Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mickey & Minnie...

love football games!

Today's game was especially neat for our sweet pair since Daddy snagged us tickets in the "Topper Club," or luxury area at the stadium.

They were only told about a thousand times how cute they were...especially Minnie, since Mickey got tired of his costume after an hour or so.

Looking forward to trick or treat adventures with Mickey and Minnie tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Race Day

Saturday, we participated in the BG Medical Center 10K Classic. We walked (and they rode) in the 5K. We had really nice weather and all enjoyed. JJ's favorite part of the weekend was the pasta party Friday night!

This is a family tradition, and our 8th time (we think), Sydney's 4th and JJ's 2nd year to participate. Luke, you'll be rolling along with us next year, and your Nana and Buddy have purchased you a sweet new ride!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Over fall break, we took the kids to Jackson's Orchard. This was JJ's first trip to Jackson's... we missed last fall due to rainy weather and traveling away from home a lot on weekends, as we were living in a hotel room.

Jeff found the biggest slide, called the "Cider Slider" and took JJ so they could experience together. Sydney did not want any part of this slide!

JJ really had a fun time walking around, playing, feeding goats, eating ice cream and more. Sydney enjoyed those things too, as well as picking out our pumpkins and a yummy apple slush!

This is a really fun fall-time tradition that we always look forward to. Next year Luke, our 9/10 month old!!!!, will be enjoying with us as well.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sweet JJ at 18 months

Today, our sweet JJ turns 18 months old. We can hardly believe it. We are having more and more fun with him all the time. His sweet disposition is amazing and we pretty much never hear him cry unless big sister does something to provoke him :)

Some of his favorite things are cows, Sydney, mickey mouse, shoes, carrying around our shoes, giving hugs, books (carrying them around and reading them), dumbo, balls, and doggies. He loves most foods but some of his favorites are grapes, pizza, little white powdered donuts, apples, fruit snacks, mac n cheese and spaghetti. His favorite restaurant is Fazoli's. He hates haircuts and the dentist.

JJ is less verbal than his big sister was at 18 months, but his vocabulary is developing well. He really understands things well that we are talking about or asking him to do, and most :) of the time follows directions well. So far, in their short lives, Sydney is the champion talker, and he is the champion listener.

I couldn't really say for sure if he is a mommy's boy or daddy's because really he is both. For the last several weeks, he comes up multiple times in a day out of the blue and gives us the best hugs.

He loves to be outside, and play with Sydney. He thinks she hung the moon, and as of late, he has managed to win big sister over with his charm too. (She often tells me that JJ is her best friend.)

Jeff and I are having so much fun watching them play together and they get along so well about 95% of the time. This has been going on for about the last month and is such great timing since baby Luke will demand quite a bit of attention here in less than 12 weeks.

We love you so much JJ and are so proud of you, our sweet son. We can't imagine a family without you in it. You and your big sister are truly the joys of our lives.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Kentucky Down Under

Last week was Fall Break for Sydney and me, and on Friday we made the short trip to Cave City and Kentucky Down Under.

We had great weather and a fun time checking out the animals, including kangaroos, sheep, birds, cows, turtles and even snakes.

Sydney's favorite part of the day was the "Walkabout," where she got to pet a kangaroo and even see a joey (baby) in Mommy's pouch.

Her least favorite part of the day was feeding the birds (or being held by me while I did and another landed on her head)

JJ enjoyed the entire day, but his highlight was seeing a cow being milked. Anyone who is around JJ much knows that he has become a bit obsessed with cows :) If you can't tell...he had a front row seat to see this one...after Jeff and I "shooed" away a couple of older kids that were standing in front of him, that is!

You know, you really can see everything better when you have a great seat like this one...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Special Name

He will be here in less than 3 months, and now he has a name! We are very excited about his name...

Luke Asher

"Luke" derives from the first century Christian, "the beloved physician," who authored the gospel of Luke and also the book of Acts.

Luke's Gospel focuses on Christ's teachings about salvation and his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Messiah. It includes the complete story and history of Jesus from His birth and ministry to his crucifixion and resurrection. It also includes the beautiful birth story of the baby Jesus and the miracle conception by God.

Luke tells the most beautiful story that will ever be known.

There is nothing more important and relevant in all the history of the world than the words shared in the gospel of Luke.

"Asher" means happy, fortunate & blessed!

In the Old Testament, Asher was Jacob's 8th son.

We are getting more and more excited every day about this special new life that God has created! We have fallen in love with him and his name.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Toy Story On Ice

Last Thursday, we took the kids to opening night of Toy Story 3 on Ice in Nashville. It was a really cute show. All of us really enjoyed, but it was my sweet little boy who seemed to have the most fun of all. He was all smiles and laughs as he sat with Daddy. Sydney really enjoyed it too, but at intermission she she turned and asked us if it was dark yet. (We knew exactly what that meant.) So, we asked her if she was having fun. Her answer was that she was having fun, and she liked the show a lot, but she was tired and wanted to go home and go to bed :) This is my child who has always been more than serious about getting her rest !

We ended up staying for all but the last few minutes, when JJ also got restless. It was a special memory with "just" the four of us.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Chaney's in the Fall

This Saturday, we took the kids to Chaney's Dairy Barn. Sydney talked the whole week leading up to this visit about riding a pony! When we arrived, she quickly decided that the ponies (really horses) were "too big" and she did not want to ride them :)

We did enjoy the beautiful weather, ice cream, the duck pond, and Sydney loved painting her own pumpkin. JJ even found a slide "his size." Here they are enjoying our outing:

She got to pick a yoyo!

My proud and cute boy

Showing off her painted pumpkin at home on the porch!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


My cousin and her husband welcomed their precious baby boy Graham into the world on Friday! We are so excited for both Patricia and Jonathan, and our whole family! All of his health reports have been great so far and we are excited to meet him sometime soon! Graham will have a special friend here in just a few weeks...countdown for us is less than 14 weeks! Here he is in one of his first pictures with his grandmother:

Patricia and I are really 3rd cousins, but we have always been very close. We are two years apart and have shared clothes, toys, trips and more :) for 30 years. Jeff and I think a lot of her and Jonathan and we are so excited for this little boy who is more than lucky to have them as parents.
Here is a photos of Patricia and me at her baby shower over Labor Day weekend (35 weeks along and 21 weeks along):