16 Weeks!

How far along? 16 weeks

Size of the baby? About 4 1/2 inches long, weighing about 3 ounces–about the size of an avocado

Maternity Clothes? Shorts and capris, but everything else is still my regular clothes!

Gender? We find out on September 27! 4 weeks away!

Movement? I am beginning to feel little tiny movements, and the baby was going crazy today while they were trying to get the heartbeat.

Sleep? I am sleeping pretty well, but I still feel like I can sleep a lot. I think my family is trying to prepare me for the baby. One night this past week, I woke up to go to the bathroom at 1am, Sarah Ann came to our room at 2 am and wanted someone to “lay with her for a few minutes,” Reece woke me up at 4am yelling “Mommy! Mommy! I need more tovers (covers),” and then my alarm went off at 5:45 to wake Jeffrey up for sermon prep. I took a good nap that day!

Cravings? Ice water, crushed ice, mexican food

Symptoms? Still a little bit of nausea and sleepiness, but my energy is coming back and I’m feeling more human again! I also want to eat all the time!

What I miss? Nothing really!

Milestones? We are well into the 2nd trimester, and I’m so excited to be feeling better for the fall! It my most favorite season!

What I am nervous about? Reece is moving to his big boy bed tomorrow–he’s going to love it! So, we are beginning the process of getting ready for the baby to arrive!

What I’m excited about? Fall, football, and lots of fun with friends and family! And this long Labor day weekend!

Preschool Open House

Yesterday Sarah Ann and Reece had their open house for the new school year! I went back and forth about having them going to school this year, so when Jeffrey said that he really felt like it would be good for them to go, especially Reece, I just totally felt at peace and trusted his decision. I am so thankful for his wisdom!

And yesterday just totally confirmed Jeffrey’s decision, and I am so excited for this year! Sarah Ann will have 12 students in her class, and for her open house time slot it was the 6 girls in her class. She was able to meet all of the girls in her class, get to know them, and have lots of fun playing in the homeliving area. We spent some time talking about how she will be able to make new friends, and she is also looking forward to having show and tell too! Her teachers are super fun, and I know that she is going to love them! My prayer is that God is going to use this year to help her grow–she is such a leader and has such a passionate heart, and I can’t wait to see how she grows this year!

I was much more anxious about dropping Reece off to his class, but the Lord completely filled his sweet little heart with peace and he did wonderfully! Mrs. Beth is such a blessing, and I know she is the perfect teacher for the Reece-Man. He didn’t even cry when I left him, and when I went to pick him up he was so proud of himself, and he said “I stayed at school all myself, Mommy!” I am looking forward to seeing his silly and sweet personality develop even more this year, and I am so excited to see all he learns this year! Um, and doesn’t he look way too grown up in the middle picture below?

Thank you, Lord, for St. Stephen’s, for our precious teachers, for Jeffrey’s wisdom, for teaching me to trust! It’s going to be a wonderful year!

The Big 3-0!

Happy 30th birthday, Jeffrey! We love you very much, and we are so thankful for all that you do for us! Sarah Ann, Reece, and I compiled a little list and here are 30 things that we love about you…

1. How you, Reece, and Sarah Ann love to have movie nights when Mommy is gone–especially because they usually involve a yummy snack.

2. Making swords for the kiddos at work.

3. How even after all these years of waking up early, you can still sleep extremely late on Saturday mornings.

4. Having dance parties and playing freeze dance in the living room.

5. Your love of reading and studying theology.

6. That your favorite TV shows coming on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and A&E.

7. And how you get to wrapped up in the kiddo’s shows on Disney Junior.

8. How you work all day to provide for us and take care of us.

9. That you like Pepsi, even though I definitely prefer Coke.

10. The joy that you have in playing with princesses and Power Rangers.

11. That you take care of all of the yard work.

12. How you make the best forts out of all of the couch cushions and blankets.

13. Your curly hair, and the fact that you passed it on to Sarah Ann.

14. Your love of music.

15. How you fall asleep in about 2 seconds at night, and never hear a sound, including the kids, in the middle of the night.

16. That you let the kids stay up a little later when you put them to bed because you love chatting with them as they settle down for the night.

17. How you always have to have a snack before bed.

18. That you are a “be-er” and not a “do-er.”

19. How you go along with my crazy weekend family plans, and spoil us at our many destinations.

20. That you are just as addicted to your iPhone as I am.

21. Your servant’s heart.

22. Your desire to lead our children to the Lord.

23. That you love college football just as much as I do.

24. How you love to eat out, and we share all of our favorite restaurants.

25. That you make it a priority to have one-on-one time with me, Sarah Ann and Reece.

26. You make the best sandcastles at the beach.

27. How you can’t go to Lifeway without buying a new book.

28. How you put everyone first, above yourself.

29. That you take up all the slack when I’m tired and pregnant.

30. How you love Sarah Ann, Reece, and I unconditionally.

We love you, Jeffrey! I am so thankful that God gave me you! I hope that you have a wonderful 30th birthday, and I’m so glad that you will always be older than me! Happy birthday, Broadwell!

A Day at IOP

Saturday morning we drove down to the Isle of Palms to spend the day with Nanny, Pops, Jeremy and Melanie. We had a great time playing in the sand, swimming in the pool, jumping in the waves, relaxing under the tent, and hanging out in the “hotel” (condo). After a full day in the sun, we enjoyed dinner on the beach at Coconut Joe’s and then did a little shopping. Dinner was delicious, and the company was even better! Before heading back to Columbia at bed time, we started off Daddy’s birthday celebration week with some ice cream and cookie cake!

Alphabet Summer: Weeks 9, 10, and 11

U: During the olympics, we were all about cheering for the USA! We made USA red and blue cookies, and pictures of the American flag. Anytime we pass a flag now, Sarah Ann says “Look, it’s our flag,” and Reece says, “Go USA! USA!”

Z: We’ve been loving this cooler weather, so we went to the zoo twice in one week! We also enjoyed some yummy zebra cakes while watching a movie about animals and reading our zoo books.

K: We flew our kites at the Isle of Palms and also decorated some of our own kites with glitter glue and confetti at home. Sarah Ann and Reece also helped a lot in the kitchen this week. We made pizza, muffins, and cooked dinner for a family at church that recently had a baby.

X: X was for X marks the spot! Thanks to Mrs. Kathy we went on a very fun treasure hunt around the neighborhood. We also spent lots of time playing pirates at home and enjoying Jake and the Neverland pirates.

E: We spent a very fun morning at Edventure playing in all of the exhibits, and Eddie’s tummy is one of our most recent favorites! We also talked about exercising–we walked around the neighborhood, had a pretend exercise class in the living room, had a dance party, and spent lots of time outside running around in the evenings.

I can’t believe summer is almost over! I am so thankful to be feeling better and having some energy again, and I’m looking forward to these last couple weeks of summer fun!

The things they say…

It seems that whenever we are without Sarah Ann and Reece, we always talk about the funny things that they say. Reece has become quite the hilarious little chatterbox, and we never know what is going to come out of Sarah Ann’s mouth!

Here are a few things the Reece-Man has recently said…

  • “My can’t stay in my crib much wonger (longer). There’s not enough room. My need a big boy bed.”
  • “Boys do the wort (work). And the dirls (girls) don’t wort.”
  • “Mommy’s da best. Daddy’s da best. Sarah Ann’s da best, and Reecey’s da best.”
  • “The baby is going to come out of the top.” (while trying to look down my shirt)
  • “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Is it morning time yet?” (when I go to get him out of his bed in the morning)
  • “My don’t want to stay at school for a wong (long) time. My want to stay with Mommy.”
  • “My need the iPad!”
  • “My gonna fight you. My a superhero.”

And here’s a few from little Miss Sarah Ann…

  • “When I’m four and you and Daddy need to go bye-bye, I can put Reecey in his bed, and then put the baby in the bed, and then go upstairs to my room and go to sleep.”
  • “When I’m four maybe I will like spinach. Well, maybe not until I’m 7.”
  • “Can we stay at the beach for a long time and spend the night in a hotel? I really like hotels.”
  • “Will you come lay with me for just a few minutes?” (in the middle of the night)

And the sweetest sounds to ever come out of the backseat of the car…

  • Sarah Ann: “Reecey, I love you!”
  • Reece: “My wuv you too, Sarah Ann!”

One-on-One!

Last week I got to spend a little one-on-one time with each of the kiddos. It’s so funny to me how much they miss each other when they are apart, even though there are days when all they do is fight when they are together! But…a little one-on-one time with each of them was just what we all needed last week!

Tuesday afternoon Reece and I headed to the library while Sarah Ann enjoyed a play date with some sweet friends. Reece picked out some books and movies, played with the puzzles and toys, and put on a pretty awesome puppet show! He is such a silly little boy–always playing pretend, laughing and talking! I just love the things that come out of his mouth!

Sarah Ann and I also took a special trip to Target last week to pick out some new tennis shoes for school! She loved walking around, just me and her! She picked out some bright pink and sparkly “Hello Kitty” shoes, and she has worn them every day since! But as much as she loved the shoes, I think she might have loved the pink bubble gum she picked out even more!

Monkey Joe’s

There’s nothing like spending Friday night at Monkey Joe’s. Today in the car Reece, out of no where, said, “Mommy, I want to go to Monkey Joe’s.” Of course Sarah Ann thought that was a brilliant idea, because we haven’t been in quite a long time. Reece hasn’t really been a fan in the past, and Sarah Ann is beyond terrified of “Monkey Joe.” But after lots of begging and talking to Daddy, we decided that we would go tonight.

Sarah Ann was excited from the moment we got there. She didn’t really care of the obstacle courses, but she loved jumping in all of bounce houses and going down the slides. It took Reece a little while to warm up in the little kid jungle bouncy thing, and just as he started having a great time Sarah Ann crashed into him and he ended up with a scratch on his nose and a puffy eye! Poor little man. We took a break and played some games, Daddy treated the kiddos to icees, and then Reece was ready to jump again as long as I was right beside him. However, by the time closing time arrived, both kiddos were little jumping fools and they had an absolute blast!

Here is a little video that Jeffrey got of Sarah Ann and Reece bouncing…

Happy weekend, everyone!