Reflections of a Mom's Life

Monday, December 17, 2007

Family Day...

HO, HO, HO...

...Merry Christmas!!!

Jackson preferred to eat that candy rather than help us decorate. At first my control-freak-self was completely irritated but I got over myself and he enjoyed himself! :)

Isn't it fun to sit on the table????

See, still eating!!!! I just love this boy!

Sweet brothers! Most of the time...

The finished product! Pretty good, huh? :)

Saturday we had a nice relaxing day as a family. It was our first "free" Saturday in December - you know how that goes! So, we slept in, played, made our "first" Gingerbread House as a family, baked some goodies, and drove around and looked at Christmas lights. It was the perfect day. Harrison made a Santa beard so he and Jackson took turns modeling it for us! It was a fun, fun, fun, day! I LOVE family days! :)

Happy Birthday Anthony!

We celebrated Anthony's Birthday on Tuesday of last week, Dec. 11th. While he had a busy day at work and we barely saw each other we were able to squeeze in some ice cream cake - his favorite - between meetings and ordered Outback take-out for a LATE dinner. :) Happy Birthday Anthony! Ella Rose left a sweet Birthday hello on her mommy's blog so you can check that out if you want Ian & Vonda Livingston.

Monday, December 10, 2007

you would think i'd have learned by now....

I told Jackson to come downstairs for lunch and I walked on ahead of him. He was laying on the floor and taking his time. He was down within a few minutes and I fed him his lunch. When I walked upstairs to put him down for his nap, I found the above disaster! Good thing I have a neighbor with a shop vac. she was willing to loan out!

How long have I been a mom now? and I'm still leaving him at times unattended? will I ever learn? I'm guessing I'll be locking the office door when Anthony's not home as to prevent future issues such as these. I'm sure he'll find something new to try, he always does! :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

My FIRST Cookie Exchange

This morning I finished up baking 6 Dozen Cookies and headed over to a new neighbors house. Alli had organized a Cookie Exchange in our neighborhood. We had never met before so it was nice meeting a few new ladies and enjoying the company of some I already know. I can't tell you how much I love our neighborhood! I had never been to a Cookie Exchange before so I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Alli fixed us all a FABULOUS lunch and then we were able to leave with containers filled with yummy homemade cookies! What could be better?

Here is my loot! I think a few have been eaten already! :) My first Cookie Exchange was a success and I hope we do it again next year! Very fun!

A morning at Elmcroft...

Jackson & Caden working on their Gingerbread Men

The residents just loved seeing the children! Jack wondering what Mrs. Beth is up to!

Suzanne helping her sweet Melody.

Jackson wore his Reindeer Antlers because he knew the residents would love seeing them. He was a hoot, as always!

The real fun began when the balloons came out. Ms. Betty was Jackson's new best buddy! They hit the balloon and kicked the balloon back and forth to each other. Jackson just laughed and laughed.

Kelly, one of my friends from our Life Class at church, invited us to the nursing home on Friday morning to do an activity with the residents. Kelly's mom, Terry, is the Activities Director at Elmcroft so she had planned a craft for us to do. The kids had a ball and the residents just loved seeing all the little children. Baby Caroline and Baby Sam sure got some smiles as well! It was a great morning spent at Elmcroft and we're looking forward to the next time! :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Kids Praise Christmas Program

Harrison had his Christmas Program last Sunday night. It was adorable! The kids sang out great and it was so fun to watch him! The first song they sang they used an instrument and the second they had hand motions. Harrison played the instrument but NO HAND MOTIONS! Just stood there and sang! I guess he was too focused on the singing. If you've known Harrison for very long you know he LOVES to sing! :) The program was GREAT and I was reminded AGAIN how God has blessed us with a WONDERFUL CHURCH! They have great programing for the kids and for our whole family! We love it!

My Christmas program starts tonight. It is going to be AWESOME. They put so much effort into their Christmas program, I have never seen anything like it. My mom was here last week and it was so nice to be able to introduce her to all the new friends I've made through the music ministry. I am amazed at how welcoming everyone has been! I feel very blessed to be part of what's happening at Providence!

Christmas Decorations

Little People Nativity and New Nativity Set from Vonda & Ian from Poland! :)

Harrison's & Jackson's tree! We just love Christmas decorations over in the Williams' house!

We've been decorated for Christmas since we got home from Thanksgiving in VA. I just haven't gotten around to posting our pictures! I LOVE CHRISTMAS! :) I'll have to add an outside picture later, I don't have one but there are lights!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

December 31st....MARK IT DOWN!!!!

Well, I'm sure you all have December 31st maked down

as a special day, it's New Year's Eve. However, it's going

to be much more special to us this year because we are

going to find out whether our baby is a BOY or a GIRL! :)

That's right! It's Ultrasound Day! Yipeee!

Mark it down! We'll let you know the good news as soon

as we know! We can't wait! :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

it's over, the "papi's" are gone!

Jackson's "papi's" as he liked to call them broke on Monday. They were actually cut off but he said they were broken and "yuck". He has had a good three days overall. Yesterday was a tough nap time, no nap happened, but that's been about the worst of it. He wants to look at them every now and then to see if they are still broken. I then ask him if he wants to hold one and he just says "yuck". He's moved on. :)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Merry Christmas from the Williams family!

(click on this link above to see our greeting)

Love, Anthony, Beth, Harrison, & Jackson :)

Thanksgiving Pictures!

Well, I've already talked about our wonderful Thanksgiving so here are the pictures to prove it!