Saturday, November 22, 2008

Meeting for the 1st Time

While we were down for Mack Mack's funeral, Bethany met LOTS of new family members. Sunday just before we left to come home Granny, Regina, and Connie got to hold her for the first time. Here they are....

Where's My Ticker?!

Daddy-O took some time tonight to look at the blog and was concerned that he didn't have a ticker to let everyone know how old he is. So, I looked into it and well, basically he's just too doggone old to have a cute ticker. (Guess they thought at his age no one would be counting the minutes till the next number.) :) I tried, but it's a no go Daddy-O.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mack Mack




This past Wednesday night I received a call telling me that my grandpa, lovingly known as Mack Mack by Rebekah and Ethan, had passed away. This was a sudden and unexpected call. He was doing what he loved best working outside, when the Lord called him Home.
Rebekah and Ethan loved Mack Mack very much. They often asked when we could go to Granny and Mack Mack's house and see them. One of their favorite things to do with Mack Mack was feed the cows. While they were both very upset by the passing of Mack Mack, Ethan was especially sad because "Mack Mack is my friend and now I only have 1 friend left." It was difficult to see my children this sad, but we remembered the fun we had had with him just a few months ago when he came to visit. We also talked about the cows, playing ball with Mack Mack, and playing at the park.



We made arrangements and left early Friday morning to head to the funeral and spend some time with Granny. Rebekah was very concerned about Granny and wanted to take her something, so she called our neighbor, Resa, and asked if she had any flowers left. Resa has the most beautiful roses at her house. Resa said sure and Friday morning helped Rebekah and Ethan get 3 gorgeous pick roses to take to Granny. (Thanks Resa! It was a touching moment to watch them give Granny the flowers Friday night.)

While we were down there the bull got out of the pasture and was standing on the side of the road. So, with no one else to get the bull back in... out go the city boys... Grandpa, Chad, Daddy-O (Bill), Michael, and Ray. As they went out, a small voice said, "If Mack Mack were here he'd get that bull in!"
We will really miss Mack Mack's smiling face and the happy songs he sung all the time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Contest

Rebekah entered a writing contest for "Chickalay", aka Chick-fil-A. The instructions were to tell in 100 words or less why you are thrilled to have a Chick-fil-A in the neighborhood. So, she decided to write a few sentences and since she loves making hearts, she put her story on one. Hope you enjoy it! I'll let you know if she wins!

Friday, November 7, 2008

A busy day today

NEW TOYS FOR ETHAN (BUT WE'LL ALL ENJOY)





Last night, Matthew brought over some new to us toys for Ethan to keep, a BIG bag of Rescue Heroes. Today, Rebekah, Ethan, and I had a good time playing with them while Bethany slept. It was such a gorgeous day that we took them out on the brand new deck Daddy-O built and played. Looking forward to more days like this to spend outside on the deck.


PICTURE DAY FOR BETHANY

A friend of ours came today with her photography equipment and took some pictures of Bethany. She was great and stayed here for about 3 hours working with us. Bethany did well, but seemed to tire quickly. We knew the end of the shoot came when she kept on putting her hand in front of her face and turning away; a baby's way of saying "NO MORE PHOTOS PLEASE!" Look at how tired she was at the end of her 1st professional photo shoot!



REBEKAH








While we were outside today, Rebekah struck a pose and said "Look, I'm standing like Mama!" So I snapped a picture and thought I ask you guys, "Do I really stand like that?!" She continued standing in different positions that I supposedly have. I caught a couple of them. Really?! If so, I need an intervention! I'm taking the first step and admitting I have a problem standing properly. Now the healing can begin. :)











Aunt Kelly, Dillon, and Gwen come to visit

We had a great time with Dillon, Gwen, and Aunt Kelly Wednesday morning. Kelly and Rebekah played a couple of very intense games of Sequence. Gwen and I cheered them on while Dillon and Ethan played in the school room, doing guy stuff. Bethany was busy sleeping. Unfortunately, we were having such a good time that I forgot to get out the camera. SO Kelly, you and the gang need to come back soon so we can add your pretty faces here!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Day!

We started our day yesterday with a lesson in government...ELECTION DAY!

As we pulled into the parking lot to vote yesterday, Ethan asked who was on our team. (The question we get everytime a sporting event is on tv; and at our house that's pretty often.) So, I proudly told him it is Senator X. Before I could get it out of my mouth completely, he says "Well, who's on Satan's team?" Wisely, I put off the answer until we left the polling place so as to not have it proudly proclaimed while we waited in line.
This morning Rebekah asked if our team won and when I looked up she could tell the answer and said "Looks like Satan's team won, huh?"
Praise the Lord, that Satan won't win in the end! Christ WILL prevail!

We ran into the future president while we were out. I think he could do a great job don't you?!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The One Month Visit

Bethany went today for her 1 month check up. The doctor was pleased by her growth and development. She is weighing in at 9 pounds 11.5 oz and is 21 1/4 inches long. She falls between the 50th and 75th percentile in both categories. Looking good Bethany!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My, how time flies

Well, Miss Bethany Paige is 4 weeks old. Where has the time gone?! She started out at a whopping 6 pounds 11.5 oz and according to my scale at home she is already at (drum roll please) 10 pounds! WOW! From a sack of sugar to a sack of taters, just like that! If she keeps this up, I won't be toting her for long... she'll be toting me!!

I'll report the actual weight and length from the doctor after we go next week!




She is such a sweet baby! She loves to take at least one nap on her tummy. Good news for me since neither of the other two wanted anything to do with their tummies.


Halloween

We had a nice time last night Trick or Treating. The big kids dressed up as a princess (as if there was ever a doubt as to what Miss Rebekah would be) and an astronaut. Bethany decided to be herself, but with her eyes open. (That is still a rarity but she is starting to stay awake more and more and Rebekah and Ethan think that is still super funny that she is awake.) Ethan will say LOUDLY followed by a giggle, of course, "Her eyes are open! She's got her eyes open!" and Rebekah will run into the room where Bethany is just to see her eyes. Which is quickly followed up by "Hi, Miss Eyes!" or "Hi, Miss Wide Eyes!" in her sweet little southern accent she uses every so often.

After we walked down our street to introduce our 3 trick or treaters to our friends, we headed up to Mechanicsville to see Great Nana and Popa Bo from Florida and all the cousins. It was crazy to have 8 children under the age of 6 in one room, including 3 little girls under a year. Needless to say, it was a busy place. After a few quick photos, the "big kids", everyone over the age of 1 month, went out in the night air to gather some treats (and possibly play some tricks on the neighbors).


Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and they came back with bags full of candy. Wasn't that sweet of them to get me something to help me through the tough days? With sweet tarts, m&m's, and kit kats in hand, anything seems possible!