Our Christmas

The one thing that makes me a little gloomy about Christmas is that I am always so excited for it to get here and then I blink & it is over!  We spent Christmas at home this year & my parents came in for a few days. I think each year is just more & more magical as they kids get older. Grayson is really starting to understand why we celebrate & the story of Christmas.  Griffin was all about opening his own presents this year. You could have wrapped up a rock and he would have been pumped. Ripping the paper off was a major thrill for him!
We spent Christmas Eve at our church. {side note: in true Griffin fashion, we spent the morning of Christmas Eve at the pediatrician. He woke up with what I thought was pink eye but instead had a double ear infection! Sheesh. He has been sick every single Christmas!} The entire hour was all music and we let the boys stay with us at "big church." They did so great & loved all the music! I think one thing that will stick in my mind forever is listening to my sweet Grayson singing along to the songs. I want to freeze their little voices & never forget them. Hearing him sing "Away in the Manger" with the rest of the congregation was precious.
Can I just say that sometimes I have to pinch myself when I see these 3 together? Do we really have 3 kids?!
 We let the kids open a few presents from out of town family on Christmas Eve. Head lamps and flash lights were a HUGE hit. Who knew?? This picture cracks me up. Their faces are so funny!
Cheney couldn't hang very long after dinner, so she wasn't in the Christmas Eve bedtime picture...there is always next year! These boys were super excited about Santa coming & were pretty sad that Doodle Elf had to fly back to the North Pole for good.
Christmas morning was spent watching the boys tear into presents, sipping on coffee, snuggling a sweet baby girl, & eating yummy breakfast food. Perfect!

These boys had a great Christmas. It really is so fun to experience everything through their eyes. It just keeps getting better!
This little lady was my favorite gift this year! We love our sweet Cheney so much!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I can't believe it is almost 2015!


It's back...Menu Monday!

Excuse me while I wipe the dust off my blog. Is anybody still out there? One of my goals for 2015 is to write more. My blog has always been an outlet AND a scrapbook for my family. I hope I can get my act together and get back to my little corner of the internet! I'm going to start by bring back my Menu Monday. It's really more for me than anyone else. It helps me stick to our meal schedule and not eat out. We are trying to stop wasting money on food! Here is what our menu looks like this week...lots of new recipes & some old favorites!
Chicken Enchilada Skillet - An easy, no-fuss, 30 min cheesy skillet dish that the whole family will love!
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!
Tuesday: Honey Sesame Chicken in the crockpot, white rice, & steamed broccoli
Wednesday: Calzones from The Pioneer Woman. Can't go wrong with Ree!
Thursday: New Years Day meal! Pork tenderloin (I use the Barefoot Contessa's cooking method), black eyed peas, collard greens, sautéed squash (for the husband who won't eat greens), & corn bread!
Friday: pizza night! I am trying out our new pizza stone this week. Do you have any tried and true dough recipes??
Saturday: we have a babysitter and we are going OUT!
Sunday: General Tso's chicken (I cheat and just buy a jar of sauce. Trader Joe's is my go to but since I don't get there very often, I opt for the Iron Chef brand. It's almost as good!) & fried rice (note: I leave the chicken out of the rice)
What is on your menu this week??


reclaiming my body

I'm not much of a New Years resolution person. Sometimes I make a list of goals but I usually forget about them by February. I am not making resolutions this year, but I do want to make a change. We are done having babies & I am done nursing babies; it is time to reclaim my body.
This is the first time in a long time that I am excited to get back to a place where I feel good & am comfortable in my own skin. Mostly because I know I won't be getting pregnant again! I am definitely at a place in life where I have to focus so much on my kids. They are little and need me. But I have also realized that I have to focus some on myself. I want that focus to be on bettering myself.  To start exercising regularly again and to really focus on eating right.
I started this whole process this week, actually, by re-joining Jazzercise. It was actually a huge blessing because I got a promotional offer in the mail that was just too good to pass up. I would not have been able to do it otherwise so I am really excited to start that back up! I am tired of feeling sluggish & I am tired of my clothes not fitting right.
Stop Wishing. Start Doning!
So, here I am...ready to reclaim my body! It isn't housing babies anymore and there is no need to house that extra weight either! 


Cheney: 4 months old

Baby girl, you are FOUR months old today!
The stats:
Weight: 11lbs 11oz (5th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (25th percentile)
Clothes: you can wear 3 month shirts/onesies but everything else is 6 month! You are so long & are all legs. 6 month pants are the perfect length but won't fit around your teeny tiny waist!
Diaper: size 1
We switched to formula shortly after you turned 3 months old.  We had a great nursing bond & I was so torn when we stopped, but you (and I!) sleep so much better now. You are now on a 4 hour schedule during the day which is so nice! You take a bottle at 7:30, 11:30, 3:30, & 7:30. Right now you are drinking 6 ounces at every feeding...you are trying to put on some weight!
You are so close to sleeping all the way through the night! I'm not pushing it yet because you are still so small & I truly think you are waking up to eat. You go to bed at 7:30 and wake up between 3:00-4:00 each night to eat & then sleep until around 7-7:30. You are still swaddled & are still sleeping in your Rock 'n Play. I'm pretty nervous to change either one of those! Naps are getting better. Sometimes you still do the 30 minute nap & I have to rock you back to sleep. Other times you will sleep 2 hours! You take 3 naps during the day right now. You are a creature of habit and definitely love to sleep in your dark room with your sound machine.
Happenings this month:
-you got switched to the big girl carseat this month! You are now riding in the Britax Roundabout and are SO MUCH happier. You even take naps in the car!!! It is amazing.
-you went on your first road trip to Atlanta this month! You did so much better than I expected. You were very good in the car & slept great in Georgia. You are just so easy!
-you now go to the nursery at church! You go on Wednesdays & Sundays and the sweet ladies just adore you. They love you & that makes my mama heart so happy.
-You are rolling from tummy to back!
-You love to stand and are so strong! You are even trying to sit up on your own. I'm not ready for you to be so big!
-You love your big brothers so much. They give you very little personal space but you don't seem to mind. You smile so big when they talk to you!
-You are now big enough for the jumperoo & walker! Your feet don't touch the ground but you love sitting in them. The boys love pushing you around in the walker!
-you talk ALL day long. Such sweet sounds.
Cheney, this day is so bittersweet. Exactly one year ago my friend Michelle passed away. Later that night, we found out about you. A sweet little addition to our family we didn't even know we were missing! Cheney, every day I am thankful for you. You are a constant reminder to me that God is good all the time.

You are the sweetest little girl & such a dream baby. You are so happy almost all the time and love to flash that pretty smile! I always say that you have a full body smile...you literally smile with every inch of your body! I love this stage so much & we are loving watching you learn new things and grow. Cheney girl, we love you so much!


Our Thanksgiving

I can't let Christmas arrive without doing an update on our Thanksgiving! Has this fall flown by for anyone else? I feel like life has been going by so fast--I can't believe it is already December!
The weekend before Thanksgiving I made my first solo roadtrip to Atlanta with all 3 kids. We left on a Thursday after school & it actually wasn't as bad as expected. We have moved Cheney to a convertible carseat and she is MUCH happier. We spent 3 days with my family & the we had fun! The boys love going to Nana and Poppy's house! We got to spend time with my grandparents & some of the cousins, too. Between my cousin, Blakely, and I, we have 6 kids now. That seems crazy!
This was Cheney's first time in Georgia and first time to meet her great grandparents. This is my sweet Granddaddy. He wore his Mickey shirt for all the kids and it!
These are all the great grandkids. Cheney will certainly be outnumbered for a while! It was fun having all the boys together...they had a blast!
This was our first big holiday with Ben working at his new job. For the first time in our marriage, we didn't have to worry about him working on Thanksgiving! He even got the next day off, too! Talk about being thankful. This year I am so thankful he found a new job that he loves that allows him to be home more.
We spent Thanksgiving with Ben's family in Alabama. The boys had a great time with their cool Uncle Thomas & we ate lots of yummy food! So far, Cheney has proved herself to be a pretty good little traveler!
I am so thankful for this little girl this year.
Last Thanksgiving I didn't even know about our sweet Cheney. Now that she is here, it is hard to remember what life was like before her!

I love these three little turkeys! Still sounds so weird to say THREE. Wow. So much to be thankful for.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!