Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We had a great, low-key Halloween...perfect for our T-Rex, Lion, and little Ladybug!

We had a pumpkin carving fiesta over the weekend with our students. Josiah carved his first pumpkin! More pictures from that event to come later...

Halloween day started with a parade/party at Josiah's school

Then there was trick-or-treating downtown after naps. A fabulous event for little kiddos!

Everyone was satisfied with 1 piece of candy and getting in bed on time :) It was raining in the evening here, so no trick-or-treaters came to our house. Guess we'll have to eat the candy...darn.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photo Shoot

We took advantage of some warmer weather and sunshine this afternoon and had a photo shoot! I'm not sure we're going to have many more enjoyable afternoons outside, so we need to use them while we can. So...the title of this photo shoot can either be "Fall Pictures" or "Go Hokies" - you get to pick for yourself!

(the boys are modeling their Hokie sweaters knit by Mimi)

Since sweet Sadie Jane wouldn't really smile for the group shots, I'm including one from earlier this afternoon when I captured her smile. She's snuggling with the doll my Grandmommie made for her (thanks Grandmommie).

Grandparents & Great-Grandparents - don't worry, I'm printing off copies to send you!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

to be thankful

Conversation tonight at our dinner table...

Mommy: "Boys, what are you thankful for today?"

Josiah: "My football"

Cooper: "God...and ketchup"

Heehee...at least Cooper got them in the right order. Ketchup is a pretty perfect condiment. :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2 Months!

I feel like I was just posting that Sadie Jane was 1 Month Old...time sure flies when you're having fun!

Our sweet Sadie Jane is now 2 Months Old! It's hard to believe! She has started smiling, coos & babbles constantly, screams her head off when she's angry (or hungry or tired), and is sleeping pretty well. It's amazing how much she changes every day. She's a little charmer and we're so thankful she's around!

At her 2 month checkup she weighed 11 lbs 2 ozs and measured 23 1/4 inches long!

On another note...Josiah had school pictures yesterday and said he smiled like he did in that last picture...so, be on the lookout for some excellent school pictures :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I have been reflecting the past couple days on things that make me happy and things for which I am truly thankful. It's so much easier to focus on what makes me crazy (which is sometimes a lot), that I am trying to deliberately focus on the many current blessings in our lives!

So, in no particular order...

1) I am reading this book titled The Female Brain. It is a fantastic, intriguing, thought-provoking read! Anyway, it states that the female brain actually physically shrinks during pregnancy & childbirth, returning months later to it's normal size. Thank you! We baby mamas are not crazy or "losing our minds" - there is a physical, scientific reason why we can't remember anything or feel like we're walking around in a daze. Our brains are truly smaller! But only for a little while...

2) Sadie Jane is a smiling machine these days. Her smile brightens up her whole face and my day

3) We have sung different hymns to the boys at bedtime and unintentionally landed on a specific hymn for each of them that we repeat. Honestly, I think each hymn represented words and truth we needed to hear at their bedtimes, more than words for their benefit! Anyway, they now request these hymns, but know them as "the Cooper song" or "the Siah song". Cooper's is "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" and Josiah's is "Be Thou My Vision". I love that they love these, request them, and think they were written just for their little ears! I'm thinking Sadie Jane's might be "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", but we'll see.

4) I've been able to start running again and am so thankful for our Chariot double jogging stroller! It allows me to have 2 very cute training partners...

This past Saturday was the Apple Festival at our Farmer's Market, which leads to several happy things...

5) I love our Farmer's Market

6) I love apples, especially fresh ones off the tree that can now be made into applesauce, apple pie, apple butter, etc.

7) There was a very good bluegrass band playing at the market on Saturday morning. The boys were dancing fools in front of the band - we must have listened for an hour! It was hilarious to watch them dancing...love their lack of inhibition and their love for music!

8) Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks!

That's enough for now...hope you're having a fabulous Wednesday!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Andy's Installation

Not only was this past weekend Sadie Jane's one month birthday and the first VT football game, it was also Andy's installation as the RUF Pastor at VA Tech! The installation was a ceremony where he was asked some questions, given a charge, and officially granted his position as RUF Pastor. It was a great ceremony and celebration.

Some of our favorite people from Raleigh were here - Mary-Brooke and Dan Seale! Dan preached at the installation service and Mary-Brooke came for the App State game and stayed for the weekend. The boys LOVED having them around.

Man, we really miss those Seales...and not just for their superior arm strength :) I can't believe those are the only pictures I got of them all weekend, but they are.

The "commission" crew - pastors/elders who installed Andy

RUF students!

Gram & Pop were here for the festivities!

A family picture to mark the occasion

I'm still getting used to seeing us as a family of 5...
A fun-filled weekend, thank you everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

1 Month Already!

Yes folks, Sadie Jane is 1 Month Old already! What a fast month!

Her 1 month birthday coincided with the first VA Tech football game. She was so excited thousands of people descended on our town to help her celebrate :)

Her stats:
She is now 10 lbs 5 oz (77%) and 22 1/4 inches long (85%) - a growing girl!

Go Hokies!

by the way, I am really awful at taking pictures of babies...oh well...

In other news - it has been raining here ALL WEEK! This mama is going a little crazy with her 2 "energetic" boys in the house all week. No children's museum, indoor playgrounds, not even a mall to run around in. It's going to be a long winter! We've been coloring, painting, stickering, reading, building with legos, etc. but they need to run & jump & climb! Let me know if you have any creative ideas for active indoor play.

On Tuesday I sent them out in rainboots and jackets to play in the downpour...here they are modeling their boots (with pj's , of course).

Hoping for a break in the clouds soon!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lots of Attention

The boys are still enthralled with their little sister. They are always asking to hold her, kiss her, see if she's awake, etc. As you can see below, she is definitely not lacking for attention around here! These pictures are a week or two old, but I thought I'd post them anyway...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day

Josiah's First Day of Preschool for 2011-2012!

He is super-excited and so are we. They don't have to take backpacks this year, but they do get to take in a "nature jar" filled with treasures each day. Acorns are raining down on us in the backyard, so that's what Josiah took today. His class has 10 boys and only 4 or 5 girls, so I imagine there will be many slimy and bug-y nature jars throughout the year!

Mommy celebrated the first day of school as well :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Bath

Here are pictures of Sadie Jane's first bath

As you can see we had plenty of helpers!

All clean & dry

Monday, August 8, 2011


Sadie Jane

born August 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm
8 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches long

Here are some pictures of her first few days...

Meeting big brothers

Perhaps the truest picture of life for us...heehee

She came home from the hospital in the same dress that I wore home from the hospital 30 years ago. AK, Anna, and now Sadie Jane have all worn it as well!

(not the best picture, but you get to see the dress)

I'm not sure these boys could be more excited...they are constantly asking to hold her, kiss her, wanting to know when she will wake up, etc.

We're all in love with this little face!