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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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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December in Pictures

December was a whirlwind of a month for us, as I'm sure it was for most of you. I didn't do much blogging, so I thought I'd post a few pictures that kind of sum up the month. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Adam kicked off his Christmas break by painting the upstairs and downstairs hallways and the stairwell. These are before shots with all of his helpers.



And the after pictures!


We baked LOTS of Christmas cookies!

Joshua learned that you shouldn't blow into a bowl of cocoa. :)


We enjoyed some outdoor Christmas lights...

...and I think Esther had a little too much hot chocolate!

Adam shot a deer!

Joshua took some pictures with my parents' camera and they gave him a photo album for Christmas. He was very proud of them!



Helping Grandma (my Mom) open her presents.

Getting Christmas tickles from Grandpa (my Dad).





Opening a big box from Grandma and Grandpa in Kansas (Adam's parents). The girls each got a neat old cradle complete with handmade blankets and pillows for their baby dolls! They have them in their bedroom and they love them!

Opening gifts with cousins!

Noah enjoying the festivities. :) He now knows to smile for the camera. He actually learned to say "cheese" (or "chiz", as he says) the other day.

We gave the children a Play-doh "Doctor Drill n Fill". It's the perfect gift for children of a dental student or dentist!



Noah turned 1!!

He had a great time opening his birthday gifts!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Noah!!


Noah turns one today. :) He's such a sweet, smiley, happy boy! He loves to be held, but he really only likes to snuggle at bedtime. He's a great sleeper and enjoys being in his bed, which is very helpful for me.


Noah is quite a stubborn little goober and likes to test his boundaries. He climbed four steps the other day, all the while hearing "no" from Mama who had her hands full with another child and couldn't run to stop him. He knows good and well what "no" means, but he gave me one of those guilty looks and climbed one more stair, which he promptly fell off of. He whacked his head on the banister and busted his lip on the floor at the bottom. Apparently he didn't learn his lesson though, because he has tried it several times since then!


Noah is talking a fair amount, though not quite as much as his big sister Hannah was at 12 months. He says all done, hi, mama, papa, Jaja (Joshua), Hannah, Aga (Abigail), sock, ouch, gak (which means several different things, including milk), nana (banana), and I'm sure there are a few other words that I'm forgetting. He's getting really good at trying to just repeat words that he hears. He's been taking some steps all by himself this week! Walking is not his primary mode of locomotion yet, but it will be very soon. He's our youngest walker so far!

Happy Birthday to our sweet little Noah Bean!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!






Thursday, December 17, 2009

20 Weeks and It's a....

Boy! We think. :) The lady doing the sonogram was new and wasn't sure. At first we all thought it was a girl, but when she took a closer look we all thought it was a boy. The doctor looked at the pictures and seemed convinced that it's a boy. I probably won't have another ultrasound unless I go past my due date, so we may have a surprise at birth! But we're going with boy for now. :)

Everything looks great with the baby, and I've only gained 5 pounds so far. I've always gained a good bit more than that by 20 weeks, but I'm sure I'll be gaining plenty in the weeks to come. I tend to pack it on in the third trimester...as does the baby!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Laura over at The Muncks Quiver is hosting another giveaway this week! There are several different items to pick from. I'm really excited about this giveaway because they were giving away a beautiful apron last week and I forgot to enter. But there's an identical apron included this time!! Click here to see what they're offering and to enter yourself.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Work is Fun!


I'm a pretty big fan of teaching children that work is not drudgery. In all honesty, I enjoy housework most of the time. I get a great sense of satisfaction from seeing a shiny, white kitchen floor that was not shiny and white before I mopped it. Maybe I'm weird...I don't know. But I think it's important to teach the children that accomplishing things (in our case it is usually household chores) is enjoyable and rewarding, and most importantly that doing our best at the task at hand is one way to glorify God. I know all too well how often they mimic the attitude that I have about something, and I know that if I hate housework and complain about it, then they most likely will too.

Laundry is one of those chores that I definitely enjoy. I get frustrated with myself because I can't seem to get it all washed, dried, folded, and put away in one day (even with all my help!), and therefore there is always laundry somewhere in the house that needs to be attended to. But I really do enjoy the actual process. It's kind of therapeutic, for some reason!

The children seem to enjoy chores most of the time too, which is great! After breakfast on Monday mornings they make about 15 trips up and down the stairs shuttling laundry to the laundry room. They had been bringing it one armload at a time, but today the girls figured out that they can bring more at once if they all work together to carry a basket full of clothes. Joshua carried his own basket, and they thought it was great fun! I wish I had gotten a video of the whole process and all the commotion. It was pretty funny. Like I mentioned before, I enjoy laundry, but I don't usually laugh hysterically while I'm doing it like they do. Maybe I need to learn from them!

This picture cracks me up because the girls have a small basket overflowing with clothes and Joshua has a big basket with one lone pair of tights in it! :)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I Actually Made a Curtain!

I have a friend here who is wanting to teach sewing lessons in her home after her children are gone. There are a few of us young-ish mothers who don't know a whole lot about sewing, but would like to learn. (I say "young-ish" because I'm not feeling so young anymore. I'll be...*gasp*...30 before this baby is born. Ack!!) So she has decided to make us her guinea pigs and give us free sewing lessons! She has two teenage/preteen daughters, as does one of the other ladies in the class. They have volunteered to watch the children (8 children under the age of 7) while we sew! I'm pretty sure we're getting the better end of this deal!

Our first class was on how to make a curtain and I chose to make one for the nursery. Poor Noah has had a bare window since he was born. Not that he cares, but I think it looks nicer now! I was trying to find gender-neutral fabric since the next baby may not be a boy. This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I'm pretty happy with it.


Right after I finished it I laid it all nicely ironed in the laundry room so that I could get the curtain rod up. Adam had asked Abigail to get a pair of scissors out of there, and she decided that it would be fun to use them on the curtain. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled. Thankfully she only cut the ribbon, and I was able to replace it fairly easily.

Speaking of Abigail, Adam took her and Esther out for a run/walk in the jogging stroller one day last week. Abigail saw something and asked him a question about it, and he proceeded to give her a thorough answer. When he was right in the middle of his answer, she interrupted him with a question about something totally unrelated. He said, "Abigail, are you listening to me, or am I just wasting my breath?" To which she replied, "You're just wasting your breath." :) That girl is something. Sometimes the drama is just a little more than I can handle!


Speaking of drama, I found a dead frog in Noah's mouth last week. I know...gross. I try to keep the floors really clean since he's eating anything and everything that he can get his hands on. I have no idea where he found the thing. Probably under a piece of furniture. It had obviously been there a while!