Sam turns 1!

It is really hard to believe that these pictures were a year ago:DSC_0126 DSC_0190 First moments together as a family of 5:DSC_0258 And now we’re here with this sweet boy:DSC_0292 DSC_0301 (1) Loving the beach:IMG_1951 IMG_1956 This is his new “say cheese” face:IMG_1972 Sam loves the dirt, and Opal Dean:IMG_1980DSC_0252He has added so much delight and joy to our lives, and I can’t believe he’s already a year old.  Adding a third boy to our family has been joyfully chaotic, and filled with lots of moments of laughter and fun.  He has such a sweet little personality and seems to be somewhat of a mix between his brothers.  His birthday has been really fun to celebrate, especially because we’ve had grandparents in town to celebrate with us!  The boys are having a blast as brothers, and this little guy is well loved in our home.  Happy Birthday Sam!!

Some of this weeks favorites…

I love having a place where I can record these little moments with the boys that are so sweet and funny and that I don’t want to forget.  Here are a few of those moments from the past week…

B: “I love to wear socks. (which is the first I have heard of this, normally he and Chaz refuse to wear socks or shoes.).  Because socks make me really beautiful, especially these Braves socks. But actually, not beautiful, but… what’s that word, mommy… handy?  They make me handy?”  Me: “You mean, handsome?”  B: “Yes, these socks make me very handsome.”

While face-timing with Papa and Gigi, Gigi comments that something is “cracking her up.” B then asks: “Can I see the crack?”  I love their literal interpretation of things!

Chazzy deciding to paint with his peanut butter at lunch:

DSC_0266I must have been really tired this day, because I was sitting at the table with the boys and completely missed the fact that this was happening until peanut butter was smeared all over the wall.  I laughed, took a picture, and then had him clean it up 🙂

The moment Bradford asks me the other day, “Mommy, when are you going to have another boy?” Me: “I don’t know, do you want another brother?” B: “No, I just want 10 more brothers.” Haha!  “Do you want any sisters?” B: “Yes, 11 sisters would be a good number.”

Pillow case jumping:



The night Chaz put all of his cars and his purple ball in the closet by his room, and then said Goodnight to all of them one by one:

DSC_0262Watching Sam play in the dirt and be so happy about it:

DSC_0281 DSC_0283Telling the boys we are going to Georgia in March for a visit.  They were really excited, but then B tells me the next morning: “When we go to Georgia, I won’t be big enough to do that march thing… only the really big kids can do it, but us little kids, we won’t be big enough to do the march so can we not do that?” I guess I forgot to explain that March is the month, not the event!

“Look mom, we’re turtles and these are our shells:”

DSC_0296Sam’s smile and excitement over getting a ride on Chaz’s scooter:






Some things I don’t want to forget

B’s comment in the church parking lot: “Mommy, why is that lady dressed in a Jaguar costume for church?” (commentary about a lady with an animal print blouse). And then their roaring laughter that someone would dress as a jaguar, and confusion as to why she would do this.  Haha! Lets just say I was glad we were still in the car, and the conversation took place without anybody else hearing it.

Sam’s laughter when the brothers play with him.  He is sharing a room with the older boys now, and it is so fun to hear him laughing and joining in the bedtime fun.  Most nights, he is pretty quick to go to sleep but I can hear them talking to him and his laughter for those couple of minutes before he passes out, and it is so sweet how much he loves his brothers!

My little kitchen helpers.  It can be challenging to find jobs for the boys when I’m cooking, especially since our kitchen is pretty small and they can easily get too close to the oven.  But I do have a lot of fun busying their little hands and giving them jobs to do in the kitchen.  We have created a lot of memories of baking together, and they currently love to make their own sandwiches or pizzas for lunch.  Other kitchen memories are of B man playing his guitar and singing while I cook while watching his reflection in the oven, and little boys playing at my feet with their cars while I cook.  Such sweet memories!



From Chazzy this week: “Look Mommy, the clouds made a big mess in the sky today.” (commentary on clouds spread beautifully across the sky.”

Watching B use his imagination more and more.  He played on the trampoline for probably an hour today singing and talking to his toy cars, Mater and Lightning McQueen.  I did not gather the whole conversation, but I did gather that they took naps, ate lunch, sang “Life is a Highway” multiple times, and that the cars really like it when B bounces them and they get to fly really high.

The way Chazzy climbs in my lap and gives spontaneous hugs and snuggles throughout the day.  He is pretty affectionate and it is so sweet.