Monday, July 22, 2013

A little sleep & lots of laundry

Oh my! I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have tried to submit this entry. I have either been changing a diaper, feeding, playing, potty training, changing a diaper, get my drift. We have been having tons of fun! Honestly, adjusting to two under two has been harder than I anticipated. There have been days where Maggie, Mills and I all just sat on the couch and cried until Josh got home. There have been many laughs, late nights and TONS of laundry. I never thought I would wash so many baby clothes in a week. I honestly can't keep up with it. I can usually get them washed,dried and folded but by the time they are ready to be put away someone needs me. Oh the joys! As I look at that piles of laundry and how not so perfectly clean my house is I am reminded how much God has blessed Josh and I in two short years!

Here is a quick update on those sweet blessings:
Maggie June loves her baby brother (most of the time). The first thing she asks when she wakes up is, "Where baby at?" She also decided that when he was 3 weeks old and nursing every hour that she wanted to be a big girl and use the big girl potty. I spent the whole day nursing and chasing her around the house trying to keep her from peeing on the floor because she couldn't get on the potty fast enough. I do believe I cried all day that day. We are not fully potty trained as we still have accidents every now and then but we can make it around town without any accidents! She still gets a diaper for naps and bedtime. Not bad for not even two! She is talking more and more. She has always been verbal and now she is putting sentences together. She is even making up stories. Last week she came to me and told me that "Baby bite me". When I told her that baby Mills doesn't have teeth and that did not happen she said, "Oh, ummm Daddy bite me!" When I told her that was not the case, she said "Oh, I fall down". Which was in fact the case. Silly girl!

As for Mills, he is growing so fast. The months seem to be going my faster with him than they did with Maggie. He is a happy baby. He also put himself on a schedule since birth. In fact, I can tell time without using a clock based on when he is hungry. It is pretty ridiculous.He usually sleeps a 6 hour stretch each night. He ADORES Maggie. Anytime she comes around, his face just lights up! This blesses my heart! My prayer is that Maggie and Mills are close like I am with my sister.

I was able to sneak this picture today! I am so blessed to have these two in my life.

Josh has been busy working and playing church softball and I am enjoying the last few weeks of summer break with my babies. I have made a trip to my classroom and mananged to get my furniture set up. I am trying to do a little at a time so I am not so overwhelmed when we go back. I do not want to leave them. Will you pray with me that the transition back to work will be easy and that I will have an attitude that pleases the Lord?!

Friday, February 1, 2013

SUYL Singles

Hey! Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner. She has created a post for singles to share a little about themselves. Since he would never post about himself, I am going to post for him!

Meet my dear friend Kiel!

Kiel came into our lives almost 3 years ago. He moved to our small town in South Carolina to be the  youth director of our church. Since then he has weasled his way into our little family! My daughter just adores him and we have adopted him as Uncle Kiel.
Here he is with our sweet girl!
A few things you should know about Kiel:
1)Kiel loves the Lord and needs a woman who shares this love. He loves the youth of our church and works so hard with them. Our youth really love him too!
Here he is with some of our youth at Carowinds.
2) He loves his family, especially his sweet niece Tiana!
Here is is with his mom, dad, sister, and niece.
3) He LOVES Carolina football!
4) He is a handyman. We are especially grateful for that as he and my husband are currently in the process of installing new cabinets in our kitchen.
He also loves to be outdoors. He loves to fish and go out on the boat! He has a great personality and a wonderful sense of humor!
So, if you are interested in getting to know a little more about him pleasae leave a comment!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sweet 16

Happy 16 months Maggie June!

It seems like just yesterday we were holding you in our arms for the first time! I can remember clearly the first time I kissed your chubby cheeks and told you that I loved you.

As much as I miss cradling you in my arms, I am enjoying the stage you are in right now. You have a big personality. You are a little bit sugar and a little bit spice. You love to make people laugh (you come by that honestly). You love to play outside or "hotside" as you call it. In fact, you would sleep outside if I would let you. Your vocabulary is growing by the day. You say about 15-20 words consistently and you have started to say a few phrases such as, I want my mom, I want juice, I did it, and I like it! I will be honest, "I want my mom" gets me everytime ;)

(Getting a picture of you these days is nearly impossible.)

 Only three more months and you will be a big sister. I can't wait for you to meet your little brother! Your daddy and I love you so much sweet girl!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a great start to their New Year. Our family has hit the new year going back to work and getting back into the routine of things. I am so excited that we will be adding a little boy to our family this year! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going.

We have had some big changes in our family! Our sweet baby isn't such a baby anymore =( Maggie June no longer has a paci. She only got it for naps and bedtime. We decided it was time to take it and I was super nervous. Our first day with no paci was the day after Christmas and adjusting to it has been easier than I thought it would be! I was really nervous about taking it away so I decided to just cut the end of the paci off so there was nothing for her to suck. The first few days she fell asleep while holding onto it. On the 3rd day she threw it in the trash!

 Maggie June has also taken a big interest in using the potty. This just blows me away. She seems too little to want to do all this. I think she is so interested because she sees her two older cousins use the potty and she just adores her cousins! Tonight she was playing with her two cousins, Madi and Ava, and kept saying "bathroom". The girls would giggle at her and she would say it again. I thought she was just trying to get a laugh (afterall, she is Josh's kid) but 10 minutes later she pooped in her diaper. I am thinking we may need to take advantage of this interest. So any experienced moms feel free to give advice!

I think that is all for now!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sweet blessings!

So, my dad got on to me about my blog and how I have been slacking. I guess it is time for another post! We usually stay busy but it seems this time of year we are especially busy. I am going to try and blog at least once a week but no promises =)

 I am 19 weeks today! Almost half way! We are beyond excited, because we will find out the sex on Monday. Of course they will also take measurements and verify that everything is developing correctly. This part makes me nervous but I know God is in control.

Here's a little something for you moms:
Maggie is in the process of cutting a few more teeth and has had a difficult time getting comfortable at night. The other night she woke up around 2:00 and you could tell she was just in pain. I let her come in bed with us so I could comfort her. While she was laying next to me I was rubbing her back and the new baby just started moving up a storm. I laid there with one hand on Maggie and the other on my stomach feeling the moves of our new blessing. Although it was 2:00 in the morning and I had to be up at 5:15 to get ready for work, all I could do was cherish the moment and praise God for blessing me with these two sweet children.

I told Josh about this the next morning and he said he would be sure to remind me of this story in May when we are up with two crying kids and haven't slept in three days. LOL!

In other news, we finished decorating for Christmas today. To my surprise, Maggie has done really well with the tree. We put her ornaments on the bottom and she likes to take them off put there is no harm done! Her favorite ornaments are the the round ones. She thinks the are balls.

Here is a video too! I am not sure why it turned when I uploaded it.
I also have no idea how to fix it. Sorry!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well, I was really hoping to return to blogging before now but we have been busy. This past weekend we decided to take a quick trip to Georgia to visit Josh's grandparents. They are so good to me I think I will claim them as my own ;) They have been trying to come for a visit but health issues have prevented them from making the trip up. We thought it would be great if they could spend some time with Maggie. We had the best weekend!

We left Friday afternoon and Grammy had dinner on the table when we walked in. As soon as dinner was over, Josh and Papa went to the local football game. It was rivalry week. Josh was excited to see a close game.  They had a great time!

Saturday was filled with lots of family! Josh's aunts, uncles, and cousins came over for lunch and of course to play with Maggie. She was a little shy at first but it didn't take her long to start cheesing it up.

On Sunday we went to church. Their church is very large. I was nervous about leaving Maggie in the nursery because she has been wanting to be wherever I am these days. I was so surprised that she went right in and played without crying. I think she was excited to have some girls to play with. Our church nursery is mostly boys. Maggie also got to meet Grammy's Sunday school friends. All she wanted to do was to blow them kisses.

Here are some pictures from this weekend:
Papa caught these two footballs at one of the games earlier this year just for Maggie. She LOVED them!
Josh use to play with this bus when he was little. Of course Maggie was all about this.
This horse was made by Josh's Great-Grandaddy. He was amazing at carving wooden objects. Josh rode this horse all the time when he visited. Maggie had the best time with this little horse. Grammy and Papa enjoyed watching her on it too!
Here is Maggie and Papa! She just LOVED him! I have to admit I did a horrible job of taking group photos. We didn't get any with Grammy =(
We also made turkey cookies with oreos and Maggie thought they were a hit!
We had a blast with family this weekend. I wish we loved closer. It was so fun to watch Grammy and Papa love on Maggie and make memories with her. I can't wait for this baby to get here so he/she can be a part of all these wonderful memories!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Finally getting started!

Most of you know that I have been talking about starting a blog for a while. I finally decided on a blog name. I am so excited I actually made it this far! I have sat down countless times to start blogging and always quit because I can't get past the page of creating your blog name.Ha! We (Josh and I ) decided to go with, JAR of JAM+1. This stands for Just a Report of Josh, Audrey, Maggie +1.

My goal is to share where we are in life as a growing family. I would love to share the laughs and hardships we are going through with others who have been where we are, are currently walking the same road, or will soon be walking this road.

So join our journey as we travel from a family of three to a family of four!