Sunday, November 30, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

We decorated for Christmas around Thanksgiving because of how busy we would be in December already. Starting on December 6th (the weekend after Thanksgiving), we had planned 7 solid weekends of visitors staying with us, not including the weeks in between with people. 

Maddox had such a great time watching all the decorations go up. We didn't do a lot of decorating last year since we were in Chattanooga & Marietta for the holiday, so this was all very exciting for him. 

He watched the tree go up one day, and then one night after he was in bed I decorated the tree all by myself. (Which Chad got annoyed about because I was at the very top of our ladder leaning over our tree with my huge pregnant belly.) Then another night I got our little Christmas village out and set it up. 

These pictures are of the next morning when Maddox came down for breakfast. He was so incredibly intrigued by these little houses. 

Looking at presents under the tree and trying to tell us who they were for. You know, since he can read and all. ;)

The little man looking at the houses again in our finished family room. Yeah!!

P.S. I now have my pictures set up on here so you can click them for a larger view if you want to. My previous posts before October don't usually have it.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Birthday, Chad!

Chad was very cute this year. I wanted to have a party for him so badly, but was feeling sooooo large and uncomfortable that I knew I couldn't do a nice one. I told him just to plan it himself, invite his friends, and we would have fun. And he did just that. 

He called his friends (all people that he works with on different projects or from the studio), he went out and bought all the food & drink, and he cleaned the house. What a great husband he is! 

Here's a group shot of who came - minus a few who had already left and Taylor, who took this one. 

Even though Chad doesn't like the whole candle-thing, we made him blow out the candles. Wow...I can't believe he's 34!!!!!

Maddox got to stay up with the party-goers until around 8pm or so, and he loved every minute of it. He would hang out with adults all day if he could. 

The next day, I captured this Maddox moment. This train is one that he got when he was almost a year old. It is NOT to ride on, but I walked in the kitchen for breakfast that morning and he was riding it around saying "Look Mommy! I'm not too big for this! Look!" It totally cracked me up and I had to get a shot of how ridiculous he looked. 

I love this kid!!! (And yes, I know he needed a haircut. I took him the next week and they ruined it. We're still working on getting it fixed.)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

My Silly Boy

Maddox does so many silly and hilarious things now. He has the BIGGEST imagination that I've ever seen on a kid. He will play at his train table for literally an hour or two....alone....making up scenarios and dialogue between his toys. Sometimes I like to sneak up on him to listen because I'm truly amazed at his comprehension of words & ideas. 

I was able to get a few shots of him in early November of him just being Maddox.

On this particular day, I caught him in our sunroom putting his shoes up to Gretchen's face. (You can barely see her head sticking out from the sofa arm.) So I walked up to him and said, "Hey Buddy, what are you doing?" He goes, " just thought Gretchen might like to look at my shoes." And that was it. Haha! I'm not sure where he got that idea, but he said it so matter-of-fact that I decided it must be a good idea, too. 

That evening, it was so nice outside I decided to take a few pictures of him with our pumpkins before I threw them out. He kept wanting to sing songs on the front porch instead of smiling, so I just had to go with it. =)

And of course, the sweet "Boy and His Dog" shot. Except I made him do it. This was actually one of many tries. But hey, for all those of you who want to see pics of our house so's our front door and steps. Happy Fall!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Bonfire & Veggie Dogs

Maddox is currently in Cradle Roll B at Sabbath School. There have ended up being so many kids that it is now only for 2 year olds. We are so blessed to have such wonderful adults and children to surround our family with from church. It is what I have always dreamed of for my children and I'm so thankful that we have found it. We are extra lucky that we have such a wide surrounding of friends in this town in addition to church. And especially the other moms who I can turn to for support. 

So, I started rambling....what's new? Here's my point: Maddox's SS class put together a Saturday night function where we all got together at another parent's home for a big bonfire and weenie roast for the parents & children. It was really a lot of fun! 

Here's my friend Brooke and her two little ones, Elise & Zion. Elise is just a little bit older than Maddox and she's so smart and sweet. Too bad we moved farther away from them when we got the new house.  =( At least we can still see them at church.

Here is my friend, Kajsa, and her little guy, Kaj. They are really great friends of ours now and we are soooooo lucky to have them. 

Chad was in charge of helping Maddox with his food. He was such a big boy sitting in his little lawn chair eating. 

Anne and Lillybeth, who you see a lot of in my posts. Maddox and Lillybeth get along really well which is nice. 

Our new little friend, Nylah. She is newer to the Sabbath School and is really a sweetie. 

And last, but not and my little man. We had such a great time! Thanks to Anne for putting a lot of this together and to Bonnie and family for lending us their home/yard/fire pit/playground for the evening. =)


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