Our family is made up of 4 and a crazy dog!!!I am so excited to be a mom of 2 boys Major and Legend. We love hanging out together and doing anything that consist of being....TOGETHER!!! We're "Stoked" lol to share just a little bit of our blessings with you...enjoy!
Andy, Tia, Major and Legend Stokes
This is a sad time of year for us....our 2nd football season this year has come to an end:( This is Andy's 3rd year coaching the Dixie Freshman football team and he & we love every minute of it! I say we too because the kids and I go to most of the practices and the games to cheer our dad and the team on and just to hangout as a family! Its funny because every year its like we adopt 25 new freshman boys in our hearts and its always sad when its over and to watch these boys grow up and move on. Im so glad he has something besides work that he is involved in and he truly loves doing. I love to see him happy , so if that means football all year long... then dang it thats what it is:) Andy really does have a talent as a coach and getting his kids to believe...he loves his kids and they love him. Go Dixie!!!
Last night when we got home from Kalamity's performance Major had one more surprise Birthday gift from Grandma and Pops!!! Majors 1st 4 wheeler, he was sooo excited and of course very serious about it!!! He's soo excited to be just like Pops now. He got right to work on it too, fixing it and makin sure everything was running perfect!!! Thankyou Grandma and Pops!
Major already pickin up the ladies:)
Side profile...yes he's a messy boy...Andy said it's his birthday
so he didnt have to have his face wiped or anything else
Wow its crazy how fast time flies....Happy 2nd Birthday to our Big Man Thomas Major!!! He is such a joy in our life and keeps us busy!!! He has such a goofy personality and is such a good protective older brother....Major Mommy loves you soooo much!!!!
Major i love it when you:
-tell me you love me
-kiss me on the cheek
- squeeze my cheeks and say "cheeks"
- hold my hand
-remind us to pray
- hug my head to your head
-do your signs
-read your books
-make all your silly animal faces
-cuddle and kiss your brother when he's sad
-laugh when someone farts:)
- wanna play with Pops
-do your 3 pt. stance
-play football with the boys
-laugh at yourself
- run from my pretend spider friend
-talk loud in public
-want your dad at night
and the list goes on.....
Thankyou Major for blessing our lives and being a part of our family.
Let me just start out saying im the luckiest girl ever to have such a great family on my side and my husbands side. I wouldn't beable to have my crazy active lifestyle without them and my amazing husband of course. So thankyou to my awesome family for all the love , support and babysitting! So 3 months ago I had a baby and 3 months later i ran my 3rd marathon!!! Im not gonna lie this year i struggled I didnt get the training i had last year due to the extra 30lbs I was carrying :) and Im not a natural athlete by all means I NEED THE TRAINING...LOL! This year the marathon was the hottest its been since 15yrs ago....I was parched:) But it was such a great and humbling experience...It was amazing to me to see the 7,400 runners with the same goal in mind....to finish!!! Let me just say my husband is my #1 support I mean what other husband takes his wife running and is her water stations at 3:00 in the morning with the kids or finds her a ticket to run (thankyou Flint) , gets her goody baskets before and after the run, babysits the kids before work in the mornings so she can run or dance???..... Mine!!! Yes he is amazing and I love him so much Im also sooo grateful for my health and strength and the body that I have to do the things I love and to enjoy my family!!!!
Andy and I
Walking out the door at 3:45am to catch the bus to the marathon! My Majo waitin for his mama!!! I think Legend is in the seat too!
Here's some pictures of Majors surgery day! Poor little guy was so happy going to the hospital and then very disappointed when he realized where we were and what was going on...all he wanted was Dad:) Once the nurses gave him the "rootbeer" he just calmed right on down and was a little loopy..ha!!! I of course was a bawl baby , when the Dr. came to take him back to the surgery room , I of course shed a few tears...I honeslty don't know how mom's who have real struggles with their kids do it and stay so stronge. Unfortunatley 6 days later after Majors tonsilectomy we had to take him to the E.R. because he woke up from a nap bleeding pretty bad out of his mouth.... ah it was scary! Poor Maj was bleeding from an artery that his scab fell off too early, so he had to have surgery again:( The Dr. said it was a bad bleed but he finally got it to stop and recartarized it. Maj had to stay the night in the hospital and again after surgery all he wanted was "DaD." I am so lucky to have a husband so involved with his kids...Now we're hopin it's smooth sailin from here on out with this tonsil stuff.
Maj flopped on the bed feelin good.
His surgery day bear from Grandma Irene Maj and Dad after the Rootbeer:)
This week is a pretty eventful week for our Cec So Sweet and Maj!!! Cec (my niece) had surgery just yesterday on her knee. We thought she had torn her ACL in a soccer game but come to find out during surgery she had fractured her bone instead, which is still bad but a quicker recovery than the ACL. Our little Maj has been suffering from Sleep Apnea :( which we didn't know until we took him to the Dr. for a bad cough and come to find out his little tonsils aren't so little. We just thought he had wierd sleeping habits. Come to find out the poor kid isn't sleeping much at all bacause he can't breathe very well. So tommorrow he is getting his tonsils and andnoids out! So these two are always buddies but now they'll be little cuddle buddies:) They'll need the company!!!
Major showin off his muscles while using his drill
Here's a little update on our cute little Legend. He is almost 3 months and although started out smaller than his Big Brother he's now just following right in his footsteps. He's 25.5 in. long and 17lbs. and his head is just as big as his brother was. Mama's milk does the boy good:) We just love him so much! Its so nice to have 2 little boys in the house they keep me goin and smiling! Legend is a total Mama's boy thats for sure! He knows his mama and always smiles when I talk to him! He is such a happy, easy , good natured baby!
Always smiles for Mama He's got the ladies grin on lock!
Here's some of Handy Andy's work he's done for me in our house. He is awesome I just tell him my idea and he does the rest. He's honestly got a talent for his work and he loves doing it!! My family keeps telling me to take pictures of his work and put it on here, so here it is!!! He's also done an awesome contemporary style table and another style of entertainment center that I will post on here soon!!! Im tellin you he's the Best!!!
When you want something built come to my Handy Andy!!!
The Top of my shoe rack with a dry earse frame! The Shoe Rack!!!
He built me my marathon case!
(He surprised me:)
He Refinished and restyled this changing table
The changing table
My Custom Entertainment Center!
He can do any style
He refinished my old gross oak cabinets
to a black with burn thru edges
My kitchen he refinished!!! love it!!!
Not only is he the Best and my husband he does great Quality work!!! Keep an eye out for more pics.
My amazing wood working husband is truly incredible......during these hard times my husband is willing to learn and do anything to provide for his family. So earlier this year when times were slower at his job we were blessed with a "Big" Job opportunity from my dear brother. He asked Andy if he could build these wallbeds for his youth facility. Handy Andy of course said "I could figure it out" So Andy reasearched and figured it out and now knows how to build these incredible wallbeds. Thats one thing about my husband he is not scared of a challenge. He is always willing to learn new things and always willing to work. He is amazing!!! So he hired to of his good friends to help him with the cabinets and beds in the facility and now they would love to do more:) The wallbeds are a great way to save space and keep a room clean:) I know I can't wait to put them in my kids rooms oneday! If your interested in a wallbed he can do any color or design! If not a wallbed ,he can build anything else you would like as well!!!
Any wood work for the BEST price , Handy Andy is your Man!!!
So we all have those baby outfits in the back of the babies closet that we get as gifts that we just know we will not put our babies in wether it be because of little animal designs, or cheesy cartoon characters , or dad just says "heck no" for some reason or another we keep them.....don't lie to yourself we all do it!!!! maybe.lol..... So our Andy thinks these are lame!!! Well being the great listener that I am , the boys and I were bored yesterday and decided to have a little photoshoot with them haha!!! Gee, "what the heck" if anything they'll be good black mail pictures to embarrass them with:) Love it!!!
My cute little overall boys!!! checkin out the bug!