Thursday, January 29, 2009

6 Months Going On 30

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing

My son is 6 months and 3 weeks and yet I see him making that inevitable change from baby to big boy virtually overnight. Matthew actually started to scoot back on January 5th, but Kevin was unable to get that on video. He was interupted by a terrible phone call regarding his mother. She had passed away. In the week that followed, Matty mastered the art of sitting unassisted, started to full on crawl and by the time his daddy had returned, we had also gotten the great news that our little man's vsd was almost healed. Talk about a whirl wind month! Now, just a couple weeks later, Matthew has taken his very first cruzing steps and has started pulling up as you saw by the video. I went back and looked to see when the girls started to hit these milestones. Ya'll, I'm sad! He is doing things way before the girls. I am desperately looking for the pause button. Heck, I'll settle for a slow-motion option if I can find one. As hectic as the past 6 months have been, I am scared that these precious baby moments are going to all pass up by before we know it. I know though, that Matty has a very good reason for wanting to grow up fast. As my friend Jodie said, it's "survival of the fittest" in this house and H&E pull no punches. Me-Maw told the girls the other day, "Matt is gonna grow bigger than you one of these days and then you'll be sorry". Well, we'll see. After all, there is only 1 of him and 2 of the girls. In the mean time, I am trying to savor each and every second of my little boy being just little boy.

Will You Be My Valentine???

Back on 19th, the kids and I had our second annual Valentine's Day party. Yes, I'm very well aware that it wasn't in fact Valentine's Day, but we really wanted Desiree' and the kids to be able to come, so we had it on a day that school was out. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The girls love having play dates. They take after their mommy when it comes to being active. And it sure shows. So we invited over some friends from gymnastics, Auntie Desi and the kids, the A's and some of our other neighborhood friends. It really was nice to see some of my friends too. Life always seems to get in the way and next thing you know, it's been months since you've seen your girlfriends. Back to the party. I hope all 12 of the kids had a good time. I sure did. Not only did we make Valentine mailboxes, but we also played outside, made candy necklaces and decorated cupcakes. Matt slept most of the time, but I'm sure next year he'll be trying to steal kisses from all of H&E's pretty friends.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy 6 Months Sweet Baby Boy!

We don't go in till tomorrow for your official 6 month appointment, but 6 months ago today we welcomed you into our family. We have been so blessed. We love you Matthew!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year! (A Few Days Late)

Happy 2009 ya'll! Is everyone else having a hard time dating checks again? I know I sure am. It seems to take me a good couple weeks before I stop writing the previous year on checks and things like that. Old habits die hard I guess. None the less, I couldn't be happier that 2008 is in our past. GOOD RIDDENS! I sware, 2008 was the year that seemed to never a bad way. The highlight of the year was obviously Matty's birth, but I could have skipped the rest of the year entirely.

On to a better, brighter future. Matty started crawling a few days ago and we're getting ready for his 6 month appointment. Can you believe how time has flown? I know I sure can't. I'm continuing to enjoy my job as the Children's Church coordinator at Lakeside, the girls are having a blast in their gymnastics class and Kevin is still blowing away his numbers as a valuable member of the John Deere team. Even my mom is moving ahead to a brighter future. She is looking at getting a place of her own in addition to trying out some extra curricular activities to keep her busy.
How did we welcome in the new, highly anticipated year? The same way any family with three young kids would. We were in bed by 9:30 pm! But boy oh boy did we get down with our bad selves before then! We were invited over to our friends Shelly and Eric's house for some New Year's Eve festivities. Although Emma was a bit of a party pooper (she wanted to sleep by 7:45) Hailey had fun with sparklers, Kevin had a beer or two with his friend Eric who just got back from Iraq, Matt got spoiled rotten by all the women there and Mom and I ate some awesome tostadas that Shelly had cooked up.

From the Lebaniks to all of our friends and family, we hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season and we hope that your 2009 is filled with good times, health and most of all love!