Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chase is 4

My sweet baby boy, how are you 4 years old already?!?!?!  You are such a fun, funny, mischievous, precious boy, and your daddy and I adore you!  We've been celebrating your birthday for a few days now: We had a family birthday dinner at Mimi's and Poppy's on Saturday; we had cupcakes with friends yesterday; you opened presents this morning; and this evening, our little family will go out for more fun celebrating at Celebration Station. ;)

Some of your favorites at 4 years old:
Food: Pizza and pumpkin pie
TV Show: Chuggington (and Handy Manny)
Toy: Batman set
Thing to do: Wrestle with Daddy

Chase, you still tell Nana and Aunt Steph that you "love them the mostest," and you love to tease everyone else that we don't fall into that category.  You love to run and pretend to be a doggy and look at books and sing "My God's Not Dead."  You'll still snuggle with me sometimes in the mornings.  You are independent and great at playing on your own while Cole is in school.  You're my big helper in the mornings too.  You have a wonderfully fun imagination.  You still don't show much interest in coloring or drawing or even playing with play dough.  (I'm hoping you'll show more interest since you'll be starting preschool in a few months.)  You don't take naps anymore, but you still occasionally fall asleep in the van if we drive somewhere later in the day.  You still come down the stairs at night after you're supposed to be in bed... to tell us things or to ask to be covered up again.  You can do many things on your own, like getting dressed or undressed, brush your teeth, put your shoes on, etc.  But we have to physically stay beside you to keep you on task or else you get quickly distracted (and into trouble)!  You definitely (like your daddy) go at your own pace through life! ;)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET CHASE!!!  WE LOVE YOU!!!

 4. The kids LOVE to rough-house with their daddy!

8. Playgroup friends sang to Chase yesterday and enjoyed the cupcakes too. ;)

13. Here's Blake and Brody.  Aren't they adorable?!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy January

Every year after the holidays, I think I get a little burned out with pictures... taking them, editing them, and trying to post them on the blog.  So I think it takes me a while to get started again in January. ;)  Here are some random happenings:
~ Cole lost his first tooth the first week of January!  It was loose for a couple of weeks, and he was very afraid to let his daddy pull on it.  But they finally got it out. ;)  He was excited to get "one whole dollar" from the tooth fairy.

~ Callie is trying to repeat so much these days.  I love that she says the first syllable of words twice.  For instance, the word monkey is "monk monk," naked is "nake nake," Poppy is "Pop Pop."  Oh, and because she can't say the hard C sound, she calls herself "Ta Ta."  So cute!

~ Our kids LOVE music.  They love to listen to it, sing it, and dance to it!  Chase and Cole make us smile because their favorite song to sing right now is "My God's Not Dead," which they hear on Christian radio all the time.  They'll pretend to play guitars and sing it VERY loudly!

~ I also LOVE that Callie will hold up her hands and say "whole world" to get me to sing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."  (She also loves "Shake Your Sillies Out," "Wheels on the Bus," and This Little Light of Mine," among others.)

~ Chase is very proud to show off that he can jump on one foot (he's learned this in the past few months, but it's cute that he shows off his skills). ;)

~ Jamie took the boys to the local monster truck show recently, and the boys had a BLAST!  Jamie bought them new ear muffs, and both boys came home talking about how cool the "Carolina Crusher" was!  Fun boy time!

~ I think Callie has reached a crescendo of screaming at bed time and nap time (and when I drop her off in child care for church or Bible study... and with our poor babysitter).  Callie's separation anxiety seems to be lasting longer than I remember for the boys. ;(  Thankfully, she usually only screams for a couple of minutes, but I do hope this phase will pass because it's terrible to leave your child behind, listening to her scream (and I don't mean cry... it's a full-blown scream).  Ugh!

 1. Cole shows off his snaggle-tooth grin!

2. When their daddy takes a nap on the couch, the kids like to jump on him to wake him up. ;)

3. Still trying to wake up...


 7. We try to visit/help Aunt Steph once or twice a week.  She has her hands doubly full right now! ;)

9. The kids thought the new ear muffs were fantastic new toys!

12. We all enjoyed celebrating a friend's birthday (Happy Birthday, Jacob!) at a bounce house recently.  Our boys ran around like crazy, and Callie mostly wanted to be held.  (She's not really a fan of the bounce houses yet.)

13. Jacob, the birthday boy, is kinda in the middle, and our boys are in orange shirts.

17. Watching a little video with Bradey.  He's saying "cheese." ;)

18. We met some friends at a local rec center's open gym this week, and somehow the kids discovered how to make loud noises (dare I say fart noises?!) through the huge floor cone.  So they proceeded to take turns putting their mouths on this dirty cone and laugh uproariously!  Crazy kids! 

19. Anyone want some messy pasta?!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

"For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

We spent a nice, relaxing (as relaxing as it ever is with 3 kids!) Christmas holiday with my family.  With my sister's twins born so close to the holidays, we had planned on no traveling this year.  The kids opened presents here and at my parents', and they are still having tons of fun with new presents.  Hmmm, now to figure out what to do with some of our older toys...

4. Jamie and I got all dressed up for his work party a few weeks ago...

6. "Trouble" has been a favorite game lately...

8. Look at that sweet face... zoning out while watching a video...

9. What a messy eater you are, Cole David! ;)

10. It's so fun to watch little ones open presents on Christmas.  I love their enthusiasm and excitement!

11. The boys got a new (to them) bat cave with lots of superheros and accessories.

12. And Callie is enjoying her new (to her) doll house. (And yes, the boys are enjoying it too.  They like to mix and match the superheros and people!)

13. Callie got her first pair of dress-up shoes.  This girl LOVES to try on everyone's shoes!

14. And more cars and tractors are always loved!

 15. Here are a few pics of my newest nephews... cuz they're just so cute!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Blake & Brody are here!

I think I forgot to post Callie's stats from her 18-month appt (which was a few weeks ago)...
Weight: 24 lbs. 2 oz. (70%)
Height: 31.75 inches (47%)
Head Circumference: 47.75 cm (86%)
So she's our chubby, average-height sweet girl with a slightly large head. ;)  Love her!!!

Drumroll please....... My sister Stephanie delivered her TWIN BOYS last Thursday! Woohoo! Blake was 7 lbs. 3 oz. and Brody was 5 lbs. 14 oz. They came via c-section, and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Blake was ready to party, but Brody had trouble breathing on his own at first and tested positive for a bacteria (although that was later retested and was negative). Brody has had an IV in his tiny arm, but is doing so much better. PRAISE THE LORD! And they are hopefully all going home from the hospital today. PRAISE THE LORD! Oh, and Stephanie's kidney stone (which her doctor was very concerned about getting out within days of delivery) is gone! PRAISE THE LORD!!! So many blessing!!!

2. Blake and Brody...

4. Mimi with Blake...

 6. Look at that sweet face! (Brody)

7. And look at that sweet face! (Blake)

8. And I have to include a few pics of my kids too... cuz they're just so darn cute! ;)

 11. Painting with water... (On these long winter days at home, I have to plan some structured activities to keep everyone from going too stir-crazy - things like painting, play dough, special races, lots of games, etc. Whew, I'm ready for warm weather!)