Just a quick post to let everyone know we made it to LA and had a great flight! American Airlines was awesome, gave Theo a pass so he could go through security with us and all the way to our gate. This made getting the two kids through all of the security sooooo mcuh easier! You can request this pass if you are flying American. We are hanging out at Omaw and Papaw's house today while they are at work. Olivia got to meet Papaw, Uncle Jackson, Aunt Kayla, Bradley, Leslie, and now Grandmother and Rosie within the first 2 hours. I think cousin Leslie was most excited to meet Livie. I'll try and post pictures while I am here but am not for certain if I will be able to do it since I didn't bring my own laptop. Have a great week everyone!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Theo and I celebrated Valentine's Day last night since he is working tonight. I made him one of his favorite meals, curry chicken and rice and peas, we broke out our china, put the kids down a little early, and had a nice romantic dinner at home. It was nice. Then we watched part of Slumdog Millionaire. This morning we went to church together and now we are home and he's getting ready for work.
We took this family picture today. No outside photos for us today because it is FREEZING outside! I looked out the window and was deceived because it's all bright and sunny outside but when you step out of the door, the wind is blowing hard and making it bone chilling cold outside.
As I look at this picture of us, I am so thankful our children were made with love. Theo and I love each other more than anything and our children are a reflection of our love for each other. I love being a part of this family and am blessed everyday to have such a great husband and amazing children. Yes, there are moments when I would love nothing more than to take a cruise to a tropical island....ALONE :) but all in all at the end of the day, I have so much to be thankful for. I want to model love to our children everyday...not only love towards them but more importantly love towards Theo. When are children are grown, I want them to be able to look to their parents as a model of what love is and how husbands and wives are supposed to treat each other. I realize this is no easy task and I think Theo and I both struggle with this frequently. I am striving to put him first which is hard with a toddler and infant but I want Theo to know how much he matters to me. My relationship with our children is better when my relationship with Theo is at it's best. I am trying to love them all with a Christlike love because that is the best example of selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love there is. Happy Valentine's Day!
(Also made with love is her jumper. I made this (with much help from mom) after Christmas. There is a matching hooded little coat too but she didn't have that on for the picture. I haven't sewed anything since mom left because I still need a lot of help before I can attempt anything on my own!)
These have been some of the most fun and most challenging five months of my life. Every night as I put Olivia down in her crib, I smile, kiss her on her forehead and say a quick prayer thanking God for the wonderful children he has given me. Her personality is getting more and more fun. She is content to play on the floor on her blanket and kick her feet up, suck on her fingers, and "talk". At five months old, you:
-weigh about 13 and 1/2 pounds
-nurse about every 3-4 hours during the day
-have finally started sleeping 8-9 hour stretches at night and only wake up once to eat! I can not tell you how happy (and sane) this has made me! I feel like a new person. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
-love it when your brother laughs in your face because this makes you laugh too
-must be teething because you can not stop chewing on anything you can get your mouth on (like the high chair!
-can't go anywhere without someone commenting on how beautiful you are or your head full of hair, or you big bright blue eyes
-blew your first "raspberry" today
-squeal loudly when you are happy
-have fingernails that grow so fast I can't clip them enough
-are trying to sit up when you are propped up
-have started rolling over from your tummy to your back but not all the time (daddy still hasn't seen you roll yet)
-are so ticklish especially under your neck and your belly button
-love your teething toys, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
-are about to make your first trip on an airplane to Louisiana to meet some more of your family in four days!
-are such a happy baby. We can go anywhere doing anything and you are almost always such a good and happy girl (unless it's eating time)
-are still cranky some evenings but a lot less than before
-go to sleep so easily at night now and very rarely cry
-were so excited the Saints won the superbowl (ok....maybe I'm projecting!)
-have the biggest thighs but they are so cute I just want to kiss them all the time!
-adore your daddy and get the biggest grin on your face when he comes home and you have him completely wrapped around your slobbery finger!
-make your mommy and daddy so happy! We can not imagine our lives without you! You are the sweetest baby.
I guess when I told Olivia she would soon be sitting in her high chair to eat, she thought I meant she would soon be eating her high chair! She is literally gnawing on anything she can get her hands and mouth on. Carter didn't get any teeth until 8 months but it wouldn't surprise me if Olivia got some sooner (but then again, I thought the same thing about Carter!)
We have the best park in our neighborhood. It's not too big and has the right size equipment for Carter. Wednesday afternoon, we all headed down the street and played in our park. Theo brought Carter's sled and they had a blast sliding up and down the hill. It was a little too cold for Olivia so we headed back home and waited for the boys to show up. I know Carter really enjoyed having some daddy time!
As I blogged a couple of days ago, Monday was a beautiful snow day. Once the snow stopped actually falling, I took Carter outside to play in it. It was freezing but we had fun! The snow was so soft. I attempted to build a mini snowman but it ended up looking more like a mound of snow. Oh well :)
My dad sent Carter a Saints t-shirt and Olivia a Poo dat shirt and a pair of Poo dat bloomers. Unfortunately Carter didn't get to wear his shirt on the big game day but you can bet he'll be proudly sporting it all over Colorado soon. Olivia's shirt is a litle big for her to wear right now but the bloomers fit great over her cloth diapers! And I must say, she looked like the most adorable Saints fan ever. Thanks dad!
Carter's swingset has icicles hanging off of it! Don't worry, these pictures were taken inside our nice cozy warm house from our office window! I ain't going out in the snow if I don't have to!! It started snowing yesterday but it was mostly slush and it didn't stick. Well, sometime last night it really started coming down. And now the houses, yards, streets are covered in a most beautiful white fluffy snow. I am skipping yoga today because Theo is home, Olivia is napping and I am still in my pajamas and it's almost noon. It is just one of those days to stay inside and hang out with my family.
In other news, Carter seems to have recovered from whatever made him throw up all night last night. He is his cheerful self this morning and has been playing with Roxy (pictures to come later). Olivia has had three nights of 8 hour sleep and last night she went from 8:30 until 4 a.m.!!! Praise God for that! Now because Carter was sick and in our bed, I didn't sleep that great but am thankful for the long stretches of not having to feed Livie at night. She is also rolling over now. Not all the time but can do it without any help. She rolls from her back to her tummy. Theo hasn't seen her do it yet so he is a little skeptical :)
Carter, Olivia and I are also flying to Louisiana next week. We'll be there for two weeks and Carter is literally counting down the days. I can't wait for the rest of my family to meet Olivia. I know they will fall totally in love with her like mom and dad and Theo's parents have! I was a little nervous about flying with the two kids by myself but there is no way I'm driving with both of them alone! I'm not too anxious about it now other than I only have a 40 minute layover. I think Olivia will be fine. It's dealing with Carter that I'm a little worried about. But he is so excited to be flying on an airplane to Weezyana (Louisiana) that I think he will do fine. But pray for us anyway!
I am sooo excited! For the first time ever, the New Orleans Saints not only went to, but won the Super Bowl!!! I am so proud for my home state. I wish Theo could have been here to celebrate this with me but he got plenty of phone calls at work with play by play. Poor Carter, though, he threw up all evening so I spent much of the evening cleaning up messes. But thankfully we have Tivo so I didn't miss anything! I am so proud of you Saints team! You deserve it!!! Sorry dad I don't have any pics of Carter is his Saints shirt on account of him throwing up every minute! Will try and put both of the kids in their Who Dat gear tomorrow and snap some photos!
We all went to the Y this morning. It was fun working out with Theo (and by working out, I mean being in the same gym with him but not actually lifting weights with him. He likes to do his own thing!) He has to work this weekend...in fact he is working 3 out of the 4 weekends this month including Super Bowl Sunday, which isn't a holiday but definitely should be, and Valentine's Day. He got the short end of the stick with this work schedule for sure. But I digress....so since I am home this afternoon by myself with the kids, I couldn't think of anything better to do than take pictures of them.
I love this one, she looks like she is saying "OH MY GAWSH!"
We met over nine years ago and have been married for seven years. We have traveled all over together, have shared good times and bad, and now spend most of our time chasing our kids around! We believe God chose us for each other and we strive daily to keep him at the center of our marriage.
Our energetic six year old, and firstborn. He's a self procalimed genius. He loves playing with his friends, watching anything on PBS and VeggieTales, building with blocks, practicing his cartoon artist skills. He rules the roost and we couldn't imagine it any other way.
Our three year old daughter, a precious princess with her daddy wrapped around her finger. She is the daughter I always knew I would have long before I ever got married. She is a smiler and talker and lover of food, hugs and kisses, making puzzles, helping mommy in the kitchen, and loves both of her brothers (mostly!) She is a budding ballerina but loves the play in the mud and wrestle with the boys too. She is the most beautiful girl we have ever seen and we look forward to watching her grow and change over the next several months.
Our baby of the family...a walking, talking destructacon. He is hillarious, keeps us on our toes and is the funniest little toddler going on grown man I've ever seen!