Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Split personality

Grace can be hilarious and talkative.  She plays and runs around singing and making up games and stories.  She has an amazing sense of humor.  Throughout the Christmas season, she came up with all sorts of ideas about Santa, and she made up several songs about Santa Cwaus coming to town.  Even now, after she's been told to stay in bed, she needs to quickly find out how many days til Christmas before she can go to sleep.

But...she will clam up like none of the others.  I mean she'll turn silent.  She won't always look up or speak, and some people have actually expressed concern for her development.

I am not concerned.  Not one iota.  She. is. fine.  We're just working on her manners...

"Mawy had a wittle ham, wittle ham, wittle ham.  Mawy had a wittle ham, some bacon and some eggs."  Love this little sweetie...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Things you don't think you'll overhear...

"I sure hope somebody punches me in the face at karate..."

{pause...scratching head...}

"Maybe this tooth will finally come out!"

This child is super high octane energy, and aside from occasional nervous twitching, I enjoy being with him.  Laughing with him or trying not to laugh at him as his jokes have a running potty-related theme.  I envision Deron being very much like this little guy in his youth.

And what a handsome little thing...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blast from the past!

Baby Grace!

I thought I'd lost all these old videos and pictures...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Birthday, Hannah!

My sweet and precious Hannah,

photo credit: Laura Roush Photography
Today, you turn five years old, and my mind is taken back to the day you came into this world.  Having been born at 3:12 in the morning, you were in some kinda hurry compared to your brothers. I didn't miss a meal.  Always the parent pleaser.

Fast forward a few years and we've got this sweet, quiet, bright, friendly, little beautiful girl with a heart of gold.

This has been a very good year for you.  You have come out of your shell in a mighty way making friends wherever you go.  And I do mean wherever...the library, Chik-fil-A, karate, and the grocery store if I let you chat long enough.  It's nice to see that since you've always been very reserved.  The confidence you've displayed this year becomes you.

You started preschool and are now begging for more schoolwork. Teaching you has been a whole different world than what I'm used to.  You spend a lot of time begging for more...wanting to know more and learn more and have your turn.  You're a catching things rapidly which allows for extra playtime, as well.

You are my little shadow.  You want to do what I do, sit where I sit, go where I go.  It can be very sweet and very humbling as I see myself through your eyes.  May the Lord be ever with me as I try and set a good example for you, my dear girl.

Sometimes, I wonder what things will be like as you get older and I have to stop and remind myself that what we are doing now will influence how things will be years from now.  How do we spend our days?  What will you remember from your childhood?  What do I want you to remember?  When asked what was important to your family, what would I want you to say?  I need to put first things first.  I hope I do that in a very visible way for you.  I hope you always know in what order our priorities should be.

You are a sweet and precious member of this family.  You are loved beyond comprehension, and I am very thankful to be your mother.

I love you, sweet Hannah-Bella.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

November & December 2011

Grace has pulled a couple of keys off my laptop making it difficult to type.  Sometime this spring, I'll be graduating to a new laptop, so until then, I'll continue to keep my typing to a minimum.

We've had a wonderful couple of months filled with festivities and family time.  We've enjoyed celebrating old traditions and making new ones.  I feel like I need to get my calendar out to remember all that we've done.

~ November 2011 ~

We spent Thanksgiving Day enjoying dinner with mi familia.  I love to devour all the amazing dishes we don't eat any other time of the year.  I love the scent of pumpkin pie while I sip coffee and watch the kids play.  Sometimes I have to force myself to sit and watch the kids play.  I get caught up in doing all that I need to do.  I forget that they are growing...quickly...and I need to relax and enjoy it before these days become memories.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, we made our annual trek to South Georgia to enjoy the weekend meeting at Irwinville Primitive Baptist Church.  Brother David Montgomery was blessed to preach, and we were blessed to be there and hear it.  The children had a blast with their cousins and always...

~ December 2011 ~

Christmas traditions have become very near and dear to our hearts.  We don't have consistent Thanksgiving or Christmas traditions with our extended families because not everyone lives close to one another. So while our family gatherings change from year to year, what we do in our little family has remained constant. 

Early in December, we went out to the tree farm to get our tree.  For the past few years we've cut down our tree, but we convinced the kids to help pick out a Frasier Fir tree this year.  Last year, the one we cut was too brittle and the limbs weren't strong enough to hold the ornaments.  They were content with enjoying the farm, drinking hot chocolate, and choosing a tree to take home.  One day, after the children are grown and gone, I may get an artificial, but we want one of their childhood memories to revolve around that Christmas tree farm.

December 15-17, we went to South Georgia for our Christmas celebrations with Deron's side of the family.  We enjoyed visiting with his grandparents Friday morning, a bonfire at his sister's home Friday night, and Christmas brunch on Saturday morning at his parents' home.  There was plenty of food, but with all my nephews getting so big, we may have to up the amount of food for next year.  I've always heard the teenage boys can eat, but good grief!  We ate, played games, drank Grandma's Christmas sherbet punch, sang Christmas songs...which Deron always has to goof around with his extra fun renditions..., opened gifts, and ate some more.  We always "eat real good" when we get together.  Christmas at his folks' is very special for all of us!

December 19, we constructed our gingerbread houses.  This is the first year we used a kit instead of graham crackers and hot glue.  They stood up for all of three minutes after the decorating was completed... Daniel said the best part was the "smashing" at the end!

December 21-23, we celebrated Deron's birthday and we began Christmas celebrations with my side of the family.  My parents' gift to us was an old fashioned Christmas experience in the cabins at a local state park.  It was wonderful!  We let the kids make ornaments to decorate the tree, watched Christmas movies, opened and played with gifts, baked and decorated cookies, and we drank coffee on the screened in porches.  Deron got me a french press coffee maker for Christmas, and it takes coffee to a whole new level.  Despite the rain and cold weather, the boys slept on the porch, and they didn't get sick!  The sun came out the day we left, and the kids didn't want to go home.  I didn't want to go home either...

Christmas Eve, we rented a movie and ate pizza.  We rode around to look at the Christmas lights and to vote on our favorite...until Grace had to go potty...  It wasn't a long ride, but we've been doing it every year so it counts as part of our tradition.
Christmas morning, the kids got up at was a long day...a good day...but a long day.  The kids played until the last possible moment they could.  Then, we got ready and headed out to church.  We went to the movies with some of our church family and went to bed as early as we could.

December 27-30, my sister and nephew came to stay us before they had to go home.  He's gotten so big since the summer and has also gotten so vocal.  He's got the sweetest sounding voice.  We enjoyed seeing them and can't wait to visit them next fall!