Monday, September 22, 2014

Pip the Pug

I'd like to introduce you all to the newest member of the Butler family, Pip the Pug. 
Georgia Anne asked Santa for a new pug puppy last Christmas.  Santa wrote her a nice letter and told her he was going to let her Mama and Daddy find her the perfect puppy that would be the right fit for our family.  After nine months of searching high and low for a pup we finally found this little guy and he is just perfect!  Michael and I went and picked him up a few weeks ago while the kids were at school and surprised them when they got home.  It was so much fun seeing the sheer happiness on all of their faces (including Pip).
P.J., our almost 14 year old pug, has adjusted to Pip quite well.  I wasn't sure how he would like him but he seems to "tolerate" his playfulness pretty well.  Don't they both look so cute in this photo?
Can't you tell this little guy is already spoiled rotten?  He has already claimed his spot on the living room sofa. 
I think he's pretty smart too!  He knows just how to get to the left over food, even when Big 'Un is in the way.
We are so happy to have this little guy!  I know we will have many years of fun and laughter with him.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer's Here!

This Mommy is so thankful school is out for summer!  No more dragging the kids out of bed in the mornings, packing lunches, and homework.  We have the entire summer to do what we want and enjoy being together! 
I must do a little bragging on my three smart kiddos.
Georgia Anne has completed her time at Tallassee Elementary (tear, tear, tear).  It seems like only yesterday I was leaving her at kindergarten and now she has completed fourth grade and is heading to middle school.  I am still amazed at what a beautiful (while I personally think she is the prettiest thing I have ever laid eyes on, I am actually preferring to what's on the inside) young lady she is.  She has the sweetest spirit and has so much personality!  I wish I were more like her in so many ways.  She sees the good in everything and everyone and is such an optimistic person.  She is almost always happy and smiling.
Georgie and her teacher, Mrs. Cunningham. 

Mrs. Cunningham has been the best thing for her this year.  One of my fears is that someone or something will crush Georgia Anne and her innocent way of looking at life.  Fourth grade was not an easy year for her in many ways, but Mrs. Cunningham was there reassuring her and building her up exactly when she needed it.   I will be forever grateful to her for the love she has shown to our family!
Now just to prove my point, I'm going to tell you what all Mrs. Georgia Anne accomplished this year!  She received Yearly "A" Honor Roll, Yearly AR Reading Award, Mathematics Gold Math Award, Purple Ambassador Award, All-Star P.E. Award, Governor's P.E. Award and was a member of the 50 Mile Club in P.E.

Jack is now a kindergarten graduate and I can hardly stand it!  He had the BEST kindergarten year ever!  Oh, how proud I am of him!!  Sweet, quiet, obedient, thoughtful, smart and artistic all describe him and I am so thankful he is mine!
Mr. Pressley giving Jack his kindergarten diploma.
The best kindergarten teacher!!  Mrs. Looney and Jack

Some people are just made to work with small children and Mrs. Looney is definitely one of those people.  She has the most gentle way.  I laughed all year and said she can put a "spell" on the children because they do everything she asks of them.  It's really amazing!!  She loves them all and made each one feel special.  She gave so much of her personal time and money to make their year a success.  Thank you, Mrs. Looney for everything!
At his graduation, Jack received lots of awards also.  He received the Super Reader Award (for reading over 100 books), AR Award, Kindergarten Student of the Month for May, Superior P.E. Fitness Award, P.E Flexibility Award and Sit-Up Award.

Now to our baby, Daniel.  He completed Pre-K and is heading to kindergarten next year.  He is really ready to be in "big school."  While I am sad not to have a little one at home with me during the day, I have to admit I am excited for him because he is looking forward to kindergarten.  Maybe, just maybe, he will be in Mrs. Looney's class.  I joked and said he was her class mascot this past year since he was there so much with me while I volunteered.
Singing at the Pre-K Awards Program
Daniel received the "Best Imagination" award and I couldn't be more proud of him!  An imagination is a great thing to have and I know it will serve him well in so many things.  What a joy he is!  He keeps us laughing all the time and I am so grateful for that!! 

Thank you for staying with me while I was that obnoxious Mom who brags about her children!

Michael and I decided to have a little fun with the kids on the last day of school.  After we got home, Michael took them on a bike ride to the library.  While they were gone, I was busy filling up water balloons for a surprise water balloon fight.  It was so much fun and they had no idea what hit them when they returned!

 Happy Summer to everyone!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  I just LOVE Easter and have so many things to be thankful for, especially that Jesus is alive!
We started Holy Week off with the children participating in church service on Palm Sunday. 
After church we celebrated with a church wide picnic followed by an Easter egg hunt.  The kids always have such a great time on Palm Sunday at church.
Saturday we went to the city sponsored Egg Hunt where the kids got to spend the afternoon with sweet friends, play games and see the Easter Bunny.
We dyed a few Easter eggs after the egg hunt.
My babies before church on Easter morning.
The Alpha Bells played at early service.  They are such a joy to hear and watch!

After church we headed to Montgomery for Easter lunch at my sister Tori's house and to celebrate this little blessing turning one!!
We hunted eggs one final time.  Tori had put money in some of the eggs so it was a "full on hunt" to find the prize eggs!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Jack is playing 6 year old T-Ball this year.  He really enjoys it and takes it very seriously.  He practices almost daily with Daddy in the front yard and has gotten quite good at his swing. 
He is thrilled to be on the "Hustlers" team with his best friend Stephen. 
Jack with Coach Stephen
Daniel decided he didn't want to play this year.  I think he has had just as much fun watching Jack and some of his friends.
The cheering Section!!
I'm not sure who is having more fun:  Jack playing or Georgie getting to be with sweet friends during his games!