Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preschool Celebration

I forgot to add a few pictures from Jake's birthday celebration at school.

Now, I realize that I just finished saying that Jake won't sit still.  Well, after seeing these next few pictures you may disagree with me but this is exactly WHY I took these pictures!  He is like a different person here.  So focused! :)

Sweet best friend, Ruby!

this was the snack I brought to preschool.  the school has a no sweet policy (no fun!) so I had to get creative... thank you, Pinterest!

Jake is FOUR!

I know every mom says this but I just cannot get over the fact that my firstborn is FOUR!  Jake has brought so much joy to our life and Mark and I are beyond blessed that the Lord chose us to be his parents!  We celebrated early again with daddy and the McWilliams because the boys and I were headed to Dallas a couple of days before his birthday.

***Warning*** Picture overload***

A fun new airplane!

In Dallas:
November 4, his actual birthday and the day that changed my life forever!
(Look at the grown up smile!)

After breakfast, we headed across the street to watch the ENORMOUS tractors work in the field.  
I spy 2 tiny little boys!

Then we headed to Cabella's for some FUN!  :)

We test drove some mules

We tested out some pretty awesome boats

We listened to the fish sing 'happy birthday' to Jake :)

And we practiced our shots

Then we were super hungry so we headed to...
Chick-fil-a, of course :)

We love uncle Jon Jon

After naps, Jake got to get his present.  His very own bike to have in Texas.  

Weighs 36 pounds
Is 40.75 inches tall
Vision is perfect
Hearing is perfect (I realized that he does, in fact, just ignore me at times- ha!)
He was so grownup looking to me while the nurse was doing all her measurements.

Sweet guy is really just that, sweet.  So sensitive and caring about others but mostly about his little brother.  Still loves everything that moves- tractors, trains, trucks, buses, airplanes.  He is constantly moving, therefore doesn't really sit still for very long.  Except when he wakes up from his nap and wants to snuggle.  Yes, he's still going strong in the nap department (from usually 2-4:30)!  He also loves going to school to do "his wuk" (work)
On the downside of being FOUR... the whining.  Oh dear Jesus, help me!  The whining leaves me wanting to pull my hair out.  He could yell and scream all he wants and it wouldn't phase me but his bottom lip that sticks out past his chin and the fake sighs and acting like he's trying to catch his breath send me straight to a bottle of Arista :)  We are also having such a frustrating time at the dinner table.  The child would rather do anything but eat (he has been like that from the beginning).  We will eliminate anything we can think of at the table but he will find the smallest crumb on the table and "play' with it.  Yall, I'm serious!  My child will not stay focused on eating.  Mark and I are always saying, "jake, take a bite" or jake, man, seriously, chew your food."  Once we get back from Texas I'm going to do a sticker chart or start using a timer... or anything else YOU may suggest, please :)

All that aside, I couldn't be more in love with my FOUR year old.  He makes me smile, he makes me laugh, he makes me remember what it's like to be a little kid,  he makes me be patient, he makes me be forgiving, he makes me so thankful for his little life.

Thank you, Jesus, for Jacob Ross McWilliams and for allowing me to be his mommy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My second pumpkin

I just had to remember him in this little pumpkin outfit.  Cute thing :)

Fall Decorations

It has been especially fun really getting to 'decorate' for all the holidays in our house this year.  Here are a few pictures of how it was decorated for FALL!

Probably my FAVORITE fall decoration!  Isn't is just beyond awesome?!  I found it on Etsy and it was the best $56 I've ever spent :)

Our pumpkin collection grew as October and November went by

goof balls!

I changed the sign out and used a thanksgiving one during November

idea from Pinterest- obsessed!

boys bathroom

I must have not taken any pictures of the thanksgiving decorations... will be a problem next year when I look back at this post trying to remember how I decorated :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pumpkin Patch visits

I'll just combine our couple visits to Grandma's Pumpkin Patch this fall.  Lots of fun had by all!