Friday, December 31, 2010

Clarification and a video!

I am so new to this whole fasting thing and so I am really trying to figure out what it means to fast. I know it means no food, but I thought to myself surely ppl don't do that for 21 days?? But they do!!! Isn't that amazing!!!!! I was watching Jentzen Franklin (the one that has encouraged the 21 day fast) and he said for beginners to do a 3 day fast (liquids only), then do a "Daniel" fast for the rest of the 21 days. Which is no meat, no sweets, no bread! I can do that!!! I am also adding no tv or internet too for the full 21 days. And please don't think I am trying to get praise for this by posting this. I am just hoping to encourage others to try it out :D Plus I feel really dumb b/c before I had it all wrong. But you learn as you go, right?

So now that all of that is cleared up :D Here is a sweet video of my Noah bear! It is long, but worth it in the end when he holds out his arms and says momma :D If you want you can just fast forward to 3:45 minutes into it to see it!!! Enjoy!! TGIF!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Playtime with Maggie

Maggie is not too sure of Noah, but he just adores her! Everytime he sees her he smiles! So one day he grabbed one of her toys and she actually came up to him to get it and he started laughing. She is very gentle when she gets it and I am hoping this playtime will make her see that Noah isn't so bad :D Here is a video of them playing tug of war. Please excuse me and my southern self!! hehe


And I just realized that I won't be offline until January 9th that is when the fasting starts. Whoopsy! I was thinking we were starting on the 1st. So yay more time online :D hehe!!

Christmas Morning in Pictures :D










Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Eve!!

Last year around the same time I was 19 wks pregnant and dreaming about how awesome Christmas would be with a sweet baby!!!

This was the BEST Christmas ever because we had the best gift, Noah bear!


I am going to be out of the blogging world for 21 days starting January 1st, so I am going to try and write some posts and set them to post later on so y'all don't forget about me :D Here is some of our Christmas fun!! On Christmas Eve Noah and I made Santa some brownies :D He is a great lil helper!!

                                                         He read me the directions..hehe


                                                 Then we opened up the bag of ingredients!


                                             He had his very own spoon to help me stir the brownies!


                                  Then we scooped them into the trays and sent them off to bake!


                                                        He was my best assistant chef ever :D


                   We went to church that evening (our new family tradition) and Noah tried to outpreach Uncle Jay, hehe! But it was great to really enjoy the true meaning of Christmas which is Jesus' birth!



           After church we put the brownies on Noah's great grandmother's china and set out a cup of milk to go with it! Then Noah went to sleep so that Santa could come and visit!!!


More to come........

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fasting!

I mentioned that soon I would be fasting, so let me explain a bit more. Todd and I are planning on fasting in January for 21 days. I am giving up tv, internet, and sweet tea!! I know sweet tea will be super hard! I would rather drink sweet tea than eat, haha!! Todd is giving up sweets, tv, internet, and sodas. He has already started drinking water, but I am downing the sweet tea like it is going away forever!!!

Why are we fasting? Well, I know it will help us get even closer to God. Instead of watching tv we will be reading the Bible and hanging with Jesus!!!! I really wanted to go all out and just drink liquids but I am scared that I would faint or something b/c of my whole PCOS blood sugar levels thingie! And a fainting mommy will not be a good mommy :D

And in the scheme of things what I am giving up for 21 days is nothing to what Jesus did for us!! We already know the end of the story and through Christ we are saved!! So after Jan. 1st I will be gone for 21 days!! I will miss y'all a bunch and be thinking about you all!!! And when I get back I will fill ya in on how the fast went and do some catch up reading!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And if you aren't saved or don't know Jesus I encourage you to get to know HIM!!! He is the ONLY way!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seven Months!!!

My sweet Noah Bear is 7 months old!!!! He is growing like a weed and I swear everyday I don't think I could love him anymore but I do!!!!!!


 What are you up to these days Noah?? Well, you are sitting up all by yourself and loving playing with toys now that you can sit up and get right into everything. You still aren't into crawling just yet b/c you just aren't a fan of being on your tummy. I have a feeling once you do finally crawl you will be into EVERYTHING!!

You are saying da da, ga ga, ba ba, and squealing. I am still working on the mama part :D hehe! You are such a sweet lil boy and aren't fussy unless you are hungry or tired. You are just so content and happy! I love seeing your smiles and hearing you laugh! You are such a little giggler!!

You are finally sleeping through the night! YAY! However, I am even scared to type that out in fear that now you won't do it anymore. But usually you sleep from 7:30/8 p.m. to 7/8 a.m. If you do get up it is usually once and you will eat then off to sleepy town. You are kinda on your own schedule these days. You eat every three hours and take 6 ounces. I am still working on baby food, and lastnight you actually opened your mouth and took three good bites of green peas! YAY NOAH!!! You take three naps a day, usually at 9, 11, and sometime after 4. You still love your bathtime and I am just sure you will be a water baby!!! This summer is going to be FUN!!!

You are playing with Maggie by stealing her toy and then playing tug of war with her. It is so cute and when she does lick your hand you just get so tickled! You really love your doggie! I will have to weigh you and measure you but I am guessing you are around the 21 lb range and maybe 29 inches long. You are my BIG boy!!!! We just love seeing you learn each day and see things for the first time. This is going to be the BEST Christmas ever!!!! Happy 7 months sweet boy!!!



Dinner out with Mommy and Daddy!

I wanted to get a pic of him with the countdown sign (btw thx Sarah, gr8 idea) but he kept grabbing it, so this is as good as it gets! Cutie Pie!!!

Our tree!!
 A few of my fav. decor items this year :D




My big boy sitting in a high chair out to eat and reading the menu..hehe!!!


Wishing everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! See y'all after the new year :D I am taking a break and then a bigger break when I plan to fast in January and give up internet for 21 days!! More on that later :D

mowhawk noah :D

We got a few shots of his new cool do!! But I am not liking my camera right now so most of them were either blurry or too dark. We are saving up for a really good camera and I am still doing research to figure out which one I want.

Here is a shot from the top! Noah is playing with his presents from our Cousin Christmas Party! He was so happy and he knew they were new toys!!!

Mommy and Noah reading a new book, a view of the do from the side :D

I just love my Noah Bear!!! A view of my handsome boy from the front :D 

He was such a good lil boy! He just played with his cousins and chilled!! Super cool dude!!

Daddy and Noah!! See my camera takes bad pictures!!! They are all blurry and dark!! 


We had a great time with our family for Noah's first Christmas!! Next up will be Christmas with the FAMILY!! Super excited!!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

mowhawk...finally :D

I am so behind and need to post, but I was super excited that I was able to get Noah's hair to do a mowhawk..hehe! So he is gonna sport it at church today!! And to the cuz Christmas party tonight. I will post his 7 mos. stats and pics soon! Hope everyone has a GREAT sunday!!!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

food issues!!! Help!!

Okay so I know that I am not suppose to stress over this, but I am!!! You see Noah will be 7 months old tomorrow and I still cannot get the little stinker to open his mouth to eat rice cereal or other baby food. We have tried getting him to smile, tapping him on his chin, doing the choo choo, making it thicker so he can pick it up and feed himself, and giving him the spoon to feed himself while cheering YAY when he puts it in his mouth!

I am just plain out of ideas and quite frustrated!!!!! I never thought that this would be so difficult. I feel like I am doing something wrong or have done something wrong b/c when I get the spoon near him he locks his gums up and is like NO WAY MOMMA!! I have tried to make it fun and I don't make him eat alot I usually keep trying til I get like one or two bites in there and then if he gets upset we stop. I have put him in his highchair, the bumbo, the floor, the bouncer...nothing helps! I have even let him play with the spoon and bowl while working with him! I even tried a baked potatoe. I mashed it up and put it in front of him and he didn't even try to put it in his mouth. And this child puts EVERYTHING in his mouth!!! My mom, todd's mom, and todd have all tried feeding him! I guess my baby boy doesn't want to give up his bottle just yet.

Is there anything else I could try???? Should I be stressed that he is going to be 7 months old and won't eat baby food???? I am just sooo frustrated with myself!!!! I just don't know what else to do. Please HELP!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Photo Shoot!

I just had to share some of the pics from the christmas card shoot! I tried to be creative with my camera! It is hard b/c my camera is not working so great these days, but I got a few really good ones! These were taken before we went inside and Noah fell! Thank the Lord he didn't fall outside on the concrete. Just an FYI Todd was right beside him in all of these pictures! I wouldn't dare take pics like this without someone right there to catch him!!! And from experience it does happen!!!

I had a really good model!!!

 Had to get one with Maggie May :D


 He was smiling up at his Daddy :D

Love my chunky monkey!! I swear he is going to outgrow all of his clothes! These are 6 mos and he has already busting out of them!! Onto 9 mos. clothes :D

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Wish I could send a card to everyone, but atleast I can share it on here!! Love me some shutterfly!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pooped but still trucking!!!

Today I feel like I have gotten alot accomplished, but when I look at the couch and it is FULL of clean laundry that needs to be folded my confidence in having it all together weakens!!!! Noah and I have had a little cold...yes again!!! We just can't keep it away. So we haven't been feeling the best, but as you saw my wkend was packed full. I need another wkend to get over my wkend.

But just as I was about to just throw in the towel I was reading the book the duggars 20 kids and counting and was reading the part where Michelle was taking care of a business, her toddler, and pg with twins!!! That kicked my hiney into gear for sure! All I could think was that if she could do all of that I could get a few things done and push myself a bit more. And I did!!! YAY!!!

Now I think I have earned some rest :D But then my mind says no b/c I have this DIY project (thanks sarah...and I will share later) I am working on, cookies I need to bake for our new neighbors, presents that need to be wrapped, of course the laundry needs folding...then putting up!! But for now I am just going to enjoy the silence. That is what I am going to do!!!! Noah is napping and after a very long day at the doctor's office and shopping in wally world I am pooped!!!

I am scared to look at the monitor b/c I know when I do he will be awake. Does that just happen to me???

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekend Fun!!!

We have had a busy wkend and it isn't even over yet!! I went over to my sissy's house friday night to help her decorate for Carley's birthday party! Todd kept Noah and they had some guy bonding time!! It was a Christmas theme so we had lots of fun decorating and just chatting!! I think everything turned out really cute. Here is a pic of Carley (bday girl) with her arms around her lil sis and you can see some of the decor!! Cute, right!!!!

sweet sisters
 We had Carley's birthday party today and had lots of fun playing and eating tons of m & m's. My FAV!!!
Carley was loving on Noah so much! She is such a lil momma :D

Then we headed to church for dinner and then we were the show!!!
Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus

We were honored to be asked to play Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus at church!! Thankfully all we had to do was just sit there while someone read. And I was nervous about that!! I was scared to look up. I am just not meant for the stage..haha!! But I was so proud to get to portray such a special mommy! Noah did great he just talked a bit and made ppl laugh and then tugged on my scarf and almost pulled it off. What a great memory to have!!! And btw I am loving Mary's outfit! Why can't we just wear that nowadays?? I would feel so comfortable and not so stressed to lose wt and be skinny minnie!!!

Tomorrow is filled with church and family time!! And I am hoping some naps!! Here is a cute pic of Noah in his "hee haws" what we call overalls down here in the south!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Momma knows best!!!

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing"(Philippians 2:14-16 NIV).

The other day I was talking to my momma! Something I try to do every day!! I love our daily chats :D And there I was complaining about cleaning my house! And momma quickly said be thankful you  have a house to clean!! I needed to hear that b/c I had my perspective all wrong. I then said you are so right momma and I am thankful b/c there are alot of ppl that don't have a home to clean. I love the fact that at even age 30 my momma is still teaching me about life!! My daddy and momma have always led me to God and told me that His is the ONLY path to heaven!!! And more than ever I listen to every word my momma says!!! It is amazing how when you are younger you think you know it all and now I have learned that everything she says is golden!!!!!

I have been working on having a joyful heart when I do anything! From washing dishes to changing diapers. I want to have a joyful heart for the Lord while I do it all. And yes I am NOT perfect so I have my moments like when my momma had to remind me.

I challenge y'all to do the same. I swear it changes everything when you go into chores or works with a joyful heart! I find myself singing praise songs while I am mopping!! Also when you do your works for God there is no need to feel like you are owed anything. You know we all do this!! I do the dishes so Todd should do the dishes the next night...etc. Well, we could never repay God for what He has done for us...so get to working with joy :D

Happy Thursday!! Love You Momma (and Daddy too...don't get jealous)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

this and that

Noah had his 6 month appt. and 6 month pictures yesterday! It was a full day!! And it rained all over us :D I was shocked that Noah did NOT smile much at his photo session. I think he was still sleepy and teething something terrible or maybe he went for the more serious look..hehe!! After making silly noises and jumping around trying to get him to smile we headed to the doctor. Poor lil guy got 4 shots!! I know they are necessary but it is still hard to see him in pain!! I couldn't get my hands on him fast enough after his shots. I had to just love on him sooo much.

Noah is now weighing 20lb 7 oz and is 28 1/4 in. long!! He is a BIG boy!! The dr. said he was super healthy! And of course Noah gave the dr. plenty of smiles :D Go figure!!! We just love our doctor b/c he gives Noah a kiss on the head before he leaves...so sweet!!!

He did great with the shots, except today one place is a bit swollen and pink. I was told to massage it. I did a few times but not too hard! I can imagine it is very sensitive. And I was in shock this morning b/c Noah took a 2 1/2 hour nap!!!! I kept checking the monitor and he would move so I was okay, but this child NEVER sleeps that long!! I guess he did have a rough day yesterday!!

Other than that we are still working on eating solids. Noah will NOT open his mouth! So I try to get him to smile and sometimes that works and sometimes I give him the spoon with food on it and he puts it in his mouth and I start clapping and saying YAYYYY NOAH!!! I am hoping he gets the hint that it is a good thing to eat his food :D Tonight we tried green beans and he seemed to not dislike them. He tried applesauce the other day ( I had to try it ) and he did a whole body shake. I guess it was bitter?? I tried it and it was tasty!! So now he gets green beans for the next few days and then I plan on doing squash. I think after that he will be done with all the veggies. Then onto the fruits!!!

We just got our Christmas cards in the mail from shutterfly!! LOOOOVE them!!! I need to go and finish writing addresses!! Does anyone have any ideas on how to make address labels that are cute?? I have an OLD program that makes them but it has OLD pictures. I just want to put a big L on there or maybe some polka dots as the background. Any suggestions???
Hope everyone is having a gr8 week so far!!! Love y'all!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seriously what day is it again??

It was funny to read that others are experiencing this as well. I guess it is b/c of Thanksgiving but I cannot seem to get my days straight lately. I really had no idea today was Saturday. I am not sure what day I thought it was, but it just felt different.

Neways....

Noah is doing great! He is acting like his normal self and I am still very cautious about everything. Noah and I got to meet up with one of my besties for a late lunch and then I headed off to take pictures for my sissy. She needed pictures taken for their Christmas card. I think we got some really good shots. It is hard to get two kids, a dog, and then of course the parents to all smile at the same time..hahaha!! I am not sure how professional photographers do it!! It was fun!! I got to spend some quality time with my nephew poos!! They are so sweet and gave Noah tons of kisses and lovins. Jacob even gave me some money to put in Noah's piggy bank!! So cute!! I just love spending time with my family!!! And look at these boys, aren't they the cutest eva!!!


The boys at our recent trip to Gatlinburg

Look at how both of them are touching Noah! They really do just adore him and I know that Noah will always look up to his big cousins and want to do everything they do!!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Noah's First (and hopefully last) Ambulance Ride!!

Today we had a BIG scare and are very thankful that Noah is fine!! I was working on getting some photos to use for our Christmas card. I dressed Noah up very cute and put him in one of our dining room chairs. I took some photos outside up against the brick on the house and Todd helped me get him to smile and stood right beside him in case he fell. Then I moved my photo shoot inside and that is when it all went bad. I guess because we had just taken his picture outside on the exact same chair we had more confidence in him sitting in it. I was right beside him taking pictures and then he fell!! It happened in seconds and I was in slow motion and couldn't catch him. He fell right onto his head and it looked like a really bad fall! He hit his head and his neck bent and I was sure he was severely injured! My heart stopped!!!! I grabbed him and consoled him. He was screaming!! I was in shock and so was Todd! We had no clue what to do! I have never felt so helpless in my life!! I grabbed the phone and called 911 and got an ambulance on its way. From the look of the fall he could have hit his soft spot or had internal bleeding or even hurt his neck.

Thankfully, the ambulance arrived quickly and offered to take him to the hospital. I was so out of it that I almost left without my purse. Todd followed us to the hospital and I sang to Noah on the way. He settled down and started smiling at his new friend the EMT. I was shaking and sweating like crazy. I just could not calm down!! Even though Noah seemed fine I just could not calm down. We got to the hospital and we waited to be taken back. I was pretty upset because hello he is 6 months old and just fell on his head!! I guess they just don't get into a rush in the ER unless you are not breathing. We were finally called back only to wait again for the CT scan, then we had to wait again for the results from the CT scan!! My parents were with us, thank goodness because it took me forever to calm down. But as soon as I saw them I felt better!!! The doctor told us that all was fine and to just keep an eye on my little bear and to use my mommy intuition. If he acts differently or vomits I am suppose to take him back to the hospital!

And when we got home I sat right with him and loved on him and took extra special care of him! I mean I had like four pillows around him and I was sitting right beside him and I only let him play with soft toys!! I wasn't taking any chances of him getting hurt again. And I didn't let him in the jumperoo either. I am so thankful that God was watching over Noah and kept him safe!! You know I already knew I loved my son to pieces, but after this happened it sunk in even deeper!! I realized in that second that I don't want to live without Noah!! I was ready to bargain my life for his or do anything it took to help him!!! I could feel myself looking up to God during it all like this little child checking in with her father to see how I should react. Which I am His child!! And I am so glad He is my FATHER!!!

I pray that Noah continues to be healthy!! I pray God looks over Noah and sends His angels to protect him. So take the time to realize that everything can change in one second!!!!! Please keep Noah in your prayers. The doctor said that sometimes injury from a fall can show up the next day!! And I am trying not to be mad at myself for being so stupid! I know accidents happen, but I will make sure to be smarter so they won't!!!!! And alot of ppl thought I was nuts for calling the ambulance, but I would do it again in a heartbeat! It took alot to get this baby boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful!

I look back over this past year and find myself very thankful for so much!! Today I asked myself what I was MOST thankful for and I knew it was for JESUS!! Jesus set us free by dying on the cross and allowing us to have the opportunity to spend eternity in heaven!!

I am thankful for the struggles in my life! I know that sounds weird but I am!! Those struggles have helped me develop this amazing relationship with God. One that I might not have right now without those bumpy times.

I am thankful for my family! My loving, amazing, sweet husband! He is such a great daddy!! He is involved in everything with Noah from diapers to bathing to feeding to playing! He is a hands on daddy that loves me and his son!

I am thankful for Noah!!!!! As I rocked him to sleep for his nap today I looked down at his precious face. How long his eyelashes were and the way his lips puckered out as he was snoozing away.  Tears came rolling down my cheeks as I looked up at God and thanked him for my son!! I had this miracle all wrapped up in my arms and I was humbled and in awe at what God has done for me.

I am thankful for my parents! They are always there to pick me up when I fall down and always ready to help me find my way when I get lost. They planted the seed to love the Lord and for that I am very thankful!!! I am thankful for my in laws!!

I am blessed to have in laws that I adore and really when I think of them I don't think of them as in laws at all, but simply my family!! And I am thankful that they love me the same way too!

I am thankful for my brothers and sisters! My sisters and brothers by birth and my sisters and brothers by marriage and my sister by choice..hehe (MB)! These are the ppl that help me guard my heart and are constantly putting joy in my life!

I am thankful for my friends! The ones that listen to me when I vent and laugh with me when I am silly! I can be myself around my family and friends and I am thankful for that!!

I know I could go on and on because I have so much to be thankful for: blogger sisters, my health, my freedom, food on the table, a roof over my head, clothes on my back.....for everything!!! Thank you Lord from which all blessings flow!! Thank You!!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to All!!
What are you thankful for??

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fell asleep at the Jumperoo..hehe

My sweet, precious, sleepy boy jumped himself to sleep!!
How cute!!!
 He was jumping and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! His favorite show! He just lights up when Mickey comes on the tv. And I was checking the blogs and looked over to find him sound asleep!
So I of course grabbed the camera :D Then took him up to his bed for his nap! The little stinker only slept like 20 minutes. He is playing in his bed right now, but I am not gonna go get him just in case he goes back to sleep!!

As for today!! I am super excited to spend the day shopping with my sissy! We are on a mission for Christmas gifts and a few new clothes for the post baby body!! I give in..haha!!
My sweet sissy and me :D!! Love me some Terri!!!