Ice Cream cake
She got a tape recorder for her birthday...notice she recorded us singing happy b'day to her. All I can say is it must run in the Butler blood! HA!!

Daniel got his first taste of ice cream.....boy, did he like it!!!

Kami and Memaw

Daddy (the official video man), Jack and Nana

Joey and Marshall

Papa had so much fun, he fell asleep in the living room!

Georgia's one request from Kami and Joey: bring Little Bill, their new puppy

Georgie and Marshall about the begin the present opening!

She was so excited to get a Hannah Montana game for the Wii from Kami and Joey

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rollin' With The Tide!!

What a year for the Alabama Crimson Tide!! This championship season brings back a lot of good memories for me. Alabama's last championship season was in 1992, my freshman year at the University of Alabama. That was a magical season and so much fun to be a part of my first year at college! This year proved to be even better. Starting with the undefeated season, and beating Auburn. Then the SEC championship and putting Florida to rest. Then Mark Ingram wins the Heisman Trophy, and finally, the granddaddy of them all, winning the BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl!! All I can say is the tide is rollin' at 501 Lilly Ave!

The Butler Boys: Daniel, PJ, and Jack

Daniel wearing his houndstooth hat

So, back at the end of the regular season, when it started looking like Alabama's chances for playing in the championship game were very hopeful, my dad kept telling Michael if they made it to Pasadena they would go. Needless to say, Daddy had to hold up his end of the bargain. Monday before the game on Thursday, Daddy, Michael and Miles headed out West for a mini vacation of sorts. They started in Las Vegas at The Venetian. They went to the Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam, before heading to Los Angeles. They visited the typical LA attractions as well as The Reagan Library and Museum, Malibu, and the USC and Pepperdine campuses. I wish I could have made the trip, but as Georgia Anne told her teacher when asked if her Daddy had gone to the game, "He was given the chance of a lifetime, and he took it!"

Before the game

A sea of crimson

Roll Tide Roll!!

The Reagan Museum

USC Coliseum Stadium
Michael in Malibu

Miles thinking he is in the cast of Star Wars

The Hoover Dam

The Grand Canyon

They also got to go the Grand Canyon Sky Walk, a cantilevered, glass bottom bridge that is 4,000 feet over the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon West. It's funny because a lot of people start "panicking" when they get out on the bridge. Daddy and Miles let Michael go first so they could get a picture of him on it since they wouldn't let you take your camera out on the bridge. They said Michael just walked out like it didn't scare him at all. Well, when Miles and Daddy got out there, they were a little freaked out to say the least. It took them a little longer to make the walk. Notice in their picture how they are clenching the handrails!!!