Wednesday, February 29, 2012

just a little Lucas

you know how some people have babies that cry at night? and they just go crazy trying to get their babies to go to sleep so they will be rested and not cry? yeah. that is so NOT Lucas. He stays up, and avoids sleep...but he doesn't cry. He smiles. Huge, beaming, contagious, sweet smiles. I feel bad at the end of the day when I am exhausted and just want to sleep saying "Lucas! stop smiling and go to sleep already!!" ha...who says that?! but seriously, he's obsessed with smiling. so I guess I will just be grateful he's so happy and sleep when I'm dead ;) ha. He really is an easy kiddo.

So he's 14 weeks old (3 months and a week). And yesterday he rolled from back to front...and again several times today. It's his new "thing". It's sweet and he gets so happy and then frustrated at being on his belly. It's cute.

I also put him in the walker on the hard wood floor and he took off walking around. He only goes forward so if he gets stuck somewhere I have to help him, but it's awfully cute. Judah loves trying to get him to come to him...and usually ends up pushing him around, Lucas doesn't mind.

Lucas also babbles non stop. I have a feeling he's going to be a talker like Judah. I guess that's good, they can talk to each other and I can get a little peace and quiet. haha.

He's also been laughing for a while's so sweet. He just cracks up when we clap his hands together, or sing funny songs to him, or bounce him up and down. It's precious.

Today, Judah declared that Lucas was his "best friend" and kept hugging him and telling him he was his best friend. It was adorable. I hope they are best friends thru life. They will always have each other either way, so I hope they like each other ;)

Lucas is also gnawing on his hands non-stop and drooling like crazy. I will let ya know when his first tooth pops through, it won't be long.

I can hardly believe how quick it's going. I am enjoying every second of this sweet baby boy's life. He is a joy.

Here he is right after he rolled over by himself the first time. Love!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I am sad that Whitney Houston died.

My sister used to blast her music through our little house while she worked out. Every single day I listened to "I'm every woman" and watched my sister sweat. ha. I was a country girl, I was listening to the Judds and Reba...but Whitney found her way in. And then she sang Dolly's song.

I will always love you.

She made Dolly proud, and probably made her some money too ;) ha.

Anyhow...I'm watching her funeral today. I've cried quite a few times.
The last funeral I went to was my dad's funeral.

Yes, death has lost its sting and heaven will be sweeter, but loss is loss. And loss has emotion connected to it. Deep emotion. Sometimes only a tear can communicate it.

Have you ever noticed that at funerals when people speak, they go back and forth between past and present tense? I love, I loved, I know, I remember, we talk about, we talked about...and on and's sad. And it's a reminder of how fresh the losses are when the funeral rolls along mere days after someone is gone from this earth.

Music has a way of touching hearts in a way nothing else can...I believe God uses music to move us, and to heal us. I know Whitney's music did that for many people..God used her. And one thing I know about God is that he uses those willing to be used. He doesn't use people who have it all together because well, there is no one who qualifies for that. We all need Him. I know I do.

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William P. Merrill

I truly hope to hear Whitney in heaven. I hope she's singing for my dad right now, he loved music.

I remember being a child, singing "I believe the children are our future..." and feeling like she was singing to me. And now I think of my own children when I hear those words...

Do you have a memory of her music in your life?

Friday, February 17, 2012

you make my heart sing

Wylde make my heart sing...
You make everything...groovy


Did you know that Lucas means "the light"?
Doesn't that smile light you right up?
He is living up to his name.
My little Wylde thing. oooh....I think I love you.

smaller is the new bigger

so I was thinking tonight...

my world has never been so small.

I go days at a time where my entire world consists of a kitchen, a living room, my room, Judah's room and the bathroom. That's not even my entire house.

On a good day, when Lance is home, I go to fancy places like Kohl's or Home Goods (love).

Once upon a time I went on cruises, I had work parties, I met "the girls" for lunch, I had movie nights at an actual movie theatre. I orchestrated events where hundreds of kids showed up and walked away happy.

but now my world consists of two kids, my two kids.

and my world has never been so big.

the joy of watching Lucas light up with a smile at the sight of me.
knowing Judah is happy and learning new things all the time.
snuggling up with Lucas while he nurses and grows bigger every day.
seeing how proud Judah gets when he masters a new skill, like potty training (finally!).
listening to sweet baby giggles.
hearing my boy say "you're my sweetheart mommy" and giving me smooches.

more than my world is bigger heart actually is. yup. just like the grinch, only I wasn't all grinchy before.

I know someday I will again do things like go on cruises and meet "the girls" for lunch and other great things that will get me outside the walls of my house, but for now I am more than happy to grow my world in a different way.

In a lot of ways my world has gotten smaller, but in the important ways it has only gotten bigger. And I am grateful.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love Day


You might be asking yourself why I would start a post titled "Love Day" out with a
picture from the dentist chair. Well, my valentines day went a little
different than I planned. Starting with a root canal the day before.
Surprise! Lucky me.
(but isn't the view lovely from the dentist office?)


They shipped me over to another office for the actual root canal where I spent
some time with Ty. He kindly distracted me from the joy I was experiencing.


Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous when they handed me goggles to put on.
really? goggles? yup.


well I survived the root canal and even went shopping for jeans afterwards.
I think my husband thought the jean shopping was worse than a root canal. ha.
the things we do for love.

needless to say valentines day itself was spent on painkillers and soft foods.
Lance saved the day though and brought some really fun valentine gifts for the boys and me.
what a man!
Judah calls this balloon his "happy balloon!"


Instead of a fancy dinner and a babysitter, we headed to Ryan's Steakhouse for the buffet.
I found lots of yummy soft foods to fill up on and the boys were happy too.
Afterwards we went to Essex and window shopped. I love a deal.
Of course all I bought was diapers, but they were the nice swaddlers for only .20 cents a diaper.
(that's what we call a stockopportunity people)


I do love my boys. They fill my heart with all sorts of love, even on the root canal days.


So Much to Love

I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.

Always On My Mind

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