Wednesday, December 3, 2008


This morning, I had a doctor's appointment - just a checkup - and I got a call from Asher saying, "I climb out." or something like that. He finally did it! Beau put him down for a nap, and a few minutes later, Asher walked down the stairs with a very proud smile on his face. And he immediately wanted to "tell Mommy phone". What a little rascal! We knew it was coming. The last month we stayed with two different family members where Asher climbed out of the pack'n'play, so then at Mom and Dad's and Beau's parents' houses, we didn't even try it. He just slept in "big boy beds". He did well in his baby bed the first few days that we've been home, but I'm afraid the time has come to an end. Just as soon as we can get to it, we'll be putting him in a toddler bed. I feel a very small twinge of sadness, but I think it's kind of fun too. A new chapter in our lives...

When I got home, I was in the kitchen - where Asher takes his wagon and climbs up on it in attempts to get whatever snack he desires at a given moment. (I don't encourage this by the way, but it doesn't stop him from trying.) Anyway, I found an almost empty gallon size ziplock bag that HAD BEEN full of popcorn last time I saw it. The baggy was on the floor with a few kernels of popcorn on the floor beside it. I, of course, gasped because I thought Asher had gotten into it while I was gone and had eaten almost ALL of it by himself. Beau was DELIGHTED, because that was JUST the response he was hoping for! He had planted it all there for me to see. =)

After Asher FINALLY went down for a nap, I was cleaning up the living room and made the comment to Beau that I feel like I have three children (because of the mess!), and he said, "That's what you signed up for. I'm the first person you're supposed to take care of. The kids are just extra." He was so proud of himself for being SO funny. =) (You see the kind of guy I'm married to. =))

And last but not least...Beau and I are reading "Love Dare". We just started it, and today the dare is to practice patience with each other and not to say ANYTHING negative to each other. So after we had had this sweet "enriching" time together, Beau pulls one of my gray hairs out of my head - and I couldn't say anything! =) It was pretty funny. He is the scoundrel of all scoundrels! (And he's raising another one to be just like him!) =)

And guessed it...I'm off to do laundry and continue the closet project from yesterday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chunky Monkey...and Not-So-Chunky-Monkey =)

Today we took the kids to their two year and two month checkups. Little Miss Ainsley is doing very WELL! =) The nurse slid the little thing on the scale to "20" before she weighed her, because she thought she would weigh at least THAT! And THAT is hilarious! But she indeed does NOT weigh anywhere close to 20 pounds for crying out loud! =) However, she IS in the 97th percentile for weight and 90th for height! She is a pretty tall chunky monkey! =) She weighs 13lbs. 12oz. and is 24 inches long. Asher is also very healthy - but on the lighter side. =) He is in the 25th percentile for height and weight. He weighs 26lbs. and is 2ft. 9in. tall.

We had a great Thanksgiving with Beau's family this last week. Ainsley is changing more every day - spitting up much less, much more content overall, and is smiling a lot. She's so fun! And of course Asher LOVED being with his Grammie, Grandad, Aunt Lee, and Uncle Tyler...and we got to see lots of extended family as well. It was a very special time! We played a lot outside with balls and bubbles, went on a couple of walks, and ate lots of good food (too much good food!). We even got to celebrate his birthday with them! He turned TWO on Sunday!!!

The week before that Asher, Ainsley, and I were in Waco. It was great to be there as well!!! I love being "home" - and being with family and friends. There's just NEVER enough time for my friends! Maybe I can see more of them at Christmas! But while we were there, we had a birthday cookout/smores party for Dad and Jeremy. The next day we all went to a COLD Baylor football game. Beau came in that night just to spend the next day with us when we had a birthday party for Asher with his cousins, then we had Thanksgiving lunch with my family. He had to go home that afternoon so that he could work that week. Emily and Claire stayed for a few days, and we got babysitters twice to get some shopping done and go see a movie. The following weekend, Poppie and Gibbie watched the baby grandgirls while Coby, Adrielle, and I took Skyler and Asher to see Disney on Ice. Thanks Coby and Adrielle for such a special treat! We had a great time! And thanks Mom and Dad for ALL your help with my kids and for letting us stay for so long. =)

It was a good two weeks. And now we're BACK! And there is LAUNDRY to be done, a house to CLEAN, maternity clothes to be put away, things to be thrown away and organized so that MAYBE I can find a place to put up a Christmas tree! =) So here I go...before a kid wakes up. =)