Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! This will have to act as my Christmas card for this year. I had great intentions... and that was it. As usual we spent Christmas Eve with David's family and Christmas Day with mine. We had a great time at both. Bodie has way too many toys now and loved every minute of ripping through presents to see what was inside. He wasn't quite sure what we were doing when we put cookies and milk on the fireplace hearth. However, Santa's toys were awesome!

Last year we- my side of the family- decided that we would make our Christmas gifts. I was so excited about it that I decided to make everyone's gifts- including those for David's family. I started in the summer and got everyone's done in time, except my mom's, unfortunately. But it's almost done and she saw a partial on Christmas night. Anyways, Dad kicked butt!! We got a toy box, these beautiful and very detailed picture frames, a cutting board, and an entertainment unit to match my new coffee and end tables David got me. All of dad's pieces were made of wood. All of my gifts were sewn. Fawn knitted some super cool beanies and scarves for my boys. It was so much fun to see what everyone made. Each gift was so awesome!! I never want to exchange gifts any other way. I say that now, but next year when I can't think of anything to make again, I will be singing a different tune! ha!

I realized recently that I have not taken any pictures of the kids lately, especially Beckett, since everyday he's getting older looks about him. So, The Boys and I headed outside a few days before Christmas to take some pictures. Here are two from that afternoon.

This one was taken on Christmas Eve while we were playing outside. We have been going on "adventures" and "exploring" a lot since we've been at mom and dad's. They have the perfect yard/ neighborhood for that. If any of you know where my house is, you'll know why it's not so perfect. Bodie loves being outside! The more sticks, acorns, and leaves we find for the house, the better, in his little mind. I love this picture. He's on his way to give Summit (mom and dad's dog) the stick so he can eat it!

Giving Santa his cookies and milk...

Here's Caedmon, Bodie, Avonlea, and Beckett in their matching Christmas outfits. They were adorable! Beckett is just about to scream in this picture. We ended the session shortly after. :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Babies, Moving, and More Moving

Holy Cow! It's been forever and I am still figuring out this blogging thing. I have to figure out how to make uploading the pics on here quicker or else I am never going to be able to keep up with a blog the way I would like.

So, since the last time I wrote so much has happened. Let's start with a baby...
On October 19, at around 4:00 am, I woke with horrible contractions. I was scheduled to go in that morning for a c section with our second son. I got ready as planned and we headed to the hospital. However, on our way, those contractions got nasty and were about 2 minutes apart. By the time we got upstairs to Labor and Delivery I was 7 cm and in pain! After getting permission from my doctor to go ahead with a vbac, the nurses got me all ready for the anesthesiologist. I never wanted an epidural, but I was so out of it and not thinking right, along with the fact that all of this happened SO FAST, that I never stopped them. What I would do to take back time to that moment...

As soon as that doctor got that needle and medicine in my back, everything started going numb- and I mean everything! I mentioned to the doc that I felt like I couldn't speak (the nurses kindly said, "You're talking to us now." What they didn't realize at the time was that I had thought it way before I got it out of my mouth.) and that I couldn't breathe. Just a few moments later I was unconscious as they rushed me to surgery. I was dilated at 10 cm, with my water broke, and I was totally unable to do anything about it! Next thing I knew I woke in ICU about 4 hours later with a tube down my throat and handful of nurses at my side. WHAT HAPPENED!?

It turned out that I received a spinal on accident, rather than an epidural. I was really upset about how all of that turned out and still am sometimes. I do know that God was in it, no matter what happened. I really prayed so much before this birth that whatever He wanted to happen would- without me or doctor's opinions getting in the way. Maybe he was protecting me from something or maybe he wanted to teach me something... I don't know. I may never, but it's ok. I will just be open to whatever he does show me today or years from now.

We now have a precious, very healthy, little boy named Beckett Jackson Thomas who weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and looks just like his big brother!


A few weeks after Beckett was born we got an offer on our house. After a couple weeks of "counter offering" back and forth, we finally agreed on a price. We moved out of our house and into my parents so that we could save up some money for another home. We currently have our stuff between two parent's homes and a storage unit. We were supposed to close the 14th of this month. However, a couple of days before that, some major stuff happened and it's not sold. I am not going into detail about it because I am still too attached to this event or whatever it is you say when you can't talk about something without getting really mad! Basically the buyers messed up some paper work, which, in the end, canceled the deal. We will be moving back into our home after Christmas. Ugh... It's been really nice at mom's though since I have been getting so much help with Beckett, who has turned out to be quit a little stinker in the crying and no sleeping department. It's a good thing he is so cute... And once again, I still know God's in control.

Here are some random pics that I thought I would stick in here. Bodie was Nemo for Halloween. He loves Nemo! His butt/ fin wiggled when he walked and it was so cute! The other precious kids are Caedmon and Avonlea- my niece and nephew.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Florida Vacation and 4th of July

We took a family vacation to Florida the first week of July and all I can say is those boys are trouble! They are so cute and mischievous. Bodie loved the beach and hated the pool. Caedmon, on the other hand, is fearless about the pool. When we got back from the beach we celebrated the 4th at Fawn and Chad's then took the golf carts over to the golf course nearby to check out the fireworks. Can I just say that I love the community we live in! Yeah it can be "snoody" and blah blah blah, but I haven't felt this type of "community" anywhere else. For example, I was out on a golf cart ride with Fawn and the kids on our way to grab dinner recently. The weather was beautiful and people were out everywhere. The best part was everyone waving at each other and saying hi. I mean, even the teenagers, who are too cool for their own selves most of the time (I love all of you still!), were saying hi. What a joy!

Anyways... Here are some of the pics from those two events.

Poor Avonlea! Getting a pic with all three looking or smiling was a joke!

Caedmon and Bodie with (Great) Grandpa, Nana, and LuLu (that's my name... it's a long story!)

Isn't Avonlea beautiful?!

A sweet moment... Bodie and Grandpa

Caedmon on the golf course

Bodie on the golf course

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My First Blog

I love John Eldredge's writings. His writings have inspired me to pursue adventure every day and most importantly to pursue that adventure through seeking the heart of Christ. Since having Bodie we definitely have adventure happening every moment. (And with #2 on the way...yikes!) And how can you deny the amazing heart of Christ at the sight of your child?! What a creative way God has for humbling us and teaching us a few lessons, huh? Anyways, so here's to this amazing and sacred adventure God has set before us!