Friday, May 27, 2016

abe at 11 months.

well, i should probably write this update since abe is turning one in like 2 weeks. i've said it before and i'll say it again, may is december so things have been crazy town over here. to my credit, i do take the pictures on time.

cutest baby around alert! i mean, i know everyone thinks that their baby is the cutest, but i can't get enough of this guy.

right?? he. is. the. best.

at 11 months:
  • abe is eating all the things. and is completely weaned from the boob and the formula. he's drinking and LOVING the milk. he puts down about a gallon a day. ok, maybe not that much, but he loves his milk.
  • the aforementioned milk consumption has lead to abe really filling out this month. he's busting at multiple seams. 
  • 5 teeth. 
  • mastered going to sleep on his own this month.. i know, it's kinda late in the game. #thirdchildprobs but he's going to sleep with no/very minimal crying on his own for every nap and bed time. 
  • really started pulling up and cruising every where. wants so badly to stand on his own. and get this.. still doesn't do a normal crawl. i think there is a high likelihood he will actually walk before he crawls. or he may never actually crawl. 
  • babbling all the live long day, cracking up at the classic nose beep, waving and yelling "hi!" at anyone that will listen.
  • throwing all the food on the ground, making his parents lose their minds. 
  • tried peanut butter, didn't die. 
  • favorite toys: cars, balls, anything tiny/choking hazard. 
  • we bought the infamous chewbacca mask this month (before it was infamous) and abe is absolutely terrified of it. which has also helped him develop an unhealthy fear of large stuffed animals and our friends' wiener dog. 
  • also hates swimming so that is just great. but, he has a righteous farmer's tan.
1 month.
2 months.
3 months.
4 months.
5 months.
6 months.
7 months.
8 months.
9 months.
10 months.

i seriously have got to plan a party for this hooligan, stat.

Friday, May 13, 2016

the discovery center with aunt em.

last weekend we went to the discovery center in murfreesboro with aunt em and paul.

it's always a fun time with them. the boys adore them both. i'm pretty sure it would be the boys favorite day ever if they got to spend it in a cinder block room with aunt em. but luckily this place was really cool. 

grant has asked to wear his captain america shirt every day this week because "i match paul." so funny.

i always get a little nervous going to places like this because i'm afraid everything will be over their heads, but this place was awesome! there were so many fun exhibits that the boys could play with. i would definitely take them back!

a few things on a friday.

1. this weather!! am i right?! y'all know that i make up my own calendar and this is summer baby!!

we have been LIVING outside! lots of popsicles. some fire pit s'more action. eating supper on the deck. swing set and sand box all day every day. this summer is gonna be a good one.

2. we have been playing in the creek a ton too. it is sooo fun! the boys love getting in there. grant says "dis is our swimming pool!" ha. and we have yet to see any snakes so i'm choosing to believe there are none thankyouverymuch.

i always tell the boys to look for heart rocks for me. one day they came to me really defeated that they "didn't find any heart rocks, just this tennessee.." i guess that'll do boys.. super cool, right?!

3. we've picked strawberries a few times over the last few weeks. and i'd love to try to hit it one more time before strawberry season is over. these kids are the perfect height for strawberry picking!

4. jellybeadz.

y'all. i know this looks like a mess.. and well.. it kinda is. but my boys LOVE sensory boxes and this one has been a hit! i can't even resist them. they really are super cool!! it's these tiny tiny beads that when you soak them in water they turn into these little jelly balls. sooo fun. order them now. i've heard they last forever so definitely worth the $10!!

5. we planted the garden a few weeks ago! i'm excited to see how it does and how frustrated i get with wild animals. should be an adventure.

6. it's been a rainy week around here and my little extroverts were chomping at the bit to get out. first thing isaac henry said to me this morning was "it's a beautiful day today!! can we pleeeeaaaassssee do something fun???" so we hopped down to nashville to meet bryant and papa for lunch at the farmer's market and let the boys play in the fountains.

it was such a fun day! and i'm such a sucker at the farmer's market. i'm like buy all the things!! cookies? sure. kettle corn? absolutely. but i'm most excited about these peaches. i've heard great things about the peach truck peaches and i'm so excited to try them!

we've got some other fun plans for this weekend, including isaac henry's last soccer game [praise hand emoji] hope you have fun plans for the weekend too!

7. later dude.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

abe at 10 months.

runnin' a little late but abe is ten months and holding for a few more weeks at least!

at 10 months:

WAIT. 10 months?! old man abram.

ok, at 10 months:
  • 4 teeth. eating anything he wants. we're trying to transition to milk. but he's not crazy about it so we're kinda doing a mish mash of nursing/milk in a sippy/formula. he's down to nursing just a handful of times a day, like if he wakes up in the night or naptime. 
  • still not up on his knees crawling or pulling up much. but he gets around with his little army crawl! he has pulled up on the bottom stair a few times in pursuit of the brothers. 
  • waves, blows kisses, points, gives high fives, claps. my favorite is the clap. oh my heart! says mama, dada, bubba, papa, bye, ball, and more. tries to imitate a horse and elephant sound and it's the cutest. 
  • loves to be outside and especially loves to swing. he just holds onto the ropes and when you take him out of the swing he screams! swing forever!
  • had a few more surprise ear infections this month because he's either the king of undetected ear infections or i'm the queen of clueless moms. probably a combo. 
  • working diligently to get him to go to sleep on his own. so fun. 
  • sneaky little rascal that puts all the things in his mouth. 
  • LOVES beeping people's nose. he thinks it is the funniest thing and will laugh and laugh. and he has the best raspy laugh in all the land. 
  • momma's boy. 
  • easily the cutest 10 month old around.    
abe is the best. he just is.

1 month.
2 months.
3 months.
4 months.
5 months.
6 months.
7 months.
8 months.
9 months.

because comparing the children is always a good idea..


grant at 10 months.
isaac henry at 10 months

Monday, April 11, 2016

coker boys and miller girls.

our friends, the millers, have girls the same ages as our oldest boys. isaac henry and mclaine have already decided they're going to get married. and grant (monkey see monkey do) is fast pursuing marriage with his co-part, mallory.

mallory and grant are fire and ice. they fight like crazy and love each other so much. mallory might be the only person that grant considers a friend. because every time we ask him about friends.. like, who did you play with? "mow-ry." who's your best friend? "mow-ry." anything.. "mow-ry." it's the cutest.

a common household phrase around these parts is isaac proclaiming, "i'm going to marry clainey!" and grant chiming in "i marry mow-ry!!"

so just in case our/their wildest dreams come true, i'm just gonna leave these pictures here for safe keeping until it's time to put together the wedding slide show.

abe will just be over here holding out for another miller sister so he doesn't have to die alone..

Friday, April 8, 2016

isaac says.

after losing a lego and looking "everywhereeeeeeee!" he petitioned me, "momma, can you please call the lost and found??"

praying: God. please let it change into summer. i love you. amen.

asked me if we had any chickfila batteries (triple a batteries).

we were telling isaac that it was time for bed.
isaac: but i have to give my speech!!
bryant: your speech?? what are you giving a speech about?
isaac: numbers, old jokes, christmas. and you have to drive me there! 

after it had snowed i was telling isaac how i liked snow because it reminded me of when Jesus saves us and how he makes our heart clean and white as snow. 
isaac: ..but hearts are pink.

walking through kohl's isaac sees a mannequin in the lingerie department and hollers, "hey baby! lookin' good!" lord help us.

isaac was trying to convince grant to poop in the potty.. "grant, tony stark poops in the potty!"

i changed clothes from yoga pants and a tshirt to a dress. when isaac saw me he said, "you look good momma, but can you put on your other clothes? they looked better." awesome.

bryant and i were working out and isaac henry was watching/encouraging us. 
"you guys don't have to do this if you don't want to."
"momma, when you finish, i'm gonna bring you up a piece of candy!"
best. fitness coach. ever. 

i was putting on a show for isaac and jokingly asked, "what do you wanna watch? the news?"
isaac: yeah. i need to see what the weather's doing. 
"momma. i've got good news and bad news. the good news is that we found jessie's hat. the bad news is that we lost jessie."

isaac: what's today? 
me: monday. 
isaac: so tomorrow is tuesday? 
me: yep. 
isaac: can we have tacos? 
me: sure. 
isaac: what are we eating tonight? pancakes? 
me: no. chili. 
isaac: well you guys can have chili but i'll have pancakes. 
me: no, we're all eating chili. 
isaac: but i don't like chili. 
me: i'll make you a grilled cheese. 
isaac: awww thank you. but i don't want cheese in it. just a hamburger. 

bryant was saying he's the only person that likes pickles and isaac was arguing "lots of people like pickles! in California! in tennessee! and san diego!"

isaac had to take amoxicillin for strep throat and it turns out that isaac is very allergic to amoxicillin. whompwhomp. so he had a pretty ugly rash all over and told me.. "momma, i think what has happened to me is what happened to jonah."

grant is trying to do something and grunts.
isaac: are you tryin' to poop? 

isaac to grant: do you wanna start pooping in the potty or not?
grant: no.
isaac: why?!? you're a big kid! OR ARE YOU A BABY??? 
grant: yeah. 
isaac: well, i guess you're half baby, half big kid.

grant got his first big haircut and afterwards isaac looked at him and said "grant! you look like me!"

bryant and i were talking about baby names and how there is no name that i love for our next kid so i said, "why don't we just call it quits?!" isaac chimed in, "quits?? i don't like that name."

isaac hands me a bugger. [glamorous life i lead.] 
me: what should i do with this bugger???
isaac: put it in your nose.

isaac, asking me: when grant grows up and gets married and i go visit him, can we call him grown up grant? 
me: i guess? 

a random dog was playing in our yard and so i was imagining getting a dog for like 15 minutes and bryant was being the reasonable adult and shutting it down.
me: i don't know why you're acting like that! you like dogs! 
bryant: of course i like dogs. who doesn't like dogs?!
isaac henry:  i don't know.. maybe.. BAD PEOPLE.

isaac henry has always been really artistic. but lately he's gotten really into drawing pictures for people and i think it's the cutest. plus, maybe i'm just being a braggy momma (and always will be) but i think he does a pretty darn good job! here's some of his latest drawings:


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