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Caleb and Ace
What a wonderful journey these last 5 years have been! It's amazing how fast our boys are growing up and talking more and more each day. The precious memories that are made each and every day cannot be bottled so we felt that this would be the next best thing. We look forward to sharing with you all the tremendous love we have for our family!
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Family Christmas 2008

What a fun Christmas it was this year!! There is nothing better than watching your kids eyes light up when they see their toys from Santa. Caleb was so excited about Santa this year. Meme had all the kids over to make reindeer food and Caleb could not wait to spread it in the yard. I was afraid that we would never get him into bed Christmas eve but it was just the opposite! Christmas eve night we went to a candle light service at our church then we had Christmas at Nana's house and then we had to hurry home to put the cookies and milk under the tree and spread the reindeer food. As soon as we pulled in the driveway Caleb took off running in the house as he was taking his clothes off down the hallway. He got his pj's on and could not jump into the bed fast enough! Wow! I was shocked!!! He knew that Santa would not come until we were all asleep.
The next morning when Caleb woke up he was so sweet! He ran into the living room and the first thing that he saw was Ace's motorcycle. Ace was still sleeping but instead of Caleb looking at his presents he wanted to wake Ace up to tell him about his motorcycle that santa brought him. Caleb has the sweetest little heart, always taking care of everyone else first.
Ace had no idea what was going on so Caleb stepped up as the big brother and unwrapped all of his gifts for him. I don't think Caleb had a problem with that at all.

The first thing that Ace noticed were the cookies that santa did not eat, NOT the presents!!
After the excitement of santa it was time to do it all over again at Meme's house! All the kids were so much fun to watch. They could not open their gifts fast enough!
My favorite gift this year was from Chandler. She made a little dish with the letter J on it for me at her school. It touched me so much, she could have made something for a number of people and she chose me. She is such a special little girl! Jamie was excited to get a leaf blower that he has wanted for a couple of years, this I know was his favorite gift!

Caleb made all of his grandparents coffee mugs that he decorated all by himself. They all loved them and he was so proud!
Mom called and asked Jeff and Jamie if they wanted to take on the responsibility of frying a turkey this year. I have never seen two grown men so excited!!! They were worse than women...on the phone with each other all the time, researching on the internet and comparing recipes. They gave us all a good laugh....Here they are where they spent most of their time.... just watching it cook!

Guys, you did a GREAT job!!! It was wonderful! I think this is going to become an every year job for them.

We could not have asked for a better Christmas, we are so blessed! We hope all of our family and friends had a Christmas as special as ours and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday Caleb!

Has it been FOUR years already?? It is so hard to seems like just yesterday that we were bringing you home from the hospital on that cold, rainy, icy day. These last four years have been the best years of my life, all because of you. We are so proud of you Caleb!
We had a little party on Saturday at the house to celebrate with family and friends. Caleb was so excited about turning four. He has told me all week that he is a man now, at one point he told me that I needed to call him"man" instead of Caleb. makes me laugh sweet boy!
This year we had a baseball theme, he is all about baseball this year. Last year it was a "pig sooie" (Arkansas Razorback) party, so it will be interesting to see what next year will bring.

Caleb really wanted to have a party with his cousins and friends at The Monkey's Treehouse so on Monday he invited them all to meet him there to play. They had so much fun as you can tell.

We hope you had a Happy Birthday baby! We love you so much!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cookies with Santa

Caleb and I started the week by making a gingerbread house. Last year we had so much fun making a gingerbread train so this year Caleb wanted to make a house. We had lots of fun but once again we had to wait until Ace took a nap to start. If we would have let Ace help I don't think we would have had any candy left to decorate our house with. I feel like Ace has missed out on lots of fun but he is just not a lot of help this year. Ace, I promise baby that next year you can help us with all these fun things!

The daycare where the boys attend had their Christmas sing-a-long on Friday and after the program Santa Claus stopped by the school to have cookies and milk with all the kids. They were so excited! Caleb just wanted to know where his sleigh was...

We were not sure what to expect from Caleb because of his shyness. We were afraid once he saw all the parents he would take off running or break down and cry, but he did Great from what we could tell. They placed all the kids by height and the smaller kids in front of Caleb were wearing reindeer antlers so we could not see him at all. They finally made those kids sit on their knees on the last song so we did get to see him sing at least one song. I bribed him that morning with a strawberry milkshake after school and it worked! Is that bad??

We knew EXACTLY what to expect from Ace....there was no way he was going to sit up there with his class so we decided to keep him with us. He is the youngest in his class and I was so afraid that he would disrupt the whole program. I think his teachers were happy by our decision to keep him with us. Sweet will be ready next year!

Ace had more fun playing dress up in Caleb's classroom than anything. I did not think we would ever get him out of this room.

Caleb was really excited to see and talk to Santa this year but Ace was not at all!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with family and eating some great food but now it is over and time to start thinking about Christmas. It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again and it is REALLY hard for me to believe that Caleb is going to turn four in a couple of weeks!! Where does the time go?

The weekend after Thanksgiving I was so excited to get all the Christmas stuff out and start putting it up. I knew that Caleb would really enjoy it all this year but not sure what to expect from Ace. Anyway, our Christmas decorating started off kinda rough...I felt like we were in the Christmas Vacation movie. Jamie totally pulled a Clark Griswald on me! He was up in the attic getting all the boxes down and he fell through the ceiling in the garage! Well, he did not actually "fall" thank goodness, he caught himself with only a few scratches, a HUGE hole in the ceiling and a HUGE mess on the floor. It could have been so much worse! Once I knew that he was not hurt I could not help but laugh at him, you have to admit it is kinda funny! He told me not to worry that HE was going to fix the hole and this really worried me because Jamie is NOT a handy man! I admit that I doubted his ability to fix such a huge hole and make it look "right".

He read about how to go about fixing it, talked to some nice people at Home Depot and sure enough HE DID IT!! It looks great!! Thanks babe, I am SO proud!!!

Caleb and I waited for Ace to go to bed before we started putting up the tree. I did not think that he would be much help. Caleb had so much fun and I had more fun watching him so excited. He was singing Jingle Bells and Rudolph, totally in the Christmas spirit. I let him decorate the tree by himself and he was so proud. Of course when he went to bed I had to do it all over again and luckily he did not notice the next morning. :) He went out to the garage where we keep our cleaning supplies and brought in his little bucket and broom. When I asked him what he was doing in the fireplace he said he was cleaning it out for Santa! So cute!! Last year he was still a little scared of Santa and the thought that he actually comes inside the house while we are sleeping but this year he is so excited.

I always put trees in the boys rooms and Caleb loved all of his ornaments. He had so much fun unwrapping them and decorating his very own tree. Ace enjoyed playing with all of them and taking them off faster than we could put them on. I am just waiting for him to pull the tree down, pretty sure it is going to happen!

We are all very excited about Christmas this year! Caleb is talking about Santa Claus non stop and Ace will get to experience it all for the first time. It's going to be lots of fun...we can't wait!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful for my Family

Thanksgiving has always been a special day to spend with family and eat a great meal but as I have gotten older and since I have become a parent it has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I realize now how truly blessed I am with the life that God has given me.

I am thankful for so many things in my life, but I am most thankful for my family, the ones that have made it possible for me to have this wonderful life. My parents are two of the most important people to me and I can not in my life time thank them enough for everything that they have done for me. They have always put my needs before their own. Even though they have not always agreed with some of my decisions they always supported me and loved me no matter what.

My Mom is the best woman, the best Mother, the best Grandmother and my best friend. I am not just saying this because she is my Mother, anyone that has ever met her will tell you the same thing. She is the most loving, caring, smart, talented, non-judgemental person. She is the one that I call for EVERYTHING. No matter what it is...Mom can always fix it, when Mom is there I always feel safe. I am so thankful for the relationship that I have with my Mom, she is truly my very Best Friend!

Oh and my Dad...I love that man with all my heart! There is no question that he will always be there whenever I need him. I think he thought that once I got married he would get a break from my weekly calls for advice or whatever it is I needed fixed that week, but the truth is that there will never be another man that can take the place of my Dad. Don't get me wrong..I love my husband more than life and depend on him for everything but no one can ease my mind like my Daddy. My Dad is my hero. I am thankful for having a father that I can always depend on and loving me no matter what.

My brother....He is the best brother in the world and as his big sister I am so proud of him! I am so happy that God blessed him with such a wonderful wife that is much more of a sister to me than a sister-in-law. He is such a good husband and father to his three beautiful little girls. I am thankful that I have a brother that I am close with and know that is always there if I need him.

Then there is my wonderful, loving, funny, supportive husband that is the man of my dreams! I never expected to find such a wonderful man. I fall in love with him more everyday. He always puts his needs aside for me and the boys. He can always put a smile on my face and make me feel like the most special person in the world. I know that no matter what ups and downs that we as a family face that he will make it alright, we can always depend on him for everything. Caleb and Ace are the luckiest little boys in the world to have him for a Daddy and it is obvious that even at their age they already know this. They adore their Daddy and so do I.

Last but not least, my beautiful babies...Oh just thinking about them puts a smile on my face, tear in my eye and more love in my heart than I ever thought was possible. I am so thankful that I was chosen to be their Mommy. They are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I pray every night that Jamie and I can be the type of parents that my parents were to me. I hope that God gives me the tools to guide them in the right direction, to make good decisions and to always feel the unconditional love that we have for them.

I am so thankful we are family and I love you very much!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Best Buddies

Everyday when I pick Caleb and Ace up from school their folders are always full of art projects that they made during art class. Caleb especially is always excited to show me what he made for me that day and I always love everything he makes but today he brought tears to my eyes. It was by far my all time favorite! All the kids in his class made place mats with a turkey on it that they colored and the teacher asked each child what they were thankful for and Caleb said that he was thankful for his brother, Ace. just melted my heart.

Now that Ace is getting a little older they are starting to have so much fun together. They chase each other around the house for hours while laughing as hard as they can. Everything Caleb does Ace has to do too. If Caleb is sitting in his chair watching a movie then Ace wants his chair right next to his big brother. They are the best of friends and it makes me so happy.

You bring me such joy, I never realized how rewarding motherhood would be. I sit and watch the two of you play ball, chasing each other around the house and it puts the biggest smile on my face. I pray every night that you will always enjoy each other, always watch out for one another and always be thankful that you are brothers.

I love you more than you could ever imagine!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A scary day...

ACE, you brought back lots of scary memories for us yesterday baby boy. When you woke up I could tell that you did not feel good but things quickly got worse. Out of no where you started breathing so hard and I could tell that something was not right. It was all so familiar to me because of what we went through with Caleb when he was a baby. You were trying so hard to breathe but could not get much air. I rushed you to the Dr. and he said that you had bronchiolitis. He gave you a breathing treatment and sent us home with a nebulizer so we could continue to give you the treatments every four hours but we had to give them to you more like every twenty minutes. Your Doctor said that if you did not get better in an hour we needed to take you to the hospital.

There is nothing worse or more stressful than watching your child doing everything that he can to catch a breath. You were such a sat there like a big boy and let us put that mask on you to help you breathe. Daddy and I decided to try whatever we could to keep you home instead of the hospital because we remember how traumatic that experience was for Caleb and did not want you to have to go through that too. We had vaporizers in every room, water boiling at all times, vicks rubbed all over you and luckily it worked! Although, we did not get you to sleep until 2:00am because the medicine had you so wired, but once you fell asleep you were breathing much better.

I just want you to know that you have the best Daddy in the world! He slept in your floor next to your crib all night to make sure you would be okay. He was so concerned that you would need us in the night and we would not be able to hear you.

You woke up this morning still not sounding "good" but you were so much better! As the day went on you were wrestling with your brother and climbing on furniture so we new that we had our Ace back and we were so happy.

My world crashed yesterday baby when I could not help you. Mommy and Daddy love you so much and we are so happy that you are feeling better!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trick or Treat

What a week! It was packed with halloween fun! Our festivities started last weekend with our neighborhood parade. They do this every year for the kids to get together and show off their costumes. It really gets them excited to go trick or treating and is always lots of fun!

Caleb came in one day and asked me if we could make caramel apples. I have no idea where he saw them or heard of them but I promised him that we could make some before Halloween. That was a fun mess! He did not realize how hard they were to eat. He really wanted to like them but a couple of bites and he was done. This made Jamie really happy! I did not even get one!

Halloween night was a blast! Melody and Aiden come over every year to go trick or treating with us. Last year was a learning experience for Caleb and Aiden but this year they knew EXACTLY what to do and they were ready to go! Our good friends next door, Carlee and Cade were with us this year too. Cade is only two so Caleb and Aiden had to show him how it was done. He will be ready next year.
Caleb went as a Yankee's baseball player, Aiden was batman and Cade was a Dallas Cowboy player. We tried to get Caleb to get a costume like all of his friends but he will not hear of it, he has to be something sports related. Last year he went as a Titan's player and this year we are all about baseball. It will be interesting to see what it will be next year.

Ace went as a bat and was not at all crazy about his costume. I have to say though, he was a real trooper, he actually wore his hat all night! He thought that he was as big as the other boys. We pushed him in his car but when he saw Caleb and his friends walking up to a house he had to go too! Luckily he never figured out that candy was involved, he would just walk up to the house and say "hi" and he was to the next house.

Happy Halloween Boys! Hope you had a fun time!
We love you!