Monday, August 3, 2015

Ezra Is 9 Months Old!

Dear E,
You turned 9 months old last week + I still am in wonder just as I was on Oct. 25, 2014 at how I have been blessed with another precious boy.  You are joy defined.  I think out of all of the stages of the first year of life, this is my favorite.  I love how you giggle when you are kissed under your chin or on your belly.  I love the huge, bashful grin you get when I try to get you to say "momma".  I love how you say "da da da" along with a lot of other undistinguishable gibberish {you may just be a big talker when you get it all figured out}.  I love the adoring look you give your big brother every time you see him in the morning or after a nap.  I love your chunky little body that refuses to crawl, but will wonder all over the house in a walker.  I love how you get so excited to play at bathtime + are so upset when you have to get out.  I love the complete frustration you get when you are hungry + don't get your bottle right away {did someone say "temper"?!}.  I love how when I go to retrieve you from your crib, you kick your legs with excitement + when I pick you up, you grab my face + nestle into my neck.  I love how content you are to sit on the floor + play with your toys + the fascination that comes when getting a new gadget to play with.  I love that you like trying new foods even without teeth yet {yesterday's corn on the cob gnawing was a pretty humorous event to watch}.  I love that you are pretty content no matter where we go or what we do as long as you are fed + getting your rest.  To sum all of it up...I love you, my sweet Ezra!  I wish time could pause, but knowing that it won't I guess I will just keep finding more reasons to love you even more as you grow.

Friday, July 31, 2015

First Time to the Dentist

Today was a big day for a 3-year-old Jude.  He is going to be a pre-schooler in a few weeks + in order to do that he had to visit the dentist.  We were both thankful that the dentist basically just looked his teeth over briefly + gave him a good report on all 20 of his teeth.  If only every visit was that easy. Then, we decided to celebrate with a little pool time {baby pool, that is} outside.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Perfect Picnic

Jude had a request today:
-a blanket
-a lot of food
-sweet tea in a teapot
-his brother, Ezra, for company
All of this adding up to the best picnic!  Honestly, I could do this every summer day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cousins, Yes! Friends, A Definite Yes!

My parents had a family dinner tonight...a rarity, seeing that it hard to make work with all of our busy schedules.  It was so needed.  I haven't mentioned anything about their house fire here on the blog, but back at the beginning of June their house burnt down completely.  The whole event was pretty devastating to say the least; however, we are so grateful no one was home at the time of the fire + that the things lost for the most part can be replaced.  My parents were blessed to find a home to rent about two minutes away from their house.  This cookout was our first get-together at their rental.  We ate, relaxed, + chatted the night away.  Jude + Ezra played with Blayze, their cousin, + wow, they have the best of time together.  I don't think the noise ever stops + neither do they.  Ezra is observing all their ways + I think he thinks they are pretty cool {well, sometimes}.  I took some pics of the boys in the backyard, which is always an interesting venture.  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Family Day

Can I take just a moment to say how thankful I am for my husband?!  He has taken all of his summer break + selflessly given it to work for our family {our ever growing family, at that :)}.  Matt has been working 12 hour shifts most days just to provide some extra income for us.  I am ever grateful that he takes care of our needs + puts us first.  That being said, he becomes an even better husband + father when he suggests that we take Saturday {his only day off mind you} a family day.  High fives for all of the men of the family like that!  So, that is just what we did.  We made our way to the Newport Aquarium early Saturday morning to find that it was a two hour wait...yikes!!!  So, being the flexible people we are, we decided J + E could experience their first time at the movies.  Jude is a pretty big Despicable Me fan, so viewing the minion movie was a no-brainer.  Let me tell ya, that was not the worst time ever.  I've been dreading taking my extremely active 3-year-old to the movies + not to mention with an 8 month in tow; however, it was so relaxing and Jude LOVED it!!!  Then, it was off to the aquarium, where we not only got to see a lot sharks {Jude's fave} but also walk on a bridge over them + pet them.  It was such a much needed fun-filled family day...thanks to a pretty amazing daddy.

 ^E was out for a quick nap^
 ^But not for too long^