Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas! 4 days later

I feel like I have to tell you about our Christmas. It was great. We spent our first Christmas as just our small family, no traveling. And, we really liked it.

We went to church on Christmas Eve. Next year, remind me to have cute outfits planned for all of us cause that's what most people did. And you know me, always wanting to be like everyone else. Not really, but they just looked so cute that I would really like to be that cute too. Church was good too, heehee. Really, it was fun, we sang hymns, heard a short sermon and lit our candles. Drew held one with Kolby and Sage and I held one, while I also held Levi. I tried not to be too nervous. I think Sage was more nervous than I was.

We had a yummy dinner of homemade pizza. So traditional. Then the boys opened a present from Drew's aunt and uncle. It was awesome and they love it. Then they opened matching jammies. So cute.

The boys went to bed so quickly and easily after making sure there were 3 (one from each boy) sugar cookies set out for Santa.

Then the elves went to work. We just had a few gifts to finish wrapping and stockings to stuff.

Christmas morning came bright and early, 6:30. We opened presents and were done by 8:30. Then we started constructing legos, watching movies, and playing with everything.

We went to a friends for brunch, went through a car wash and came home to do more of the same.

I made fettuccine, salad, garlic bread, and a cake for Jesus' birthday. Sage had requested a cake and then told us he didn't want to eat it for dessert. We made him eat cake. What kind of parents are we?!

I'll post pictures later. Kolby got a Cabbage Patch newborn baby, named Tristan. He is so sweet and cute with him. He sleeps with him all cuddled up, he takes him everywhere. It makes my heart happy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Sage is at the perfect age where all the commercials stick.

Have you seen the one where the officer walks up to a car and the driver rolls down his window and all this liquid starts pouring out as the driver looks at the officer with bloodshot eyes?

Sage has.

Sunday he asked Drew "Sir, have you been drinking this evening?"

Friday, December 19, 2008


I have decided that I have lived in Texas for 7 months now, I can officially start saying ya'll. And typing it. In my posts. Thank you.

My sister in law is here this week which means help for me and getting to run errands by myself. Almost by myself, I take Levi. But, it goes a lot faster with one than with three. It has been wonderful. I've taken her places too, don't worry. We all went (minus Drew) to the Galleria which is probably the most important place in Houston to take someone. And the childrens museum. Good times, I'm sure she is convinced to move here.

I have written some thank you notes. I am beyond late in getting them written. And realized that we have zero addresses. We had them in our palm pilot. Which got misplaced when we moved. And the battery died. We finally charged it yesterday. And realized all our information has been lost. Forever.

I haven't done our Christmas card. I need to write the letter. We do have the picture to send with it. But, we don't have any addresses. So, if you get an email from me...

Question: I bought a dress for my brother in laws wedding. I got it from Ann Taylor for 19.99, normally $188. I know! It's navy blue. It looks like this. But, navy like I said. So, what shoes?! Silvery? Taupe? And the wedding is in Iowa. In January. Where it will be -400 degrees. Am I dumb? Cardigan? Silvery, gray? Help!

And that my friends, is my rambling for today.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Doesn't he look like he's having fun? This is the ride that seemed to never end...

And this was the quickest ride. One lap and yer done!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What I've been up to

Thursday night, I went to Converge with my friend, Becca from my Bible study. We left at 6pm for a 30 minute drive and it ended up taking us 1.5 hours. Houston traffic, gotta love it.

Anyway, Converge was incredible. We missed Cece Williams, but since I'm not familiar with her music, I don't know what I missed! We got there in time for Travis Cottrell who has an amazing voice. He sang one Sunday at our church and I've been wanting his Christmas cd ever since. My mother in law just sent us some new Christmas cd's and his was one! Thanks Judy! Anyway, I so enjoyed listening to him and worshiping. Then, Beth got up to speak. And wouldn't you know, Levi decided that at 8:30, he needed to be awake after sleeping most of the day? I stood/sat out in the hallway but was still able to hear what she had to say.

Her first point was that in this Advent season, Look for Him! So many times, we miss things of Jesus because we aren't looking.

She spoke from Luke 1 about Zechariah and Elizabeth, how they were people who were obedient to God, blameless in his sight, good people but who lived with a lifetime of disappointment. Disappointed because they weren't able to have children. She talked about how disappointment can become a stronghold in our life. Disappointment that we let turn into bitterness. And then we start to doubt God. And start to believe that he is against us. She said that we have to believe that God is for us. It made me think about how Drew will say that he and I are on the same team. (I forget sometimes and think he's working on the opposite team.)

She also said that it's a blessing when what comes naturally to most, comes supernaturally to you because it gives all the glory to God.

It was a really great evening and Becca and I had good conversation and yummy Sonic tator tots on the way home.

Saturday we took the boys to Candy Cane Lane at our church. It was like a mini carnival. There were pony rides, bounce houses, mini ferris wheel, mini tea cups, mini swings, a petting zoo, cookie decorating, hot chocolate making, an ornament to make, it was really cool. The boys had a lot of fun, mostly. Kolby wants to do all the rides and is scared of nothing, Sage, not so much. He was kind of grouchy. And then fell asleep in the car at noon on the way home. There was a camel, a real, live, huge camel. I was shocked. The things our church pulls off, amazes me.

Last night was our Sunday School Christmas party. We tasted fried okra for the first time. It was okay, not great. Kind of tasteless. We got made fun of for not knowing what it was and having never tasted it before. We did a White Elephant gift exchange and the present was supposed to be worth $20. We didn't know what to bring so we picked up a $20 gift card to Goode Bar-b-Que. Next year, we won't be so generous. We came home with a Christmas flag. We had a lot of fun though.

Today was church and as we were strapping the boys in the car, my friend, Amanda calls to see if we want to meet for lunch! We took them to our favorite artery clogging deli, Sam's. We had a really fun lunch talking, laughing and getting to know them better. Sage and Kolby had fun with Jackson too. It's kind of funny to watch 3 little boys together. We had to tell them to not hit each other in the playful way little boys do and no spitting. The things that boys think are fun to do to each other!

Now that you know more than you wanted about my life, go read my brothers blog about being a square peg. He's got a great point!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Random Thoughts

-Tomorrow night I am going to Converge and I'm really excited.

-Our rocking chair squeaks and it is really annoying.

-I think our swing is dying. It doesn't keep it swinging. Kind of not the point.

-It's cold here. Yesterday was 75 and humid. Today is 40 and rainy.

-I kid you not, it is snowing here. The smallest flakes that I've ever seen but it is snow. I don't think a camera would capture the flakes.

-It captured the small flakes! The boys didn't cooperate but I got a pic of the flakes!

-Just yesterday, I was wishing it would be like this again:

(Picture of Kolby in Connecticut)
-Sage is going to play out on our deck in the snow! He's singing about how much he loves it. And how excited he is for Christmas.

-Sage talked to Santa on the phone (Drew's uncle) and told him he wants a motorcycle and a backyard to ride it in. Sad.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Presents under the tree?

We're having a discussion around these parts.

When do you put presents under the tree?

I won't tell you who votes waiting for Christmas Eve and who votes now, today!

I'm curious what you all think. I don't know if it will change my mind.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Pregnancy Brain?

How long can I blame things on pregnancy brain? Oh, I'm not pregnant so it doesn't make sense?! Right.

Then how come I've been convinced that Sage had choir practice last night and would be singing at church tonight, for weeks.

I was wrong.

We figured it out last night. At church. We thought we were taking him to choir practice.


It didn't really matter because we were also dropping Sage and Kolby off for Parents Night Out.

Sage does sing tomorrow at all 3 services. I wasn't completely losing my mind.


As requested, pictures of Levi. I am starting to call him Piglet because he snorts a lot. He snorts while crying, it's pretty funny.

He is such a sweet baby. He likes to be held but every once in a while will sleep in the swing or other various places that would not be his bed. I love holding him and slinging him but every once in a while, it is nice to be baby free.

Nights are okay. He eats about every 3 hours at night. He still sleeps a lot during the day but when he is awake is generally content to look around, in someones arms.

It is amazing how easily he fits into our family. It just seems like he has always been with us but it's only been not even 4 weeks. Life just keeps going on and he is along for the ride. Sometimes quietly, sometimes loudly!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Changing Priorities

I wanted to do some cleaning this afternoon.

Levi had other plans.

He rather likes to be held while he sleeps.

I'm not complaining.

Just brush the crumbs off your feet on the way out the door.

Typing left handed is slow going.

He wasn't feeling the sling or the Baby Bjorn.

This might be my saviour.