Wednesday, August 31, 2011

because she is growing too fast!

i am one of those moms who take pictures of their kids everyday! i just know how fast they change and grow up.. especially babies. so here are the latest of adalyn grace..

Go Jackets!!

bubba 'siah

i was feeding adalyn up on my bed this morning when josiah walks into my room. his eyes light up and he says, "hey! i didn't get to kiss the baby yet this year." he runs over to us, gets in her face and says, "good morning, sunshine!! did you sweep good? i missed you while you was sweeping! did you miss josiah?" he kissed her all over her hands, face and and head when i asked him, "you sure do love adalyn, don't ya?" he nodded his head yes then said, "she's my best fwiend! she is the best baby EVER!!" it is so sweet to see... adalyn is so loved:) i am anxious to see how the sibling relationships unfold. i wonder if she will care for him as much as he does for her. right now, she smiles and laughs at all of them. but i wonder if she will favor one over the other... we shall see!

the other day, my big 3 were coloring at the kitchen table. i was cooking supper and adalyn was upstairs napping. ella kate was coloring bill a christmas picture, "'cause daddy LOVES christmas time!" when she was done, she asked josiah where he put the winnie the pooh stickers. he went to the pile of books where he had supposedly laid them down earlier. he looked and looked but couldn't find them. he then tapped his chin with his pointer finger and said, "hmmmm..... inch-ess-ting!" (interesting)

we had a fun, family, movie night last night! all six of us piled up on our queen size bed and watched a christmas movie. (i am married to one of santa's elves, remember??) the kids loved it. we were all snuggled together and filled with holiday cheer until josiah ruined it for me. he was laying on my thighs with his hands/arms wrapped around me. we were all enjoying ourselves until i noticed josiah gently shaking his hand on my leg trying to make it jiggle. he didn't say a word but i could tell that he got a kick out of it. i tried to quietly flex my leg to make it jiggle less, but it didn't help any. i had all kinds of tidal waves rolling up and down my thighs. it made me so self conscious that i had to get up and put some pajama pants on!! ha! thanks a lot buddy:) needless to say, i started my lunges again today!

Friday, August 26, 2011

my girls..

miley likes to have "company" while she is on the potty:) speaking of miley... she made me laugh this morning! adalyn had spit up some so, miley just grabbed the bottom of her nightgown and wiped her face/neck/chin all clean! what a doll!! i also have seen ella kate catch adalyn's spit up with her bare hands before, just so it wouldn't get her outfit or the floor dirty!! i have some big helpers:)
tonight in the car, ella kate found a pair of panties. (don't ask.) next thing i know, she is hollering at us to look at her. "look! i'm spidergirl!!"

sweet kisses! don't ask what miley is doing in the background. just focus on the other 2 cuties smiling in the front:)

walking the dogs

adalyn is going through a very nosey phase right now... or maybe it is just that my kids are always loud and obnoxious during her feeding times! she has to look and watch her older siblings and their crazy shenanigans, and it turns into this long, drawn out process. anyhoo... i have resorted to "hiding in my room" just so i can nurse her in peace:) so just now, as i am feeding her, i hear ella kate downstairs saying, "come'er puppy! good girl! no, no dog! quit that!!" i am listening. hoping that our dogs are not in the house. then i hear josiah gagging and coughing, so i call for them to come and see me. then, in walks this..... meet the "momma girl and her 2 puppies!" who knew those toy stethoscopes were so versatile? :) josiah's is a little more snug than miley's, though. so whenever ella kate yanks his "fleash", it hits his adam's apple and makes him gag:)
ha! oh, the imaginations they have!! i love it!
oh, wait. now, they are no longer dogs. i just saw her put her two "horseys" to bed in their bunk beds. she just told them, "now, go to sleep horseys. i don't want to hear you nay'n!!"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

fun family hike!

after supper tonight, bill asked us if we wanted to go on a walk and see some waterfalls. the canal is close to our house, so we all loaded up and headed out! it was adalyn's first time riding in our back-pack carrier and she was perfect! (who's surprised??) sweet moment... her eyes are changing colors:) they might be brown like EK's afterall!!

adalyn and i hung out on the rocks while bill and the big kids put their feet in the water. do you see those "caves" under the bridge? well, miley REALLY wanted to go in them and kept telling us, "it's not scary in dare! da snakes are berry nice!! let's go see!!"

remember, they were just wanting to touch the water, but who wants to get only their feet wet? :) in less than a minute, all 4 of them were soaken wet!

some of these turned out blurry, but their expressions are priceless!!

the kids did SO well with all of the walking and "hiking". i was especially surprised by miley. she and josiah lead the way for most of our time!

we had so much fun! and as usual, i took too many pics:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ella kate is 5!!

miss priss wanted cupcakes for her birthday breakfast, but we settled for some muffins:)her daddy gave her a little gold ring that was actually mine when i was a little girl. it is in the shape of a heart and she LOVES it!
she kept saying, "that was so sweet of you to give me this ring!"we took jos to preschool, miley was with mrs lori and nana watched adalyn so ella kate and i could have a "girl's morning!" first stop was starbucks!! she has been wanting her own frappuccino for a while, so today she got her very first one! (thanks cynthia for the gift card!) she picked a strawberries and cream drink with a pink cake pop!however, starbucks isn't really the place for an energetic, excited, 5 year old. so we didn't stay very long:) our next stop.... the nail salon!!!

when we got there, we were 3rd in line and had to wait a few minutes. she was so excited!! at one point while we were waiting, she told me, "momma, i am so excited i just want to kick everybody out of the way!!" then when it was finally her turn to sit in the chair, she said, "i can't believe we're here!! i'm being so brave!!" she picked out a sparkly blue/green for her toes and a sparkly purple for her fingers! $13 later, we were done and we had the best time! i asked her how it felt to be 5 and she said, "i feel a little bigger. i almost feel like a mom!" :)the 2 of us ate lunch at home. she requested a fried bologna sandwich and some watermelon:) simple enough? although when bill came home from work, she asked him, "daddy, can we go to cracker barrel for my birthday dinner?? or.. is that too expensive??" sweet girl. i'm not gonna lie. money is tight... as it is for many of you. but someone (who will stay anonymous) decided to be blessing to us, and allowed my birthday girl to have her 'pancake, fried okra, mac-n-cheese, and applesauce' dinner of choice! thank you!!!

true story: what better way to finish off your 5th birthday, than to wear your little brother's underwear to bed b/c your mom hasn't tackled the mountain of laundry and there are aren't anymore clean little girl panties:) all in all it was a wonderful day!! i am so thankful that we were able to spend some girly time together!! i love my girl!! i cannot imagine how boring life would be without our ella kate!! we love her to pieces!! happy birthday sweet girl!! i cannot believe that you are "a whole hand!"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

some of my favorite things..

bill's boss gave him some tickets to the augusta greenjackets game tonight, so he took ella kate and josiah on a "date" :) he is absolutely THE best daddy!! the kids had so much fun! i love our nighttime cuddles with adalyn. our big kids go to bed around 7:30 and adalyn stays up until 8:00. so we have some time for just the 3 of us to snuggle:) i love walking in my foyer and seeing these cute bags. just another reminder of my many sweet blessings!i have had the hardest time letting these dead things go. they were mother's day flowers that ek and jos made at school when they were in the 3's preschool class. so ella kate's will be 2 years old this year.. but i just can't throw them away. i keep watering them, hoping they will turn green again! and there is nothing better, than watching my babies sleep... LOVE!this pic cracks me up. josiah got that brown blanket for his birthday and he wants to sleep with it every night. he doesn't want to sleep in his bed, he wants to sleep ON it with his warm, fuzzy, fleece blanket. in this hot, georgia, summer weather.