FELIX!!!

And I got to meet Felix in November!

He started smiling while I was there.  He was a happy baby!

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He got a lot of Auntie Em love.IMG_3863
He liked it.IMG_4017
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Here's his proud papa.IMG_3942
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And beautiful momma at his first trip to the beach.IMG_3893
Ah… That beach…IMG_3897
And some family shots:IMG_4031
And here, cautiously aware on Felix's first trip to the San Diego Zoo:IMG_3959
And one last picture of the sweet new nephew of mine.IMG_4003
He is growing so quickly.  Keep up to date on the latest of everything Felix, here.

Halloween

Ugh.  I can't believe it's December…  But let me bring you back to those cool days in October.

The Littletons dressed up and went trick or treating Hillsboro style!  SO fun!

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I made Isaac and Asher's costumes.  And if I do say so myself, they were adorable.  What do you think?

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Here they are camouflaged at Rick and Kristi Allen's house.  Can you find them?

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Hint: Asher is the adorable lion on the right who's already gotten into his rat bag full of candy.

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Hint: Isaac is the scary zebra baring his teeth.

Randall and I even dressed up for the Biaggne Halloween party.  I was Ugly Betty and guess what Randall was:

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You guessed it!  Charlie Brown.

Here's one last full size picture of the boys' costumes and the rat bags Kristi gave them.

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The End of an Era

It has been a good two and a half years.  A really good two and a half years… but we have come to the end of an era.  Asher came out beating up his brother.  He would literally headbutt him as soon as he was mobile.  This has instilled a wonderful love of wrestling in Isaac and toughened him up a little bit. . . a LITTLE bit.

But Asher has entered a new phase of life.  He no longer calls his brother (I yI).  He's fully potty trained.  That's right.  We are now a diaper-less family.  If you see me outside of my house, you'll see me with a purse not a diaper bag!  We will never buy another diaper again (for ourselves that is).  But Asher has also become a little stinker (that's Mommy for BRAT).

While Asher used to be my sweet boy.  Constantly snuggling and telling us all he loved us.  When Isaac would do something naughty, Asher would always say, "Mommy, I not (enter naughty behavior here. Ex: whining, throwing, etc)."  Now he is the instigator.  He is constantly fighting (literally punching or just bickering) with Isaac.  It's like he's finally entered the terrible twos.

As a mom, each new phase is a new adventure.  I think I'll always feel like a new mom.  When they're teenagers, I'll be a mom of teenagers for the first time.  Currently, I'm the mom of two preschoolers for the first time.  I've exhausted my list of disciplinary actions.  I've yelled and that makes me feel bad about myself and sorry for my kids.  I've spanked and that just doesn't work and makes you feel like a really horrible mother.  I've put the boys in the naughty chair and that feels absolutely pointless.  So I broke out my own naughty and nice list in view of the season.

I made a chart and I give the boys stickers every time they are nice and we give Xs every time the boys do something naughty.  If the stickers out weigh the Xs, the boys get a treat at the end of the day.  It's worked for this week.  We'll see how long it lasts.

Being a parent is hard.  My niece in law introduced me to this book.  I just got it from the library and I'm very excited to read it with both Haley and Christy (my eldest nieces) and learn creative and ways and godly reasons to correct my kids.  I'll take any advice I can get.

PS.  I owe you about a million pictures (Halloween, Pie Night, Thanksgiving, two Christmas plays)!  They're coming.


PPS. I am the queen of parentheses (and exclamation points)!