Tuesday, December 25, 2012

7 months old!

Christmas Eve we celebrated 7 months of having little Ephram in our lives :)
Someday I will get around to posting more than twice a month, I know I've dropped the ball lately, but at least I am remembering to do these little monthly updates!  It is something that I hope will be neat to look back on as our little mister continues to grow.
Here are some notable things from your 6th month of life, little man:
You said your first word, "MOM!" hooray!  There are many variations now, including "mama" "mommommom", etc...but you always get your point across- you want your mama!
You are rolling as a means of transportation these days.  Just recently I found you rolling yourself from your playmat to underneath the table. 
You LOVE your daddy & bounce up and down in excitement when he comes home from work each day.
You are still sitting up like a champ and becoming more adventurous each day in how far you stretch out your arms.  It is obvious you are wanting to become more & more mobile, but still figuring out how to get from place to place.
You love playing on the floor with mom & dad, singing songs & playing peekaboo.  On Saturdays you & daddy watch cartoons.
You are laughing more & more & learning to repeat an action if you get a good reaction out of mom & dad.
You also scrunch up your cute little nose these days & mimic mom & dad's facial expressions. 
You like apples, squash, bananas & blueberries, but are also willing to eat your greens.  You went through a major growth spurt this month, in part due to all these fun foods you've been getting!
We also had your first sick doctor's visit this month, for an ear infection.  :(  I think you handled it with much more ease than your momma!
We love making memories with you, sweet boy & cherish each new waking day that we have with you!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Its beginning to feel a lot like...

Ben & I were having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.  It may have had something to do with our being sick for two days after Thanksgiving, thus rendering us unable to get our tree the day after Thanksgiving as we normally do.  Or it could have something to do with the 70+ degree weather we've been having, or maybe just simply that my mind was not prepared for the holidays to be here yet. 
Whatever it stemmed from, it just didn't feel like our favorite time of year.  We decided to make it our goal this past week & weekend to get a tree up & do a little decorating, really doing the tree was all we had planned to do.  Once we got started though, I think our spirits finally got caught up in the excitement of the season & we just kept going!  Holiday wreath, lights on the house, a trip to town to see holiday lights and this week I am working on our advent calendar.  We have the study we will be doing all ready to go.  I printed verses from here and I think we will go through the 24 Old Testement stories in the Jesus Storybook Bible (a fantastic children's Bible) that lead up to Christ's birth.  Ephram of course, is still too young to understand all of this, but I think it will be a great tradition to start now & to grow with as our family grows.
Once we finally were feeling festive, we remembered what a blessing it was to decorate and prepare for Christmas this week together as last year, Ben was deployed and little Ephram was still a wee little peanut in my belly :) I love having both my boys with me this year!
Here's some of the documentation from our week...
the naked tree
all dolled up with yarn balls & twinkling lights :)
our first time to light up the house...

a Christmas wreath to top off my husband's amazing light job...

scoping out the pretty lights around town...a favorite tradition of ours!
 (Ephram slept through most of it this year..hah!)
My two sweet men looking so handsome (and so happy!) in their holiday duds.
I hope to have some updates soon on our Advent study & calendar!  I am going to build the calendar as we go this year, as clearly, I dropped the ball on getting it made before Dec 1st!