Nephew Owen!!

James has been in that stage of ‘you’re too young/little to hold him’ for a while now.  Thankfully, the one thing he CAN do is feed Owen his bottle.  So, he does it like a champ!Image

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This is one of my FAVORITE pictures of all 3 cousins …. my sister and I (apparently) only produce BOYS ….. and with one more on the way …. it’s going to be super fun!Image

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A ‘James’ Story

There are many things that have now been referenced to as a ‘James’ – as though it were a verb instead of a noun.  For instance …. falling off of a chair just by sitting still, eating a yogurt and spilling the entire thing all over his clothes before his first bite, cutting his own hair just 3 days after a professional haircut, throwing a ball into the air to kick it only to have the ball hit him in the face (knocking him over) …. such things as those examples!  It’s become quite the ‘household’ name!

Recently, my hubby asked if I wouldn’t mind going to a parts supply store to pick up a part we had special ordered for our sink, a week prior.  Now – for you moms – you know, ‘wouldn’t mind’ has a completely NEW meaning when you know for a fact that you’ll be taking the kids wherever you ‘wouldn’t mind’ going!  That puts things under severe consideration in my house.  Mostly, because we are blessed with an obstacle, named James.  However hair pulling, mind blowing, jaw-drop-embarrassing things may get with him …. I look back over these kinds of posts – MUCH later – and laugh to tears!  It’s TOTALLY worth it in my book!  Anyhow, after much pleading threatening the children to PLEASE not touch ANYTHING ….. explaining to them that this is a ‘man store’ ….. all they sell is parts.  No toys.  I even described to them the smell which they will experience with a man-operated storehouse.  As we walked in, I instructed the kids to just sit quietly and wait while I pay for the part.  While the man is writing up my receipt, James puts both hands on the counter and tilts his head and says to him, “So, is it really true that ALL you guys sell here is BOY PARTS?”  Now, I’m not sure how ‘mans store’, ‘no toys’, ‘only parts’ and ‘bad smell’ turned into ‘they only sell boy parts’ …. but, it sure got the entire store into an uproar of laughter!

After 23 different shades of red, my face did eventually turn back to it’s normal-pasty-whiteness and we were ready to hit the road ….. but, not until James – in attempting to get off his seat – fell WITH the chair, tumbling himself and chair together in one fell swoop.  Instead of crying, being embarrassed, complaining of being hurt or turning around to PICK UP the chair …. James jumps to his feet (as though a sergeant had yelled, “Atten – tion!”) and quickly spits out, “That was an accident, right mom, right?  I won’t be in big trouble, right mom?  Because that was just an accident, right mom, right?”  My, oh my.  I have my hands full.  But, I sure love it!

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Season of Change

I’m completely embarrassed of how long it’s been since I’ve posted an updated blog post.  Boy, oh boy.  It’s been quite a while.  To say that a lot has happened over the last few months would be the understatement of the year.  

 

   We had a wonderful Fall season, filled with business and events.  With both of my boys attending two different schools, in two different cities, has definitely had it’s challenges.  I took a new job position at a preschool, where James goes, and I work two full days there as music director.  But, that hasn’t stopped me from my first love – teaching piano.  I teach Monday, Thursday and Friday and work at the school Tuesday and Wednesday.  The boys are each involved in their own Awana’s group and enjoy learning new Bible verses each week.  It has been very good for both boys, but somewhat stretches them too, especially for Peter because he also learns Bible verses for school, once a week and most recently had a speech meet, where he learned and memorize poetry.  I was able to have my first official school-parade for my preschool kids.  They memorized many different (and new) songs about Fall, Halloween and other poems and got to march in their costumes and sing for their parents – it was, in one word, precious.  I really enjoy working there.  I have a wonderful, godly, boss who has really become a dear friend of mine.  Our oldest boys share the same class at Dayton Christian and are best buds.  It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time!  It posses it’s challenges, though.  Memorizing 150 kids faces and able to put a name to that face has taken longer than I thought it would.  But, each class is so different and they really make me laugh! 

   Christmas was another really amazing season.  Tim’s brother (Pat) and wife (Catherine) flew here to Dayton to spend the holidays with us all.  We had a phenomenal time of doing absolutely nothing!  There were days that Catherine and I just grabbed our own big comfy blankets, grabbed some hot spiced tea and just watching HGTV or talked for hours.  It was a world of nothing to do and we loved every mili-second of it!  The boys loved playing in the snow with their Uncle Patrick and we ate at some pretty amazing places and laughed A LOT!  The boys built worlds of legos and train tracks around our living room floor and I believe, besides that, all we did was eat! 🙂

   Thanksgiving and Christmas were definitely not our ‘usual traditional holiday’s.  Not this year, anyhow.  At the end of November, we found out that we are expecting Weldon Baby #3!  We could NOT be more excited! The boys were so thrilled with the news, which we knew they would be.  But, it made it for a very different holiday season, as I had 24 hour ‘morning’ sickness.  I was put on Zofran, which helped with my all-day nausea, but surely didn’t ‘cure’ it by any means.  As you may have guessed, nausea = no appetite, so our usual holiday feasts were still feasts, but I didn’t gain my usual ‘holiday weight’ by a long hall.  (I guess that’s a good thing?)  So, here we are, preparing for, yet again, another great new chapter in our lives.  Our family missed out on a lot of traditions this year, because I didn’t feel well enough to do them, but the boys and Tim have all been incredibly understanding and flexible with all of this new stuff.  

   I will surely update more details, events and recent pictures that we have, in my next post!  Don’t want to leave anything out! 🙂

   

New Beginnings ….. [for my lil sis!]

Another Amazing, Sweet and Cuddly new beginning, that we all got to experience, was my little sister having her first baby!!!!!

Now, I’ve heard from Caralee that being an Aunt is such an incredible feeling.  She, herself, was in doubt and thought that her friends that were aunts were a little silly for pouring out so much ‘bragging rights’ about their own nieces and nephews, until I had Peter and James and then Caralee said she was immediately transformed into ‘crazy aunt mode’!  So I knew, slightly, what to expect.  However, even still, I surprised myself ….. I thought ‘how could I possibly love anyone equally, like I love my own children’?  But, I believe I do!!!

We got ‘the call’ around 5:00 AM, “Caralee is at the hospital and she’s contracting really close!” …. wahoo!!!  I immediately jumped up, got dressed, collected the things I wanted to take to the hospital, while awaiting this little sweet pea’s arrival … only to have been stopped by my husband’s question … “Exactly what do you plan on doing with our boys, who are still asleep?”.  Oh, yeah.  I have kids too, don’t I? 😉

So, despite my alertness and quick emotional high, I had to pace around, practically leaving a ring in my carpet, awaiting for my own children to awake from their deep, (in my opinion, slightly unnecessary) slumber.  How dare they sleep!  Don’t they know my sister is having a BABY?!?!?  So, I waited, until about 6:20 – until I could wait no longer.  I woke up the boys with the good news, and they – as quickly as I did – jumped out of bed and got dressed.  I packed their book bags and made their lunches, and out the door we went.  Peter wanted to see his aunt before he went to school, so we stopped by the hospital on our way to Dayton Christian, and Peter got to see ‘Aunt Dee-Dee’s baby bump one last time.  He kissed his Aunt and then off to school we went.

 {we say morning prayers, every morning, on the way to school, so this particular morning was especially special because all of our prayers were for baby Owen and Aunt Dee-Dee.  Pete prayed that the Lord would be with her, help her to have a safe and quick delivery and that He would watch over them.  James ….. he prayed something to the effect of “I pray that Baby Owen is cute”…. thankfully, BOTH of their prayers were answered with ‘yes’!!}

Baby Owen Graham was born on September 4, weighing in at 7.6 pounds.  He is just the cutest!!!

 

 

 

Instantly in love with this little guy ….. how stinking cute is he?

 

Even though I would rather do so much more often, we are able to visit him at least once a week.  Peter and James just eat him up!  Tim loves holding him like he once held our own little babies – like a football, and I just enjoy kissing his little chubby cheeks and listening to him coo.

 

 

That’s our most funnest …. yes, I made that up …. news so far this year!  Being an aunt ROCKS!