Friday, October 31, 2008

My Halloween Baby.....hittin' DOUBLE digits!!!

Ashton's birthday was today!'s always a shock. You would think having 9 birthdays to prepare you, the 10th wouldn't catch you so off guard! But it does!
There is something so precious about your firstborn. It's something that can NOT be explained. My mom had always told me, as a teen or young adult, that there is something different about your firstborn. She was always at a loss for words when she tried to explain it. I NEVER understood. I knew she loved me and my other brother the same amount, how could it be different? NOW, I know.

Ashton is such a perfect firstborn. He is an amazing kid and as close to perfect as you can get! He is a HUGE help around the house and you never hear the first complaint from him! He will play with the babies non-stop when he gets home from school. He builds train tracks for Bryson. He gives in to the girls and plays what they want. He's laidback AND an overachiever! He gets straight A's....and in 4th grade, that is not an easy task. He scores lightyears over the other kids in his class and homework is a breeze. The teacher told me that she wishes every kid was just like Ashton. He's great at math too! He scored in the 97th percentile in the nation! Who would have guessed??? He did NOT get this from me or his father. We are thinking it was passed down from his paternal great-grandfather!?!? He is sensative and generous. He wants to please God. What more could we ask for?

Right is what I want to remember about Ashton:

*You love Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Lego Batman on the Wii.

*You turn off the Wii when your time is up, no cryin', whinin', or beggin' for more!

*You love to have the neighborhood boys, Caleb and Austin Y., come over and jump on the trampoline.

*You are a very sincere, thankful person.

*You are very sensative. The very rare times that you do get in trouble, you WILL tear up...out of disappointing yourself usually.

*You are NOT a picky eater, but you like what you like and not usually NEW stuff. You eat everything that I cook....from casseroles to pasta dishes!

*You like your bread...nude. That's what we call it without butter.

*You love having your best friend, Austin C. spend the night. You two are so much alike and quite the duo!

*You enjoy playing "Crossbows and Catapults" downstairs with your dad and friends.

*You have an amazing creative side! Especially when it comes to writing or drawing. You have even created several of your own comic books to "sell" to your friends.

*You have gotten so good at soccer. You give it your all and are specifically good at defense.

*You still let me love on you.

*You always say "Oh good grief" Charlie Brown....when someone says something corny.

*You wake up at 6:15 almost EVERY morning on the dot! You grab a poptart and sit in the rocking chair to watch cartoons. You LOVE repetition.

*You are organized and observant.

*You like Baked Spaghetti and Mac-n-cheese.

*You don't like things to be different. Changing our daily schedule up makes you a tad nervous.

*You are a good leader. You love to be put "in charge".

*You are not very shy anymore. all of a sudden grew out of this!

*You like to ride your bike with Chance when we go to Grandma's house.

*You are a hard, diligent worker. Especially at our new house!

*You are a wild sleeper and have been since you were a baby.

*You love to be funny. You have a sarcastic sense of humor that makes us all laugh!

*You are a FAST runner. I recently was trying to catch you while we were playing tag and I could NOT do it. You were WAY faster than me and I consider myself fast!

From the day you entered into this world, you have amazed me. I love experiencing new things with you. I am so proud of who you have become! You are a wonderful example for the younger children! Thank you for being so unique and bringing so much joy to our lives!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Bry Guy turns 4!

Today is my sweet little Bryson's 4th birthday! Needless to say, it does NOT feel like he should be 4! He has amazed us how quickly he picks up things and how smart he truly is! He has always seemed older than what he really is! This summer, when we were taking the kids to register at school, we were asked 3 times if Bryson was there to register for kindergarten!!! We were like "No! He's only 3!" He is so tall and slender, just like the other kids. Has big feet....size 12 1/2. He can be so well behaved when you need him to be! So many things have always made him seem so grown up! But I can still look at his face and see that little bity sweet baby face!

Here are the little things I want to remember about Bryson now....

*You are passionate about your toys...Thomas the Train fanatic and John Deere Lover!!!

*You love to have someone build tracks with you. Usually it's Daddy.

*You love watching Thomas, Max and Ruby, Tom and Jerry, and Sponge Bob.

*You are too rough most of the time. If you are on time-out, it's probably for playin' too rough!

*You have a love/hate relationship with Nolan and Nevin. You love them when they cooperate and play nice, but get so frustrated when they tear up your track or take your trains.

*You like to go outside with naked feet.

*You are truly the original "Mud Magnet"....if there is dirt to drive your tractors in, you are SO there!

*You love to bounce on the trampoline. Right's off limits while your arm heals. It's killin' ya!

*You love to eat "little pizza" for lunch.

*You like to spank people on the bottom. You even spanked the nurse that wrapped your cast.

*You are a kisser! You LOVE to kiss the people you love. CONSTANTLY!

*You are T.O.U.G.H. A real trooper. (The whole broken arm/surgery thing has barely phased you!)

*You always say "I gotta good idea"!

*You admire Ashton. You will say...out of the blue..."I love Ashton"

*You let the girls dress you up in their clothes and you don't mind a bit.

*You like to play "preschool" with Nolan and Nevin. You are the teacher and they are the students. (usually takes place on the top bunk of your bed) When the girls get home, you play preschool with them and you are the student and they are the teachers. It's so cute.

*You love to sing and dance and put on a show. You especially love to sing, Mexico, Jesus Loves Me, and Zacchaeus was a wee little man.

*You love to DRIVE the Gator powerwheel.

*You love the song "We Will Rock You". You rock out that air guitar!

*You generally don't like to listen to songs that aren't "guitar songs".

*You get crazy excited about 2 people: Stevie and Jacob. Best Buddies!

*You absolutely LOVE to help. Cooking, cleaning, fixing things, you do it all!

*You have to "hide" everytime Daddy walks in the back door. Your hiding places are usually in plain site, with you curled up in a ball....Announcing...."I'm hiding!"

*You like to look me square in the face and say "I was a good boy today"....usually out of guilt, I think.

*You pick Olive Garden every time we ask for ideas on going out to eat. Must stem from my pregnancy cravings when you were in utero????

*You like to blurt out weird phrases to make people laugh. Something like..."it smells like ketchup". You're such a comedian.

*You are a faithful prayer warrior. You are almost always the first one to volunteer to pray for dinner. You always pray for: "Daddy's boss to feel better, the little girl who stole my M&M's at vacation bible school, Karen to feel better from cancer"

*You have a pop tart and chocolate milk every single morning when you wake up.

*You are on the go 100% of the time. No stoppin' ya!

*You LOVE Target.

*You are a good eater.

*You love to go to "Preschool Jr. Church". You recently told me that you really like your teacher with the "tall shoes".

*You don't like to drive "far" in the van.

*You don't like your picture taken.

*You have no idea of how crazy we are about you.

I love my times with you....when the babies are napping and the big kids are at school. I love to sit and kiss your soft face and give you big hugs. I love to stare at the profile of your face while you are intent at watching cartoons. You have been such a fun part of our family! You have added so much happiness and you are constantly making us laugh! I am so blessed to have you as one of my children!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My 30th Birthday!

Well, today was my 30th birthday. Wow...I never thought I would be "in my 30's". Don't get me wrong, I am glad I am! I loved my 20's. They were awesome. I had our first son one week after I turned 20. THAT was a great way to start out my 20's!!! It kept getting better and better as he grew into such a wonderful young man and we added 5 more to the crew! But, I just always assumed, my 20's would last forever. Well, they ended today and I can honestly say, that I am TOTALLY ok with that!

Today was not REAL eventful. We had a great day though! We got the big kids off to school. I cleaned my mother-in-law's house ( I do this weekly). Then for lunch, Dave and I went to the Beef House and had a great meal with our 3 little guys. We ran into a "friend" and he paid for our meal! That was so generous. When the kids came home from school, they gave me their sweet homemade cards and 2 pairs of the cutest lounge pants I have ever seen! I LOVE lounge pants....they are a daily piece of clothing for me! Dave had to work, so he wasn't able to go to Georgetown with us, but that's ok. We went to Mom and Dad's house for an impromptu dinner and then to Revival at Church. A very good day!!!

Everybody has been sympathetic with me as I turned 30. But I have to say in return, 30 is not at all hard for me! I am at such an amazing point in my life. I couldn't possibly love life any more than I actually do right now! I am so blessed that God has chosen such an amazing husband for me. We have had 6 of THE cutest/smartest/sweetest/wackiest kids...HANDS DOWN!!! My parents, my in-laws, and the rest of our extended family are absolutely the most supportive and loving family that anyone could imagine. What would I EVER have to complain about?!??!!

So, here's to my 30's! I am looking forward to the next amazing decade of my life! Who knows, maybe we'll add another 6 kids in 10 years!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My babies are turning 2 today! AAGGHHHH!

I can not believe that my littlest babies are turning 2 today! It seems like just yesterday that we brought them home in there little snuggly sleepers......we were on a crazy newborn twin schedule doing feedings every time we turned around.....the kids were begging us to hold the "babies" so that they could sit and stare at their tiny little faces and hands.....we would have to load up them in their infant carrier every time we took a trip out.....etc. etc. etc. They have turned out to be such sweet little boys that are so full of personality and happiness. I can not imagine our lives without the TWO of them! And to think that for almost half of that pregnancy we only thought we were being blessed with one little Angel!

Just for my are some quick things that I want to remember about my little guys:


You are my strawberry blondie...I thought the girls would be, nope...My Nonie is!

You have an innocent smile....melts my heart every.single.time.

You have been MORE stubborn lately than ever before. A phase? I hope!

You stroll when you walk. Laid Back Baby.

You love yourself some veggies. Every least 2 or 3 helpings.

You love to drink in the morning. You bring me that sippy at least 10 times before 10 a.m.

You are a breeze to put to bed. Have been since day one!

You are a quiet soul.

You love to sing and hum.

You have a soft spot for Tae and Riya. Many times, if I can't find you, I know to look for them!

You let the girls dress you up in their clothes...and you love it!

You like to put on hats/bracelets/purses....any accessories. But they usually don't last long.

You are not a big fan of t.v. Every now and then you will watch though.

You LOVE Grandpa. He is your favorite person in the whole world!

You pee on my floor every time you get naked.

You prefer to sit in the basket part of the cart, so you can stand or sit.

If you ever see anyone kissing, you pucker up right away for yours!

You like to jump on the trampoline with Ashton holding your hands.

You love to go under the big pine tree in the backyard and play.

You are in a throwing phase...usually things you SHOULD NOT throw.

You generally don't mind strangers talking to you.

You are a H.A.M. You love to be the center of attention. Class clown!

You are a BIG flirt!

You love to get into the bathroom and play in the sink with the water running. MeSsY!


You have the brightest prettiest red hair...almost identical to that of your big bro, Bryson.

You have a smile that is contagious.

You almost ALWAYS have that contagious smile on your face.

You can be VERY stubborn and bull-headed (We know who you get that from.... HE HE!).

You always have a "skip" in your step.

You can be somewhat of a picky eater.

You love pasta.

You love when you get the chance to have chocolate milk (right now, it's about once a week).

You can be a PILL to get to bed! Sometimes you just lay down & go to sleep...sometimes...NOT.

You sometimes like to wake up at 4 or 5 a.m. and just cry....stubbornly....for bout an hour.

You prefer men to women, when it comes to people you don't know very well.

You can talk like NOBODY'S BUSINESS!!! You talk as well as a 10 year old sometimes!

You call ALL men, "Daddy"....which has been embarrassing more than once!

You have a soft spot for Ashton and Bryson.

You don't care for your carseat.

You don't like those "squishy/slimey/wiggly" balls at the store. You flinch at the sight of them.

You always want to sit in the "seat" of the cart, NOT the basket part.

You love the MUD. You bathe in the mud....head to toe, literally.

You enjoy cartoons-Thomas, Handy Manny, Diego, Yo Gabba Gabba, Wow Wow Wubzy, etc.

You love bathtime.

You hit your head...mainly forehead...and get bruises ALL THE TIME!

You like to just dump out totes of toys for no reason. I make you pick them up every time too. You always ask for "night night kisses"...even when it's not night time. And "Hug".

You are best buds with Bryson, but you can also clash with him since you two are SOOO alike.

Both of you

Love Thomas the Train, just like Bryson. The shows, toys, books...everything.

Love when "Daddy's big truck" pulls up.

Love the John Deere Gator powerwheel.

Love to be naked.

Love to go "Bye, Bye".

Love to try to escape out the back door. We have to keep it locked 24/7.

You guys have brought so much joy to our lives! You keep us busy and you keep us laughing! We love you so much!!!