Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

We hope you all had a blessed Christmas!! Ours was wonderful! Maddox really got into the swing of things this Christmas and had a great time!
Christmas Day was wonderful! Jamie's parents came up to visit and spend Christmas with us. Jamie cooked a wonderful Christmas dinner and we all enjoyed eating, presents, and fellowship. Brian's parents joined the festivities later in the evening. Maddox loved all the attention and company he had, he didn't mind the presents too much either.
Below are some pictures from the last few days:

A picture of our Christmas feast!

The week before Christmas one of our area churches hauled in a lot of real snow for kids to come and play in. We thought it would be a great opportunity for Maddox to experience his first look at snow.
He didn't know what to think at first, then he got excited, then he got cold. We didn't stay too long because it was really cold outside.

We have had a truly blessed 2007 and look forward to what God has in store for our family in 2008, like a new baby!!
Of course we will continue to update our blog, can't promise how often, but we hope that you will continue to check in on us.

Love you all
Brian, Jamie, and Maddox

A special thanks goes out to Crystal G for helping to contribute to the pictures posted on our blog over the last year! ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas!

So the rush of the holiday season has definitely hit us. Since Thanksgiving we have had something going on every weekend and our weeks are filled with Christmas craft projects and decorating! Even though it has been 80 degrees outside it still feels like Christmas is near.
Over Thanksgiving we went to Jamie's parents house and had a great time. We got to take Maddox to the Houston Aquarium. He loved seeing the "shishies." We snapped a few cute pictures to share.

At the end of November the Kansas City Southern Holiday train came through Ruston. Maddox loves "choo choos" so we thought we would take him out to see it. Apparently the whole city of Ruston decided to go see it too, and although we didn't get to go inside the train, we did get some good pictures of the outside.

We also got our Christmas tree up. Maddox is thrilled to have a tree in the house! We also bought special shatter-proof ornaments in preparation for curious little hands. Well, the shatter-proof ornaments are not on the tree, in fact we have no ornaments on the tree. As we put the ornaments up Maddox took them down. Instead of constantly fighting an ornament battle we decided to just go without ornaments. The tree does look lovely with just lights and garland and we can all enjoy it so much more that way! ;)
This past Sunday was our church Christmas party. As a tradition there is always a costume contest for children, youth, and adults. This year we dressed Maddox and 2 pals as "Silver Bells." His friends didn't want to wear their costumes, but Maddox was the cutest most serious silver bell we have ever seen. We didn't win, but Maddox sure did do a great job!

Tuesday we got our first look at "new baby!!" We had an ultrasound and everything looked great. Baby is growing right on target, a little on the small side, but so was Maddox. What a blessing to see the new little life God has created! As soon as we get the pictures scanned we'll post them on the blog. We didn't find out what it is and we don't plan on it. It will be so fun to be surprised!! The pregnancy is going great and Jamie is feeling much better now! The baby moves alot and we have all had a chance to feel it kick. The birthday will probably be sometime towards the middle to end of April.

Maddox is doing great and is so talkative!! He talks all the time and loves to tell stories about everything. The one thing that has amazed us lately is his memory! He remembers everything which can be fun but also annoying, especially when he gets stuck on a certain something and only talks about that. There is a lot of cognitive development going on in that little head!

We hope you are all having a blessed holiday season! Don't forget the "real" reason we celebrate Christmas!


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