Friday, March 9, 2018

Jadon at 2!

Our little guy is turning into such a fun and rambunctious toddler! He's just so sweet and fun, even when he gets upset with us. He'll stop and cross his arms and give us this look that is just too much. He's understanding there are consequences for his behavior and he usually quickly obeys and changes course. He loves running and playing and tackling you. He especially loves messing with Eliana! He loves to throw, kick and hit balls. He's great at climbing and loves swinging and sliding. If he could, he'd be outside all the time.

(I forgot his elephant in Central Asia so I'm just going to post some pics of him!)

He's still quite a laid-back guy, as you can tell. He's not talking much at all. He has some words like "Ma", "Da", "ball", "stop", "bye", "hi" and "whoa!". His only two syllable word is "wa-wa" for water. We're keeping an eye on him and will see what the people at our upcoming conference say and then at his 2-year-old check-up. We're just waiting a little longer since he recently went to the doctor in December. He really communicates well...just not with words!

He loves being silly and making us laugh, and our sunglasses often find their way to his face. It's so cute! He's up to about 31 pounds and he loves to eat and sleep. He easily lays down at naptime and bedtime. He sleeps between 2 and 3 hours in the afternoon and then from around 7:30 to 7:00 at night. He'll stay in his crib and look at books in the morning too. So laid back!

We've been having lots of fun going to the gym and to church. He really loves the nursery/childcare and runs right in when we drop him off. I'm so thankful! We're also going to storytime at the library almost every week. He's not super into the songs and doing motions but I'm hoping it's good for him and his vocabulary. He's a great grocery-shopping buddy, especially after I found the "free fruit for kids" bin at Kroger! He's super into his routine too (just like his mama and sister!). Nature or nuture I'll never know!

Have a mentioned he's a little ham??? Jadon is just such a joy to our family and watching him grow up is so much fun. I can't wait to see what this third year holds!

Weekend Trip

Last weekend Drew and I went on a trip to participate in a conference outside of Atlanta. We had the chance to share about what's going on in our Central Asia home, hear from great speakers and meet lots of fun new people. We also got to go for a little hike Saturday afternoon and enjoy the beautiful weather. It was a fun and busy weekend!

And where were the kids while we were having all this fun??? Having their own fun with Mo and Papa! Mo came to Raleigh and stayed here while Eliana was in school and then they went to Hickory for the weekend. Lots of fun was had by all!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jadon is 2!!!

We had such a fun time celebrating our little man this weekend! It was so awesome to have both our families and several friends join us for a birthday party. When it only happens every four years you feel extra blessed to be together! We had yummy food, lots of fun presents and great conversation. Then on Monday we had some more presents and more fun. It's amazing that two years have gone by. Jadon is such a sweet gift to us! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

Most of you know that my mom died on Valentine's day. This year marked 21 years! It's crazy to think she's been gone so long. In some ways it feels like the time has flown by and in other ways it feels like forever. 

Because of this I usually try to do special celebrating on Valentine's Day. It helps me with my emotions and gives me fun things to focus on. This year we took advantage of being in the US and I got us heart-shaped donuts for breakfast and made a red velvet cake using a boxed mix and canned cream cheese frosting! Yay! We also had steaks, sweet potatoes and asparagus- all things that we don't have in our Central Asia home. I also was able to go to lunch with a couple of friends and we just had some fun, family time at home.

I'm thankful for God's kindness to me to give me a holiday about love to focus on when I am also thinking about a person who I loved very much and who loved me in ways I could only understand after becoming a mom myself. One day we'll be together again and until then, we'll keep celebrating and keep remembering!