Pumpkin carving, and Halloween as Thomas and James


The boys have been a lot of fun this year in Halloween festivities.  They are old enough now to understand that we get pumpkins and candy and they get to dress up in costume, and it’s all so fun and exciting to them right now. We had a lot of fun visiting the pumpkin patch, painting our pumpkins, and then working with Daddy to carve the “big” pumpkin that B man was very proud to pick out.


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The costume selection was not difficult.  They made it very clear who they wanted to be.  I asked about a month ago who they wanted to dress up as, and Chazzy never wavered in his desire to be “Thomas” from Thomas the Train.  Bradford picked “James,” one of Thomas’ friends, and they have been so cute with their costumes.  They have played in them, and already worn them out!  Here they are with a few of their little buddies from our small group:DSC_0311 The first day the costumes arrived, they kept them on until the very last minute which I thought was so cute.  They even brushed their teeth in them!  So, tonight we are looking forward to taking some more pictures and doing a little trick-or-treating with Thomas and James. DSC_0604 DSC_0608

Happy Halloween!

8 Months

When I realized today that Sam is 8 months old, I could hardly believe that.  I seriously feel like I blinked and the past 8 months flew by.  He is so much fun and has become an active, mobile, laughing, and interactive boy to add to the mix.  Having him mobile has changed the game in a lot of ways… he can be put down on the floor, sit by himself, and is in total exploration mode around the house.  In some ways, it makes things easier because he is happy and content to play and not be held quite as much.  But the level of movement around the house and mess created with 3 very active boys sometimes leaves my head spinning!

A few fun things about Sam at 8 months… his first tooth just popped in, he is crawling and pulling up on everything, he loves to eat paper! (which i noticed when I kept finding chewed up pieces of books on the floor and in his mouth), he loves his brothers and smiles and laughs just seeing them walk in a room, he loves the bath and playing in water, and he also loves Opal Dean.  His little personality reminds me of a mixture of Bradford and Chaz. He’s not as intense as Bradford, but also not as laid back as Chaz…maybe somewhere in the middle.  He smiles easily, but is becoming weary and hesitant around strangers.  He is a good eater and sleeper, and for the most part a pretty easy little guy.

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Bedtime Prayers

Bradford: “Thank you God for my Dad and my books and the lamp. Amen.”

Chazzy: “Dear God, thank you for… Bob and Larry, Sweet Pea Beauty (Veggie Tales characters), for Thomas, and James, and Mr. Thopham Hatt, and Percy (all Thomas the Train characters), and for “E” (Chaz’s name for Bradford), and for my Dad.  Amen.”



St. Simons Beach trip Photos

We had such an awesome time this past weekend at the beach with all of our family from Andy’s side.  This trip was a surprise for Brad, to celebrate his 60th birthday, and what a blessing it was to all be together for a few days.  The boys had more fun than they could articulate playing with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and their Gigi and Papa.  I had so many pictures, and still am going through them, but I just picked some of my favorites to share:DSC_0251 DSC_0255 DSC_0257 DSC_0262 DSC_0270 DSC_0275 DSC_0277 DSC_0282 DSC_0286 DSC_0292 DSC_0293 DSC_0295 DSC_0299 DSC_0303 DSC_0307 DSC_0309 DSC_0312 DSC_0323 DSC_0347 DSC_0348 DSC_0357 DSC_0360 DSC_0364 DSC_0365 DSC_0367 DSC_0374 DSC_0378 DSC_0381on Beach Trip Photos

Sweet Moments

It’s been an up and down day as a mom, mainly up until about 5 pm…and then in a 3 hour stretch, we calmed a lot of fighting, made a call to poison control, soothed a boy who was bitten by his brother, disciplined the child who bit the brother, got everyone fed, calmed upset boys at bedtime, and then after it all, the house is quiet.  I love being a mom, I really do.  I do not wish I was doing anything else.

But some days are exhausting.  It has been one of those days.  I was scrolling through pictures today, and love what the following ones portray.  Our boys are fun and sweet and I so enjoy being around them.  They love to play hard, laugh a lot, sing and dance, and they love their dad!  They are worth every hard day and every exhausting moment.  And even in the hard, I am thankful for who they are.  They teach me so much about loving and persevering in the process, through the ups and the downs.

I am thankful for their wild spirits, for the way they play rough and love each other, even though sometimes they fight and bite each other!  I’m thankful for these pictures today, and for these sweet moments that are such a reminder of God’s goodness to our family.  DSC_0313 DSC_0319 DSC_0321 DSC_0323 DSC_0324 DSC_0326 DSC_0328 DSC_0335 DSC_0337 DSC_0340

Sam, RSV, and the Hospital

Last week was a little crazy.  We had a cough/cold hit our older boys that was pretty rough…but then it hit Sam and it was really rough.  He had a couple of days of coughing, and then he declined quickly.  He woke up Wednesday morning with a wheezing sound and we decided to take him into the dr. as a precaution, we thought.  By the time we got to the dr., I could tell he was declining.  He was straining to breath and after 2 breathing treatments in a row, we were seeing no signs of improvement.  He was breathing pretty fast and huffing and puffing to get air in and out.  So, off to the ER we went.

There was definitely a little fear, but the dr. assured me he would be fine.  He tested positive for the RSV virus and was admitted for monitoring and treatment and we were told it would be at least a 24 hour stay.  We ended up staying for 3 nights.  We didn’t have any more scary moments, or times when he declined, but it was just a slow-steady improvement throughout our stay.  The dr’s wanted to keep him until he stopped wheezing and until he was comfortable going at least 4 hours in between breathing treatments.

So, we’re home now, and he’s doing great.  Still on breathing treatments, which he handles pretty well and is showing just some minor cold symptoms.  It was a learning experience for all of us, and stretching.  It was hard being separated as a family, but we made it work and I was thankful it was only 3 nights and not longer.  Although thankful for the nurses and doctors that helped in the situation, Sam and I were both very glad to leave the hospital and return to the comforts of home. Thanks for anyone who prayed for him and supported us through this experience.

In the ER, poor sick guy:
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