Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Pageant

 Today was a day I've dreamed about for a long time. I got to go see my baby in his first Christmas pageant. Is there anything sweeter than seeing your baby singing about baby Jesus?! 
He kept telling us at home, "I don't know the words." I guess he was planning a surprise performance, because he didn't seem to skip one word.

We were sitting about 8 pews back, so it took him a while to see us. He saw his Papa first and didn't seem to care looking for the rest of us at that point!

 It was then back to the classroom for some crafts and a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake.

And I've got to add what a blessing it is to be able to enjoy these events while Hadley is being taken great care of. I think I dropped her off with nothing more than a sippy cup. Thanks, Aunt Kelly!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chattanooga Choo Choo

This past weekend, we gave Luke a Christmas present that we thought not only would he love, but would create memories lasting much longer than any toy could last.  We spend all day Saturday in Chattanooga checking out the Chattanooga Choo Choo and takinga  ride on the "Polar Express". We spent the night in a train car converted in to a hotel room. Luke had us all to himself while Hadley had Nanni and Papa all to herself,  quite a treat also!

We Spent Saturday exploring downtown Chattanooga.
and all of the choo choos around the hotel

We went to the model railroad museum where they have built a scale replica of Chattanooga and the Cumberland mountain country.
I'm sure you can find something new everytime you look at it.
They haven't left anything out.

After exploring, the Chandlers met us to get ready for the train ride. These two buddies were super excited!

We enjoyed an afternoon treat

Then it was time to get ready to head to the train, in our jammies, slippers, and blue robe, just like the boy on the Polar Express movie.

There was a little game going on while we were riding the train
another reason proving how great these daddies are!
Hot Chocolate (which was Yoo Hoo) and cookies

and a visit from Santa when we reached the North Pole

I must say, for those of you reading this and thinking about taking the same trip, that Andy and I were a bit disappointed in the Polar Express train ride and if we were to do it again, might check out a different one. We had imagined more of a ride and less sitting in the train when we arrived a couples miles down the track at the "North Pole".
However, the boys were not a bit disappointed! They loved every minute of it and a day hasn't gone by that Luke hasn't asked to go again.

Friday, December 9, 2011

This Fall

Friday, December 2, 2011

Catching up...

 I'm not sure where to start catching up on the past 6 months, so I'll just dive in.
 We had a busy summer with a major highlight being these sweet baby girls born on August 11th. 

These girls are loved more than they'll ever know- especially by Luke. He is so gentle and loving with them.

Isn't he handsome? This was the morning of picture day at school.

Our morning rides to school are made special with our extra passenger, Caleb.

This sweet angel...

...has said good-bye to her easy going days.
She is into everything. I can't turn my head for one second.
(No, she isn't allowed on the table, but I had my phone with me when I saw her and had to take the photo)

It helps me to call it "personality".
Something both my kids have a lot of!

This was after we finished hiking Kennesaw mountain. Needless to say, he enjoyed it!

They love each other.

Life with these two is great, hard, busy and exhausting!

 A rare treat- riding in daddy's truck side by side. 

ok, much, much, more to come! I promise...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy "1" and "3"

We celebrated "1" a few weeks late for Hadley and "3" a week early for Luke. I decided this was the year for SIMPLE and opted to reserve the arcade room at Fuddruckers for our family.
It was so much more enjoyable being able to not worry about setting up, cooking, cleaning, etc.