Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sophia's First Snow

Sophia finally experienced her first snow! We got close to two inches of snow which kept us snowed in for a couple of days. 

We kept ourselves busy with snowball fights, sledding, snow ice cream, lots of movies, and hot chocolate. It was a really peaceful couple of days!











Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2013 Recap

Hey there! Remember me? I used to blog here, but then life got busy and I got behind. I kept saying I would blog, but I kept putting it off and I got behind. Then it seemed like a lot of work to go back and try and update everything so I just never did it.

But then, I started thinking about all of the things that I didn't post about. I felt guilty for not documenting our memories. So, I have made a goal for 2014 to try and post more often. Ideally I would like to post once a week, but if I can just do once a month I'll be happy with that.

Rather than going back and adding in posts, I thought I would try and do one big "catch all" post and just highlight the big stuff. So, here goes....

Aiden played his first year of baseball in the spring. He was on the Orioles. Baseball was totally new to him, and while he had fun, I don't think it was really his sport. He hasn't asked to sign up for baseball again, he says he wants to try soccer instead. 



Sophia turned one and we had a Minnie Mouse birthday party for her. We had a bounce house for the older kids, but I'm pretty sure Sophia enjoyed it just as much as the big kids. 



Jenny finished second grade, and we had a busy summer. We spent lots of time sleeping in, going to the pool, and hanging out with friends and family. We took a trip to Tennessee with my mom, brother, SIL, niece, and cousins. Kenny and Aiden had a good time at VBS and we also went strawberry picking.




In August, Aiden started his first year of school in Pre-K and Jenny started third grade. I am proud to say that they are both doing really well, and amaze me with how much they learn! 



August was a busy month, because we also moved. I always forget how difficult it is to move. I hope the next time we move I can hire movers!

Jenny turned 8 on August 30. I ate lunch with her at school, and we had a small surprise party for her with a couple of her friends. She didn't think we were going to do anything for her birthday since we had just moved, so she was really surprised!



In the fall we went to a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and we took a trip to Helen Georgia with my family. The kids also dressed up for Halloween. Jenny was Harley Quinn (a character from Batman), Aiden was Robin, and Sophia was a bumble bee. I loved that she was a bumble bee, because Jenny was also a bumble bee the first time she went trick or treating. :)



The holidays passed by too quickly, as they always do. Thanksgiving was spent at my cousin's house. We had a wonderful Christmas, and my children (and Jaime and I) were very spoiled with some really great gifts! We celebrated New Year's Eve at my mom's house with family. 



 2013 was a difficult year with my Dad passing away, but we made it through. It wasn't easy, but I know God was with us every step of the way. 2013 was also a year full of blessings. I am hoping that 2014 brings many more blessings, and hopefully less heartache. I just wanted to say that I appreciate each and everyone of you who said a prayer for my family this year. 

"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22




Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Shutterfly Giveaway - Win $50 Credit To Shutterfly.com

Can you believe Christmas is only a little over six weeks away?? I am counting down the days until I can put up our Christmas Tree. Trust me, if it were all up to me, I would already have it up! But alas, my husband likes to celebrate holidays in order, and apparently Thanksgiving comes before Christmas this year. :-) 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Last week was Jenny's spring break. We didn't have many plans, mostly just several doctor and dentist appointments. We tried to do a few fun things though. My mom was also on vacation last week, so she came with us sometimes too.

On Monday, we went with my mom to Stone Mountain. We have gone to Stone Mountain several times, but this was our first time to go there and ride the "Ride the Ducks" ride. It was a lot of fun! The ride started out on land, where we took a tour of the park. Then, before we knew it, we ended up on a dirt road that led down to a lake. On this road, our driver floored the gas pedal and we took off into the water! Water splashed up around the sides of the boat, but none of us got wet. Children 9 and under had to wear life jackets. Jenny and Aiden didn't mind them, but Sophia didn't like her's at all. Eventually she fell asleep on the ride. We also saw an animal show where they brought out several baby animals for everyone to look at. There were even a few that we could touch if we wanted. We also rode the Sky Lift, walked around on the top of the mountain, saw the 4D movie "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", and the kids played in Geyser Towers. By the end of the day we were all worn out!















On Tuesday the kids and I went with my parents to Suwanne to let them play in the fountains. Jenny always loves the fountains. Aiden has never liked them. I keep hoping every year that he will like them since he is older, but he never does. He just runs around them and tries to avoid getting wet. This was Sophia's first time to get in the water from the fountains. She didn't mind touching the water with her hands, but once we put her any closer, she wanted nothing to do with it!





On Thursday we tried a new place that we had never been before. There is a children's museum in Atlanta called Imagine It! I have been wanting to take my kids to a children's museum for a long time, but just never found the time to go. So, after a quick doctor appointment for Jenny on Thursday morning, we headed to Atlanta to the children's museum. There were lots of things there for Jenny and Aiden to do. They even had events at certain times of the day. We missed the first couple of them, but we made it in time for the dancing one, the science one, and story time. I think the dancing may have been Jenny and Aiden's favorite part! Some of the exhibits included things like: a grocery store with grocery carts and a cash register, a farm with a cow that could be milked, a washable wall that could be painted on, a pond full of fake, magnetic fish and fishing poles, and lots of other smaller exhibits. There was also a small section of toys for children Sophia's age. When it was time to go, Jenny and Aiden both weren't ready to leave.










We had a great spring break and we are looking forward to lazy, summer days! It was a nice preview to the summer.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

One Year

Dear Sophia,

It is hard to believe a whole year has passed since you came into our lives. I don't even know where to begin to tell you just how wonderful this past year has been. I just hope your Daddy and I can show you how much we love you everyday. You have made our world so much better, Sweet Girl!


You are getting closer and closer to walking every day. You have stood on your own and even taken a step or two, but then you sit right back down. I am not rushing you to walk at all. I know you will do it in your own time, when you are ready. For now, I am enjoying getting to carry you everywhere with us. I know once you start to walk, you won't want to be held as much. You are an expert crawler and cruiser. So, for now, you get where you want to go on your own, and it doesn't bother you that you aren't walking.


I don't know what your height is yet, your one year check up is next week. You went to the doctor yesterday because you are sick, and your weight was 17lbs 14oz. You are usually in the 25 percentile in weight, so I imagine that is where you are at. Developmentally, you are right on track and I just praise God for your good health!


You make lots of noise all the time, and you know a few words. You can say, "dada", "mama", "Aiden", "Jenny", "uh-oh", "baby", and you recently started saying "Grandpa" too. Your brother and sister are quick to give you whatever you need/want, so there really isn't much reason for you to talk just yet. I have to remind them to be more patient, and wait to see if you can say the word for whatever it is you want at the time.






You are really good at giving us kisses when we ask for them. You are such a sweetheart! Sometimes you will come up to me and just lay your head in my lap. It is the sweetest thing! You are such a love bug! You have also started trying to blow kisses at us. You have been waving bye-bye for several months, but sometimes you are so funny about it. A few days ago you crawled over to your car seat, climbed in, and then waved bye-bye at me. Silly girl! You also love to put your hands over your face and then I will say, "where's Sophie?" and you will uncover your face and I'll say, "there she is!". After you uncover your face you will also try to say "there she is!". It is precious!


You love to dance! Every time you hear music playing, whether it is on the TV, the car radio, our phones when they ring, or even if someone is singing, you bob your little head and shake your hips. If you are standing up, you will move your whole body up and down along with the music. It is the cutest thing! You also love when we sing to you. Your favorite songs I sing are: Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary had a Little Lamb, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider (you are learning the hand movements to this song). Sometimes you even try to sing along.



You also love books! I usually read to you every night before bed, and sometimes during the day. You like to look at the pictures and I point stuff out to you in the book. I love reading, and I hope you will always have a passion for books.






You are getting really good at "Pat-a-Cake". Grandma started teaching it to you a few months ago, but lately you have gotten really good at doing the hand movements. Sometimes you'll be doing them even when we aren't singing the song. Cutie pie!


You have been drinking milk for several weeks now. Occasionally you still get formula, but not very often. You are still taking a bottle, but you can also drink from a sippy cup. We will probably take your bottle away soon. Right now you usually only get it at nap time and bedtime. You are a great eater! You love all kinds of foods, and so far, you haven't been allergic to anything. Your favorites are: scrambled eggs, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, spaghetti-o's, cheetos, cereal bars, bread, apples, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and bananas.



Jenny loves to take care of you. She helps me out a lot! She loves to carry you around and teach you things. She reads to you a lot, and is so caring with you. Aiden just adores you! He loves to play with you. You like to chase him, and you like when he chases you. He has so many nicknames for you: Soph-a-loaf, Sophie Girl, Sophie Baby, and Soph. They both think you are the best little sister! They are both genuinely happy when you learn new things, and genuinely upset when you are upset. Every time they go to your doctor appointments when you get vaccines, they cry right along with you! I just love watching the bond between the three of you develop and flourish. You have an incredible bond with Jenny and Aiden, and I pray that it always stays that way. I hope that the three of you will grow up to be best friends.



You are just the sweetest little girl, and you are so petite. I just love spending day in and day out with you. I cannot describe what a blessing you are to our family! We all just love you so much, you are every one's little baby.



God has amazing things in store for your little life, Sophia. I pray that you will seek Him, follow Him, and live out all of the big things He has in store for your life, sweet baby. You are a masterpiece, created for your Daddy and me right now, but for the rest of the world later. I love you so much, you will always be my baby girl.

Love always,

Mama and Daddy





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