Monday, October 22, 2012

At the tiny kids amusement park thing we have here in the 'ville they opened up this last weekend for a Halloween celebration. What fun the kids had dressing up :) We had a Dalmatian and a monkey for children Friday night :)
 One of the Dalmatians favorite friends, Graham the Lion, and his parents joined us for the fun :)
 I'm not a fan of Halloween at all, but goodness I LOVE dressing my babies up :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mike and I are 5 weeks into a financial/budgeting small group at our church called Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. We love it! We have been working super hard at getting our money in line and realizing that over the last 7 years we really haven't had a plan of attack. Sure we are paying off school loans as fast as we can (and we are almost there!!) but there was never an actual plan. In these last 5 weeks we've learned to budget and have been following our budget for 2 weeks now! We are using cash for just about all our purchases and goodness has it been difficult making that mind switch from debit card to cash.

In the past I have been in charge of our money so it's been fun to have Mike take a huge roll in getting us organized. He set up the budget and above is him with 3 computers getting us all in line :) He has become the banker and it's been stretching but great to finally know where our money is going. We have been cutting out spurling items in our lives. One of which is cutting cable. We've been without it a week and we LOVE IT!!! We love the money we are saving but also we love the forced family time it is giving us. We don't have the option to just turn on the TV, sit and watch anymore; it's really nice. So while we've been working hard on getting money in line, cutting back on spending and learning more discipline in our lives, Satan has been hard at work in trying to get us to give up and become frustrated. As soon as we started Financial Peace we found mold in our guest bath. So we needed to redo our bathtub area (new bathtub and tile). Now this weekend this is what happened.........
 Mike's foot came through the ceiling in our living room! Really though you just have to laugh, right? :) Mike was putting away baby clothes in the attack and slipped a bit and thankfully didn't fall all the way through. Truly it could have been much worse (bigger whole or Mike could have been hurt) so thank you Jesus! But really!!?? We really enjoyed having our construction friend in our home doing our bathroom and so it will be great to have him back this week repairing our ceiling ;)  We just cling to the verse "no discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful, later on however it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" Hebrews 12:11.
 And really we may get frustrated/annoyed by dumb things but we quickly look at our children and life just doesn't seem too bad anymore :) Above are Brods "battle scars" from our flour fight yesterday. So fun!
At the end of the day this is what matters :) Life doesn't get much better!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

3 months

So many times I have no clue how to work this blogger! Now is one of them as my pictures are all over the place. Oh well! Little Miss is 3 months old! Here are some highlights:
  • Sleeping about 11 hours at night! Bedtime feeding at 8 pm, asleep by 8:30 and wakes up between 7 and 7:30!  I love, love, love sleep so it is so great to be sleeping through the night :)
  • Eating about every 4 hours. 
  • Smiles the second she makes eye contact with anyone :)
  • Is such a rolly polly her poor neck is one giant moist rash. We put baby powder in those rolls as much as we can though out the day, but goodness does she have rolls!
  • Continues to be one super laid back girl! 
  • Just days away from being in size 2 diapers 
  • Wearing 3-6 month clothes
 It's getting cold outside! We had our first fire over the weekend with s'mores and everything :) You just know its going to be a great, lazy day when there is a fire going.
I just love this picture! These two continue to be each others "pals" B loves his sis. He loves "petting" her head holding toys in front of her face and grabbing her burp rag to wipe up her drool. Aubs just loves watching big brother play with her. She stops crying as soon as he is near :)
Brody loves Aubrie so much so that he wants to breastfeed her! HA!! He did this the other day because she was fussy. He got the bobby pillow all on his own, climbed up to the chair and lifted his shirt and said "Aubi, Aubi"! My first thought was "We have brainwashed him well without even saying a word!" :) I'm sure Brod will just love this story in about 14 years :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

 We finally caved and "splurged" on a basketball hoop for B. We have been looking for one at garage sales and on Craiglist for over a year. It was time. He gathers every ball we have in the house and with every throw yells "BASKETBALL!" It's great :)
 B also has his very first monkey backpack that he carries his diapers, wipes and sippy cup in when we leave the house. This picture doesn't even capture the amount of cuteness this is! It's really handy also because we don't have to carry 2 diaper bags.
 Fall has set in the 'ville and so our nightly walks have returned! Sweets gets to ride with no car seat! Mike's parents just got us a new sit and stand stroller and it really is a lot of fun.
 I am one blessed momma to have my family consist of these 3! Mike texted me today about taking me out on a date tonight. I texted him back who was watching the kids and it hit me again with tears in my eyes how much I love, love, love saying "the kids"!
The last two days while I'm getting ready for the day this is what B is busy doing. Trigger follows me everywhere I go. If I'm in the same place for more than a minute he goes to sleep. So Brod's new thing is making multiple trips from his bed to Trig and "tucking" him in to go to sleep! Everything on the boys bed gets on Trig. Blanket, Marvin the Monkey, his pillow and even the noise maker get brought in and even plugged in! I know Trigger is not a huge fan of the boy but seriously Trig's life was so boring before he came along ;) Goodnight Trig!
And one more funny story. I was picking Brod up from the nursery last night at church and the nursery worker jokingly said, "Brody knows 2 words, momma and snack"!! His priorities have shifted from daddy and doggies to me and food! When I think I can't love him anymore, I find myself loving him SO much more!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Road Trip

A few months ago Mike's brother and family moved to Oklahoma City. Mike's mom was flying in to visit them and so we decided to tag along. The 2 1/2 hour drive south made for a perfect first road trip for Aubrie. 
 We ventured to the zoo with all 5 kiddos :) Exhausting but SO fun!
 Fed birds! We were in a cage of birds that just land on you and eat. Kinda scary, but really fun. Brody wasn't real sure what to think, Aubs wasn't a huge fan when the birds shook nectar in her face (but who would be, right?)
 Loved every second of looking at every animal!
 Had a blast being with the cousins :)

 It was a low key weekend of going to the Zoo, Target, Chick-fil-A and LOTS of playing and TONS of giggling! One of my favorite parts of the weekend was when I lost my phone. I couldn't find it the whole day, even went to sleep without knowing where it was (not a huge deal, it never rings!) When we finally found it stuffed away in my suitcase pouch, Dillon said, "Yea, that's where I hid it"! HA! What a stink! :)
Oh and sweet Ashlyn! She choose her outfit specifically to match Aubs! What a great big cousin she it :)