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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

33 Weeks



I'm 33 weeks today, although this picture was take at 32 weeks.  I'm starting to feel pretty stuffed.  I don't mind at all. :)   I really enjoy being big and very obviously pregnant!  Everything has been checking out fine at the doctor's office...blood pressure is good, no swelling in my ankles, gained 20 pounds on the button so far.  I typically gain 30 with girls, so I expect to pack on another 10 or so before she arrives.  I think I mentioned before that I've been drinking a ton of water lately.  The doctor recommended 100 ounces, which I thought sounded impossible at the time, but when I got home and measured what I had been drinking it was closer to 120 ounces.  I wish I had done this with all of my pregnancies!  In the past I only drank when I felt thirsty, which was pretty much a glass here and a glass there.  The only other time I was gigantic in the summer was with Hannah's pregnancy and I had bad swelling that was pretty painful.  In an effort to avoid that this time around I started keeping a cup of water with me constantly and I'm amazed at the difference in my ankles and in my varicose veins.  I had very minimal swelling during the 5 days that our air conditioner was out a couple weeks ago, but other than that I have not had even the slightest hint of it.  My veins are still there, of course, but they are not painful unless James toddles up and grabs one of them or something like that.  I'm very thankful for that!  Everything is going well and we're looking forward to meeting Baby Girl in 7 weeks...or 8 or 9. :)


Just because they're so cute I thought I'd include a picture of Peter and James cooling off outside!



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A Visit With Friends

My friend, Cherie, and her five children came for a visit a couple weeks ago.  They came two years ago as well and we had such a fun time on both occasions!  Our children get along well together and it's so nice to enjoy good, edifying conversation with a likeminded friend.


The whole crew.  Left to right: Benjamin (2), Nathaniel (4), Esther (8), James (1), Rachel (6), Hannah G. (8), Hannah D. (6), Abigail (9), Peter (2), Joshua G. (10), Joseph (4...born the same day, same doctor, same hospital as Nathaniel!), Joshua D. (10), and Noah (5).  



Hannah G. and Esther sharing a book.  These kiddos love to read!





The Joshua's playing a game of battleship before bed with Noah watching.  





We took a field trip to the Booth Western Art Museum again.  This painting was a favorite.  The colors are amazing!



Nathaniel in the saddle




I think this is our favorite room in the whole museum.  There are lots of really great Civil War paintings that are captivating, even for the younger children.  The two Joshua's really seemed to enjoy studying them.  


The girls were especially interested in the painting of the ladies in the pretty dresses. :)


The whole group again!



We also had a few unexpected adventures that week involving fire ants, no air conditioning in the house (Cherie and the children were very gracious and toughed it out with us!), and a trip to the ER for stitches.  Peter fell at the fountains downtown and gashed his head on a stone wall.  He was such a trooper and didn't make a peep the whole time they were working on him.  They wrapped him up tight in a sheet and he didn't protest at all.  I was so proud of him! I took Peter, Joseph, and James to the ER with me while Cherie stayed with the other 10 (TEN!!) children at the fountains.  I was so grateful that she was there and she was so calm about holding down the fort and feeding everyone lunch while I was gone!



All done!



Joseph was the biggest child with me and he took his responsibilities very seriously.  He opened all the doors and helped keep Peter and James occupied while we waited.  He and Peter both got a special treat later. :)  







Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Picture Update

It's time for another round of random photos!


The fountains downtown were closed for awhile because of construction, but they are open now and the children love going!


I obviously need to work on spelling with our 6yo. :)



Peter was dressed for church by his big sisters



My doctor told me that I should be drinking 100oz of water a day.  I'm amazed at how much better my varicose veins are since I started drinking more!  They are still ugly, but they aren't nearly as painful and I usually don't even notice them.  My friend, Emily, gave me this cup when I broke my leg and it has been my constant companion...along with Sonic crushed ice. :)



A passel of children rolling down the hill



Joshua is learning to cut the grass.  He enjoys it, though I'm not sure how he could possibly be anywhere near old enough to to it!  I'm pretty sure we just celebrated his 1st birthday. :)



We tried to go blueberry picking a couple weeks ago.  When I called the place the recording said that they were open for picking, but 98% of the berries were green and nowhere near ready for picking.  It's a great place though, and we will definitely be going back.  The berries are organic, $8 a gallon, and the bushes are loaded.  I couldn't believe how big the bushes were.  Some of them were twice as tall as me!  Even though we only got 1/8 of a gallon, we still had fun and I'm thankful to have made it out the door since I broke my leg trying to get there last year!



Noah in the blueberry "trees"



When we were out of town a few weeks ago we ate at a neat BBQ restaurant.  One of the seating options was in an old Greyhound bus like the one Adam's grandfather used to drive.  







The food was wonderful!



We recently moved James in with the other boys.  He wasn't so sure about the arrangement at first, but he's gotten used to it now.  Sometimes he'd rather peek out the window at me than take a nap though.  :) 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Memories

Here is another batch of pictures that I want in the blog book. :)  



Playing football


And baseball



Sweetness



Brothers sharing



An intense game of chess with Joshua before bed



Dancing to Grandpa's banjo playing :)



Lunch at The Varsity in Atlanta!






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Savannah

A few weeks ago we took a bit of an impromptu vacation to Savannah, GA.  Savannah is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed our stay!  We visited Kirk O' the Isles Presbyterian Church (for the second time...we went back in October after our vacation to Hilton Head).  We have listened to some of Dr. Stewart's sermons on CD and heard him in person several times and that is always great!



Papa and James walking on the golf course outside our townhome



Six of the goobers releasing some energy on the golf course after being in the van most of the day



Bass Pro Shops...the perfect place to go on a rainy day!  This is the boat we decided that we want.  Haha. :) 



Happy baby!


Hannah in her own little world at the beach on Tybee Island



Beach baby




Joshua and Abigail caught 4 sharks on the beach.  Kind of neat, but a little unnerving too when you think about the fact that there are probably mama sharks where there are baby sharks!  



Esther is our animal lover!



Posing with one of Abigail's sharks



Asleep within minutes of leaving the beach!



We visited Ft. Pulaski



On top of the wall at Ft. Pulaski.  No, there's not a railing! 



Me and my snuggle buddies one evening.  Joseph didn't get a nap that afternoon, so he was out within minutes.  



Watching the forklift put boats away in storage at the marina




Papa giving lessons on how to crack a crawfish at The Crab Shack.  Yummy food and a really nice environment!



Esther with our plate of food that was supposed to feed four people.  We all ate more than our fill and had enough to take back for another meal!  



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James started walking while we were in Savannah.  Here he is while we were waiting for our table at The Crab Shack.


Monday, June 09, 2014

Cleaning the Van



I don't know if your vehicle smells like dirty, sweaty children and 6 month-old half eaten snacks that have made there way into the cracks and crevices of car seats, but ours did.  Until last Saturday.  I had tried several things to clean the upholstery and carpet over the past few months:  Soap and water, an Oxi-Clean solution in a spray bottle, my full sized clothes steamer, air fresheners.  Nothing did the trick though, and 5 1/2 years of accumulated nastiness was starting to drive my pregnant, nesting self crazy.  I priced local car detailers and found that it was going to cost around $120 to have the inside of our van shampooed (we have a 12-passenger).  I certainly didn't want to pay that, so I went to Walmart and rented a Rug Doctor with an upholstery attachment for just under $30.00.  I also had to buy a bottle of solution ($9.99), but I have enough of that left for at least one more cleaning, so altogether this project cost $35.00.  It was totally worth it!  The van now looks and smells clean (without a residual chemical smell) and I'm a happy Mama. :)

This is a before picture of the back storage area.  That stain down towards the bottom is from a bag of black mulch that had been rained on and leaked.  There's no telling what the other stains are from!


And the after picture.  Not perfect, but tons better.  The van was used when we bought it and had some staining here and there that the dealership couldn't get out, so I didn't expect it to be like new when I finished.  




Here's a before shot of the middle bench seat that holds two car seats.  


This isn't the greatest after picture because of the sun, but at least you can see that it is much cleaner!


You can see the dirt and grime being sucked up into the attachment as you are using the machine.  I love seeing results! :)  This water was clear before it cleaned the van.  Pretty gross, huh?  

 I definitely recommend using the Rug Doctor for getting stubborn spots (even ones that have been there for years) and just general dirt and grime off of vehicle seats and carpeting.  I'm impressed!