A few things to be thankful for this week…

1. Chaz: “Mom, why Dean dog don’t wear pants?” and the conversation that followed…

2.  Seeing baby #4 on ultrasound this week.  Yes, for anyone who reads this who doesn’t know, we are really excited to announce that another baby is on the way.  It is amazing to me what all you can see at just 12 weeks..I think I counted 10 fingers and 10 toes, saw the body outline, spine, etc…  It was pretty awesome.

3. The boys take on what the new baby’s name should be.  Here were their favorites:

Chaz: Baby Swiper

Bradford: Baby Jack or baby Ella

4.  Meeting my friends twin baby girls.  One baby is such a miracle, and two at the same time is crazy and awesome.

5.  Spending the days at home with these 3 hilarious, active, and non-stop boys.  They are wild and I feel very tired… but I love it so much, and would not ask for anything different than exactly who they are and every moment of living in the chaos of them.  I am very thankful that I get to stay at home and be with them every day.

6. Watching Sam belly laugh harder than I have ever heard any of our boys laugh when Chaz decided to tickle him one day.

7.  Chaz’s questions right now and the way he calls me momma: “Momma, do you have bugs in your nose? Can I check for you and get them out?, “Momma, do you have milk for the baby now?” “Where is the baby? It is in your squishy tummy?” Can I smash your squishy tummy?”

8. Bradford’s love for a daily plan and schedule and his joy in responsibility.  Sometimes he reminds me so much of myself it’s a little scary.  Last week I decided to teach him about chores, or “jobs” as he’s calling them.  Every morning now, he wants a list of his daily jobs and extra jobs to do, and loves it even better when I include picture drawings and a schedule of the day.  He seems to really delight in being helpful and being given responsibility.

9.  Air conditioning.  The summer heat has settled in here and the air conditioning feels like such a gift.

10. Tomatoes, and fresh veggies with ranch dressing or balsamic vinegar.  That seems to be what this baby is making me crave right now and the freshness of the produce here is just awesome and so satisfying.

11.  Andy being awesome in so many ways, but one way specifically this week: rodent control.  We have had a mice problem in our attic, and somehow 2 made it down in the house this week.  Both our furry friends were caught in the kitchen and disposed of outside, (which I thankfully had no part in any of the catching/disposing of process), and traps are now laid as we go to war with the mice.  I’m just thankful I don’t have to be the one dealing with the mice!

 

 

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Happy Easter!

We’ve had a wonderful Easter here in Florida.  Andy preached the Sunrise service at our church, so the boys and I went and enjoyed the early morning celebration.  They were funny and active at the service.  We made it through the music just fine, and then both older boys were climbing and trying to jump off the bleachers so we made our way to the grassy field in the back and listened to Andy from there while they burned off some energy running around.  Andy did an awesome job capturing the significance of the holiday and preaching the Gospel message.  DSC_0270 DSC_0274 DSC_0275Afterwards, the boys and I headed out for their favorite treat, donuts.  They were pretty excited about the Easter selection and we all enjoyed a morning treat:IMG_2112 After everyone took a nice and long nap, we filled the afternoon with Easter baskets, dying eggs, and a nice family dinner.  DSC_0280 DSC_0287 DSC_0297 DSC_0298 DSC_0303 DSC_0304 DSC_0309 DSC_0315It was a great day of celebrating the Resurrection and all that Jesus has done for us.  We also rejoice in the blessings he’s given, and love these sweet boys so much.  Happy Easter!!

 

A weekend with Friends

We had a wonderful weekend visiting with some of our very best friends, who made the long track down south to visit.  The boys loved having their friend, Autumn come play and the time with Laura and Michael was great.  The kids did a lot of playing in the pool:DSC_0247 And in this rare moment, us adults enjoyed sitting and taking it all in.  There is something about the friends we made in college that is unique.  The bond goes deep, the friendships are comfortable, we laugh a lot, and really enjoy each other.  I am sure it has something to do with the amount of time we all spent together, and the life changes we walked through and grew up through together.  So it was so nice to enjoy conversation, stay up late playing cards, make lots of yummy food, and watch our kids have fun together.DSC_0251The trampoline was a big hit with everyone:
DSC_0256 And Sam loves the water and could be entertained by the hose possibly forever.DSC_0274 DSC_0281 DSC_0283 DSC_0291Timer photo with amazingly everyone looking:
DSC_0300We did venture to the beach, which was beautiful and a fun chaos.  Our crew wasn’t loving it though so our stay was short and sweet.  We are thankful for the time we had with these friends!  The boys keep asking about when Autumn is coming to play again, and we are all looking forward to seeing her and her parents again next month!