Monday, December 23, 2013

9 months and birthday fun


So Dylan and Adalyn both had a MD checkup this month - a 4 year and a 9 month. Poor Dylan had to get 4 shots! 😢  He turned 4 on December 1st and next school year he will be going to preschool! One of those happy but sad moments. I am happy my little boy is growing up but it's happening way to fast! I love listening to him and his daddy read at night. He has the whole Dr. Seuss ABC book memorized! 😄 I also love watching him play and interact with his sissy.
Addy is 17lbs now and is pulling up on everything. I definitely think she will be walking soon! She says dada baba bye bye and bubba. I occasionally hear mama but it's rare. Which is crazy since she always wants me! 😜
Here are some pics of Dylan's birthday, birthday party, and live nativity. Also a pic from Thanksgiving when Dylan finally rode Pawpaw Al's Harley. And of course baby girl at 9 months!





Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 months


So Addy turned 7 months on October 18th and will soon be 8 months! She is getting soooo big. She weighs 14lbs now and is super active! She never stays still!

For Halloween we had a Fall Fest at the church for all the kids. Dylan insisted on being a lion and Addy was a kitty! I love my lil' felines!
Addy was dedicated to the Lord this Sunday past. November 3, 2013. Kevin and I made a commitment before the Lord to submit her to His will and to raise her according to His Word and His ways.

She wants the bottle of oil in Pastor's hand sooo bad!
The grandparents
We went to the Insectarium on Tuesday. I didn't think it was going to be all that great but it was pretty fun! My favorite was the Butterfly Garden!
My crazy husband!
Dylan is growing up way to fast too. In a month he will be 4! He is an awesome big brother. Always playing with his babygirl/sissy/Addy. Next school year he will be in preschool. Happy but sad . . .  I started working on him with writing his ABCs and he is doing awesome!
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

11 year anniversary

Today is the 12 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  It is a date that will forever be etched in the mind of every American. Many lost their lives on that fateful day. 

Today is also the 11 year anniversary of my brother's death. Yes, it still feels like yesterday that he was taken away from us but time has a way of lessoning the pain. He is gone but his memory lives on. I only hope his death was not in vain.  It saddens me when I see family and friends continue to live that lifestyle. I am almost positive that if Lance was alive today he would not be in prison or a rehab or bound by drugs, alcohol, and gangs. He would be with his 2 sons living for God. All of you who think you knew Lance may laugh and think oh yeah right but you weren't there the last few weeks of his life. He spent a few nights at our house. We swam, hung out, had fun that didn't involve getting wasted and not remembering what happened the next morning. He came to church with us too. 

I've always looked up to my brother. I wasn't proud of the things drugs made him do and never had a desire to do them but he was my big brother and I thought the world of him. I hated his lifestyle. I hated seeing him almost die because of the drugs he'd taken. I hated when I couldn't see him because he was locked away.  But I loved him. I prayed every night for my brother. I wanted him to live for God and not to be bound by the lifestyle he was living. 

One night before he died he actually came to the altar to pray on his own. Nobody asked him to, he just went. I went pray with him and watched the tears streaming down his face.  A few days later he was dead. Sometimes I get so mad and think how unfair life is. Just when he was beginning to make a change in his life he got taken away. But I know God has a plan in everything even though I don't understand it. 

So if you are reading this and you were a "friend" or family of Lance, don't let his death be in vain.  He was trying to change. You can change too.  

Want to read my other posts about Lance?
http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2012/02/essay-i-wrote-in-highschool.html

http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2011/09/forgiveness.html

http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2011/08/whats-on-my-mind-today.html

http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-birthday-lance.html

http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2010/09/wake-me-up-when-september-ends.html

http://www.theessenceofwhoiam.blogspot.com/2009/02/just-thought.html


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

5 months

Addy made 5 months on the 18th. I am a month behind :(  Last month she had a check-up and weighed in at 12lbs! She is rolling over like crazy too. I had her on the living room rug, walked out for a second and when I came back in she was across the room! My little holy roller! lol
Her and Dylan got into their first little fight too. It was funny. She was playing in her bouncer and he kept aggravating her. She pulled her toy back and it hit him in the head. He came and told on her and when he went back he hit her (I'm assuming lightly since she didn't cry) and said "Now take that!". Kevin and I couldn't help but laugh. He loves his sister though. "Put baby girl by me" is what he always says.


4th of July

Fun day at the Aquarium









Some crazy looking fish!





No double riding is what the carousel operator said. Really?!



Playing cars!

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