Friday, January 28, 2011

Playtime with Daddy

Owen and Anderson love to rough house with Aaron...and I love to watch all the silliness. They have so much fun...lots of laughter, lots of squeals, lots of tag, lots of hiding and seeking, and just a few boo-boos.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oven Drawer

Apparently, it's a fun place to play!

Owen (13 months)...



Anderson (20 months), supervised by Wesley.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

4 til 2

It's hard to believe, but 4 months from today, we'll have a 2 year old!

He sees the camera and says 'cheese'...
Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D


Apparently, he eats a lot too. He really does. I think he has finally started filling out. He finally has a baby belly. He is finally wearing mostly 18 month clothes. He does, however, have big feet like his big brother (size 7!).

We are having so much fun with this crazy guy. He is a big ball of personality and keeps me on my toes. Mommy loves you, Andersonny!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What they are saying

Lots of fun conversations at our house these days. Here's a sampling...

We went to play at Madelyn's and her daddy was getting ready to go on duty (he's a deputy). Owen came home and told Aaron that he saw Carey in his Halloween costume.

Owen was at Aaron's grandma's and he was helping her put her shoes away. He very meticulously flattened the tissue paper piece by piece. After the 3rd piece of tissue, she prodded him to add the shoes. He responded, 'I will, but you'll have to have some patience.'

Anderson for months now has referred to almost every 4 legged creature as a dog. Now, all dogs are dogs and everything else is a ho-oarse. Just a little southern drawl in that pronunciation.

Aaron was helping Owen with his shoes and Owen said 'Daddy, I told Mrs. M (his preschool teacher), when I grow up I'm going to be a daddy.'

I then asked him if his babies would be boys or girls and without hesitating, he said 'girls.' Not sure if Caylee, Hadley, Elise, Harper or Phereby have anything to do with that answer, but he does love some baby girls!

When I ask Owen a question with that has a 'yes' answer, he's been answering, 'that would be correct, mommy.'

He was pretend talking to Aaron on the phone and said, 'yes (pause), yes sir.' He talks to Aaron every morning on the phone and most of the time, the first question is answered 'yes' followed by 'yes sir' after Aaron or I correct him. It cracked me up that he followed the same pattern in pretend play.

Speaking of talking on the phone, Anderson now also talks to Daddy every morning. Most mornings, it's 'hi', followed by something completely unintelligible, followed by 'luv you, bye-bye'. So sweet!

Anderson is still quite vocal and surprises me all the time with the words he knows. He'll repeat anything we say and he's very happy to tell you exactly what he wants...which makes things easier around the house, well as long as it is something he can have.

I was telling Aaron that I had gone over lots of body parts with Anderson and he pointed to his then mine. Owen learned about skin last week in preschool so I asked where his skin was. Aaron then asked him where his nostril was, told him it was the holes in his nose...proud moment here...'you mean how we pick our nose!' Uh, how about how we breathe, buddy.

Pics soon...they actually made if off the camera...now they just have to make it into a post.

Monday, January 24, 2011

long lost blogger

I'm still alive, but have been buried under year-end and computer issues.

I've got cute pics and cute sayings from the kids ready to share, just need to find the time to get it all together.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share another link, since that's all I've been doing lately. Yesterday was Sanctity of Life Sunday, instituted by President Reagan. I know we've all read through what happens with a baby each week of pregnancy, but I enjoyed reading through the miracle that is human development and hope you'll take the time to read it again as well.
http://www.junksciencemom.com/2011/01/science-of-human-life.html

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grace Thru Faith

Grace Thru Faith is one of my favorite websites. I have it on my reader and he answers 3-4 questions each day. Most of the site deals with end time prophecy, but the reader questions cover a variety of topics. There are links at the end of each post to other related posts.

A few great reads to get you started...You really want to read these!

Updated Seven Major Signs
Luke 17
Battle of Ezekiel 38

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Parenting Experts

Who are your resources? I like John Rosemond and Dr. James Dobson. I like Dr. Leman's books, but haven't read any of his parenting books...I have a feeling I would like him as well.

I subscribe to John Rosemond's column via email. I think last week's column (1/4) is worth a read for all of you parents of school age and younger children. His style is very common-sensicle and makes sense to me.

Here's the link to his site and specifically to last week's column (this one may not work too much longer as the new one should be posted shortly. I'll try to update when he does.

Happy Parenting!

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's mine!

No, it's not the kids yelling that, it's me...Owen got an iTunes gift card for Christmas and now I can't get my iPad away from him! At least he is sharing with his brother.


And, no, this was not staged, this is how I found them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pedal!

Owen got a real bike for Christmas...he'll be riding all around the neighborhood in no time!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Last but not least

Our final Christmas celebration was on New Year's Day with my dad and Cindi at my sister's house. When I told Owen we were going to Aunt Abby's to celebrate Christmas again, he began insisting that we pull all our Christmas decorations our again and put them up.
I took this picture of Owen giving Grandma Cindi a thank you hug...I just love Julia's mini-Abby expression.

It only took a few practice tries, but Anderson was totally into the unwrapping by this celebration.

Owen was very excited to get a Bible of his very own. He has been wanting one and it has barely left his side he opened it.



Owen and Julia reading his Bible in her bunk bed. When we left, Julia was saying she wants a Bible and Owen was saying he wants bunk beds.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Almost White Christmas

It started snowing late Christmas night. We woke up on the 26th to around 8 inches of fluffy white...what a fun way to recuperate from a busy Christmas Day. We had some great family time both inside and out. Owen is our big snow lover. He was out with us and then went out again later alone to play. The snow was a little too deep for Anderson...he didn't enjoy it and I think it was because he couldn't really walk in it. The dogs also love the snow.



Owen telling Daddy to get that weak snowball action out of here.

Then they cleaned off the slide.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Day

We had a great Christmas. Anderson had a good time, but Owen was really into it this year for the first time. We were up late getting everything ready and our kids must have been really good this year. Owen got the blower, weed eater and hedge trimmer (like his daddy's) that he asked for. He also got a bike, but the stars for him were the yard tools. Anderson got a man-kitchen that Owen asked for for him, and a soccer ball and goals.



Santa was also very good to me...my husband is a great gift giver...I think most of the presents under the tree were for me.


Owen had to head outside right away to do some yard work. He came in and said 'doesn't the yard look nice?' It looked great!




After spending some time at home, we headed to Aaron's brother's new house for brunch and more presents. No pictures from there...it was a little busy!

We came home for a nap and then went to Aaron's mom's house for dinner. Guess what we remembered to do...take a family picture!

And a couple of great pictures of the kids and Grandma JuJu.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was a fun, chill at home day. We had dinner with Aaron's extended family, but spent the day in our jammies. The kids opened and stayed busy with their gifts from our babysitter and Aaron and I rested.




Anderson and Granny (Aaron's Grandma)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas and hope you did as well. Our Christmas celebrations spanned a whole 2 weeks. We had a great time visiting with family, eating way too much, and opening way too many presents. Oh, and taking too many pictures and blogging very little. I'm going to try to narrow down the pictures, but part of the delay in posting is that there are so many pictures!

First up was celebrating with my mom and sister. Owen helped Grandma make a gingerbread train.

And tested the candy...



Owen donned his preschool Christmas program bell hat for opening presents.





I did a little crafting for Christmas. Here is sweet baby Elise in the hat I made.


And, my big project was finishing this birth announcement sampler. My grandmother started this, probably in the early 80s for a cousin of mine. She gave it to me when my sister was pregnant with my now 4 year old niece. I worked on it some then, but put it away without finishing it. I pulled it back out this fall and finished it up for Elise. Elise is named after my grandmother (Kathryn), who passed away in 2007. I think it is really special that Elise has something that her namesake worked on. This is the only time I've ever cross stitched and I bet it is also the last. Haha!


Owen and Julia were jumping up and down with excitement when they opened the pajamas my mom made. She makes all the kids pajamas each year. Here are all the kiddos in their new pjs with their sock monkeys.