Monday, March 14, 2016

HOORAY! WE HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD

Gunner is now 2. Terrible 2? Far from it.....so far (knock on wood). It has definitely been an interesting two years. There are some very tough times, a ton of decision making and second guessing and third guessing, brain racking, patience and endurance testing, times of self-discipline and self-reflection. But there are wonderful times, sheer joy and happiness, pride and admiration, humor and pleasantness. And moments of good parenting feel like the ultimate Duck Tales Junior Woodchuck Merit Badges of success. When your kid listens to anything you say or shows kindness or displays some cleverness or intelligence, your heart soars like you nailed the Final Jeopardy question after bidding all your money. When your kid cracks up laughing, there's nothing better and you want to call work and retire to a small cottage near the Mediterranean coast in the south of France.

I love being a parent. After the obvious adjustment of such a major life change, I do appreciate my time as a father with my child. Now I still don't agree with the notion that "kids are the greatest thing you can do" or "having kids completes you as person". As our lives as parents puts the needs of our kids and family first, being a parent is still only a part of who you are. I know my wife and I would be just as happy without kids, but we have a kid, a great one, and we have a family, a great one. And when you devote your heart to something, you rarely ever regret the outcome.

As G is now 2, I want to devote more to photos and less to text.....so enjoy.....

Gunner 1 Year Ago at 1 Year Old....

Starbucks Regular.....

 "Is the gym that way?"....

If you don't like what the scale says, just change it....
 

Summer fun....

 Summer time, of course....our first Sno-Ball....

Fun with bro Maddox....
 

 Yes, baptized and good to go....

Most days....no stress, no clothes....

At the beach, a favored past time....

 Hanging out with Elle, the little lady....

Bath time fun....

 Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere.....Thanks for the help Grandpa....

Park fun....

Not always fun and games....

Alphabet crazy.....so when at work, let's get to work....

 Getting the morning started....

He discovered and loves the selfie....

First Saints game in the Dome.....oh the nachos!

That guy at Starbucks holding up the line on his phone.....

Curbside in the Quarter on a Saturday night....about 19.5 years too soon....

 Loving District Donuts with a passion....

"OMG! NO WAY!"....

Travel Pro....

Loving and missing Uncle Marc....

Beach Selfies....

Thursday night soccer....getting in a kick around....

 Even trying to sell a house this year....

 Becoming a beast....gymnastics and trampoline dodgeball....

Halloween as Ace Ventura....Finkle is Einhorn!!!

 Thanksgiving in Louisville Kentucky with Cousins Drew and Kenley....

Not sure what is so funny....

Christmas time....trees, lights, stars, wreaths....shirts? optional....

"Santa? Not that exciting. Just let me chill on the phone with Cousin Ava"....

Chillin with my homies, Maddox and Grayson for a Saints game....

Happy New Year's!

The Adventures of Potty Training....

Big kid rocking the big kid school style....

Mardi Gras Time!


 No haircut since birth? Bust out the Man Bun....

Styling with dad in the coolest kicks of all time! Thanks Aunt Theresa....
 
Some days are just....

Owning the beach....

Birthday party....amazing cakes, amazing day....passed out with Cousin Deke....

Birthday Cake Pops....

Chillin with Cousin Carter....

First Dentist trip....

When you realize changing the weight on the scale doesn't actually make you skinnier....
 
Our Little Man....2 Years Old



4 comments:

  1. I love Gunner.

    Hope he can get together with Mary Frances soon.

    Love Miss Fran

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    1. Ms Fran, we are super excited about meeting Mary Frances....in our awesome green alligator adidas sneakers from your daughter.

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  2. This is so cool! Love reading about Gunner. We need to get together more then an occasional run-in at Starbucks ;)

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    1. Yes we do but Gunner loves him some Starbucks!

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