Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jameson Kane-Continued

*Now that it's almost September, I guess I can finally finish up our summer, Jameson's birth and other fun events in our life!*

The next morning (July 12th) we all slept in because we were up pretty late the night before. Tinsley ended up staying with us that night at Mom and Dad's so after everyone was awake we left to go to the hospital to see Andrea, Joshua, and Jameson. Everyone was doing great. We all got to take turns holding and loving on Jameson. He was (and still is!) such a little cuddle bug. He would tuck himself into a little ball and let you cuddle him snug and tight. I was in heaven and so was everyone else :)

Like Eli and Tinsley, Jameson was born with a head full of hair. I just don't know what we would do if one of us ever had a baby that was a baldy. Andrea had put a hat on Jameson to keep him warm, but just like when Eli was born, I kept sliding the hat off so I could look at his hair :) I just LOVE babies with hair!

Tinsley spent the day just checking Jameson out. She kept saying, "Jameson, you're so cute!"
We definitely all agreed with Tinsley.

Is he not the cutest baby ever?!?!

Tinsley brought her baby with her to the hospital and borrowed one of Jameson's blankets so she could swaddle her baby. She was very tired since she had skipped her morning nap.

The next day Jameson came home from the hospital and we all were waiting at their house to welcome him home :) 

The new family of FOUR!

He was all snuggled into his car seat and looked like a little froggie. 

Andrea's Yia-Yia and her dad got first dibs on holding Jameson because they had to leave to go back home. Andrea's mother was going to stay with Andrea for two weeks to help out while Andrea was recuperating from labor. 

After Andrea's dad and grandmother left, we all took turns getting some sweet loving from little Jameson. 

Tinsley wasn't acting like herself and was very whiny all morning so they took her temperature and found out that she had a fever. What a wonderful welcome home gift for Jameson. Andrea gave her some Tylenol and within about thirty minutes she was feeling better.  We made sure to give her lots of snuggles too. She also practiced giving her baby a bottle so she could help her Mommy one day with Jameson.

I used the "I'm from out of town and I won't get to see him every day" card and I pretty much had Jameson the rest of the afternoon. Way to go me :) I soaked up every second with our newest little guy. 

Isn't he just beautiful?

The next day before I left to go home I stopped by Josh and Andrea's house for one last visit with Tinsley and Jameson. I was so thankful that I had been able to spend so much quality time with them over the past few days. I had loved every single minute of it but I was ready to see my own sweet, little boy :) I gave Tinsley and Jameson sweet snuggles and promised to see them soon. I left with a very grateful heart thanking God for once again blessing our family with a precious gift. 

When I got back home I had a sweet surprise waiting for me at the back door. Eli had made me a sign that said "Wlkum Bak" and had tied balloons to the door. I just about cried right there. I was so glad to be home and see my boys again. I had missed them so much! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

1001st Post-A Look Back at My Blogging Journey

(Note: Originally this post would have been the 1000th post, but since I'm a blog slacker I left it in the draft folder until the night before my son started Kindergarten and I had to use the 1000th spot for my letter to him...he's the reason I started this whole blog anyway :) )

1,001 blog entries. That blows my mind. I can't believe that I've had enough to say to fill up 1,001 separate blog entires over the past 6 years. When I saw that I was approaching this milestone number I started thinking about how I wanted to commemorate and celebrate this special event. I decided that I wanted to look back and see just how much life I've been able to witness, experience, and document through this blog. When I started my blogging journey back in March 2008, I saw this media outlet as a way to keep out of town family and friends updated on our lives. This blog, however, has become so much more. It's a personal diary, memory keeper, anecdotal treasure, and so much more. I can't tell you how many times I've gone back and re-read posts I wrote in years past or how many times I've woken up to Josh doing the same thing. I love that the past 6 years are recorded forever. This blog has documented a lot over the years and I thought it would be fun to tally up all the fun memories we've had and gotten to experience. Time for a little blog rewind :)

Since starting this blog, our circle of family and friends have welcomed lots of babies into this world. I love these sweet, precious babies and watching them grow up together has been such a joy. I'm so excited to see how God is going to use them to impact this world.

Hannah-September 2008

Eli-November 2008

Grant-May 2010

Addison-May 2010

Brett-March 2012

Tinsley-August 2012

GraceAnn-June 2013

Harley Clare-August 2013

Finley-October 2013

Jameson-July 2014

There have been weddings...

Jessie and Will-November 2009

Josh and Andrea-July 2010

Allison and Spencer-October 2011

Jordan and Jim-August 2012

We've watched our baby go from staying with sitters at home to going to real school. It's been fun watching Eli grow and learn! He's so smart and I hope he continues to enjoy learning as much as he has so far! It's hard to believe that he's in KINDERGARTEN this year. OH.MY.WORD! How did that happen??

Loving on Mammy (Spring 2009)

Staying with Hayden and Ms. Ashley ( Fall 2009)

Staying with Molly and Mrs. Dara (Winter/Spring 2010)

1st year of "school" (Fall 2010)
Mrs. Cathy always took him

First year of PreK-3 with Mrs. Paige (2011)

2nd year of PreK-3 (2012)

PreK-4 with Mrs. Rosemary (2013)

Kindergarten with Mrs. Baroni (2014)

Since the blog started, we've lived in three different houses where we've made and shared lots of memories. First was the house where we became a family of three, then the rent house we lived in while we were building our dream house, and then finally our dream house. I have loved each one of those houses in their own special way, but watching the entire process of our dream house being built was my favorite for sure!

Just as we've welcomed so many babies into our little circle of family and friends, we've also had to say good-bye to some amazing people. The memories we shared and made with Tommy, Cliff, and Papaw will always bring a smile to my face. I'm thankful for the hope we have in Jesus because it means we'll see them again one day. That's a reunion I can't wait for :)

We've made so many wonderful memories together as a family and with our extended family and friends. All the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and get-togethers we've hosted in our home have been so much fun. I pray for many more years in this house where our family and friends can gather together and celebrate all the many blessings God has given us. This is just a small snippet of the past 1,000 posts. I'm thankful that I have so many memories and fun times written down so I can always look back and remember them. The blog is a lot of work and I do sometimes neglect updating it because life just gets in the way, but it's something I really enjoy doing. I can't wait to see what happens and what memories we make in the next 1,001 posts! 

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