Friday, December 17, 2010

Playgroup and the McWayne

Before we get started with the photos, I have to share the boys cutest way of sharing the Christmas story! If you ask them what gifts the wise men brought Jesus, Elijah says, "gold, frankincense, and..." then Luke says, "Myrrh!!!!". And it's nothing we taught them, saying Elijah say this and Luke say that. They just figured out to say it like that on their own. It is so precious!

We've been quite busy doing some Christmas activities this past month!
The boys and I went to Painted by U and painted a "cookies for Santa" plate with our playgroup.

Now, whenever he sees paint, he says "boop, boop!" (the sound effect I made everytime his finger touched the plate)

Elijah and Logan, chilling out after they painted.
Jolynn and Mallory painting a pig.
Nita and Kate painting.

And here is the finished product...
Elijah painted the blue background, the green inside the Christmas tree, and then some garland on the tree. Luke's footprint is in the center of the tree and his fingerprints were used for ornaments and snow.

The boys and I went to the McWayne Center yesterday for a little fun.

We (mommy included!) had so much fun playing in the snow!

Today, we had a great time at playgroup at Tracy's house!
Here we are decorating cookies...

Elijah had so much fun decorating some Christmas people, trees, bells, mittens,... didn't like the redhots so much... he put an entire handful in his mouth, only to spit them out immediately!
Sweet little Kate enjoying some cookies!

Luke got to decorate graham crackers. =)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday to Elijah!

Align Center Happy Birthday to Elijah!!! Our sweet Elijah turned 3 on Saturday, 12/11/10 (what a cool date!) He was super excited about his Toy Story Birthday Party, and about turning 3 in general. He has been looking forward to "December the eleventh" for quite sometime. On Wed, he wanted to wear his Buzz underwear, but I told him to save it for Saturday. He replied, completely upset, "No Mommy! I'm going to be too big to wear them when I turn 3!"

We had a Toy Story Party, of course. The menu for the big day was..."Ham," "Lil Slinky Dogs," "Mr. Potato Head Chips & Dip," "Jessie's Jello Jigglers," "Rex Mix" (instead of "Chex" - lol Thanks Aunt Kristi!), "Buzz's Bread," "Woody's Goodies," "Lotso's Lemonade," and "Bullseye's Buckeyes." Elijah enjoyed coloring the little name cards for the food...

We played a fun game of "Pin the Tale on Bullseye" - it was cute to see them all play! (Sorry, Little Miss Hayden was too fast to catch her picture!) And the results...

Here is all of the kids smiling for the camera....

Woody (Taylor), Bullseye (Luke), Buzz Lightyear (Elijah), Jessie (Hayden), & Barbie (Karidyn)

Here he is attacking his cousin Riley with his new shark puppet...

Elijah couldn't wait to blow out the candles - he did it before we got through the first line of Happy Birthday and before Dad could set down the cake!
This picture cracks me up b/c it looks like Elijah is absolutely bursting with excitement - totally captures him on his birthday (and most days) !

It was a fun day! 3 seems like such a big number for our little guy. It's crazy to know that he's that old, but at the same time, it feels like he's been our sweet Elijah forever. It's a joy and a blessing to be his mommy and daddy! We love him very very much!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Birthday Card

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sweet stories

First, some fun little stories to share...

We went to Publix the week after Halloween and Elijah saw a woman dressed up in a leopard print shirt and skirt. As we walked by her, he said (loudly), "Mommy! That's lady's dressed up like a leopard! Is that her halloween costume? Mommy why is she dressed up like a leopard?!" LOL Could I be a mature parent and hold in my laugh?

Elijah just asked me if I would set up our blow up bounce house again, and looked up at me w/ little puppy dogs eyes....

Mom: Where did you get those puppy dog eyes?

Elijah: These are not puppy dogs eyes. These are green eyes.
Mom: Well where did you get those puppy dogs eyes?

From the store
Mom: What store?

: I got my puppy dog slippers from the store
Mom: Well what about your puppy dog eyes?

: These are not puppy dog eyes. These are real eyes.
Mom: Are they?

: Yes. they're real eyes that blink... (eyes batting)
Mom: Well where did you get your real eyes from?

: I got my real eyes from God.

When Elijah gets mad, his first instinct is to say "Stupid dog!" so weird.... I don't know where he learned that from........(I really have only said it a few times under my breath! And just to let you know, some character says in in Toy Story as well...)

Anytime my phone rings, Luke says "Dadda?!"

Elijah affectionately calls Luke "Lukey"

Nighttime is a precious sight to see at our home...after we're all ready for bed, we all get on our knees - including Luke - hold hands, and Elijah says the whole Lord's prayer. Afterwards, the boys stand up and we all give a big family group hug and give kisses to one another. As we're hugging, Elijah says "We're building a strong family!" (from a milk commercial on It is precious!!!

Luke has started occasionally calling us Mommy and Daddy, instead of Mama and Dada. He started doing the sign language for and saying the words "more" and "all gone" and "milk" all in the same week (2 weeks ago). His sign language for "more" used to be hitting his tray....He's becoming quite the little parrot - echoing a lot more. He's realizing the predictability in books too - he'll fill in words in Goodnight Moon: "and goodnight to the quiet lady who was whispering...HUSH!!!" So precious! He can show you his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, belly, hands, fingers, feet, toes, knees...Becoming quite the little Elijah copycat too!

When we were doing flashcards over lunch, I showed them a picture of an ant, and Luke said the A sound..."A A Aaaas" (I think he was trying to say ant!) His Brainy Baby DVD does that for the word ant, trying to emphasize the initial sound. Yeah!! He's learning!!
Elijah has been working on sounding out words and reading 3 letter words. He loves finding the word "God" on all the pages in his Bible. If you say a word, he can pretty much sound out the phonemes. When he sees them, he can sound out most words & read them with some encouragement. He sometimes goes into autopilot though- the word could be cat and he'd sound out "Cu Ah Tu---o m. Tom!"

Health Update:
Luke: since 10/14 had cold, then croup, then healthy for 4 days, then croup, then healthy for 1 1/2 days, then borderline walking pneumonia and an ear infection (diagnosed Tuesday)...
Elijah: since 10/14 has remained pretty healthy, praise the Lord! He had a strange cough last week and was wheezing...
Today: after 5 dr visits in 4 weeks, both boys are on antibiotics (Elijah for precaution - so thankful for that!) and using an inhaler (not asthma, just from a viral infection)...Thankfully, we've been able to get out of the house this week and the boys are acting much more like their sweet little selves.

Oh I hope that this will be the worst of their health problems this fall/winter. We've had about enough of being couped up in this house! (Can we say "date night" tonight?! Thank you Carol!)

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch & Halloween

We had a great time at the pumpkin patch! The boys and I went to the one in McCalla on Friday with our playgroup. Here are the boys on the choo choo train!
We had so much fun with Sadie, Michael, Brooks, and Knox...but we just had to go back with Daddy!
On Saturday, we enjoyed some family time in almost perfect weather (as Stephen and I call it, "a Garth Brooks day"). We had a picnic and then some fun time exploring the pumpkin patch.
The boys just loved the inflatables, or as Elijah calls them, "bouncy playgrounds." Luke is on the verge of learning to jump - he just bounces in place, but he's trying. He had a great time running around, trying to jump.
We couldn't leave without taking a picture by the pumpkin patch measuring stick...
Luke, 2010Elijah, 2010
Elijah, 2009 (goodness he's grown!)

And, of course, we had to go on a hay ride!

Then went to Grammy's church on Saturday night for their Fall Festival. The boys, once again, enjoyed playing on the bouncy playgrounds and trunk or treating. They especially loved dancing to the band that was playing. This is their cousin, Hayden, dressed so cutely as Minnie Mouse!

Halloween morning, we were all set to go to church - all we had to do was wake Luke up and put him in the car w/ breakfast...but we found Luke in no condition to be around other kids. We took him to the after hours clinic at Children's to confirm that he had croup (AGAIN!) So, we missed our 3rd Sunday in a row due to our sick little baby. Poor guy! He felt well enough to enjoy the Halloween festivities later that night though...

Our neighborhood is always pretty busy and gets really into Halloween. Elijah went up to most houses and yelled "ROAR!!! Trick or treat!" and then, after getting candy, he told everyone "Happy Halloween!" and, of course, "Thank you!"

Luke enjoyed walking around, but didn't trick or treat w/ a bag this year.
One lady at Grammy's church tried to give Luke a lollipop, and Elijah was quite insistent on telling her that he was allergic to eggs and couldn't have the lollipop. lol We got Colin to take a picture of the family before taking it to the house and handing out candy.

After we got home, Luke, poor baby, began crying at 6:45 and would not stop until after we laid him in his bed 30 min later. So unlike him. Please lift up our little guy so that he gets and stays healthy! Elijah, on the other hand, was, surprisingly, in bed by 7:45...however, he was still talking in his bed at 9:50! I think it's the latest he's ever been up (with the exception of Disney)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trunk or Treat (among other things!)

So here is what's been going on at our house...
Stephen and his old boss and friend, Craig (who Elijah seriously thinks is the cartoon character Mr. Incredible - every time he sees a Mr. Incredible picture, he says it's Mr. Craig!) have worked hard to put up a fence at the house...

Elijah helped a little bit too...

We have made the most of playing outside now that most of the backyard is enclosed - we'll finish the gate this weekend.

Luke has become quite the climber....

The other day, he pushed Elijah's high chair over to the island, climbed on top, and tried to reach for the crackers that were on the island!
At his 15mo check up, he was 30% in height, 50% in weight, which is the norm for Luke. He is growing so big and getting more vocal everyday. You better watch out if you have a box of crackers around b/c Luke will say "cracker" as many times as it takes for you to give in and give him one (at least one).

We've been gearing up for Halloween... this was a trial run on Elijah's face paint as a lion...
(can you hear his roar?)
We had a good time at Hunter Street's Trunk or Treat! Daddy had to work a little late ;) so it was a fun little Mommy Date.

Luke was the cutest horse I've ever seen... (his cousin, Riley, comes in a very close second... I'm a little partial to my own boy!)

We found Elijah's Sunday school teachers, Mr. Mark, Mrs. Janet, Mr. Gage, and Mrs. Molly...
He hadn't seen them in 2 weeks b/c Luke had croup for 2 Sundays in a row, so he was overjoyed to see his teachers! He had been asking about them all day!

That's about it...more pictures and silly stories to share soon!