Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday {November 2017}


Since we are in the month of Thanksgiving and I am still way behind on this blog, I thought another thankful post was in order.  We do have a lot to be thankful for. 

1.  These four dinosaur loving cuties. 


2. This little guy being in our family for over 11 months!  Yes, he is almost a whole year old, and I just can't believe it.  



3.  Watching this art loving boy create a masterpiece. 


4.  Great sermon messages at church. 


5.  Lunch dates with my two littlest cuties. 


6.  Coffee and good books. 


7.  More good books to read from Scholastic. 


8.  Great sports seasons for our big boys.  Eddie and Brody finished up their last soccer games of the season last week, and Evan just has to play in his league's championship football game tonight.  His team will either come in first or second for the season.  We are so happy he has had a great experience this season and really got a lot of playing time to advance his skills. 



9.  A trip to Disney World!  Yep, we leave Sunday for the week since the boys are out of school all week.  We are doing this trip on a budget and staying offsite so we will see how that works out.  These two are pretty excited about meeting Mickey.  


So if I don't get a chance to say it before next Thursday, 


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grayson's 11th Month







Pumpkins and Halloween!  What a fun month for you! 

Size:  We will not go back to the doctor until you are one year old.  Yikes, less than a month to go.  How did that happen?  We suspect you are over 20 lbs. now.  You have still been wearing size 3 diapers although you wet out of them a lot more now so we think it might be time to move up a size.  You wear mostly12 month clothes and can fill out some 18 month clothes too.  

Developmental Accomplishments:  Crawling everywhere!  You have pulled up holding onto me and love climbing although you haven't started cruising yet.  This is a bigger house with more open spaces so you mostly crawl everywhere.  You  still love bath time with big brother Mattox and love splashing in the water.   You love banging toys together or clapping to make noise but are generally still a quiet boy while playing so I often have to come and find you when I can't hear you.    You are babbling more but still mostly say "mamamamama"  a lot.  You got another tooth on the top right for a total of five teeth.  The separation anxiety and stranger anxiety has decreased a little as you have started going to church nursery with Mattox on Wednesday nights.  You like the teacher and like crawling around and exploring.  You don't mind playing alone in a room as much now and don't cry as much when I need to leave the room.  Mattox is really loving you more now although he does get a little rough sometimes and has tried to run you over with his car or sit on you.  Ha!  But he really does love you.  You also love cords and my computer which makes it really difficult to get any work done.  You are just a sweet little mess!
   
Sleeping:  You have been sleeping in your crib in your room, but you do sometimes wake up for more milk or because you are really wet.  When you do finally go down for the night, you often wet out of your diaper because you like to turn yourself onto your tummy to sleep.   

Eating:  You have still been doing well eating, and we are still chugging away at breast feeding which I am thankful for.  You still refuse to take a bottle so you get about four to five breast feedings a day.   You still really love eating solids and have really been doing well with every food you have tried.  You still eat mostly mixed combination meals with a fruit and oatmeal or yogurt combination for breakfast, a vegetable and meat combination for lunch, and a meat and vegetable combination for dinner.  You have now tried avocados, peas, squash, apples, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, peaches, green beans, broccoli, white potatoes, mangoes, butternut squash, and ground beef.   You like white potatoes mixed with a green vegetable like peas, green beans, or broccoli.  You eat a chicken puree mixed with an orange vegetable like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or carrots. You have also had a little taste of ice cream and even your first Chick-fil-a kids' meal with some grilled nuggets cut up for you and apple sauce.  Your new favorite food this month was pasta.  You ate some of our pasta with meat sauce and loved it.  We use veggie pasta and just cut yours up really small.  You had no problems with the meat in the sauce.  

Teeth:  You have five teeth with two on the bottom and three on the top. 

Favorites:  Mommy; Cocoa (your dog); food; when Daddy gets home from work; playing with your big brothers; blocks to bang together; cars; cups or bowls that have food or drink in them that you try to grab; bath time and splashing in the water

Nicknames:  Grayson Payson (goes with Evan Pevin, Brody Pody, Mattox Pattox), Gray Pay, Gray Gray, Baby Goo (because he is just a little gooey sweet mess)

{More pictures coming soon}

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Day in the Life

Yesterday, I participated in a little Instagram event to document a whole day in my life.  As it was a pretty regular day at home with the kids, I thought it was as good a day as any to document for posterity, and I thought it would be equally worthwhile to post it here. 

The big boys are up early eating breakfast.  Bus arrives at 6:39 am.  

7:30 a.m.:  This cutie joins me in my bed while I am waiting for coffee to brew.  The question is how long will he sleep.  And the answer...he just got up as I typed this.  Sigh. 

7:50 a.m.:  Apparently, it is diaper change time after big brother went in and woke him up.  Sigh.  Not the morning I hoped for.  Still no coffee!  

8:00 a.m.:  Setting out the toddler breakfast before I get to drink my coffee.  Bananas for the win! 

8:15 a.m.:  Feeding the baby while feeding myself because I may not get to eat otherwise.  Yes, he has gotten spilled on occasionally because he likes to grab things. 

Sometimes morning cartoons are the only way Mom gets anything done. Sesame Street still rocks! 

8:30 a.m.:  And this is why reading is so difficult these days.  Trying to finish the last few pages of this book that needs to go back to the school library while drinking my lukewarm coffee.  

Baby breakfast time (bananas and yogurt).  Someone is always eating in this house of all boys.  

Toddler diaper change time.  Yep, it was poop.  Aren't you glad I saved you from the sights and smells of that one?  Nope, we aren't potty trained yet and probably won't even really try until after the busy holiday season. 

10:30 a.m.:  I finally got my bed made!  To be honest this was kind of early because I was attempting to get us out of the house.  And now to start the day! 

Wearing the mommy attire of comfortable athletic wear but we are out of the house and headed to library storytime. 

Mattox made his cornucopia at library storytime.  He loves to use the glue stick.  We read books about Thanksgiving too.  We even read a Mickey Mouse book which is very appropriate since we will be celebrating with Mickey this year.  Yep, Disney World for Thanksgiving.  We must be crazy!  

My favorite time of day...lunch time!  Today is actually a chilly day in South Georgia so some nice warm chili with my homemade cornbread I made for our lifegroup feast the previous night was just the ticket.  Even though I enjoyed my friend's homemade chili the previous night, my favorite vegetarian chili topped with cheese was also very yummy.  

Grayson enjoyed his homemade mashed potatoes, peas, and chicken baby food. 

The afternoon is free play time as shown by the mess in the living room. 

The big boys are home from school, and they are already fighting.  Apparently, Brody dropped his book and made Evan go back and get it on their short walk from the bus stop.  

A chilly day is perfect for snuggling on the couch with a cozy blanket. 

This kid finally took a nap since he had been up since 7 a.m.  And since it rained, my oldest's football championship game was postponed until next week.  Sigh.  I was really looking forward to being finished with this football season.  I guess we now know the downside to being on a good team.  He has really had a fantastic season and made some awesome tackles as defensive cornerback which is a highly underrated position.  Looking forward to having an unexpected night in regardless. 

Dinner at home for a change thanks to a rain cancelled football championship and my husband's cooking.  I wish there were veggies, but beggars can't be choosers.  We were out of potatoes, and my husband doesn't eat anything green so pork chops with mac and cheese was the menu. 

Bathtime and cuddle time in Mommy's and Daddy's bed!  The best time of the day! 

Last post of the day:  About to put the last two kids in their beds and call it a day.  I was going to try to read, but my eyelids are getting heavy.  Goodnight all!  I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into our ordinary everyday lives.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grayson's 10th Month








Wow!  What a month!  Big things happened this month as you took off crawling and haven't slowed down since.  You love to follow Mommy or Daddy or big brother Mattox all over the house.  You and Mattox play so well together most of the time when he isn't trying to run you over with his car, shut the doors on you, or climb on you.  Ha!  You also experienced your first hurricane evacuation, your first trip to the zoo, and lots of other wonderful things.

Size:  Since we went to your nine month well-check on September 6th, you weighed 18 lbs. 5 .2 oz. at the beginning of this month and likely put on a pound or two by the end.  You are a very long baby, and we wonder if you will be the tallest of your brothers when you grow up.  You are still above the 90th percentile there.  You have still been wearing size 3 diapers and need mostly12 month clothes as you are starting to need to wear pants more.  You outgrew your 9 month sleepers and needed some new 12 month ones.   

Developmental Accomplishments:  Of course, you started full crawling while Mommy was taking your 42 week pictures, and you haven't slowed down since.  While you can stand holding on to furniture or our fingers, you aren't interested in pulling yourself up yet.  You love bath time with big brother Mattox and love splashing in the water.   You love banging toys together to make noise but are generally still a quiet boy while playing so I often have to come and find you when I can't hear you.    You are babbling more but still mostly say "mamamamama"  a lot.  You have four teeth at the moment but seem to be working on getting more.  The separation anxiety and stranger anxiety has decreased a little as you have started going to church nursery with Mattox on Wednesday nights.  You like the teacher and like crawling around and exploring.  You don't mind playing alone in a room as much now and don't cry as much when I need to leave the room.  Mattox is really loving you more now although he does get a little rough sometimes and has tried to run you over with his car or sit on you.  Ha!  But he really does love you.  You also love cords and my computer which makes it really difficult to get any work done.  You are just a sweet little mess!
   
Sleeping:  You have been sleeping in your crib in your room, but you do sometimes wake up for more milk or because you are really wet.  When you do finally go down for the night, you often wet out of your diaper because you like to turn yourself onto your tummy to sleep.   

Eating:  You have still been doing well eating, and we are still chugging away at breast feeding which I am thankful for.  You still refuse to take a bottle so you get about four to five breast feedings a day.   You still really love eating solids and have really been doing well with every food you have tried.  You still eat mostly mixed combination meals with a fruit and oatmeal or yogurt combination for breakfast, a vegetable combination for lunch, and a meat and vegetable combination for dinner.  You have now tried avocados, peas, squash, apples, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, peaches, green beans, broccoli, white potatoes, mangoes, and butternut squash.   You like white potatoes mixed with a green vegetable like peas, green beans, or broccoli.  You eat a chicken puree mixed with an orange vegetable like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or carrots. You have also had a little taste of ice cream and even your first Chick-fil-a kids' meal with some grilled nuggets cut up for you and apple sauce.  

Teeth:  You still have four teeth with two on the bottom and two on the top. 

Favorites:  Mommy; Cocoa (your dog); food; when Daddy gets home from work; playing with your big brothers; blocks to bang together; cars; cups or bowls that have food or drink in them that you try to grab; bath time and splashing in the water

Nicknames:  Grayson Payson (goes with Evan Pevin, Brody Pody, Mattox Pattox), Gray Pay, Gray Gray, Baby Goo (because he is just a little gooey sweet mess)

{More pictures coming soon}

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dear Papa









[Inspired by the movie and book The Shack.]

I know you are described as a father to the fatherless.  Will you also be a mother to the motherless?  I feel as if I have been denied the love of both.  I know I have been angry with you.  I wanted to blame someone for my loss and pain.  Being denied parents and then the daughter I wanted to know so desperately was just more than I could bear alone.  But I pushed you away again and again.  You sought me out.  Sometimes I did try to listen and to speak back to you, but the words would get all jumbled up.  I failed time and time again as my anger, sadness, and resentment kept me from seeing you.  I want to see you, walk with you, talk with you, and receive comfort from you.  I want to feel the peace of forgiveness and a clear mind.  I know you love me as I love my own children.  I want to sit and talk as father and child telling you everything in my heart.  But I am ashamed of so much in my heart.  My angry outbursts towards my precious husband and babies when I am really just angry at myself.  I feel like I have barely been treading water for years.  I am so tired of doing it alone.  I want to walk on water with you.  I want to cry all of my tears onto your shoulder and have you dry them all away.  I want to feel you loving me especially.  I know that you are good and that evil does not come from you.  I know that sin and death are not from you.  I know that you did not take Mattie from me but that she is alive and perfect and happy with you.  I want to be with you and her.  I want all of my children to know you and be with you.  You are my friend and my father! 

Love,
Your Daughter

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Grayson's 9th Month






Nine months!  I do not know how you are already nine months old!  You have been out in the world longer than you were in the womb.  These nine months have definitely gone faster than those first nine months.  I really have to get on the ball and start planning your first birthday celebration.  You are starting to move now doing the army belly crawl and will get up into a full crawl position and make some good forward motions to try to reach a toy you want.  Once you figure out how much faster you can move on your knees, nothing will stop you.  You love to grab for things you want and that has resulted in a few accidents at the dinner table when we underestimate how long your arms can reach.  Haha!  

Size:  We went to your nine month well-check on September 6th, and you weighed 18 lbs. 5 .2 oz. which is just a little more than big brother Mattox weighed.  You were 30 inches long putting you above the 90th percentile there so you are definitely a tall boy right now.  You were 1 and 3/4 inches longer than both big brothers Brody and Mattox.  You have still been wearing size 3 diapers and mostly 9 to 12 month clothes.  

Developmental Accomplishments:  You are starting to army crawling more, and you just have to figure out that you can crawl much more efficiently on your knees than your belly.   You can also stand holding onto furniture for a good little while when we stand you up.  You haven't pulled up fully by yourself yet.  You still love your big brothers and laugh and "talk" a lot now.   You mostly say "mamamama" a lot.  You grasp and bang your toys together, and you taught yourself to clap at the end of this month!  Separation anxiety and stranger anxiety has really been increasing too.  It took you a little while to warm up to Grandma when she visited us this month.  You hate being left alone in a room and will try to crawl after me.   


Sleeping:  You have been sleeping in your crib in your room, but your increased separation anxiety has meant you wake up more at night wanting to be held or rocked or to get more milk.  Daddy has trouble getting you to stay asleep when he lays you down, and you will often wake up and start screaming again.  When you do finally go down for the night, you often wet out of your diaper because you like to turn yourself onto your tummy to sleep.   

Eating:  You have still been doing well eating, and we are still chugging away at breast feeding which I am thankful for.  You still refuse to take a bottle so you get about four to five breast feedings a day.   You still really love eating solids and have really been doing well with every food you have tried.  You eat more mixed combination meals with a fruit and oatmeal or yogurt combination for breakfast, a vegetable combination for lunch, and a meat and vegetable combination for dinner.  You have now tried avocados, peas, squash, apples, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, peaches, green beans, broccoli, white potatoes, and mangoes.   You like white potatoes mixed with a green vegetable like peas, green beans, or broccoli.  You eat a chicken puree mixed with an orange vegetable like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or carrots. You also love pieces of whole fruit like cantaloupe or watermelon in your little mesh feeder.  

Teeth:  You finally got your two top teeth for a total of four teeth with two on the bottom and two on the top. 

Nicknames:  Grayson Payson (goes with Evan Pevin, Brody Pody, Mattox Pattox), Gray Pay, Gray Gray, Baby Goo (because he is just a little gooey sweet mess)

{More pictures coming soon}

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sherry's 37th Birthday

37!  When did that happen?  Yikes!  I am definitely getting closer to that big 4-0.  As the pattern of this year has shown, we have been doing things a little more simply these days, including birthdays.  Moving a couple of times and almost doubling the size of your family in two years will definitely make you want to make life simpler.  Ha!  Also, moving far away from family and away from your favorite restaurants will make you change your routine too.  Thankfully, Daddy's family were able to come spend the Labor Day holiday weekend with us which helped make my birthday feel a little more festive.  Since we are not close to my beloved Cheesecake Factory, Daddy made me a delicious homemade chocolate cheesecake, and yes, it did rival the one I usually get from Cheesecake Factory.  It was very rich and velvety smooth with a chocolate ganache topping.  I also got several special gifts from Daddy and the boys.  Daddy let me go shopping for a new purse and even some shoes on sale at Dillard's, and he let me pick out and order a NC necklace and hat from Etsy.  I felt very loved and celebrated this year, but my boys always do a good job of that. 

Selfies with my husband wearing my new necklace. 

A very delicious birthday treat from my husband and surrounded by my little loves. 

I just love Brody's happy faces.  We blew out my candles together.  No, we did not attempt 37 candles. 

We also enjoyed cupcakes before Grandma and Aunt Naomi's family left. 

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