For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:27

Sunday, January 15, 2017

So much fun!!

We always have fun weekends, but this one was especially fun.  Friday night, we used our Cracker Barrel gift card (Thanks, Pop!) and then Sean built a fire in the fire pit.  It was such a nice night.  Saturday morning, we played outside and then went to Lake Lowndes State Park for bike rides.  The boys made it two miles without missing a beat.  We let them play on the playground, and they had a blast.  We went home for lunch and naps, and everyone slept until 4:00.  We grilled out for supper, took another walk, and went to the grocery store.  Today, we had church, lunch, naps, and spent the rest of the day outside.  It was 75 degrees here, and we considered it a gift.  Sean took the boys on 4-wheeler rides and he got a lot done on his projects, too.  It doesn't sound like much, but we love just hanging out with our boys, especially when it's nice outside.

This was Daddy Bill's hat, and Sam loves it.  We miss our Daddy Bill!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cold Weekend Inside

It's too cold.  My opinion about cold weather is that if it's going to be cold enough to snow, then it should. At least it's pretty, and my kids can play in it.  We got the cold this weekend, but we didn't get any snow.  We got enough sleet for everyone to freak out Friday morning, and they dismissed school at 11:30.  It was a crazy morning, but at least I got to go pick up the kids and start the weekend early.  We got a few snow flurries Friday night, but that was it.  We stayed in all day yesterday, except for our grocery store run.  Sean got out the tent to entertain Sam and Luke.  They played well together in their room, too.  Thomas, of course, didn't care.  There is plenty of stuff for him to get into inside the house.  I sure hope it warms up soon.  

10 Months: TCM

Thomas is 10 months old today.  Time flies!  He is so much fun, and this was a great month.  The highlight was getting him back on a schedule and sleeping through the night.  There were a lot of things that contributed to his sleep issues, but once we got past the ear issues, I realized that he was overtired and needed two consistent naps each day.  He was napping in his car seat too much.  Once we did that, he started sleeping better during the day and at night.

Other highlights:
  • He eats everything in sight.  I've never seen anything like it.  He is DONE with pureed foods, too.  He wants what we're eating.
  • He pulls up on everything, shuffles across the cabinets, couch, and chairs, and he can stand independently for a few seconds before plopping down.
  • Diaper size: 4
  • Clothing size: 12-18 months
  • Teeth: 6
  • He loves taking a bath and splashes water everywhere.
  • Everything he touches go in his mouth.
  • He loves his brothers and watches every move they make.  He usually laughs and jabbers at them when they walk in the room.
  • He is so laid back.  He just goes with the flow, whether we're hanging out at home, running errands, or playing outside.
  • He loves to roam the house.  He crawls into a room and plays for a while, and then he crawls into another room.  Unfortunately, his favorite room is the bathroom, and he has discovered how fun it is to splash in the toilet.
  • I've said it before, but he is so happy.  He's not just content.  He is happy to be here, and we are over the moon that he's here.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflecting on 2016

2016 was such a great year for us! As I look back, I am overwhelmed by all of the blessings, and specifically the answered prayers this year.  The biggest blessing was our sweet Thomas, who arrived in March.  I spent the six months prior to that in some serious prayer, after finding out that I had a two-vessel umbilical cord.  Thomas Clifton Murphy beat all of the odds and was perfectly healthy! I've said this many times, but he is the perfect addition to our family, and he made 2016 an incredible year.  Another highlight of the year was Sean's new job.  We had been praying for him to have a job closer to home, with more pay, and with a better company.  God answered all of those prayers this year.  It's a much better situation for him, and it's made a huge difference in our daily lives.

The boys had a big year, too, especially Sam.  He started going to Fairview's CDC two days a week, and he is doing so well.  Beverly takes him two days a week, and he loves it.  He loves the time with his Nana, too.  He learned how to ride a bike, which has been so much fun. He also learned how to swim.  Luke's highlight would be his vocabulary.  That boy not only talks all the time, but he has an amazing vocabulary.  He blows us away all the time, and he keeps us laughing.  He also started going hunting with Sean and Sam. The deer scatter as soon as they get there, but sweet memories have been made with their daddy.  He also took off on the Gator and his been driving it ever since.  One day, he even took off down the street to see Debo, Brian's dog.  The Gator went in time out for a while after that.  He took off on Sam's balance bike, too. He is constantly looking for a way to go faster.  Thomas hit some major milestones, too.  He is crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything, and he can stand for a few seconds and then falls down.  He is so happy.  He laughs at his brothers all the time.  He says momma, da da, and jabbers a lot. He is very curious, and he gets into EVERYTHING!!

This year was a growing year for me as well.  I'm not going to lie.  Finding a new normal with three small children was tough.  I wanted to be home with them and I couldn't.  I struggled being the mom and the teacher I felt like I needed to be, and I had to let go of a lot of things.  I am no longer able to bring schoolwork home or stay at school late, so I've had to maximize my time there and make every minute count.  And I've made the most of every minute that I have with my babies.  Maybe it's my age or the fact that I'm working, but I cherish this time, even when it's hard.  Life is so much fun with our little guys, and Sean and I are so blessed to be their parents.  I am so excited to see what 2017 brings!