Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Posted by Tammy at 10:44 PM
I have loved looking at my newest son. He is a blessing so far in so many ways. He eats, sleeps, poops (a little too much for my pleasure), and cries only when he really needs something. I have gotten the pleasure of spending most of my time taking care of him since Pat finds the older ones easier to figure out. SO, I have enjoyed watching him behave in ways so familiar to me because of my older kids. I just want to capture those expressions, but they just don't translate into a cute photo. Anyway, Here are just some of my favorites from the last two days, as I haven't had a chance to get my photo software loaded and opened the photos from the first seven days since the crash. If I had my software loaded I would have made these black and white to help minimize the awful color clashing going on in both these photos.
Posted by Tammy at 10:19 PM
Just doesn't sound as catchy as one of my favorite tv shows. Sydney calls it Jon & eight. Anyway, my titles can consume me at times so I will try to move on to the purpose of my post. I have heard since I was pregnant with Sydney that structure and routine are the key to having more than one child. Not that I am any good at it, but I love to try and set some structure up for the kids sake. Now more than ever do I know that to be true. I tried to get as much together to keep Christmastime celebrations normal for the older kids even though I would have a new baby to contend with. Here are some of pictures from the fun we have had even with me being sleep deprived and a blubbering postpartum mom of four!
Posted by Tammy at 10:06 PM
Well, we have had quite an interesting week! It has been so much fun having Jackson around. However I could use a little more down time between feeding and the numerous diaper changes! But to make life a little more interesting we got to experience the joys of having a hard drive crash. Yes, you read correctly!
My hard drive crashed this week. One of my first reactions was . . . what pictures did I lose. Then the reality of what will not be recovered and all in all those documents (and scrapbook pages I never printed off ) will not be seen again more than likely, but I believe we were able to keep all pictures. The other biggest pain that I will suffer from this crash is my Christmas card list. I know it may sound petty, but for the last three years I have had computer problems with this list requiring me to recreate this list again and again. I have sent out most of this year's list and thankfully I have a hard copy . . . but really is this a necessary thing to get to do year after year?
As silly as this may sound, I have had a moment to reflect that there are some things that happen that stink in our lives. Nothing truly life shattering, but just plain stinky. I am not sure how losing a hard drive brings glory and honor to God, but may that be the result of this small and irritating issue that I got to deal with this week. The sweet (yes they are still sweet) cries of my son reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I guess I can look at this way, I am free of those documents that you don't know what to do with that just sit around and take up precious hard drive space, right? I guess my computer got to go through an early "spring cleaning".
Posted by Tammy at 2:10 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Posted by Tammy at 10:30 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Just to let those who might actually check my blog on Saturday morning . . .
We had a great night eating out with the kids at my latest craving, IHOP, then seeing the Christmas lights at the State School. I wasn't feeling weird, but I did go to bed early. Thank goodness because I have only slept 30 minutes or so since I was awaken around 12:45 AM by MY WATER BREAKING! Who could have imagined I would be sitting in the hospital not quite 38 weeks pregnant delievering our fourth child!
How cool is it that I can blog before I really begin too much pain? I guess the potocin will be started soon . . .oh, well! I will post more later, but our Saturday got just a little more exciting!
Posted by Tammy at 7:04 AM
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I think it is funny how women and men view age appropriate things for kids so differently. My mom got the kids cute matching pjs and they were a Christmas motiff (sp?). As soon as my husband saw them he had a definite opinion as to which of our three kids would not being wearing them. He thought they did not exemplify the appropriate level of testerone that our son's pjs required.
Posted by Tammy at 1:58 PM
Friday, December 5, 2008
I just can't label my post with the obivious. So maybe all this self imposed bed rest has gotten me thinking. I really have gained more than twenty pounds, the gift that each child has left behind to help me remember them by.
Posted by Tammy at 8:55 PM
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Posted by Tammy at 6:30 PM
Jake also got to break the wishbone with his dad and got the biggest piece. John and Zeke played video games and would take a break to play with the younger kids. They loved every minute of it. All in all we had a great time hanging out not doing a whole lot together but spending time.
Posted by Tammy at 5:50 PM
Posted by Tammy at 5:39 PM
Sydney and I got to go see the Abilene Ballet's annual Performance of the Nutcracker. It was just the girls this year. Jacob was sad not to go, but I wasn't sure if I could handle them both that long in a confined environment. Syndey was so precious to watch. She even began to dance with her newest friend, a nutcracker, by the end of the ballet.
Posted by Tammy at 5:26 PM
We were able to go to Fort Worth for the day to catch a Go Fish concert. I think if there music could be played non-stop 24 hours a day, my kids (including Savannah) would be content. I handle it most of the time, but even I have my limits.
They are a great group that I was more than thrilled to take them to see. We had great seats and the kids got to dance in front of the the stage with all the other kids. Jamie even sang to Savannah for part of a song. She was the funniest to watch. Her dancing cracks me up and she loves to dance. We had to keep an eye on her or she would have joined them on the stage. After running all over the place to keep up with the kids, I was one tired puppy.
I asked Syndey the other day if she was glad she got to go, and she said she loved it. In fact I played Jacob and Savannah a You tube video while I got Sydney ready for ballet and all I heard was Savannah saysing "ooh, ooh, ooh!" while Jacob sang away.
Posted by Tammy at 5:07 PM
We have an annual event at our church that is lots of fun. There are air castles, games, food, and my favorite a live man singing country music for our enjoyment. The girls and I hung out at the music area for most of the night, while Patrick and Jacob had fun on the inflatables. The girls danced until there hearts content and entertained all who watched. Savannah found some women who were just taken to her and her to them because they all wore sparkley jewelry. There was face painting and lots of candy consumption and the best part was that
Posted by Tammy at 4:56 PM
This was the season of the blur. I really am not sure where it went or how it happened, but thankfully for the pictures I have some recollection. I think part of it has been that on some fronts I feel like I have been fighting for my life . . . and on others I wonder how in the world will I make it another day physically. . . pregnant, emotionally drained and with threee precious kids and a husband to take care of.
I look at friends I have that are way on the other side of four and press on knowing that God will not give me more than I can share. One gal who I don't know that well, but feel a kindred spirit to, has four kids with her youngest in my Syd's class. She just moved to Abilene, but I love to read her blog because she seems to have been on a similar path like myself . . . . children that make you lose your mind at times and just the sheer numbers that having three or more can produce. Lots of fires! Another mom who is way younger helps me to keep things in perspective. Then there is the friend with teenagers and I get to see what all this blood sweat and tears will lead to, if I stay true to what God calls me to, not one tear or pressing on when I don't really feel like it will be in vain for the prize that awaits my babies!
We will miss these years one day I am told and keep telling myself. Of course, I love how God can also use the most random times to remind me that I am not alone. His encouragement is not lost on this gal who seems to still fight to remind myself of who I am, not who I feel like at times. Sometimes that truth is what can set me free for what ever situation I am in or if I choose to ignore His turth it can discourage me in ways that are just plain silly to be discouraged about. Hope that makes sense to someone, at least most importantly it makes sense to me and this blog is my ebenezer stone.
Posted by Tammy at 4:27 PM
It seems everytime I want to sit down to blog I don't have my pictures off of my camera onto the computer to add them. I am only 2 1/2 weeks away from bringing number four into this world, Lord willing, so I better get my act together. I am thinking that our newest addition will sit by and let me ignore his needs while I blog. So welcome to my whirlwind and here is a brief update from the last two months? Enjoy, at least I will when I look back! 16 days and counting! I have included the most true to live representation of how I feel these days . . . big going and coming if you know what I mean! :) What joyous experiences I get to have to bring my bouncing bundles of joy into this world. May I never forget the feeling of a hiccup inutero or the competion of which gets the space . . . the rib or major organ or the baby's sweet little leg or foot.
I realized I hadn't even done some from Sept! Well, here are those in a nut shell . .
Posted by Tammy at 3:14 PM