Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Emerson's Baby Girl

I don't know if it's my pregnancy hormones, but I was brought to tears a couple times on Sunday because of the thoughtfulness and compassion a friend had on Emerson She saw the video I posted on Facebook of Emerson revealing that our baby is a boy (if you didn't see the video, watch it here). When you see the video, you know her heart shattered. This friend gave her a new baby doll, accompanied with a blanket, diapers, and outfits, and wrote the sweetest note, telling Emerson she could relate to her. It brought me to tears that someone would recognize the real feelings of this little girl and take the time to do something to lift her spirits. The video was entertaining for sure, but she truly was devastated when the hope of having a sister vanished. That day, I had given a lesson in church, and we were discussing service. I brought this up (I had just received the gift to give to her), and said that recognizing the needs and circumstances of those around us are key so that we can provide service and compassion for them. This friend did just that.
And Emerson hasn't stopped carrying that baby around.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beautiful Blue Bird

Emerson had her Pow Wow and Thanksgiving Feast this week. She was given an Indian name: Beautiful Blue Bird.
She now says that's her real name, and that is what we are to call her. Stone can't stand it. He refuses to call her Blue Bird, but I made him indulge her in her request. She's such a hoot! I loved how much her teacher got into it. It makes it that much more fun for the kids.
We are looking forward to Thanksgiving break!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween 2014

You know by now we go all out for Halloween. Though we've broke the tradition a couple times in the last 8 years (2008 Cliff and I skipped out because we had been out of town, and 2011 we did individual costumes), we typically have a family theme the night of our church Halloween party, and if the kids participate happily, they can choose to be something else on actual Halloween night for trick-or-treating.  Take Stone, for instance, who got stuck being a playing card last year (click here!). You could say he was less than thrilled (I'm laughing out loud as I type this, because he was a great sport, but did NOT dig being a PLAYING CARD). 

So this year, at Stone's request, we were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This year, it was Emerson that was the good sport. I know she doesn't look too thrilled in her pictures, but she really did enjoy it. And since she was a good sport, she (along with every other little girl in America) was Elsa the night of Halloween. Stone decided to be a vampire, last minute, and Knox remained a Ninja Turtle.
I love Halloween! It kicks off fall and holiday festivities. It's something we, as a family, do together, enjoy, and make memories of. 

Here are a few pictures from the two dress-ups.

People asked how Knox's makeup was so perfect. He actually loved Cliff putting it on! He watched Stone and Emerson get all dressed up, and he wanted to be jus like them. He was in full character all night long!

And then for Halloween night...

Doing her ice magic.... ....you can tell she did enjoy this costume a little more...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Flag Football!

Football is our family sport. It's kind of a big deal. And in Texas, it's a HUGE deal. Our little flag football teams play at the high school stadiums, and it's taken quite seriously. 
Stone's team did awesome this year. They started off a little rough, but quickly got the hang of things. Stone LOVES defense. He'd rather chase after the ball and pull flags than catch the ball and run (although he loves that, too). He was a big part of the team this year, and really did have quite the time. We made it far into the playoffs, but the season has come to an end, and I think we are ready for things to slow down a bit over here.

Stone got to be captain at a game (below) and participated in the coin toss.

Also this football season, he was part of the Kick-Off-Crew for our high school's football team. He got to run through a giant inflatable helmet at the start of each home game, through a tunnel of dancers and cheerleaders. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's a....


She was pretty heartbroken, but quickly warmed up to the idea. She still kisses my belly and tells me she's excited for the baby.

I was pretty sure it was a boy until the last week or so before the ultrasound. Then I just started thinking girl. Like last pregnancy, I had no gender preference. While pregnant with Emerson, I clearly stated in prayers that I really just wanted at least one boy and one girl. I have that. So whatever came next, I was 100% happy with. Truth is, once upon a time, I never thought I'd get my girl. Once I had her, I just assumed she'd always be my only one. Cliff's side of the family has an overwhelming number of males. It's a boy family.

We are excited for this little guy to enter our family! Love him already!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Instagram Roundup

A little roundup from recent happenings on my Instagram...

I told you this boy loves balls. I caught him in here. And not once, but twice.

We love going to the trail near our home. I can't stop smiling when I'm behind Emerson. Her little legs pedals so fast, and she sings the whole way. She makes up her own words, and over and over again, she'll often sing, "I'm having SO MUCH FUN!!" There is a park at our turnaround point, so we always stop and play for a bit.

Sometimes Knox and I will go on a jog while the older two are at school. His face melts my heart.

This girl is the queen of dress up. She goes through several outfits a day, and several princess dresses a day. Occasionally, she sneaks in the Mariachi costume. Why not ride your princess bike dressed as a Mariachi? 

Stone is such a good boy. He came home from school one day, and said he needed to go out rake the leaves. And so he did.

My favorite photo backdrop is Cliff's '55 Chevy. It's also the kids' favorite hangout spot. They play in the back every day.

My heart is continuously so full. I love these kids!

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Little Cheerleader

So I may totally love that she wants to be a cheerleader. Cheerleading was a huge part of teen life. I loved every minute of it. Even the minutes I didn't think I loved, I love them now as memories. 
Emerson participated in a little cheerleading camp at our high school. She got to perform 3rd Quarter at a game, and loved every minute of it. She was a bit shy at first, but warmed up quickly. 
Go Pirates!