December pics

One of my sweet friends, Megan Stewart, sent the boys matching p.j.'s for Christmas. They had to put them on as soon as they opened the present - thanks Megan !December activities began with the Women's Christmas event at our church. I co-hosted a table, which meant that we were responsible for decorating the table and inviting our table guests. I was so blessed to have Mom F. drive in from Rowlett to attend with me. My ex-next door neighbor, Callie, was also my guest. We had a great night of fellowship.

Next on the December agenda - Winter Wonderland - an event that our neighborhood association puts on every year. They make snow and cover this hill in our neighborhood and provide sleds for you to ride on. This was probably the worst idea that Keith and I have had thus far in parenting. First of all, it was freezing. Second, the wind was blowing very, very hard. Third, we weren't dressed for the event - let's just say there was a lot of mud. It took me longer to clean up our clothes after we got home than the amount of time we spent there for the boys to slide down two times each with Keith. Mom and Dad F. went with us...I don't think they'll be saying yes to any other ideas Keith and I propose for awhile :)
Paul Williamson came to visit us a couple of weekends ago. It was so good to get to see him. His whole life is about to change like ours did last year. He graduates from DTS this month and will be getting married this summer to a beautiful lady, Anna Shaver. After they get married, they will begin raising support to be missionaries with Wycliffe.

Kamden has a new routine. He lays in his bed and waits patiently for Kade to go to sleep. Then, he gets up and comes out to spend time with mommy and daddy by himself. He is so cute that he makes it really hard to send him back to bed.

We attemped to make a gingerbread train on one of our family nights. Let's just say that I think more candy got into Kade and Kamden's mouth than onto the train as decorations.

Kamden got his first black eye last week. He collided with Kade in the hallway and walked away with evidence of the collision.

I will close with a couple of pics of Kale at 4 months old. I took him for his 4 mo check-up and he weighs 16 lbs, 12 oz. He has to be the happiest baby ever - always with a huge smile to give to anyone who will look at him. Lately, he has been spending more time on his tummy and has gotten pretty good as grabbing anything within reach. He is sleeping 12 hours at night and only nursing 4 times a day. He is growing up way too fast - as are Kade and Kamden.
Good night!


Thanksgiving Snapshots

We began the morning with Mimi teaching us how to make the perfect dressing. Mimi's cornbread dressing is one of our favorite Thanksgiving foods.
This was actually taken the day before while we were at our Getting Away To Get It Together, but I thought it was a cute picture because it looks like Kale is praying.
Here we are trying to take a family picture...I have no idea what I'm doing with my hand, but at least two of our three are looking at the camera for this picture.
watching a little football with daddy...
having some granny time...

Kale got to meet both of his great grandmothers on Thanksgiving. Here he is with his Nanny - she must be a very funny lady :)
...and here he is with his Mimi. He's already let me know that he wants to learn how to make dressing from his Mimi next year at Thanksgiving. He saw how much fun his brothers had learning this year and he wants in on the action too.
Kade and Papa hiding out in the bedroom before the meal.

My favorite...leftovers! I really look forward to these every year. This is the only food that we can eat on for three days straight and not get tired of it.
I'm so behind on posting pictures. I have some cute ones from today when we took the boys to a "sledding in the snow" event in our neighborhood. So far, that has been the worst decision we have made in regards to what to take the boys to enjoy. It was freezing, muddy, did I mention freezing and windy, and way too crowded. It took us longer to get cleaned up than it did for Keith to slide down the hill a couple of times each with Kade and Kamden. I chickened out when I saw how muddy it was at the bottom of the hill. Anyways, I'll try to post pictures of it in the next couple of days.


Thank you Lord for...

...a husband that truly shows me sacrificial love. I understand the love of Christ more fully thru my wonderful marriage to Keith.
...three boys that remind me to live life to the fullest. They constantly give me reasons to praise God. They also give me reason to "pray without ceasing." I am reminded thru them that I am in desperate need of God's strength to make it thru each day.
...getting to be a stay-at-home mom. I can't imagine not getting to be with them everyday to see what new milestones they have achieved developmentally or hear what thoughts are rolling around in their heads.
...a mom that loves me so unconditionally and who loves my husband and children with the same depth of love.
...a mom and dad (thru marriage) who model great financial stewardship, a life-long commitment to each other, and a love for their grandchildren that we hope to repeat.
...many other things that I don't have time to blog about because my husband is rushing me out the door and I'm really slow at this!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Typical sights at our home

Here are three reminders to Keith and I every morning to thank God for His creation.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139.13-14

I thought it would be fun to post some pics of what the boys do during the day for fun.

They love anything to do with hitting balls. Both Kade and Kamden have pretty good aim for their age. I love Kamden's "bat." A hammer, golf club, loaf of french bread, and broom have all been used as bats during the past week.

Here they are playing dress up with daddy's hats.

What more could two little boys (and one big boy) want than a big box that you can use as a fort?
I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving. This holiday is so special because it gives us a special time to set aside to reflect on the gifts that we have been given and to praise the Giver of all good things.


Kale turns 3 months!

Here are a couple of pics of Kale taken the past couple of days. He is really getting control of his head movement now. He can officially sit in his Bumbo seat for a little while without his head flopping backwards. He loves to grab whatever objects he can find in his lap and put them in his mouth for a taste. He still loves his thumb which we find precious. He truly is the easiest baby I have ever seen. He even wakes up for his first morning feeding with a smile on his face. The only time he is not happy is in the car. He screams so loud that you think something is dreadfully wrong, but no, as soon as you get him out of his carseat, he is back to smiling and cooing.

Here, he is watching his brothers try on all of daddy's hats. I will try to post pictures of them in Keith's hats tomorrow.
hmmm, let me think about that....
just chillin', wathing my brothers play...
I think he was carrying on a conversation with his granny here...or maybe just looking at her - that's brings a laugh by itself...just kidding mom.
Just in case some of you didn't know, Keith has starting posting his devotionals again on his Authentic Walk blog. I have always loved getting to read how God was challenging him and then also be challenged myself thru the same passage. It's really good stuff if you have a chance to check it out.


Halloween Pics

We began the evening setting up to pass out hot dogs and drinks to all our neighbors while they were trick-or-treating. We have two reasons for beginning this tradition: 1. to celebrate Kade's birthday and 2. to get to know our neighbors better. Here is Keith grilling the hallo-weenies :)Here is our favorite Batman and Superman waiting to go get candy.
Kamden thought that since he was Bat-man, he should have a bat. Seems like pretty good logic to me. And I don't know what Kade had just done, but he totally looks like he just got caught.
And we're off to go trick-or-treating while daddy stays and grills more hallo-weenies.
We actually got this pumpkin outfit for Kade before he was born assuming he would be here before the 31st. Since they don't allow trick-or-treating at the hospital for the newborns, Kade never got to wear his first costume. But that's o.k., because his newest brother, Kale, got to wear the costume for his first Halloween.
...and we're back to look (and taste) the loot we got from our sweet neighbors.
What a fun day! Kade and Kale taking a little rest before baths and bedtime.


Kade's 3rd Birthday Party

This picture was taken of the boys this past Friday. Kade will be 3 years old tomorrow, Kamden is 19 months and Kale is 2 1/2 months old. They are the most precious boys - Keith and I fall more in love with them every day. Kade is getting close to exiting the "terrible" two's and Kamden is blasting thru the door to the "terrible" two's. It's not really terrible, but it is very tiring sometimes. Kade and Kamden can't live without each other, but they have to work really hard occasionally to live with each other at the same time. And they both seem to adore their newest brother. What I love most about all three of them is that they love to smile and laugh out loud. They enjoy life to the fullest and look at everything with such wonder.

Here are a couple of pictures from Kade's birthday party. We got him this cool t-ball machine that can either shoot balls straight up in the air for you to hit or pitch it a little ways for you to hit from a distance. The boys at the party thought this was the best toy ever. Actually, Keith and I are having fun with it too.

This is a great picture of the Ferguson men. And to think there was ever a concern that the Ferguson name might die out :)