Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Well, we've celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family.  We went to Lola and Pop's house in Springfield, VA (about 30 minutes away) and met up with Papa T, Lin-Lin, Uncle Chuck and Aunt Melody.  Josiah LOVED all the attention that his family gave him and liked having some different faces besides Mommy and Daddy to look at.  Josiah had lots of smiles for his Papa T and Lin-Lin.  He also enjoyed a little rest time with Papa T.  Papa T didn't get much of a nap as Josiah was showing him his new talent of taking his socks off! 

Our family has so much to be thankful for this year.  We are most thankful for our relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We are also thankful for the gift of Josiah and, we are truly honored to be his parents.  He has taught us to laugh often and to stop and enjoy the little things in life.  Chris and I are thankful that we are now both doing what God has called us to do.  It has been a long time in the making, but Chris is finally a pastor and I am a stay-at-home-mom.  We are thankful for the home that we have and how the Lord continues to meet all of our needs!  The list could go on and on, but we just wanted to share a few.

We were also able to set up our Christmas tree.  This is very exciting to us because we haven't had a Christmas tree for the last three years.  There are some pictures of our tree and Josiah being his cute little self.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to relax.  We've said it many times before, but we are thankful for all who have prayed for our family during this year.  Know that your prayers were not said in vain.  Our Lord has been good to us!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A big weekend

Well, we had a very busy weekend.  It started off Saturday morning helping Mommy in the kitchen.  We baked some cupcakes and brownies for the church bake sale.  While we were baking, Daddy went to the CS Lewis Institute for a seminar.  We hung out as a family while we waited for Mimi to arrive.  When we got back from the airport,  I got my first haircut.  Mommy regreted cutting the mullet off after we had done it. She has admitted I look like a big boy now!  I was really good as Mommy and Mimi gave me my haircut.  I didn't want them to mess my hair up--that's what ladies compliment me most about!  Sunday morning I got up and went to church with the family.  I helped Mommy and Mimi in the nursery.  OK, so I was the only one in the nursery, so I really did help them out!  If it weren't for me, they wouldn't have had anyone to watch!  After church, Mimi watched me so Mommy and Daddy could pick up some fire wood.  It sure took them a long time.  Mommy and Daddy left their wallets at the house, so they weren't able to get any money for the fire wood man.   I'm so glad that they left me with my Mimi or they might have forgotten me some where!  I enjoyed my first fire and wonder when I can start helping Daddy build fires.  I heard Mommy say that I can't be alone with Daddy when it comes to fires.  I wonder what Daddy did when he was younger to have Mommy say that! On Monday, Mommy and Mimi took me to this HUGE grocery store called Wegmans!  I slept through most of it.  I'm glad that Mommy and Mimi had such  a good time, but I hope to stay home with Daddy the next time and let the girls go shopping.   When we got home, Mommy and Mimi made some of Big Grammy's famous bread.  Mimi and Auntie Doris finally figured out the receipe.  I'm glad that Mimi shared the receipe, so one day I can have some of this bread and Mommy can tell me stories about Big Grammy.  While Mimi was here, we were able to take a CHRISTmas picture.  You will see a couple of silly pictures of Daddy, but you will have to wait until our CHRISTmas letter to see the family picture!  Then on Monday night I hung out with Mimi, so Mommy and Daddy could go on a date.  They said that it was their first date since I was born.  They sure do need to get out more!  I was a good boy and took my bottle from Mimi.  I ate 6oz from her!  I might need to lighten up on Daddy and take a bottle from him soon! 

Well, I guess I should get going.  I've been pretty busy.  I'm looking forward to a day of just hanging out with Mommy and not having to go anywhere.  I sure can't wait for my Daddy to get home.  Maybe I can take a nap with him again this afternoon!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Growing, Growing, Growing

Well, Josiah is a little over four months old.  He is growing like a weed!  Chris and I had to go buy a few things over the weekend because he has gotten too big for his clothes!  We had to buy some 12 month onesies, so he wouldn't be squished anymore.  They are a little big, but it gives him some growing room.  If the outfit doesn't have a onesie piece, then he can wear 6 or 9 months.  He is still as skinny as can be.  He hasn't graduated from size 1 diapers.  As a matter of fact, the velcro tabs over lap each other!  Chris and I bought clothing when it was going out of season and just calculated how old Josiah would be.  Well, let's just say that it hasn't worked too well for our advantage! Smile 

Josiah is learning to do so many things.  He is learning new sounds each day.  Sometimes he smiles when he does a new sound and sometimes he gets a scared look on his face.  He is doing a much better job sitting up.  He still isn't doing it on his own, but he is working on building up those muscles.  He is so close to rolling over.  If only he could get that shoulder out of the way!  Tummy time is still an ordeal each day.  The last two days, he has been looking out our bedroom window and seems to like it--well, only for so long.  It's not an immediate screaming!  He is doing a lot more with his toys. He's figured out that if he touches them in a certain way that he can make them move.  The newest thing he has started doing is putting things over his face.  When he is eating, he covers his face with his arms.  If he has a bib on, he puts it on his face.  If we give him his taggie blanket, it goes over his face.  He still loves his bath time.  Some nights I think he gets whiny on purpose  because he knows we will be put him in the bath tub.  Last night, he was as whiny as could be.  As soon as I started undressing him, he started smiling and making happy noises.

Chris and I are doing really well!  He is really enjoying me being at home.  He likes all the cooking that I am doing each day.  I don't mind the cooking either.  I am having fun trying new things and adding the special little touches that I couldn't do before when I was working.  Thank goodness we have the Wii Fit or we might need to go clothes shopping for ourselves!

Well, I should get going since the little one is napping and this gives me the chance to get some things done around the house.  Please know that if anyone would like to visit, we always have an open invitation.