Friday, November 6, 2009

Halloween at Our New House






















This year Halloween was special because our neighborhood goes all out! Every year they have a cute little parade down a few of the streets and they serve hot dogs and such at the club house. We didn't do the dinner part this year, but we had lots of fun roaming around the neighborhood. It really reminded me of when I was a kid because no one was really driving. The kids just go from house to house on foot. It was definitely chaotic but really cute. Bennett kept falling down because he was running so fast. He would fall, drop all his candy and say "I sorry. I so sorry." Mom, Misty, Jeremy, Ella, Miles, and Griffin were there to add to the fun. We also had Ava and Ashley there for dinner. Strangely, I think their favorite think about the night was answering the door and giving candy out. We let them handle that job for a long time and they just loved it! The adults were glued to the UT/ Alabama game.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumkpin Patch, Trunk or Treat, Aria and Selah's birthdays!










In the last few weeks we have done several fall and Halloween activities. Selah turned two just a few weeks after Bennett and Aria turned three. At both parties the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes. I love this because it gives them a few more chances to show of their Halloween cuteness. Bennett is a puppy this year. We are borrowing the costume from Miles who was a puppy two years ago. I'm guessing Griffin might be the next in line to wear it.

A few weeks ago our life group went to Gentry's farm to play, check out the animals, and take a hay ride. Bennett loved looking at all the baby cows on the hay ride. I was a perfect day, but the farm was extremely crowded.

This past Sunday we had Trunk or Treat at church. It was lots of fun and complete madness! At first B had no idea what was going on, but after we got a few pieces of candy it came together and he was in heaven! He kept saying "there's more! there's more!" He had two mini cupcakes, two cookies, and a sucker, but he still fell asleep as soon as we got home. Mom was the designated baby holder. She kept Olivia bundled up and warm all night.

Houston's Birthday!





This is a crazy time of year for birthdays! We have been to tons of birthday parties recently, and I just love it! I am such a sucker for kids and birthday parties, even the especially loud parties. Anyway, Houston had his 28th birthday on October 12th. We didn't have a party, but we did make chocolate chip pancakes for dinner that night, which rival cake in my book. Bennett made his daddy a card, and we had a cozy family evening. Houston and I also went out for a nice dinner the next night. It is such a treat to go out alone every now and then!
Check out my adorable babies!

Ava's Turns Three!







Ava celebrated her birthday a few weeks early this year since baby sister Nora was expected so close to her actual birthday. The party was at Pump It Up and the kiddos loved it of course! Truthfully, I think the dads liked it almost as much as the little ones. I wish I had gotten a few pictures of Houston with the giant boxing gloves on. Happy Birthday sweet Ava!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bennett Turns 2!!!!!!





I have been meaning to post pictures from Bennett's birthday party for ages! I am so proud of our little man! He is just the funniest, sweetest, most adoreable little boy in the whole world! I've been looking forward to this birthday for awhile because I felt like this year he might get excited about his party. We started talking about a Thomas cake and how old he was going to be back in July. He has been a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine since his cousins Austin and Garner gave him their trains and train table when we moved. There are many day that the first sound I hear in the morning is Bennett's little feet and "I wanna watch phomas mommy!" I love it! So it had to be a Thomas party. Thanks to everyone who was able to be there on this special day. We love you Bennett!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's party time in Kingston Springs










So, even though Baby Girl wasn't quite 2 weeks old, we took a trip out to Kingston Springs to celebrate Noah, Micah, Jenny, and uncle Randy's birthdays. It was a beautiful, and slightly hot Sunday afternoon. The kids had a really great time eating cake and playing outside. The boys had a watermelon eating contest that was hilarious! A few minutes into the contest Celeste realized her boys didn't have a clean shirt to go home in, so they had to have a time-out to take off their shirts. They all loved it! Bennett didn't actually realize it was a race, but he ate almost as quickly anyways. After all the watermelon juice, the little ones were thoroughly hosed down in the backyard. Ansley was hilarious in the water. Her diaper was so soggy it settled around her knees! Bennett was asleep before we even hit the interstate :)

Note: Nana did not participate in our crazy face picture.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sweet Baby Olivia is Here!









So, I have been totally neglecting the blog since last Wednesday when Olivia made her grand entrance into the world. The main reason for this is not having two hands most of the time when I sit down at the computer. My time on the internet mostly involves what I can manage while holding Olivia in one arm.

Last Tuesday I had my 39 week checkup and was dilated to 3cm. That night I was pretty miserable because contractions kept me from falling asleep most of the night. The next morning I went to see Dr. Staggs again. I'm not exactly patient in the last few weeks of pregnancy and I was just sure I must be in labor. Dr. Staggs made my day when he told me he thought it was time and that I could go on to the hospital if I was ready...which I absolutely was. At Baptist I was having contractions at 6-7 minutes apart, but the weren't really helping me make much progress so I had my water broken and some medicine to get the serious contractions coming. We got the the hospital around 11am. About 5:30 I was still only dilated to 6cm, but when the nurse checked again at 6:15 I was at 9cm. At 6:30 she came in to tell me she was leaving, but wanted to check me one more time. By then Olivia was ready and it was time to push so she was pretty much forced to stick it out with me. She was born just 15 minutes later. She weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 21 inches long. The first thing that came into my head when I saw her was how much she looked like Bennett, but she really is changing so much every day. Now she just looks like her sweet little self. I feel so blessed to have such a little angel to hold all day long!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Baby Update

I was at the doctor this morning for my 38 week checkup. Everything is going well. Olivia's heartbeat was good along with my blood pressure and sugar level. If she doesn't decide to come on her own, I'll be induced on the 21st. I'm so excited to know that it's only 10 more days until I get to hold my sweet baby girl! Please keep us in your prayers! Here's a video of Bennett singing. First he does "Jesus Loves Me," then the "ABCs," and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
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Friday, July 31, 2009

Getting Ready for Olivia













So, this week I went to the doctor for my 36 week checkup. Tomorrow is August which means just a few short weeks until we are mommy and daddy to two precious babies! At my appointment I found out I am dilated to 1cm and about 50% efaced. I am also anemic. I would have been surprised if I hadn't realized a few days before that the vitamins I was taking don't have iron. I have been taking two of Bennett's kid vitamins for the past few months because it was easier for me to remember. Anyway, I should have known better or at least looked at the back of the bottle! Dr. Staggs said that it really isn't a very big deal. I go back again on Tuesdays every week until she decides to come. Here are some pictures of Bennett with his tool belt on helping daddy in baby sister's room.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby Shower for Ashley





A few weeks ago I drove to Katie's house in Mt. Juliet for a shower for Ashley and baby Nora. Ashley is due about 9 weeks after me, so our baby girls are clearly destined to be best friends! I love baby showers, and had so much fun celebrating with so many of my favorite people! Baby Nora got some great stuff! We also had Gigi's cupcakes and some other wonderful food. I'm so glad Erin was able to come to be there! I was only sad that I didn't take more pictures, and we didn't get to go to Noshville for breakfast like we usually do when she is in town.