The Lake in Wintertime

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My family has been going to the lake ever since I was a baby, and in the summer we practically live there. My parents have property there and in the winters we like to go and let the kids play in the lake bed and then we four wheel and eat and play all day. The kids love playing in the lake bed; I think their favorite part is searching for "treasure" (i.e.- all the things that fell off peoples boats and docks that year). I love how children find the beauty in everything they see.

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Sawyer’s favorite part is riding the four wheelers. Here he is just playing on it for fun; when we go out, I put him in the Baby Bjorn facing me and he loves it.

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At the end of the day we went tromping through the woods looking for a Christmas Tree. Usually we get one from a Christmas Tree farm, but this year decided it would be fun to go find one in the woods since we see them in the woods so often. It was a little harder than I thought it be, and the tree does look pretty funny now that it’s in our living room, but we love it. I’ll post pictures of it soon!

Gratitude

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I heard something great the day other day, and have been thinking about it a lot lately. I was talking to someone at church about having babies, and she mentioned that it’s not the baby that makes everything crazy, it’s everything else. It’s so true isn’t it? Babies are such a wonderful happy thing, they bring so much joy! It is the business of life that brings the stress and rushing and craziness. Thinking about it has made me relax a little more and make sure I take the time to snuggle my little boy just a little longer and appreciate these days where he is still so small. The other day we waited three hours in the doctor’s office (I think they forgot us. When I went up to ask the nurse how much longer it be since there was no one else left in the waiting room, she looked really surprised and then rushed us back, where a few of the nurses were already heading out to lunch. Awkward…). A three hour wait in an office with a baby could be stressful,boring, long, but we really had fun. I let Sawyer play with the other babies if the momma’s were friendly, we played lots and lots of peek-a-boo and he had a good nap on my chest, which he hasn’t done in months. It was great! Our lesson in Sunday School last week was about gratitude and I think remembering to be grateful for everything really helped my attitude about everything this week, and gave me the chance to have a great, fun three hours of waiting rather than a boring, antsy wait. After all, how could I not be grateful to spend everyday with this cutie?

Good Morning Loretta

Thanksgiving

Our week around here has been crazy. The level of messiness in our house is proof. Last Monday, I came down with something so bad I thought it was horrible food poisoning until my Dad got it this morning. I’ll spare you the details, but it was ugly. Moving on, luckily, I was feeling good enough by Thursday to get it some family time at both our families for Thanksgiving. We spent the morning at Brandon’s brother’s, then he went dirt biking with him, and the afternoon at his cousins, then the evening at my folks. We are so grateful to have so so much wonderful family nearby and so much to be thankful for! A few pics from the day-

 

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Just hanging out up here…

 

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His Dad dressed him. He’s really proud of his Halloween costume.

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"…and here’s how you start it Son"

 

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"Hey Ladies, check out my ride"

Sawyer has a second cousin who is nine days older than him. I can only imagine what they think when they are together, but it’s so fun seeing them grow up and interact. I’m sure they’ll be best buds growing up.

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"and this toy here, you just pull just like this…"

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"whoa, look at that toy!"

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"It’s mine!"

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"outta my way"

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"I saw it first"

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"I’m not giving up without a fight!"

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Still best buds! Happy Thanksgiving!

6 Months Old

This is my son, Sawyer. He is six months today to celebrate the occasion, he treated me to a series of goofy faces. Everyday, I take a picture and send it to Brandon, and now he automatically smiles every time he sees a camera or phone held up in front of him. Lately, he’s followed the smiles with a series of goofy faces and sounds. I guess he’s seen us make enough at him trying to get him to smile, that now he does it back. I got some good ones today:DSC01414DSC01423DSC01416DSC01417

He smiles and laughs in between each face. I’m glad to see he already appreciates a good goofy face.