Tuesday, December 18, 2012

3 Months

- 11 1/2 pounds
- sleeping 7-8 hours at night
- cooing and smiling when we talk to him
- loves to lay under his play mat and swat at things
- can sit in the bumbo chair
- puts up with lots of abuse from his brother
- taking zantac for his acid reflux
- eating about 4 ounces every 3 hours
- is a slave to his pacifier
- loves being held
- rarely ever cries
- likes to be wrapped really tight in his giraffe blanket
- still isn't the greatest napper
- hates being on his tummy

He really has been such a blessing for our little family. I can't imagine life without him and his sweet disposition and happy personality is an answer to our prayers.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa Clause

Last weekend our church had a Christmas party. Of course Santa happened to be at the party and I thought it would be fun for Caleb and Ethan to take a picture with him. I put Caleb on Santa's lap and he didn't seem to mind at all, but then I put Ethan on Santa's lap and Caleb went crazy! He was so upset, he screamed and cried. I quickly took him off an he calmed down in no time after being handed a candy cane.

After Santa and dinner there was a program. As part of the program the children created a nativity and sang Away in a Manger. Caleb was one of the angels. Do you see him on the far left... ya he didn't exactly stay where he was supposed to, instead he walked around picking up props and dancing. I think he even clapped at the end when the adults started clapping. I wish I could get the video loaded because it is pretty funny.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Train

I love Christmas and all the traditions that usually accompany the holiday. One of my favorite childhood traditions is this train. As a little kid my dad would put it up every year. As kids we really loved this train and we often found ourselves in bed early for loving it (touching it and knocking it off the track) just a little too much.
Over Thanksgiving my Dad brought the train to us! YEAH! And now Nathan and I get to share this tradition with our little boys. As soon as we put it up Caleb loved it. He loves to sit and watch it go around and around. Thanks for bringing this to us, Dad.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Swagger Wagon

We are officially the most uncool people you know. Last night we bit the bullet, let go of all our pride (and Nathan's man card) and bought a minivan. Here she is in all her glory. We are totally in love though, these things are so practical and so nice when you have little kids. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Life with 2

Yesterday I attempted to take a few photos of the boys in hopes to get one good enough for our Christmas card this year... as you can see by the ones below it was a little chaotic.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Natural Bridge Caverns

While on our  trip to San Antonio with our families we stopped at the Natural Bridge Caverns. They are located about 30 minutes northeast of San Antonio. The caverns were really neat. It is worth your time to stop in and take the tour if you are ever in the area. It took about an hour to get through them and the tour is guided. Although our guide was a 17 year old girl who mumbled and talked unbelievably fast so whatever information she might have been spewing was probably worth knowing but since nobody could understand her, we will never know.
 See the angry face below? Caleb hated the whole experience. I wouldn't advise taking toddlers who hate the dark and being confined in a small space.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

pushing pigs

This past weekend Nathan's parents and my dad and sister came into town for Ethan's blessing. Friday we headed up to San Antonio for the weekend and one of the first stops we made was the zoo. It is a great zoo and we had a fabulous time. Caleb's favorite part was the petting zoo where he tried to push the pigs around. We all got a good laugh out of watching him get behind those pigs and push them until they moved. This little boy has no fear.


This little man slept for 7 hours last night! I feel like a completely different person today.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ethans big day!

We had the opportunity of blessing Ethan this past Sunday. It was a fabulous weekend filled with food, fun, and family! The highlight of course was Sunday when Nathan was able to give Ethan a name and a blessing to go on the church records. The blessing of course was beautiful and I wish I would have written it down as soon as it was over. Nathan was able to give Ethan this blessing and one thing I remember him doing was blessing Ethan with compassion, and love for those around him. More than anything I want to teach these two little boys to be kind. I want them to love those around them, and I want them to be compassionate. I was so grateful for this special day and I am so grateful for this little family I have. They truly are my greatest joy and my biggest blessing.


Monday, November 19, 2012

2 Months

- 9lbs 11 ounces (5th percentile)
- 22 inches (5th percentile)
- eats 2-3 ounces every 3 hours
- sleeps 3-4 hours at night
- loves to be held
- loves his bouncer
- smiles at Mom and Dad when we talk to him
- coos at Mom and Dad
- has a hard time calming down and relaxing at bedtime
- sleeps well in the swing
- is generally a very happy baby

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14

Day 14: Books
I love a good book! I am so grateful to have grown up in a house full of books and I hope that my children will love and appreciate them the same way I do. I especially love a good childrens book and have already been filling Caleb and Ethan's collection with some of my favorites.

Day 13

Day 13: Baby Bjorn
This baby bjorn has saved my life now that I have two kids. Ethan feels like the world is going to end if one of us isn't holding him and for whatever reason he loves to snuggle up in this baby bjorn as I do my household chores and that is just fine with me. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 12

Day 12: Cameras
I am so grateful someone invented the camera. I am not sure what I would do if I wasn't able to capture all of these great memories. And it would be such a tragedy if I wasn't be able to embarrass these two little boys in 15 years in front of their girlfriends with pictures of them in their underwear.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 11

Day 11: Veterans
It would be a shame if I let today pass by without expressing my deep gratitude for those who have sacrificed everything for my freedom. I am forever indebted to those who are willing to continually put their lives on the line so I can live in a free country. I truly hope we never forget or waste the sacrifice that has been made for us all.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 10: Work

Day 10: Work
Today I am grateful for a good work ethic and parents who worked so hard to instill that in me. 

Day 9

Day 9: My home
Grateful to have a roof over my head each night.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8

Day 8: Religion

I pulled this from a friend but it is exactly what I was thinking today.
"Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

Religion teaches us to be selfless. It teaches us that charity must be voluntary, not forced. It teaches us to respect human life. Without religion, democracy devolves into mob rule.
-Although I am a firm beliver (with all my heart and soul) in my religion I am grateful for all the religions that seek to do good and bring people closer to Christ.
And here is great link because it is always fun to see how others are stepping up and helping those in need. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/new-round-of-cleanup-projects-scheduled-by-mormon-helping-hands

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 7

Day 7: Mitt Romney (and family)

I would have to say that Day 7 has to go to my appreciation for Mitt Romney and his family. Running for president is no easy task and so quickly can turn hateful and compromise your integrity but during this whole campaign both Mitt and Ann stood strong and held on to their integrity. I am appreciative of the way they represnted both my values and religion. But mostly I am ever so appreciative of Ann's devotion to her family, and Mitt's support/pride of her being a stay at home Mom. I am grateful they both understood and promoted the importance of both the role of the Mother and the Father in a family. Although Mitt did not win the presidential election I am appreciative of his efforts and the efforts of those who campaigned, voted, and promoted his presidential campaign.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6

Day 6: Nathan
I am so grateful for Nathan and so lucky to have him as a husband. He works so hard for our little family and is a way better father to our two little boys then I could ever have asked for. He is my best friend, my solid foundation, my reality check, and the love of my life.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5

Day 5: Friends
I have a great family and wonderful sisters but when you are so far away from them it is such a blessing to have great friends. I would have never survived living out here in Texas if we didn't have so many great friends and such a fabulous support system. So although I am grateful for my friends everywhere, I am especially grateful for my friends here in Texas.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4

Day 4: Nathan's Job
Today we are so grateful that Nathan has a job (even if they do require him to wear a funny blue suit). In this economy a good job can be hard to come by and we are grateful that Nathan has a good job that not only he loves but also supports our little family. I am especially grateful that his job has supported us so I can stay home with my little boys and not miss out on a minute of their lives.

Houston Zoo

A couple of weeks ago we got the chance to visit the Houston Zoo when Nathan's work training meeting got out early. The zoo was an absolute blast. They had so many great things for kids. Caleb ran around like crazy touching and climbing on everything. We all had a great time.
He was a little unsure about the carousel at first but once it stopped and we made him get off he cried to get back on.


The best part of the whole trip was when we got to the chimpanzee exhibit. One of the Chimps was super interactive and Caleb would bang on the window and then the Chimp would stand up and bang on the window which would send Caleb into and uncontrollable laughter. It was hilarious and went on for awhile.

The zoo even has a really great splash park right in the middle of the kids zone. Of course only in south Texas is it still hot enough that it would still be open at the end of October.

 They had a really great petting zoo and of course our little animal lover had a great time and didn't want to leave. He would grab and try to hold all of the goats hands, I am sure they were happy to see him go.

If you ever get at chance to go I would reccomend it, this zoo was by far one of the best and most little kid friendly! We all had such a great time.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 3

Day 3: My little boys! I love my little family more then anything and I am so grateful for these two little boys that have made me a mom. It really is the greatest (hardest) job in the world.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Day 2: Voting
I am so grateful for the opportunity we all have to vote. It saddens me that less then 50 percent of Americans vote. This is one freedom that so many have fought so hard to perserve and I hope that everyone takes the time (if they haven't already) to vote in this election.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 1

Today is day 1 of my "30 days of Thanks." I love this little project because it gives me an opportunity to remind myself of all the good in my life. When I sit down and really focus on all I have it is amazing how much I have to be grateful for.
Day 1
Caleb's sense of humor. This little man is so funny and Nathan and I are so grateful for that. Recently while I was feeding Ethan, Caleb decided he needed a little R&R and went into our bedroom, turned on the baby swing and sat in it. When I came in he was just chillin. It's moments like these that I realize how much Caleb is like Nathan and how much fun we are going to have.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from the cutest zoo animals around!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A little disaster...

Although Nathan and I do love projects occasionally we get one that is unsolicited. A few Sundays ago right before we were headed out for church Nathan noticed something that sounded like a hose (I was trying to get two little boys ready and was completely oblivious). When he went to figure out what the sound was (after finishing the dishes) he realized it was our guest bathroom toilet. A ring that seals the pipe that is connected to the wall busted and water was poring out the pipe. The bathroom, hallway, and both bedrooms were filled with water. Nathan quickly shut off the water and grabbed the shop vac so he could start sucking the water up out of the carpet. It took him almost two hours to suck out the water and several trips of dumping out a very full shop vac. Although the carpet seemed like it wasn't to wet Nathan went ahead and ripped some up to see what the pad underneath was like and it was completely soaked. So we ended up ripping up all the carpet, pulling out the pads and hanging them up in the garage to dry out and then putting buckets under the carpet so it would air dry. It was such a mess and keeping Caleb out of it was impossible.
Luckily for us we were headed to Houston for the week so we were able to get out of the house for the week while the carpet was drying out. We came back from Houston and Nathan relaid the carpet but it is bumpy and needs to be replaced by a professional so hopefully sometime after the holidays we will be putting in new carpet.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Halloween

Nathan dressed up as Obama for our Church Halloween party. He then proceeded to tell the kids he passed out candy to that at the end of the "trunk or treat" he was going to take all their candy and redistribute it to all the kids that didn't come to the party. Pretty sure he was the scariest thing at the Halloween party.

Caleb on the other hand was the cutest little monkey around. We went to the zoo this past week and he loved the monkeys so much we decided he needed to be one for Halloween. Ethan was a giraffe and I was the zoo keeper but I didn't get pictures of those costumes.