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I just realized it has been close to a year since I blogged last.  I so wish I had stayed up with this better.  I look back on the posts the first days after I quit work to stay home with our son, and love reading those so much.  Some days I’m glad are behind us, and some days I miss Oh So Much!

Little man is now 3 and a half.  He’s an active little guy, and we have lots of adventures.  He loves MUD.  He loves his cat SOPHIE (although the feeling isn’t very mutual).  He loves all of his GRANDPARENTS and loves to visit them all.

So here’s where I am at as a mother today.  I’ve been thinking about going back to work.  Some women live for the opportunity to stay home.  For me, this has been a true challenge.  To all of you great moms who are home all the time, and love it, I commend you.

I, on the other hand, feel almost guilty for dreaming of those days back at the office with deadlines and craziness.  Don’t get me wrong.  There have been fabulous mommy/little boy days.  We’ve done lots of fun things and spent tons of quality time together.  I wouldn’t trade all of my days to be back at work.  Just maybe some of them.  

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord…

Boy does he.  I would never have guessed two and a half years ago, I would be dreaming of staying home.  I’d never have dreamed the past two and a half years would have been so hard (you fooled me well, all of you great stay at home moms that make it look so easy!)  I’d never dreamed I would daydream of my days back at work.  

So keep our family in your prayers.  May I continue to see God’s plan for us with clarity.  He’s with us all the time, sometimes I just forget for a few minutes:)

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Christmas Week

Two year olds are fun.  Most days.  Most moments.

Ours is a challenge sometimes, but he is such a fun character.

With it being Christmas week, I’ve looked to do different activities with him each day to tie in the Christmas story or Santa, or both.

Today was reindeer day.  We took his handprints and made them into antlers on a headband.  I think this has been his favorite activity so far, and he loved that he looked like a reindeer:)

Could there be a cuter reindeer?

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In honor of so many college students being back in school for their second week now, I thought it would be a great time for this post!  That and the fact my college roommate and I reunited today for the first time in two years.  Keep in mind we’ve changed a bit, but I think many will enjoy the pictures.  I know I did.

Ahhh college.  Milligan College to be exact.  The good the bad and the ugly.  I was blessed to have some great roommates and some that let’s just say could have come from a horror flick.  That said – one that was great still lives in the state of Indiana, and I’m able to say is still a friend.  She’s a great mom, wife, blogger and an aspiring author.

College Roommates 1995-1996

She and I both came from the same general vicinity, and had some people we both knew.  We had an awesome dorm room.  Or so we thought.  We had some fun adventures on our 11 hour car rides – not to mention getting stranded in Renfro Valley, KY during a HUGE snowstorm.

To have some great comparison, these are pictures from circa 1995-1996 and one from today (we snagged a gentleman who was on his way back from the Ironman Louisville yesterday).

Here we are again...not sure why we were matching...

Here we are today - circa 2010

Here's she is in our awesome dorm room. If you need any great decorating tips for your dorm room e-mail us today!

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I’m sure many are familiar with the song:
“I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
Down in My Heart (where?)
Down in My Heart (where?)
Down in My Heart.
I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy Joy, Down in My Heart (where?)
Down in My Heart to Stay.”

Our wonderful 2 year old has become a challenge to get to bed, and now that he is in the toddler bed, he also is becoming a challenge to get to stay in bed.

This morning at 5:55 a.m., our little buddy opened his door and came downstairs. Shortly thereafter he announced he was hungry and wanted bacon.

Because the bacon was in the basement deep freeze, and I had sausage in the upstairs thawed, refrigerator, I suggested sausage, to which he yelled with glee “SAUSAGE!”

What he doesn’t yet always understand is that it takes time to cook things. So while I was still in my room, he was already in his high chair. I quickly came in, and got the sausage cooking, while hearing music from an energetic 2 year old in the background…

“I’ve Got SAUSAGE Down in My Heart
Down in My Heart, I’ve Got SAUSAGE Down in My Heart to Stay!”

So yeah, he probably does and didn’t realize the truth to what he was singing:) Sausage probably isn’t good for his heart or mine in all honesty.

Just had to share this moment with all the great blog readers out there!

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My basketball boys!

I think our bodies are becoming used to the crazy high temperatures this summer, and we’re actually playing outside some.

The past several evenings the boys have been out playing basketball along with our neighbors.

As you can see, the boy LOVES being out with his daddy, and I love that his daddy plays such an active role in our little boy’s life!

My husband works so hard so that I can be home with the boy each day. We’re so blessed, and I’m blessed to get to share each of these moments with them!

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“2”

Before we had the boy, everyone told us…”Remember these moments because time will fly.”  I truly don’t believe that you can’t actually realize this until it happens. Time is flying.

This past weekend the boy turned 2.  I still can’t believe it.  He is talking like crazy and will repeat anything you say, which can sometimes be funny, sometimes embarrassing, for example when he told the little boy next to him at storytime last week that the little boy had “stinky shoes.”

He can fly down the hill in front of our house on his 3 wheeled pedal thing (I’m not really sure what it is.)  He doesn’t pedal but he can make it actually look airborne he goes so fast.

In honor of this milestone, I thought I would share a few pictures looking back.  Each day makes us realize what a light he is in our lives.  He is entering a really fun time, despite the challenges he might pose to us from his strong personality.

The boy, his mommy, and his daddy at the 2nd birthday party, July 2010

The boy, his mommy, and his daddy at his 1st birthday party, July 2009

The boy and his mommy just a few days after he was born, still at the Children's hospital.

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Looking like a farm boy on July 4, 2010.

The boy’s fourth of July was filled with farm animals, farm vehicles and family!

The weekend started with a short visit with some of his daddy’s cousin’s and their daughter and the boy’s two cousins and aunt and uncle, not to mention grammy and poppy.  He didn’t really want to climb into the car for an almost 4 hour drive, but we did nonetheless.

From there, we headed up to West Central Indiana to see my mom, my dad, and head to a huge fourth of July party at my aunt and uncle’s house.

He got to play with his uncle Kerrick’s toys and eat a great dinner at his Papaw and Jujies house.  Each place he went, he also exhibited his skills at counting and saying the alphabet.  That was the first night we missed his bedtime.

His MeMe let him get away with almost anything and ever since we’ve gotten home he has asked if he could go back to MeMe’s house.  MeMe took him for a ride on her lawn tractor, and her old Ford full size tractor.

We got to see my some of my cousins and their kids at my aunt and uncle’s fourth of July bash.  My cousin’s daughter Hannah took the boy under her wing, and he was attached at the hip to her the whole day.  Thank you Hannah!!

The boy got to sit on tractors, ride on tractors, and take an amazing hayride.  The sunset was awesome as about 60 people set out on two hay wagons, pulled by an old Farmall H tractor driven by my uncle.  Not everyone went along, so in all by the time my cousin’s husband Bruce let off an amazing string of fireworks over the cow pasture, there were probably around 80 – 90 people around at least.  The boy got to bed shortly after 11pm, and is now a fireworks fanatic.

I think one of the highlights for him were seeing the windmills.  The real old fashioned kind, not all of the wind turbines that now cover the countryside up there.  His favorite word of the weekend was WINDMILL!

We got some good pictures.  Enjoy:)

The two of us (someone else is holding the boy!)

The boy, loving his first hayride!

The boy and his buddy Hannah up in the brand new Case tractor. I couldn't believe how plush it was!

Cousin's husband Bruce takes our picture as our trailer comes around.

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