Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Family Pictures

This past Sunday, we had our 1st official family picture taken since Cole was born! Yep, you read that right :-) I really wanted to get a picture of the 4 of us in this beautiful lowcountry scenery of Beaufort before we move. Sunday was a day filled with thunderstorms - except the 30 minute window we did our pictures, so it was fantastic!! Brandi of Palmetto Pics was awesome - and we had such a good time .... the boys did really well, too :-) I love me some lowcountry .... AND my family!!!

This is the feel of the lowcountry for sure ... moss on the trees, etc!

Precious boys.
Love love love them!!!

This is Chris's favorite picture!
Jake definitely was all about the silly faces throughout the photo shoot ... he's at that age :-)

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day....

Love how we are in color and the background is black and white - way cool!!!
Love how it is diagonal!!! Cole's expression is priceless, too!
IF I could do this picture over, I would be hugging my handsome husband :-) We look like we are deep in conversation - and really, we must've done about 10 "takes" of this picture, b/c the boys kept running back to us, so.... that's why we are in the background basically with our fingers crossed that it'll work this time :-)
They LOVED this horse!

Yep, that's about right....

Such a great time ... great memories :-)
*(Note to family, I have the copyright to these pictures now, so if you want me to email you any particular ones, so you can make copies - or if you want me to make any copies for you... just email me and let me know)*

Monday, March 28, 2011

Working Out!

Cole is already "lifting weights" and running around... trying to get a work out in each day :-) The way I see it, the harder you work out, the harder you sleep.... or at least that's my hope!

How Lucky am I?!?!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quick Jake Fix

Since I just wrote up a blog about busy-body Cole, I wanted to post a quick "Jake Fix", too! Here is my other handsome, full of energy, high on life BOY :-)

A Day in the Life of Cole

Cole is PACKED FULL of energy. There was nothing that could have prepared me for his energy and movement level. Cole wakes up at 530am every morning (it was 630am for 2 days after daylight savings time, but then he adjusted back to his normal 530am). He has done this since he was 2 months old, and he wakes up and is READY to go go go! There is no "lazing" around with Cole. When he is not climbing into his crib (yes, he did this) or climbing into the kitchen chairs or on the couch or on top of the bookshelf or unlocking and climbing on top of the dishwasher or on top of the TV stand, he is eating books or DVDs that he is reaching by climbing up the DVD stands or eating toilet paper from a bathroom that the door was accidentally left open, or eating diapers or maybe if he's giving me a break....eating food that he has purposefully thrown from his highchair onto the floor, so that he can eat it at a later time:-) All of that happens before 7am and then we eat breakfast, since Jake is getting up by then! Ha! Cole doesn't like to sleep, but he does eventually go down around noon - and he is finally starting to extend his nap times to about 2 hours in length, which is AMAZING (even if Jake has now quit taking naps) :-) There is no child proofing a house for Cole. I mean, what else can you do with a dishwasher besides lock it?! He just unlocks it and climbs right in :-) Cole really does put a whole new meaning to the word MONKEY, but the kid LOVES to explore .... and it amazes me how much he learns from all of his exploring. Here are some of his favorite things to do throughout the day:

He loves to talk on the phone.... :-)
He loves to watch the movie that Chris made about Jake about a year ago (and if you blow this picture up, you will notice huge scratches on his back from a fall he took - no tears, of course .... just a look of "well, that stinks that I fell" and he hops right back up).
He LOVES wearing shoes and especially putting on Jake's, Daddy's, or Mommy's shoes. Here he is wearing his own, though.
Cole LOVES to be outside .... LOVES it. He will stand at the front door crying and pointing outside.
And Cole LOVES to fall down (notice the scraped up knee - again no tears). Cole knows what gravity is - and enjoys it :-)

Here is Cole in a rare moment playing with toys we actually have :-) Normally, I am removing him from his position of standing ON TOP of the train table, but lately he is starting to actually play with it, too. It's in THESE rare moments that if I'm not video taping, I can take a 20 second bathroom break :-)

AND laughter definitely is part of a day in the life of Cole. He loves to laugh and giggle and play.

I am thankful for the nice weather we have been having lately that allows me to help both Cole and Jake expend energy :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bigger and Bigger and Bigger...

THAT is what Cole is getting .... bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger. I can't believe that he is approaching 15 months! He has been wanting to eat with silverware now for the longest time (he wants to do everything Jake does, as I've mentioned on here before), so I'm slowly letting him do just that .... and I say slowly, b/c it's always a HUGE mess to clean up, but he just loves it so much! I know I'm their Mom and all, but Cole and Jake are both just so irresistible!! Sorry, I had to say it...

A LOT of baseball in our life...

Since the weather has gotten so nice around here, we've been outside playing LOTS of baseball over the past couple of weeks. Jake got his first real glove - and he was definitely very proud :-) Cole joins in on all of the action, too! He wants to pitch, catch, and bat! I see the potential for lots of baseball in our future (just hopefully we will be living somewhere without all of these awful sand fleas and mosquitoes).

This one cracks me up. Cole is so sweet to make sure Jake is okay :-)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30 Things of Thanks

I'm 30 today - officially already 30 since I was born at 6:12am. Chris woke me up at 12:01am to tell me Happy Birthday. I vaguely remember that. 30. I've done a lot of reflecting (stop laughing Chris ... he always laughs when I use this word) lately about approaching 30. I mean, age is just a number, right?! I'm glad I'm not turning 20 again, but 30 ... it just sounds so ... old and mature. I feel like I am still that 21 year old ... just in a 30 year old body. How can I already be 30? How can I be entering into a new decade? How can it be time to "bury" my 20s? So many amazing things happened in my 20s. I became so much of who I am in my 20s. I graduated college, worked my first full-time job, got married to my best friend, had my 2 boys, moved to a few different states .... How could my 30s possibly top that? I'm not sad today about turning 30, but I do think milestone birthdays just make you start to think of where you've been, how far you've come, where you still want to go, along with all the exciting things yet to come, which enters in the reflection :-)
My bible study just started a new book a couple of weeks ago called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It's a must read. Period. I am only on chapter 4, but it has already caused me to view life with a different outlook. I would consider myself a pretty optimistic, glass half full person, BUT this book just has reminded me to be grateful in all things. The author of the book, Ann, was given a dare a while back from a friend to list 1,000 things she was thankful for. 1,000 things. As Ann points out, when you spend your time looking around for the things you are thankful for, you are focused on being thankful and not as much on the negativity that so often creeps into our attitudes and lives. She talks about how at first the dare part just kept her going - and how happy it was making her by listing things on her notepad throughout the day that she was thankful for, but that what really kept her going is Philippians 4:11, "I have LEARNED how to be content with whatever I have." She emphasized the LEARNED ... and that is the secret to living joy in all situations.
BUT, instead of just quoting the whole book in this blog post, I encourage you to buy your $9 copy on Amazon and start reading today. It will change your life and your outlook ... and start your LIST. I've been starting my list of 1,000 things, and I thought it would be appropriate to list 30 of the things I am most thankful for in the past 30 years of my life. So, here it goes (and I'll be sure to let you know when I reach 1,000 on my list)...

In no particular order .... 30 Things of Thanks:

1. My personal relationship with Jesus. This truly shapes my life. I'm thankful that I grew up in a Christian home. I am thankful for the forgiveness and grace that comes with having this personal relationship. I'm thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

2. Being married to Chris, my best friend, the person I love more than anything - and thankful that I have been best friends with him for almost 20 of the 30 years of my life. It's amazing how my love for him grows on a daily basis.

3. Jake and Cole. It's too vague just to mention their names. I could list 30+ things I am thankful for just when it comes to Jake and Cole (and Chris, for that matter). There are no 2 living people, though, that have made me want to be a better person and the best that I can be than these 2 boys. They make me want to have a better relationship with Christ, with Chris, with family and friends .... I want to be the best I can be for them.

4. Mount Ararat ... and the foundation that this church helped establish in me while I was growing up ... and all those that invested in me and my relationship with Christ.

5. Coffee shops, especially Starbucks!

6. Technology, and the ability that it gives me to communicate with family and friends.

7. Sunshine ... and sunny days!!

8. 5 senses (see, hear, taste, touch, smell) - and in particular how just being at the beach makes me fully aware and thankful for these 5 sense. I love it!

9. Mom and Dad .... they fed God's word to me, but also LET ME make mistakes and learn from them. As a parent now, I can understand how you are going to want to protect your children from everything, but I'm thankful they allowed me to grow and learn and be me.

10. Jul ... thankful for her love without conditions - and for her friendship throughout the past 26 years :-)

11. I am thankful for supportive and loving in-laws (to include sisters-in-law) ... and thankful for the relationship I share with them - and all the memories of the past almost 20 years!

12. My strong will ... it may have been hard to parent (and I'm learning that on my parenting end now), but it can be such an important quality.

13. God's provision of people in my life over the past 30 years .... whether while growing up, good friends I made at college, the precious friends I have made throughout our different moves. God is faithful and always provides the right friends in my life at the right time.

14. OUR COUNTRY .... and in particular the men and women that have fought and continue to fight to keep us safe. I make no apologies for this. The sacrifices are extraordinary, and I could write a chapter blog on how thankful I am to be an American.

15. Extended family .... blessed with amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins 100th removed. Love them all - and am thankful for each individual one of them!

16. Sweatpants. No explanation needed. I have to talk myself INTO putting normal clothes on. There is just something about the relaxing feel of sweatpants (guess I gave the explanation anyway).

17. The adventures of this military lifestyle (the experiences, the people, the places, etc.)

18. My warm bed at night.

19. Laughter ... and the stories and/or sites that normally bring about the laughter.

20. The comfortableness of my life (house, car, hot water, heat, washing machine, dishwasher .... the things so often taken for granted).

21. My days of playing basketball ... there was nothing quite like the feeling of competition, sweat, the work out, the discipline....

22. The ability to capture a memory through a picture.

23. Pizza.

24. The epidural .... enough said. I would do PR for the epidural if I could :-)

25. That I have the privilege of being a stay at home Mom.

26. The good and the bad experiences that have helped mold me into the 30 year old that I am today.

27. Fresh starts each day.

28. Love - the ability to love and be loved. It's so precious.

29. The wind .... especially when it's blowing through my hair on a sunny day and my car windows are rolled down while I'm driving.

30. Music, and in particular country music. There are so many times that I hear songs that express exactly how I feel and what I want to say.

Age IS just a number, and I have so much to be thankful for over the past 30 years. Here's to the closing of my 20s and the beginning of my 30s .... and all the new things that I will have to be thankful for once I reach the next decade. If I were you, I'd start your list of 1,000 things today .... Just start with 1 and go from there....

And what I am MOST THANKFUL about over the past 30 years of life .... this right here :-)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sometimes ...

you have to stop and smell the roses .... OR stop and splash in puddles!

Enjoying Life's Moments

The title of my blog isn't an accident. I do Enjoy all of life's BIG moments .... and LITTLE moments. Here are a few from the past 2 weeks:

Drinking our Starbucks on the way home from running errands....
Cole reading in the rocking chair....
and then using the iphone! They start at an early age these days :-)
Playing in the leaves....
Jake getting to sign Casey's cast (not enjoying that Casey is IN a cast, but glad we can be apart of the signing process)....
Painting with Daddy .....

Playing outside with Daddy ....
Jake riding his scooter (safety first) :-)
Cole needing to sit in a chair like everyone else...
and also wanting to paint ....
YES, Jake painted on a mustache. He said he was trying to be Santa Claus ... ha!
Jake proud of his block castle....
There are so many moments in my every day life to ENJOY. So thankful!