Everyday Life

Sick Babies & Merle Haggard

December has been a rough month in our house. The babies were kind enough to not get sick at the same time, but it’s meant we’ve had a solid two weeks of coughs, fevers, ear infections, runny noses, and lots of tears.

We have not had a lot of sleep.

Deek and I are pretty sleep deprived, and the other night while we were propping each other up he reminded me of the wise words of the Hag himself.

If we make it through December

Everything’s gonna be all right, I know

It’s the coldest time of winter

And I shiver when I see the falling snow.

And because of the aforementioned sleep deprivation I found it to be the funniest thing I had heard in a long time. So now it’s our official theme song for the remainder of the month. Yes, we have a theme song. You should really get one.

Thanks, Merle.

And thanks, Deek, for being my best Okie from Muskogee.

Judson
Judson
Delaney
Delaney

 

Neighborhood Watch

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Judson | 20 Months
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Waving at the neighbors!

Judson has a few favorite spots in our new house. One of those is standing in the dining room chair by the window observing the neighborhood. The fingerprint smudges on the window tell the story, and we love those little smudges!

Judson | 20 Months
Judson | 20 Months

Deek and I love his little personality. He’s so bright and curious.

Pumpkin Bowling

I love a little boy and a little pumpkin picking as you can tell, but sometimes when you have a little fellow as active as my Judson you go pumpkin bowling instead.

Trust me. It's a real thing. I invented it.
Trust me. It’s a real thing. I invented it.

Allow Judson to explain.

Pick your pumpkin.
Pick your pumpkin.
Give it a good pitch down the driveway. Repeat this step with as many pumpkins as your mom has.
Give it a good pitch down the driveway. Repeat this step with as many pumpkins as your mom has.
Strike!
Strike!
Keep it coming!
Keep it coming!
That was a good one!
That was a good one!
Applause is appreciated after each pumpkin roll.
Applause is appreciated after each pumpkin roll.
Once you're out of pumpkins you go pick them all up!
Once you’re out of pumpkins you go pick them all up!
Sometimes you get distracted because you are 1 after all.
Sometimes you get distracted because you are 1 after all.

Ta-da! Pumpkin bowling with Judson.

Delaney | 6 Months Stats

This little cherub celebrated her 1/2 year birthday just a few days ago! So we had a quick photo shoot while big brother was taking a nap, and we tried on our Christmas dress for good measure.

Delaney
Delaney
Delaney is 6 months old!
Delaney is 6 months old!

Delaney wasn’t really in the mood to have her picture taken.

Exhibit A
Exhibit A

However, we got a few good ones anyway because she is the absolute best baby and cannot take a bad picture!  Just ask her mother, father, grandparents, etc, etc. etc.

Delaney | 6 Months
Delaney | 6 Months
Delaney | 6 Months
Delaney | 6 Months

No crawling just yet, but she can roll over with the best of them. She smiles and laughs all of the time. She loves kisses and hugs, and thinks big brother is the most hilarious person alive.

Delaney
Delaney
Delaney
Delaney
Delaney
Delaney

Delaney | 5 Months

Delaney just turned 5 months last week!

Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months

She is rolling over and actually seems to enjoy tummy time!

She squeals and coos, and loves to be told how pretty she is…which there’s no shortage of people willing to do that!

Hi!
Hi!
Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months

She has started trying baby food, but the jury is still out on what we think about that. She makes the absolute funniest faces when you feed her. Apples seems to be our favorite so far.

Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months

Big brother Judson is our favorite person around. We could watch him play all day! She giggles any time he runs by with his golf club in hand.

Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months
Delaney | 5 Months

Happy 5 months, Delaney Girl!

These Days…

Delaney | 3 months
Delaney | 3 months

This sweet little honey bee…

Loves her mama, laughs a lot, smile lights up her whole face, has deep dimples.

Is on a tummy-time strike and isn’t a huge fan of bath time.

She looks like her daddy. Acts like her mama.

Delaney | 3 Months
Delaney | 3 Months
Judson | 18 Months
Judson | 18 Months
Judson | 18 months
Judson | 18 months

This little monkey…

Pats you on the back when he hugs you, shakes hands like a grown man, runs everywhere.

Has a golf club or ball in his hand at all times.

Watches entirely too much Curious George.

Teach us to number our days… Psalm 90:12

Delaney | 2 Months

Our little girl turned two months this past Wednesday.

It feels like she was born just yesterday, and at the same time it feels like a lifetime ago.

Delaney Ann
Delaney Ann

We thought life was perfect before she came along, but since her arrival life has been a little extra sweeter.

Delaney
Delaney
Delaney
Delaney

She has the prettiest blue eyes and a perfect little mouth. She is cooing and smiling all of the time, and really likes her mama.

Delaney
Delaney

She is a great little eater, and only wakes one time in the night.

You could set your clock by her. She requests an early morning snack at precisely 3:00AM each morning. We are happy to oblige.

Delaney
Delaney

She watches everything big brother Judson does, and he is already showing some protective instincts towards her.

Delaney
Delaney

She is perfect in every way.

Delaney
Delaney

Christmas Eve

Ready for Christmas!
Ready for Christmas!

There’s no clinic today for me! That means a day filled with my favorite two boys.

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She’s talking about us, Dad!

Judson and I will be getting our last minute gifts wrapped. He is such good help!

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I’m pretty good with a roll of wrapping paper.

We will be packing up for our trip to Georgia too.

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I can’t wait!

And we can’t forget to bake some cookies for Santa to go along with a nice glass of milk!

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Does Santa share?
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You’re giving him ALL the cookies!

May your Christmas be filled with as much joy as your heart can hold…ours sure will be!

Sunday Dinner

Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker

Today for Sunday dinner we’re having an old faithful- chicken and rice. Deek requested it, and told me it made him reminisce about being a little boy eating Sunday dinner with his family.

He sure does love his mama and her cooking.

So I got out my tried-and-true pressure cooker. Grandma Shirley insisted when we got married that I needed one of those, and when Grandma Shirley insists you know you need it.

She taught me to make her chicken and dumplings in that pressure cooker, and I’m sure Grandma’s chicken and dumplings are one of the many reasons Deek loves me.

A pressure cooker is kind of scary at the beginning if you’ve never used one, but one lesson from Grandma Shirley and you’re hooked. It’s like magic. You throw a whole chicken and some seasoning in it, lock the lid, and check it after a little while. The result is the most tender, fall off the bone chicken with the perfect chicken stock.

The Start
The Start

Lunch will be ready at noon if y’all get hungry!

Go Dawgs

Little Dawg Fan
Little Dawgs Fan

It’s the start of college football, and we have a very happy Deek at our house!

Judson
Judson

We also have a future quarterback at our house too!

Judson
Judson
Judson
Judson
Judson
Judson
Judson
Judson
Touchdown!
Touchdown!

And that, my friends, is the perfect spiral! Touchdown!

It looks like we have a lefty on our hands, Aunt Meagan!