Thursday, May 26, 2016

Morning Smiles


Just some other fun shots of life lately...

 First time in the Exercauser

 Modeling her new headband

 The superhero version of herself that Eliana drew while watching "The Incredibles"

 Eliana thought Jadon needed some friends in the bouncy seat.

Getting some chub! 

Sooo adorable! 

I pumped earlier in the week and let Eliana feed Jadon to make sure he'd take the bottle when we went on our anniversary date. 

 Finding the hand

Eliana posing with all her Lego sets that she got for her birthday. Lots of fun has been had around here lately!

Anniversary Date

So Drew and I were able to go and celebrate our anniversary on Sunday afternoon. I even pumped a bottle for Jadon so we could have extra time. It was great! We went to a nice, local restaurant where we could sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. We had very yummy food (Greek salad, filet mignon, rack of lamb, grilled veggies and mashed potatoes) and just enjoyed sitting quietly, talking and taking our time. Afterwards we bought some of our favorite cake for dessert and came home and watched one of our favorite movies, "Father of the Bride", which seemed appropriate for an anniversary celebration.

We are thankful for a nice afternoon to relax and for friends who willingly keep our kids. We are blessed!

5th Birthday Interview

Here's Eliana's birthday interview. You can tell she really dislikes being on camera! :-)

1. How old are you? 5
2. Who is your best friend? Grace
3. What is your favorite thing to do? Open presents from my birthday
4. What's your favorite color? Pink
5. What's your favorite food? Cereal (She's been loving the Chocolate Chex Danielle brought since I never buy cereal here!)
6. What do you like to do with Mama and Daddy? Go to the park...the zoo park!
7. What's your favorite toy? Bunny
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor (Just a few weeks ago her answer was a princess and a kitty!)
9. What makes you happy? Having a birthday cake
10. What makes you sad? Not having bunny (which is a consequence of bad behavior)
11. What's your favorite TV show? "Rapunzel"
12. What's your favorite book? George
13. What's the best part of your birthday? Opening presents
14. Where do you like to go? The playground
15. What's your favorite snack? Jelly beans (Really???)
16. What's your favorite birthday present? Ironing board
17. What's your favorite song? "Jesus Loves Me"

Three Months

Jadon is three months old! Crazy! He has changed so much over the past month. He has become a smiley, fun little baby. He even laughs when you get him just right. It just melts our hearts! His neck strength has greatly increased and he likes to sit in your lap and look around. We also recently brought the Exercauser home and he likes to lean against the side and he'll push up some with his legs.

Jadon is still a sleeping machine and has been sleeping longer during the night throughout the month and even made it until 6:20 this morning! Amazing! We're doing three-hour cycles during the day and sometimes I still have to wake him up to feed him. I've started working some on taking naps without being swaddled. He does okay but he still sleeps way better with the swaddle.

He is slowly finding and sucking on his hand more and more. He still hates tummy time and makes absolutely no moves to do anything except lay there and cry or suck on his hand if he finds it. He does great being out and about and is so flexible and laid back. I told Drew that we've actually missed out on some things like rocking him and singing to him because he's cried so little. I'll just have to sing to him anyway!

When we weighed him about a week ago he was 11lbs. 14 oz. (8%). He's surpassed what Eliana weighed at this age and eating seems much more important to him that it ever did to her.

We are so thankful for our little man! He is such a blessing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

13 Years!!!

Today marks 13 years of marriage for Drew and me! Wow! I can't believe another year has flown by and that it's been 13 years since we said "I do!" I remember feeling so grown-up and mature then and I look back and think about how young and immature I was and am so thankful for how graciously God has led us and blessed us as we've grown up together. What a gift to be able to marry my best friend right out of college and do life together. I'm so thankful for the memories and shared history we have together and look forward to what God has in store for our future. We never would have guessed last year at this time that I'd get pregnant only a month later and we'd have a new baby this year. How amazing!

I love you Drew and am thankful for this life we have together. Thanks for being my rock and my hero! Here's to the next 13!

And here's a little walk down memory lane...

 May 24th, 2003

We didn't get any pictures on our 1st anniversary. Oh well! This is from Drew's birthday that year in August.

We celebrated two years of marriage in Hawaii with Drew's family. Amazing!

Three years!

We took a trip to Asheville and Balsam for our 4th anniversary.

We went to San Diego to celebrate 5 years!

We were the bride and groom in a mock wedding for international students shortly before our sixth anniversary.

Our 7th was spent packing up and getting ready to move to Central Asia.

We got to celebrate 8 years with our sweet miracle, Eliana!

9 years was our first celebration here in our new home.

10 years!!!

We drove home from Disney World on our 11th anniversary. We went to a marriage conference a few weeks earlier.

Back in Central Asia for our 12th.

And celebrating 13 this weekend!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mother's Day

With all the excitement of Danielle being here and then Eliana's birthday I never posted about Mother's Day. Eliana was so sweet and fun as they prepared to celebrate the day. She kept telling me that we weren't celebrating Mother's Day but they were getting ready for Christmas. Then the day before she told me that we really weren't celebrating Christmas, she was "just playing with me." Funny girl!

She and Drew got me flowers, made a very yummy breakfast for me, got me a gift certificate for a pedicure and Eliana made me a very sweet card. I felt very loved and encouraged and had a great day with my sweet family.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5th Birthday Fun!

We continued our birthday celebration with taking cupcakes to preschool. I got to go and see the kids do their birthday singing for Eliana. I have no idea what they said but they were very enthusiastic and Eliana seemed to enjoy herself. Here is a video of their singing...

Sorry for the blurry picture but here she is in her birthday get-up...

And here she is with Danielle and the beautiful cupcakes we decorated to take to school...

The rest of her day was filled with presents and fun. She got a bunch of Legos this year and she loves doing them! She and Drew spent 1.5 hours yesterday putting one of the bigger sets together and she loved every minute of it. Such a big girl!