Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Alabama 2015: Part II

In an effort to post my 2015 trip before 2015 runs out, I'm sitting in bed typing this at almost 10 at night.  I may choose to be less wordy.

Here are a couple pictures of us hanging out outside at my dad's house.  The weather was so perfect.  The kids loved being outside.  Lynnaea loved seeing all the bugs (centipedes and beetles and ants) roaming in the grass.  Corbin loved trying to eat leaves.

 Super happy boy!
 We headed back to Birmingham on Friday, the 20th.  It was mostly so we didn't have to do a ton of traveling back to back with the kiddos.  So we made the most of the rest of our stay with my dad.
 Then we started packing.  Lynnaea played outside while we packed.
 Corbin checked out more leaves.
 And tried to eat them some more.
 Lynnaea's got better taste than her brother...  She was sticking with the THRIVE Snackies.
 We snapped a few pictures outside my dad's house before we went.
 I love this picture :).
 On our way back, we swung through Montgomery and met up with Julia-Ann.  I'm so glad it worked out where we could see her this trip!  We got to see her cute library and then we hit up Chick-Fil-A.  Mostly because it has a play place, and it's a great way to let Lynnaea get some energy burned off before we get back in the car.
 We got back to Julie's and unpacked once again.  We hung out and Jon grilled burgers.  Yum.

Saturday morning, we all went to Cracker Barrel!  It was a fun time!  Greg and April and family plus Jon and Julie and family plus us!  The only downfall was that we couldn't all talk together.  A huge round table would have been way more fun.  Ah well.  It was still awesome.
 Greg and April and the littles went to Jon and Julie's house that evening too.  We watched the Alabama Football game (they won) and ate football food.  We all made different things.  Do delicious!
 We got pictures of these two cuties:  Corbin and Eleanor.
 We snapped a picture of the three of us gals.  And then we had to say good-bye to April and Greg :(. 

Sunday we went to church at the Alabaster Ward.  They invited us to move there and go all the time ;).  In the afternoon, we went to a park in Hoover and met up with my friend Patrick.  Got to meet his two cute kids. 

Then we had to start packing.  And getting prepped for the next full day of travel :(.  Boo.

So Monday morning, we took some pictures.  Corbin is awesome.
 We love Julie and Jon.  We so appreciate all they do for us every time we visit.  Julie collected a ton of baby stuff from people she knows so that we would have what we needed for our Corbin-roo.  Traveling with kids -- especially a baby -- can be a challenge.  I so appreciate how much Julie and April did for us to make it easier!
And then we flew away.  We got back home about 11 our time (which made for about 13 hours of travel time for our little family).  The kids did great.  We were exhausted.  But it was worth it. 

Until next time, Alabama.  Stay sweet ;).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Alabama 2015 (Part I)

I'm loving this going to Alabama every year thing.  But one of these days, it will probably stop happening.  I mean, it's pricey to fly with lots of kids.  And we now have to buy 3 tickets every time.  Plus, it's super-long days.  For us and the kids.  It's like we're carrying a ticking time bomb, ya know?  The kids could explode at any second.

But we haven't reached that point yet.  We went this year, and it rocked.  As always. 

We woke up bright and early (like 4 a.m.) to get going.  Truthfully, our alarms were set for like 4:15 or 4:30.  But Corbin is a good little alarm clock, and he woke us up at 4.  We got him fed and put him back down in our room to sleep while we got the rest of our stuff packed and then got Lynnaea up and fed.  She's such a little trooper.  She was super-excited.  My mom picked us up and dropped us off at the airporter.  It was still dark outside, and Corbin isn't known for doing really well in his car seat when it's dark outside.  But apparently he doesn't mind traveling, as long as he can be held.  Since it's not required that he be in a car seat on the airporter, I just held him.  He even fell asleep for the last half-hour of the ride.  Awesome kid.  Then we got to the airport, and Lynnaea was helping to roll one of our bags (the lightest one).  Such a cutie.  I wish I'd have gotten a picture.  But we were pretty heavy-laden with luggage and such.  We got checked in, got through security, and stopped at the play area in the airport to gather our wits about us, change diapers, use the restroom, and let Lynnaea burn off some energy.  Then we headed to our gate.

This was us right before boarding our first flight in Seattle.  It should speak to how we feared it would go.
But our kids are awesome.  Corbin got fussy once on each flight for maybe 5 minutes.  Then he fell asleep both times.  He enjoyed eating carrots and apples mid-flight from those squeezy pouch things (which are awesome).  Again, I wish I'd have taken pictures.  He was the happiest kid when eating those things.  Julie and Shayla picked us up at the airport.  We got Chick-Fil-A on the way to Julie's house.  Then we visited for a bit and then hit the hay.  The next day was Veterans' Day, so Julie was off work, and she fed the baby.  Look at that cheeser!
It was a relaxing day, and all I had to do was pick up the rental car and go to Costco and get formula.  Lynnaea spent the day chasing Julie's cats and playing with Callen and Shayla.  To say Lynnaea was in heaven is probably an understatement.  And that means we were too...  

Due to a mistake on my part, we didn't end up going to Tuscaloosa on Thursday as originally planned.  Instead we went on Friday.
 So that meant we just drove in and ate lunch with these two fabulous ladies, and then drove right back out, since we had a big shin-dig planned at April's house that evening!
 I love Annie and Virginia.  Love that they always make time to see me when I visit.  They are wonderful.  We ate at The Blue Plate so I could introduce Jeremy to the "Meat and 3" type places in the South.  Yum.  Corbin enjoyed mashed potatoes.
 Then we went to April's and started our plans for our 80s Cartoon party.  It is so cool when you have friends that didn't even know each other, and then, because they move within 10 minutes of each other and you come to visit frequently, they meet and they end up liking each other and now we all hang out!  And do awesome stuff like this.  So...  I was Rainbow Brite.  Corbin was a Ninja Turtle.  Lynnaea was supposed to be my Twink, but she refused to wear the costume and only would don the head-band later.  Julie was Jem and Shayla was Jem's sister Kimber.  April was an 80s gal, while Greg was a Nintendo Controller ;).  Bennett and Callen were Mario and Luigi.  It was so much fun!  We had themed food, of course.  But you'll have to check out my foodie blog for that, if you're interested.
 Here we are again.  All about the 80s.
 Aw, best friends.
 Here is little Twink.  That stinker.  She'd have made a super-cute Twink.  I guess when you're 2, you just don't understand the importance of the 80s and theme parties...

We spent that night at April's house.  Always such a nice time.  We got to hang out with two babies!  Then we headed to Dothan.  We stopped on the way and met up with a friend from Panama.  She was one of my Young Women leaders back in 1997/1998.  And now I look like the older one!  Heavy sigh.  But it was so awesome to see her again. 
 Spit-up on my shirt and everything ;).
We got to Dothan, did some shopping.  Then pretty much settled in.  We went to church on Sunday, but I had assumed all was the same as usual.  Well, you know what they say about assuming...  The times have changed.  You either go at 8:30 or at 10:30.  And we showed up at 9.  Yay us.  So we ended up attending 1st Ward meetings, and I was only able to catch a few people from 2nd Ward.  But still good to see who I was able to see.  And then I still got to hang with Stacy and Becky for a bit on Tuesday, and did Firehouse Subs with Karen on Monday.  All wonderful times!

We met up with Anne at the mall one day in Dothan and Lynnaea rode the carousel.  Twice, much to Jeremy's chagrin.  Anne totally gave Lynnaea the money to ride a second time.  Sweet Anne.  And sweet Lynnaea :). 
I didn't do pictures of it, but I also hung out with Donna a bit at Troy Dothan and helped make a Christmas Book Tree.  And talked mosaics.  Donna can still make me laugh a lot. 

Okay, I think I'm going to split this post in 2.  I wasn't originally planning to, but I have decided I will.  I get too wordy, and then the time flies.  But it's good.  I want to record stuff.  So, I'll post more later (who knows when :/...) about the rest of my awesome Alabama Trip!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Corbin: 6 Months

Dear Corbin,

Since I was so late writing for your 5th month birthday, you'd think there wouldn't be so many changes!  But you'd be wrong!  Because every day brings something new as you grow and develop!

Your biggest new thing:  getting up on your knees -- by yourself! -- and rocking back and forth.  I won't be a bit surprised if you're crawling by Christmas!  You are beyond ready for that accomplishment, I can just tell.  I am pretty sure you know you can do it.  You just have to figure out how.  But it's coming.  And soon!

You're still a happy little guy.  You smile so much.  And you "talk" a lot too!  And you laugh!  I love your laugh.

You are really doing great with sitting up and grabbing for toys.  You've learned how to maintain your balance, even when picking up something somewhat heavy (for a little guy your size, that is). Because you are sitting up so well, Mommy is now letting you get in the "big tub" with Lynnaea and get baths at the same time.  You are loving that.  And you love splashing!

You love to eat "real" food.  There isn't much you don't enjoy (though I recently learned you don't care for plain cream of wheat.  Every bite you took, you made a face that clearly portrayed your opinion of it!  But you love other stuff:  rice cereal mixed with applesauce or squash or green peas; any of those by themselves; bananas; THRIVE fruit crisps (I like to give them to you in your little mesh feeder ring, but Daddy gives them to you as is and you handle it fine -- Mommy's just a scaredy cat ;)).  You've enjoyed mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, carrots...  You're just a good eater in general.  You also really enjoy holding onto the rice teethers and eating those.

You are slowing down in growth a bit (we'll see how much at your next well-baby check), so you aren't growing out of your clothes quite as quickly as you were before!  But you're still a big boy :). 

Corbin, you are a blessing.  As I looked at these pictures I took of you today, my heart just melted.  I love you so much.  I'm so grateful you joined our family.  It's true, there are hard days.  That's just life.  But you are such a blessing.  Thank you for choosing me to be your mom.

Love Always,


Friday, November 27, 2015

Corbin: 5 Months Plus A LOT

Oh my precious Corbin,

The fact that I am writing this about 3 weeks after you turned 5 months old proves to me what I've been told:  things fall to the wayside with the second baby.  Oh sweet boy, it's not because you aren't so important.  It's just because my time is gone so much faster now.  And life got super-busy right around the 7th of November.  We had a mini-reunion with Daddy's family on the 7th followed by the chaos that IS getting ready for a two-week vacation in Alabama, including flying with two little ones.  But you, my baby, are so important to me. 

And so, since I know this at this point, let me brag to you a bit about how amazing you were on the airplane!  Daddy and I were nervous.  But you were great!  You do surprise us, little man.  And we got so many comments on how good both you and Lynnaea were from complete strangers.  Plus everyone oohed and aahed over your adorableness.  But who could blame them?

You have found your feet!  You love to grab them during diaper changes, and I love it!  I think it is the cutest thing.  You also are sitting up like a champ!  Still not 100% perfect at it, but you are doing really well and can usually sit up without falling for a good 20 minutes, while reaching for toys and playing and everything!  You are also able to rock back and forth on your hands and knees, but you aren't really a fan of being in that position.  You'll love it one day, though... Once you realize you can crawl :).

You are sleeping better at night now.  You still don't put yourself back to sleep, but you go down easily and then you are getting to where you only wake up once.  It's nice for both of us :). 

You love your food!  You have enjoyed sweet potatoes, squash, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, peas, mixed veggies, applesauce, and even Spinach Fruit Crisp.  Oh, and mashed potatoes the Southern way....  Okay, maybe I shouldn't have given those to you, but you loved them.  And when you eat out in the South, you get very delicious mashed potatoes.  There's just no getting around that :).

You have improved tremendously in your car seat in the car!  Yay!  It broke my heart for you to scream in the car.  I'm so grateful it's not so bad for you anymore. 

You love love love your big sister!  Oh my goodness.  She can make you laugh like no one else, and she doesn't even have to try!  She just says something silly like "Super Grover to the rescue... doo-doo-doo-doo-do" and you start laughing.  And I love it.  It is so very cute, and I know you two will be close. 

You are very interested in everything, and I am still told often about how alert you seem. 

Oh Mr. Corbin-roo...  You are such a sweet and precious addition to our family.  I'm grateful for you.  I'm sorry I don't get things done as quickly with you as I did with your sister (things like these blog posts).  But I love you completely, and I'll do my best to give you everything you need.

All my love,


Monday, October 26, 2015

The Trials We are Not Called to Endure

I think too much sometimes.  Usually when I should be sleeping, and I'm lying awake in bed, knowing I need to sleep, but unable to do so.

Lately, my mind has turned to the subject of trials.  The trials we are called upon to endure.  And those we are not.  And why.

We live in a fallen world.  There is sadness and pain, difficulties and challenges.  The fact that we will all face trials remains.  And so we will all, at some point or another; to one degree or another, experience the sadness and pain, the difficulties and challenges.  But will also know joy.  And growth.  Learning.  Hope. 

But why the trials which we each individually face?  What is it about our particular trials that are so important for us to go through.  That is the thought I'd considered often as of late. 

I look at my own trials.  Those I've faced so far.  They have been hard.  Some I would even describe as excruciating and heart-breaking. 

I look at the trials others face and think I could not endure what they have been asked to endure. 

And I wonder:  why were they called to endure it, while I was not? 

I know it is because whatever I am to learn will come through the trials I have been and will be called upon to endure.  But some trials I've not been given -- which have been given to another -- well, honestly, it breaks my heart for them to have to endure it.  And perhaps others feel the same as they look upon me and my trials.

I have heard a quote that says something to the effect of:  If we all put our trials into a bag and had to pick out new ones... If we saw the trials others had to face, we'd be anxious to pick our own back out.  It is an interesting thought.  And I think, perhaps, it is because -- though we may not realize it -- we've already been equipped to deal with the trials and challenges we are given.  Our trials are uniquely ours, and the lessons we will gain will be so too.

Now, none of this is to say that we must do it alone.  I firmly believe in a Savior.  I believe He performed the Atonement for me.  I believe he knows how I feel.  And I believe He will help me through any trial.  In fact, I know it.  For I have felt it.  I heard a song for the first time recently.  The Primary children at church sang it as part of their Primary Program this past Sunday.  It is what one of my friends calls a "goosebump" song.  I have come to identify that feeling with the Spirit testifying to me of truth.  The song applies here.  It's beautiful, and you can listen to it here.

Anyway, those are just random (and quite badly written) musings of a tired mommy brain.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Corbin -- 4 Months

My Sweet Corbin-roo,

I've come up with a new nickname for you, in case you didn't know ;).  I don't know why, but Corbin-roo has stuck.  I like it, though.  It's cute.  Just like you.

You're 4 months old, my happy baby boy.  And you are happy most of the time.  You give the sweetest, biggest, happiest smiles, especially when people talk to you.  Your little face just lights up with that awesome smile of yours.  Your two cute little dimples come popping out (or in ;)), and it is just the best! You are super-ticklish!  From your feet to your sides to your chin, you are ticklish!  You laugh so happily when I tickle you, and from these experiences, you've learned about anticipation! 

You have spent most of the month cooing in various pitches (the high-pitched one is so adorable!), but in the last couple days, you discovered you can also scream (both happily and unhappily), so you've been doing it more and more!  I love the happy squeals and screams.  The unhappy ones, well... I could do without those.  But I'm so glad you're learning your voice abilities!

You are grabbing onto things a lot now.  You see things and can make a concerted effort (usually a successful one, if the object is within reach) to grab them.  Your grip is strong.  But then, so is almost everything about you, my big boy!  At 4 months, you're over 18 pounds.  However, you're a bit on the short side ;).  But I'm betting you'll go through a growth spurt one of these days and sprout!  Your legs are very strong and you are ready to stand!  Don't worry, the rest of your body will catch up one day, and stand you will!  You do a pretty good job of holding your bottle already, so that's awesome :).  You've been working on sitting up, with the help of the boppy.  But you have a while to go yet.  You enjoy the exersaucer a lot and the jumper chair.  Which is nice, because it means you don't want to be held all the time anymore.  You actually really like tummy time, and you can even lift your belly up off the floor for a bit when you get really excited!

You watch us very intently when we eat.  You watch the food as we pick it up and eat it.  I think you're ready to try eating something other than breastmilk and formula!  No worries, it's coming.

One thing you don't like is your car seat.  Oh my heavens, little Corbin-roo.  You do okay for about 15 minutes.  And then you're done.  And boy golly does Mommy hear about it.  All. the. way. home.  (or wherever we are going.) When you really get going, it breaks my mommy heart.  I don't like hearing your high-pitched sad cry.

You're still sleeping in the little bed-side crib in Mommy and Daddy's room, because you still aren't sleeping through the night.  You're consistently inconsistent at night, in fact ;).  You will usually sleep a good 4 or 5 hour stretch (and sometimes, on a rare but blessed occasion, you'll even do 7!), and then you'll do 3 and then 1 or 2.  But during the day, you keep to a 3-hour schedule and take 3 naps every day.

I think you'll be my little homebody.  Whereas your big sister is our adventurer who is always ready to go go go, I think you prefer to be home, sticking to the routine.  It's been amazing to learn you, my sweet Corbin boy.  To watch your personality emerge.

You are a joy, my sweet little man.  I love you so much more than words can say.  Thank you for bringing such happiness to my life.  For teaching me how to parent in a new way -- and how to love even more!  I'm looking forward to the new adventures that are sure to come with you my wonderful baby boy!

All my love always,


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Our Everyday Life

I know I have gotten terrible at updating this blog.  But I've discovered that I just need to accept that, because there's not much I can do about it.  My priorities are elsewhere these days.  Unfortunately, I'm also not journaling as much as I should...  But seriously, my time is gone so fast!  I'm sure many of you understand completely.  It's just one of those things you don't get until you do.  I'd never have believed how busy it can be to be an at-home-mom.  Anyone who believes we sit on our bottoms enjoying bon-bons is crazy.

That said...  Let's see what kind of photos I can upload to prove that we are still alive and still doing our thing.

(P.s...  Jeremy is on graveyard shift again.  We've gotten through 2 weeks of it and have one left.  I really really really do not enjoy this shift.  Like at all.  One of his co-workers had the nerve to ask if he wanted to trade and keep graves for another month.  I told him he could blame his wife for the answer being NO!)

And so, to some pictures!
Corbin loves the mirror.  It's super cute. 
We have been working hard to have weekly Family Home Evenings, because we believe doing so will bless our family.  You can learn more about what Family Home Evening is all about by following this link.  Anyway, as I mentioned in the previous post, Lynnaea is copying so much of what we (her parents) say.  And some of it just sounds awful coming out of a 2 year old's mouth.  We don't choose to use swear words in our home, which is probably a good thing, since she would repeat them.  But even so, there are still things we say that aren't super nice-sounding.  Like "stupid garbage."  Which she has said.  Also, she is going through the whole "NOOOO!" phase.  So, we did a Family Home Evening on nice words (those around the happy face) and not so nice words (those around the sad face).  We based some of our lesson (and Jeremy and I read over this to even help us) on the talk by Elder Holland called "The Tongue of Angels."  It's an amazing talk.  This lesson came together perfectly for our family, and I know it was inspired by the Spirit.  It's hard to be a mother, and I want what's best for my kids.  I'm not an idea person, so for this to work so well together (and we had "Angel Kisses" (meringue cookies) for treat :)) makes me know the Lord knows my heart and my good desires for my family.  He will bless me as I strive to do what is best and right in raising my sweet babies.  After all, they are His beloved children too.  Parenthood is going to help me become a better person, that's for sure.  Because I have to fix my own way of talking in order to instill it in my children!

Anyway, so that's what that picture is about.
The kids both love hearing stories at bed-time.  Lynnaea requested that Daddy read stories on that particular night.  Seriously, even Corbin loves to watch the pictures on the pages!  I love that quote that "Children become readers on the laps of their parents."  This picture depicts it so well!
Corbin is working on sitting up.  He still has a ways to go, but he has a great example in Lynnaea!  I keep telling her he will want to be just like her!  She is his example!
Love this sweet face!  And those cheeks!!!  He still has blue eyes, too.
He may be starting to teethe.  He wants to chew on everything!

Well, go I must.  Corbin just woke up from his nap, and typing is now a challenge ;).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Just Like Mommy

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  motherhood is quite the teacher.

As my sweet Lynnaea grows, I am learning more and more how much of a "sponge" she really is.  She soaks up everything

Sometimes I am horrified when she does or says things that I recognize as something I do or say -- and which she has chosen to copy.  Like when she starts saying "I don't care."

I'm working on removing that phrase from my vocabulary.

But there are other times I watch her and see her do or say things that she got from me.  And it melts my heart, because she's so cute.  And gives me hope that not all the things I do which she copies are bad... ;).

One of those things is pictured below, twice...

This one was a couple weeks ago:
This one was this morning:
 In the first picture, she is "nursing" her flamingo while eating dinner.  In the second, she is "nursing" her bunny while reading...  The only thing that sticks out on her torso is her belly button, ergo she thinks that's where she nurses.  I have nursed at the dinner table and while reading...  And so, she copies me. 

It's a good reminder for me to watch what I say and do.  I want to be a good example for my sweet, precious girl.  I love her so much.  Even when puts her brother in girlie stuff ;)...
Poor Corbin!  This is just the beginning ;).

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Corbin -- 3 Months (and one day)

My Dear Sweet Corbin,

You are three months old!  Plus a day.  Because one thing Mommy has learned about being a mommy of two is that we are late for everything!  But I've learned to accept that.

Oh my Corbin!  You are growing!  You are our sweet little chunky monkey!  You have nice little chubby thighs and more than your share of chins :).  But we love it!  We firmly believe chubby babies are healthy babies!  You'll need all that stored energy for later when you start moving and grooving!  And trying to keep up with your sister!  You've been in 3 to 6 month clothes since about 2 months...  So there's definitely nothing small about you! 

You still have blue eyes.  I think you'll keep them.  You also have red tints in your hair.  So cute!  Lots of people comment about it.  You get those two things from your daddy, by the way.  You're also our sensitive little guy.  You startle easily and you do not like loud noises.  I'm pretty sure you're going to be my clingy baby, and I'm actually looking forward to it a bit (your sister tends to wander away from me, because she is an adventurer... so it'll be nice to know you'll stick with Mommy :)).  You love to be held, but you're getting better about being put down on the play mat and looking at the birdie and other colorful things. 

You've pretty well managed to get onto a 3-hour routine in the daytime.  You wake up and eat, then you "play" and then you nap.  Then we repeat :).  At night, you sleep a minimum of 4 hours for the first stretch, but the last two nights you've done 6!  And I'm good with that :).  It means Mommy gets more sleep too :).  We're hoping you'll sleep even longer before too long, but we're trying to just go with the flow and let you learn at your own pace.  And even though you aren't yet sleeping through the night, one thing that has always been true about you is that you understand night-time is for sleeping.  You wake up to eat and go right back down.  Mommy doesn't have to wait for you to be in a deep sleep before she can lay you down.  And even for nap-time, you just have to close your eyes while on my shoulder and then I can put you down for your nap.  That's all it takes.  You are amazing!

You are such a sweet boy, Corbin.  You have the sweetest and most adorable dimpled smile (which you will see below).  You love love love attention and will smile hugely at anyone who talks to you (especially when you're in a good mood and not tired).  You're starting to laugh now, and it's awesome!  You also coo a lot and you get super excited sometimes about things.  You are a strong baby boy, Corbin.  I'm fully expecting you to roll over sooner than later.  You already know how to scoot yourself, whether you're on your tummy or on your back!  You love to be held in a standing position, and I think you know that there are things you'll be able to do one day and you want to do them now!  You'll get there. 

You're also very alert!  Several people have commented on that fact.  And I watch you look at me -- and I know you know I'm you're Mommy.  You stare at me so intently sometimes and watch all my movements when I'm not holding you.  It's pretty amazing to watch you observe me -- and the world around you.  I can already see that you are a smart little boy.

Corbin, I love you.  I love you so very much.  Something I've learned from mommy-hood is that I lack the words to express the love I feel for you both you and your sister.  But it is there.  And I hope that you always know it.  That you always feel it.  You are my precious boy.  And I'm so grateful that you are.  You are teaching me, just like your big sister did.  You are helping me be better, just as she is.  I hope I can be the mommy you both deserve.  Happy 3 months, my little guy.  Here's to a month of new milestones and adventures!


Love these pictures of him!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Oh How the Time Flies

Yeah, it's been almost a month since I last posted!  Crazy!  And that means Corbin is almost 3 months old and I'll be posting his 3-month blog post.  Ergo, I wanted to get in a quick one that wasn't his monthly post :).

Life is busy with 2 kids.  Really, really busy.  And, as Corbin is not sleeping through the night yet, I go to bed with the chickens (9 at the latest), so I can maximize my sleep!  It makes me feel like an old lady...  But sleep is important for a happy mommy, so ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.
This girl has style :).
Taking shadow pictures while waiying for Daddy to get home from work one Monday.
The first time Corbin sat in his Bumbo chair and didn't scream with indignation...  And Lynnaea thinks pacifiers are toys ever since Corbin came home.
Corbin likes the play mat these days.  But he likes the picture-taker even more (Mommy)!
At the end of the day...  Just before I laid him down for the night.

Well, that's all, folks.  I have plenty to say, but life is busy.  So this will have to suffice :).

Oh, and P.S...   If you haven't heard, we're Alabama Bound again in a couple months!  Yay!!  Though traveling with Corbin may send us to an early grave :/...