Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Countdown to 30...My Favorites

It's been real and it's been fun (maybe even real fun), but the countdown is drawing to an end. I've reached the day (unscarred, I might add). If you missed the first 3 pieces of the countdown to 30 and want to check them out:
A trip down memory lane
A bit about me
Embarrassing moments

Now for a few of my "favorites"

25) I always tell RRL that he is "My favorite" and to KJ I say "My favorite little boy" and to Cbug "My favorite baby boy"



26) Favorite scriptures

-If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

- I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone Oh Lord make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

27) Favorite vacations

- NYC in 1997 with my parents andd brothers

- Backpacking in Italy after 2000 Summer Abroad

- Honeymoon in Boston/Nantucket Dec 2001

- Backpacking in the Grand Canyon with RRL, Labor Day 2005

- Anna Maria Island, the last trip with both of my Grandmothers, Dec 2005

- Honduras in 2007 with my family and RRL's family

- NYC with RRL, Aug 2008

28) Favorite treats

- Any kind of cookie (especially varieties containing chocolate)

- JLS' famous chocolate chip cake

- Ice Cream Cake

- Blue Bell Cookies and Cream Milk Shake


29) Favorite music

- For running: RRL's rock mix (containing favorites like U2's Beatiful Day and Bon Jovi's It's my life)

- For relaxing: JMCH's mix of hymns (love Fernando Ortega)

- For driving: "Mel's Music Memories with the Babe's" (from our college days!)

- For crazy fun: A mix CD that LNS sent me when I was in the hospital in 2004. What other CD can combine MC Hammer and Amy Grant?

30) Favorite age: 30! I'm love being a wife and a mommy. This really is one of the very best times of my life.

ABL

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Robin Hood, an Adventure, and a Milestone

Robin Hood:
Our little Robin Hood was recently discovered emptying all of the change from my wallet into his bank. When I asked him why he was taking Momma's money he replied "Its for people to learn about Jesus". How do you argue with that?
An Adventure:
We have a creek that runs through our neighborhood. When we first moved here, before we had kids, I used to go for runs and leave the sidewalk to go down to the trail right by the creek and feel like I was on such an adventure. I'd get muddy and love it. Now I like to take the boys over to the creek to throw rocks in the water. We love finding spots where there are breaks in the trees enough to roll the stroller close to the water so Cbug can watch while KJ makes big splashes. Here are a few pictures of our recent adventure (including a picnic in the park, first).

Picnic




"Look, Momma!"



Digging for rocks.



Big Splash.


There was an inch of mud caked to KJ's boots after our "adventures" were over.


A Milestone:
KJ got his first tattoo recently while attending family day at my work. And wore it proudly for nearly a week (we washed around it). He would flex his muscles and show anyone that asked...and a few people who didn't.





We certainly are having fun around here!
ABL

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Love me some Cbug

Cbug is nine-months-old (plus a couple of weeks)! This month I have loved listening to him crack himself up. He'll just be in his bed or playing and just laugh at himself. It is too funny. Also, he is finally crawling. Its still pretty rough, but he can definitely get across the room with a combination of crawling, pushing with his feet, and belly scoots.

Here are a few of my favorite recent pictures:

Yes, that is definitely an amazingly long string of drool.
Poor guy has pretty much been teething constantly for about a month!

Cbug is amazingly patient with this kind of displays of brotherly love. Sweetness

This little video is a pretty accurate display of Cbug's animated personality.
video


Cbug, you are such a joy to your Mommy, Daddy and Brother! We love you!!

ABL

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mama's Little Pumpkins

Thanks to a dear friend and amazing photographer, we got some fun pictures of the boys at the pumpkin patch this year. This is one of my favorite traditions and I love to compare these to years past. Especially look at the very last picture in last year's post (it's from 2 years ago). Do you think KJ and Cbug look alike?

I set my expectations pretty low for pictures because getting a two-year-old and nine-month-old to look the same direction, smile at the same time and stay put for any amount of time is pretty much impossible. Thank to the patience of the photographer, though, here are some of my favorites...




"You do the clutch, I'll steer"


"This one is a little more my size"


"TA-DA"

"YUM, I'm going to LOVE fall"




"Baby brother, I'm going to let you in on a secret.
If you will just fake a smile we can both get out of this mess""












Here is what the boys really thought about our little photo shoot

"I'm outta here!"


Happy fall!
ABL

Monday, October 6, 2008

Little boys who get new boots should definitely play in the rain!

Thanks, Uncle D for sending such a fun gift. KJ put them on as soon as he opened the box...

...and today the Lord sent rain so that he could REALLY enjoy them.


DISCLAIMER: If anyone tries to convince you that KJ is actually crying in the last picture because he tried to go down a very wet and slippery slide, and I took his picture before helping him because it was so stinkin' funny to see him sprawled out in the wet grass...

I'd probably deny it.