Sunday, August 26, 2012

Birthday Song

Today is James' 31st birthday!  I am so thankful for this incredible man of God that I have the awesome privilege to be married to!  On top of being generous, faithful, humble, gentle, hilarious, and wise beyond his years, James also makes incredibly adorable kids.  Case in point: Elijah's birthday song for his daddy:

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Bible Story Song Performances

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Elijah is learning the songs to go with some of the Bible stories he loves.  With Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, he mostly plays the Israelites (marching, blowing horns, shouting) and then switches to portraying the wall (falling down).  A mom's got to be creative, folks.  With the Noah song he just dances around.  Hilarious!  :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes

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Elijah's version of the song Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes.  Not the most musical version, but it's so cute to hear his little voice!  :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012


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Elijah imitating some dinosaurs in a new library book.  Daddy's doing a great job teaching him to be a man!  :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ellie's Recent Cuteness


 Trying so hard to roll over...or to eat that ball!

 In Elijah's crib while big brother gets his diaper changed.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elijah's Recent Cuteness

 Elijah's still adorable, in case anyone was wondering!

Here he is playing with Ellie while she sits in her bumbo.  He LOVES for her to sit in it.  

 He wanted to wear suspenders and a headband this day.  He looks like he could be in the Sound of Music...
 Elijah brought Ellie a bunch of toys he thought she would like to play with...
 Elijah woke up yesterday claiming that his animals were hungry.  He made sure (most) of them got something to drink, and then spoon fed them pretend cereal.  Precious!
 Poor Little Piggy.  Just cuz he's so small...
 Elijah's showing me how he goes night-night.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ellie 4 Months

Time goes by so quickly!!!  Ellie is already 4 months old!  We'll learn her official stats after her doctor's apt on Friday, but for now, our estimates from home are that she weighs about 15.6 lbs and is about 26" long.  I JUST moved her into 3-6 month clothes and, big surprise, she is STILL ADORABLE!

She is such a smiling, happy girl!  She's patient with her big brother's love, hugs, and kisses, though she did pull his hair last week.  She falls asleep so well on her own, I can't even believe it!  She is sleeping through the night a couple times a week, though just two nights ago I started trying something new and so far it's working awesome-when she wakes up in the middle of the night, fussing or crying, I turn off the baby monitor and set my alarm for ten minutes.  Both times she has fallen back asleep on her own by the time I start listening again at ten minutes!  That's exciting!  Two days is hardly a new habit, but I hope it's coming!  :)

Every once in a while, she tries so hard to roll over, so I'm sure she'll do it soon.  She loves chewing on her hands, though it's not a thumb-sucking at all.  She is becoming quite a drooler! She's getting good at holding on to certain toys, which Elijah loves because now she actually receives the gifts he brings her!  Can't wait to see them really play together soon!!!  :)

 Elijah LOVES for Ellie to sit in her bumbo.  I don't know why, but it makes him so happy!

 Elijah wanted in on this photo shoot.  PRECIOUS!

 EZ wanted to share his stuffed animal friends.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lookin' Good

 Some fun recent pictures!
Super Elijah!
Ellie is a bit smaller than her lifegroup friends...


 EZ loves his sleeping bag from Tia Jen!
 Ellie loves to eat Roo (remember her in-utero nickname?  Clever gift, Roberts fam!)!
 Cows (I think)!
 Ellie hangs out on her side sometimes.  Just chillin'.
 EZ's a great big brother!
 Camp out!
 Our favorite outfit of Ellie's!

 Super cool, dude!
 Watering the grass...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fun in the Sun

 We've been to the big pool only twice so far this summer.  It feels overwhelming to me to take both kiddos on my own, so we save it for weekends when Daddy's home!  :)

Since it's a newish experience, of course Elijah started out afraid, but by this second trip, he did much better!  He even played near us instead of wanting to be held the whole time!  Yay!
  Ellie thought the water was fun.

 Elijah did NOT want to come pose for a picture...
 So we caught him in the background!
 Daddy and Elijah rested in the sun & water!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back to the Real World

We recently attended our organization's biennial conference with all the US and international church plant staff.  It was WONDERFUL!  We were in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, enjoying cooler temperatures, basking in the presence of God!  We got to enjoy wonderful worship, challenging teachings, delicious food, lovely accommodations, deal friends, and much more!  James and I both really met with the Lord and came away changed-what a great conference!  Coming back from the trip, though, was quite an adventure...

When we arrived back at our car after our flight home, lugging both kiddos, 2 pack-n-plays, suitcases, backpacks, diapers, etc, our car wouldn't start.  We hadn't had any trouble with it before we left, but when we tried to start it, NOTHING happened.  We were in Austin, with a 2 hour drive back to College Station.  Wow!  We prayed and tried again.  Still nothing.  We asked several people if they had jumper cables (No, we don't have them in my car.  Yes, I know I probably should.  I also need a jack ever since my last one got bent changing a tire 7 years ago...).  People were kind, and several even checked their vehicles, but they kept coming up empty.  Finally, a gentleman offered to remove our battery, put it in his car, start it, put it back in our car, etc.  When he opened his truck to get the tools to do that, he found his jumper cables!  So we tried for a while to jump the car.  We poured coke on our battery (it was badly corroded and that helps) and now I feel all handy knowing that trick.  Sadly, though, the car still wouldn't start.  Another man that had been watching/helping then offered to take James to an auto parts store to buy a new battery, and then show him how to change it out in the car.  What a BLESSING these men were!  So, off James went to purchase a car battery and to learn a new skill.  PRAISE THE LORD, it worked!  It was a rough welcome back to Texas after our great trip, but really, I think everyone had really great attitudes and we were thankful to finally be on the road headed back to College Station!

When we got home to our duplex, it was HOT.  I had intentionally not turned the air unreasonably high because last year when we went to India I did turn the air up a lot and it was SO miserable to come home to.  We had a friend house- and dog-sitting, so we left the air at a comfortable temperature.  My first thought was that he must have bumped it up, though I couldn't imagine why.  He left us a note on the table that he'd just turned the air down to make it more comfortable for us when we arrived.  So I was really confused at the 93 degree temp we came home to-I had intentionally tried to avoid that.  But the air was on when we arrived, so we expected it to soon get more comfortable.  We put the kids to bed, but Ellie was really uncomfortable with the heat.  We finally got her to go down by setting her up in the pack-n-play in the living room with no pajamas on and the fan going right above her.  We opened several windows and a door to let the air circulate, and got the temp down to 88!  We thought the air must be working now so when we went to bed, we closed all the windows again so the house would cool down and went to sleep, telling ourselves it'd be more comfortable when we woke up...but it wasn't.  When we woke for Ellie's middle of the night feeding, it was STILL 88 degrees.  I thought it felt like when I have a fever, except it was coming from external heat instead of internal!  We concluded that the air conditioning was broken and opened the windows up again, vowing to call our property managers AS SOON as they opened in the morning.  Thankfully, we all survived, though we sweated a LOT, and the repairman had the temperature lowering by 9:30 the next morning.  It took all day to get back down to 75 since I was also running the washing machine and dryer most of the day (just returned from an 8 day trip, remember!), but it felt SO MUCH BETTER and I am so thankful for our cool air every time I think about it now!

We're not sure what that was all about but we're glad to have those things fixed!!!  :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Well, after many times of Elijah accidentally hurting Ellie (bumping heads while he's hugging her, etc), today was the first time that Ellie accidentally hurt Elijah!  He was hugging her, so sweetly, and then suddenly started crying!  I looked more closely and found that her little fist was tightly wrapped around his hair!  Bless his heart!  I untangled her fingers and got her to stop pulling his hair, but he looked so offended that she would do that!  :)

I haven't blogged much lately.  Hopefully soon I'll have more to say and more time to say it!  :)