Monday, September 29, 2014

September in Review...

September!  We welcomed September by starting our James in Tball for the first time!  We have been looking forward to beginning this journey into the world of sports for our sons, and here.we.are.  I think I almost burst from my giddy, surreal moments.  Definitely one of my favorite memories of this Fall for sure.

James has a pretty fun cheering section when we all go out to watch practice, but it is kinda tough on younger brothers who have to watch from the sideline.  Soon enough boys, it will be your turn! (ps. momma isn't quite ready for everybody to be in just yet ;-)

The best part of the first practice: James learning to run the bases, which of course is something you learn.  1st, 2nd, (back to first??) no, run to 3rd!  He was having the best time & even cheered on his teammates when they threw or batted.  Our encourager, James.

Hayden did have a hard time not getting to play this time, but he's been a great sport about it.  He has found ways to entertain himself & he's learning the basics just from watching!  He'll be all set to play next year, and boy will that be a treat!

Hayden made a friend too. ;-)

My boy Calvin & I have had some lovely mornings together this month, just the two of us.  We are getting used to having the quieter moments, but he has started to drop his morning nap.  So momma is taking this guy all over doing errands & playdates, and going on runs, but he has to have a nap still every few days to catch up.  There could not be a sweeter little toddler though, he is such a joy.

I saw this quote from Jim Elliot this month, and it stuck out to me.  I sometimes find myself thinking things should be a certain way, or the way I envision will happen, eventually.  And then I am reminded that if it doesn't turn out as I had imagined, that means is  Lord help me from feeling entitled to things that you do not give, and forgive me when I do!

I was completely.excited. to be invited to attend a baby shower for a dear former student of mine! (I really did feel as if I could burst with joy) She has become a sweet friend, whom I haven't seen in years, and I cannot wait for her to experience motherhood & all it brings.  She & her husband are welcoming a baby girl the end of next month!  (and pink was

 We had the pleasure of catching our beloved family friends, the Webbs, for dinner one Sunday as they travelled back home & passed through our town.  All of our little ones & some pancakes for dinner & some sweet fellowship.  We love the Webbs!

James has come home from preschool telling us that he's 'allergic' to girls, but we laughed to see him very insistent on sitting next to AK!  She wasn't so sure she wanted to sit by him... but she relented.  haha, they are the sweetest.

I am so thankful for all the beauty that surrounds me as I pass through my days.

I love catching my little guys playing together, working together or just enjoying each other's company.  It seemed like I found quite a few of those moments, in the sand box, at the chalk board, in the driveway, on the couch, playing on the floor, and in the bathtub.  I feel as if my heart swells in that brief moment, even if it evaporates into a fight & ends in tears.  I love these days.

I am happy for the sun to set a little earlier, to make bedtimes easier, and to give us all a little more rest in the increasing demands of our schedule.  We have noticed our boys doing much better now that we are using 'early bed time' as a recourse when our boys have days that lack emotional control.  What a blessing to see how much better than can manage those emotions when they are better rested.

but ice cream dates with our neighbors are lovely when the sun sets later.  every now & then. :-)

I couldn't help but laugh at this one, my boys perusing magazines.

And my sweet.middle.little.  This was not a traumatic even, as it appears, but just a fleeting moment of frustration.  I see this face often, of the faces of all three of my boys, and I don't want to forget it.  It is sweet, and thankfully, mommy can almost always help sort it out at these ages.  I'm so grateful.

We all ran up to the park one day & it was too beautiful to not take lots of pictures of my fellas.  So I did.  That is a fun way to break up a 'family run'.

My.Haddie.  He is the sweetest child.  I just adore his sandy, golden, strawberry colored hair & brown eyes.  He is so handsome!  I see so much of his daddy in his face.  Hayden has been working on sleeping through the night without his pullups this month, so that is a challenge for all!  He has made some progress, but definitely still working on it.  What a crazy feeling, to have two out of diapers & one about half way through his diaper days!  Amazing.  Hayden has the best manners, and is the first one to say please&thankyou.  He has had the best hugs from Calvin of anybody & even kisses!  He has started to skip some of his afternoon naps (ah!!) but thankfully, I think the more he's resting (and early bedtimes) the better he's doing with his naps.  I'm not ready for that change yet!  But boy oh boy, he seems so grown up all the sudden.

Sadly, we lost one Elefante this month.  We have looked high&low, cleaned the house&car, called every store & searched school&church.  He is no where to be found, but I'm so glad to still have one!  (if you see him, will you return him to us!?)

Calvin has decided he's big like his brothers, and should eat at the table now, as well as up on the barstools. !  yes, he tries to climb up & have his snacks, and he just looks so sweet up in these big seats when he is so little still.  love this guy.

Apples for munching makes a lovely teether.

National 'talk like a pirate day' at Krispy Kreme may be my favorite 'pretend' holiday of all.  I don't really pay much attention to the 'national day of whatever' normally, but on this day, you get free donuts.  I pay attention to that! haha

We spent one rainy morning at the zoo, with a picnic & rain jackets.  We will take our rainboots next time for all the puddles we accidentally splashed.  We got soaked & we had a blast.

Apples & peaches & their favorite cartoon.

A 5th birthday party & cake, fun, & friends!

James is practicing writing his name, so all the boys wanted to write on the chalkboard.  precious, sweet, and ended up in a fight over who erased the 'L' and whose turn it was to write. haha

Oh.MY.  I cannot wait for James' first Tball game.  His uniform came in & seeing him all dressed up made me just about explode with that surreal, giddy joy.  It is a the funniest thing to see him looking so big, and so much like his daddy!

And then of course there was Wacky Wednesday at preschool & he was definitely 4 again. ;-)

Calvin has learned to say 'cheese' & continues to squish up his face and say, "EE" when I hold up my phone to take his picture.  It is adorable.  and he does a pretty cute face!

And then there's this.  He thinks he should be able to open the fridge himself.  hilarious.  (pull!)

goodbye September.  Fall, you are welcome to come anytime now. whenever you'd like.  ;-)

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