Wednesday, December 18, 2013

the Christmas tree

as per tradition, we bundled our little selves up and headed to cut down our tree. and drug uncle dan along for the chaos adventure.

and for my farmer, the bundling included digging through the basement and front closet for his pioneer seed corn hat, carhart jacket, military boots and wrangler jeans. because we would hate for someone to mistake us for a "city slicker" now, wouldn't we?

the boys--were mostly troopers (apart from cooperating for a family picture, because why would we start doing that now?). it was chillllly. and they walked their snowboot clad puffy selves all over. and then they chilled by the fire--albeit a bit on the tired side.

and since everyone was being pretty true to character, I picked the first fraiser fir I saw and said cut it down. because I've been known to be pretty impulsive decisive a time or two in my life.

Monday, December 16, 2013

some birthdays and a family arrrgh pirates

before I jump right into the thick of holiday posts, I  thought I better finish up our fall. (awfully wistful thinking for me, perhaps, using the plural of 'post' referring to what I plan to do on here over the next few weeks--but we'll just go with it and hope for the best).

because, well, we turned 2, 4, and...30. And so we celebrated. along with double grandpas and grandmas and an uncle and aunt from boston. (all poorly documented, but at least you get an idea...)

and somewhere in that mix, we all dressed up as pirates and went trick or treating. and i mean we ALL dressed up--because when the main man decides he's going to participate in something, he is going to participate 115%.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

the three amigos

these two are getting a brother...and we are sincerely thanking the Lord that he looks like a very healthy baby brother. jonah's heart was sort of hoping for a girl, but thankfully, when you're 4, a balloon usually curbs any sort of disappointment. and he's throwing out names like Snapper and I think we're already moving in the right direction.

Friday, November 29, 2013

the cider mill

it was awhile ago, but worth remembering for the sake of the donuts and cider.

uncle john's on dad's day off.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

two and four

and just like that. two and four.

so we tried to snap some photos.

and even though thatcher announced to everyone in family dollar post pictures that "we did it!" his performance was suspect (mostly crying, running away, laying on the ground, etc...). jonah? jonah is at a beautiful age (or just a personality?) where bribery works for almost everything (hence, the post picture family dollar run).

and with 339 pictures in ten minutes you would have thought the "good" percentage might have been a little higher (you're looking at the good ones in their entirety) but in the end, I'm just glad we got a couple.

and all thanks to these boys' dad who did who knows what behind me to get these laughs.

Four. It's a good age. And my four year old learner is picking up all sorts of things along the way. He's begging me to learn to read (is there an app for that? I'm not sure I know how to teach anyone to read), willing to spend hours perfecting (he's a first born in every way) his coloring, and would curl up and watch movies all day if I'd let him. 

He's loving being an awana cubbie and is pretty excited about any opportunity to be social and hang out with friends. He loves his brother--and although one wouldn't always guess this, he's been known to want to wake him up early from nap to play. He's also 100% sure he's getting a sister next May, because he already has a brother. obviously... "and when I talk about the baby I'm just going to say 'she' because the baby is going to be a girl."

His days are spent filling my quote book and he is really just a joy.

This one's a lover. And a cuddler. And he is getting pretty funny.

And if you'll read to him or play ball,

We're kind of having a hard time kicking the paci habit (because he's also a bit on the strong-willed side) but we'll get there.

Recently, he's sharing a room with his brother and couldn't be more excited about it (Jonah is his favorite). His brother isn't loving his snoring habit (pretty sure we've got a trip to the ent in our future) but their pillow talk has been pretty amazing to listen to on the monitor.

There's so much more to say, stories to tell, quotes to quote (and hopefully I'm getting them down somewhere) but really? we just feel blessed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

fall's our favorite.

we're alive (some of us barely, but I won't name names...). and here's just a little proof.

Friday, October 11, 2013

our latest news

and we're pretty excited about it.

well, that and:
Jonah's convinced it's a girl.
Thatcher is 100% oblivious.
Ben's just excited.
And I'm walking around in that unreal exhausted state just hoping to keep down whatever meal I ate last.

So May 3 to be exact (or a little before, preferably, do you remember the sizes of my last couple babies?!). And we're mostly praying for health all around and thanking God for graciously entrusting us with the miracle of children.