Hi!

I’m back! Did you miss me?! I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since I last posted…I guess I’ve been busier than I thought! So what have we been up to? Well, here’s our last week in pictures and video:
Saturday Brianna receives her 1st Communion. We are really excited, although I’m trying to figure out how I can possibly have a child this old! lol- this is the symbol that we made to add to the banner that hangs in the back of the church so everyone knows who is receiving 1st Communion. I think it turned out cute!

Last Monday I was shocked when I received an alert on my phone that there was a shooting at a local high school. As the story unfolded we learned it was one student who walked into his 1st period class, pulled out a gun and attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. Fortunately (unfortunately??) he wasn’t successful. He survived the attempt and is still in critical condition at a local hospital. It brought up all kinds of feelings and memories though as it happened right around the anniversary of the Columbine attack.

My mom picked up this Jumperoo at a local consignment shop for Eli. He absolutely loves it and got the hang of it very quickly!

Micah was walking around Friday night while we were getting ready for a baby shower here on Saturday with a wrench up against his mouth saying “Mustache! Mustache! I got a mustache! Mustache!” It was hilarious…especially with the Handy Manny t-shirt that he was wearing!

Thursday Brianna brought home her ballet costume for her recital this year. I love it! I think it is so beautiful! We have really lucked out…since she started I think her class has managed to have the most beautiful costumes. I can’t wait to see her in it on stage! It makes me such a proud mama!

This mess turned into an awesome luau themed baby shower. The mama-to-be loves ukelele music so I immediately thought of a luau when I started planning her shower. It came together perfectly! Everyone had a great time, especially the parents-to-be, which is the most important thing!

Micah made it through his first year of Sunday school. He loved going to “school” and asked all week long when it would be “school day” again. He learned a lot this year and experienced time in a classroom which is really good for him. I’m hoping to get him into preschool next year so it was great training! They had their closing on Sunday which is always a hoot!
And I leave you with one final picture…we wore ourselves out this week and it’s not over yet. One more party for Brianna’s 1st Communion on Saturday and then we get to rest for a while! While I love throwing a good party, I’m going to be all partied out for a while!
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Ta-Da!

Yup! I’m great at disappearing! lol! I go through these cycles of loving blogging and hating blogging! Well, apparently last month I wasn’t feeling it! Goodness! Well, now that my magic trick is done here’s what you missed last month!

Valentine’s Day:
Our Valentine’s Day Mantel. You can read all about it here if you missed it!

The gifts that the kids gave their teachers for Valentine’s Day: boxes of raspberry bar mix with tags that said Shooting for Brownie Points. Tags found on Pinterest (of course!!)

Jonah’s Valentine’s that, again, I found on Pinterest. We added a little cherry sucker. They were really cute and very Jonah!

Brianna’s Valentine’s box. The whole thing was foam and was so cool!

Brianna’s Valentine’s. She made them all herself with a kit we found at Michael’s. We added Valentine’s pencils that I found at the Dollar Tree. Brianna loves pencils and I thought it would be a nice change from candy!

The kids goodie bags, Micah’s elephant Valentine’s box (Brianna and Jonah both made sure Micah had a Valentine from them!) and Eli’s owl Valentine (Whooo loves you baby!?! lol)
My 2 dozen long stem roses from my hubby! They were so gorgeous! And he’s so good he had them delivered the day before! He’s a keeper! 😉
Our little cupid! He’s getting really good at this sitting up thing!
 Various Fun:
Brianna being goofy with Eli at the dentist. All three kids had appointments and we were there for like 3 hours!! She got a little slap happy after a while! And I love the look on Eli’s face!! It’s like “Oh here we go again!” lol
Morning fun with daddy before he heads off to work. (I promise he changed and looked a lot more presentable for work!)

The thing about having a baby with a lot of hair means you get lots of crazy baby bed head!
Date night out at Mahogany’s watching my brother-in-law Eric preform. He did awesome and it was such a fun night out. We had a whole crew there including my mom, Steven’s parents and her friends Sue and Jim. And of course Samantha was there too to cheer on her hubby!
Eli’s food list keeps growing. Here he is trying peaches for the first time!

Love these!! He kept turning his head towards the spoon for more! I really think making our own baby food was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. And it takes almost no extra time because we just whip something up while we’re making our food. Super easy and nutritious!

So that was the month of February for us! I hope your month was great too! Now on to our regularly scheduled programming!!!

What a Difference 6 Months Makes

This little guy turned 6 months yesterday!
It is amazing the difference that 6 months can make! The little thing above that surprised us a month early, gave me the scare of his life by deciding he wasn’t going to breathe after birth, who didn’t like eating, spent time in the NICU, who made me wonder if we were going to have to worry about brain damage or developmental delays has turned into this:
And over the past 6 weeks he started doing this:
Rolling over!
He grabs anything that gets in his reach!
Forget it mom! You’re camera strap is not safe!
And over the past week or so he has decided that he likes doing this:
Look at me!
I know I’m starting to tip sideways mom, but no worries! Everyting is gonna be alright! (My FAVORITE Super Bowl commercial!!! lol)
 Eli has brought so much to our family and our home. I literally cannot imagine our lives without him in it! I was snuggling him the other night and I looked at Steven and said “I love this baby so much! Thank you for not letting me give up before we tried again. I can’t imagine my world without him!” Steven just smiled and nodded like “I know right?!!?” He really is just what our family needed! (But babe, don’t get the wrong idea or anything! We really are done now!!! 🙂  )
He really is a super baby! And we are looking forward to seeing what the next 6 months will bring!
Elijah’s Favorites at 6 months:
– His swing
– His play gym that he got for Christmas
– All of his owl toys
– Sleeping…he is a very good sleeper!
– His brothers and sister. He will smile and laugh whenever they come near.
– His daddy. He will turn from whatever he is doing when he hears Steven enter the room. 
-Grabbing onto anything and everything that gets into his path.
– Snuggling. Especially if you have boobs! 😉
What is he eating:
– Still mostly breast milk. 
– He’s tried rice cereal (not impressed) and bananas (thought they were OK, but he was also coming down with RSV when we tried them so eating wasn’t much fun at that time.) 
– His fingers, your fingers, everyone’s fingers!!
Things that make me mad:
– When he cries and you don’t get to him right away!!
– Being on his belly too long during tummy time. He can only roll back to front right now, still working on the other way. So he just gets good and ticked when he’s been on his belly for too long and doesn’t want to be there anymore!
– Being hot! He hates to be hot!!
Who do I look like?
– Right now he’s looking just like Brianna when she was this age. It’s almost scary at times! I hope he keeps his dark hair though! I have two blondes, I’d love to have two brunettes!
Happy 6 month birthday sweet baby boy! We love you so much and are loving watching you grow!!

How to Survive Teething

Our poor little Eli is teething! I hate teething! It is so miserable! It’s so hard to see your little in pain! But after going through this with 3 others I have learned some things that make teething a little easier on baby, and the rest of us! 
Baby Orajel and Ibuprofen. Let’s be honest, when you have a headache, a toothache, any kind of ache, you just want the pain to go away. And at night, when baby wakes up crying and all you want (and need!) is to get some sleep, Orajel and Ibuprofen can save your sanity!

Keep the favorites handy. I try to keep Eli’s favorite blanket and toys nearby to distract him. He loves his owl toys that he got for Christmas! He can chew on them and they make noises! Who wouldn’t love that!?!? This blanket was given to us when we had Brianna by a distant cousin of Steven. Eli loves it because he can wrap his fingers through it, making it easy to hold. Plus, it’s super soft!!
Teething rings! Keep it in the fridge! Pull out when particullarly cranky! Get some peace at least until it’s not cold anymore! 
Lots of these:
To put in this:
And you might just get lucky enough to have this happen:
Poor sweet baby!! 
When all else fails I nurse him to try to relieve the pressure on his gums, and because he associates nursing with soothing it helps a lot! Somedays it feels like I’m nursing all day!! And sometimes it feels like I’m turning into his chew toy (can we say ouch!?!?) But if it makes it all better for him then that’s what we do (except for the biting! He gets told no very firmly, which he doesn’t like, but this mama don’t play like that!! lol)
So that’s it! My tips for surviving teething! What did you do to survive teething with your little ones? Anything I missed that you’d suggest?

Finally…new pictures!!!!

OK, so I’ve been promising new pictures for a while now so here they are! Finally! Today we had Micah’s 3 month pictures taken (even though he will be 4 months on Monday! Shhh, don’t tell!) Here a few of my favorites!

I love this one because he is always wringing his hands like this! Does that mean he’s going to be a little worry-wart?!?!

This morning my mom dumped a container of styrofoam peanuts on the floor in her kitchen and Bri and Jonah had a ball rolling around in them. Sometimes it’s the simpliest thing!

Bri was already for dance class, note the pink leotard and black dance skirt! She looks so adorable!
Tonight I decided to go ahead and start Micah on ceral. He is just so hungry all the time! He will eat 5-6 ounces every three hours and he started waking up again in the middle of the night (that is soooo not acceptable!!! Hehehe!) Just don’t tell his pediatrician- we don’t have their ok! (But Doc, he’s just soooo hungry! And I’m sooo tired!!!!) Sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Anyways, he really liked it! So much in fact that I couldn’t get it in his mouth fast enough! We ended up having to put it in his bottle and just let him drink it, and even then he needed another 3 ounce bottle when he was done with that! Oh little piggy!

So there you are! I hope you enjoyed seeing an update of the kids! I’ll try not to go so long in the future!

Fall Fun!

Fall arrived early here, the way it’s seemed to for a few years now! (At least we don’t have snow yet…I am definately counting my blessings there!) But since we had such a wet summer it’s taken the leaves a while to start changing color, so we’re just now reaching peak color here and it’s gorgeous to behold! I don’t think anything beats a Kentucky fall (except for maybe a New England one!)

We’ve had some fun outside, although it’s been pretty cold for October and we’ve all just gotten over colds so we haven’t been able to be outside a lot. But a couple weeks ago for playgroup we went to a petting zoo and got to go on a hayride and pick out a pumpkin. It was a lot of fun!

Last night for Family Night we watched “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”. It’s a cute little movie about a pumpkin who is square instead of round and all the other pumpkins laugh at him and are mean to him because he’s different. But in the end they learn that being square is good and that Spookley was a very special pumpkin. It was really cute and taught a great lesson. For our activity we carved a pumpkin using The Pumpkin Prayer. If you’ve never heard of it you should check it out! Basically you cut the eyes in the shape of hearts to remind us to love all we see, the nose is a cross to reminds us not to turn up our nose at the things we’ve been given, the ears are shaped like Bibles to remind us to open our ears to God’s word, and finally the mouth in the shape of a fish to remind us to tell others of Jesus. It turned out so cute and was a great way to incorporate scripture and prayer into the evening.

We hope that you all are having a great fall! When it stops raining I’m going to get some pictures of our fall landscaping-it turned out so cute this year! We’re loving having a yard to decorate each season! So happy fall, ya’ll! Have a great time!