Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween...

From a princess, a train and a glowworm!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dress Rehearsal

The countdown to trick or treat is on! (The glowworm did not participate in this dress rehearsal)

Friday morning, Luke, Thomas the train and I stopped by JJ's school for the class Halloween party. It was so much fun to be there with him at his school. At the party, the kids dressed up in their costumes, painted pumpkins, played games, and ate pizza, fruit & cupcakes.

Thomas joined superman, blue M & M, a princess, strawberry, fairy, flower and a few others.

Thanks Ms. Minter for a fun party...and for loving on JJ every school day!

So thankful that I get to be a part of these things...Sydney's costume parade/party at school is Tuesday!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Last Saturday, we visited Jackson's Orchard for the pumpkin festival with Granny and Papaw. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a great time!

One highlight of the trip was the playground which included their favorite, the "Cider Slider." Sydney and JJ loved it, although JJ always wanted one of us to ride down with him. (It is pretty tall.) He alternated between Mommy, Daddy & Granny.

Last year Sydney was scared of the Cider Slider and when we told her this she said, "Well, not this year. This year I just love it."

After the playground, we went on a hayride (JJ's first). He loved it and did not want to get off!

We also had treats, picked out our pumpkins & forced the kids to take some pictures ... :).

Picking out pumpkins...JJ just kept loading them! We would take them out, and he would go find more. Can you tell how intent he was as he lifted them into his wagon?!

("if I scream "cheese" loud enough, will you stop?")

Taking the pumpkins to the van!

Just too cute to pass up the chance to share:

I think he enjoyed his first trip to Jackson's too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Our Rewards

Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him

Happy Fall!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Luke @ 9 months

Friday, Luke had his 9 month checkup.

Sydney and JJ tagged along with me as all three got flu shots.

Luke weighs 22 lb, 2 oz, and is 30 inches long. This puts him in the 80th percentile for weight and the 97th for height. His head is in the 90th. (He weighs one less pound than JJ @ 9 months, but is 1/2 inch longer).

His overall health report was very good! His doctor said we can give him any food we feel he is ready to try, except peanut products after he turns 1!

He is "army" crawling and scooting, rolling all over the place. His hair is getting long and he sits up on his own very well. He loves "baby cheetos," yogurt and the Jumperoo, and says "dada," "mama" and "hi." He hates socks.

We are pretty much crazy about our baby boy!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Last Saturday, we...

finished the Medical Center 5K- first year as a "team" of 5.

enjoyed watching Sydney play soccer and score 4(!!!!) goals-her best game yet!

gathered the team for some photos.

travelled to Powell Co to celebrate the 5th birthday of a special princess.

A great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sweet Reminder

JJ is 2, full of energy, and creativity :) He can "test" my patience like a pro. He is also very sweet.

His teacher at BGCA has been so encouraging and JJ loves her. The note I got from her late last week said:
"One of the highlights of my morning is seeing JJ when he gets to school. He always has that BIG smile and he runs in and gives me a BIG hug-what a way to start off our day together!"

Jeff drops little man off on school days and I told him about what JJ's teacher wrote. He said that the note was exactly right...and that JJ never even looks back at him and Sydney when they drop him off :), but just runs in and hugs Mrs. Minter because he is so happy!

Love this little boy so much!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beach Trip

We spent Fall Break this year at the beach, visiting Hilton Head Island along with Nana and Buddy. We were blessed with beautiful weather, good health, and lots of fun!

It was a great week with all three of the kids, and one of the major highlights was watching JJ have so much fun! Last year, he HATED the sand-wouldn't even touch it. (He sat in a baby pool for much of our beach trip 2010.)

This year was an entirely different story. He hesitated a bit at first when his feet hit the sand, but (as always) then he followed big sister no matter what!

It didn't take long at all before he was
playing in the ocean and covered with sand :)

Another little boy enjoyed his first beach
trip and was (typically) so easy going and sweet.

Sydney was also very excited to be back at the beach!

She and JJ stayed busy building sandcastles with Buddy,

playing in the ocean, watching for dolphins,

flying kites with Daddy, gathering shells,

and taking snack breaks and walks with Mommy.

Every morning, we rode bikes and Jeff pulled them
behind him in a trailer made for two :)

We rode with Sydney and JJ each morning on the bike paths around our resort area. Then, at night, Jeff and I would ride by ourselves-on the paths and the beach. In total, we biked over 60 miles during our stay and really enjoyed this! Hilton Head is a wonderful place to bike!

We all had a great week!

My precious family...
Love them so much and thankful for so many special times God has given us together!

Friday, October 14, 2011

First Field Trip

Before Fall Break, Sydney's class went to Chaney's Dairy Barn on a field trip. Since I was working, our friend Emily took Sydney. Honestly, I was kind of sad as this is the first "big thing" I've missed. However, God has given me the best 2nd job (and schedule) I can imagine, so I choose gratitude! I am thankful for sweet Emily (who my kids love) and the special day that she and SG shared! Sydney is still talking about it.

Sydney's class got to play on the big playground, tour the farm, pet some of the cows, board the "Moo Wagon" for a hayride, and eat ice cream! Fun times!

Here are a couple other pics Emily passed along to me:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weight Check

A few weeks ago all three of our babies were sick :(, so we had a couple different visits with their doctor.

While in the office, they weighed in at:

SG 37 lbs 1 oz
JJ 37 lbs 1 oz

She is a taller than average & slender 4 year old girl, and he is a very tall & solid :) 2 year old boy.

I knew he was going to catch took him ~28 months!

(Whether they are hanging out in their chairs at the beach or enjoying a ring pop at home, these two are becoming closer every single day. At this point, it is hard for me to imagine one without the other really. They had so much fun together this past week at the beach-more to come...)
PS. At the doctor, baby brother weighed in at "only" 21 lb, 11 oz :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day with Thomas

Over Labor Day weekend, we took the kids to see Thomas the Train in Nashville. We bought the tickets several months early. Sydney really likes trains & JJ is pretty much obsessed with them :) He has already told us that he wants to be "Blue Choo Choo" (Thomas) for Halloween and that he wants a choo choo party when he turns 3.

We were very excited to take them and we had a great time.

Unfortunately, JJ was battling a virus and we wish he felt better. Still, he had a great time and enjoyed the event which was highlighted by a 25 minute ride on Thomas himself!

As you can see below, he was not too excited to get his picture made on the podium in front of Thomas after our ride. (BTW, it was about 95 degrees at this point).

Sydney's recap of the day as we left..."this was incredible." JJ's recap..."choo choo fun." We agree with both of them and I'm pretty sure this is something we'll be doing again in the future!