Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jude's 3rd Birthday Party

"Better late than never" should be my blogging motto...I mean, seriously.  I wanted to write a quick thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes to Jude and also to say how much he loved his birthday party.  He is such a precious gift to both Matt and I, and we are so grateful that he has such a wonderful support system around him.  We had a small, family birthday party for him on his birthday.  We picked a firetruck theme for the event.  He really loves all things transportation, but has a particular fascination with firetrucks.  We grilled out hamburgers and hotdogs + had way too many sweets.  But according to Jude sweets should make up the entire food pyramid. :)  If you would like to visit Jude's past birthday parties you can look here, here, here, and here.

 So he was a little frightened by our singing.  It took a few minutes to recover and blow out the candles.   Haha!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jude is 3!

Dear Jude,

Today is your day.  You are 3!  We blinked somewhere in the last 3 years and when our eyes reopened you were no longer our little baby but our little boy.  Daddy and Mommy are so proud of you.  You are so thoughtful.  We love how you are always aware of our feelings and longing to please us (well, maybe not at bedtime, since you always say that you are awake and you don't need a nap *wink face*).  It is also pretty neat to hear you say your prayers at night and try to call all of the names of your family members and your friends.  We enjoy your passion for the outdoors and all things transportation.  You are the epitome of a boy.   Thank you for always cheering us up with your kisses, hugs and constant words of affirmation {e.g. "I want to see you"(aka I want to be by you) , "I want to hold you" (aka I want you to hold me)}.  We also appreciate the fact that you have a love for things that we like, for example...drinking coffee, going to church, going to Target, getting new tennis shoes, eating sweets, and spending time with family and friends.  You are learning to be polite and share, and we think it's pretty cool when we see you using your manners.  We notice how smart you are, too.  You often know how to operate apps before we do and you love to hear books read aloud and completing puzzles.  We are so blessed that God allowed us to be your parents.  We pray for you and know God has his hands on your life.  We love you, Jude.  Happy Birthday!

Daddy + Mommy

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September = Back-to-School

Yep, it's that time of year again...back-to-school time, that is.  Matt has actually been in his classroom for three weeks now and I started teaching this past Tuesday.  We feel very blessed to work in a field that we both love and enjoy.  And guuuuys, I have to add that it is so nice having a spouse that is in the same line of work.  When we have our evening discussions about how our day was, we can completely empathize and have some understanding of where we each are coming from....and that is just too good sometimes.  Matt is still in the 7th grade classroom this year, although he did move to a new room.  I have went back to teaching in 2nd grade and THAT makes me super happy.  2nd grade just rocks.  I look forward to making an impact on these kiddos this year.  All in all, getting back to teaching is not that bad, but I can't say that I am ever excited to see summer come to an end though.  Leaving my Jude just doesn't get any easier...even knowing that he perfectly good hands with his grandma.   It does make coming home each day so much sweeter.  :)

2nd Grade

7th Grade