Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Trey!

Today my wonderful husband turns 29... yes, I married a younger man. I thought I'd do a quick list of 29 things that I love about Trey. They are in no particular order, I just typed as they came to me.

1. His laugh
2. He loves the Lord
3. He is smart
4. He is HOT!
5. His eyes
6. He is an amazing dad
7. He truly loves me
8. He is great with finances
9. He is devoted
10. He is getting healthy
11. He works very hard
12. He takes care of me
13. He is a great kisser
14. He loves SEC football
15. He likes to read/collect books
16. He is great with technology
17. He is an amazing teacher/communicator
18. He is a pastor
19. He does dishes
20. He is dedicated to God's calling on his life
21. He leads our family
22. He loves sushi
23. He loves good music
24. He teaches our boys
25. He is honest
26. He loves me unconditionally
27. He listens
28. He sings in the shower
29. He is my very best friend!

Honestly, this list took about 2 minutes to make so I'm sure I could do a top 100 in no time. Trey, you are an amazing husband and father. I consider myself blessed to be your wife and I fall more in love with you everyday. Thank you for being you and always striving to seek what God has planned for our life together. Hope you have a happy 29th birthday, I love you so much!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The results are in...

Jonathan had an appointment with an allergist today. I'm not really sure if I thought all that much about it until I was in the room and started asking questions... I already knew he couldn't eat dairy, and was pretty sure I could add egg to the list. Unfortunately, we can also add peanuts. We are armed with an epi-pen since we aren't sure how severe the peanut allergy could be. Thankfully we have seen children with much worse reactions do just fine in day to day life and I know I can call on those friends for help if needed! I think I was a little sad today as we entered this new world of unknowns with Jonathan, but I also feel a peace. God is protecting Jon and guiding us as parents, allergies or no allergies. God is bigger than this and He is in control of Jon's life. We are educating ourselves as much as possible on how to handle reactions and, most importantly, how to prevent them (thanks to Ellie, I've known how to read labels and administer an epi-pen for years!). We do ask for your prayers of protection for Jonathan as we educate those who share this wonderful, crazy life with us! It's another new normal...

Friday, December 12, 2008


O.K. So in my earlier post on "Getting to know David, age 3", I failed to mention that he STILL slept with his "my". For those who don't know that is what he called his beloved paci. Yes, we still allowed him to go to sleep with the thing! See, for the past 3 years of his life, David would ASK to go to bed so he could have his "my". I think we were all attached to it! Well, we decided that he needed to once and for all get rid of the "my". So, when David's elf, Zee, began visiting our house he surprised us with a letter from Santa *grin*. He asked for the paci so he could take it to a baby reindeer at the North Pole. Though there were lots of tears and prayers to be brave, David gave Zee his "my" and tearfully went to sleep. It has been 3 nights and I think we might all actually make it through... he has been up earlier than usual, but for the most part it has gone smoothly. We have been very busy and I plan to keep it that way for the next few days. We have tons of projects we are working on and lots of gifts to wrap, and David is my constant little helper! Santa also sent a few of his gifts early, so he has been distracted. I am so proud of him... we are the ones at fault for letting him keep it for so long. He was very brave to give it up!

Zee and the special letter from Santa!

Goodbye, MY!

Aunt B and Uncle Matt get MARRIED!

Last weekend, my sister Brittany was married. We had a wonderful time and Brittany was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen! They make such a cute couple! We were very busy... each of our little family of 4 had a job. Trey performed the ceremony (which was amazing), I was the matron of honor (and forgot the ring!), David was a bell ringer, and Jon rode in a special white wagon to announce the bride with his cousins and brother. Therefore, I did not get to take many pictures. I even stole a few of these from my sweet cousin Hope (thanks!). Maybe I'll be able to post some of the ones the photographer took when Brittany and Matt get them.

Bayler walked Aunt B down the aisle with my dad... It was very sweet!

Me and my baby sister before the wedding. Isn't she beautiful?!?

Me and 2 out of 3 of my boys!

Just a little of the great family members we were able to hang out with at the reception. We had a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see Brittany and Matt soon. They are on their honeymoon in St. Lucia! We love you both!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jonathan's first birthday!

Jon had a wonderful first birthday. Since it was the day before Thanksgiving, we traveled to Bishopville to be with my family. Here are a few shots of our dramatic little one...

This is pretty much what he thought about the singing and candle...

I believe he is thinking "Dee Dee and Daddy T, would you please rescue me!"

Of course big brother blew out the candle for our 1 year old!!!

Dee Dee and Bayler decorated everything for our Jon Jon! He loved the balloons. Bayler couldn't be there due to Jonathan recovering from sickness, but we enjoyed seeing Aunt B, Uncle Matt, Uncle Rob, Aunt Risha, and Bridges. Thanks you guys for making Jon's birthday so special!

Jonathan's first year!

I can't believe this little baby has turned into my big one year old!!! We are over the moon in love with you, Jon! Your personality is captivating and you are our little charmer. You flirt with everyone you meet and tilt your head to the side as if to say "yeah, you want to say hi to me!". You point to everything and are talking in your own language... a language that David thinks he understands! He will translate for you if I don't respond when you are babbling. David loves you so much and you are in awe of him as well! You guys tackle each other often and like throwing stuffed animals at one another. When you are not playing with David you like to read books. You will sit with a book and turn the pages while talking out loud. You love reading bedtime stories with me as well. You have always had a very dramatic personality and as you grow, the drama is increasing! If we tell you "no" or take something away, you will crumble to the floor in a heap and cry as if we just ended your life! You are passionate and we love that about you. You love to eat, though you are limited due to a number of allergies. You sleep well at night and would still like to have 2 naps a day, but most of the time you only get 1 because you won't sleep at school. You LOVE to dance and like it when we are watching you do so! You are amazing, wild, happy, and dramatic. We pray God continues to be glorified through your little life and that we see His hand in who you are becoming!!!

Other fun stats at age one:

Weight: 24 lbs. (75 %)
Height: 32 inches (90 %)
Head: Can't remember, but know it was over 95 %
Favorite book: Tractors, Goodnight Moon, The Wiggles, 5 Little Ladybugs
Favorite food: Crackers, carrots, Soy milk, popsicles
Favorite toy: anything David is holding, Little People Nativity, Sit and Spin Horse, blocks, balls
Lovies? YES! A yellow blanket and a paci (see below)
TV? No interest at all!
Car rides? HATES them... and we travel by car a lot now!
Allergies? Dairy, Eggs, Strawberries... that we know of for now.
Walking? Nope, he can but he would rather crawl!
Climber? You bet!
Cuddles? He is so loving and will give hugs all day long!

Here are some of my favorite pics over the year:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Isn't he...

just about the cutest thing you've ever seen :)? I had big plans for a post about this little guys first year of life, but we are happily busy right now. Aunt B (my sister, Brittany) is getting married Saturday and we are all getting ready for the big day. I will post pictures and share all the posts that I need to catch up on when we return!

*Mimi and Boo Boo, I tried to add the pictures of the boys on their toy and in their pj's but blogger is being stubborn... I'll try again soon!