Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trip to the Zoo

One day over Christmas break, we met up with our friends, Alyssa and Watts at the zoo. Alyssa is once of my favorite people. She is so positive and upbeat. The boys adore Watts as well.

I was a little nervous about how I would do in such a crowded place with all the kiddos. I ended up having to park on the street and walk to the zoo, but I made the boys ride in the double Bob and wore Mae Stanley in the Baby Bjorn. Once we got in, I let the boys walk around, and it was nice to have the stroller hold the bags.

Ugh. The smell.

After the train, we rode the Merry-Go-Round. It was a little stressful because Woody wanted to sit on the bench and Gaines wanted to ride an animal. Of course all the animals in front of the bench were taken. Alyssa got Watts on an animal right behind the bench and told me she would keep an eye on Woody. Then I couldn't get Gaines on his animal with Mae Stanley strapped to me. Once the ride started, Gaines freaked out and was trying to get off/hold on to me. We all decided that was exhausting and we needed to go home and sleep! Everyone took a great nap though and decided it was a very fun day!

(Except Momma got a parking ticket for parking illegally on the street. Weak.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christmas 2016

I'm behind. I know.

You guys, Christmas was so wonderful. I knew Christmas would be awesome watching the boys get the gifts they have long been asking for, but having Woody sing Christmas songs and retell the nativity was the absolute best. 

Christmas Eve

I love being in Atlanta for Christmas Eve. It is so special going to Christmas Eve service at Peachtree. This year, Woody was going to be singing at the 10:00am service. I didn't take pictures. I was so proud and too lost in the moment to think about getting my phone out for pictures. I was so proud of him for learning all the songs and singing so well. He had quite the fan club as well. Not only were Brooks, Gaines, Mae Stanley, and I there, but Nana, Gran, Mimi, Papa, Aunt Savanna, and Uncle Jake came as well.

Once it was finished, Mimi and Papa took Gaines home and the rest of us ate a quick lunch because we had to get back so Mae Stanley could be Jesus in the 1:00pm service. I was so proud! I think I told everyone in Atlanta she was going to play Jesus. She did so great too. She slept the whole time, which was hard because the orchestra was loud. Sometimes she would throw up her arms, but she didn't cry the entire time. 

I cried. Sue me. 

Once we got home, we got ready to host Christmas Eve for Brooks's family. I ordered dinner from Whole Foods again, but no fire trucks this year. Then we exchanged family gifts. Again, having too much fun and forgot to take pictures, but here is a picture of our table ready to host 11 people.

Christmas Morning we saw what Santa brought! The boys were so excited!

We then headed to church. The nursery staff had the day off (which, duh, I should have known!), so we had to take the boys in with us. We sat in the back of the balcony so we wouldn't disturb anyone. The boys were being so sweet and wanted us to hold them while we sang Christmas songs. It was one of my favorite parts of this Christmas. It was special to be in church on Christmas with my family. Then looking down at sweet, Baby Mae Stanley and thinking about Mary holding Baby Jesus. 

I cried. Again. The pews should have tissues.

We then drove to Maridelle's for some lunch and a little more time with our family.


As a child, December 26 was the most depressing day. It was like the magic was gone. But not now. Woody still sings all of the Christmas songs. He also still knows all the lines from his class's version of The Nativity Story. He refuses to let me put up the Fisher Price Nativity Set. And maybe he has a point. Maybe I should do a better job of remind myself to "Don't Be Afraid! You're gonna have a baby," and to sing about the angels rejoicing. 

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jingle Jingle

This my be the longest post ever. Sorry, not sorry.

It is December and has been for 21 days! We are getting into the Christmas spirit...
Well, maybe we need some warming up...

So let's go see....

Please look at how proud Woody is <3

Three Happy Kiddos!

Woody is asking for: a Paw Patrol Pup House, On-the-go Numbers set, and a backpack like Daddy's
Gaines is asking for: the last toy he saw on TV Paw Patrol Jungle set and Super Wing toys

She is asking for peace on earth...

Or maybe for her brothers to not wrestle so close to her

Geez Mom, if you're going to make us take pictures, can you make sure they are in focus!?

Aunt Savanna and Uncle Jake babysat while we did some Christmas shopping. Gaines is quite the fan.

But then he remembers that he is two and hasn't had a tantrum in thirty minutes

Going to her third birthday party in two weeks!

Post-nap hair

Saint Woody asleep with his devotional and bible

Everything was going well until everything wasn't. One Tuesday, I was about to pick up the boys from preschool and I felt so sick. I felt like I had the flu, but without the cold symptoms. It hurt to move. Sweet Brooks came home, but was about to fly out of town, so my amazing parents drove up to help out. By the time they got here on Wednesday, I was doing better and felt bad they had come over. However, Thursday I woke up with full-blown mastitis. Ugh. I couldn't have made it without them!

When Mommy is sick, you get to wear two pajama shirts, make a total mess, and cover yourself in stickers!

When Mommy feels better, she goes on a crazy cleaning spree and throws out 1/3 of your toys!

I was so excited to go to Woody's Class Christmas program, as well as both of the boys' parties. Woody has really loved church choir this year and had been singing the songs from his music class at school for weeks.
Baby Sister wearing her festive outfit from Mimi

Blogger is being weird with my videos, but he did so good! I am proud of how he is coming out of his shell and becoming more comfortable with unfamiliar situations.

At his class party, he told me to leave as soon as I got there. Typical. I did manage to get a picture of him. (Of course, when I showed him this picture last weekend, he said, "Oh, that is me at my party, and I cried because you left me." Cue momma tears! I felt so bad!)

At Gaines's party, His class was so cute with their festive antlers!

My three Christmas cookies
Yum yum yum

He really is an 80 year old in a 4 year old's body

Last weekend we traveled to Alabama to celebrate Christmas with my family. On Saturday, it was just my parents, siblings, nieces, nephew, and us. The boys were so excited to see their cousins. Gaines was being extra silly, so I had to snap some pictures.

You can see more pictures on Sister's blog here

Ready for Sunday!

On Sunday, aunt and uncle, grandmother, cousins, and their families joined us. I only see them a few times a year, and it is always extra special.

My precious Maw-Maw with her TEN great grandchildren (and #11 is on the way!)

After we said our good-byes, we left the boys with the Harvards for some special Christmas fun with Mimi and Papa. They have been busy...

...making cookies (and biscuits and banana bread!)

...Visiting Bass Pro Shop (and the actual zoo)...

...going to four different parks...

... more Bass Pro Shop (and adding things to their Christmas wish lists)...

...and beating Mimi at card games!

But oh my goodness, I miss them!
Thankfully they come home tomorrow.

Mae Stanley and I have had a lot of bonding time. She is the happiest baby on the block!

My friend, Alyssa, gave her a little Christmas doll in her goody bag from her son's birthday party. Mae Stanley loves it! She looks for it, and it can always get a smile from her.

Holding her baby <3

We've done quite a bit of shopping.
Shopping with a sleeping baby is a tad easier than with a two and four year old!

And we are trying to learn to take a bottle. 
We are on our third type of bottle.
Mae Stanley = Not Impressed

Our Christmas Card 2016

Even with all the craziness of, parties, sickness, and shopping, Woody says it best- "It's Baby Jesus's Birthday!" Don't get me wrong, he is VERY in to Santa and VERY in to what Santa is going to bring him. But sometimes, he says the sweetest things that are a reminder about the wonderful gift of a tiny baby who was sent to be the Savior of this world. Our world is very broken. It is easy to turn a blind eye to the hardships, because the pain seems to big to face. But this baby. This baby that was born in a manger came to save this broken world. He is bigger than all the pain, hurt, and sadness. He is the Healer, the Joy, the Prince of Peace. He is the best gift we could ever receive. 

I hope you and your families have a very Merry Christmas.


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