Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve we started a new tradition of leaving reindeer food out for the reindeer before going to Matt's grandfathers house. It is glitter and oats. The glitter helps the reindeer see where Hunter's house is and then they have the oats to eat while they are waiting on Santa to drop the presents off. Hunter took this very seriously (as you can see by the look on his face) and made sure the whole yard was covered. I almost think he was a little worried Santa wouldn't come this year. It has been a challenging and a truly learning year for all of us in the family. He truly is a sweet and good boy.. key word BOY. So things are a little tougher for him.

The boys leaving milk and cookies for Santa before going to bed...

I told them to come here and this is what I get.. love them!!!
Christmas morning... we started off opening with just us 4 and then the grandparents came over to open and eat breakfast.

Gage still wasn't sure what was going on.. he took him a while to "warm" up or even wake up for that matter. I was up about 45 minutes before the boys were. I guess I am still a kid at heart and was ready to open presents!!

Hunter didn't want to look at his gun at first... he wanted it to be a surprise once Matt got it out of the box. That stinker!

Of course, it's only natural that we go to Matt's parents where we can shoot the gun and ride on Luke and Sara's Razor that they got for Christmas. Southern Christmas style!!
Our attempt at getting a family picture. Poor Hunter was so tired that he is just out of it in this picture.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Have to throw in this picture of my dad and the boys from Christmas too... :-)

Monday, December 23, 2013


We kicked off the Christmas holiday's by having brunch with Matt's parents and that side of the family then going to his aunt and uncle's house to celebrate with their family.

This is some of the cousins. We are just missing Sara, (luke is up top) and Savannah. I am sure they were upstair getting ready ;-) 

Poor kids they were made to sit almost 5 minutes with the presents in front of them and couldn't open them. We were having to get everyone down stairs and situated and they were not happy at all. All I could do was have them sing songs and tell me what they wanted for Christmas!
Unfortunately Gage does not follow those rules yet and he was tearing open those presents as soon as he got them. He loved the paper and bows!

Then Sunday we went to my mom's parents house to celebrate with them. Hunter and Gage are the only kids that get "presents" so they had a blast!

Someone was excited....
I absolutely love watching them play together.. it makes me realize that having two kids is worth it. They truly need eachother and I hope and pray that they always keep their bond close.

Love that smile!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

9 months, Christmas Program and PJ day!

I can't believe that Gage is 9 months old now. Where has the time gone! But the sad part is..he has been 9 months since the 6th of December so I am really behind :-( He is doing wonderfully. He is crawling all over the place and eating more and more solid foods. Honestly there are days that we can't get him to drink a bottle except for bed time. He has gotten his two front bottom teeth in now and boy did they bother him. He was so pitiful. He loves saying Momma all the time, uh oh some times, and bye bye. He used to always tell everyone hey or hi but now that he is learning more words he doesn't care about they hey part.. he has too much to do now!!

Gage and Hunter.. best buds!!!!

Hunter had his Christmas Program at school. He was so cute. When the curtain opened you could tell he was shy but gosh once they started to sing I promise there were times I could hear him over everyone else. He loves to sing!!

Then Hunter had a Christmas program at church. Poor guy I was scared he would get the two places confused and it be hard to remember all the different songs but he honestly did great. He has a love for music that's for sure!

Pajama day at school!!! They watched Polar Express and ate snacks all day. Must be nice huh?!
He looks so sleepy in this picture. Hard to wake up when you are wearing PJ's!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas

We celebrated Thanksgiving by first going to Matt's sisters house to eat with his side of the family and then to eat for my mother's side. The food was delicious and I know I ate way too much! Hunter had fun with his cousins that he gets to see maybe 3 times a year. They get a long great and are always getting into something ;-)

Hunter and Elainah waiting for Matt to get through blowing leaves off the side roof. The had fun watching him through the window!

 I really mustache you a question?!?!
 Even Gage had fun with his cousins....

 Gage with Luke and Christian...

 Hunter, Elainah and Mattie.. Three Musketeers who always have a blast together.
 It finally stopped raining long enough for us to get the leaves out of the back yard. They were everywhere and crazy thick because we have four big trees in our back yard. Lovely! However, the boys had fun playing for a little while. Loved how when Gage turned around to take the picture he had a piece of stick in his mouth.. true southern style! haha
 Love these two boys to death!
 Since Thanksgiving was a week later this year I had been in the Christmas spirit for a while now. I was super excited when I finally got to decorate. I'll admit that I started the week before Thanksgiving because that we the week my body was used to decorating but I didn't start celebrating until after Thanksgiving. What better way to get in the spirit than to take some Christmas pj pictures!!!

On another note, Hunter is doing great in school.. learning more and more every day. His favorite part still is playing on the playground (which they haven’t been able to do much with this crazy weather) and show and tell on Fridays. By Tuesday of every week he is asking me if it is Friday yet?!? J In school they are practicing daily for the annual Christmas Program which is December 10th. He has been singing all the songs and is getting excited. I’m not sure he realizes yet that it involves singing those songs in front of a bunch of camera ready parents! His teacher says he is the sweetest kid in school. He is very independent and gets along great with the other kids. During snack time he does tend to talk too much to his friends to where he doesn’t have much time to eat or has to rush to eat but I guess he gets the honestly! He is becoming more strong-willed and testing his boundaries which is fine yet very challenging as a parent. At the same time he is a loving, funny and caring child. It is amazing how he can go from a testing strong-willed child to a loving and caring one all within 5 minutes.. but hey it keeps me on my toes! Hunter is also becoming pretty competitive.. everything is a race and he must win or he melts. We don’t back off so that he can win, we are trying to teach him that you may win or lose but you always keep a good spirit. Let’s just see how long that last.. ha!

Gage is growing like a weed. He is getting around a lot more now and always into something. He went from sitting up good over the Thanksgiving holidays to crawling around everywhere after the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s insane! If we leave the room, even for a second, he is bound to be into something or even across the room dragging something out. I love it and I know he does too! However he does get tired a lot faster so when he has had enough he usually grunts or yells at me to come pick him up. He still finds it funny and laughs his precious head off if I tell him no or to stop it. Of course I am not saying it with a stern voice ;-)  He is sleeping through the night some still but that not always the case. He is still battling teething (still no teeth) and all this cold and sinus junk so all he wants to do is snuggle with me or Matt. I know that’s not the best thing but gracious they are only young once and these days will pass soon. He is getting better though and Motrin has become our friend at times of true need! All in all we are doing wonderful and staying busy. Just getting ready for Christmas time festivities!!