Sunday, September 25, 2011


The house is a wreck, we haven't had a decent night's sleep in months, our shoulders ache and our eardrums are ringing, but... James smiles and gurlgles and waves his arms at us, and Cadence says "I love mine Mama, I love mine Daddy, I love mine baby brother James!" ...and suddenly it is all worth it.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Monologue By Cadence

"Dark outside time go night-night. Sometimes see moon and starfish. Not sunbeam - bright! Awake - good morning Mama! Sometimes see moon awake and sunbeam. Not yet - night-night time go dark outside. Dark outside Mama?"

Cadence and James Tiger Pictures

A little sisterly love goin' on here...

I had to come over here and get between James and Cadence to get him to look at me!

Happy four weeks James!! We love you and can't believe we've known you a month now!

Two-and-a-half year tiger pictures for Cadence :)

She is such a big girl these days!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Three Week Tiger Pictures

He's huge! I'm having such a hard time connecting with this kid, because he's so big he seems so much older to me. I know I haven't, but I feel like I've already missed the first month of his life! I have to keep reminding myself he's only three weeks old :)

Cadence was playing peek-a-boo with James... and since he actually liked it, I kept having to coax his attention back toward me so his face with in the pictures.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Little Up-In-the-Night Haiku

How I long for sleep,
but I dread the night's coming:
Life's great conundrum.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Two Week Tiger Pictures - A Week Late :)

Hmm... what's this?

I'm kind of chubby... and all the layers on my Sunday outfit make me look even more like a chubby old man :D

Jennifer and Rusty's Wedding - Our First Family Outing

Cadence and James, all dressed up together for the first time.

Cadence was a bit of a wreck from all the extra people. I shouldn't have been holding her, but she wouldn't let me put her down. Sigh. Oh well.

Everything was beautiful. We didn't stay for the reception, but we peeked in long enough to see the decorations.

Makanaka and Nyasha were the juniors of the wedding. They did very well.

Jennifer and Rusty are such a sweet, special couple! It was a privilage to get to see their union, and know they will serve God together faithfully. Can't wait to get to know them better as they join the ranks of us "old married folgies"!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

End of August

Cadence gets to open all of James' presents. This is kind of our consolation prize to her... but she loves it. A few weeks ago she saw Tony come in from work with a gift and attacked him - "DADDY PRESENT!!!!!" and flung herself against his legs, grabbed the bag from his hand and started flinging tissue paper violently across the living room. Sigh.

Cadence likes to read to "Mine baby brother James"

"See the pictures James?"

More reading....

Baby in the lap! She holds him a lot...

James joining us for lunch.
Picture me Mama?

She can't quite do it herself, but almost :)

She took her monkey (His name is two-and-a-half) on a tour of the bathrooms. I guess we do spend a lot of time there.

"Oh, my head!" This is how I found him when we got back from our tour of the bathrooms... I wonder if it's related?

Sometimes James gets to sleep on the clean laundry while we're out in the garage. This time I didn't want to disturb his rest, so I just brought the whole basket in.

Cadence likes to carry her babies in a sling. I think I might have to make her one for Christmas so I don't have to try to tie them on her.

James LOVES to ride in his sling. He usually goes right to sleep, and stays that way until I lay him down. Sometimes he even stays asleep after I lay him down.

Gramma got to visit :D


Oh yes, they've made lots of progress... looks about the same as last time on this side :)

This side does actually look more like a building now though...

Cadence and James enjoying a little Rick Riordan with Daddy. This is how Tony gets James to sleep at night - he reads aloud from whatever book he is reading.

Happy 5 Years! I got Tony a lazy susan with a C on it, which he's been wanting since we got married. I had no idea I would love it too :) He bought us a beautiful study Bible with both our names on it for our devotions together.

More watering the flowers. Please ignore the towering weeds, we've been a little sidetracked with other things :)

James loves to be outside too. Even if he is fussing, he will stop if we go outside.