Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mr. Thankful

I love Sunday's. I love asking my kids what they learned in their classes and looking at their pictures/handouts they bring home. Yesterday, Troy brought home a handout with his "Thankful Tree" on it. Troy said he is thankful for, "Family, Football (Erik has been brainwashing him since birth!lol), food, toys, and his Birthday." I loved his answers, and they are so him!! My first thought was, "Boy, I'm super thankful for your birthday too buddy." He is my sweet little man!! We've been duking it out lately (he has entered the turmoltuous 3's), but I sure love this little guy. He makes me laugh and smile every day. And makes me yell every day too. But I am trying to remind myself that this little boy is on loan from our loving Heavenly Father and it is my responsibility to love and take care of him. I'm sure Heavenly Father would never raise his voice to him. My goal this week (and from here on out), is to try and remember that. Speaking of birthday's, Troy just celebrated his 3rd birthday on the 16th! He wanted an Ironman party with just his "best friends." No girls allowed!! We tried to convince him to invite some of his girl friends, in order to get more presents (haha), but he persisted! So an all boy party we had...well except for myself and Brooklyn.
Troy is such a smart little guy and knows all of his letters, can count to about 30 (sometimes he misses a few numbers), knows his numbers by sight (up to 12), has an amazing throwing arm (and one proud papa!), can run super fast (and his arms pump just about as fast as his little legs can carry him), and he is a great baseball player. He is very close to being able to write his name (the "Y" is a little tough still). It definitely helps to have a short name (as opposed to Brooklyn and Savannah lol). He also ADORES his sisters. He can be quite the tease to Brooklyn, but he loves her so much and can be very sweet when he wants to be. :) Anyway, we are so proud of our smart, strong, sweet little man! We love you Troy!

Our birthday boy. Check out that shiner!! And that was over a week old even. Got it in nursersy. That's a tough place you know. lol


Brooklyn was so excited for Troy. She is such a sweet sister!

Ya, I know, kind of creepy right?! But he loves his football team!

Umm, spoiled much?! Good thing most of it was on clearance. Time to clear out some old toys!

His birthday party cake. IRONMAN!!!!

Look at that pouty little bottom lip! The wind blew out his candle.

The presents were "flying!"

Another birthday happened this month...Savannah turned 2 months!!! I still never quite get used to how fast time flies with these sweet, little babies. I wish I could bottle it up and remember every single moment, coo, cuddle, smile, and cry. Thank heavens for the digital world to help us remember a little more. Here are her 2 month stats: Weight: 12lbs7oz! I knew she was a chunk! (75-90%), Height: 24in (90-95%), Head circ.:40cm (75-90%) 
I meant to take a better 2 month old photo on her birthday, but it just didn't happen. We're a little busier around here these days! :) But I love that I caught a little smile!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Oh what a blessed day!

A couple weeks ago, on August 7th, we blessed our sweet, little Savannah Hazel. We were lucky enough to have Erik's parents visiting for the first time when we blessed her. I'll post more about their visit soon. Anyway, Erik gave a beautiful blessing to Savannah. I have said this before, but she is such a sweet spirit and has truly blessed our home. She is a calming influence on all of us and we cherish every minute with her! She is getting bigger every day (and way too quickly I might add!), and she continues to light up our days with her big, happy smiles. We love you Savannah!! Oh, and some of you may be wondering, "Why the name Savannah Hazel?" Well, Savannah was actually a contender for Brooklyn's name,but we obviously went with Brooklyn. We still really liked the name (although, I was a bit hesitant using such a long name), so we used it. Hazel is my Grandma Hill's name, so it has special meaning. I never knew my Grandma Hazel, but I know she must have been an amazing woman because she raised an amazing son!

The kids playing a little tag after the blessing.

Grandpa & Grandma Paternoster with Savannah and cool guy

Our good friends who were able to make it. We missed those who weren't able to be there!

Monday, August 8, 2011

We love it when Grandma and Grandpa come!

I completely neglected to blog about my parents visit. And I can't even believe I only have this photo to share! My Mom was here too. I'm so mad I didn't get more pictures! Anyway, they came for a few days when Savannah was just a few weeks old. It is always so fun to have them visit. The kids absolutely adore them, and love every minute with them. They especially enjoy the annual visit to Bhoemm's candy factory. :) Erik and I especially enjoy the meat they bring! It's a gift that gives year-round. We love you Mom and Dad!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Are you for real?!

Where, or where has the time gone!? Little Savannah is already over a month old (6 weeks to be exact, well exactly yesterday at least)! We have been enjoying her so much in our home, that we haven't even noticed the time pass! She is such a well-mannered, calm baby. She literally doesn't cry. I have honestly only heard her cry a handful of times, and it only lasts a few seconds. Savannah seems to embrace the chaos around here and is totally in love with her big sister and brother. Just this morning, Savannahs was giving Brooklyn the BIGGEST smiles! She probably smiled more this morning at Brooklyn then she has her whole life for me. We are loving her newly formed chubby cheeks, and the rest of her body is chunking out quickly. She eats great, sleeps great (goes for at LEAST 4 hour stretches at night, but has started going about 5-7 hours!), and is content so far to just be. We love our little miracle!!