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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

First Time Deer Hunting

We've had a big weekend, with it being opening weekend of hunting season and all.  I didn't grow up around hunters, so it took me a while to get used to it all, and get used to the fact that it's a big deal, especially in Mississippi.  I have to admit that I love it, though. Sean has been telling me that he was going to take Sam this year, and I wasn't sure how that would go.  As usual, Sean was right, though. He knew Sam would never be quiet enough for a deer to come around, but he wanted him to get used to it.  Sean told Sam they would go after Sam's nap, and Sam was so excited that he didn't even nap. As soon as we let him get up, he started saying he needed his hunting clothes and hat.  They took off for the woods around 3:45, and Sean and I said we'd be surprised if he made it an hour.  Surprisingly, he made it over an hour.  He would color for a little while, then look for a deer.  Sean said he was very serious about finding a deer, but they never saw one.  Hopefully, Sam will learn how to be a little quieter. He loved it, though.  And he loved doing something special with his daddy.

The rest of our weekend was spent around the house, the way we like it.  We had a lazy afternoon after church, napping, taking a walk in the neighborhood, and playing with toys.  Sean grilled deer meat for supper, and we had fresh vegetables from the garden to go with it.  It was a great way to end the weekend.

Luke pulled his chair into the kitchen to help Sean make breakfast.

Please excuse the Alabama sweatshirt.  It was a hand-me-down, and Sam insisted on wearing it today because of the hood.

18 Months

Wow, how time flies!  It's hard to believe that our Lukey is 18 months old.  He is so much fun these days.  Here are the highlights:

Food: He still eats pretty much everything in sight.  He often eats as much or more than I do.  Many nights, we get him out of his high chair and he crawls up into Sam's seat and finishes Sam's supper. His favorite foods are meat, beans, oatmeal, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, apples, and bananas.  He can use a fork and spoon like a three year-old.

Sleep: He is a good sleeper, although he still hasn't completely adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. He goes to bed at 8:15 and wakes up around 6:00.  He climbs out of his bed a lot, which he thinks is hilarious.

Words:  He is saying so many words now.  Here are the words he says consistently: momma, daddy, dog, duck, banana, hi, bye bye, baby, bike, tree, cat, flashlight, bath, up high, hot, no, and mine. There are lots more, but that's all I can think of right now.

He loves to be outside and get dirty.  If there is a puddle, he will find it and jump all in it.  He loves dump trucks, taking a bath, reading books, taking walks with us in the stroller, dumping toys out everywhere, and stuffed animals. Every night, he and Sam get all of their blankets and stuffed animals and bring them in the den.  They roll around with them on the floor and hide under the blankets.  Most of the time, they play so well together. He also loves his daddy.  Every morning, he searches the house to see if Sean is home.

At his 18 month well visit, he weighed 26.4 pounds (45th percentile) and was 33 1/4 inches tall (85th percentile).  He is our big boy, and we couldn't imagine our family without him!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stomach Bug

I went to bed Thursday night not feeling well, and tossed and turned all night. The stomach bug hit me at 4:00 Friday morning, and it was terrible.  I couldn't move.  And there were two rugrats running wild in the house.  I was finally able to get up, close all the doors in the hall, and keep them corralled in the front.  It was quite a day.  I went to bed feeling a little better, and I woke up Saturday feeling like a new person.  Sam ended up getting a touch of it, but it wasn't too bad.  Thankfully, Sean and Luke didn't get it.  We stayed in all weekend and worked on house projects and let the boys play outside this afternoon. Unfortunately, I took very few pictures of the boys.

This was Luke at 6:00 this morning.  He has adjusted to daylight savings time a little, but not completely.  He was watching Mickey Mouse and playing with the piano pedals with his feet.
 We did some major de-cluttering in the kitchen, and the boys played in the cabinets while we cleaned them out.  They also had fun with the pots and pans.  It doesn't take much to entertain them.

Sam wanted to wear his camo today (only he calls it chemo).  All day, he told Sean they were going hunting and that he needed a hunting hat.  Ironically, we had deer meat for supper and Sam wouldn't eat it.  He usually does, but he is going through a phase where he won't even try certain foods right now.  I hope it passes soon.

And poor Luke has been neglected on the blog as far as monthly updates.  I have every intention of doing an 18 month post.  It will be a little late, though.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Celebration of Life for William Vaughan, Jr.

This weekend was really hard, but it was also so special.  We celebrated the life of my grandfather Saturday, and it was truly a celebration.  He even preached a sermon through Don Thrasher.  Don used two devotions that he and Daddy Bill had discussed a few months back, and it was so clear that God used that conversation to bless us Saturday.  Every single part of the funeral was intentional, meaningful, and honored God.  As much as it was a celebration of Daddy Bill's life, it was also worship.  And Daddy Bill would have loved that.

We left Columbus Friday afternoon.  Lisa and Cassidy were in Jackson because Webb was playing USJ in football, so we stopped by the football field to see them.  Then we headed to Nanny's.  The boys finally went to sleep at 10:00, which is late for them. Saturday morning, we all got ready for the funeral.  We left a little early, hoping Luke would take a little nap in the car, and he did.  The church provided lunch for the family, and we also shared Daddy Bill stories.  It was such a sweet time.  After the funeral, most of the family went back to Nanny's.  Luke crashed in my mom's lap, and Sam fell asleep in mine.  They were exhausted.  Sunday morning, we ate breakfast, packed up, and headed home.  Sam and Luke were asleep by the time we got on the bypass, and they didn't stir until we were in Columbus.  We divided and conquered once we were home, and we managed to stock the refrigerator, pick up the house, do 4 loads of laundry, and Sean even fixed the door handle on my car. It was an exhausting weekend, but it was wonderful.

It didn't seem right to take a lot of pictures, but I did get a few.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Country Pumpkins and My Daddy Bill

I missed blogging Sunday night because I was too tired to do anything.  Now it feels like forever since I blogged, and so much has happened.  Friday afternoon, we took the boys to the pumpkin patch.  It was so much fun!  They had an absolute blast, and so did we.  My mom sent a text at 6:15 Saturday morning saying that my grandfather was dying, and we were on the road by 8:15.  We went straight to the hospital, and Daddy Bill went to be with Jesus around 1:30 Sunday morning.  I miss him so much, but I know he is no longer in pain. He made such an impact on my life, and I am so blessed to call him my grandfather.  

Sam was pointing to the letters, saying  "SAM."  It was cute.

Our reality

And a trip down memory lane... Country Pumpkins 2014

And 2013

This picture of Daddy Bill was taken on August 8, 2012, just a month after Sam was born.