Friday, July 29, 2011


The quietest daytime hours in our house come in the late afternoon-when JJ and Luke are taking their naps.

This is the time I spend catching up on chores, exercising, and enjoying special time playing with Sydney. This afternoon, I was hanging up clothes, and Sydney was in the room beside me playing with her princess dolls. She walked in the room, gave me a hug, and totally out of the blue said "Mommy, thank you for being a nice Mommy...and a good Mommy and you teach us about God."

God has given us a daughter with such a sweet and thankful disposition. And today, he used her to sweetly remind me about the biggest responsibility I have as her (their) Mom. There are so many times I could do a better job!!!

Here is our creation from this later this afternoon:

If you need help id'ing it, this is Noah's Ark :) Crafts are not exactly my specialty, but she doesn't know that...yet.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time With Friends

We spent this past weekend in Louisville with the Linn's. We had so much fun-swimming, eating downtown at a favorite spot, going to a Bats game/fireworks, checking out the zoo, and swimming again. Our kids really love spending time with each other-these friends are so dear to us.

Sydney loved the "splash park" at the zoo so much...sprinklers, waterslides, huge water buckets dumping on your head :) As much as she liked it, JJ disliked it. (Is this picture cruel?)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Deja Vu

Look who's asleep in the Jumperoo

July 2011 (6 months)

January 2010 (8 months)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

4th of July

Jeff, Sydney, Luke and I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. over the 4th of July weekend for five days. It was amazing.

I love the 4th of July. I love my country, hot weather and fireworks. It has long been a wish of mine to be in D.C. on the 4th and this year it just worked out that Living Hope sent Jeff to a conference July 1-5.

The trip was very special and we had a wonderful time....more photos to share-just need to make time to get them organized.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Luke's "New" Toy, New Measurements

Last weekend, Daddy got out the Jumperoo for Luke to start enjoying. He seems to really like it!

As usual, his "fan club" is also in on the action.

Today, Luke visited his doctor for his 6 month checkup. He is a very big baby @ 6 months...19 lb, 15 oz and 28 1/4 inches. This puts him in the 97th percentile for height and 85th for weight. His head is measuring larger and now around the 90th percentile. For comparison, he is 2 ounces "lighter" than big brother JJ at 6 months, but almost 2 inches longer! (No wonder his 12 month clothes are hard to button!) We are thankful for a good overall health report.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Too Much Fun

Luke enjoys spending time in his float at the pool with us.

Tonight, he had a little too much fun and took a break :)

What a precious gift he is.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

1/2 YEAR!

Sweet Luke is 6 months old! What a special little boy he is! I did not know that it was possible to have a baby as content and good as Luke. Some good friends from church told us just the other night that they would have another baby if he/she could be like Luke. He smiles so much and his laughs would make anyone happy. He laughs out loud at Sydney all the time.

He rarely cries, loves to snuggle and nap while being held, especially on Daddy at night. His hair is growing back and much lighter than at birth.

He is the last one awake at our house almost every single day. More often than not, I end up waking him up around 9am because I just can't wait any longer :).

What a wonderful traveler he is...last week he was in DC for 6 days with Mommy, Daddy & Sydney and was just amazing.

Having such a healthly & happy baby boy is a tremendous blessing. We can't believe he's already been with us for 6 months, but can't imagine our family without him! Sydney tells us often that she "loves having a big family." We agree...we love you LUKEY!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Baby Brother

The brothers are becoming bigger buddies all the time. (Translation: Lately, JJ won't leave Luke alone.)

A very familiar sight at our home...they really love him.