On Halloween this year, our church had Trunk - R - Treat where everyone in the church decorates their trunks for the kids to trick or treat! It is always very fun and I always try to decorate our trunk. At 8 months pregnant, this was a very large undertaking...ha...just like me though to do it. I loved doing it and had a great building assistant/strategic planner who was the biggest help in the world!
The boys woke up from their naps on Sunday afternoon and the first thing Reed asked was "where is my Snoopy Doghouse?" He squealed all the way out to the backyard where the "construction" had taken place. All I can say is, thank goodness for Christmas lights and darkness, because our architecture was lacking big time!
Two proud occupants of the doghouse. This was one of the only pictures we got where both boys had their hats on. Luke WOULD NOT wear his and people kept asking me if he was the sun or a yellow flower. NOTE TO SELF: Halloween costumes next year will NOT have headpieces.
Here is Luke eating cotton candy. This child loves candy more than ANYTHING in this world. Might as well call him the Candy Monster, because he ate his weight in it Sunday night (and is continuing to try to get more candy any way he can). He will walk into the living room with candy in his hand and I have NO idea where it came from.
Love those eyes...
Snoopy getting everything ready for trunk-r-treat
Our attempt at a family photo
Reed and Luke with Peg
Wonderfully crafted jack-o-lanterns!!!! All I can say is "WOW!"
Diving into the candy...making sure to get exactly what they want!
The boys hung out "around their house" most of the night and their daddy's lap was the best seat in the house!!
I wanted to try one more time to get Luke to wear his headpiece and this is what happened..."No, No, mommy!"
Best friends forever!
Sally Ann, Luke, and Harper
What a crew!!!
Luke, Sally Ann, Kaitlyn, and Fin
Hugs for Harper...
...oh, and a kiss!!!!
Me: "Luke, give Harper another big kiss."
Luke: the above photo
Luke and Harper in Snoopy's Doghouse
Luke, me, and mama (the sweetest witch I know!)
Laura and Me
...and here is Luke...where else but in the candy!!
Me and Abbie Smith -- our babysitter and good friend!
Luke showing Sally Ann all of his candy...hahahahaha!
We decided to join the world of organized sports this fall! Reed wanted to play soccer and he wanted his daddy to be his coach so we obliged! Our season started in October and it's been a funny fun couple of months. We have had games every Monday and Thursdays which has been A LOT but the boys (age 3-5) have come a long way since this first game. Reed even scored TWO GOALS. He is about a head shorter than everyone, poor thing, but we keep telling him if he drinks his milk and actually eats food his muscles will get really big.
Luke has even had fun!
(as long as there is plenty of food candy for him to eat and he can play in the dirt)
One of his happier moments.
There have been a few games where he has been "sick" and cried every time Rob would try to sub him in. Even bribing with candy wouldn't work.
Well, I may look back on this pregnancy and say, "Was I even pregnant?!" Baby sister has gotten absolutely no "air-time." With Reed and Luke I was constantly journaling, measuring, keeping up with every ache, pain, and kick. With baby sister, we are just living it day to day...poor little thing. Anyway, now that I am almost 30 weeks (and the pregnancy is winding down), I thought I would give a little run down on what it's been like this time around (our 3rd and final pregnancy):
1) Candy, cookies, cake -- bring it on in every size, shape, and flavor!
2) I was going to try not to gain as much weight as I did with the boys -- already exceeded that, i.e. candy, cookies, and cake!
3) She is a very active little thing -- at this very moment she is kicking the stew out of me.
4) Rob and I both think she is going to have brown hair and brown eyes...maybe we will finally have a child who's features are similar to ours.
5) Everything I have added for her nursery has come from Dirt Cheap (my favorite store...more on that later)!
6) I need to look back at all of my wonderful "notes" from my first 2 pregnancies, but I don't remember being this uncomfortable at the beginning of the 3rd trimester.
7) Baby sister is going to have more clothes that she will be able to wear. Thanks to everyone who has had these precious little things before me. 8) I am about to finish a Bishop gown that I smocked and started contructing 7 years ago when we lived in Birmingham. Now that we are having a girl, I decided it was time. It will be so so special! 9) I am also making her diaper bag and am so excited. This is the bag, this is the exterior fabric, and an adorable lining that I can't see to find online! Will post some picks when I finish! Can't wait! 10) I pray for her every day and hope that she is as precious, loving, faithful, and sweet as her two namesakes, Granny and Nana!
And this recipe is one reason why the LBs have packed on. But it is so so simply. It is Lindey's fall mix, which is yummy and very addictive, don't take a bite unless you want to eat the whole bag. Here is the recipe: 1 bag of M&Ms 1 Dry roasted salted peanuts 1 bag candy corn
We anticipated the first Mississippi State football game of the year for weeks! This is how we spend our afternoons after school...throwing the football, dressing up in football gear (shoulder pads and all!).
Finally the game got here!! And boy were we excited.
Fun at FanFare: CHECK
Tailgating tent and food: CHECK
Besties from college: CHECK!
Besties from home (plus Vicki, bestie from college): CHECK!
FUN with adoptive family members, Anna Sukman and Chris Ward (Laura's uncle and cousin): CHECK
Tired little boy: check
Wrap this one in maroon and white: CHECK!!!! Looking forward to (and enjoying) a wonderful (and win filled) football season! My favorite time of year!
I am getting way behind on my blogging so I am going to play a little catch up!! Back in August, Rob, myself and the BBs loaded up and headed to Heber Springs, Arkansas, to visit with Rob's best buds from college, along with their families. We had a blast and enjoyed staying in the beautiful "cabin" belonging to Josh's wife Stacey's boss. Thanks so much for the invite and we hope to get to go back again!
See cabin below:
This was around 6:00 a.m. (our boys were the first ones up)...but it was worth it for this view!
Playing football on the front lawn!
Love the glasses! Meanwhile, after about 10 minutes of screaming tears, Luke slept in my lap for about an hour!
Matt and his sweet wife Erica and girls!
Josh and baby Clay
Fortson and Stephanie
Stacy and Gwenth
Finally awake and enjoying the boat. Luke loves to look at boats, but wasn't so sure about riding on one at first.
The house from the lake...the color of the water was gorgeous!
We LOVE sailboats, thanks to granddaddy Charles!
And you can't go to the lake without fishing!
Don't know if I have said this before, but Reed is obsessed with fishing! He caught about 10 fish...Luke pretended to fish...we're not quite ready to unleash him with a hook. He is dangerous enough with the pole itself.
Sun setting on a perfect day at the lake.
The guys: Rob, Fortson (who were roomates at State freshman year) and Josh and Matt, who were also roomates at State freshman year! And the girls: Erica, me, Stacy, and Stephanie
We had SUCH a great time and hope to get to go again soon!
My name is Melanie and I am a wife to a wonderful and patient husband, and mother of two little blonde boys and a precious baby girl living in small town Mississippi. I am constantly trying to live My life to reflect Jesus and fail miserably each day. This is where I want to chronicle where Jesus meets me in my regular old life and teaches me, refined me, and shows me how to love like he does and live better by giving and receiving more grace. Good grace! And the best teachers are most often my three little sidekicks who keep life interesting and remind me "how deep the Fathers love is!"