Saturday, December 26, 2009
Here are some pictures from Christmas Eve at my Grandparents’ house. This was the first time my mom’s family had met Elaine, and she was the center of attention! I enjoyed getting some generational photos.
We went to my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family. My Grandparents had a special treat as their son Nathan called from Indonesia. It was a nice Christmas present for them. My Grandma did something very neat with her gifts to the grandkids. She told us how her daddy (who died when she was nine) used to her and her siblings to look at Christmas lights on Christmas. When they got home there was always a gift waiting - an apple, an orange, and some candy. So Grandma gave us the same thing this year - an apple, an orange, and some candy (with a gift card too). I thought it was special and neat for her to do that.
Since Christmas Eve at (Andrea's) Grandma & Grandpa's is always late, we enjoyed sleeping in on Christmas morning...as late as Elaine would allow...eight o'clock. There are so many new things here for Elaine! She enjoyed nursing by the fire because it was nice and warm. She had Gypsy greet her with a sniff and a lick, and she loves staring at Grandpa's deer on the wall! (Maybe she will be a great white hunter after all!) I almost felt like a childless mother because Elaine just went back and forth from Grandma's arms to Grandpa's chest and slept most of the day! Ben and I even went to bed without her!
We enjoyed the "magic" of a White Christmas - not just because there was already snow on the ground from a previous storm, but because we had a fresh blanket of lovely white snow cover everything again. And Dad said that it has only snowed on Christmas Day twelve times in the last 120 years. It was the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful holiday.
There are pictures coming, but I am borrowing a camera and a computer on this trip and I have no idea how to get my pictures uploaded yet. And to finish this post I will leave you with an interesting fact. Wesley got an iTouch for Christmas and he learned this through one of his applications. Did you know...JFK was buried without his brain because it was lost during the autopsy? I couldn't stop laughing!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
That’s right. Here in Virginia Beach. Snow. Enough to coat the car. Big enough flakes so that you could tell it was snowing. Elaine was all geared up to see snow for the first time when we go to Colorado for Christmas. But she was able to see it tonight…here in Virginia Beach!
Three guesses who this jacket came from…
That’s right – Grandpa Godby!
1. She misses her Grandpa
2. She is too young to go hunting
3. She lost her paci
Here’s a video from our teen Christmas party. The teens played Taboo, then several very loud rounds of Pit. They really get into this game! We have seven teens, and it is an eight player game. Ben was the eighth and I sat out to take care of Elaine. So…I got to take video. Here are the teens in action:"
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We hosted a Christmas Party for the teens in our youth group. We had a fun night. Here they are:
Hannah Stowe, Melissa Hafner, Kayla Russell, Kayla Hafner, Ben, Zach Russell, Josh Dietrich, Arron Dietrich
Sometimes they get a little crazy…
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I want to start a new “series” of blog posts. Every Wednesday I will post a picture, and let it do the talking. I was inspired with the idea from another blogger, Suburban Saving Mama. This is the first one…
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
It has been just over five weeks since I went to the hospital and gave birth to my precious Elaine. It has been a learning experience packed with joy and special moments. There are a few things that I have learned which I did not expect to be the case in this thing called “mothering.”
- For baby, it’s about the basics: sleep, food, and a clean diaper. Everything else is superfluous.
- Sleep for Mom is overrated. I can still (sort of) function on a night that was short a few hours of my normal sleep time.
- Pacifiers are life-savers. I had not intended to give Elaine a binky, but it has become my best friend.
- There are few things that are eternal. God is eternal. Life is eternal if you know Him as your Savior. And the pile of laundry in my house is definitely eternal. Just when I think it is all caught up, the dirty laundry fairy does something to make the pile reappear! For a little person, Elaine generates the majority of laundry at this point. Who would have thought that so many blankets and burp rags could get dirty in one day? Or in five minutes?
- There are few things quite as wonderful as taking a nice nap with your newborn laying on your chest. It’s a great thing!
- Cloth diapers are wonderful. They save money in the budget and they are soft against Elaine’s skin. Only a couple of times have I been grossed out when rinsing a diaper.
- Babies use a lot of wipes! I thought I had enough baby wipes stockpiled to last me forever. Not so. They’re almost gone. No kidding. Maybe I need to learn something else as a mom…how to use fewer wipes!
- I can do almost anything with one hand while holding the baby in the other hand. I reach the limit of my one-handed ability in washing dishes and ironing.
- It’s okay to rely on Daddy. I thought I would be able to do it all, but I have had to rely on Ben’s help more than I planned. He has been absolutely great in stepping up and helping me, even when I have interrupted his studying for the millionth time in an hour.
- Whoever designed baby clothes with buttons – on the back – didn’t understand what is involved in dressing a baby.
It has been a while since I have posted a couponing/savings post. That’s because I haven’t been couponing and shopping very much lately! I stocked up the cupboards and freezer very well before Elaine’s arrival. On top of that, we had two weeks of meals from the church, Thanksgiving at someone’s house, and the meals I had prepared and frozen. This month we are attempting to clean out what is left in the freezer & pantry before starting our stock-pile again in January.
While I have not been actively couponing, the coupons have continued to roll in. And since it is the holiday season, the deals have been even better! Here are some items that I got for free this week using the holiday coupons which are meant to draw you in and get you to spend more money…
I had four $5 off any purchase of $5 or more coupons for Hallmark. I used them to get the Nativity ornament, winter votive holders, four Yankee Candle votives, and two birthday cards. I had a $10 off any purchase coupon for Music & Arts which I used to purchase more music for my piano students. And I had a $10 off of any $10 purchase for JC Penney. They are having a big clearance sale, and I picked up a pair of jeans, a pair of pants, and two long sleeved onesies for Elaine. I basically only paid tax on all of these items!
In the past I would have used those coupons to just save money off the item(s) I really wanted. I am learning to purchase things that I can use, but yet are close to the dollar amount of my coupon so that I have very little out of pocket expense.
And speaking of saving money…God has been so good to provide the things that we need for Elaine. She is overflowing with an abundance of clothing, and I have only purchased a package of onesies and a package of sleeping gowns. People at church give us items every time we are there! Elaine almost has a complete summer wardrobe through gifts and hand-me-downs. We so appreciate the generosity of others and the good hand of God upon us to provide for our needs!
This is our family at the annual Christmas Banquet at our church. Doesn’t Elaine look pretty?
Elaine’s “awake time” is usually between 6 and 11 p.m. (not the whole time, just in there somewhere). She slept through the entire banquet – from 6 to 10 p.m. Everyone loved her dress and commented on it. She was the “belle of the ball” and didn’t even know it! We were afraid she would be awake all night, but she slept through beautifully!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I took these pictures for a project, but I liked them and decided to share them with you. I was inspired by an example at the portrait studio when Elaine had pictures taken. There was a frame with about nine openings and different close up shots of the baby – some eyes, a hand, toes, etc. The caption said “Pieces of Me.” My mom pointed it out, and I thought I could make it myself with my own pictures. It’s not quite the same in a blog, but the pictures are still great.
Pieces of Me!
Okay…she was one month old on Saturday. I’ve been a little remiss in blogging lately. Today is catch-up day now that the Christmas projects are completed and the cards are mailed.
I wanted to finish the dishes, and Elaine was almost ready to fall asleep, so Daddy volunteered for baby duty. Next thing I knew, they were both conked out on the couch!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since Elaine’s umbilical cord stump fell off on Thanksgiving, she was able to get a real bath for the first time. We waited until Tuesday night so that Daddy could be on hand to take pictures. He got some good ones!
Monday, November 30, 2009
We just want to express our thanks and appreciation to all of you who have followed us on this blog, prayed for us during pregnancy & the arrival of Elaine, left comments, sent presents, and let us know that you love us. We are truly blessed with a healthy, happy family, and lots of family and friends surrounding us. We thank God for each one of you!
Ben, Andrea & Elaine
Thursday, November 26, 2009
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
We wish you all a wonderful holiday as you take time to enjoy family and the blessings of God upon your lives.
Ben, Andrea, & Elaine
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
When Elaine was eight days old, we had newborn portraits taken at JC Penney. Since Ben was home due to the coastal storm, we made it into a family photo shoot. Here are my favorites… (used by permission).