Archive for the ‘Birthdays’ Category

Happy 5th Birthday Rilianne

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Today is Rilianne’s 5th birthday. Things didn’t exactly go as planned.

All year long, she has asked for us to bring cupcakes to her class. That couldn’t happen. I thought about having a drive by birthday, but the storms eliminated that option. But Rilianne enjoys everything she does so her day was still special.  Her class even sang to her on zoom!

Some of her gifts include a dollhouse, which she calls her “Barbie Dreamhouse”, and a bicycle. We also got her some seeds to plant because she loves helping outside.

Snow Mountain Birthday

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

I celebrated my 41st birthday today with a trip to Stone Mountain — called “Snow Mountain” in the winter. We spent a while playing in the snow. Unfortunately when it was time for tubing, all of the slides that Rilianne could ride were closed. So, I demanded a refund for me and her and we wondered around while Kimberlie and the big kids enjoyed the tubing slides. On the way home, we enjoyed a meal at Buckners!

Tristan is now a Licensed Driver!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Happy 35th Birthday Kimberlie

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Today is Kimberlie’s 35th birthday so we both took the day off.  I wanted to treat her to lunch somewhere special and she loves hamburgers so we opted for The Vortex in Atlanta, which consistently has the best rated burger in Georgia.

The Vortex is a bar in Little Five Points. It was weird eating in a place that allowed smoking. I wasn’t too impressed with the food, but the atmosphere and company were good.

After lunch, we had a little time left so we went to check out the Ponce City Market.  It is a massive complex that was once the southeast’s distribution center for Sears catalog. Unfortunately, the rooftop amusement park wasn’t open.

Later we celebrated at home with the kids and cupcakes.

Happy 12th Birthday Mackenzie!

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Mackenzie turns 12 today and we celebrated last night.  We’ll continue celebrating with dinner out tonight and an Atlanta United game later this week.

Finding out she will be a “flag kid” at the upcoming Atlanta United game.

Farewell Snickers

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Last night, I said one of the hardest goodbyes. My 14 year old cat Snickers crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Shortly after Kimberlie and I were married, we wanted to get a cat. But, Kimberlie heard horror stories about how a cat might try to get milk from a sleeping baby’s mouth and suffocate them in the process. So, we decided to wait until Tristan was at least six months old.  In August, 2004, we decided to look for a kitten. I found a listing for free kittens and called the lady and we headed over to her house.  There was a litter of several kittens who had been born on July 4. Kimberlie bonded with one in particular and we took him home and named him Smickers.

Kimberlie may have picked him out, but he instantly became my cat. He never left my side.  For 14 years, he has watched me shower and then batted at (or chewed) my shoestrings every morning as I put on my shoes.  We haven’t been able to leave food on the counter because he considered it free game. Whenever I would cook bacon, I would have to hide the plate of bacon on top of the refrigerator.  Every evening when I watched the news, he would lay on my chest. Every night, he would sleep by my side.

One of his favorite things to do was go outside on the screened porch or even roam around the backyard as we swam.  He would eat up the weeds and then puke them out all over the floor.

Back in March, I had one of the scariest moments of my life. We were scrambling to get Mackenzie to a soccer game in Savannah. We were gone for about 15 hours and when we got home, I wasn’t welcomed by the cat who always welcomed me. I became concerned and we tore the house apart looking for him. It became apparent that he had gotten outside that morning as we were loading the car. I was heartbroken. While the rest of the family went outside to search, I jumped on Facebook and posted a help message to the neighborhood facebook. Someone responded quickly that they saw some boys tormenting an orange cat at the corner a few hours earlier and he ran into the rose bushes. I ran down to the corner, even through it was pitch dark and found him scared to death under those roses.  I was so happy to have him home.

A couple of months ago, we noticed he wasn’t grooming as well as he normally did. He usually took great pride in his appearance. Later, he started to lose weight. After we noticed a little foaming at the mouth, we took him to the vet and they thought it might be an auto-immune disease causing sores in his mouth. They gave him some shots and we hoped things would be fine.  Two weeks ago, when things had not improved, we returned to the vet. He had lost about 2/3 of his weight. They sedated him and looked into his mouth and realized there was a large tumor growing on the back of his tongue. There was nothing they could do but put him on pallative care to keep him comfortable. we fed him liquid food but even that was a challenge for him. Over the weekend he stopped eating and drinking and I spent as much time with him as possible, knowing each cuddle could be my last.  Yesterday, when I got home from work, it was apparent that the end was near. I was able to hold him one more time. About 30 minutes after being home, he crossed over the rainbow bridge with Kimberlie and I by his side.

I know things will get easier, but there is a huge void in my both my heart and my life.  Snickers was the most loyal friend I ever had.  He’s been with me longer than both of my daughters. I love that stupid cat.

Kimberlie, Snickers, and Tristan 12 years apart.

He was part of every birthday:

Rilianne especially loved him since they were almost the same size.

Sonic Dog

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

We stopped by Sonic this afternoon to grab Kimberlie a treat on her 34TH BIRTHDAY!

While there, a random jeep with a huge dog pulled beside us. The dog was as big as that dog from The Sandlot. Rilianne got so excited that we had to get out of the car and see the dog. The owners were very nice and let her pet the giant dog.

Happy 11th Birthday Mackenzie!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Today, we celebrated Mackenzie’s 11th birthday!  I can’t believe my “baby” who is no longer my “baby” is now 11 and will be in middle school in a few weeks!

We took her to her favorite spot: A Couple of Jerks Soda Shop in Perry, Georgia.

Check out her ice cream sundae!

Rilianne’s Birthday and Safari

Monday, April 24th, 2017

After Mackenzie’s soccer games on Saturday, we took Rilianne to Bruster’s for ice cream. She enjoyed her own treat!

Rilianne loves animals, so what better place to take her for her birthday yesterday than the Wild Animal Safari. It is only 20 minutes from Columbus, where Saturday’s soccer games took place.

When we got home, Sunday afternoon, Rilianne got her present: a slide. She went up and down it about 10,000 times.

Later that evening, we got a small cake for her. Since we didn’t have a party, we celebrated as a small family.

And now, we get to deal with a two year old!

Happy 2nd Birthday Rilianne!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday to Rilianne!  We’re not doing a party, but I guarantee you this baby’s birthday will be special today!