Friday, November 30, 2012


Dear Aiden,

You turned four years old on November 29, 2012! How is it possible that you are already four? I can't believe it!

You are the funniest kid I know. You are always making your Daddy and I laugh! Most nights, after you have gone to bed, your Daddy and I sit up and talk about all
the funny things you did that day. You just have the funniest personality. You have some of the strangest facial expressions I have ever seen - that is one of my most favorite things about you!

This was a big year for you! You are no longer the "baby" in our family. You are our middle child, and also a big brother. God has blessed us again with another wonderful older sibling. You do better with Sophia than I ever imagined you would. You have your moments, but for the most part you are so sweet with her. Sophia just adores you! You make her laugh more than anyone, and you just eat it up!

You are really enjoying Christmas this year. You understand it better this year and you are so excited! We have an Elf on the Shelf named Edward and this year has been the most fun. You wake up every morning and the first thing you do is look for him. I just know that this Christmas will be one of my favorites.

You have been going to Awana every Wednesday night, MOPS every other Thursday, and church on Sundays. You do so well in each one, and your teachers all tell me how you are so ready for school. You start Pre-K next August, so I am glad to know you are ready.

You are so smart! You know your ABCs, colors, and some of your numbers. We have been working on spelling and writing your name. You are getting pretty good at it!

Your favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, pizza, fruit, and Pop Tarts. You like to watch Power Rangers, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You wear a size 4 pants, a small shirt, and a size 11 shoe.

You weigh 39lbs and you are 41 inches tall. You are in the 75th percentile for both your height and weight. You are a big boy! Your doctor was pretty impressed with your speaking skills. He said that you must be a talker - he is right!!

You are such a blessing to us! We love you more than we ever imagined we could. We enjoy spending time with you. You are our little buddy. We love you SO much!!

Just for fun, here is a picture of you when you were just a little baby....

Love always,

Mama & Daddy

Monday, November 26, 2012

The 25th Annual Lighting of the Tree

Every year we go to the Lighting of the Tree in our town square. This year was the 25th anniversary. There is music, singing, crafts for the kids, lots of decorations, and Santa Claus always rides in at the end on a fire truck! Here are a few pictures from that night:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We went out to eat this year for Thanksgiving. I didn't take very many pictures, but I did get a few cute ones of Sophia. She had mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes from my plate.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Visit to See Santa 2012

We took the kids to the mall the day before Thanksgiving to see Santa. It is much easier to take them early as there isn't a long line and Santa will talk with them more and I don't feel like I'm in a rush to choose a picture and photo package. Here are our pictures from this year....

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Macy's Pink Pig 2012

We took the kids to Lenox Mall again this year to ride Macy's Pink Pig, Priscilla! We went for the first time last year and the kids really enjoyed it. This year was Sophia's first time to go! We learned from our experience last year and we went much earlier in the season this time to avoid the long lines. We waited in line for around 30 minutes, much better than the hour we waited last year!

Just like last year we took the Marta Train to get to Lenox Mall. Here are Jenny, Aiden, and Sophia about to get on the train.

Sophia's first ride on Marta!

Daddy and Jenny on Marta - these two look more and more alike every day!

Mama and Aiden

Jenny and Aiden rode together in the front of the train.

Sophia's first ride on the Pink Pig!


On our way out of Lenox Mall we saw Santa!!

Macy's Pink Pig picture 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Sophia is Seven Months Old!

Sophia, you turned 7 months old on November 4! You are obviously keeping me busier and busier each month, which is why these posts are coming later and later each month.

You are seriously the happiest baby I have ever seen! You only cry if you are hurt or hungry. You smile all the time, and you have started to laugh all the time too! You are also really starting to "talk" more and more. You have said "Dada" and "Mama" but you haven't connected those words with your Daddy or I yet.

Your favorite foods are sweet corn casserole and cinnamon raisin granola. You still aren't crazy about fruits, but you have no problem with veggies. You also love oatmeal, and your bottle. I have started giving you water in a sippy cup, but you haven't quite figured out how to use it. I really need to be better about trying more often with the sippy cup. You also like the fruit puffs and arrowroot cookies.

You are still an awesome sleeper! You sleep 10-12 hours overnight and take 2 naps a day. You usually wake up around 9am, and then take a 2 hour nap from 1-3pm, and then another 30 minute nap around 5:30pm. You usually go to bed between 9 and 10. It just depends on our schedule that day.

You are moving all over the place now! You crawl all over the house, and you can sit on your own. You are trying to go from a laying position into a sitting position, and you have almost figured it out. Just last week you pulled yourself up onto your knees. It won't be long before you are standing!

You have gone from being a Daddy's Girl to a Mama's Girl! I love it! You are still crazy about your Daddy, but sometimes you will cry for me if you see me. You are also crazy about Aiden! He makes you laugh like no one else can.

You love to look at pictures of people, especially pictures of yourself. You also like to see yourself in the mirror.

You have two teeth on bottom, but I think the top ones are on their way. You chew and slobber on everything!

We are teaching you to wave bye bye and I think you are starting to get the hang of it. Just today you dropped a toy and then you waved bye bye at it. Haha!

It is so fun to see your little personality coming out. You have started making silly faces this month too. It cracks me up!

We love you so much! You are growing up too fast, and I wish I could slow down time. It is almost time to start planning your first birthday party!

We love you Sweet Girl!

Mama & Daddy

Seven month pictures coming soon!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Aiden and My iPhone

Aiden loves my new phone! He plays with it every chance he gets....especially when I am not watching. He played with it last week and took about 100 pictures of himself. Here are a few of my favorites.....

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sophia's First Cookie

Sophia tried her first arrowroot cookie earlier this week. She loved it! She made a huge mess, but I expected that.

Jenny and Aiden were a little jealous that she was getting cookies and they weren't, so I broke one in half for them to try. They both said they were pretty good. They have also both tasted her rice cereal and oatmeal before and promptly spit it out. I think they expected the cookies to taste bad too, but they were surprised that they weren't that bad. Haha!

If only Sophia had a few more teeth, then she could have tried Oreos instead!

Just kidding!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

$50 Shutterfly Gift Code Giveaway

I am so excited about having some Christmas pictures taken of the kids in a few weeks! I just love having their pictures made, and the Holiday Season is the perfect time to do it! I have been checking out the Christmas Cards on Shutterfly and I have posted a few of my favorites below! Shutterfly has a wonderful new collection this year from traditional colors and embellishments to merry and bright colors that take on a modern feel. They also feature religious/scripture based cards (including Hanukkah) and cards that you can showcase your fur babies photos on!

My family truly is a blessing! This card definitely describes the way I feel about my family, especially during the Holiday Season.

I love that this one will hold multiple pictures. Cards like these are always nice when I can't decide which pictures to use. This would also be great if you had as many kids (or maybe even more) as I do!

I really like the colors of this one. Something about the navy blue with the bright accents. I also think that the little bows above each picture are adorable!

When I choose our Christmas card, I usually like to go with a more religious card. After all, that's what the season is all about, right? I love cards with Bible verses on it, or really anything that serves as a reminder for the true reason for Christmas.

This card really caught my eye when I first saw it! The bright colors are very eye-catching. Not to mention it has a space to list the top 10 moments from the year! This is much quicker than sending a yearly letter in your Christmas card to update family and friends on the happenings of your life. Plus, in all honesty, when I receive those letters in Christmas cards that are sent to me, I just end up throwing it away. Yes, I read it, but I don't hold on to it for very long. With this card, you could keep this information for as long as you keep the card. Which, for me, can be quite some time. As a matter of fact, I still have Christmas cards that were sent to us two years ago!
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Friday, November 9, 2012

November Events at Jenny's School

This has been a very busy week! Six Flags on Sunday, the election on Tuesday (and no school), the annual Thanksgiving lunch at Jenny's school on Thursday, and today was her school's annual Fun Run. I just wanted to quickly post a few pictures from the events at school....

GirlaPalooza at Six Flags!

This past Sunday, Jenny and I went to the Girl Scout event called GirlaPalooza. In honor of the 100th year of Girl Scouts, the event was held at Six Flags Over Georgia. I bought our tickets about a month ago. It was Jenny's first time at Six Flags, and her first opportunity to ride "grown up roller coasters". I was really hoping she would ride, and I am proud to say that she did! We rode The Georgia Cyclone twice and a water ride (I can't remember the name of it) twice. She did really good!! She panicked a little the first time, but she said she liked it and asked to ride again.

There was also a performance from Lindee Link, Savvy, and Matty B. all of whom are upcoming stars, but mostly famous on YouTube for now. Jenny was very excited to meet them! She got her picture made with Lindee Link and Matty B and also got Lindee Link's autograph. She was so nervous to meet them! She said it was like meeting Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift! Haha!

Here are a few pictures from our day...

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