Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
My darling baby girl,
You turned 5 years old today.
I can't believe it. I thought it was just the other day that we were on our way to the hospital to meet you for the first time. We didn't really know what we were supposed to do with you, and didn't even know if you were a boy or a girl yet. Then the doctor stood up from behind the drape and announced, "You have a beautiful, healthy baby girl! What's her name?" And I whispered, "Her name is Genesis."
You were the first child in our family. You've been nothing but a blessing since that day. Your gentleness and eager personality is a treasure and you are such a help, especially with your brother around these days. Now, let's not kid ourselves; you have your moments when your dad and I just look at each other and say, "What was she thinking?!" But we are so happy to have you in our lives and I love starting each day with you whispering, "Loooooove you!"
Have a fabulous day, beautiful. God truly blessed us when He presented you to us.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This morning at church he was running around during our worship team practice, following his Grandaddy around watering the church plants. Grandaddy went back to the kitchen to refill his pitcher and Josiah became interested in the drinking fountain in the hallway. He knows how to push the button to turn it on but is in no way tall enough to reach it to get a drink. But never mind that; he just enjoys pushing the button and watching the water. He's been told a bunch of times not to do it, and after a few reminders each week, he usually loses interest and is on to his next adventure.
Grandaddy started back down the hallway and as he passed Josiah, he shrugged his shoulders a little to loosen his neck muscles. Apparently Josiah wasn't expecting him . . . and was "caught" plotting his next assault on the water fountain . . . because he jumped and announced, "Crap!"
Keep in mind, Josiah has yet to speak much. He can say "more" & "dad" & "that" & "pop" but not much else. He doesn't even say "mom" with any regularity. We usually understand what he is trying to get across by putting together the clues but he's not actually saying words very often.
What perfect timing! His first bad word . . . well, bad word for a toddler . . . and Grandaddy gets to witness it!
That's going in the baby book!
ETA: In the photo above he wasn't actually in trouble for playing with the Christmas lights . . . he was just helping daddy stretch them out . . . but the look on his face is just about the same one he gets when he's caught.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I'm not sure what that face is that she's making but whatever. . . kept her from freaking out and that's the big thing. After the program was over Dad got up to say a few words in the way of a sermon and since there was no children't church . . . the kids were all in the program . . . I gave her my little camera to play with to keep her occupied. The result was a camera card full of photos of her sunday school papers as well as the obligatory self portrait:
And photos of us not paying attention to the pastor. Don't tell my dad.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Kev's comment . . . after I called him and regaled him with the latest adventure, and the laughing and sputtering subsided . . . was, "And to think, this is just a glimpse into your future as the mom of a boy." Thanks for the pick-me-up, babe. Love ya.
In other news, we went this past weekend to get our Christmas tree. More photos to come, but here's a couple to whet the ol' whistle:
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So, here are the rest of the portraits Val did of our family. I'm still editing my way thru the rest of the family but these are going into our Xmas cards this year so I wanted them done and ready to print asap.
Love 'em, love 'em. love 'em! The family, I mean. And the portraits!
Monday, December 1, 2008
More to come! Stay tuned.
We started defrosting the turkey(s) on Monday because our fridge is freakishly cold and we wanted to make sure they would defrost in time. By Wed morning they . . . I was afraid a 12 pounder wouldn't be enough for all of us so we added in a whole turkey breast . . . were still frozen solid so we put them in a water bath to speed it up. Our sink is too shallow to soak a turkey in and Kev thought the idea of floating them in our bathtub was too weird . . . he had flashbacks to that Seinfeld episode when Kramer makes a whole meal while he's bathing and that was too much for him . . . so we filled up a cooler with water and let them float in there instead. The kids loved it and kept checking on them all day.
The whole point of having the dinner at our house was so I could cook my first Thanksgiving meal. We've been married since 2000 and I still hadn't had to do my own yet. But . . . when it was time to prep the turkeys and get them into the oven I was up to my armpits in Pumpkin Cheesecake and Apple Pie so Kev came in to help. I told him what needed to be done to get it buttered and seasoned and into the oven . . . and he did all the work!! I STILL HAVEN'T HAD TO MAKE THE TURKEY!!!! Eight years and going strong! And Kev wants Chinese for Christmas dinner so I think I'll make it thru this holiday season scott-free!
And the Before-Food:
And the boys watching football:
Josiah joined in . . . good thing he already knew "Touchdown" so he could "teach" Uncle Frank!
And we even got the guys to help peel potatoes:
Our table decorations . . . Gennie, Ruthie and I made a turkey for each place setting.
I totally thought I wasn't in any photos since I'm usually the one behind the camera but apparently I had some help this year because I turned up a bunch!
And the pies. I've had that recipe for pumpkin cheesecake forever and had never tried it. Freaking amazing! I'll keep that one in the arsenal for sure. We also had plain pumpkin (P) and coconut pumpkin (C) and Apple (for Kev who is decidedly anti-gourd in his dessert preferences).
Anyway, it was a great day and we had a blast eating and hanging out and just being family. I'm so thankful for the family I belong to and hope to have many more years like this to come!