Thursday, September 30, 2010
It's hard to believe that it has already been 5 years since we sent our sweet Katelyn to be with Jesus.
So many things have changed over the past five years, but the one thing that remains the same is how much we love her and miss her. There still is not one day that goes by that I don't think about her in one way or another.
As we remember her today, I pray that she will always know how much we love her and look forward to holding her one day in heaven.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Last week, she found some "cymbals" in the kitchen and serenaded us for quite some time!
I have started sending Eden to her room for time out when she gets upset or throws a fit. I tell her that she can come back when she is happy again. She is usually only in her room for a few minutes before she is her happy, go-lucky self again. A few days ago, Parker accidentally shut her bedroom door, so Eden (without me saying anything to her) decided to put herself in time out in the bathroom!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Maybe it is the fact that both kids threw tantrums at Wal-Mart yesterday or that Parker has been exceptionally clingy lately, but thoughts of how I am going to manage all three kids plus keep up with the daily routines of running a household are starting to keep me up at night. I am not sure how all of the laundry will get washed, folded, and put away. I am not sure when I am going to find time to clean the toilets and mop the floors while attempting to spend quality time with each of my children, keep them fed and bathed, and let them know how much I love them in between all of the changes a newborn brings.
I know that the infant stage will not last forever and I pray that I will be able to cherish every minute of it since it will be the last time I will be experiencing it. I pray that I will be able to find joy in the sleepless nights, the late night feedings, and the fussy times in early evening.
I am also praying that Parker and Eden will make a smooth transition as we add another member to our family. I hope that the jealousy they might feel will be minimal and that they will love this new baby as much as her daddy and I already do.
Despite the anxiety that I have been feeling, I am also filled with excitement as we await the arrival of our little miracle. I can't wait to see what she looks like, what her personality will be, and how Parker and Eden will react to her. I know that the next few weeks are going to fly by and it won't be long until our family of 5 will be complete. Until then, I have a nursery to finish decorating, newborn clothes to wash, a car seat that needs to be cleaned and installed, and diapers that need to be bought! I sure hope she doesn't decide to come too early!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The theme of Jackson's party was Thomas the Tank Engine. The highlight of the party was the train that the kids got to take rides in. Parker and Eden both enjoyed climbing in and out of the train cars and ringing the bell. Parker loved the train ride. Eden liked it at first but wanted out pretty quick.
We also enjoyed lots of great food and the kids had fun jumping in the bounce house. We are so glad that we were able to come and celebrate another year with Jackson and hope he has lots of wonderful things in store for him during the upcoming year!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We started the party by letting the kids play on the playscape. After the kids played for a while, it was time for snacks and cake. Addison's birthday party theme was zoo animals, and my sister made her two really cute cakes- a giraffe and a tiger.
Friday, September 17, 2010
This week she has earned a new and well deserved nickname- "Our Little Goat".
Last week we were playing at my sister's house when we caught her chewing the top corner off of a business card. My sister made the comment, " She is like a little goat!". (After we left that day, my sister also found a notepad and puzzle piece that she had chewed the corners off of.) As I looked around our house, I also found several books where she has chewed the corners off. Here are just a few pictures of some of the things she has enjoyed chewing on without us knowing about it!
NotepadsThe final incident happened this week while we were playing in the playroom. I looked over and she had taken a box of Kleenexes and was eating them in strips just like a goat would eat/chew on straw or grass.
This picture was taken after she finished eating her tissue. (Don't worry...I took it out of her mouth before she could swallow it.) Look at her face. It's like she's thinking, "What? What did I do? Why are you laughing at me, mom?"
After the Kleenex incident, I decided that she had officially earned her new nickname, "Our Little Goat."
Eden is constantly making us laugh with her funny, yet subtle, personality. She has no idea how funny she is! What joy and laughter she brings to our family! I'm anxious to see what new nickname we come up with for her next!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
For example, just the other day she decided that she wanted to snack on a few grapes. Rather than asking me to get them for her, she took matters into her own hands and got them herself.
I can't decide if all of this independence is a good thing or a bad thing!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I tried to get a few pictures before we left for school, but he wanted nothing to do with that. I don't know if that's a "boy" thing or a "Parker" thing, but these are the best I could get.
He will attend preschool on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12. His new teacher's name is Miss Tammy and we are really looking forward to a fun year with her and his new classmates.
Boy, were they WRONG!!!
On Wednesday, Parker and both of my nieces (who we had been with over the weekend) woke up with full body rashes. Parker and Addison's were pretty mild, but poor Aubrey got it the worst of all of the kids.
Unfortunately for Parker, the rash lasted several days, which meant he had to miss his first day of preschool last Thursday. Thank goodness he is still too young to understand and I didn't have to break his heart by telling him he couldn't go to school.
I am happy to report that all 4 kids are finally rash free! We are finally able to get around other kids without worrying about passing along our mysterious rash.
Friday, September 10, 2010
He loves to play with balls and cars but when we go to visit and play at Addison and Aubrey's house, there are not a lot of those to be found.
Today we spent the afternoon playing at their house and Addison decided that she wanted to play dress up. She got out her tub of princess dresses, high heels, and tutus and before I knew it, Parker said, "I want to be a princess."
I tried to show him the cool fire fighter costume but he insisted that he wanted to be a princess.
Before I knew it, this is what he looked like:
I know that Cory is cringing as he looks at these pictures and Parker is probably going to hate me when he is a teenager and discovers these pictures, but with all of these girls around, this was just bound to happen!
Even dressed as a princess, Parker's boyish nature came through..it wasn't long before he was using the princess wand as a golf club and hitting every ball in sight!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
My mom had a gingerbread mix that she had bought this summer on vacation and she thought Parker and Addison would enjoy making a "fall" gingerbread man. She got M&M's in fall colors and let them decorate it for our dessert last night.
My mom helped with the icing and Parker and Addison helped put the M&M's on the gingerbread man. We tried to overlook the constant licking of fingers and the occasional coughs/sneezes that occurred during the decorating process and focus on the fact that they were having a great time!
After they finished the decorating, everyone got to taste a little piece of Parker and Addison's masterpiece. As you can see by their chocolate smiles, they all thought it was very yummy!