Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jonah Turned 4!

Our little boy is growing up! Jonah turned 4 on July 21st!

We celebrated the Saturday before his birthday with a Mickey Mouse themed party. He has loved all things Mickey Mouse (and his friends) since around the time he turned 3. He was excited to also have a bounce house to play in at his party. It kept the kids entertained and wore them all out really well.

We had some unseasonably cool (record-setting, actually) temperatures for Jonah's birthday this year. It was in the low 80's all day and overcast on Saturday. Every year his birthday is always pretty weather but just scorching hot! So it was nice to have a break in that routine this year. My parents were kind enough to let us use their basement/carport/yard for his party this year. They have a lot more land and room for everyone to be together so it worked out well and we didn't have to clean our house either. LOL






Jonah loved jumping in the bounce house!


A friend from high school made his cake and it was not only adorable but so yummy too. It was chocolate cake with several layers of butter cream. Also, her fondant is the only kind I will eat. It is so yummy! She did an awesome job and Jonah loved it too. He said "it looks just like the clubhouse!"


The set-up in my parent's basement. They have one big open room with places to sit, play and set up tables for the food. It worked out great! My Mom was such a huge help to me with the decorations. She is so crafty and loves to create stuff. She made the banner, the centerpieces and the Mickey heads that we hung up.











We had several tables set up under my parent's big carport for eating at. It was gorgeous weather and everyone was comfortable being outside.


Jonah and Nana (my Mom) before the party got started.



Cheesing!!


I wanted to get a family picture but Haley was napping when we took this one and then once the party started I totally forgot.


Even the big kids got to jump in the bounce house!


Haley and Daddy! She wore a Mickey & Minnie dress for her brother's birthday.


Jonah and a couple of his buddies.


Briley and Neely in the bounce house.


Jonah got spoiled with so many new toys. Here he is opening one of our gifts to him, a guitar like Daddy's! He was so excited when he saw what it was. He loves to play it and use Daddy's pick.


We also got him a big boy bike. We can't believe our little guy is already 4! This past year seems to have flown right by but we are excited for all that Jonah will learn and do in the coming year.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Haley is 11 Months Old!

Wow! Time has flown so quickly that I am just now updating on Haley and she turned 11 months old July 5th. The holiday weekend through me off and then just the busyness of life. Here is what she has been up to this past month(s).

Milestones:
-drinking from a sippy cup with water
-can definitely say hi and bye bye and wave....in her own little voice and words
-scooting all over the place but not crawling
-wearing some 12 month clothes already


Eating:

Haley went up a size in bottle nipple and also has gone up to 7 ounce bottles at each feeding. We think she hit a growth spurt because she has been eating so good lately. She still gets up in the night and eats though. She eats a good lunch of baby food but dinner is hit or miss with her. Sometimes  she is up for food and sometimes not. We still have a hard time feeding her slightly solid food because she pukes or gets choked very easily still. She hasn't learned to use those teeth she has yet, I don't think. We will just keep at it.


Sleeping:

Still taking 2 naps a day but now they are IN THE BED!! She finally just outgrew and started hating the swing and she was just ready for the bed. She has done great and doesn't fuss now when we lay her down and walk out of the room. She rolls around and wiggles until she finds her spot and then she just zonks out. She still goes down for the night around 8-8:30 each night. We are so blessed with how well she does with sleeping! I am so glad to be done with the swings too and of course, it was much easier than I had myself all worked up for.

Playing:

Scooting everywhere!! She does not crawl or even try to really. She just scoots her legs and pulls herself to whatever she wants. She is surprisingly fast. She is so curious though about plastic bags, cords, outlets, etc. so we have to watch her like a hawk and have already started baby-proofing a lot. She is going to be our kid that gets into everything, I just know! Jonah never wanted to get into drawers and pull stuff out but I think she will. She loves to take stuff out of a box or bin and just throw it. She loves to clap and hear songs or be sung to. Haley loves to watch Jonah run around and gets so tickled at him. She loves to watch Mickey, Sheriff Callie and Doc McStuffins and the Bible song videos in the van. She loves to take a bath still and plays and plays with her toys in the tub. She would stay in there for an hour, if I let her. She is just growing so much and experiencing so many new things everyday.

Personality:

Still such a content baby and will play with the toys around her for several minutes before getting bored. She just lets us know when she is hurting, hungry or sleepy. She has her diva moments and doesn't like getting dressed that much or getting a diaper change. She also is not fan of grocery shopping. I think she just gets tired of the cart very quickly and wants to be down playing. Jonah used to be so content to just ride along in the cart and look around, but not her. She wants to be moving and out of it! We may try her in a stroller next time where she is facing out to see what is coming ahead.

We love our little baby girl so much and can't believe that it's almost been a year since she arrived in the world! We are getting everything ready for a sweet little birthday party to celebrate our summer, sunshiny girl!



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jonah 4th Year Book

I finally wrapped up Jonah's fourth year book and I am glad to be done! It's fun to do it but I am always scrambling to finish in time for his birthday. Now I'm waiting for an awesome Shutterfly sale to order it. I love the ease of Shutterfly books. I used a bunch of their layouts this time rather than scrapping layouts myself. I love how it turned out and I plan to order it so it will be at his upcoming birthday party for everyone to look at.




Shutterfly photo books offer a wide range of artful designs and embellishments to choose from.


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Do I Behold a Weekend Wrap-up?



Why yes! Yes you do! I am finally getting around to doing a recap of a weekend. This one was pretty fun but nothing major happening.

The first big thing is Jonah decided to cooperate with taking pictures with his little sister. I got a couple of good ones but love them all. Haley thinks her big brother hung the moon!




Also we've been enjoying the pool and especially now that the temps are finally warm enough to just jump right in. My white balance was way off on these pics but they are good nonetheless. Jonah has really taken to the pool this year...finally!





Our VBS started Sunday and the theme is The Race Is On! The kids played several relay games before the evening session yesterday and had a blast. It was really the first time Jonah had ever done games like that he really had a big time and I was surprised that he caught on to the instructions and knew what to do. He is really loving VBS and his classes.






Pass the spaghetti game!



Hope you had a good weekend too!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Haley is 10 Months Old!

Haley turned double-digits on June 5th! I can hardly believe we are so close to her turning 1!


Milestones/Stats:

-Probably around 16 lbs right now. I know, she is a tiny girl for her age. She is healthy though!
-Not crawling but scooting around some.
-One new tooth and one more about to break through. Now up to 5 teeth!


Sleep:

Sleep is still the same. Most nights she wakes after midnight to eat and then is up around 6 each morning. She is still taking 2 naps and we are going to have to start doing those in the bed and not the swing. We have taken advantage of the swing for so long because she is so little but now she is really starting to wiggle more when she is in it, even strapped in. So we need to make the transition but I just hope it doesn't totally ruin us on her naps.



Eating:

We are finally up to 6 oz. bottles at every feeding. It felt like we would never get here and honestly I just don't see her taking much more than that while she is on formula. She is just so little that her belly won't hold any more. Sometimes she still spits up some it with a burp but not very often. The food thing is going ok. I think I have figured out that she has a sensitive gag reflex. I think this because even when I give her one single puff, if it gets stuck on the back of her tongue before dissolving she gags and has thrown up her last formula meal some from it if I don't get her water to wash it down quick enough. Ugh! I just don't think solid foods are in our near future until that gag reflex calms down. We have figured out that she prefers the squeeze bags of baby food over being spoon fed. She just isn't a huge fan of the spoon.  While we still aren't where I would like us be with food. at least we are figuring out some things.



 Playing:

Well no crawling but you are figuring out how to get to things you want. Most of the time you twist and reach and lean and stretch those tiny fingers until you grasp what you are after. We underestimate how far you can reach all the time. This is evidenced in the fact that I'll sit you in the bumbo on the table and sit an opened water bottle several feet from you but still you manage to get one finger on it and down it goes. I'm sad to say this has happened for than once to your Mama and I still haven't learned. LOL You love to play with toys and throw balls. You still love to chew on most everything you get your hands on. For some reason you are fascinated with tags and straps. You chew on the straps of your car seat, bumbo and the diaper bag straps when you get hold of them. You find the tags on everything and they go straight to your mouth. They must be extra delicious to you. Jonah is still your favorite thing to watch and interact with. When he pays you any amount of attention you just eat it up! He is starting to see that once you get mobile you will be into all his stuff and he is not a fan. LOL


Personality:

Still mostly content but I have to admit that you are somewhat of a diva these days. You have always been particular about how you are fed (in quiet room, held a certain way and take the bottle a certain way) but you starting to get particular about lots of other things. We have found that what makes you maddest is to be left on the floor playing when you want to be picked up. This mainly applies to your Mama because that who you usually want. You get plum mad if Daddy tries to pick you up instead of your preferred Mama. You are definitely a Mama's girl!




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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jonah's First Train Ride

Last Sunday evening we enjoyed a fun "date" with our first-born, Jonah. He has really been into trains since he was 2 but we had never rode on a train before. We decided to give him that experience and Daddy had never ridden a train either so it was fun for them to both experience it together. When I saw that the Tennessee Central Railway Museum was going to have a real steam train excursion for a limited time, I jumped on some tickets for us.

Since it involved driving over an hour to Nashville to board the train, we decided to make a fun day of it with just Jonah. He loved the train and loved looking out the window at all the other train pieces around us. We were in a nice air-conditioned car and we even got to go up and see the engineer driving the steam train while we went down the tracks. That part Jonah was not too thrilled about because we had to walk into an open-air cart and it was hot and loud so I think it just frightened him a little bit. He just didn't want to get up too close and clung to his Daddy but he loved sitting in our cart where you could hear the faint whistle of the diesel train that was pushing us (the steam train was mostly for appearances sake). They had fake engineers on each cart that handed out Thomas the Train pictures to all the kids. The ride lasted a little over an hour but it was plenty of time to just relax and enjoy the ride and let Jonah soak it all up.


























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