Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter







This Easter our church did something a little different.  Instead of spending a ton of money on outfits to wear on Easter Sunday, we purchased t-shirts and 100% of the profits go to the Alabama Children's Homes. You can't really read our shirts, but they say "Forget the Frock, Feed Orphans".  You can read more about Forget the Frock here.

After church, we went to Nana's house for lunch.  It was so good!  We went by to visit Honey and Da and then played outside while daddy worked in the yard.  It was such a beautiful day, so we then loaded up and drove to the park to play some more.  Addi was fighting to stay awake on the way home from the park.


The Easter bunny also hopped right over our house.  At first, I wasn't going to do the whole bunny thing because I didn't have time to go to Wal-Mart and I refused to fight the craziness this weekend and Addi is scared of the bunny.  Plus, I figured Addi got enough candy from the several egg hunts she went to this week.  After talking about it with Brad, I think we aren't going to do the Easter bunny thing at all.  We will still do a small basket from us, but that will be the extent of it.  I don't think those who choose to have the bunny visit their house are wrong, but this is just a decision we have made for our family. (Santa still comes to our house as of right now, but we just don't make him the primary focus)

I'm so thankful that Jesus loved me so much that He died on the cross for my sins.  I'm so unworthy and undeserving of His amazing grace.  I hope you and your families had a Happy Easter as well! 

 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunts







Addi and Jack both had Easter parties/egg hunts at school this week.  I wasn't able to make it to Addi's because of timing, but I was fortunate enough to make it to Jack's egg hunt.  Facebook is a wonderful thing for working mommy's who aren't able to make it to parties and other school events that are during the day.  I just have to rely on other momma's who go to post pics to FB.

Addi's class had their party on Wednesday and then Thursday, they had their egg hunt.  She had so much fun running around finding eggs with all of her friends.

 
Jack's class egg hunt was so cute.  All their teacher did was just dump a big bucket of puff-filled eggs in the middle of the floor and let them play.  They all had a blast!  His teacher also took cute pictures of the babies next to their buckets they made.  So sweet!


 
Our church's egg hunt was this morning.  Addi had a lot of fun playing games, bouncing and hunting. Jack had fun just sitting in Brad's lap and looking at everyone :)







 

Monday, April 7, 2014

8 Months

Can’t believe my baby is 8 months old!  He’s crawling, pulling up on everything, waving, playing patty cake and dancing.  Brad began walking at 9 months old and I’m thinking Jack will be the same way – I’m SO not ready for that!    Addi wasn’t the type to get into very much stuff.  She mainly minded her own business and played with her toys.  Jack, on the other hand, is constantly on the move, opening drawers and seeing what else he can put in his mouth.  The past couple of weekends I have been home with the kids by myself and I get absolutely nothing done.  I also can’t really handle taking them anywhere by myself (I’m sure I could if I really tried, but I prefer to just stay home and avoid any chaos that might happen if we were to venture out of the house)

His teachers tell me that he is rotten and gets really upset when one of them walks out of the room b/c he wants to be held/played with.  I told them that they made him that way b/c I don’t have time to sit around and hold him all night (I wish I did, but I don’t).  I love that they love him and spoil him like he were theirs. 

Weight: 19 lbs 10 oz.

Length: I honestly can’t remember his length and I failed to write it down at his last check-up.

Eating: He’s eating three 6 oz bottles during the day and one 8 oz bottle before bed.  He eats a fruit/oatmeal for breakfast, a fruit or veggie at lunch and both a fruit and a veggie for dinner.  We have also just started puffs within the last couple of weeks and he seems to like snacking on those as well. 

Sleeping:  Brad still needs to lower his crib, so until then, he has been sleeping in the pack and play in our room.  Ear infections have kept him from sleeping completely through the night, but usually when he wakes up it’s just for a second and once I put his pappy back in his mouth, he’s good to go.

Likes:  He loves his sissy, pappy, the cat and getting into everything he’s not supposed to J

Dislikes:  He really doesn’t have too many dislikes – I guess just not paying him any attention and having his diaper changed.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Addi is FOUR


March 4th Addi turned FOUR.  I can’t even think about her turning 5 next year.  I’m going to be a hot mess when that day comes.

We decided to do a skating party this year.  Addi and 12 of her little friends had a blast!  Our local skating rink offers what they call a “tot skate”, which is where only kids who are under 7 are allowed to skate.  They also have a couple of inflatables for the kids to play on.  We thought this would be the best time to have Addi’s party.


I’m not one to get crafty and spend hours on Pinterest searching for ideas on how to create an elaborate birthday party for a 4 year old.  (I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I just don’t happen to have the time or money for that sort of thing)  I only served cake – and it was SO good.  She loves Sofia the First, so we had a Princess Sofia cake.  I almost didn’t do party favors because I think it’s silly to give a child a gift for coming to a party, but I found little party packs at the Dollar Tree that I bought to hand out.
In the end, it was a great party and Addi had a blast which is all that matters to me!  



Age three was a hard year for us.  God was definitely trying to teach us patience and mercy.  She struggled to pay attention and making her mind us was (and sometimes still is) hard.  We have learned that Addi thrives with structure.  Preschool is a GREAT thing for her.  She has definitely come leaps and bounds from where she was even 6 months ago.  Her teachers say that she is still keeping up well with the other kids. I’m SO proud of her and all that she has accomplished.  I know we will still have struggles, especially when she starts to Kindergarten, but I’m just praying that God shows us the right steps to take and the right things to do when those days come.

I took her to the doctor for the 4 year check-up yesterday.  She weighed 42.2 lbs (90th percentile) and was 42.5 inches tall (94th percentile).  They had to prick her finger and give her two shots – she handled it like a champ and didn’t even shed a tear!  Her blood work was great and he said she’s healthy!  He said the most important thing we can do with her to help her communication/learning is to read, read, read.  I admit we haven’t done as much reading as I would like.  She is the most STRONG WILLED child I have ever met, so sitting down to read a book without her insisting that she read it to me and her turning the page before I even get a word out is hard (this is where some of the patience that God is trying to teach me would come in handy J).  Last night before dinner, I asked her to go pick out two books for us to read.  I let her hold the book and turn the pages, and she actually let me read to her.  We read Amelia Bedelia and Knuffle Bunny.  I keep meaning to go buy The Storybook Bible and make that part of our nightly routine as well.

I thank God every day for that strong willed, funny, shy, beautiful and HEALTHY baby girl!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I'm Back...

Wow, it has been a while since I last updated this thing.  I said I was going to make my blog private, but when I actually tried to, I realized in order to see it you would have to have a Google account.  Not everyone who wanted to keep reading it has a Google account, so I just went ahead and kept it public.  Several people asked why I was going to make it private in the first place and my answer is to keep better control of who actually is reading it.  Since I’m not really sure who reads this thing (there is probably a way to track something like that, but I wouldn’t even know where to start) and I mainly write about my children, I just wanted to monitor it a little better. 

In the last month or so, we have been super busy.  Here are a few things that I plan on writing about when I have time…

Addi turned FOUR!!! 
Jack is “crawling”
Brad was baptized and Jack was dedicated.
I’m struggling with keeping up with my diet and exercise – it’s a daily battle.
Consignment Sale – I actually signed up and followed through with putting Addi and Jack’s clothing in a consignment sale this year and I had a wonderful experience!

Other than those things, my time has been occupied with the usual – cooking, laundry, cleaning, laundry, working, laundry and spending as much time as I can loving on my little family. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Privacy

I have made the decision to set my blog to private. If you would like to continue reading send me your email address and I'll be happy to add you to the list. Thanks!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day


Over the past few years I have become a fan of Valentine's Day.  We try our hardest to show each other every day how much we love each other, but I think Valentine's is just a fun day to make a little extra effort in telling someone how much you love them.  Plus, who doesn't like candy, flowers and date nights with your significant other??  

Addi had SO much fun this Valentine's.  They made cute little boxes at school to put their cards and candy in.  She loved pulling out each card and letting me tell her who it was from.  She kept saying "I tell my friends happy valentimes today".  I asked her if she had fun at her party and she said "I ate doughnuts and they were so yummy!"  So cute!  Jack's teacher sent me the above picture of him during the day Friday.  He's been battling an ear infection, so it made my heart happy that he was all smiles!


Brad really isn't into making elaborate dinner plans, so we just attempted to go to Olive Garden, but we did not want to wait an hour and a half to eat, so instead we went to a new pizza place in town.  We still had to wait 45 minutes for our pizza, but at least we were able to sit down at a table, talk and have an appetizer.  We went to McDonald's for an ice cream cone and milkshake for dessert.  It was a great night!