Thursday, September 27, 2012

You're not going to believe this...

No, seriously, I have BIG news!
I mean REALLY BIG news!!
Have you guessed yet?
Well, if you guessed that I am pregnant with baby # 5, then you totally guessed right!!!
Can you believe it?
Are you as excited as I am?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Promised Pictures... You Got Lots of Pictures!

Okie Dokie, here is a mile long post of a ton of pics that I just felt like sharing (in no particular order), oh, and a couple of videos too. Some of these are from "way" back. (several months ago) Which isn't technically way back, but in the life of babies... well, you get the idea.
The following is a video of Ephraim "honking" his nose and thinking it was a pure hoot. He was making Mommy laugh too.
Next are a few of Lydia, she is definitely not camera shy. She asks me to take pictures of her ALL the time, and of course she wants to see them as soon as you take them. So first, she is in her P.J.'s. Then a couple of when we tried out sponge rollers, her hair isn't really long enough. The medium size curlers tend to just slip out while the smallest size makes the curl far too kinky and looks like a fro.
This pic is after leaving the rollers in for just an hour or two, which I think turned out pretty nice. When I used the tiny rollers she slept in them all night, which also would have contributed to the fro effect. Maybe I can try the tiny curlers for just an hour or so and see if that works.
This next pic is of Ephraim "riding'' bikes. He likes to put the helmet on himself and half the time he wears it backwards. Also, I wish I had a pic, but the other half the time he wears it covering his eyes.
Awww, and here's a picture of Lydia lovin' up on Amos... so sweet!
Travel Pillows. Yep, that's what is around the darlin's necks. My kids, (and myself) have a major weakness for anything super soft.
Lydia is so full of love, she loves to give love away. (She can be rough, but loves nonetheless) Here is a pic of her lovin' up on me. Then the others decided to join in, so I got some mommy/kiddo pictures.
Next are a couple shots of Amos, he is ALWAYS the happiest little guy around. I seriously mean always, he is ''pretty much'' never unhappy for no reason. He mainly only cries when he is hungry, or needs to burp.
...and he always has his tongue sticking out. Too cute.
And below, a shot of Ben and I. This is the man who makes it all happen. He is the handsomest, most hardworking, BEST husband in the world. Feel free to disagree, I hope that you wives out there feel the same about your man. *disclaimer* yes we are normal, I won't pretend that I feel this way every second of every day, we do fight just like every other married couple in the world, but I can honestly say I do feel this way most of the time. He makes me feel special, and I love him.
Next, Aunt Becca likes to do face painting on the kids. So, here, she gave Ephraim some whiskers and things. Of course, with him it doesn't take long to get all smudged.

I Told You it was Long... Pics Continued

Here is more of Aunt Becca's face painting. Aren't these adorable?
Ok, the picture below was taken a while back. It's a pic of Ephraim falling asleep sitting up in his crib. I wish I had an old pic to show you, but the funny part about this is that Ben used to do the same thing.
Below is a video I just HAD to share. Amos is only a couple months old in this vid, and he loved to ''jaber'' like crazy. At about the minute mark I tell Amos I love him twice in a row and one could swear that he responds "i love you good" of course it was a coincidence, but this is a video I will cherish forever.
And, we have a thumb sucker. He is my only child so far that has sucked his thumb. My first two took a paci. Ephraim wanted neither, and Amos sucks his thumb. I guess Ben sucked his thumb for a while, only while he was holding a stuffed animal or blanket or something. Until... his dad bought it from him and he never sucked his thumb again. True story.
Once again, just a happy little fellow.
Finally, a pic of Levi. In case you're wondering, yes I love him too. But, unlike Lydia, Levi is camera moody. It can be quite hard to get a pic of him sometimes. But, when you do, you better bet it's gonna be a handsome picture.
Next, another picture of me and the kids. Amos is in this one. Ben took it for me. Ephraim was trying to get away, he did not want to be in the pic this time. I would have liked to have had Ben in this pic, and we did try one with him in it, but, he hadn't showered after work yet, and let's just say this particular day was one of his more greasy ones. Yeah, it was kinda scary.
Here it is, proof they love each other. Levi and Lydia are 14 months apart, and let me tell ya, they can bicker. But, when all is said and done, they really do love one another.
Below is one of those "had to have been there" moments. It was taken a couple of months ago. The men were going shooting or something and Aunt A.K. and Conrad came over for a visit between church. The kids went wild! They like to show off, and they didn't stop running around the wood stove the whole time.
Well, I take that back, they did stop just long enough for me to get this lovely shot of them.
Happy man again. Isn't it interesting how you dress babies makes them look so different? Put them in a sleeper or romper and they look like darling babies, put them in jeans and they look so "grown up".
And this look, let me just say it melts my heart.
Ephraim is OUT. I love these little flannel p.j.'s, got them brand new at goodwill. I also love goodwill. I would also love to take this baby right outta this picture and just sit and hold him for a while.
The next two pictures, they all had just got up in the mornin and all piled into bed with me. Well, they rooted me right out, but they all looked so precious snuggled up together.
The others must have rooted Levi out too cause he ended up in the floor. It doesn't look like he seemed to mind though.
Here is Ephraim sharing some lovin's with Amos, you can barely see Amos' head Ephraim was practically on top of him.
You know, Ephraim can be doggone cute sometimes. Well, ok, he's pretty much cute all the time
This is a pic of Lydia with my papaw Jesse. He is my mom's dad. This pic is priceless because he loves his great grand babies so much, but you don't understand, it is very rare for him to show it. This pic also made me realize I hardly have any pics of the kids with family lately. I'm gonna have to work on that.
Levi and Ephraim peacefully sharing a chair.
Following are a couple pics of Lydia right after a haircut. It took all I had in me to cut her hair, but it really needed it. I pretty much only cut the back. Her hair is soo thin, and it didn't seem to be growing in front, it looked kind of like she had a mullet. So I cut about 4 to 5 inches off the back to even it up. It looks better now, hopefully it will help to thicken it up a little. And it has already grown a couple of inches since then. And yes, that is a pickle in her hand, that girl LOVES pickles.
And last but not least, these last four pics are to show you the massive resemblance between Ephraim and Amos. I mean, I know they're brothers, but it's actually going to be hard in the future looking back at pictures and remembering which one's which. The first two in the long sleeved shirt is Ephraim, the last two are Amos... what do you think? Do you think it's hard to tell them apart?