Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

WOW!!!! We had an INCREDIBLE Christmas!! It was our first time to stay home and wake up in our own home on Christmas morning. Graham came into our room at 7 and told us that Santa ate his cookies and left a scooter, tent, and shopping cart. He was SO excited and it was SO fun to watch him. Luke and Carter were clueless but had lots of fun playing with new toys. We all stayed in our jammies pretty much all day and only got out once a little before 5 to go look at some Christmas lights. Oh, and we had a white Christmas ... it couldn't have been much more perfect :)
Happy Birthday Jesus ... yes, he got both baby Jesus'

Loving the new toys

Luke eating some cereal


Carter LOVES his new tunnel

All 3 boys love the new trampoline from Bet Bet and Snacks

Graham and Kevin had fun in the snow

Christmas with Pops and Gigi earlier this week

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jesus, a twin?!?!?

Graham has been playing with our nativity scene nonstop since we put it out ... don't laugh if you come over and see that I have brought it back down from the attic in July!! I always find the pieces in very interesting places, and sometimes I'll stand back and listen ... I've heard, "Hi, I'm Jesus. I'm going to climb the ladder." and "Hey, little sheep I'm going to throw you on the roof." It's quite entertaining!! Earlier this week, I found that he had gotten the other baby Jesus from our other nativity scene and added it to the big one. I guess his sweet little brain thinks that 2 babies is normal. I often wonder how different Graham's life would be if he had just gotten one sibling instead of twins. I feel like he was a bit forced to grow up a little faster than his peers ... I had so little time to "baby" him since I had 2 true babies to care for. And I'm probably creating him to be a homebody since we spend A LOT of time at home because it's just hard to go out with 3 small kids alone. I also wonder what the dynamics of their relationships will be as they all grow older. Will Graham be just as close to the twins as any brothers 23 months apart or will it be different because Luke and Carter have a special bond as twins? Anyway, enough deep thoughts ... hope everyone out there is enjoying the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Savior. Graham can't wait to celebrate Jesus's birthday and have cupcakes and open presents for him because "he's too little to open presents, Mommy, he's just a baby" :)
Apparently, Graham thinks Jesus must have been a twin :)

I find him like this daily


Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Day

We got about 3 inches of snow yesterday and Graham has loved playing in it ... well, as long as he doesn't fall in it :) It truly looks like a winter wonderland around here!!

We went out and made a little snowman

"Hey, we want to go out, too!!"



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mean Mommy

I subjected my children (Luke and Carter) not only once but TWICE to crying today ... and I'm not talking a few tears, it was full-on wailing :( The first time was necessary and for their continued good health. Their 15 month check-up went well ... skinny boy Carter has moved up to the 8th percentile for weight (he was a whopping 20 lbs. 10 oz). Luke weighed in at 24 lbs. 3 oz. and measured just half an inch longer than Carter. Most people comment on how they look the same size, but I always tell them to pick them up and then they can really tell the difference. We had my favorite nurse today (she's a grandmother to 19 month old twin girls) and she commented on how blessed we are to have such healthy twins. I truly am SO grateful for ALL of my boys' great health!! On to crying take 2 ... now this one was a rite of passage. We went to the mall to see Santa. Graham was excited and had a smile on his face the whole time ... Luke and Carter, not so much. Santa was cute and stood up to tell me after I paid (yes, to make matters worse I paid $16 to make my kids cry) that as he was talking to Graham asking him what he wanted for Christmas, he was being a little shy but when he asked what Luke and Carter wanted, Graham got very animated and shouted, "nothing." I'll try to be nicer to the boys tomorrow :)

I guess I need Santa in all of my pictures from now on, so that I can capture a real smile from Graham

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Nephew

I've got yet ANOTHER new nephew!!! Jackson and Margie had a precious baby boy on Sunday night ... Walt William Moore, 8 lbs. 12 oz. (they think ... apparently the scale was off, so they're not exactly sure) and 20 in. I remember thinking how excited I was to find out he was a boy in June because Graham is OBSESSED with Jake and now hopefully Walt will LOVE Luke and Carter in the same way. So fun that my boys have SO many boy cousins!!!






Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving

We had a great Thanksgiving week in Memphis ... boy, do we have A LOT for which to be thankful :) God is so good to us, and we all truly enjoyed our time with family!!
Bet Bet cooked a yummy Thanksgiving meal

The kids table ... we missed Jake and Evie

Carter giving Luke a little push

I got a chance to go meet McLean and Libby's quads and help out with a feeding ... what a treat!!

Crazy times with the McCalla boys





Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lil Cowboy

I don't have anything to say, I just had to share these ADORABLE pictures of Carter :)



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

We had a really fun Halloween!! Graham has been talking about it all week ... each day asking how many more days. He put his costume on as soon as he woke up from his nap, and then we went over to Jackson's house to play and eat an early dinner before trick-or-treating on Nichol Lane. It was crazy but fun and Luke and Carter did great just hanging out in the wagon ... there was plenty of eye candy for them. All 3 boys are fast asleep and I'm about to join them :)



Carter the zoo keeper and Luke his monkey


Graham emerging from a house with some loot

Graham wanted to pull the wagon for a while :)




Friday, October 29, 2010

Chuckles, part 2

Graham is not the only one making me laugh ... here are Luke and Carter in the tub laughing hysterically at each other. Why is child's laughter so intoxicating?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jeff and "the girl"

My college roommate, Jodie, and her husband Jeff came to town this weekend for Vandy's Homecoming and stayed with us. I was elated for many reasons ... we always have a blast together, I hadn't seen them since their wedding (1.5 yrs ago ... too long), they've never met the twins, and most importantly Kevin was out of town, so I was VERY happy to have some company. Jeff played golf at Vandy so Graham was excited to show off his skills in the backyard and loved the attention. Whenever they weren't around or still asleep (ahhh ... the days), Graham would ask, "where's Jeff?" or "when is Jeff getting up?" He would also ask, "where's the girl?" :) Don't worry Jodie, he asked for you by name today ... of course, he did ask for Jeff first!! We had our fair share of mishaps this weekend (Graham closed himself in Kevin's car trunk, I ran to rescue him with Carter in my arms and fell and hurt both of us, I left my wallet at home TWICE, my car wouldn't start, etc), but such is life, well my crazy life anyway. Jodie made a great analogy about my kids that I think is hilarious ... she said watching all 3 of them is like watching dogs play. They rough-house like crazy and you think they are really hurting each other but they are just having fun and one may yelp every now and again but they are always ready for more :) Sorry I didn't get any pictures, but thanks again for coming and all of the fun!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chuckles

Graham has been making me laugh this week ... story #1: He asked to drink his juice in a cup from the cabinet. I pulled it down and it had this little toy doggie in the bottom part, and he looked at me with all seriousness and asked, "Mommy, is that a real dog?" It's so funny to try to get inside the mind of a 3 year old :) Story #2: He was "playing baseball" this morning - with a whisk, mind you - and he ran into Luke and Carter's room since I was changing Luke's (I think) diaper, and said, "They got me out. I'm going to the locker room," and he walked into the closet and closed the door behind himself. And my favorite ... story #3: I started a smiley face chart to try to motivate Graham to stay in his room after putting him to bed (once he gets 5, he gets to go out for ice cream). Last night he came out once to go poop, so I decided to give him half of a smiley face. He was up early this morning and ate cereal and played before we got up. I didn't see his chart on the fridge, so I did some investigating and found that he had gotten into the markers in the playroom. He had scribbled all over a different piece of paper, but the only mark on his chart was him trying to draw in the other half of his smiley face :)

Luke lovin some black beans

A little visit from cousin Joseph


Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween JibJab

Graham and I created a Halloween JibJab during Luke and Carter's morning nap (well, I'm not exactly sure they actually napped, but at least they were in their room). I put the faces on the characters before watching the rap, and I couldn't have done it more perfectly ... except for Luke - I had to make him a girl :( I love how Graham's character states that he has "staples in his head" Anyway, hope you enjoy: http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/ElX90kgCstFQ1dGV

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Not only are WE blessed with lots of little boys, but so many of our dear friends in Nashville are too :) We loaded up and drove down to Franklin to Gentry Farms Pumpkin Patch on Sat. morning to meet up with the McFarlands and Madisons. We have 7 little boys 3 and under between our 3 families, so it is always fun chaos when we get together!! The weather was perfect and everyone had a blast ... hopefully we can make it an annual tradition!!



I love how you can see Graham in the background ... looks like trouble is coming :)


Carter, Asher, Charlie, and Luke - all born within 3 weeks of each other

Our attempt at a pic of all 7 boys :)




























































Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Girls Trip

My mom took my sisters-in-law and me on a little girls trip to Florence, AL almost 2 weeks ago, and boy, did we have a BLAST!!!! Spa time, shopping, eating well, sleeping in, talking, etc. The 4 of us are definitely on the same page when it comes to relaxing and having time away from our kids/husband, and it's even better that we truly do love being together. We talked about past trips and the memories we have made and even starting planning some future trips as well :) It does sadden me that I will most likely never have a daughter, but I am hopeful to have wonderful daughters-in-law. I am already praying for Godly women for my 3 boys and wonderful relationships for all of us. Thanks again, Mom, for such a fun time ... until next year!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Graham!!

When Graham came into our room this morning, I said "Graham, do you know what today is?" He said no, so I told him it was his birthday ... he then, said, "I want to tell Daddy," so he poked Kevin and said, "Daddy, it's my birthday. I'm 3!!!!" I'm pretty sure Graham had a pretty great day ... we went to church, then he and Kev played golf and ate lunch at Richland, then came home for a great nap, and then finished off the day having Jackson's family and our next door neighbors over for dinner, cupcakes, and playing. He must have been pretty excited because he came out of his room 4 times after we put him to bed and the last time, he said, "I just can't go to sleep." It really is shocking to me that it has been 3 whole years since I gave birth to that little boy. I feel so blessed to have him in my life and I love him with every ounce of my being. Graham, I love your excitement for life and that you are always willing and ready for fun, your confidence, your passion, that you still let me hug, kiss, and hold you, that you LOVE your Daddy and doing fun things with him, that you can distinguish between your brothers' cries, that you love reading your Bible book and learning stories about Jesus, and SOOOOO much more. I'm so happy that you had such a fun day, and I hope you felt special because that's exactly what you are.
Singing Happy Birthday

In his new Super Cape from JoJo and Clarkie

Opening presents (with a little help from jake)

I made my golf lover some golf cupcakes

Watch out, Tiger!!





Saturday, September 18, 2010

Seriously ... ER, take 3

Graham made his 3rd ER visit in just under 3 years (his birthday is tomorrow). He got 4 staples in the back of his head. I mean, what are we going to do with this kid?!?!?! He and Jake were playing tug-o-war with a toy and Graham fell backwards onto the baseboard or little step going into our kitchen ... this is the best story we could get out of them as to what happened, since none of the 4 adults present witnessed the accident. A trip to the ER is just what I wanted upon returning from my girls trip (more on that later) ... Katie and I were just saying this morning how quickly vacation ends once you return. At least it didn't happen while I was away. And at least he shouldn't scar too badly since it will be hidden in his hair. Until next time ....

Monday, September 13, 2010

A new meaning to TGIF

Luke and Carter started MDO last week ... they go on Fridays from 9-1. Luke was a little sad when I dropped him off, but his teacher said he was happy and had a good day, as did Carter. It was awfully nice to have some time to myself and run a bunch of errands without any kiddos (Graham goes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). I sure do love my boys and all the time I get to spend with them, but I am also thankful for a little time away :)

Luke is not so sure

Carter was ready to go


Monday, September 6, 2010

Sea Island

Our last week of summer ended perfectly with a last minute trip to Sea Island with my parents. Graham was in heaven again with all of the golf, pool, beach, and CONSTANT attention and activity, and Luke and Carter had a ball, too. Thanks Snacks and Bet Bet for letting us tag along, all of your help, and that you truly do enjoy being with us :)