Thursday, December 30, 2010

Video of our Little Man

Jen is amazing. She just taught us how to upload video to the blog! Now we need to pull the video camera back out and start filming all the fascinating stuff Elijah's doing so you can all see! Now that we know how to share it...with the world! :)

Here's my first attempt. Or really second. Because *ahem* somebody *ahem* didn't approve of my unedited selection. It was too long. And boring. I mean, really, how can any video of my ADORABLE baby be too long??? :)

Just kidding. It was too long.

Enjoy the shorter version.

Video removed to conserve storage space
Long and short version in Wise Family video archives!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Post-Christmas Update

So much to say, so little opportunity. Sorry no pictures for now. I'll work on that when I have more time!
--We are moved in to our new home in College Station. We had amazing help on both ends-friends helping load up the Uhaul in Waco and unload and even unpack in College Station, mom and mother-in-law at different times to watch Elijah and help unpack, meals provided, and so many hugs and well wishes and prayers! I need to process this move, but honestly haven't had time! I don't know if the reality has hit me yet. I think I'll feel lonely once my family leaves and James starts going into work at the church offices every day. For now it's still the adventure side of it, but little things are reminding me that I don't live in Waco anymore, close to those friends and in a familiar place. I'm praying that God will help me fully embrace this next season.
--My family is visiting from all over the place! My parents live in Tennessee, Jen lives in Virginia, and I'm not sure where Josh claims as home now that my parents moved and he's away at college. Either Maryland or Pennsylvania. Anyway, they're all here in our newly-moved-into home and it's just so sweet to have them here! Elijah is finally getting to know people that I love so dearly. Having a baby has made me realize what a sacrifice my parents made to move away from their families. I want them to know him because I love them so much and I love him so much, but I'm confident that they and we are where God wants us to be. Anyway!
--Elijah's first Christmas was fun. He chewed on his presents but didn't care about unwrapping them, so we had to help a lot! He got several fun books that I was excited about, among other things. Christmas Day felt a little hectic, but it was sweet! James and I talked last week about several traditions that we want to be sure to incorporate into this holiday in the future. Several we've already been doing, but something about now being parents meant we wanted to actually spell it out. We enjoyed the thought of doing these things for years down the road as our family continues to grow. Though we realized yesterday that one of our traditions we wanted to start we actually forgot to do! Oops! :)
--Elijah's cutting his first tooth! We've felt like it was coming for a while, but just a couple days ago-it may have actually been Christmas Day, as a matter of fact-we could feel the top sharp edge poking through his gum. It's not even the complete top surface of his tooth yet, but it's a start! I wanted to make jokes about all he wanted for Christmas being his two front teeth, but it's just one front tooth for now! :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Moving

As you know, we're packing up to move to College Station. Things are getting all boxed up, and it's quite a mess around here. Don't worry, though. We haven't misplaced the baby!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby D

Last Sunday was a big day for us. We got sent out from two church services, which is where friends come and pray over us to send us off as we move. We got our going away party thrown by our awesome lifegroup, which was such a sweet time of visiting and talking with friends before we leave. Also, Elijah got dedicated! We'd talked about waiting til we moved to College Station to do it, but ended up doing it here in Waco because we wanted our community here to be a part of it. Of course, it's just a ceremony-Elijah already belongs to the Lord and we are already committed to raising him to know and honor Jesus, but it's neat to do that in front of people we know and love. :) So here are some pictures of that service (our church calls it Baby D):





Friday, December 10, 2010

Exersaucer


My awesome Tia Marilyn sent Elijah a sweet present last week: an exersaucer! Actually, she ordered it over a month ago, and then apparently it either never made it to our home or got stolen off of our front porch or something! Anyway, the replacement came last week and we were all super excited!

There were about a million pieces that James got to assemble! It was a lot, but he's a creative person. :)

Elijah has figured out how to turn himself in the seat so he can look at and play with all the various toys. One of the musical pieces we normally leave turned off because it's song gets stuck in our head and drives us crazy! It's a very educational toy and Elijah loves getting to play with it-unless he just woke up, then he doesn't like it-I think it's overstimulating if he's still sleepy!! :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanksgiving in Houston

We went to Houston over Thanksgiving! Here are some photos from our trip.








Sitting Pretty

Elijah has suddenly started sitting! It's so fun! He's not perfectly steady, but he does really well. Sometimes he topples over:
I have to exercise self-control and not just catch him every time he falls over. He needs to learn cause and effect, and this will hopefully help him get to crawling. Plus it doesn't hurt him to fall over. Though he often lands on his face! :)

Bonus: He's started on "real" foods. So far he eats peas, green beans, and apples, along with his rice cereal and oatmeal. He LOVES apples, makes hilarious faces with peas and green beans, and sometimes flatly refuses the cereals. Apparently our son is NOT a big breakfast eater. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Recent Days

A couple pictures from the last week or so:

Elijah helping Daddy study for a test in our church planting school.

A wreath I made after seeing it on someone else's blog.

Elijah turned six months old last Tuesday! His six month doctor's visit was rescheduled for today, so this afternoon we'll find out his weight and length and everything!


The house is craziness now, with full-blown packing! Thankfully we haven't taken pictures of that! :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Moments that Live Forever

The Christmas season has begun. We're waiting til we move in two weeks before we decorate for Christmas, so it's a little weird. I'm reading other people's blogs about their Christmas trees and crafts and baking, and I'm not in that mode yet-I'm throwing things in boxes and trying to cook meals that use up ingredients in the pantry!

There is, however, something festive we can do now: Christmas cards! In the past, we've sent a newsletter, updating people on our lives, etc. This year, we thought we'd wait til we had our new address so we could let people know that, but we thought now we needed to include a family picture since we've had a baby! So, we enter the world of actual Christmas cards. What to do?

Well, if you have a blog, you could write a post like this one and get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly.com! Details here.

We love using shutterfly for photo fun! We've had lots of great experiences with them! We especially love their custom photobooks-we've made albums of different places we've traveled, of our wedding, and now of the pregnancy and delivery of the little man! They look so professional and they're not super expensive. We did the birth announcements from them, too, and loved them! So many choices! Plus, shutterfly always has great sales and coupon codes that they email, so we rarely pay full price! So I've been browsing the Christmas card options on their website... We could do a picture of all of us.

But who are we kidding? People really just want to see EZ!

I like this one, with a big picture of his face, but I want something more than "Merry Christmas," something that points to the real reason we celebrate this time of year. Here are some of my favorites:

I think this might be my overall favorite: