Thursday, August 15, 2013


I have disappeared from cyberspace over the last month, so there is a backlog of pictures and stories to share! Here is a cliff notes version of our summer so far!

Calvin went to art amp at a local church/preschool and loved every minute of it! We are so thankful for this accomplishment for him. Before the camp began he asked us to pray with him about it...that he would be brave and try new things that he might like. He walked bravely into his new class without a moment's hesitation. I am so proud of him and thankful that God is making Himself so real in his life.

Calvin continues loving art. He took these boxes and turned them into a little dump truck. And yes, he is wearing my shirt in this picture. He had a brief stretch where I'd get him up from nap and he would be wearing my shirts, socks, etc.
He continues to spend a ton of time at the kitchen table cutting, pasting, coloring, and folding origami. He's recently started drawing, too. His artwork makes me smile!

And he's started jumping in the pool and learning to swim!
Jack is so funny and sweet. He's been singing a lot these days, which I guess means something for his speech development. He is saying everything he wants without much trouble, and the therapist he used to see really wanted him to sing, so check. This morning he was singing the line "Shout it out! God saves the werrrrrrld" enthusiastically probably 20 times while I was getting ready for the day. His little voice singing it has been in my head all day. Sweet.....kind of.
We've dappling with potty training, though I don't think he's ready. I did find this scene when I woke Jack up from his nap a couple weeks ago. Apparently he doesn't like wearing the diaper...that's a start.
When Jack put on this doctor's gear, Calvin told him, "Jack, all you need is your lunch box, and you'll be ready for surgery." Guess what Daddy takes to work everyday?
This is a terrible picture, but it is hard to capture..... Luke loves his little lion blanket, and he likes to push is little finger or thump through a loop on it. Something about it is so sweet!

He's into everything his brothers are doing these days. Even while they are sitting at the table coloring, he wants to be in his highchair playing with the crayons, too.
We have been amazed at how appropriately he uses toys. So much more so than his brothers. He pushes cars around the house (while making a motor noise), tries to put goggles on his eyes, works to put any shoes or socks on his feet, tries to stack lego blocks together, writes with pens I leave at his level.  

He's gotten strong enough now that he can push a lawnmower around the yard with his brothers! He loves it!

Our friends Amanda and Ellis came to visit us with their troop a couple weeks ago. It was such fun....the best kind of chaos!

Myrtle Beach Trip

We went to Myrtle Beach while Dan was at a conference. They boys loved the beach!

Grandma and Papaw

Ace and Jeffy came to see us, and we loved having them here! Jack found this box turtle in the front yard, so we rescued it.

Papaw spent a lot of time reading to the guys.  I love seeing Jack's little body next to Papaw.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our newest three (and one month) year old!

Happy birthday, John David! We loved celebrating with you on your special day today!