Just a little peek

Just a little peek

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Father's Day 2015

This post has been a long time coming!
We celebrated this guy as a dad over a month ago, but he deserves more than just a day anyway.

The kids get more & more excited & into celebrating all these big traditional days every year.
And Father's Day was no exception.

They picked out gifts.
Wrapped them with just a little help from mom.
Signed the card with pride.

And couldn't wait to make their dad feel awesome on his special day.
Which I was all in favor of.

But as I snapped these photos, through the lens of my camera I saw the true picture of what this day represents.

These guys love their dad with their whole hearts.
And that's directly because of his heart for them.

He's their safe place.
They know that no matter what, he's there for them.
And he loves them in such a fun, exciting, complete way.
Not completely perfect, but completely thoughtful & intentional.

And that overjoys my heart.
Because with this gift, they will eventually understand the Lord's overwhelming love for them.
And that's gonna take them places in life.

And I'm just grateful to be along for the ride.
Love these guys with my whole self.

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Thomas is my friend."

Truett has loved "choo-choos" for as long as I can remember.
Especially Thomas.
He loves to sing, "Thomas is my friend." (it should be Thomas & his friends)
I love him. 

 We found a set of several Thomas trains/boat/bus/tractor he didn't have & gave them to him for his birthday.

 Every day for several days after, he lined them all up & marched around, wearing a happy little grin on his face.

 It's one of my favorite things to do, to win at gift giving.


*side note- he also loves yogurt & wiping his face on his sleeve. Mmm. 
That's real special.

  Just counting, to make sure no one rolled away during his happy dance.




 "Thooooo-mas is my fw-iend!"

 Then he piles them up & carries them around in a bucket, or a dump truck, or a bag.
 And yells at you if you move said bucket/dump truck/bag from the exact spot he put it in. 
You know, like when mom wants to clean up & it's sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor.
Being 3 is rough if people don't follow your rules for life…or choo-choos.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lincoln Life {6 months}

No, you are not confused.
This little cutie is actually 7 months old.
Actually pushing 8.
But, we'll just pretend tonight that he's 6 months again...

 At 6 months, Mr. Lincoln, you are just the cutest thing ever.
You are growing like a weed.
Weighing in at 18 lbs 15 oz (75th%).
And already 29 in long (above 98th%-lol!).
I feel like I'm carrying around a 1 year old, but looking into the face of a little bitty baby.
Cuz you are little. But you're not.

 Your cute little bum wears a size 3 diaper.
And you're wearing 6-9 & 6-12 month clothes.
Your feet are long.
And your head is perfectly fuzzy.
We rub it everyday.

 At the ripe old age of 6 1/2 months, you started crawling.
Our earliest crawler.
Before you could even sit well.
Then, just a couple of days later, you were sitting great, crawling all over the living room & even into the kitchen & delighting your sister & brothers.
They think you & your antics are awesome.

 At 6 months, I became your favorite.
You are so friendly still, but if I'm anywhere near, you pretty much fuss until you're in my arms.
Which is totally fine by me, but not so much with your daddy, Mimi or Grammy.
That's ok. One day, they'll all be cooler than me.
This is my time, baby.

 And that means I get lots & lots of sweet snuggles.
And the best smiles.
And giggles.
Although, dad can crack you up pretty good too.

 You still have just 2 teeth.
They surprised me coming so early, but looks like those 2 bottom teeth were the only ones in a hurry.
You're still exclusively nursing.
Because I'm a lazy great mom.

You still laugh at the silliest things…which are in plenty at our house.
You love any toys that are not yours.
You're not putting things in your mouth yet, much to my relief.
I panic every now & then when I look around our house that is littered with all the smallest things ever & lecture your siblings about how they are all choking hazards.
They only sort of listen. Rude. And dangerous.
We'll work on that.
And the biggest thing at 6 months?
You're sleeping through the night.
Remember how I'm a great mom? Yeah.
You were sleeping next to my bed still at the beginning of this month & were waking up every hour-two hours.
Every night.
Plus you have 3 siblings. Who variously wake up for things.
I was worn out.
I decided to give it a try & put you in your crib one night (actually, your dad made me- for the record) & you only woke up once.
The next night, not at all.
I felt like a new woman & apologized to you for torturing you in the bassinet for far too long. Ha!
Apparently, you needed some space.
Message received & we are both sleeping beautifully now.
You rock star baby, you.
Linco, you're awesome.
7 month recap coming soon.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Truett is 3!

Truett also had a birthday in May.
May 4, 2012 is his day.
And we celebrated on that day at home with just us.
That weekend he had a family & one friend party.
Hey, when you're 3, it's really all just about cake anyway.
That he was determined would be a "Thomas cake."
I do cupcakes. With white frosting. Have you noticed that?
A dear friend heard my worries over this sweet child's request & blessed us greatly with the sweet cake you'll see below.
It was such a special birthday. 3 year old's get so genuinely excited, it is a pure joy to celebrate them…
Truett's birthday in photos:

 
 


 
 
 











And Captain America made an appearance just in time to blow out the candles.
Then just like that, my baby was 3.
Can you tell we have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in the fam?
More to come on that crazy kid soon... 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Parker is 8!

May 23, 2007
One of the days my life was forever changed.
And it was 8 years ago.
This is the day we celebrate our first.
Some of Parker's 8th birthday in pictures:
















Can you tell she had an awesome birthday?
Really great friends (one that we hadn't seen in wayyyy too long), cupcakes, our first slumber party, cake, grandparents, special packages in the mail, donuts, a shopping date, & Annie.
More to come about our favorite 8 year old.