Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas!

What a wonderful couple of days we've had!  There are some things I just never ever want to forget, so here's our Christmas highlights.  Hopefully, this will help when ONE day, I finally get time to sit down and scrapbook our wonderful life.  Until then, it's the electronic version that will have to do. 
 I love that these two cuties woke up REALLY early and were so excited!  I love that we read the Christmas story and prayed together as a family before the madness began!  I also love bed heads.  :-)
 I love that the big boys love and adore their little brother so much.  I also love that Jacob chose his own clothes for Christmas Eve with the Stover/Duncan family.  He wore his very loud elf hat too and looked in the mirror and said, "Oh my gosh I look so cute."  No joke... he really said that!
 I just love this.  That is all.  I mean how could you not??? 

    I love that Jacob was so thoughtful and bought something for Jonathan at the Santa Shop at his school.  Even though it wasn't "his own money," it sort of was and it was totally his idea.  I love that!!!  He tried to find something for Joshua too, but they didn't have any baby stuff. 
I love that Joshua somehow had about 8 Christmas outfits to wear. We tried to give each one equal time. :-) Here's one of my favorites!
Some other highlights...
  • I love Jonathan's expressions and his sincere words of gratitude when he opened presents... "I love that one.  I wanted that!  Wow, isn't that cool?  Thank you thank you thank you..."  On almost every present.  It was precious. 
  • I love that our little family got to participate in the service at church by lighting the advent candle.  Jacob was such a big boy reading part of our script.  First service went great.  Second service... well, let's just say I cut out a whole paragraph of what I was supposed to read because Joshua was starving and spitting out his paci to scream a little hungry. 
  • I love that we got to spend so much time with our families. 
  • I love that I have eaten so very very bad the last couple of days.  Okay, that's a lie.  I don't love that, but I do love the food I got to eat.  Now, I need to get control and get my butt in gear to exercise! 
  • I love all the homemade ornaments my kiddos make me at school.  I used to make fun of my momma for putting all the ornaments my sister and I made for her on the tree even when we were grown.  Now I know why she does it.  There is nothing better than a homemade angel or nativity scene to add the prefect touch to any tree. 
  • I love love love that my hubby is home this whole week.  Yay! 
I love our little traditions we are creating.  It's hard to not have the "gimmes" at Christmas time.  We are no exception to that, but we try really hard to remind the boys of the best gift of all - the birth of Jesus. 
    Merry CHRISTmas from our family to yours! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

two months old already???

Time just keeps going faster... with each child, it seems like time is just speeding along faster and faster and faster.  I know I've said this before, but sometimes I really wish I could freeze time.  Now would be one of those.  I'd forgotten how much fun 2 month old babies are.  :-)

Joshua weighs in at a whopping 12 lbs and is 23" long.  He falls right in the 50th percentile - so he may be a bit more petite than my other crazies, who have seemed to be in the upper 80s or 90th percentile most of their lives. 

Joshua is the easiest baby on the planet.  Hands down.  (Thank you Jesus - you knew we couldn't handle a high maintenance kiddo!)  He is so happy and content and seriously hardly ever cries.  And oh my word, he is flexible.  I suppose he has to be a go with the flow kind of dude with our hectic schedule. 

He is one happy baby!  No one can make him smile or talk like his daddy does and it is precious!  Though I will admit, I was secretly happy that his first smiles were reserved for me.  :-)  He and daddy have the cutest talks.  I love the way Joshua stares at daddy intently when he first gets home from work.  Love love love!!!

People constantly ask what's the hardest part of having three or what's been the toughest part?  Well, honestly, he just really fits in to our family so well, but the hardest part is getting him on a good schedule.  Thankfully, he's flexible, but I feel so bad for him.  He's constantly in and out of the car, which is interrupting his daytime sleep (and consequently he is not sleeping well at night either.).  I have to load him up to take Jacob to school at 720, Jonathan to school at 9, pick up Jonathan at 12 and then pick up Jacob at 220...  see??? Lots of transitions.  He is still getting up at least twice to eat - like clockwork.  I'm hopeful he will start sleeping through the night really soon... hint hint, sweet baby boy! 

Oh Joshua, how I love you.  I can't imagine life without you.  You are so special and you complete our family in the best way.  Your brothers adore you and will always be here for you.  They may overwhelm you at times, but I promise you, they would walk through fire for you.  So would mommy and daddy.  We love you so much!  I know God has a very special plan for you. 

Monday, December 03, 2012

It's Henry Time

Jacob man made his acting debut this weekend.  He played Henry in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Shelby County Community Theater.  The play is absolutely adorable. 
Here's Jacob on opening night -getting ready to go to his first performance.  Mommy got to go help out backstage that night. 
 Night two - the audience was full of Jacob's biggest fans - mommy, daddy, little bro, Mamaw, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Bryan and Aunt Susan and some other family and friends. 
 Jacob's Papaw also happens to be in the play as a fireman - see below!  Papaw loves the theater and has been in a few shows and likes to be behind the scenes working on set, playing music, doing the lights, etc.  He encouraged Jacob to audition, and I'm so glad he did... Jacob has really enjoyed it. 

It's been a huge time commitment, but every second of it has been worth it.  Jacob did awesome in his little role.  He has one speaking line, but is on stage a lot.  SOOOO stinking cute!  The play is very well done.  All the actors did a great job.  If you haven't seen it, GO SEE IT!!! This weekend there are shows on Thursday through Sunday.  A great story about the real meaning of Christmas.  It'll definitely kick start your holiday spirit.