Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daddy And Me Day

Both of the boys had "Daddy and Me Day" at school this week. Nathan's special day was yesterday, and Jack's was today.

Nathan James was so, so, so excited! When it came time to get dressed, he asked, "What shirt do you think Dad will think is the most handsome?" And, when I was combing his hair, he said, "Do my hair JUST like Dad's!"

How precious is that!?

We pulled into the parking lot, and Nathan said, "My stomach hurts a little bit."

"Really, sugar?" I asked

"Well," he replied, "It always hurts a little bit on Daddy and Me Day."

He was equal parts anxious and excited, I do believe!

They had a great time together! :)

Jack, being the three year old that he is, was not worrying over his hair and his choice of shirt this morning. He was simply stoked to be spending the morning with his dad!

When we pulled in the parking lot {when your hubby gets to work at 5:00 AM, he can't exactly take the kiddos to school. ugh. annoying.}, and Jack saw Scott's truck, he started screaming, "DADDY!!! DADDY!!!"

I picked up Jack this afternoon from school, and the first thing I asked him was how Daddy and Me Day went. "Mom! We ate doughnuts! I really liked that food! But, we didn't have cupcakes. Just grapes and oranges." I laughed. True to form, Jack was thinking about his tummy. :)

I'm so blessed to have these two boys. They're so different and wonderful and unique. And I'm so blessed, as are they, to have Scott. He really is the best daddy. Most nights, he comes home late and exhausted, and he gives his all to his family. I couldn't ask for a better man! And the boys couldn't ask for a better daddy!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Big Snow And An Answered Prayer

The weather forecast was calling for 20"-30". We knew it was going to be a big one. Scott is on pediatric surgery right now, which means he has "24 hour call" every Friday. (I put "24 hour call" in quotes because it's like 34 hour call.) He would undoubtedly be stuck all weekend long at the hospital.

And you know what? I was feeling down in the dumps about it. Thinking about being stuck in the house for three days straight with the boys, and no help from my husband, was exhausting and draining to even imagine.

So, Friday morning, my mom and I had our Bible study together over the phone. We're currently going through A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. I asked my mom to pray for me--that the time Scott was up at the hospital was seeming beyond excessive lately, and I just needed some strength! (I might think that third year of residency is the worst. What the heck!?)

Well, the boys were ready to go outside and play! I couldn't stave them off any longer. So, at 9:15 on Friday morning, we headed out.

They burst into the snow, squealing and laughing.

And then do you know what?

Scott pulled into the driveway! I was BEYOND surprised! He got out and I was like, "What are you doing home!?" One of his co-workers had switched call schedules with him, and he basically was getting the rest of the day Friday and Saturday off! (Surgery residents always work 6 days a week, so this was another BIG deal.)

The first thing I did was say, "Thank You, Lord!" God had answered my prayer! I texted my mom right away.

We enjoyed two blissful days with Daddy at home, and it.was.heavenly!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Foggy Hike

Winter took its sweet, slow time in reaching us this year. And we are not complaining! A couple of weeks ago, we were able to go for a hike without jackets, gloves, or hats. {People, in Virginia, this is A BIG DEAL.}

It was very foggy outside! It was sort of eerie, but also very beautiful.

Scott and the boys hiked down to this stream. They got absolutely filthy dirty in the process, but they loved it!

I'm laughing at my children in this picture. Dear Lord!

Oh, I love these guys so much! I'm so grateful for the three of them.

It was a wonderful family hike! I can't wait until these boys are older, and we can go for super long/intense hikes!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Science Museum

My boys looooooove "the science museum!" We have a family membership to the Science Museum of Western Virginia, which is downtown. So, this morning, we took the boys! And, for the first time ever, we visited the Butterfly Garden.

This is a picture of Nathan with his absolute favorite gecko, the Leopard Gecko. He has named him "Spotty."

The butterfly garden! So fun! The butterflies were beautiful!

The museum currently has an exhibit called "Pixel Play." There are about fifty arcade games to play. So fun! The boys loved it! Nathan especially loved that he didn't need a stool to play the games!

What a fun way to spend the morning!

Merry Christmas

Well, we had a very merry Christmas this year! For the second year in a row, we stayed put in Roanoke, just the four of us. It was happy and peaceful and wonderful! I feel that--more than ever before--the four of us focused on the true reason for celebrating at Christmas. Every evening this month, we have gathered together and read verses that relate to the birth of Christ. New family tradition! It reiterated what we already tell our children: Christmas is about Jesus. Not presents. Not Santa. Not candy and excitement and Christmas morning. No. It's about Jesus, the greatest gift of all, stepping down from Heaven to rescue us.

And as has apparently become a tradition around here, we made sugar cookies from scratch. So fun! {By the way, the greatest sugar cookie recipe I've ever found is in the Little Rock Junior League's cookbook.}

This was also the first Christmas Eve church service that we've actually all sat through, {mostly!} quietly, and enjoyed. WOW! There are major advantages to have two bigger boys, let me tell ya! Our pastor preached on the meaning behind the carol "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." So special.

Christmas morning! Breakfast casserole, presents, and sweet family time.

Another special Christmas in Roanoke! :)