Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Dear God...."

Lately Eli has been asking, "What does ____ mean?" about everything.
What does "read" mean? What does "yellow" mean? What does "after" mean? What does "snack" mean? And on and on and on.....

This happened tonight before bed while he was saying his prayer:

(hands clasped tight and eyes squeezed shut) "Dear God....."
(hands still clasped and eyes peeking up at me) "What does 'dear God' mean mommy?....
(hands raised above his head incredulously) "GOD is not a DEER!!!?"

It was so funny and led to a very interesting bed time conversation! 
I love this age!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bad Mommy

Poor Jude. I have been so bad at documenting his accomplishments and milestones! We realized today that we never told any family members that he had started crawling about a week and a half ago! Yikes!

Life is just so busy and crazy right now! Not to mention having two little ones means that I am in constant need by someone. When nap time rolls around I just want some time to veg out or even take a nap myself!

Though we haven't been great with documenting, we are so enjoying our Jude every day! Cheering him on and watching him thrive! I think Eli is his biggest fan!

Now let me update you on our sweet little crawling, pulling up 7 month old!

Two weekends ago Jude was just inch worming around and he hated getting on his knees. He'd raise up on his hands and feet in somewhat of a pushup and just sit there like that looking around, eventually coming down and putting himself in a sitting position! Mom and Dad said that's what I did when I was his age and that I never crawled on my knees, just went straight to walking from that point. Here are some pictures of that:

Well about a week and a half ago he really got the hang of putting his knees down and moving one hand then one knee. He really became a pro last weekend and now he is crawling all over the place! He will come find me in the kitchen when he realizes that I left the room. It is the cutest thing to see him come around the corner... as long as Eli doesn't grab him first. Eli is constantly wanting to help Jude or guide him (I guess it's a normal big brother thing??), so when he sees Jude start to leave he will pick him up and take him where he THINKS Jude wants to go! So funny! Jude is always so patient with Eli and usually just enjoys the ride!

Along with now being able to get into a sitting position and crawl, Jude is pulling up on things and standing up assisted! He actually started pulling up onto his knees before he was even attempting to crawl! About 3 weeks ago (right at 7 months) he pulled up for the first time in the boy's room on their book basket! We were so impressed, especially Eli who exclaimed, "Jude's not a big boy yet!?"! Nowadays he tries to pull up on everything. Several times I have found him draped over a laundry basket or his toy basket because he had tried to use it to stand up!

He is also loving the stairs. We have it gated off, so only one step is accessible, but he loves to crawl over and prop himself up! Sometimes I put some toys up there and he is content to play on his knees.

This little boy usually appears to be the observant and laid back type, but he is becoming quite the adventurer just like big brother Eli! He is ready to be on the move! Just a couple of days ago we were at the gym, when we were finished and went to pick up the boys from daycare the worker exclaimed, "I didn't know he could crawl!! He seemed like he wanted me to put him down, so I did and he took off! He just seemed too little to be doing that!" Then the next day a different unsuspecting worker mentioned the same thing! Haha!

It's so fun to have a mobile baby! I can't wait to see these brothers playing together and running around in the back yard! Maybe it won't be so long after all!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The First Zoo Day of Summer!

I don't know if I mentioned it yet, but Kaysi has been staying with us this summer! She graduated from Harding in May and she starts grad school in August, so for now she is living with us and working at Cracker Barrel. Eli loves having his Kaysi at home with us and most mornings he wakes up and asks where she is right away!

Here's a picture of us at Cracker Barrel from when we went to see her in action as hostess!

We are having so much fun having her around, especially for adventures like we had today at the Zoo.

Today was our first Zoo day of the summer and we had a blast! We were there for around 4 hours before we exhausted ourselves out! We had fun showing Kaysi our favorite animals, playing in the splash pad and the kids zone, and just being with each other! This was Jude's first trip where he was actually able to play in the infant crawl area and he especially liked looking at himself in the mirror!

We hope to have many more days at the zoo this summer!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day, Daniel!

This is Daniel's first Father's Day with two little boys in his arms! How blessed are we??

Not only are we blessed to have two healthy, thriving boys to call our own... but to have the BEST Daddy leading our little family!

They will be great men one day because HE is a great man. Happy Father's Day to an intentional, loving, and Godly man. We love you, Daniel!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hitting the Road, Jack

Whenever we head out on a road trip I sing, "Hit the Road, Jack" to Eli and now we are to a point where sometimes he requests it as one of his bedtime songs! So funny! I guess you could say we are just a little road trip lovin' family.

We are heading out to Nana and Papaw's this weekend for Kaysi's graduation celebration and I took this picture of Eli in the backseat while we are driving! This is what a good road trip looks like from the front seat! A content little boy who falls asleep in the car (mostly because he knows that when he wakes up he will get to see some people that he really loves)!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Day Trip to Chattanooga

Yesterday we met my parents in Chattanooga for a little day trip! Chattanooga is about halfway between us and them, so it was a great little meetup point and a lot of fun!

We met at Ruby Falls, which is a huge underground waterfall.

To get to the waterfall we took an elevator down and then trekked through some underground caverns. Eli was on the lookout for bears!

After Ruby Falls we went to downtown Chattanooga and did a bit of exploring before heading to a concert that was a part of the city's Summer Concert Series.

It was a fun day and always great when we get to see mom and dad!