Monday, December 13, 2010

jude's birthday: trip to the aquarium

jude's 1st birthday was on a friday, so the hubs decided to take off work so we could take him to the aquarium.  jude has become super interested in animals, so we thought he'd really enjoy the aquarium...and he did.  he was so excited!  we felt like he was on overload pointing and oohing at all the different sea creatures.  it was a great way to spend his birthday!














Friday, December 10, 2010

12 months...ok, ok, one year!

today, my baby is one.
12 months ago, i remember like it was yesterday.  your daddy and i were getting ready for bed...i laid down, and uh-oh...my water broke!  you weren't due for another 7 days.  i was so nervous...i was shaking as i called the doctor.  on the way to the hospital, we talked about you...wondered what you would look like, what it would be like to hold you, to be parents...so many things we wondered about...
23 hours after my waterbroke, you arrived...at 10:34pm...
i was extremely exhausted, but i'll never forget how i felt when i first saw you...you were the most beautiful miracle i'd ever seen...
daddy said while the nurses were cleaning you up, you were crying... he called your name and you held his finger and stopped crying. 
that's his favorite memory from the day of your birth!

when i held you for the first time, it was surreal.  
my heart was full.  i never imagined i'd love you so much instantly...you didn't know us, and we didn't know you...but, i loved you as if i'd known you all my life...
we couldn't take our eyes off of you...all we wanted to do was hold you, and hug you, and kiss your sweet face...and now, it's 12 months later...you are one, not a little baby anymore, and all we still want to do is hold you, hug you and kiss your sweet, adorably handsome face!  you will always be my little baby...we are truly blessed by our heavenly Father to have you as our son...we are so thankful that he has entrusted us to take care of you.
happy birthday, jude!
we love you!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

smash the cake

jude is turning one tomorrow!
it's crazy, i know! a year a come and gone so quickly.  to celebrate his birthday, we had our amazing friend, amy, do a smash the cake session.  i'm going to use these at his party (which i'll post next week!)  here are some of the pictures of his cuteness and the crazy, terrible mess!!

(none of these pictures are watermarked...i didn't have time...please do not take them)














Monday, December 6, 2010

monday's miscellany: a review of the past few weeks

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. dave matthews band 
 for our anniversary in october, my sweet husband bought us tickets to see dave matthews band in november.  i like dave matthews band! and after seeing them in concert...i like them even more!  they were excellent!  i especially like dave matthews and tim reynolds (an uber talented guitar player) live cds...and thought how awesome it would've been to see tim reynolds playing with dave...and to our surprise...tim reynolds was there! score!  caleb and i had so much fun!

(view from our seats)

(caleb and i at the concert)

2.  christmas time is here...happiness and cheer...
i love christmas...it is absolutely my favorite time of the year!  this christmas will be extra special because it will be jude's 1st christmas...well, technically his 2nd, but last year he was 14 days old...so this year will be totally different.  this is also my first year with a fake tree...every year caleb and i would get a real tree...i love the way they look and smell...but, we thought it'd be better to use a fake tree with our little man who gets into everything now!
(our christmas tree...notice the lack of ornaments at jude's eye level)

3.  jude's birthday
this friday, my little one will be one!
i can't believe it!  we are having a birthday party for him on saturday.  i will post pictures of the decor and the party next week...here's a preview...his invitation.  i let caleb pick the theme...so, my one year old is having a robot party!


4.  anxiety
lately i've had a lot of anxiety, and i've have been clinging to the scriptures...particularly this one:

 rejoice in the Lord always; again i will say, rejoice. let your reasonableness be known to everyone. the Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
philippians 4:4-7(esv)

i'm a major worrier...major...and so, as a comfort to myself, when i feel that anxiety taking over, i've just repeated this verse over and over to myself and prayed this verse as my prayer...as a reminder that the Lord has all things in his control.  we live in a fallen world, and there are trials and consequences of sin, but it doesn't matter, the Lord is at hand...
a great thing to remember this christmas as we celebrate Jesus...that He is in control today, just as He was over 2000 years ago when a young mary was told she would be with child and He would be our savior...
the Lord is at hand.