Saturday, December 31, 2011

Family Pictures

When my family was in town for Thanksgiving, we took advantage of the opportunity to get a family portrait done.  My friend Cheryl from church is an excellent photographer, and she was gracious enough to come to the park and work with our family.  She captured nearly 200 amazing pictures.  Here are my favorites.  Thank you Cheryl!

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
The Wally Godby Family:
Becky & Kenny, Mom & Dad, Wesley, Andrea & Nolan, Ben & Elaine

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
Everyone, plus Gramsie (Dad’s Mom)

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
{My Parents}
married 30 years!

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
This is one of my favorite shots!  And in case you were wondering before…Nolan takes after my side of the family!  (But he does have more hair than Grandpa!)

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
What a tease…

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I love the light in this picture…

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
Elaine definitely enjoyed the attention of her uncles during the visit, but she really liked Wesley. 

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
{The Ben Hamilton Family}
Ben, Elaine, Andrea, Nolan

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
My kiddos

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
My Ben

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
My brothers – Wesley, and Kenny.  It was so much fun to be all together again!

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
{The Mr. & Mrs.}

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park

Godby Family Pictures at Owl's Head Park
Me & Grams

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Friends, Great Finds

We travelled to Massachusetts last weekend to be with Ben’s family.  His sister is home from her first semester of college at BJU, and his brother was off work for a week.  We had a great time together!

There were a couple of special treats in this trip for me.  First, I finally got to meet Amber Jones.  Amber’s parents are Pastor & Mrs. Neiner – from the church where Ben grew up and his parents are members.  I went to college with Amber’s brother Doug, and I know her brother John and his wife Erin pretty well.  But I had never met Amber. 

Amber and I have been stalking each other on Pinterest for a while.  I was so glad that she was in town when I was, so that we could hook up.  It was a quick visit, but it felt like I had known her for a long time.  We have many of the same interests.  Amber is the first “internet” friend that I have been able to meet in person too!

Andrea and Amber Neiner Jones

My second treat was hitting the thrift stores.  I have been pinning DIY ideas all over Pinterst, but I didn’t have the access to cheap and thrifty second hand items to make them work.  Ben and I left the kids with “Grandma Fezzi” (you can ask me about that story later), and headed out on our own. 

I didn’t have anything specific in mind, but I wanted to gather some supplies to have on hand for my next crafty moment.  I was pleased to find some new shoes, a grapevine wreath that I want to decorate for the spring, a picture frame to re-purpose, a basket, and a bread machine.

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The bread machine was my great bargain.  It looks nearly new, and was marked $9.99.  That is $2 less than I paid for my other thrift store bread machine, which is slowly dying.  When I got to the register, I found out it was a yellow tag item, making it 1/2 off!  The first loaf is baking now, but it seems to be working great!

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I hope to share some completed Pinterest projects with you sometime soon.  First I have to complete them!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Random Pictures

Nolan was nice enough to model a new cloth diaper for my diaper blog.  He also just started sitting up.  I thought some of you might like these pictures too. 

Nolan in Albert Genius diaperThe Albert diaper by bumGenius in honor of Albert Einstein

Nolan in Albert Genius diaper

Nolan in Albert Genius diaper
I guess I should have combed his hair.  Oh well.  Now he REALLY looks like Grandpa Godby now!  (JJJKJT, Dad).

Elaine saw the camera and the backdrop, and started saying, “Ewaine.  Pitchers.  Fwirst.”  So…she wanted me to take her picture too.  She donned a new outfit (from Erin Neiner) and gave me a few smiles!

Elaine tutu pics

Elaine tutu pics

It’s A Family Affair

We have been privileged to spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas with our extended family this year.  We took advantage of the opportunity to get some family pictures!

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Cheryl took these pictures of the Godbys – more of them to come later!
Becky, Kenny, Wally/Dad, Sherry/Mom, Wesley, Andrea, Nolan, Ben, Elaine

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The Hamiltons
Ben, Evan, Elaine, Meredith, Sissy/Mom, Jim/Dad, Andrea, Nolan

We are blessed to have both come from Christian homes, and we enjoyed the times of visiting that we were able to share this year!

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for two things.  Recently we have successfully {so far} tackled two big steps as parents: potty training Elaine, and moving Nolan into Elaine’s room.  Maybe they’re not really such big steps.  But they are two things that I was particularly scared to do.

Potty trainingI was already nervous about potty training.  Everyone has a different method, a different timeline, and a different kid.  I didn’t know which one would be best for us.  We tried twice and failed…Elaine wasn’t ready.  I thought she was, but she wasn’t.  It didn’t help me any when my mother-in-law told me that the two hardest things she ever did were potty training and teaching the kids to read. 

I was going to wait and do the potty training thing after the holidays.  Elaine turned 2 at the beginning of November.  She is talking much more, and we have been “practicing” getting her pants/skirt down and up by herself.  I knew she could understand now. Potty training But the holidays are busy times.  Elaine must have read my brain somehow, and decided to do this potty thing a week before Thanksgiving.  Perfect timing.  But she was ready.  And she basically did it herself.

We still have an occasional accident, and we still have to remind her when it is time to go, and she still wears a diaper for naps and bedtime.  Lots of reward stickers, and a bag of M&M’s later, she is potty trained.  {Insert sigh of relief}.  So much easier than I thought!

Nolan started out sleeping in our room.  When he became more sensitive to noise and light, we moved his cradle to a corner of the living room.  He outgrew the cradle and was upgraded to a pack ‘n’ play.  Yet he was still waking once in the night to nurse. 

We just took a trip to Massachusetts.  Ben told me that when we returned home, he wanted to “integrate” Nolan into Elaine’s room.  It was great timing for him to announce this, because while visiting Ben’s family, we all shared a room.  So Nolan and Elaine napped and went to bed together.  With no problems. 

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I was worried that Nolan would cry in the night and waken Elaine, and then we would have two awake kiddos in the middle of the night.  But Elaine has been sleeping through any noise Nolan makes.  Nolan is doing great at finding his paci without mom.  Mom is doing okay ignoring Nolan’s cries in the night and waiting to feed him until the morning.  {Insert sigh of relief}.  So much easier than I thought!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Danielle’s Wedding

My best friend from college just got married!  I was privileged to be able to fly down to Orlando, FL for her wedding.  I took Nolan with me, and left Elaine at home with Ben.  It has been over a year since Danielle and I have seen each other, but we picked right up where we had left off.  I arrived on Saturday in time for one of Danielle’s bridal showers.  We decorated the reception hall on Sunday afternoon in between church services.  The wedding was on Monday, December 19th at 2 pm.  I was a bridesmaid!

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The reception hall and table d├ęcor

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Best friends – last picture together before she got married!

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Beautiful bride….with her flower girl (one of her 3rd grade students)

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The DeVane family – Scotty, Danielle, Mom, and Dad

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Danielle and I both love purple.  What color would you expect her wedding to be?  Purple of course!  It was beautiful!

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Getting the veil on before the wedding.  (Sara, Danielle, and Mrs. DeVane)

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The Bride and the Mother of the Bride

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{beautiful}

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Darren and Danielle cutting the cake.  The orchids were edible!

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Yeah.  They were way too nice to each other!

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Someone rang the bell…so they kissed!

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Darren, Danielle, Me, and Nolan

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The getaway car

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The bride and groom exit

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One last kiss for the crowd!

Congratulations to
Mr. & Mrs. Darren Wells!

Wordless Wednesday: Nolan’s First Flight

Daneille's Wedding

Daneille's Wedding