Thursday, December 31, 2015

Capturing December - Day 31

Day 31 of Capturing December -
Our last day of 2015 was spent doing our usual routine. We had a little bit of fun :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ella - 18 Months Old

Our Ella-Bella has changed so very much since she entered our lives a year and a half ago!
She's such a big girl, who is learning something new every day. 
Ella loves to play with her big brother. She will follow him and chase him and yell "hi" at him across the room. She gives him (and all of us) sweet hugs and kisses often. She kinda thinks he's great, and the feeling is mutual. Today, he has told me no fewer than 10 times that "Eya" is "pwitty!"  
I was looking for something on my blog and came across this gem. I'm so thankful God is answering my prayers for them. 
She enjoys looking at books almost more than anything else. I find her like this in the living room and in their bedroom many times a day. 
She's learning to help clean up toys and to put dirty clothes in the basket, and she enjoys the praise from us when she does a great job. 
She's still a good eater, but her table manners still need improvement (squealing and dropping things top the list), haha! She's learning how to use a fork and enjoys feeding herself with it. 
She does a fantastic job at entertaining herself happily for over an hour each morning during "room time" mostly with books, cars, and the large Lego-like building blocks. 
She will carry around and love on any stuffed animal she sees. 
She's learning and attempting new words often. 
She says (or says an approximation of) the following:
Ball, bath, bear, bed, book, daddy, dirty, duck, eye, hi, kitty, momma, Nana, Nonny, no, puppy, water, yes (yeah), and possibly a few more I've forgotten.  

She is a CHARACTER, y'all. She makes the best faces, and can go from happy to sad to excited to angry in 10 seconds.  
We all love her enormously.  She loves us all back, but I want to point out that she ADORES her daddy and will squeal his name and waddle/run to him whenever he walks into a room. It's a heart-squeezing sight :) 

Also, this :). Go us!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Capturing December - Day 25

Day 25 of Capturing December -
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus, ate breakfast, opened gifts and stockings, and then The Husband went back to sleep :). It was a sweet morning. Now, the kids are playing, and I'm continuing to clean in preparation for our family dinner tonight. I hope your morning was just as joy-filled!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Capturing December - Day 24

Day 24 of Capturing December -
Favorite Part of Christmas Eve 

From Our Family to Yours (2015)

I can't believe it's Christmas Eve! This month has shot by.  
(I wish I had found this app weeks ago! I could have sent these as Christmas cards instead of the 8 I actually found time to send. Seriously, 8. I'm sorry if you didn't get one! Toddlers. Life. Everything seemed to pile up, and I just didn't make the effort. :( But, even if you didn't get one, know that we love you!)

To all those who have touched our lives this year and to all whose lives we've touched (if even just a tiny bit),
we wish you the MOST joyous Christmas. 

May you experience the gift of Jesus, his love, his grace, and the hope that we can have knowing him. 
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." That is why we celebrate!

(Photo credit: My mom)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Capturing December - Day 15

Day 15 of Capturing December -
Favorite Holiday Song
It's a tie.
This version is lovely (and I went to school with the bass :)).
This version is so moving. I will always, always think of our old church when I hear this song.
Sweet (and funny because I was TERRIFIED of messing up my bell part) memories. I miss singing with those wonderful people every week.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Capturing December - Day 13

Day 13 of Capturing December -
I wish I had gotten some pictures of us after church this morning, but I left my phone in the car. Oh well. These are sweeter anyway, and I'll just imagine that I'm in the shots, too. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Capturing December - Day 11

Day 11 of Capturing December -

Jack - 2 1/2 years Old

30 months ago, this little boy entered our world and forever changed my definition of love
He seems smarter every day, and he's great at trying new things (both the adventure-kind and the food-kind).  
He's completely potty trained during the day (except for naps) and very seldom has accidents. 
His speech has really improved, and he tries hard to communicate what he's thinking.  
He is kind and loving to Ella, and she loves him for it. They play chase now, and it's adorable. 
He is a puzzle-master! He enjoys them and does them with ease. 
He is so funny. He has a great sense of humor and loves to make us all laugh. 
He's a daredevil, but he is also learning his limits. 
He loves to be read to, and he loves to paint. 
He relishes our time outside, and he begs to go out often. 
He is a problem-solver and a hug/kiss-giver. 
He is an animal-lover and a fantastic hopper. 
He is our boy. We adore him.