Wednesday, April 18, 2012

10 Months

Finn, you are ten months old!  I can’t believe in two short months you will be a year old. This has been the fastest year ever.  I only thought Abby and Grayson’s first years went by fast. Wow!

Your stats haven’t changed much since last month.  You are still holding steady with your two bottom teeth.  You are now eating the majority of your food from the table.  You eat whatever we eat. Somehow you manage with your two little teeth.  You have become quite the little beggar.  When someone enters a room, you look to see if they have any food.  If they do, you immediately make a beeline for them and beg for a bite. You can hear the crinkling of a food wrapper from another room. Basically, you are a fan of food.

You are in to everything!  Daddy calls you “the wrecking ball”, because everything you touch winds up in the floor. Including yourself.  The other day, I went to put a load of clothes in the dryer and I came back to find this…

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You were trying to pull off the answering machine and wound up pulling the subwoofer over on yourself.  There were no tears or anything. You were just waiting patiently for me to come back and free you.  Just like a Timex, you take a licking and keep on ticking.

We’ve had to devise a gate to keep you in the living room, so we can corral you. It consisted of an ottoman and two diaper boxes.  And then you learned how to do this…

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And we had to come up with a different solution.  You certainly keep us on our toes, Finn.  I feel sure this is just the beginning. You have a mind of your own, for sure. And it’s constantly working.  Fortunately, I still get to see this smiling face most of the day…

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And that makes all of your shenanigans worth it!  I love you, sweet Finny!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Weekend

We had a jam-packed Easter weekend.  But not in a “whew, why did we say we’d do all this?” kinda way, more in a “we have a four day weekend, let’s make the most of it” kinda way.

Saturday morning, the older kids and I dyed eggs while Finn napped. And yes, Grayson is still in his pajamas.  He might have worn them all day.  Don’t judge.

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We made it into a little science experiment.  We had half brown eggs and half white eggs, and we wanted to see which ones dyed better.

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We thought the winner was the brown eggs.  They are the smaller ones in this picture.  What do you think?

After the  kids went to bed, I got their Easter baskets ready.  We don’t really “do” the Easter bunny.  It’s not like we’ve ever told them there was or wasn’t such a thing.  We just don’t really talk about it at all.  Anyway, they know their Easter baskets come from us.

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Clearly, the Hello Kitty Squinkies were a big hit. 

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Finn didn’t really understand why I stuck a big bucket of stuff in front of him.

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Then he looked in it.

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And immediately went for the snacks. That boy likes to eat.

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Grayson, as always, was our late sleeper, so he was the last to get his basket. But he was really excited that he got the Spiderman Squinkies that he asked for as a gift for his fifth birthday. Which isn’t until October. We are all very relieved that we will not have to hear about how much he wants them from now through October.

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I love that sleepy face!

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Then we all got ready and headed to church. Here are the kids all dolled up in their Easter frocks.

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After church, we ate lunch at my parents’ house.  I made deviled eggs.  And promptly left them at home. Thankfully, we live about a quarter of a mile up the road from my parents’, so Burge ran back to get them.  Then he gave me the best compliment he could have given me… he said my deviled eggs tasted just like his Mawmaw’s.  Who doesn’t want their food to be on the same playing field as Mawmaw’s?

The kids hunted Easter eggs for the third time this year, and it would be great if I had pictures of that.  However, I also forgot the camera along with the deviled eggs. I didn’t even have my phone with me to take pictures.

Then we came home and foolishly thought the kids might take a nap. That didn’t really happen, so we watched the last several hours of the Masters and became Bubba Watson fans.  Did you know he owns a General Lee? That coupled with the fact he’s called Bubba and he openly wept over his new baby on national television makes me a fan of his for life. Unless he pulls a Tiger Woods.

It was a great weekend to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Good Friday

I love this time of year! Of course, the Easter season is reason to celebrate all on its own for any Christian, but I also love that it’s spring.  Everything is in bloom and feels fresh and new. Add that to school being out and Burge being off work for Good Friday, and you have the makings of an awesome day!

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Abby and I started it off by getting manicures and pedicures.  Well, I had a manicure and pedicure, she decided at the last minute that she really didn’t want anyone rubbing on her very ticklish feet (Thank goodness I thought to warn her!), so she just had her fingernails and toenails painted.  And spent about 30 minutes in the massage chair.  Really, the only reason she wanted a pedicure was to be able to sit in the massage chair, so it all worked out.

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It’s just about impossible to get a picture of Grayson in which he is still. Mainly because he is never still. That boy has an awful lot of energy.  I wish he would share some with me!

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We decided to continue our Good Friday with an early dinner at Cracker Barrel.  When you go out to eat with three kids, early dinners are your friend.  There’s not usually a wait, and there’s fewer people to annoy.

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We had a reason to celebrate.  That girl right up there received a letter in the mail that she is being honored at the Academic Banquet at school this year.  She works really hard to get good grades and be the best student she can be, and we are super proud of this accomplishment! She’s pretty proud too… I think she may frame the letter!

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We continued the celebration at the new frozen yogurt place in Fort Payne, The Freeze.  It was so good! I see lots more trips there in our future!

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Finn got to partake in some fro-yo goodness too.  He liked it so much that if I took longer than he deemed necessary to give him his next bite, he’d lean out of his stroller and give me a whack on the leg.

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It was a perfectly wonderful day and a great way to kick off the Easter weekend!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He Is

Once again, I'm pulling this out of the archives.  It just doesn't get any better than this on a beautiful Easter Sunday.  Here's a repost of last year's Easter entry...

I’ve posted this before, but you know what? It’s no less true today than it was last year, or the year before, or the very first Easter. Do you know Him?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pinterest Wreath, Take 2

You may remember a little Pinterest project I tackled a few months ago… this wreath.  I still dig it, but I kind of wanted something a little more spring-like and less Christmas-y.  So, I hit up Pinterest again, and found this little beauty…

I made a Hobby Lobby run, armed with a 40% coupon, naturally, for burlap, a foam wreath and some tulle. And one afternoon during nap, I set out to make it.

I feel the need to interject a word of caution here.  Burlap is a very fibrous fabric.  It sheds.  A lot. And if you happen to be the type of person who likes to get your craft on while sitting in the floor watching Real Housewives, and if you happen to spend the majority of your days in yoga pants, you might find your pants looking something like this by the time you are finished cutting out all the little squares required for this project.

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The burlap. It sheds. Be warned.

Anyhoo, before Vicki from the OC could let out a “Woo-hoo!”, I had whipped up this little puppy.  Seriously, this was ridiculously quick and easy.  And cheap. Way under $10.

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I heart it.  A lot.

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Pinterest: the place where crafty dreams come true.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Egg Huntin’

We started our Easter celebration a little early by hunting eggs this past weekend at my dad’s church. 


My kids are not competitive in the least.  About anything, least of all hunting eggs.  They could not care less whether or not they found the most eggs. I’m pretty sure Grayson never even realized anyone else was hunting eggs other than him.


He was really only concerned about what kind of prize was in each egg. He stopped after each find to either shake it or just go ahead and open it up to make sure it was worth the place in his basket.


I’m really sorry if that happens to be one of your loved ones’ graves that Grayson is picking Easter eggs off of.  There wasn’t a whole lot of open area to hide in.


As is customary in all our outdoor pictures, Abby has a case of the squints.  Bless her heart, somebody introduce that girl to some sunglasses.


The older kids’ eggs were a little better hidden in knee-deep weeds. It makes me want to sneeze just looking at it. Fortunately, Abby seems not to have inherited the allergy issues that plaque the rest of the family.


She was less concerned about the prizes in the eggs.  She wanted to find real eggs so she could eat them. Really. That girl loves a boiled egg.  Fortunately, only plastic eggs were hidden this year.


Finn got to enjoy the hunt as well, safe in the arms of Pop. And Pop got a workout carrying that load of sweetness around all morning.


I think they found one.

Shortly after this, Finn got to experience his first fried apple pie, and I’m pretty sure his life is forever changed for the better.  Seriously, the fried pie might be the world’s most perfect food.

It was a great morning, and completely worth the lack of naps that we had to endure for it. An awesome way to kick off an awesome season!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

9 Months

Finn, you are 9 months old! Actually, you’ve been 9 months old for two and a half weeks, but as always, I’m behind.

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You are a mess! And yes, that is a huge drool spot on the couch. Your drooling problem has not calmed down any. You are pulling up on everything, and you’ve started slowly cruising around the furniture. I have a feeling you might start walking before your first birthday. You are quite the overachiever since neither your brother or sister pulled up or crawled nearly as early as you.

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An area you are not overachieving in is teeth.  You are still holding strong at 2. You do not let that slow you down when it comes to eating. You will eat anything you can get your hands on, whether it’s edible or not.
You speak your own language, although we work every day on saying Mama. You just laugh and show me your dimple when I try to get you to say it.

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You absolutely refuse to drink out of a sippy cup. We’ve tried several, and it’s a no-go.  Not surprisingly, you love your bottle.  You get so excited when you see someone with one, and you crawl as fast as your pudgy little legs will go to get to it.

You still sleep great both at night and during your two naps a day. You and Grayson really are awesome roommates.  I hope it’s always that way!

You weigh 23 pounds, wear a size 4 diaper and wear some 12 month, some 18 month and some 24 month clothes.

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You are truly a joy, John Finley! I love watching you discover new things, but if you could slow down this whole growing up thing, I’d greatly appreciate it!