Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beginning of the Holidays

There is so much to be thankful for this season, including simply, THIS SEASON! Thanksgiving and Christmas are 2 of my favorite holidays, filled with family, friends, fun, and lots of wonderful traditions and memories.

 This sweet gal and I have had some wonderful snuggles. Unlike Jude, I am not so concerned about holding her as much. I feel like I missed out on some of the sweetest moments with Jude, terrified I might spoil him. Well, I didn't hold him non stop, he's still spoiled, and still prefers Mommy most of the time. I figured I might as well enjoy these sweet times.

At Sadie's 1 week appointment, she weighed 8 lb exactly, already 5 ounces above her birth weight. She is eating well and seems pretty typical of a newborn. We are so thankful to have a healthy baby.

For Thanksgiving, sweet friends from church invited us over for dinner and we had a nice time. Though we certainly missed seeing family, we are thankful for good friends to include us. It was also nice to enjoy a wonderful meal and not have to worry about that with a 10 day old. I was fully prepared to get a spiral ham, instant stuffing, and bake a few sweet potatoes.
 On Friday morning, we bundled up and took the bus into Seattle for the Macy's Holiday Parade. Jude loved seeing all the floats, but loved the bands best. He really liked the bap pipes and gathering candy. Sadie made it 1/2 way through before she got hungry so she and I popped into a near by store to nurse and snuggle while the boys finished watching the parade.

I must say, thus far, Jude has been wonderfully patient with moments like these when Mommy has to disappear. Just this morning, he ran into the kitchen and whispered, "I checked on Sadie and she's doing ok."
 Not only did we enjoy the Apple Cup on Friday, but we LOVED the fact that our Auburn Tigers beat Bama on Saturday. Jude wanted to make sure we were all dressed in "War Eagle" colors. He also had his footballs ready, as he does every game, to imitate the players. Playing "tackle" is one of his favorite games with Daddy.

After the game, we went to Snowflake Lane where Jude enjoyed the pretend snow, music, and drums. He also really got a kick out of meeting Rudolph and Frosty. He requests their songs constantly.
 And yes, our sweet Sadie is 2 weeks old today. Holy Smokes! I love pictures like this, because it catches the essence of her tininess. She makes the funniest faces and sweetest noises.  Her legs and arms are already chunking up and she loves to sit in her bouncy seat and look at the Christmas tree.
 Today was also our first trip to church. She slept the whole time and everyone of course oo'ed and awed over her. We are so thankful for such a wonderful loving and supportive church family.
And, I must say, my Jude man continues to crack us up. He's in a stage where he is definitely showing a temper and his 2 year old ways, but he also is so funny. He'll ask cute questions, lots of "whys", and tell made up stories of his animals and characters like you wouldn't believe. He gives everything a name and one of his favorite thing to do is play play doh. He loves making new animals and playing with them. He wants to do everything on his own and is being much more boyish, including playing more rough and becoming more physical.

He is also WAY too observant. Today, while playing with his Little People Nativity scene, he made shooting sounds with a wise man. I asked him, "What are you doing?" and he said, "shooting the angels". My mouth dropped and I told him we are to NEVER pretend to shoot anything, especially people. (Mind you, Justin has had the conversations with him concerning gun safety and only shooting animals for food multiple times.) Long story short, he apparently saw a scene from Ratatoullie (spell check) where the old lady tries to shoot the mice. He literally watched the movie for less than 10 minutes and that's what he picked up.

Any who, we're excited about my sister and Eli coming for a visit this week and making lots of holiday memories with them!

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