Monday, December 31, 2007

As Promised, Christmas Pictures...

First, we celebrated Christmas with my (Angie's) family, on December 15th. These are all the kids - ours and my sisters'.

Then on Monday, December 17th we had Christmas with Scott's parents. Ellie and Mam-maw used figurines to act out the Christmas story as Scott read it from the Bible.

Christmas Eve.

Christmas morning.

Ellie's "gold" gift was her Diego Rescue Center. She loves Diego and has played with it so much since Christmas - a little bit of a surprise to me. Anyway, this is how we do Christmas. And Tammy, if you are reading, I copied & pasted this from your blog...thanks!

Santa brings 3 gifts to our kids. They each represent gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold was given to Jesus because it was very valuable - a perfect gift for a king. Our gold gift is something they really want. Frankincense was a sacred substance. In Exodus 30:34-37, God commanded the Israelites to place frankincense in front of the tent of meeting to scent the place where he had promised to meet with them. Jesus was sent as a symbolic "Tent of Meeting" for all people, which is why it was a gift to him. Our frankincense is something that will draw them closer to Christ. In ancient times, myrrh was used to scent embalming liquids. Because Jesus was sent to die on a cross for us, this was an appropriate gift for him. In our family, the myrrh gift is something that is needed.

Although our kids are still really too young to understand, I know in the years to come this will continue to keep our focus on Christ, the real reason for the season!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I've Been Tagged...

My friend Tammy tagged me on Dec. 18th, and sadly I am just realizing it. I've been behind on my blogging... my own, and the reading of my friends'. So since today is Christmas, or at least the next 22 minutes is, I thought I'd do this, so here goes...

Tammy tagged me to share 12 random things about myself that are Christmas related. Here are the rules:
1. List 12 random things about yourself that have to do with Christmas
2. Please refer to it as a 'hoopla' and not the dreaded 'm'-word
3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere.
4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.

12 Random Christmas Things About Angie:
1. I love Christmas cards - sending them and getting them. I've been sending them since college.
2. I love snowflakes. There is something so amazing about them. You know, no two are alike.
3. My Christmas wish list almost always has to do with warmth. Past gifts have included a heater, earmuffs, gloves, scarves, a coat - all by my request. This year I wanted warm pajamas. All those night feedings... I've been freezing in my short sleeves!
4. My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I love, love, love it. And it almost always makes me cry.
5. I love the matching outfits. My kids are doomed on this one. Okay, they can coordinate instead of match, but they MUST at least coordinate. This applies for Christmas pictures and for Christmas morning - matching PJ's. The last two years Ellie and I have matched. This year she and her brother matched. When I went up to get her this morning I had on my PJs from last Christmas and Ellie said "Mom, I want to wear my PJs like yours!" Needless to say, next year I will be back to matching my kids with our Christmas PJs.
6. Nothing says Christmas like cookies!
7. Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving. I prefer it for Christmas, too. Not a big fan of the ham. Ham is for Easter.
8. I will always be proud to hang an ornament made by one of my kids on my tree.
9. My favorite Christmas movie used to be It's a Wonderful Life. But, in my adulthood, I have a need for less serious entertainment. My fav is now Elf. It makes me laugh out loud.
10. You should spend Christmas day at home.
11. The first act of Christmas day is the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible.
12. Christmas is even more fun as a parent than it was as a child!

So since it is now officially Dec. 26th, I won't tag anyone else. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I'll post some pictures from Christmas this weekend.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

19 Days 'til Christmas

Christmas is upon us. I can't believe it is so close! I have really been in the Christmas spirit this year. Ellie is now old enough to enjoy all the fun stuff that the Christmas season brings. And having baby Ephraim around has been a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. I think about tiny little baby Jesus and how Ephraim seems like such a miracle to us, and how much more so Jesus was to Mary, Joseph, and the whole world!

We are staying busy. Work has been going fine. Ephraim is doing better at daycare. Ellie is loving singing Christmas songs. Scott has been busy redesigning our laundry room - he is trying to make it more efficient since it is tiny and I spend so much time in there. We will have Christmas with my family on the 15th and then with Scott's shortly thereafter. They will be going out to see Scott's brother in Ohio for Christmas.

I started a new tradition this year. I gave the kids their first Christmas present on Thanksgiving Day - Christmas pajamas...matching Christmas pajamas! That way they get to wear them for a while. Our only other tradition is reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning. Scott & I have done this since we have been married, I think?!? (It is amazing what you forget. When people look at Ephraim's picture they commonly ask if Scott's eyes are blue. My answer has been...I can't remember! Gotta try and make a mental note next time I see him awake. It's 2am right now & he's snoozing!)

Let me also highly recommend my absolute favorite holiday treat - the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks AND ONLY STARBUCKS - no one can compare. In my opinion, it is well worth whatever outrageous price they charge for it. Even if it's not on the menu they can usually still make it through most of the cold months. Just ask for it - you won't be disappointed!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season so far!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We've Been Elfed

Our friends keep getting elfed. So we've elfed ourselves as well. Check it out. So funny...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Battle of the Bottle

Let me start by saying that stay at home moms deserve a lot more praise, support, and pay!

My first solo weekend is now in the bag. Not only was it my first official Mr Mom weekend with both Lil "E" and Big "E", but it was also extended with the added Friday off to make it a Trifecta!

Lil "E" proved to be quite a spirited fighter in inning one of the "Battle of the Bottle". I was determined to to get him to take it as much as he was determined to not take it in a 45 minute screamfest for 3/4 oz. First round: Lil "E".

I went to the bull pen the second day and brought out the veteran relief feeder Mam-maw. She stood toe to toe and found the weakness in the Lil "E" defense. 4 oz taken. Round 2: Daddy.

Day 3 using the previous days scouting report, I took to the mound for a double header 9AM and 3 PM with a mommy fix in the middle at noon. First meeting was shaky, but after a 40 minute negotiation I walked away 4 oz lighter. Mom gave the boy some QFT (Quality Feed Time) at noon. At 3PM I made the call to the pen again and the old silver fox closed the door on this weekends festivities. Winner: Daddy.

I must say that my Big Bro was correct all along, 2 kids is more than 2 times as hard.

To all the stay at home moms who find themselves down all the time thinking that it's easy for everyone else...That's a bold faced lie! You guys are tougher than any Ironman and don't forget it!

Some pictures that made me smile. Big "E" helping me find the bad lights. Lil "E" Chillin with his Old Man! And man, do I feel old!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Working Mom

I started back to work this past Wednesday, and Ephraim started day care the same day. It was hard to leave him. I was a little anxious about remembering everything at work, so that helped take my mind off of worrying about him.

Work is almost as if I had never left. Day care has been an adjustment...for both of us. Ephraim hasn't really had a problem taking bottles, although we have never consistently given them to him. He has now decided that he only likes his milk in the original! So we are now trying to work on taking a bottle again. Scott has found that our little man can be quite stubborn. He is also now waking every three hours to eat during the night again. He had been sleeping about six without waking. He sleeps a lot at day care - swing induced sleep is what we call it.

At home, we got our Christmas tree put up over the weekend. I did not reach my goal of having all my Christmas shopping finished by the time I went back to work, but I have gotten a good bit of it done. And we are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with Scott's parents this year. They just live a few mile away - what a blessing!

Forgive me for not posting pictures this time. I just got up for a feeding and was semi-conscious, so I thought I'd do a few things. But it is after 3am, so I'm going to look at getting back to bed soon. I'll post pictures next time!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

November Already?

Time is flying by. I can't believe Christmas will be here soon! We are going Christmas shopping this weekend with the goal to finish up so that we can enjoy the holidays.

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On the Mend

I think Ephraim has made a full recovery. He is eating normally and his soft spot no longer looks like a big sink hole in the top of his head. He also got his umbilical cord stump removed yesterday, FINALLY! It had formed scar tissue and our pediatrician sent us to a pediatric surgeon to have it removed. All he did was pull it off and put a little silver nitrate on it. So Ephraim got a REAL bath last night. He loved it! He is also 9 weeks old today. They weighed him at the surgeons office yesterday - 12 lbs and 11 oz.

This is Ellie's third week back at daycare. She's only going on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She is enjoying it. She loves her teacher, Mrs. Carol, and has lots of friends there. They will have their class picinc this weekend (weather permitting) and their Fall Festival next week. They are also starting to learn Bible verses.

I start back to work in three weeks. I can't believe it. The time has gone by so quickly. I have missed my friends at work, but not working. I will get to go over and feed Ephraim on my lunch break. It is a such blessing to have a daycare at my workplace.
So, that's a quick update on the family. I'll add some new pictures as well...

Ephraim sleeping in Mommy's arms.

Ellie has been learning about fire safety at daycare.

Ellie had a horse painted on her face at the Jack O'Lantern Festival.
Little E with some big eyes after his first real bath.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Paranoid Mom-of-the-Year Award

I have called the pediatrician's office again today. I said "this is Ephraim's mom..." To which they said "Hold on Angie, we'll get the doctor to the phone..." I know Ephraim isn't a common name, but still, they know who we are. Ephraim has already been to their office more than Ellie at 3 years old.

Ephraim isn't eating well. He'll eat for a few minutes and then act like he's mad at his source of food. His soft spot is sunken in - a sign of dehydration. So I'm trying to feed him some every hour - yeah, fun. Our pediatrician said I could supplement with some Pedialyte and to do daily weights. We're to check back in Thursday or sooner if the weight is really dropping off. So please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The virus has left the building

The little man is finally feeling like his young self again. No fever for 24 hours! PRAISE BE! Thanks to all of you for your love and support!
We are off to see some pumpkins...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Little Man

This is our favorite picture to date of the little man, as Scott calls him. It was made last week. He hasn't really felt like a photo op these last few days. Just thought I'd add a visual as you pray for little Ephraim. Based on his labwork, his pediatrician says he has a virus. He continues to run a high fever. She says he may do this even through tomorrow. As long as he is still eating well she said she isn't concerned. However, if by friday he still has a high fever we have to go back to the doctors office. We really appreciate your prayers!

Rough Daze

We are really having a hard time right now. Little E has been running a fever on and off for 2 days. We have been to the ER once and the Doctors office 2 times. The little guy has been upset most of these last 2 days, which of course makes it hard times for all.
Please keep him in your prayers for healing. Pray for us to be at peace knowing he is in Gods hands. Pray for wisdom to make good decisions. Pray for strength to endure the fight!
His Peace!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Busy Couple of Weeks

So it has been a while since we have posted. Scott is teaching me how to "blog". This is my first blog post (Angie).

We have had a couple of busy weeks. My sister got married the last weekend in September, we went to Disney's Princess on Ice and had a month late birthday party for Ellie last weekend, and this weekend some of Scott's family is visiting from Baltimore, MD. Here are some pics...

Ellie and some of her cousins...
Trey, Brock, Livi, Blake and Ellie

Ellie and Scott at Princess on Ice

Ellie enjoying her "birthday" party on October 7th (her actual birthday was September 2nd, one day before Ephraim's due date...

Aunt Judy loves babies! She did lots of holding while she was here. Ephraim loves his Aunt Judy, too!

Ellie also made a friend. Uncle Bob is loads of fun!

My first post is complete! And part of it done while holding a baby.
Hopefully with two of us working we can update our blog a little more often!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Future and Present

Little E has been contemplating his future lately, unfortunately he falls asleep before ever really coming to any conclusions.

Big E has been enjoying her time home with Mom and Little E...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Big Sister In Action

After a month, big E is now ready to get more involved in the baby care process. She now thinks it will be ok if he stays a little longer!
Little E is still wondering if this is such a good idea.

Lets get up to speed

Sorry it has taken us a month to get this started, but we have been busy...

Ephraim Thomas was born on August 22, 2007 5:33 PM.

7 lbs 12 oz 21 inches and most importantly healthy.

Ellie is pretty excited about it... Sometimes!