Thanksgiving…Belated

Well, it seems that I forgot to mention Thanksgiving.  Which, by the way, really threw me off this year because I felt like it was so early.

We visited my grandparents and mom in East Texas for a couple days and had a good time seeing family we hadn’t seen in awhile.  Several even got to meet Drew for the first time.  It’s hard when everyone is really spread out!
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I just love these boys.  Jake is a little too good at working the iPad and it’s such a treat for him to play games on it.  Today I decided to let him play a game on the laptop and how dare I suggest such an antiquated method of entertainment!  He was so frustrated it wasn’t a touch screen and couldn’t quite grasp the concept of “drag and click”.

Youngsters.

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The boys had a great time showing off their wrestling skills.  Papa & Nanny were laughing but I’m pretty sure it was nervous laughs as they waited for something to break.

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Nana, Jake (with his most genuine smile), and Drew

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Love this.  They are so silly.

Since Thanksgiving was early, Christmas decorating came early too!  We usually put everything up the weekend after Thanksgiving so this year we were ready to go before December even arrived.

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Jake was a big help bringing all the decorations in from the garage.

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What do you think they were more excited about…the tree or the step ladder?

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There was so much to be thankful for this year.  I feel that God has completely blessed us with his provision and protection.  We have families that love us and two boys that melt our hearts.  We have more than enough food, shelter, health, and we are beyond thankful.

Prayers for Sandy Hook

I know all our lives have been rocked by what happened on Friday morning.  I am discovering that it’s even harder to comprehend things like this as a mother because it hits in my very core. I hope you will all be praying for the people of CT.  They need our prayers.

On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that’s it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.”

Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can’t imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let’s make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you in advance for participating.

Love,
The Blog World

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Well.  It’s been so long, I can’t even remember where I left off.  So it seems fitting that we’ll start with our visit with Mr. Claus.

If you remember from last year, our boys sure do love them some Santa.

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 This will always be one of my favorite pictures!

044This year, Drew just wanted to reenact last year’s experience.

Jake really was so excited to see Santa but stopped dead in his tracks the second he spotted him.  Our neighborhood HOA put on a Breakfast with Santa so we were able to go eat donuts and watch him from afar.

Because clearly nobody wanted to watch him from a’close.

After the breakfast, we headed up to church for another Christmas party.  Our wonderful Sunday school teachers put on a little party for our kids and they had a blast!UCCP-3179

How cute are these two boys?  They bring us such joy!

_MG_1508 There were cupcakes, crafts, and storytime.

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_MG_1525Drew doesn’t like to get his hands messy and tends to eat cupcakes the easy way…

We have had so much fun this Christmas season…children really do bring the joy back into the holidays!  I have lots more to share.  As much as I want an empty calendar, we seem to stay so busy.  My school semester finally ends this week so hopefully I can play catch up before the Christmas craziness begins…

A Small Glitch

So apparently I’ve used all my storage space on Blogger and it won’t let me upload anymore pictures unless I start a new blog or pay a monthly fee…

Which is unfortunate because I had some priceless Santa pictures to share!

Never fear, I will get to the bottom of this.  Stay tuned…

(I could also just start describing all our pictures to you.  Which I’m sure would be almost the same.  Just like the pioneers.)

Drew is (Almost) 18 Months

Oh Drewbie.

You are giving us a run for our money.

You are nearly 18 months and have become so fun and such a handful.  You have strong opinions and scream your head off when you don’t get what you want.  But you also get the biggest smile everytime you see us, wake up in a great mood, giggle uncontrollably over the smallest things, and give lots of good snuggles.

How can we resist?

You are approx 25 lbs, wear 12-18 month clothes, and a size 5 shoe and diaper.

You still don’t talk a whole lot but we’ve seen good improvement since you got your ear tubes.  You say “mama”, “dada”, “nah nah” (also means dada), “ball”, “book”, “crackuh” (cracker), “ish” (fish), “oosh” (shoes), “isk” (Jake), “tucker”, “dog”, “duck”.
We can tell you understand most of what we say and follow instructions well and say “eh eh eh eh eh eh eh” (get the picture?) and point at anything else you can’t say.

You can point to your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, arms, legs, knees, hands, fingers, toes, feet, tummy, and bottom.

Your favorite books are “Wheels on the Bus”, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, and “Dogs”.

Your favorite show (you watch one with Jake during breakfast) is definitely Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or the Baby Einstein farm animals DVD

Your favorite song is Old McDonald.  If you are screaming in the car, you almost always stop if I sing this.  The problem is that I can’t sing it for 4 hours straight!

You sleep 12-13 hours at night and take one nap a day for 2-3 hours.

You are pure joy.

(For a peek of Jake at 18 months, click here)

Poor baby has had an upper respiratory infection, stomach bug, and now an ear infection (um hello, tubes?) in the past few weeks.  Luckily Jake has mostly stayed healthy but we hate seeing Drew feel so bad!  Here’s hoping we got all the germs out of our system so December can be a happy month!

Our Week

I wanted to share a few more pictures before the holidays arrive and I get really behind!

Jake and Drew have played so well together lately.  There is still some fighting but they love to wrestle and “kackle” (tackle) each other.

This is how Drew wanted to wake up Jake from his nap.  Luckily, it was well-received!
Sweet boys
Evidence of why I can’t get anything done when Drew is awake.  I guess he wanted in on the action and decided to do some work the other day.
Every morning the boys run to the oven (they assume I am Martha Stewart everyday).  They can’t stand it if the food isn’t ready so they used special mind-staring tricks to cook the muffins on this particular day.
Jake is turning into quite the little artist.  He loves to draw on paper, his Aquadoodle, Magnadoodle, easel, etc.  He is good at copying something I draw and also likes to do circles (faces) with eyes, noses, mouths, arms, legs, etc.  I was really impressed with how well he was doing and he gets so proud of himself.
Um y’all…this is his elephant.  Which looks like an elephant.  So proud of him!
I went up and helped with Jake’s preschool Thanksgiving “feast” last week.  This was the first day Drew didn’t feel well so luckily Daddy was able to run home and stay with him for a bit.
Jake always sits next to his girlfriend, Regan.  They are so sweet together.  Two little Indians (can I say that?  Native Americans?)

The Teddy Bear class eating their meal.  Most of the kids just wanted their regular lunches and didn’t appreciate the special food.  Ha.  We love his teachers and I definitely appreciate their patience with the class!

Let the blog show, this was also the same day as Jake’s first (second?) visit to the “principals” office at school…agh!  As he so plainly put it, “I didn’t want to listen to my teachers”.

We are so proud.

Sick Days

I was just telling someone how lucky we were to have avoided sickness this fall.  So naturally, that was the cue for everything germy and ugly to infect our house!

Both boys have been congested all week with a cough that won’t go away.  Then I caught it.  Then Drew got some sort of stomach bug.  Then Jake did (maybe, maybe not…we’ve had one “incident” and he’s been fine since). Then Daddy did.

SO.

I am fastly and furiously trying to catch up on everything tonight just in case the inevitable happens to me.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have typed that out because now I have secured my fate.

Needless to say, we’ve set some sort of TV record in the past few days.

But I’ve had lots of snuggles.

Sigh.

Here’s hoping for a healthy week because it’s Thanksgiving, y’all!

And p.s. If anyone was wondering, you KNOW I was at the premiere of Breaking Dawn part 2.  Hello. Awesome.  And Team Jacob! :)

Playing Hooky at the Zoo

Seth had an extra vacation day so we went to the zoo on Friday.  It was a beautiful (if not too hot) day and there was hardly anyone there.  Plenty of room for the kids to run around and burn energy!
Everytime we go to the zoo, my kids are obsessed with the birds.  Probably the most boring animals.  They were also fascinated with the normal birds and squirrels THAT WE SEE EVERYDAY.  So basically it was a glorified backyard trip for them! :)

The obligatory monkey picture.  Monkeys were also a big hit.  Jake yelled at some of them “HEY MONKEYS, YOU’RE ON MY PJS!  DO YOU WEAR PJS??”  Then he looked at us and laughed, saying, “Those silly monkeys don’t wear pjs!”.  I swear, he cracks us up all the time.

It is at this point I decided I was an animal activist. This was as close as I could zoom in, but check out the orangutan.  He looks miserable!  He was giving us sad eyes and drawing circles with his fingers on that piece of wood.  I nearly jumped over the railing to set him free until Seth said he would probably eat my face.
I bet he wouldn’t if it meant freedom though.

We got to feed the giraffes again and this time Drew got a turn too!

I love the giraffes, such a cool experience

Jake the prairie dog

This is how the kids were most of the day.  Drew refused to ride in the stroller and only wanted Daddy to hold him.  I’m pretty sure Seth’s arm was about to break off by the end of it!  Jake was excited to see that there was a Daddy, Mommy, Big Boy, AND baby elephant.  Just like us.

Worn out after about 2 hours.  We need to work on our zoo stamina!
P.S. If you see any wild animals roaming downtown Houston, don’t look at me.

What a Savior

My poor (or lucky, really!) kids hear me singing all the time. I can’t help it. For whatever reason, it’s usually hymns and lately I have had this one on my mind:
 

I found this recording while searching on YouTube and I happened to like it.  Although I’ve understood Jesus’ sacrifice for a long time, I think it really took having my own children to even get an inkling of how painful it would be to see your child suffer.  Yet God did it for even the least of us.  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name 
For the Son of God, who came 
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, 
In my place condemned He stood; 
Sealed my pardon with His blood. 
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we; 
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be? 
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Lifted up was He to die; 
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high. 
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

When He comes, our glorious King, 
All His ransomed home to bring, 
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!