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Monday, March 23, 2015

Elijah Neal {4 years old}

Dear Eli,

Today you are four years old! I just finished reading your birthday blog post from when you turned three.  And just about everything in that post from a year ago still rings true today.  You are still pretty still demand coffee and bacon every are still a people person and you love to be the center of still have that red hair and the attitude that goes with it.... you still talk constantly....And now that your vocabulary is expanding, you use words that I don't even know how you know what they mean!

But some things have changed...

You are sleeping much better now.  You occasionally wake up during the night when you've had too much sugar during the day.
You don't take naps anymore.
You are no longer at home with mommy everyday because you started preschool last fall and you are doing really well.
 Your obsession with trains has transferred to angry birds which will be the theme of your birthday party on Saturday!
You are not so much a momma's boy anymore.  You have definitely become a daddy's boy.  It makes me a little sad but also really happy.  Every little boy needs the kind of relationship that you have with your daddy.  You want to go and do everything with him....from hanging out at his office to fishing.  You don't really care what it is, you just want to be with him.

Eli, you are also handsome like your daddy.  You are also headstrong like your daddy too! But that is a good thing if you use it to become a leader of good things like your daddy.  I pray every day that God equips us to be the parents who instill in you what it means to be a follower of Jesus and one who leads people to Jesus.  That is what you were created to do.

It is a joy to be your mommy Elijah! You surprise me everyday in so many different ways.  You were beautifully and wonderfully made.  You will always have my love.

Happy 4th Birthday!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Addison Jordan {18 months}

Our Addy Jo is now 18 months old! Let me rephrase that: My baby is now 18 months old! There is so much to say about her complex personality but if I had to sum it up, I would say this: She can be completely serious one minute and a total goofball the next.  People comment on her serious disposition but they rarely see her crazy side. It's like night and day difference!

But there is so much more to be said about our little girl:

I am completely blown away by her intelligence level.  At 18 months she is saying quite a few words, some of which are:  mama, daddy, siah (Josiah), bubba (Eli), Ah-Jo (Addy Jo), cheese, teetee, poopoo, button, bite bite, juice, puppy, ball, shoe, bath, phone, bye, Mickey, George, this, that, okay, tay u (thank you), milk, night night, baby, paw paw, no

She is also understanding a lot of what we say and following commands, like:

Put it in the trash
Let's take a bath
Let's go get in your bed
Get in your chair
Give me a kiss
Lets go bye bye
Put your arms up
Go get a book
Get your shoes

She answers our questions with a nod for yes and a flat out "no" for no.  I love asking her questions like this and watching her understanding right before me eyes:

"Addy, do you love mommy?" nods yes
"Addy, do you love daddy?" nods yes
"Addy, do you love Siah?" nods yes
"Addy, do you love Eli?" nods yes
"Addy, do you love going night night?" says NO!  : )

Every night after Jordan prays with the kids, he has them sing with him.  They usually sing:
Bless the Lord
Lord, I need you 
Jesus loves me

Addy Jo chimes right in with her own version of gibberish.  She has the sweetest little singing voice.

At 18 months old, our girl has a healthy appetite.  Some of her favorite foods are:
Blueberries, grapes, bananas, sweet peas, baby bell peppers, trail mix, dried cranberries, raisins, bean dip, pinto beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, m&ms and practically anything with chocolate

Addy Jo loves clothes and "helping" me fold laundry.  She also likes to climb, play outside, and ride in her stroller while I run.  She LOVES baby dolls and puppies.  She likes to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Curious George.  She has two Mickey Mouse shirts that she wants to wear constantly.  Coloring(scribbling) is one of her favorite things to do.

Addy Jo has brown hair that looks reddish in the sun.  She has unruly curls in the back that mommy doesn't know what to do with! She also has 12 teeth and she weighs 27 pounds.

We love our baby girl!