After a big turkey meal all you will want to do is sit down in your nice, fluffy, comfortable recliner and sleep. But what happens if you don't get there before someone else, or maybe you go make a quick bathroom visit and someone else slides into your chair while you are gone. What then? Well my friends.. it's call the recliner rumble.
Kent slid in while daddy was away.
But daddy says, "When you are at my house you always get in MY recliner, so I should be able to have yours!"
Kent's losing his grip.
Ut oh, his shoe has fallen off. He better call for back up!
Zoey to the rescue!
"Get off my daddy!" Thankfully Zoey saved her daddy...
And he was able to remain on this throne for another day.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My parents arrived late Tuesday night and stayed until Saturday afternoon. I am so glad they were able to come. Monday night my mom started feeling bad and was running a fever, so their trip plans were kind of up in the air for a bit. But thankfully she started feeling better and we were able to spend Thanksgiving together. My mom and I cooked all day Thursday. My dad, Kent and the kids played outside, watched football and we all just sat around when we could. My daddy, Kent and myself did get a bit competitive with our "Farkling" on Facebook. I'm STILL trying to beat their scores. Finally, after a whole day of cooking we all got to sit down, at one table, and enjoy Thanksgiving together. We weren't rushed. We didn't have to worry about being anywhere else. It was wonderful. I am so glad and thankful for my time with my family.
Today I am thankful for Black Friday. For all the craziness that it is and all the fun it can bring. I am thankful to spend this day of shopping chaos, with my momma. Our first time ever to do the Black Friday thing together. I am thankful for the deals I hope to find and the happiness I get from picking out the perfect gift. I am thankful for being able to spend this day out and about alone because of my wonderful husband and daddy who are making sure my children are well taken care of. I am thankful for the holiday season that is now here. I am thankful for Christmas and all that it means and brings. For Jesus is the reason for this season and all the seasons in between.
My week of thankfuls is now over, but let's not forget that everyday should be a day of Thanksgiving!!
Today I am thankful for family. For the chance to cook a meal with my momma and sit down at a table with my husband, children, momma and daddy. I am thankful that we are all healthy enough to come together and enjoy a week of Thanksgiving. That we are able to sit around and talk, laugh and eat. I am thankful that my parents and Kent's parents too, raised us up in a Godly home, going to church, learning the Bible and teaching us right from wrong. I am thankful for a family who loves me despite my faults.
And today I am also thankful for a bird by the name of turkey. Oh yes, for today you will fill my stomach up and I will smile indeed for I am thankful that you are on my dinner table. I am thankful for all your friends who are called by the names of dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, mash potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, green beans, rolls, red velvet cake and blueberry fluff. Today I am thankful for my plate being full.
Today I am thankful for my children. And not just the three on earth, but the two in heaven. All 5 of my children. I am thankful that on the other side of heaven I have two fully healthy, without pain, happy, perfect children. Who get to sing and dance in heaven. Who get to sit at the feet of Jesus. And on this side of heaven, I am thankful for my three healthy children. The three children that God gave to me to teach, guide and watch grow. I am thankful for what they teach me daily. Patience. Love. Compassion. To laugh. To play. To break out in a song. To dance in the rain. To be excited over the little things. To pray. I am thankful that I have the three that I have. That I have a firstborn son to look out and over his little sister and brother. I am thankful that I have a daughter sandwiched between two sons to hold her brothers together. I am thankful that my baby is a boy to continue to watch out for his big sister and to make sure that his older siblings don't get away with too much. I am thankful for my children. Thankful that my legacy can continue through them.
Today I am thankful for my husband. He is truly my best friend. I don't say that in a corny, cheesy way. He just really is my best friend. Something happens and he is the first I want to call. I did something exciting and I want him to be there to enjoy it with me. I'm sad and need someone to talk to, I want it to be him that listens. My husband is a man of few words. He doesn't talk much (or maybe he would if I quit talking.. hmmm.), he doesn't get overly excited about things. But he is there for me when I need him. We fight, like all couples do, but it's hard to stay mad at him for long. Because I need him to talk to, to hug, to spend time with. He is just the one and only person I want. He is a wonderful husband, a wonderful daddy, a wonderful man. Kent willingly, without complaint goes to work. I think in all our 7+ years of marriage, I have never heard him once complain about having to work. Sure he might have complained about work, but never has he complained about having to be the one who goes to work. I love my husband more than words can say and today and all days I am thankful for him.
Today I am thankful for God. I would insert of picture of Him, but honestly I don't know what He looks like and there really isn't a picture of Him on the Internet. But in all seriousness, I am truly thankful for God. He created this world and He created it perfectly. Despite man's sinfulness and rebellion He gave us a way to still enter into Heaven. His Son, Jesus Christ. I am thankful that despite my sinfulness that God chose me to be a child of His. That even though I sin, daily, He forgives. I am also thankful that God's love is unconditional. There is nothing I can do to make Him love me more and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me less. And for that I am truly thankful.
With out any further delay.. here are the questions you asked Kent. And yes, he did answer all these himself.
From Tanya: "how would you describe life with 3 little ones??" Never a dull moment and busy.
From Amanda: "What is your favorite thing to do as a daddy with your kiddos?" Going to the park. "How are you liking the new job? the new house?" The job is great. It's what I like to do. The house is fine, as long as my family is here. "Do you know (yes, yes I'm sure you do!!) that you have an awesome wife and mother to those 3 adorable kids." Yes, I do.
From Stephanie: "Are you happy with your decision to take the new job and move your family?" Yep. We are really happy here. "Do you feel like you treat Zoey any different than Jon Kent or Nathan?" Yeah. I'm not as hard on her. "How do you feel about your wife sharing your life with all of us?" I am fine with it. I know it's what she likes to do and she is creative with it.
From Bridgett: "What is your favorite meal that Em cooks for you?" Hamburger steak with mushrooms and gravy. "If you could pick between Auburn football season tickets or a Bahamas cruise, which would you pick?" If we lived in Alabama it would be the tickets, but since we live here I would take the cruise. "You walk through the door after a long day at work, and Em greets you at the door with a pregnancy test. A POSITIVE pregnancy test. How would you respond?" Turn around and run. "What is the one thing that drew you to Em when you first started dating?" Her boobies eyes.
It's OK to be this weekend before I can get a post up for Kent's Q&A. We've been busy during the evening because Kent's dad has been here and by the time kids get in bed we just crash and watch TV. Sooooo... tomorrow night or Saturday hopefully. So y'all still have time to ask any questions.
Last chance for any questions you want to ask. I'll be typing it up no later than Thursday night. So the rest... 46 (had 2 new followers added in the last few days!!) of you can ask anything you want.
At 5:05pm (CST) we welcomed into this world our screaming, TINY, 5 pound, 8 ounce little boy. After 2 years of trying and 2 miscarriages I was finally a momma to a baby here on earth. It was emotional to say the least. Out of all of Jon Kent's birthdays since that day, today has been the hardest. Not in a bad way, just in a way that I know my baby is growing up. That while he will always be my baby, he won't always want to be. So today, I tried to soak up my 5 year old. Because if his next 5 years are like his last 5 years, well.. he will be 10 before I know it. And then 20.. I better digress before I cry. So here is Jon Kent's birthday weekend in all it's celebration glory.
Two of these were taken today. Doing or traditional, stick candles in the breakfast food, birthday celebration. Jon Kent always gets pancakes. The other two are from yesterday when he got his big present from us. A basketball goal. He loves it!
Jon Kent was born at 5:05pm. And the Spiderman balloon was from us and the Happy Birthday balloon was from his teachers in Children's church. He also got a present from his brother and sister (Black Spiderman, Ironman and Wolverine).
These were taken last night. He got to have ice cream cake. It was yummy. He was also treated to a trip to Wal-Mart to pick out any toy he wanted from his Gramsie and Poohba (my parents). He got a ninja outfit and other accessories. He will get the rest of his grandparents and great grandparents gifts at his party. Although my grandmother (his great grandmother) did send him a card with some money in it. He's looking forward to using it to buy some more toys.
So, as you can see, it was a great weekend. The weather was perfect and having a surprise visit from my parents just added to a wonderful weekend. Now.. it's on to Thanksgiving, then Zoey's birthday, then their party, then Christmas. Then we get to start all over again in the new year! Whew! I need a nap!
Today is your 5th birthday. I don't know how we got here so quickly, but we did. You are an amazing 5 year old boy. You have a loving and caring heart. I pray you always will. You are my first born son. You made me a mommy and you made me realize that there was more to this world than just pleasing myself. Through you I learned to be selfless(albet, still learning). To slow down. To enjoy the moments of peace in the middle of chaos. Jon Kent, you will never know how much you have taught me in the 5 years you have been here. Nor will you ever realize how how much I love you. You have such a thirst to learn. I hope you always will. This is just the beginning. You have many years and many milestones ahead of you, God willing. You are an amazing little boy, Jon Kent, who I know will grow up to be an amazing man. Just keep living like you are, follow God and listen to your momma;). Everything else will fall right into place. Happy Birthday, Jon Kent!
My hunky hubby of almost 8 years has agreed to answer any questions you have for him. This is something I have never done, in all my years of journaling/blogging. So ask away!! Once some/many (?) of y'all have commented I will get started with a new blog entry with Kent's answers.
Today was the first day since Monday that it hasn't been raining. So we took advantage of it. I made the kids and myself a little picnic lunch and we headed over to the park. There is a playgroup of moms that show up there every other Thursday and then every other Friday. So they were there today. I've sort of made friends with one of the moms. Her son and Jon Kent are the only boys there, so they are always glad to see each other. Today when we got out of the car Zoey went running over and hugged one of the little girls that she has become friends with. It was really sweet and cute.
So anyway, we played there for a bit and once it got close to the kids' lunch time I found a grassy area and spread out the blanket for a picnic lunch. The kids were thrilled. We had a good time just sitting and eating. While we were eating some of the kids friends walked by to go down the walking trail. So after we got done we did the same.
While we were walking along trying and catch up to them, I just happened to look down and see a baby snake. I thought it was dead because it didn't move. So, I told the kids to come look. So they all come running over and about the time they got about a foot away the snake moves. I screamed. Imagine the girliest scream you can and that is about what I sounded like. Zoey screamed and the snake wiggled off. I did manage to snap a picture of it before it got too far away. I used the zoom.. obviously. We finally caught up with our friends and the kids played some more. It was a really great day for a picnic, even if our day was shared with a baby snake.
*I don't believe in luck, but it made for a good title.
Jon Kent and Zoey each had their hardships or rather my hardships with them as babies and toddlers. But they seemed short lived. They do something wrong, I would correct them and then they would usually do well from there.
But... But... Nathan...
Oh. My. Goodness.
Stubborn doesn't even begin to describe him. Stubborn, hardheaded, strong willed... If he has something in his mind that he wants to do.. well by golly he is going to do it. There isn't anything you can do to change his mind. It's his way or no way. Period.
I blame myself.. partly. With Jon Kent and Zoey I was able to stay right on top of them. Correcting them pretty immediately. But with Nathan, there are just so many other things going on, that I find that I let him get away with a lot more than I did with the older two.
Have I also mentioned that Nathan doesn't sleep through the night? That he gets up at least twice a night?
I am determined though to get him sleeping through the night and to stay more on top of things with him. He needs to know that life has boundaries. That there is right and wrong.
Anyone know Super Nanny's number?
I love that little boy though. He is my baby of babies. When he is behaving it's wonderful. He did so well yesterday when I had so much going on while trying to get ready for our family that was coming. But then last night(or rather early thing morning) around 1:30am he woke up and wanted some "baba". And there was nothing that you could do to change his mind. Nothing. Nadda. Zip. It was either baba or scream for the next hour.
Did I fail to mention he woke the WHOLE house up with his screams at previously mentioned 1:30am.
Yeah, he did.
So, I did what any good, sleep deprived parent would do. I gave in and gave him his baba. I caved. I didn't stick to my guns.
Did I mentioned he is strong willed?
And that I am sleep deprived?
I need Super Nanny on speed dial to talk me through.
I love him, though. I truly do. Because if I didn't.. I wouldn't want better for him.
I'm in the middle of "fall cleaning". I am actually late doing it this year. But it's getting done. I put away all my Halloween decorations yesterday. Is it too early to want to bring out Christmas decorations?? Anyway, like I said.. I've been cleaning. So that's my excuse for not being around here. That and my Facebook. But I digress...
Kent's parents and grandparents are coming for a visit Friday and staying through the weekend. We are looking forward to their visit. It's been awhile since they have been here. They are coming for Jon Kent's last soccer game and also to shower him with birthday gifts. His birthday isn't until the 15th, but he will get to be spoiled by them a week early.
Speaking of birthdays.. Jon Kent will be 5 (!!!!!) in 11 days. FIVE! How in the world that happened I will never know. Just doesn't seem real. He'll be starting school next year and I won't have him all day to myself. Then 17 days after Jon Kent's birthday will be Zoey's and she will be 4 (!!!!). Again, how did that happen?? They are just growing up entirely too quickly.
And lastly, how do y'all like it in here. I redecorated. I am pretty happy with it! Bridgett already noticed, but how about the rest of the 48 followers that I have. Used to be 49.... But I digress...
I'm Emily. I'm a Christian. I'm 30 years old. I'm a wife to my soulmate, Kent. I'm a SAHM to my 3 beautiful children: Jon Kent-9, Zoey-8 and Nathan-5. I'm from a small southern town where we say ain't and y'all. I love my southern roots and wouldn't trade it for all the cream of wheat you've got. We currently hang our hats in South Carolina because of a job promotion my husband was given. So come along for the journey that is my life.
Kent is my wonderful husband of 10 years. In those 10 years he has provided for his family unselfishly. He is a wonderful daddy to our 3 small O'villers. He loves me despite my many flaws and I truly believe he sees me for who I am. I fully intend to spend every last second of my life with him.
Jon Kent is 8 years old. He is a 2nd grader now and I am beyond proud of what a great little boy he is becoming. He loves to learn and figure things out. Jon Kent is an amazing big brother. He is caring and compassionate. He likes to make friends and has really come out of his shell over the past year. Jon Kent loves playing basketball, football and soccer. He is a wonderful, compassionate, kind kid. He is truly a blessing to have as a son.
Zoey is 7 years old. She is my baby girl. My love that only a mother and daughter could have. She is my tomboy who likes sparkly things. Zoey is in 1st grade and she is a social butterfly. She doesn't meet a stranger and the more friends she has the better. Zoey loves to play with bugs, lizards and frogs. She also likes to play with her brothers and tell them what to do. Zoey loves singing and dancing. Anything to make someone smile. This past year she has really gotten into art and I am truly amazed at her ability to draw and color and bring out details that many would leave unnoticed. Zoey is our surprise blessing that I am continually grateful to God for.
Nathan is 5 years old. He is the baby and uses that fact to his advantage. He is a cuddlebug and a wrestler. He adores his big brother and makes it his mission to do everything that Jon Kent does. Nathan is a momma's boy and I wouldn't have it anyother way. His favorite pass times currently are playing with action figures, crewing on his "banket" (blanket) and getting as dirty as possible. Nathan marches to the beat of his own drummer. He is stubborn and strong willed, but doesn't like going to time out. He is a leader and I pray God can use him to lead others to Christ.