Happy Thanksgiving! (Better Late than Never, Ok?)

We had a great Thanksgiving this year and were lucky to see tons of family! Nana came to visit the weekend before and we had an early Thanksgiving dinner with her, Uncle Michael, and Aunt Rachel. Then, we headed to La Grange to celebrate with Seth’s family. One thing’s for sure…there is no shortage of family who love to cuddle with our little boys!

Cousin Alyssa was such a big help with Drew. If only she didn’t live in Plano, I could have her over here everyday!

Granny and her great-grandchildren. If you look closely, you can see they are sort of holding hands. So sweet!
(Gwyneth, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Drew, and Jake)

Drew got many kisses from Aunt Wanda (and Aunt Cynthia but I didn’t get a picture, sorry!)

Playing Ninja Turtles with Nonnie. This picture was taken during the 5-10 minutes that Jake was actually inside on Thanksgiving. He suckered so many people into playing with him out in the yard…kiddo loooooves the outdoors.

Don’t you just love the aftermath of a big meal? Everyone just lays around to nap and watch TV. Two things I’m really good at!

Avery loving on Drew

The boys had so much fun with Nana. They colored, read books, played with stickers (one of Jake’s favorite things!), and showed her their newest tricks.
Chillin’ with Daddy

Jake discovered a new love for cashews! He’s like a puppy…following everyone around until he gets what he wants :)

And of course we had fun with Michael and Rachel!
We had so much to be thankful for this year, with 2 healthy, precious boys topping the list! I never want to take advantage of the time we get to spend with family and want it to be something our kids look forward to, especially at the holidays! Such a special time of year.
And now the fact that Christmas is right around the corner…crazy.


I wanted to share a few more pictures from our latest session. If you clicked over to Rachel’s blog, you saw most of them but here are a few more (actually some may be repeated but you’re not one to complain, right?) that I really liked…

My three precious boys!

Not sure what Drew is doing but the fact that 3/4 of us were smiling was a miracle in itself!

If you only knew how hard it was to get this picture…

I know he’s not smiling but this picture perfectly captures Jake. He always seems to be thinking hard about something. Probably pondering nuclear fission, if I had to guess.

And here he is giving his best “hold the baby” stance. The baby would have none of it!

Seth will never let me live down this hat but to him I say, “It could’ve been you.”. Can you imagine the kicking and screaming then?? :)
I never imagined I could love 3 boys (ok, 1 man and 2 boys) so much! They keep me smiling, wear me out, and bless my life every day!


Oops, still here! We have been busy bees this month. Lots of birthday parties, events, and family time. One party in particular held a first for Jake…

A pony ride!

We had fun celebrating Noah’s 2nd birthday party at Clay’s Restaurant. Good food AND a petting zoo. I didn’t expect Jake to get near the ponies but he hopped right on and held on tight!

Watching Noah on his horse…I swear he was there. It was his party after all :)

We also took the boys to Disney on Ice a few weeks ago! We made the mistake of going on Saturday afternoon and had to fight through lots of traffic and crowds. It even made us a little late but Jake didn’t seem to mind. He loved watching the show! I’m not sure he completely understood what was going on, but he was mesmorized the entire time.

Sharing some snacks with Daddy. You can imagine that something like Disney on Ice was RIGHT up Seth’s alley! :)

We had our hands full

Mickey and friends skating

Can’t leave out the awkward, too close, in the dark family picture! We also went with the Erbeles but it was better to focus on keeping kids accounted for than taking lots of pictures. Maybe in a few more years…

It’s pretty sad when “blog posts” makes it on your to-do list right next to “Kroger, Target, and Sam’s”! I have some really cute brother pictures to share that will have to wait until next time. It’s like Jake woke up one morning and decided he was obsessed with all things Drew. Hooray!

Nose in a Book

I have lots of pictures and thoughts to post but can’t possibly make time tonight. I am frantically trying to finish Catching Fire, the 2nd book in the Hunger Games trilogy, so that I can start the 3rd!

I seem to have some sort of affinity for young adult literature. Some of my favorite books include Harry Potter, Twilight, and now The Hunger Games. Not sure what that says about me except that I must still be pretty hip!

But for real, these books are SO GOOD. I highly recommend running out to buy them now so you can make the movie premiere in March!

In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of our family pictures. As always, Rachel Honeyman did an awesome job and I am so happy with the pictures we got.

I’ve also just about given up my dream of having a picture where we all 4 smile and look at the camera at the same time.

But then again, Seth told me that wouldn’t be real life so I suppose we’re just keeping it real…

Chapstick Detox

Well. I’ve now figured out how the enemy* could easily get top secret intel out of me.

Take away my Chapstick.

*Assuming I was a spy for the US government and had a real-live enemy who needed to torture me for top secret information.

I have been on a self-imposted Chapstick detox the past week and I am nearly dying. Sometimes I just start shaking and talking nonsense. Other times I feel like bugs are crawling all over me. Sometimes I just want to scream. But I realized I had a major minor problem when I couldn’t even go from one room to another without my coveted lip balm.

Like really.

Taking a bathroom break during a TV show? Don’t forget the Chapstick!

Playing trucks with Jake and leaving the playroom for 5 minutes? Don’t forget the Chapstick!

I could go on.

If I left home without my Chapstick, I would either turn around or immediately stop and buy some. And if you have any children, you know it’s more desirable to go through a drive thru so you don’t have to unload everyone.

I haven’t noticed any drive thru Chapstick stands as of late. And no, the pharmacy drive thru won’t sneak you a tube when you pick up a prescription.

(I’ve tried)

Ok, now you’re wondering about the point of this post. There really isn’t one. See, I told you lack of lip moisturizer can make you do crazy things! My sister told me it isn’t even allowed at her elementary school because of its addictive qualities (Lordy, what has the world come to?). I believe it now!

Oh, were you wondering if the enemy would have a bigger challenge getting that top secret intel out of Seth?


They’d either have to start taking his picture or clean out a hairbrush in front of him and they’d be golden.

What can I say? We’re weak!

Hangin’ Around

The boys have had lots of fun with friends lately. Black and Jack got to come over yesterday afternoon while their parents went out. The boys had a blast and Jake was so sad to wake up this morning and find they were gone!

A little crowded but still plenty of room for fun. I figured it was safer for Drew to sit this one out!

Making sure they know how the Exersaucer works so they can help baby Kate in a few months!! Poor Blake was a little stuck…

Who says this is a baby toy?

A semi-successful attempt to hold little brother.

That quickly became a failure!

Jake will wear sunglasses but ONLY if it’s his idea. And if they’re upside down, it’s even better!

Hanging with Lexi

5 Months Old

Ohhhh my baby boy. Drew, you are just the sweetest baby I’ve ever met! I tell your Daddy every night that I’m so sad you and your brother are growing up. He is super excited to play sports and go fishing with you one day but now it’s only 17 years, 7 months until you go to college, right? :)

My thoughts exactly

This month you are starting to move and groove! You started rolling from your back to tummy nonstop earlier this month and actually prefer to be on your tummy now. You sleep on your tummy, play on your tummy, and are starting to (gasp) scoot on your tummy. I’m afraid you’ll really be moving before I am ready!

Here you are under the coffee table…that’s not where you started!

You are wearing size 2 diapers and size 3-6 month clothes.

You have been sleeping about 12 hours straight at night (yahoo!) from 7-7 and take 3 naps during the day. You don’t nap as good as your brother did, but to be fair, the house was probably a lot quieter back then! However, as a plus, you are almost always happy.

You’re still a big fan of your feet and have been sucking on your fingers a lot lately…I think you might be working on some teeth!

You’re eating rice cereal twice a day now and will probably start veggies in the next few weeks. I’m hoping this will make Jake insanely jealous and want to eat your veggies too. Since he eats next to none right now, I don’t mind giving him pureed spoonfuls if that’s what it takes. :)

I know this picture is sad but I think it’s kinda cute too. You were just mad I made you sit up all by yourself. Life’s tough, kid

Earlier this week, I woke up and checked the monitor. I did a double take because I saw this:

No, not the shadow of a unibrow (I swear you don’t have one). You were naked! How this happened I have NO CLUE.

You can see your pjs and sleep sack in the left corner. Both still buttoned/zipped. Looks like we have a little Houdini on our hands!

(Again, not where I put you!)

Drew, you love your big brother. And I think he loves you now! Jake shows you how all the toys work and shares his trucks and trains with you. Your eyes light up whenever you see him. It just melts a mama’s heart!

We also have to strap you into everything now as evidenced by your trickery above. Jake never tried to climb/roll out of a swing, bouncy seat, or high chair. You are the wiggliest baby!

Just like your brother, we’ve given you so many nicknames. I apologize…but just can’t help it! You are our Drewbie, Mr. D, D money, and little booger (sorry). We can’t imagine life without you and can’t wait for month 6!

Jake at 5 months. Do you think they look alike?

I remember telling a friend at work that it was the best picture I’d ever have of him…if only I had known at the time how much cuter they get! :)

Sweet Brothers

Tonight at dinner, the boys were cracking each other up!! It was the first time it has happened and was sooo sweet. Now, normally I don’t allow toys at the table (and technically no banging of toys either!) but I had to let this slide. And unfortunately I missed videotaping the best part…neither of them could catch their breath they were laughing so hard. May we have many many more years of giggles and laughter!

*I know you’re super impressed by my videography. My iPhone camera is world-class!

**Seth will be getting down our highchair from the attic this weekend because that Bumbo clearly isn’t cutting it anymore! Drew is tooooo wiggly.

In The Quiet…

I am a person who loves the quiet. Which really works out since I have 2 small children! The past couple weeks I have finally gotten the boys to both nap around the same time. So I have been able to get at least an hour…maybe two…of quiet time all to myself.


And right now, as I sit on the couch typing this, I feel a little guilty that I’m not mopping, dusting, organizing something, or being a productive citizen.

But what was that? Oh, right. NOTHING! The house is QUIET.

And to me, that is more valuable than sparkling clean floors right now.

Hopefully Seth will agree…