Friday, January 30, 2009

Some Spoilin' From Grandma and Grandaddy

This past weekend, Grandma and Grandaddy (my mama and daddy) came for a visit. It was so much fun to have them. We enjoyed being silly, snuggling, eating out and hanging out. We actually went to dinner one night at Outback and enjoyed ourselves in spite of a looooong wait.

If you look closely, you can see three heads in there. Luke loves snuggling.
Sorry, Daddy, I couldn't resist!
On Sunday, while Kris, Luke and Daddy went to Blue Springs to see the manatees, Mama, Eli and I went to JoAnn Fabrics to find some material for curtains for my bedroom. We had a great time creating beautiful curtains with the fabric and trim we found, along with the curtains that were already in our room. They turned out so pretty!!

It was a wonderful weekend, and we can't wait for them to come again! We love you, Grandma and Grandaddy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Luke and Eli's Most Recent Obsession

We love the movie "Cars". It is the one movie that both boys absolutely adore and can't get enough of. Thankfully, I don't mind it either. Luke has some "Cars" jammies and Eli handed me the shirt today for me to put on him. Luke is excited enough about "Cars" that he completely understood Eli's need to wear the shirt and said, "I love to share with Eli!" That's how you know it's not just puppy love.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Luke's New Haircut

So, Luke and Eli desperately needed hair cuts. I guess I was overly confident after the success of Eli's hair cut because when I started on Luke's hair I moved a little too quickly. Needless to say, the only way to fix it was to buzz it all off.

I posted a really sweet picture of him to soften the shock factor. Trust me, he and I were both shocked. When he first looked in the mirror, he stared at himself for a full five seconds like he was trying to figure out who the other kid in the room was. Later, when he looked in the mirror again, he said, "I look good! I have a nice hair cut."

He likes it, Kris likes it, and it's growing on me. I just have to keep reminding myself that it's Luke and not a totally new child.

And just so you know, if you ever cut your child's hair and accidentally cut their ear, they will forget far more quickly (and cry a whole lot less) than you will.

A Cool Craft

I am most definitely "the least of these" when it comes to crafty people. But, I go to MOPS and am there surrounded by friends who have the most unbelievable ideas for taking nothing and turning it into something really awesome. It almost makes me want to take time to be crafty on my own. Our most recent craft was making silhouettes of our kids. The girls in charge of crafts had taken side profile pictures of our kids ahead of time and then we cut them out. It was way easier than I would have thought, and it was amazing how much the work I did actually looked like the boys! I think Luke's looks just like him (except that after his hair cut last week it doesn't. More on that later...), and Eli's is a very good resemblance.

We had examples of framed silhouettes to follow that were really cool, and there were also ideas of cutting out silhouettes to then turn into iron on templates for pillows, wall art, etc. Mine is just a fun, baby book keepsake, but there is so much you could do with something so easy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fun New Words for Eli

Eli is saying so much these days. He pretty much understands anything we tell him and repeats anything we ask him to (if he feels like it). He has his own way of saying things:

* Luke is "Woot"
* Thomas (the Train, of course) is "Mas!"
* Train is "Chain"
* Bread is "Bed"
* Cereal is "Ceeree"

I could continue on with the names he calls different foods because he is very proficient with his food words. Imagine that.

He loves singing. He sings the ABC's. It's not quite like we sing it, but the tune is right. He LOVES Bob the Builder. Whenever that starts up, he sings it at the top of his lungs like Luke does, except his goes a little more like, "Baaaaaaaaaa da Booder, yesh ee caaa!!!!" It's hysterical.

The other day Eli said, "I wov oo" without any prompting. You can imagine what that did to my little heart. He does that to my heart quite often, he's a real charmer already. I want to remember all these little things and have a record so Eli can know what a fun kid he has always been and how much he makes all of us smile.

And because none of it is in his baby book. Sorry!

It's a Bit Chilly in Our House

That would be my robe tied around Luke and a blanket that Eli is swaddled in.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Fun Day With Cousins

While we were in Georgia we got to spend a day and a night at Kate's. She was so generous in giving up her space and peace, beds, lots of food, and an enormous amount of diapers and wipes, since I didn't realize until after being there for a while that Eli had a stomach bug. Thankfully, it was only in the form of an upset tummy with no vomiting involved and no one else got it. (Except Grandma. Sorry!) Whew, I would have felt like a terrible person if I had gotten her kids sick after using all her diapers.

I tried to get some nice pictures of her kids, but we didn't get as much time as I would have liked. We needed four more pairs of hands for it to happen, but what I did get was great.

I couldn't resist this picture since it reminded me that David and Luke both loved peeing outside all day! What boys!
I have no idea what they're looking at, but they're mesmerized.
David showing off his skills on his skateboard.
Unfortunately, all I could get from David were silly faces and fake smiles. But he's still so cute!
Rae was more than happy to cheese it up for me!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Should I Be Concerned?

Eli is 20 months, and he is already telling me "No!" and asking me "Why?" when I tell him to do something. Is that normal? Or was Luke not the norm in that "no" and "why" didn't come until after two, probably closer to three? Just curious...and possibly a little afraid...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas in Georgia 2008

In lieu of a lengthy post about all we did while in Georgia, I posted pictures. Okay, okay, I'm just being lazy. But they are some great pictures!

Grandaddy's fancy, new tractor!

Uncle Mark, David and Luke
The two Rae's
Michael, Rae and Raeanna
(Just for clarification, Raeanna does not have a baby. That's Kate's Rae. Don't want to start any rumors.)
Grandaddy and Luke on the four wheeler while Luke daydreams about one day owning one himself.
Eli enjoying the new trampoline
Sleepy Uncle Mark
Getting pumped about presents
Grandma Clair, Eli and me

Christmas Day 2008

Eli checking out the loot.
Sleepy Mama
Singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus
Presents at Grandma and Papa's
Chillin' with Papa