Monday, January 5, 2009

Lydia is 6 Months

Lydia turned 6 months old on January 1st. She has reached a few new milestones too! She is mostly sitting up by herself now- she does a lot better when she has something in her lap to focus on. Also, to our surprise, she got her first tooth on January 3rd!! It's her bottom, left tooth and is just too cute.

At her doctor's appointment, she was 13 pounds 13 ounces and 24.75 inches long (about the 10th%ile for both). Of course, as with our other two, the docs think she needs to gain a bit of weight, but I think she's growing just great. She is still a healthy eater and we are about to start progressing into solid foods. Until now, she has enjoyed sucking on cheerios, toast, and pretzel sticks!!

The mom.

Flashligt 5K

"Thy word a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." -Psalm 119:105

This was the verse for the Flashlight 5K race we participated in as a family on New Year's Eve. The race began at the Methodist church in downtown Lawrenceville and looped the Gwinnett County Justice Center.

I actually participated in this race- my first race ever. We recruited some friends, Derek and Jamie, to join us on our adventure. It was Derek and Jamie's first race too!

Jamie helped me out by pushing Lydia, while I tackled the other two in the double stroller. We were happy to finish at 49 minutes after walking most of the route.

The race began at 6:00pm so it was dark outside. Volunteers held flashlights along the race route which was a really cool idea. Of course the weather had to turn from it's low-60's temps to near 40's just for the race. Fortuntely the guys ran fast enough that they were able to grab the kids from us after our first lap and they didn't have to endure the cold quite as long.

After the race, they had a huge spaghetti dinner and awards ceremony. The kids (and the adults) enjoyed the food. We even had some race winners at our table...
...Derek placed 3rd in his age division and Scott placed 1st in that same age category. Overall, Scott was 12th in the race and ran it in just over 20 minutes- not a personal best for him, but outstanding none the less!!! Both guys were excited to receive their medal which was appropriately attached to a flashlight!!

Hope everyone has a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The-now-officially-completed-one-race mom.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Finally, it's Christmas...

...what? wait, you mean Christmas doesn't come in January!!?? Oh, then I guess I am behind on my blogging.... Ok, so for the last two years we have had Christmas in January because of Scott's military schedule, but this year we had it on time and yes, I have been very slow in getting my blog up. Let me give you my list of reasons...
1. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.
2. I have been sick for the last 4 days.
3. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.
4. I have actually had my hubby home to spend time with instead of wasting it on the computer.
5. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.
6. We got a Wii for Christmas.
7. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.
8. I am trying to find a place for all of our old stuff to make room for the new stuff.
9. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.
oh and finally....
10. I have 3 kids under 4 years of age.

Anyways, we had a wonderful Christmas and we hope you all did too. This year was great because we seemed to have a great balance of time with most members of our families. The pictures at the top are from Christmas morning and the kids enjoying what Santa brought them. For all the Christmas pics, see the link on the right labeled Christmas. The pictures progress from Christmas Eve morning to Christmas Day in Chattanooga.

We started Christmas Eve Day at Grandma Skillin's house where the kids enjoyed playing with my cousins, Sam and Sabrina, and their cousin Wesley. Kristen, Dad, Aunt Marcy and Uncle Bruce were also there to join us. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and some wonderful time together.

After lunch we headed to church for their 4:00 service. This year they geared it towards the kids and encouraged all thekids to join us in the service. Harbin and Catherine liked getting to go on-stage with the other kids.

Following church on Christmas Eve we headed back to mom's house and enjoyed celebrating with Mom, JonJon, Peter and Beverly, Adam, Christina and Matthew. The kids had great fun opening presents and running around with the other kids. We made it home that night just in time for the kids to open their pajamas before heading to bed so Santa could come.

Christmas morning was great watching the kids. After seeing their gifts from Santa and opening their stocking stuff, we asked Harbin to go get a gift from under the tree. The first gift he pulled out was for Daddy from Catherine. When we asked him to get another he got the one or Daddy from him. It was so adorable to see the joy he had in giving Scott his gifts even before finding one for himself!!

We traveled to Chattanooga after finishing up Christmas morning at our house. We were able to celebrate there throughout the day with the whole family. As you can see from the pics, Harbin even enjoys the Wii. He is too cute do the Yoga poses (the tree to be exact) on the WiiFit game.

Well that was our Christmas in short. The kids had a blast and we were all thrilled to have so much time with family. Enjoy the rest of the pics!

The mom.