Saturday, May 31, 2014

Another Super Random List:

- Jack and his facial expressions. He could win a contest I think. They crack me up.

- "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness" II Corinthians 12:9 Such a simple, but yet beautifully rich reminder that Christ knows what we need and is constantly at work in our lives. Thank you, Jesus.

- Speaking of needing grace, our laid-back easy Jack baby has not been around this week. He has been much more vocal, needy, and waking up in the middle of the night!!! Hopefully it is just a quick phase that passes soon. The middle of the night back rubs from Doug are back since I have been getting up multiple times throughout the night. They help more than he will ever know.

- And I made "milk shakes" last night that ended up being more like cold sugary chocolate milk. Oops and yuck.

- Brother David won the state track meet in the 400. I cried watching the video. For reals. So proud of him.

- Doug served more people than ever before this week at camp. One day for lunch they made over 3,000 mini corn dogs. Yikes!!

- Emily drove over and spent the night with us one night this week. We ate Wendy's, watched Hollywood Game Night, and drank a couple cups of coffee together. She came at the perfect time this week. And Henry was pretty excited for some Aunt "Emmy" time. Even if it was just for a few hours.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Trip to the Safari:

We took a day trip to the safari and it was pretty wonderful. We drove through the park and Henry loved getting to sit in the front with me and look out the window. Henry touched a cow. He fed a deer. And we all laughed watching the monkey's chase each other and play with their toys.

Right before we were leaving the lemur's started screaming so Doug went in the house to check them out. I stayed back with Jack and Henry ran ahead with Doug. He got spooked by the loud noises and turned to run out of the house and there was a huge peacock standing right in front of him. He was even more horrified and turned back around a ran to find Doug. He started sad screaming and we carried a very scared little boy out of the park. He was too traumatized at first to remember all the fun things we got to see and do and he just said "I scary. Lemurs are screaming". After talking about all the other fun things we did I think he is going to be able to remember our time without only thinking about how scared he got.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bragging About my Husband:

Can I brag on my sweet husband for a moment? Feel free to just skip this post if you aren't into this kind of thing. But, seriously...I have got it super good in the husband department. Some examples...

- He sent me an e-mail the other day with a first draft of his summer schedule and he asked me to look over it because me and the boys are his top priority and he wanted to make sure his work schedule reflected that.

- I have had to go to the chiropractor twice a week for several weeks now and he is always willing to come watch the boys while I go to my appointments.

- He calls me "lady bird". Which is way better than my previous nick-name, "pickle bean". And it makes me laugh every time.

- I walked in on a conversation he was having with Henry about "how awesome mom is". And they were talking about all the things they like about me.

- He helps me load the boys into their car seats pretty much every single time we leave a meal in the dining hall.

- He fixed our front screen door. This deserves it own point because it is such a huge deal to have a door that does not squeak and a door that closes all the way. He sure is handy.

- And he is hands down the hardest worker I know. It is not possible for him to do his job half-way. Even when it is frustrating and it would be easy to take short-cuts...he never does. People like working for him because he cares for them and leads by serving them.

He is pretty wonderful...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


- I feel this time of year in my belly and head. We are pushed, tired, and Doug is working super overtime which means I am working super overtime. There are certain mental roads that we just can't walk down so we keep pushing and moving forward and soaking up the time that we are all together as a family.

- Another thing that makes me sick to my stomach...Thunder playoff basketball games. I get too nervous to even watch them.

- Henry got to ride on lawn mower with Dad for the first time the other day. He had his nervous/excited/cautious look on his face the whole time. Except when they would go by the window and he would smile and wave to me.

- I keep forgetting how much stronger and bigger Jack is. I pulled out the walker toy the other day about three months after Henry had been playing in it at this stage. All these developmental milestones are whizzing by this time around and I truly keep forgetting how much Jack is capable of doing.

Monday, May 19, 2014

See ya Later Party for Alex and Jenn:

Our dear friends, Alex and Jenn are moving to Chicago at the end of the month. Boo Hoo. We had a 'see you later' party last night. [And look, I remembered to take pictures of our gathering with the real camera.It is a miracle!!] We smoked some chicken, Justin made homemade sausage, and we had ingredients to make Chicago hot dogs. Teresa brought her awesome guacamole and a caprese salad. Rhett and Jennifer brought cheese and crackers and a casserole. And Cheryl brought fresh fruit. (Which Henry and Watson would have eaten all of if we had let them!). To end the night we had cookie pie and ice-cream. It was a perfect potluck party. The best kind. The kind where you go back to the table for more food not once but twice or maybe even three times.

The kids played. And all took turns crying. But it was still fun and hopefully the friends without children will still consider having children after watching so many kids have meltdowns. They really are worth it all!! I promise. Justin took Henry on his first four-wheeler ride. Doug took some really wonderful pictures (I will let you guess which one I took and which ones he took) Justin posed for his outfit of the day picture. The weather was perfect with only a slight chill in the air. And we got to have lots of talk about all the fun details that go into moving across the country.

It was another one of those wonderful nights where we go to bed full of good conversations and fun with some of our very people in the whole world. We sure are going to miss having Alex and Jenn in the area. They are both such kind and caring friends. Thankfully we know the way to Chicago very well and we will make a trip in the future to see their new life there. We love you, Alex and Jenn!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Aunt Emily Comes to OK:

We are so so excited to have Emily here this summer. She is doing her internship over with Christa and Jason at the children's home that they work at. She stopped by our house for a few days on her way through. There was lots of Henry bossing Emily around and telling her where to go, lots of work on the 'mouse house', and trips to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Sonic. We loved having her here for a few days. The extra set of hands and company throughout the day was very appreciated and a welcome change. We are excited for much more time together over the next several months. We sure do love our Emily.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dad and Henry Camping Trip:

Doug and Henry went camping together a few weeks ago. It was decided the first camping trip should take place right down the road from our house. That way home would be close if they needed to come home in the middle of the night. They graciously allowed Jack and I to join them for dinner but I could tell they were both ready for mom to leave.

I might try to convince Doug to write a post with his pictures from his phone about what actually happened since I was not there. I do know that they had a great time. That Henry got a little nervous but they talked about it and he decided to stay and sleep in the tent. And that Henry had his first smore and his first taste of Dr.Pepper!!

I came home with Jack and enjoyed a quiet evening at home. I talked to Bethany on the phone for an hour. Watched tv. And went to bed early. I was woken up the next morning to loud banging on our bedroom window because I had locked the boys out and Doug's phone had died and I slept through the door bell ringing. Oops.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

6 Year Anniversary :

Emily was in town and offered to watch the boys so we could go on a date. We took her up on her offer and went to dinner in town to celebrate six years of marriage. I ordered a burger and fries and Doug ordered the Salmon. We ended up eating half and switching meals. It was a perfect anniversary date.

Marriage is a beautiful thing and I love to watch our's grow, change, and deepen.  It is amazing that you really can keep falling more in love with a person over years and years. It is going to be all kinds of crazy love after we have been married for sixty plus years. We often say "we have a good thing going on"...and we really do.

I got Doug a ticket to see Conor Oberst in September and he got me a new cookbook.

Year Six Highlights: birth of Jack!!, seeing Martin Short, family walks in the fall, our trip to Arizona, OU beating Alabama (especially since Doug still watches a highlight video from that game!), and our couples babymoon to Branson with the Odom's.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day 2014:

First Mother's Day with two babies. We went to church, took naps, and then watched a very sad Thunder playoff loss. I did not want to cook dinner and I wanted to leave our town. So we ended up driving around and through a series of events found our family sitting down to eat dinner at Red Lobster. I honestly felt like we were in a sitcom. The dinner was about as good as you can expect. Then we drove home and Jack screamed the whole way home. So then it really felt like we were living in a movie. All in all though it was a great day. I did not cook all day. Doug did not work all day!! And I got to be with my boys. The ones that I am blessed to be their mom. 

And on the way home I crawled in the back and sat between the boys in an attempt to get Jack to stop screaming. At one point Henry leaned over and said "Mama, you so beautiful. I like your shirt. I want a hug" and then tears came to my eyes as I hugged Henry in his car seat. I am so overwhelmed with love for these little ones. So thankful to be squeezed between two boys in the back of a mini-van. No place I would rather be. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Mom, Can I hold Jack?"

Quite possibly the best series of photos ever taken in our family's life. And I know I have said it before, but really Henry has so much love for Jack. And Jack really loves Henry. He puts up with Henry holding him, touching his face, talking loudly and rarely objects to his affection. These boys...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5 months:

Oh, Jack Douglas. You have our hearts.
- You smile so easily. And we will never get tired of seeing your sweet smile. Pretty much every single time you see Dad and lock eyes with him you give a giggle. You love your dad. And the other day I was holding you and getting Henry out of the car seat and you locked eyes with Henry and just started laughing. He started laughing, so you two went back and forth for several minutes. Best brother moment to date.
- You are still rockin' breast milk only. Solids are in our near future but you are happy so we are just going this route for a little while longer. Easier for you and me.
- You get super noisy when you are tired and are trying to fall asleep. It is your way of fighting sleep for sure. Not necessarily screaming crying but just loud, squawk-y, noise.
- You are a rolling machine. Front to back, back to front, all over the room rolling.
- Your favorite toy is your play mat with birds.
- You love chewing on anything. Especially blankets and your hands.
- Your general daily schedule is: wake and eat at 6 am, fall back asleep, wake around 8, eat, nap around 10, eat, play, nap around 2, eat, play, sleep around 7:30, eat around 10, sleep for the night.
- One of my favorite things you do right now is play with your feet. So precious.
- You fit perfectly in our family and everyday we love watching you grow and change and learn more and more. You make each day brighter and better! We love you.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Family of Four:

We have been a family of four for five months now. Overall the transition from one to two has been much easier and smoother than zero to one. A lot of that having to do with the Jack's personality and temperament . But mostly because this was already our world. Babies, toddlers, diapers, feeding, interrupted sleep, etc. Zero to one all of this was new. We were nervous. We were charting new territory. There is something wonderfully comforting having already walked the newborn/baby road. We are enjoying Jack more than we enjoyed Henry. There is a confidence that was completely missing the first time around. And really it is nice to have to divide our time, energy, thoughts, emotions etc between two children. In a way, it is rather freeing to not have the time or energy to obsess over just one child. That is way more taxing on one's mind in my opinion. 

There are hard things of course. Like nap times are way harder. Having to carry one in the your arms and chase the other one who struggles with listening and staying close by. The looooong parent days. You start early and go right up until the dream feed around 10 and then crash into bed. Two little ones that take turns interrupting sleep. When they are both screaming, one in each room, and I am literally standing in the hallway between the two of them trying to decide who to tend to and how to make them stop. Grocery shopping or anything out and about really. Car seats and buckling not one but two children into car seats. 

But, really it is so so good. I am blessed and overwhelmed on a daily basis that I have TWO sons. They love each other so much and already have developed a very sweet brother relationship. I love watching Doug be a great dad to both Henry and Jack. I get twice the kisses and hugs now. And we are becoming more of the family God has for us to be. I would not trade this life for anything. My heart and life are so so full.