Monday, June 19, 2017

Henry At Nine Months

You, Henry Thomas, are just the cutest thing in the universe! You are so happy!

You're pulling up to standing all the time now!

You have two bottom teeth, and one has just broken through on the top!

You're obsessed with your big brothers! Obsessed.

You're pulling over chairs, knocking over things on tables, and generally going after anything and everything you shouldn't be. {Ahem, exhausting}

You go to bed at 6:50 PM, and you wake around 5:50 AM. You nap twice a day.

You're still being breastfed, but you can now use a sippy cup.

You eat yogurt, baby food mixed with rice cereal, peanut butter, turkey, cheese, apples, watermelon, veggie straws, strawberry fig newtons, and WHATEVER MOMMY IS EATING!

All the ladies in the church nursery say you're the cutest and they're in love with you!

You're loud, for being the youngest. You've got a lot to say.

You're loved, cherished, adored, treasured, prayed over and for, and celebrated! Happy nine months, little baby!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Last Day of Preschool Party

Today, I hosted a party at the house for Jack's preschool class to celebrate the last day of school! It has been a precious year at our new preschool, and this was a sweet time to play with friends and enjoy each other's company.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Cutie Pies

Aren't they the cutest!?

Henry's Baby Dedication

On May 14th, we had Henry's baby dedication at church. This is so dear to my heart, as I pray over each of my children every day. I yearn for them to follow the Lord.

The life verses that we chose for Henry are 1 Corinthians 16:13-14: "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."

When we made it back home, Henry was exhausted. It was so cute! I don't know that I've ever seen him this tired, but still awake!

Muffins With Mom

Jack's preschool had a "Muffins with Mom" breakfast. It was precious! I love my Jack so, so much. He thrives in just about every single environment he's put in, and school is no exception. I loved eating breakfast with him and watching him play with his friends. Such a special morning!

Scott's 30th Birthday

Yesterday, this handsome man of mine turned thirty! We celebrated with cake, gifts, and supper!

The boys were "in charge" of his decorations. They colored lots of pictures and we hung them around the dining room.

Scott requested spinach and artichoke dip, sausage pinwheels, and buttermilk fried chicken for his dinner.

Happy birthday to my very best friend!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

30th Birthday Getaway!

I know that I am so behind on blogging, because I've been thirty for over a month now! But, oh well! I want to remember this special trip that I took with my mom to the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia last month.

My mom planned the entire trip and surprised me. It was so much fun! We had a really relaxing time--going antiquing, eating fabulous (!!) meals, and enjoying each other's company. I can't wait for the time--perhaps in just a few years--when my mom and I can get away for little trips every year!

We also visited James Madison's home, Montpellier. We watched a huge storm blow in from the house, and I've never seen wind like that. It was crazy!

On our last day of the trip, my mom had planned for us to hike in Shenandoah National Park. Well, it was unexpectedly thirty-two degrees and blowing snow (see the snow in the background?), so we hiked for all of about ten minutes!

It was a really special way to celebrate turning thirty. Thanks, Mom!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Playing Catch Up

Oh, hi there! Remember me? The mama who runs this household and this blog!?


I absolutely can believe that this is the longest blogging pause in the six years I've written our family's story on here. Life.has.been.crazytownUSA.

Scott has been gone for the better part of two months, interviewing for vascular fellowship positions. And to be honest, I've been running from one thing to the next, trying to keep all the balls in the air.

Henry is now six and a half months old! Geesh! He hasn't had any more ear infections so far, thank goodness. He's sitting up, babbling all day long, taking three naps a day, still nursing, and eating baby food.

Nathan and Jack are still in school five days a week, working and playing hard (and wearing me out!).

I'm writing this down, to remember what my days look like right now:

5:00-6:00 AM: Wake up
6:05 AM: Greeted by Nathan and Jack, being loud and demanding breakfast
6:10 AM: Get bacon and sausage frying, pour milk in Nathan's cereal, vitamins and juice for the boys
6:12 AM: Go down to my office, turn on my computer, check e-mails
6:40 AM: Turn on the news, tell Nathan to go get dressed
6:55 AM: Review Jack's letters, brush Nathan's teeth, wash his face, and fix his hair
6:55 AM: Henry wakes up
7:00 AM: Nurse Henry
7:15 AM: Walk Nathan out to the bus
7:55 AM: Put Henry down for a nap
8:20 AM: Get Jack dressed and ready for school
8:40 AM: Get Jack and Henry into the car
8:55 AM: Drop Jack off at school
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Work, work, work, and laundry, and nursing Henry, and errands, and breakfast and lunch for myself somewhere in there, and lunch for Henry
1:00 PM: Pick up Jack from school
1:15 PM: Put Jack down for a nap
2:00 PM: Put Henry down for a nap
2:25 PM: Go out to bus stop to get Nathan
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Work, work, work, and homework, and after school snacks, and unpacking backpacks, and playing outside
4:00 PM: Henry wakes up and nurses
4:30 PM: Get started making dinner
5:00 PM: Dinner on table
5:15-5:45 PM: Work, and let the boys watch some TV
5:50 PM: Bath time for the boys
6:20 PM: Pajamas and bedtime story
7:00 PM: Lights out for Nathan and Jack
7:20 PM: Lights out for Henry
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM: Laundry, work, cleaning the house, packing the next day's school lunches, a bit of sewing
10:00 PM: TV time
10:50 PM: Bedtime for tired mama

And in the midst of that, there's a career I'm juggling, swim team, swim lessons, being snack mom, church, Awana, educational instruction for three growing boys, and on and on. These days are LONG. LONG.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Four Months Old

I can hardly believe that my baby Henry is four months old! The time is truly flying by!

He has already doubled his birth weight. Go big boy!

He had a fantastic check up! "Hen Hen," as Jack calls him, got another round of vaccines, and he took 'em like a champ. Gosh, I love this little boy. He truly brings me SO much JOY!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year's Hike

On the first day of 2017, we took our first hike as a family of five. We hiked for about an hour and fifteen minutes on the Appalachian Trail, which happens to run just about a twenty minute drive from our house.

We had a really fun time. The weather was cold, but not uncomfortable. And this time of year, with no leaves on the trees, the vistas were incredible!

We eventually had to turn back. The trail literally went along the side of a massive mountain. The whole trail was covered in fallen leaves, was about two feet wide, and had a couple hundred foot drop on the side. I walked about ten yards with Nathan, turned around to Scott, and yelled, "Nope! We're not doing this. Not safe!" If I had just taken a stumble, Henry and I would have been loooooong gone. So, we decided to turn around.

Nathan enjoyed climbing on the boulders along the side of the trail, and Jack had fun collecting LOTS of acorns. See his jacket pocket in this picture? He must have stuffed about seventy or so acorns in there!

Henry only fussed a couple of times. We kept him bundled up and warm!

What a special way to welcome in 2017!