Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

Knowing this was our last Christmas at home for a while made it a bittersweet one for me. I really tried to soak it all in and enjoy every minute of it. It's been fun this year hearing Judah say "Ho ho hoooo!" when you ask him what Santa Claus says and watching him open presents on his own a little more. I know it was a special one for our families as well.

We went to my parents' house first thing Christmas morning to open presents and then spent time with our extended families. We were even able to squeeze in a Skype call with Thomas's parents and his brother Zeb and nephew Christian. Here are pics from some of the highlights.

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Stockings

Going for the stocking
What's in there?

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So excited!


Talking on his new phone

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Playing with gifts from my dad's side of the family

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Mamere and Jack

Kim, Stephen, Stephanie and Adam
Cranes

Thanks to all our family who made this Christmas really special. You guys mean the world to us and we're really going to miss you next year this time. Love you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmastime is here!

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McAdenville

This week we visited McAdenville with my parents. Judah had fun sitting on Papaw's lap checking out the lights.

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Judah and Papaw

Another day my mom and I went to Southpark to do a little shopping and so Judah could get his picture taken with Santa. He didn't quite know what to think about him and just sat on his lap wide-eyed. After he got down he kept turning around looking at him and reaching his arms out like he wanted to go back.

Judah with Santa
Judah and Santa

Yesterday we went with my mom and Kelly Allen and her kids to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. We'd been wanting to go for a while and we heard that they had some fun Christmas stuff for kids. We got there early and did the tour of the Library, which consisted of a talking cow named Bessie, a scavenger hunt (which Will enjoyed), several videos of Billy's life and some great exhibits. Thomas was disappointed that there wasn't really an actual LIBRARY so he could peruse through Billy's favorite books. :) Oh well. It was still pretty fun.

Billy Graham Library
Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, NC

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Bessie the talking cow

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Our favorite, the International Exhibit

The kids enjoyed the live manger scene and the horse and carriage ride. We only had to wait 2 HOURS with 3 kids under 7 and no stroller. Lesson learned on that one.

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Will, Judah and Emily - Don't they look happy after an hour of waiting?

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Finally on the carriage ride

Today Judah and I went to visit my friend Stacy and her beautiful son Will. He is such a cutie and I loved seeing him and watching Judah run around. I think they had a good time "playing" with each other.

Judah and Will
Judah and Will

Stacy and Will
Stacy and Will

Stacy has a fun blog if you want to check it out. I love that I have other friends that blog too!

Merry almost Christmas!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Visiting Friends

A week ago, Judah and I went to visit my friend Whitney and her daughter Emery for a play date. Emery is five months older than Judah so it was a lot of fun to see how they interacted with one another. She's such a cutie too.

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Watching Emery run around with lots of girlie energy!

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Checking things out

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Cute!

Last weekend we traveled to Williamston, NC to visit the Griffins. We had a wonderful time with Simon, Eleyse and Susan and they made us feel very at home! Judah's new thing is watching Elmo on YouTube singing, "La la la la, Elmo's song!" He's always walking around saying, "La la la," now. Sunday after church he hopped in Eleyse's lap and wanted to watch Elmo on their computer.

Give me that mouse, I can do this!

Every time we visit Susan has gotten Judah some new cool toy or outfit and this was no exception! Here he is checking out his new orange cow.

Look, it's a cow!

He also got a fun rubber ball that held a bunch of other balls.

Yay a new toy!
Cheese!

Happy with his new toy
So happy!

Judah and the Griffins
Judah with Simon, Susan and Eleyse

The fam

We had met Susan in Wake Forest so she rode back with us part of the way. After being in the car a while we turned around and Judah was back there holding her hand, so sweet!

Holding hands with Susan

I'm loving being home and visiting family and friends! Less than six weeks left to go...

Monday, December 05, 2011

Visiting Brent

Last weekend my mom and I went to visit my brother in Atlanta. He was kind enough to let us take over his house for a few days, because whenever Judah's involved, he does tend to take over a space. As soon as we got there he got into some Christmas decorations. He thought he was cool.

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We had dinner one night at a really good Italian restaurant called Pasta Bella. We had lasagna, stuffed mushrooms, salad and topped it off with a GIANT piece of cheesecake. 

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Judah enjoyed the strawberries covered in syrup and also tried cheesecake for the first time. He was eating it by the handful. It's amazing what all you can get away with being with grandma all the time. ;)

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Mouthful of strawberry and begging for more

After dinner we drove through Lights of Life and saw some fun Christmas lights. Judah seemed to enjoy them and it was fun to see all the different scenes made out of lights. My pictures don't really do them justice.

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We spent a lot of time in the car but Judah hung in there and was in a great mood the whole time. Here he is holding mom's hand on the way home from the restaurant.

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Sunday we visited Brent's church and then it was time to go back home. It was a great visit and I look forward to seeing him again at Christmas!

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Judah and uncle Brent

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Us outside Brent's house

I miss seeing my brother, so it's always good when we get to spend some extended time together. See ya again soon Brent!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Birthday and Thanksgiving!

This year my birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving which was fun! My mom got a set of really cute cupcakes from Splat! Bakery in Lowell, NC. It was a fun twist instead of just a traditional cake and they were yummy!

Birthday Cupcakes
Cupcakes! Every one was different.

My mom cooked a turkey for the first time this year, she was SO proud, as you can see...

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Turkey!

It really was very moist and delicious. I was proud of her too! I think she watched about four YouTube videos on what to do, hilarious.

The past week or so we've all come down with a chest cold so that's a major bummer. Judah even has his first earaches, in both ears! Hopefully we'll get back on track soon. We don't really feel bad, we're just coughing a lot and it's super annoying.

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Judah has starting liking noodles lately (with white sauce only) and learned to slurp them up. It's not very good manners, but it's very cute and funny. He had his 18 month appointment yesterday and he weighs 23.11 lbs. and is 30.5 in. long. He's kind of short but is well proportioned! I think his stats are at 25% for height and weight and 50% for head circumference. He's learning new words all the time still and his new thing is trying to jump, but he's not quite there yet! 

Slurping noodles!


This weekend mom and I are off to Atlanta to visit my brother. Road trip! Should be a good time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

November...

It's been a crazy few weeks. I think I'm going to be saying that every few weeks until a year from now so bear with me! Anyways we moved out of our house last week because it was already reserved for someone else for a month, so we're currently homeless. Yay! We moved out on Friday and on Saturday we left for Virginia for our appointment week with our new job. It was sort of like an orientation with the company and it was culminated with a big service in Mississippi. It was a really special time to get commissioned and meet all the people that will be at training with us in January.

While eating dinner at the church before the service a lady walked up holding a bouquet of roses. We were surprised at first and wondered what it was about. Then she handed us a card and said that Thomas's parents had contacted the church saying they were sorry they couldn't make it to the service but that they were very proud of us. We were both moved by their thoughtfulness.

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Us with our flowers!

We got back from our trip on Friday and on Sunday Thomas spoke at my home church in Cherryville. He did a great job by sharing his testimony and then preaching on the book of Jonah. I know I'm biased and everything, but he did a great job. I'm so proud of my husband! I know I don't tell him that enough, but I truly am.

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Outside the church

This week we're taking it easy and just having fun playing with Judah and hanging with family and friends. Today was warm so we took Judah outside to play. He loves being outside. Every time we try to get him to go back in he pitches a fit! We walked around in the leaves and we sat him up in the seat of my dad's tractor. He was so funny turning the steering wheel and pulling on the levers. He even said the word tractor for the first time! 


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Yay!

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Sitting in his car

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Love those eyes

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Curls!

We're looking forward to Thanksgiving this week and spending time with family. Turkey and dressing!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Fall fun!

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We had a great Halloween this year with Judah. As you can see he dressed up like a pumpkin. My aunt Phyllis came over and hung out for the afternoon and we went and visited my grandpa Houser. That night we went to the Fall Festival at FBC and Judah had fun walking around and trying to play the games. He enjoyed the treat of eating a few Reese's Cups!

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Judah with Aunt Phyllis

The following Sunday I went with Natalie to the Daniel Boone Inn in Boone, NC. I've never been there before and it was so much fun! The food is Southern and served family style in big bowls for everyone to share. We had fried chicken, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits and delicious black cherry preserves. I haven't stopped talking about them since we left. I'm about to drive Natalie crazy!

Me and Natalie
Me and Natalie!

Boone, Daniel Boone Inn, Country-style Meal
Yum!

Blue Ridge Mountains
Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains

One day last week Mom stopped by the house and was chewing some gum. As she held Judah it was funny watching his reaction to the bubbles she blew. He would get scared and put his hand in front of his face and get surprised when the bubbles popped. I know it's just a parent thing, but we got a good laugh out of it. His faces were so cute.

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