Thursday, January 19, 2012

Justin Goes Squirrel Hunting

Towards the end of 2011, Justin decided to go squirrel hunting with his buddies. Yes, I said squirrel hunting. Sorry, but that's pretty gross to me. But the guys had a great time and they say their are plenty of squirrels to go around :)

I think they are on Coach Durham's land... it's really beautiful

Setting up camp

I know Justin had a great time, but I just don't like the thought of guys getting together with guns. Any other wives/moms feel the same way? haha

Ok, so here are the guys with their squirrels. Brad, Justin, and Rusty (all football coaches at ECS too). And I have to make note that they.....yuck...i can't even say it...yes I can....They ATE their squirrels for DINNER that night!!!!! EEWWWW! Justin said the meat was good, just a little, well a lot, tough. haha.

Whatever makes ya happy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

James is 2 & 1/2

Wow, my sweet boy is already 2 and 1/2! Well, he is not sweet all the time...ha! But we love him so much and are just trying to savor every minute of our first born :)

He and Kramer are still best buds.

He loves playing with his best friends, Taylor and Law!

Justin took him to see his first movie!
"Happy Feet 2"
He sat through the entire movie! Well, there may have been some getting up and down ;)

Boy, he loves Reese. He talks to her all the time, shares his toys, and loves getting in the bed with her when she wakes up.

Justin put together another set of shelves for me, and James definitely wanted to help his daddy out. He is using a screw driver to put in a screw.

Reading with Daddy and Reese

Not sure WHAT James is doing here. He wanted to be under Reese in the exersaucer...funny ;)

For some reason he likes to eat his special snacks (cookies) in this little cubby hole in the piece in our dining room.

More loving on that sister!

Taking that paci out for a smooch!

Speaking of paci... James is officially paci free!

He had just bitten them to pieces (seriously a choking hazard). He also started wanting them more often just around the house, not just for sleeping. So Justin and I (more Justin THAN I...haha) decided to nip this paci thing in the bud! We got him a sound machine that has a projector on it for a little distraction to help fall asleep. And we just took his paci away and said, "Pacis are for babies, like Reese. You are a big boy now. No more pacis."

The first night was awful. LOTS of crying. Maybe only 30 solid minutes. But still, that's tough for me. He has had a paci for sleeping every night for 2 and a half years! I felt bad. But I didn't feel bad for long. He fell asleep, and woke up the next morning, and we gave him a big icing topped cookie for breakfast! He loved it and knew he was getting the treat for sleeping without his paci. The next couple of nights were a little tough, but not bad.

And sure enough, now he never asks for his paci! It is a thing of the past! (Thanks for your encouragement, Justin. I couldn't have done this without you by my side!).

I think I might look back at this one day when James is older and say, "Really, Mandy? This was your biggest worry?" Haha

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Reese is 6 months!

I am about a month behind in blogging, but anyways, here is Reese's six month post!

Weight- 14 lbs
Height- 25 inches

She is so close to sitting up on her own. Still topples over with one wrong move!

Reese is starting to say "Ba-ba-ba-ba". So sweet.
She smiles all the time still.

She is just now beginning to sleep on her side and sometimes tummy during nap and at night.

Reese still wakes at least one time in the night, and her longest stretch will go about 8 hours.

hmm....sounds like we might be doing this waking in the night thing for a while!

I still don't drink cow's milk because it just hurts her little tummy. Almond milk it is then!

Reese absolutely adores James and will just sit and stare at him all day if she could.