Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ethan James is Here!

He has arrived! At 12-noon today sharp, Ethan came into the world weighing in at .......................................

8lbs, 2oz, 19" (looks like a couple of you were right on the money with your guesses)

Pictures to come!

Monday, September 29, 2008

D- day .......

Well we are off to have a baby!! We will keep you posted!! Any one want to try and guess his weight!!??

Monday, September 22, 2008

Entertained by 4 year olds....

I am so blessed to have so many good friends!! But I am especially thankful when one of them is in the exact same season of life as myself!! I am speaking of my friend Suzanne Burgess. Quick background ... I went to high school with her husband Randy who is now the operator of the Truett's Grill at Mt. Zion. So I know Suzanne through CFA. They have two children and one on the way Madelyn who is 4, Samuel who is around 18 or 19 months and Caroline will be here sometime toward the end of October. Nathan and Madelyn are in the same class at school. Madelyn got in last minute and we are so thankful that God provided her a spot. So you can see what I mean when I say we are in the same seasons of life!!! Since school started we have been getting together once a week usually on Wednesdays having lunch at CFA and letting the kids play in the play place. It has been a great time of fellowship for us and the kids. So much so after our first playdate after school Nathan wanted to go and spend the night with Madelyn. I informed him boys don't sleep over at girls houses to which he responded "well she has a brother." Oh what I have to look forward to!! Then last week Madelyn was sick and had to miss some school and we missed our playdate. When Madelyn came back to school he was soo excited that was the first thing he told me when he got in the van that day along with "Madelyn is my best friend!" When I told Suzanne about this she told me that Nathan informed Madelyn she was his best friend but Madelyn is not on the same page. Kids are soo funny!! So this week we took our playdate to the Georgia Aquarium (we had been given some tickets and Suzanne and I thought it would be fun to do before we have our babies!!) We had such a fun time!! We picked up the kids after school and took our packed lunches and ate outside of the Aquarium before venturing in. I am not sure what was more fun listening to them in the car to and from the aquarium or the actual aquarium visit. It is so fun to hear them talk to one another and then of course you have me and Suzanne who are 9 months pregnant .... I am sure we were quite a sight. And I almost forgot Luke went totally spastic over the dressed up "nemo" fish. He would cover his ears and scream ....... He DID NOT like that fish - I guess it will be awhile before we visit Disney with him. After we went to the aquarium we stopped in Johnny Rockets to get some milkshakes. Suzanne says Madelyn doesn't ever drink a milkshake but she was sure slurping this one down - we got such a kick out of it!!! Oh if you could have heard us on the way home all just giggling!! It was a fun afternoon! Here is a snippet of conversation I heard between Nathan and Madelyn and of course some pictures!!!

On the way home....
Nathan - "Madelyn did you have fun at the aquarium?"
Madelyn - "Yes did you have fun?"
Nathan - "Yes you want to know what my favorite part was?"
Madelyn - "No"
Nathan - "Well I am gonna tell you anyway - it was the beluga whales. What was your favorite part?"
Madelyn -"The beluga whales."

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Getting Crafty....

Sew... (ha ha ha!) I recently inherited my late grandmothers sewing machine. A year later I have finally gotten it into my home and boy have I been busy!! It is a really nice Kenmore machine made of metal and requires oiling so it is an older model but I hear those are the best! It sits inside a desk and my grandmother had everything in the desk including the instruction manual as well as many other things. Who knew sewing could be soo much fun!! David had asked me a couple of years ago if I would be interested in learning how to sew and I told him no .. I just didn't think I was the sewing type. Boy was I wrong! JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby are my new favorite stores!! I have really enjoyed this new hobby and I am thankful for Angie taking a few days, phone calls and video calls over the computer to help me learn this new craft! I have made quite a few things and look forward to making many more in the future... probably not the near future seeing as how I think I will have my hands full but we'll see! I have taken some pictures of the recent things I have made. I also let the kids finger paint today so here are those pics as well. You can see Luke really had a good time - as it was the first time I have let him paint! We are just turning into one crafty family!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Daddy's always get to have the most fun

Who would of thought bath time could be soo fun??!! Our bathroom just has your average size bathtub - but it does have jets in it. Recently David suggested the boys take a bath in there so they got quite the experience . The pictures are priceless so I thought I would share!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of School

As I type here I am looking down and my huge belly and thinking back.... Nathan was once that small ......... where did time go??!!! Today my little man started his first day of "preschool" as he says it is not school mom...... just call it preschool.

He got up really well and only once stated he didn't think he wanted to go - but I just kind of ignored it and we went on. I dropped Luke off at my inlaws so I could take Nathan in and get some pictures. When we met his teachers last week Luke cried because he wanted to go in a class. I did not want a repeat of this today so dropping him off for a few minutes worked out well!

You know all my good conversations with Nathan are in the van and today was no exception. He has quite the imagination!! He told me a long time ago he went to Africa and he and his friend saw some palm trees and then he decided that they had really seen the palm trees at Stone Mountain. Mind you he has never been to either of these places. And then the talk went back to Africa and his journey there. To be honest I don't remember much more of the adventure ... I should have blogged this morning. I can say all this talk of Africa is due to our friends the Flintoffs - they are missionaries headed to Africa. In fact a few Sundays ago they had their commissioning service at church and Nathan payed very close attention. The next Sunday he was so excited to see Hannah (the Flintoff's daughter who is Nathan's age) he said mommy "look Hannah's back from Africa!!" Poor guy the Flintoffs haven't even left for Africa - it was humorous! So hecne all the discussion on Africa.

Back to reality ... we get to school and I take a few pics and he goes in and that was it - he just really wanted me to get on my merry way. The kiss and hug were a little too much for him!! So that was it. I went and picked up Luke and we went home. It was a very quiet morning with the exception of the 500 times Luke asked for "Naney."

I picked him up right on time and here is our conversation:

Mommy - (very enthusiastic) hey Nathan how was your first day?

Nathan - I have homework we have to do it right away.

Mommy - (thinking to myself they told us you wouldn't really have homework - but whatever you say) well tell me how your day was..

Nathan - mom we didn't learn anything, we played outside and then came back in and then the teacher told us to go back outside because the moms and dads are here to pick us up!

Come to find out he did have a little project and so did I. My assignment was to find out about his day for his scrapbook and write verbatim what he says. You can see I didn't get much!! Thankfully I did manage to pry out a few more things this evening. He continues to remind Luke that he has to go to "preschool" tomorrow and that Luke will just have to stay home alone and play toys by himself. It is so funny to hear him tell Luke all this!! Overall I can say we have had a great first impression and we are excited for the year to come!!