Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009


Dear 2009,


As you rolled in last year, I laidin bed after strolling around Downtown Charleston with my husband and friends and watching that sparkly ball drop down from Time Square. I nearly felt my own baby basketball would be dropping soon by the looks of my very round belly and swollen feet from flying 3000 miles. It was a good look! :) Om, yea right!


You were an amazing year. My lifelong dream of becoming a mother came full circle and I have learned many lessons in and through that. This year was not without stretching in many ways.... learning how to be a wife and mother seems like more than a full time job most days. The pay was awesome though, what more could I want than sweet baby smiles, hugs and kisses?! Titus is more than I could ever have hoped or dreamed. He is sweet, happy and an ACTIVE baby. I love than 21 lbs love bug. I love getting to be a wife and mother. I recommend it to everyone!


You were quite a busy year as well. This season of life finds many balls flying in the air all while trying to learn the art of juggling. Learning to support one another "in the midst of it" is something I hope to become better at! We have a lot to learn! Over 1/4 of the way done with seminary is something I am grateful for. It was all we could do to make it that far. I am grateful.


We have once again tasted of the Lord's faithfulness in ways he could only work. The unexpected blessings helped get us through a season of slow work along with prayer of family and friends. The new close friendships formed have been something I've prayed for since moving to Portland. A church family and place to serve is such a blessing.


Growth. Refinement. Joy.


I pray we will continue to become the family God has called us to be in 2010. As I look ahead, unsure of many things in 2010, I am certain the same God of 2009 is already there and for that I find comfort and hope!



Farewell 2009. You were a good one! Probably a year I will dream and reminisce about the rest of my life!


Welcome 2010,


Jessica

Monday, December 28, 2009

1st Birthday!

As Christmas rolls out and the new year comes in I can hardly believe my baby will be turning 10 months soon. Where has the time gone?! Along with the coming of the first of the year, our family will be having a 3 month change. Ryan will be going to a military training. Hello, I'm not excited, but we feel like it's the best thing for the season we are in. I say that with a grain of salt knowing I will be a single mom for a 10 weeks. Mentally, I am trying to prepare myself by realizing it will probably be really challenging, but knowing it is just 10 weeks and I just need to keep my eyes on the goal.

One of the goals is making it to T's birthday! Once we're there I will only have days left until Ryan is back. Praise the Lord! Thankfully, Ryan will be able to visit on the weekends...at least when the flights are budget friendly! He will only be 8-9 hours away (only)...

As if we weren't going to celebrate -big time- our son's first birthday... we will celebrate even more this year.

What better way to do that than with lots of
milk
cookies
and cute monsters from target?????

Yup, after toying with a circus party, monkey party etc....

I've settled on a cute/nice/polka dotted little monster themed first birthday. I am really excited about working on planning it, but don't hold my feet to the fire if we crash and burn!!

I actually bought some decor after Halloween, but I am secretly hoping it will work for a rainy March party too. Polka dots are always in season right? I am also hoping the cookies and milk slant will baby-friendlifiy it! If it doesn't work maybe we can somehow convince Titus he was really born in October (only kidding)!

March is coming! This is somewhat of the look of my friendly monsters... My fav thing I bought was this ceramic monster face with an open mouth that I'm planning to fill the chocolate chip cookies. I'm not sure if I want to know if this is too much of a stretch here!!! :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Moore Merry Christmas














I hope each of you had a great Christmas. I really enjoyed this Christmas. It was fun to get to see each of us sisters with our little families all together in the Moore house. I felt really blessed to all be together this year under the same roof throughout the day.

This past week we've enjoyed everything from baking, shopping, church, family games, and eating!! Ryan especially enjoyed a morning surf session and southern BBQ. He walked into our personal fav bbq restaurant and said, "This is not going to make going back very easy." If I wouldn't have known better I would think I've made a southern boy out of my northwestern-address-husband. We do love Portland, but settle so easily into life here when we visit...esp when the sun shines and temp rises to 70 degrees. For my own personal record the AC was on in my parent's house on Christmas.
I'm sure you've heard me comment on Ryan's disgust for my Danskos. He hates them. I love them for their comfort. To his credit... they do look old and worn, but oh how they know my feet!
I've been in denial about how old they look.
So...I always thought I'd probably eventually have to kiss my comfortable shoes goodbye and go for a look Ryan liked better. Ugh.

Ryan told me he had a Christmas surprise for me and needed to talk to my mom about it. He had me stumped. Why on earth would he talk to my mom about something.... were we going on a date...a trip..moving back????

The other part of the story is that I knew our budget. We wanted to give each other something, but I knew what we could swing this year so I immediately began pleading with him to not spend over what we said.
He assured me it was ok and to not worry about it. Clearly my strong suit.
Lo-and-behold... he surprised me with a new pair of Danskos he bought with some money he raised from selling bike stuff off Craigs List. It kind of makes me want to cry thinking about how sweet that is.. it meant more to me than a new car would.
On second thought.... (only kidding).

He found a pair "he approved" of, but the trade off is that I can't leave the house in my old pair. My dear college roommate will fully know this is doable since she watched me for multiple years wearing those shoes like they were my slippers..
So Merry Christmas friends! My feet will be thanking me this Christmas for years to come.












Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chuck-town

2 of our 3 are home (our Charleston home). Our 3rd will be arriving soon. It's so great to be back for a visit. I love Charleston. I'm so thankful to have family living in such a beautiful city. The milder temperatures and sunshine does a heart good---right in the midst of people I love like crazy. Now if we can all be healthy for Christmas we will be in business!! :)

Some things are just worth 20 hr travel with a baby!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gearing Up


Let me just tell you I am a little nervous to board a plane with wild man. Yesterday while at work I decided I should call my nurse and see if I should bring Titus in for his cold. Granted, every kid at work has a cold, but I wanted to have his ears checked before we flew. I nearly didn't because I've gone one too many times to hear... it just has to run it's course. But, the thought of this child feeling awful on a 18 hr day made me want to cry so we went. Thank you Jesus!

This morning he played, laughed, crawled around, but didn't want too much to do with his bottle. Oh, and he woke up in the middle of the night too. I took him in and to my surprise he has a double ear infection and sinus infection. Poor thing. So he is now on his first antibiotic. I smelled it today and was immediately taken back to when I took it as a child...same bubblegum smell and all. ICK! The Dr. told me to give him tylenol and benedryl (to make him sleepy) for the flight. Having not tried that before, I wanted to see his reaction today. Let's just say I think it's probably safe to say Benedryl makes him hyper when he nearly flipped forward out of the tub after not having an afternoon nap. Either that or the sweet thing was over tired. I think we'll be sticking with just his antibiotic and tylenol! I am praying his ears will be ok during our 4 different take off and landings.

We are kind of going around the US tomorrow to get to the good ole south. Perhaps Santa's sleigh would be easier on the ears and quicker?! Do I think it's worth it?! You bettcha!

Ryan will be following next week with 1 stop. If it's the worst day of my life I think it's safe to say Titus will be flying back with his Daddy! :)

Merry Southern Christmas!!! Can I special order a Chick-fil-A biscuit Friday?!

Monday, December 14, 2009

sweetest thing



Is this not the sweetest thing? This is Titus' cousin, Blake, who is 11 months older than him. Titus thinks he is big stuff and loves follow him around (via crawling)! They are just starting to really notice one another and it's so precious to watch!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

That's a wrap!

Can I just say I feel a weight rising off my chest as Ryan takes his last test of the semester?!?! AHHHH. I def think Ryan has enjoyed his classes, but it's been a busy one with all the balls we're juggling. I think more than anything we've had to let some perfectionist tendencies go and just give the best we can at the time under the circumstances. We've been reminded by the Holy Spirit that if we give all we have to ministry and get through seminary as fast as we can and lack in our marriage it gets us no where! Ryan's rocky work situation has added extra stress and pressure as well this semester and as I sit here tonight I am reminded that God continues to journey with us, bring peace, hope and faithfulness to our family.

We are thrilled beyond belief to get a refresher in the coming couple weeks as we gear up for a little different semester. We will be in SC for some warm weather, family time AND CHRISTMAS! Let it be known that if Titus was old enough to bribe while spending a 18 hr day traveling I would pulling out all kinds of things. Instead I am hoping some toys, baby food, bottles, pacis and his "rag" will suffice...so help me God!

Well I better run....my man is on his last question. Thank you Lord Jesus!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULES!

(in case you're wondering why Joy is so far away... she was trying to avoid the stomach flu)

at my wedding...
beth moore conference


I can hardly believe my middle sister is 30 tomorrow. It seems like yesterday I was telling my friends about my older sisters who where 19 and 21 and oh so cool! That would have made me about 13! Thank you 6 years apart age difference! Actually it was pretty awesome because I begged my way into going on their dates and friend outtings all-the-while thinking I was a teenager by 8 years old. My husband and I fondly say because we are the youngest of multiple children, our parents made all their mistakes on our siblings so we turned out perfect. Clearly we also have a lying problem! ha! I love having a sister like Julie. She is so so sweet, thoughtful, very organized, creative, soft spoken, a great wife and mom, and bea-u-ti-ful!

So here's to you...
Sister and friend. 30 never looked so good! I love you and praise God for you! Happy 30th Birthday Julie! I wish I could be there to celebrate!

will you save some cake for me? ya know, the corner piece with all the frosting...

(i think i might finally like being the younger sister....sorry...don't mean to throw water on your candles..i might like it even better when they hit 40! I do hear 30s are great for women though!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My first Christmas tree

It's Thanksgiving and Mom and Dad told me we were going to start looking for a tree the next day..so we started...
I was excited although I had no idea what a Christmas tree was...
We first went to my Dad and I's fav store, Home Depot. It only seem appropriate after shopping with Mom for 6 hrs the day after Thanksgiving. The trees didn't look too great there... so Dad had another great idea.
We went to this really cool place with tons of these trees and started looking for one to go in our house. I just chilled in my warm clothes.
here it is... Dad used something really sharp to cut it down.

Thanks, Mom. I love it!
Ah.. I love not getting wet when I go outside.
And I love how this tree looks inside my house.
Merry Christmas blog friends! Love, Titus

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

pastors wives confess...

Public service announcement here...

I am not saying I necessarily agree with everything that is "confessed" in the link below (the wanting to slap the woman that annoys you at church" is prob not the best idea) but here's what I can say...

1. I laughed a ton at some of the pastor's wife confessions.....
the "avoiding potlocks bc you don't know how clean other people's homes are or if they let their animals on the counter" beyond cracked me up.
2. Ministry looks lonely many times for the wife...esp a wife with little kiddos. Bummer.
3. Ministry can hurt people and leave disillusionment. Protect us God!
4. Ministry can bless people and change lives through the redemptive work of Christ.
5. I like my jeans fitted too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On the first day of Christmas...




***update***
Tonight when reading our Day-one-Christmas-advent-ornament thing I was so blessed by 2 things..
1. Titus sat in my lap still (miracle these days) as I read and he held the baby Jesus ornament. He held the ornament in his precious little hands and insisted on crawling around with it after it was over. Talk about melting his mama's heart!
2. The little devo talked about Jesus coming as a baby and being called Immanuel "God with us." It's clear God could trump our situation in .1 seconds (it's really not awful in anyway) but the amazing thing is that he promises to go through the bummers and amazing times with us. It was the a needed reminder for me tonight!
***


Hello Friends! Happy December One!! I really can't believe it's December already. I've always heard that time really starts flying once you have a kid, and I do believe it's true! This weekend kicks off the busy Christmas season for us. I think we have something almost every weekend night until I fly home for Christmas. I feel ready for it though minus the nagging cough that does not want to go away. No fevers but just lots of congestion. Hello building immunities phase of life. Oh joy!

I love the hustle and bustle of the season mixed the with coziness of our home. Sometimes I wish I could leave my house in Christmas decor all year long, but clearly it would get old and I refuse to be the people who look lazy because they still have their lights up in July. Sidenote- we have Candy Cane Lane going on across our street. I'm sure Titus will love it, but if this was a decorating blog (which it is not) I would kindly interject that 5 blow-up Christmas figurine type things and a projection screen with Santa plastered on your house is too much, friends, too much. End of side note!

So we are finishing a semester of grad school (yes, we... bc it def takes a joint effort here) with only 500 more to go, enjoying the season, and waiting on some things in Ryan's working world. This is where I would covet all your prayers. It seems like the same ole prayer we've prayed for so long. I so want to try and guard myself from becoming cynical about the situation because it's just not the place that's best for me to be. I know God hears and cares despite my feelings, but sometimes it gets a little weary continuing to ask the same thing. I feel like we are doing what we can do, but the rest is just up to God...and we need him to work! It has just been a slightly discouraging season for us in the working world. We get a little hope but then doors not completely closed but not swung completely open leaves us holding onto the one who "holds all things together."

Although the situations are far from ideal in multiple ways we have truly seen God provide and maybe that's just the place he wants to keep us for right now. We praise him for his continued mercy to be there with us as we hope and look to the future! We are so so blessed!!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

I just really cannot believe how long I shopped today. I really just lost track of the time. I was on baby-time....meaning we go until he melts. I kept thinking surely this child will have had enough by the 6 hour mark, but I kept his little tummy full and he had fun flirting with all the pretty girls in line.... bc we def stood in line! It's a rush for me (and Ryan). ha!

Ryan went with us at 5 AM to Wal-Mart. Complete craziness but we scored for Titus' Christmas. Clearly he doesn't really need much at 8 months, but I haven't bought him many toys because I've been waiting for the deals...and they came today. So after the crazy of Wal-mart Ryan had to work which we are grateful to have this week!

Holidays are challenging for me being away from my family. I am so blessed here to be surrounded by Ryan's family, but I miss mine so so so much. Being the one sister away is just not fun. Around the holidays Ryan is sweet to remind me of his promises to get this girl back to the south one day! All that to say I really felt like the Lord was being gracious with me today for Titus to have done so well shopping AND the fact that I got great deals!! I called my mom about 15 times throughout the shopping to keep up with what all 7 girls (Ella was sick at home and my Nanny went) were right there doing the same thing...just 3000 miles apart! Last year Ryan started out trying to just be my little shopping buddy, but he has started to enjoy it too! The real test will be next year when we are home what he will do...shop with the girls too?! I am thankful for the day AND REALLLLLLY tired!

Random story. So Ry and I went by our fav coffee shop on the way to wal-mart. It's called Black Rock and it's Christian owned. I love their coffee and the employees are awesome. So we always chit chat with the barista and the gal that made us coffee at 4:45 AM checked me out at another store at 12 PM. Maybe we're meant to be friends!


Well I better hit the sack and try to get back the brain cells I lost today in the frenzy. Yay for Black Friday Shopping!!! :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Traditions are a fav of mine

So I just have to share 3 of the Cutest Christmas traditions I heard about tonight from some of the faculty wives at Western. I will probably use all three at some point in my life... or maybe add a little variation.

1. This one lady told about how when her kids were young (she just happened to have all girls) she would give them an invitation without a date to her Christmas party and then sometime during the Christmas season shortly after they went to sleep she would go wake them up and have the party. She called it her midnight Christmas party (even though it wasn't midnight). She would make goodies and give them each a little gift. How cute to have your kids always wondering when the party night would be!?!?! She said she loved trying to get them a pair of new pjs as their gift, but often they couldn't afford it so she got them new panties. Is that not the sweetest thing?!

2. Another lady shared that her daughter's family pick out 25 Christmas type books (library) and wrapped them up individually. Each night in December leading up to Christmas they unwrap a book and have a new story to read.

3. On the night another family gets their Christmas tree they have doughnuts and hot chocolate for dinner..hello sugar... but I guess 1x a year is ok!!

So, quite possibly one of my favorite Christmas traditions of all times is receiving a Children's book from my parents each year. I'm starting it this year for Titus...and I am so so excited I hardly know which book to pick for his.first.CHRISTMAS!!! I keep thinking to myself HOW much fun it is getting to be on the parent side of Christmas!! Who ever knew?! :)


Speaking of traditions I can't tell you how excited I am to watch the Macy's Day Parade this coming Thursday. Oh and BLACK FRIDAY...don't even get me started I love it so much!! YeEEEA

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Auntie Love

what more could an auntie want?? Than this....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

sllllloooooow down



yea.. I don't think I'm quite ready for this whole pulling up thing...
the head bumps and hiding everything higher than his standing position will be happening momentarily! Bless his little heart... he was so proud of himself!! Slow down wild man, mommy needs to catch up!!

Can I really still wear CUTE SHOES???

There is an ongoing conversation in our house regarding Danskos. Ryan doesn't think they are the cutest. I personally think he was scarred by an ex-girlfriend who wore them all the time... but that's just between us! ha! I love Danskos especially because of the height they give me and their comfort. So all in good humor he rags on me for my Danskos and I rag on his for his love for the color gray. Two peas in a pod if there ever was ones.


Switching gears.


Knowing Ryan is headed (correction we) are headed into ministry there are certain fears that go along with the one day role of a "Pastor's Wife." I have found great comfort in having a mom who looks adorable all the time, still wears make up, and cute clothes all while wearing the title with grace and kindness. Although our personalities are different (Remember my nose ring of 2006... which I still miss and would love to re-visit) it will be a huge blessing to have a sounding board for the years to come!!!


So, there is a woman who has written a book called You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes referring to a Pastor's wife. I'm hoping that she touches on a few other things as well, BUT I am oh so excited to get my copy in February 2010.


So in bringing it home...


the Danskos part... you just watch closely to the video below. Has Ryan finally proven his point? Surely not, because I don't think he has seen Danskos with a really cute pair of jeans... or leggings... or.....


:)

Friday, November 13, 2009

PRM

In the past 2 weeks of working I've gotten to see firsthand the women in the video below. I work at the women and children division of the organization. It's amazing and completely humbling to get the opportunity to serve at a place like this. I pray each day before I go in for God to equip me with grace, love, mercy, and kindness. It is such a privilege to get to be apart of the process of healing....such a beautiful (yet extremely difficult) thing. So here is a video from youtube one of the residents told me about today! I can truly say that what you see in the video is true life redemption and it's happening right now!!!!
Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

8 months


Titus is 8 months today. He is celebrating by taking a really long nap. Ryan is sick. He even stayed home from work. Recently he has been the sick one in the family. Poor Daddy!

Ok, so just in case you are "over" hearing so much about my child, I can't promise it will get better... :)

Recap on the last month... you...

-got 2 teeth and started crawling all in the same week.
-babble all the time. Yesterday in Costco you were really loud. Center.of.Attention!
-call out saying baba in the mornings...could it be mama you are wanting? I hope so!
-love puffs (melt in the mouth baby snack)
-go to work with mommy 2 days a week.
-have become a fast crawler. I was sweeping in the kitchen and turned by back for probably 30 seconds and you were in my room going through my purse.
-love to go for cords, shoes, daddy's book bag....all of which are "no nos"
-when I pick you up you pat my neck/chest in excitement. I love that.
-are completely weaned. This ended up being easier for me than I thought. We have sweet times together still...you are especially a get snuggler before bedtime.
-wake up usually between 6:30-7:30 AM...if we're really lucky you sometimes sleep until 8.
-bedtime gets butchered a lot, but if we are home you go to bed around 7-7:30PM.
-eat 3 meals a day and take 4 bottles.
-take 2 long or 3 shorter naps a day.
- are B-U-S-Y, busy, busy and into everything.... e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. You don't stop while you are awake.. it's probably why you love to sleep so much.
-eat pretty much whatever ever minus peas...but we keep trying!
- are stubborn and you have this fake cry thing going. Sweet as can be and happy as as a little lark, but you are stubborn. How could you not be though?
-are almost 19 lbs and in 9-12 months in clothes and 12 months in sleepers.
-are loved. More than you will ever know.

Happy 8 months baby boy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thank a Vet..not just tomorrow!


Somewhere off in little town Arkansas in a cute little freshman college dorm room I was extremely unaware of the sacrifice my future husband was making thousands of miles away. If only I would have I would have probably spent less time thinking about the boys on my college campus and on more about my man overseas! Iraq was a sobering place for a young 21 year old man. No days off, no dates to go on, no family to spend time with, no college exams to study for..... It seems unfair that he spent many days taking cover from attacks at the base he was stationed at, but that was his selfless choice...to serve..to go against the grain...to do the hard thing for the good of another.

The past year life has been busy. Busier than we wish, but Ryan has humbly reminded me that this is incomparable to the non-stop life of war. Although "war" life isn't exactly what we are going for as we seek to learn the art of graciously saying no and setting healthy boundaries (for our little families' sake), I am confident in Ryan's ability to work hard and go for it in whatever task in necessary....for the benefit of another.

It's not often that I really get the chance to sing my husband praises to this extent, but last night I really got the chance to see my Army soldier in action when receiving the news one of his young soldiers was diagnosed with cancer...the REALLY bad kind (not that any is good). I have no idea if this military life will continue until his 20 or 30 year mark, but I am sure that the sacrifice he has and continues to make will be remembered...by me at least!

Regardless of how you might feel about "war," I make no apologies at the fact that YOU are allowed to proudly proclaim your opinions on it because of war itself. The freedom of speech we are given did not come without a cost, and in our ignorance it seems that we quickly forget that on every other day throughout the year.

So let's be reminded to thank the old and young veterans who freely gave and continue to give so so much. I think of the Fort Hood families today as they now go home to an empty home without their dear loved ones. Thank you veterans... you have given more than we ever will know.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

T.R.E

The picture above is SUCH a Titus face... he came out of the womb doing this furrowed brow thing...i love it!


Titus has opinions. I'm thankful for that little personality that is budding in a new form these days. He is starting to test all our "no, nos" in the house. Who would want to play with cool, age appropriate toys when there are trash cans, cords, and his personal fav shoes to go after. I am constantly following him around these days. He has also started a fake cry. Quite humorous actually. He probably gets the drama from his Daddy right?!

Aside from the fake grunting cry he is real crying more when I leave his sight. He wants us to be right there with him and every ounce of our attention on him. Bless his heart, it's been a big week of change for him. I think more than anything, it's just the stage he's in. Testing boundaries, having opinions, completely active, and quite funny. His increasingly mobile state allows him to get from point A to point B very quickly. While sweeping the kitchen floor with him in the living room he managed to crawl to my room and go through my purse in about 7 seconds! Let's just say we are thankful for our baby gate these days and God's grace as we seek to find our way in shepherding our little man's heart (good book eh). Amidst our little parenting wings attempting to spread we could not be more in love with him! Perhaps he is not the most "laid back" kid after all....

ps.....

just in case you didn't think I was crazy about my child and completely have first child syndrome you might change your mind when you hear...I bought all Titus' birthday party stuff. He is only almost 8 months old. Have I lost it?! I am not wishing away his 1st year in any way, but it was 75% off and adorable. Stay tuned for the theme...

Of course I can't keep it a secret..don't worry!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Operation part-time job

I got a job! I know you must be thinking...I thought she was a sahm. I am, I am, but will now be working 2 days a week at a local christian recovery home for women and children. It is an amazing organization. From the times I have visited, I have been nothing but impressed with this organization. Lives are being transformed by the redeeming work of Christ, and I am so excited to get to be apart of that! I will be working in Titus' class with the other kiddos and will also get to interact some with their moms. Titus gets to come with me...for free..yippee!

I start... THIS MONDAY! :) It will be a bit busier for me, but I feel ready for more on my plate (if it was Ryan, it would be a different story). I cannot think of a more ideal working situation for me than this... I am just praying that God will protect T from getting sick all the time! I am starting to think about what all it will take to be loaded and driving in the car by 8:00 AM. I have been spoiled a bit the past 8 months of "working full time at home" in my pjs! Someone wise once told me..."proper planning prevents poor performance." Say that 10 times. Since being on time is not my strong suit, (thankfully my husband is "actively coaching" me in this area because on time is late to him) I will be working extra hard in the mornings to get out the door. Heaven help me....it was hard enough to get myself out the door for work without adding a baby!

It will be a good growing experience for me I think, AND it will force me to get out this winter. I need that! Have I mentioned that I love this organization?!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Little Scarecrow

our gang...
The "Little People Big World" pumpkin patch... (i think this is a repeat)


Over at Kelly's Korner, she is hosting "Show Us How You Live"-- Halloween costumes! How fun! I can't get enough of my little man in his scarecrow costume...it just cracks me up!! I think little kids dressed up is quite funny, but adorable all at the same time!! I think it's even more fun getting to be the parent on Halloween and getting to watch your little cuteness in their attire! Who woulda known?! Enough rambling...enjoy my little man scarring off the birds..... nice job Titus!
(excuse the repeat... i'm shameless... I just can't get enough here. I promise I will retire the scarecrow costume after Saturday)!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Best Day...

Titus is just like his parents in one way. He doesn't waste time and gradually go through change like well planned individuals... He does it all at once! 2 teeth, picking up puffs (snack that dissolves in his mouth) and eating them, basically weaned, and crawling all in a 7 day period. Why don't you just take off walking too T?! Tonight after a little family celebration I began realizing how much my baby has changed. I'm so happy for him though. He is having a blast and thriving! I could sit and be sad that my baby boy is becoming more independent, but there are many wonderful and sweet times here too.

Tonight, I'm not concerned about the mile high pile of clean laundry that needs to be shoved into drawers (I did manage to wash it) and I'm refusing to guilt myself into thinking I'm less of a mom bc Titus weaned himself at 7.5 months because I especially enjoyed playing and laughing a lot with my child and man today. Nothing extremely out of the ordinary, but it was just a really blessed day all the way around and I will remember this day forever.



(excuse some of the pics showing up 2x and then some too quick to see...I'm learning...and not the most tech friendly person!)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

pictures...























I've always really enjoyed taking pictures. Last year I spotted a great camera and my gracious husband encouraged me to get it. In an effort to make the money back I spent on it, I began taking beach pictures in Charleston! It was fun and I am thankful for the experience. Since having Titus, it has become my little hobby. If there is one piece of advice I recommend to parents looking to buy a camera it would be to buy one that reacts fast without delays. Most of the time mine cooperates accordingly and it really helps to not miss the candid moments. Let's hope I keep this hobby up during all of our parenting years or else the other kiddos will greatly miss our on pictures of themselves compared to T.

We got the opportunity to get Photoshop so in the next 50 million years I will start learning that. As of late, it confuses the life out of me. I will def be purchasing photoshop for dummies! If all I do is learn how to take awesome pics of my family, i'm good with that, but it eventually evolves into something else, that's great too. Just trying to leave it open and allow God to do what he wishes in this area. So.. here's some of my fav recent shots..

enjoy!

Oh yea, how awesome is it that 3 of my good friends are pregnant! SO MUCH FUN!!!