Love is a Verb----Christmas lights. We have a tall house---a house with tall peaks. Last year we opted out of decorating the roof line as we had a one year old and a 3 year old. This year, every time we passed a house in Hollytree that had the roof lined with icicle lights, Noah said, "I wish I had lights like that on our house." So, without mentioning it to me...my sweet husband worked extra hard to cram as many patients into his day each day this week...so that he could have 1/2 a day off today...so he could rent a ladder and line the treacherous rooftop with icicle lights. He's a good man.
You have to look hard in some of the pictures to find Michael...kinda like Where's Waldo? But if you look, you can spot him!
During our family Christmas picture shoot this year, Jackson was fussy and over it before it even began...and I was disappointed that I didn't get any pictures of Jackson or the boys together. So, I asked my favorite photographer, Rose Bailey Photography if she would try to stop by the house on a spare afternoon to try a take 2. I have enough natural light in our breakfast area, and I'm a big Christmas cookie baker, so I thought it would be easy enough to set out some Christmas cookies and snap pictures of the boys. We also have an electric train around the tree and I figured that they would have fun with that, and it wouldn't require Jackson actually looking at the camera or smiling, as he is my challenging one in the photo department right now! (Noah is trained...smiles on the spot like his mama lol).
It started well. Boys were at the table. Noah decorated cookies...Jackson wasn't much interested but enjoyed the dancing gingerbread man on the table. But when it was time for the train, meltdown city. Everyone got frustrated (including Mama!) because the train wouldn't stay on the track and then meltdowns began, and Jackson just wanted me to hold him...but I looked like holy hell and did not want to be in the picture. Good times! At one point, Rose told me, "Breathe, Brenda!" Nothing like trying to create fake happpy memories for your kids! Goodness! When Michael walked in, Jackson was screaming and Noah was refusing to participate, and I was about ready to pull my hair out. I just started laughing outloud at the chaos. THAT should've been the shot! Because that is real life, folks. Luckily, I have this picture permanently imprinted on my brain---no photo required!
I snapped a couple pix of the boys before the fiasco...and they are precious indeed. But let me tell you...it is SO MUCH work!!
Gotta love it.
But I realize I'm blessed to be able to do this...to have the time, the money, healthy kids....to take the pictures. Life is really good, despite the chaos.
This Thanksgiving we traveled to Fort Worth to have Thanksgiving with The Carliles & Grammie. Grammie has a cool new condo in downtown Fort Worth and we ate overlooking the beautiful city. Grammie and Rebekah spent SO much time and money preparing such a wonderful feast! The boys had so much fun playing with their cousins, and it's always great to be able to just catch up with family. However, I do look forward to the day that traveling gets easier! Jackson is 2 right now and has a tough time adjusting, so there was not much sleep goin on! And Mama & Susie went to the Black Friday sales & had a blast, too! Happy Thanksgiving!
Just a couple more pictures of the Thanksgiving Feast at Noah's school. I love that they pray every day at his school.
And I love how much FUN we have being present at our kids' events! Love you Noah.
Check out those turkey cakes!!! One for each of my turkeys!
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Noah competed in his first solo Turkey Trot today, & I couldn't be prouder! There were lots of bigger kids in the race, but he wasn't intimidated!! He put on his game face & ran a great race! I ran behind & cheered while I took pictures with my phone. Love this boy!
Love this game face! Not easily intimidated...this kid is a competitor...I wonder where he gets that;)
The whole family came out for Tyler's Turkey Trot this year. Great tradition & I always love the energy of these events...very positive! Mommy did the 5k & Noah did the kids race all on his own! Made Mommy so proud! Happy Thanksgiving!
At our afternoon trip to Sonic today, I was mesmorized by Noah & the group of friends he made playing in the sand. All children and adults of all colors, ages, and sizes...playing together in unity...no judgment or negativity based on any perceived differences. It made my heart happy. I wish all the world would be as kind, loving, and accepting as this group of angels in the sand. Noah & Jackson...if you one day read this...please know that your Mommy wants you to continue to be accepting of ALL people. It will be more difficult, especially as you grow and see that others are made fun of because of being different in some way. I want you to show compassion, be brave...and stand up for those that need help. It isn't always the easy thing to do...especially when you want your friends' approval. But it is the RIGHT thing to do. And if someone doesn't want to be your friend because you are kind to ALL people...that is NOT a true friend! Mommy loves you lots and lots!
Isn't it so funny how they are so different? Yet each so spectacular? Jackson was not "feeling" the picture vibe the day of our session, so Rose Bailey wasn't able to get many pictures of him during our shoot. So, I'm having her come by again this week just to see if we can get a few more pictures of my favorite two-year old. At least I can say I tried, right?!?
I love the picture of us jumping on the bed and hiding under the covers. That's so "us" because that's just what we like to to!