Catching You Up

Thursday, September 10, 2009 5 Comments A+ a-

Oh so many things have been taking place in our household while I was on a 30-day reminiscing journey. Here’s just a brief summary of same latest happenings in our household:

Devyn started preschool last week and loving it! Do you remember when I struggled with this decision last year? Well, this year it wasn’t such a hard decision, for two reasons. One, she still needs to work with a speech therapist and this will allow her that. And two, she is ready! She has been asking to go to school all summer, and is even asking me to teach her to read. She is ready for this and I couldn’t deny her this opportunity. It was a very surreal experience dropping her off on the first day.

My husband Jon has decided to quit chewing after having the habit for 15 years! (Yes, I’m sure you’re doing the math in your head, and yes, he was quite underage when he started. That would explain all the groundings he received in high school, including a summer-long grounding. But addiction is hard to quit!) We (and I’m saying “we” because this is truly a joint effort here) are on our 7th day of no nicotine and I couldn’t be prouder of my husband. I believe we’ve gotten over the hardest part of it, with the worst day being my birthday (but that’s ok, this was the best present he could have given me). I am so very happy!!

(Someone had to dress up like Devyn on her first day of school.)

Hudson, oh my Hudson! Wow! Does the kid ever stop?! And the answer is no! He may be lacking growth in the weight department, but he no doubt has made up for it in length. My little man seriously grew an inch or two within two months time. So at two and a half years old, he is already quite the string-bean. He is talking all the time, which makes Jon and I so thrilled. He is saying so many words!!

After subjecting Hudson to numerous tests, specialists, appointments, and the collection of numerous stool samples, we’re happy to report that everything has come back normal. Every single test! You can’t see me, but I’m doing the happy dance! Of course one specialist wants to continue pursuing the issue with more tests, but Jon and I have drawn our line in the sand. We’re done, Hudson’s done, and he is just small. If any other symptoms come up, we’ll be happy to pursue more answers at that time. But for now, we’re going to let him enjoy being a child, and a small child at that.

Jon’s brother, Brock, proposed to his girlfriend of almost two years and she said yes!! No wedding date has been set yet but we’re so excited to welcome Aunt Holly to the family. Didn’t he pick out a gorgeous ring?!

Reagan, oh my Reagan! She is now eight months old and into everything!! If it’s on the floor, she will put it in her mouth. Not to mention how many times I’ve had to intercept chips, fruit loops, and cheeze-its from her generous, giving siblings. She is crawling everywhere! If I can’t find her, she has likely found her way into one of her sibling’s rooms. Or in the kitchen. Or in our room. Or the bathroom. You get my point. She is also pulling herself up to a standing position and walking the length of couches, chairs, even walls. My life has changed drastically in these past weeks. She is the littlest, pudgiest baby I’ve ever birthed. Tiny as can be (still in the 5th-10th percentile), but has the chubbiest legs and belly you’ve ever seen. She is smart too! She will “brush” her hair after watching me do Devyn’s hair and when I’m folding laundry, she’ll take clothes and try to put them over her head. I think this one is going to keep me on my toes.

(This is it, except mine's pink.)

I’m trying to figure out this beautiful new phone. One of the detriments of Jon quitting chewing has been his lack of concentration. Thus far, he has lost his cell phone, a Nalgene bottle, sunglasses, his wallet, the remote control, and a USB cord. This is driving us all crazy!! However most everything has been found, with the exception of the phone, the cord, and the remote control. (The Nalgene bottle was in the Lost and Found at Walmart. Oops!) SOOOO… a trip to the cellphone place was in order; we were eligible for a free upgrade on our account and given a wonderful 2-for-1 deal. Of course, I have no idea what I’m doing or how to use it, so it mostly sits there and looks pretty.

I’m racking my brain, trying to see if I’ve left anything out…


I’m enjoying the blog designing business I have on the side. I’ve added some new designs to the gallery, if you want to check them out. And Courtney conned me out of a giveaway, so you’ll have to check out her blog in the next few days. I told Jon this is something I could do all day long, and never get bored. So I’m having fun!

I believe that’s it. Life is good and I am blessed! And if you think of it, would you pray for me? I can feel the shift of hormones inside my body, which usually brings on the worst of the post-partum. So far I have not seen depression in sight, but I’m starting to feel the effects of anxiety and that’s never a fun emotion to deal with. I thank you in advance.

I really am done now.



I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.


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4:27 PM delete

It's wonderful to read an update. All of your children are beautiful and I enjoy "watching" them grow up through your pictures and words.

Congrats to your hubby for giving up chewing. I'm sure that it's rough to give up, but sounds like he's got a wonderful support system.

I'll be praying for you. I know those hormones shifts well.

6:31 PM delete

Jenn- It was wonderful to see what you all have been up to lately. Your kids are so adorable and growing up so quickly!

You will be in prayers as will John. We went through the chewing thing with my dad too, so I know how tough it can be.


10:56 AM delete

I love the updates. Even though I see you several times a week, it's fun to hear your life through your writing.
I love, love, love those kiddos. Elliana is keeping me chasing after her all the time now too.
Love you sis.

Dana Marie
11:24 AM delete

haha, welcome to a new and special life as a blackberry owner... it's called a crackberry for a reason. haha! MUCh easier for bb blogger updates from the road now too, you'll love it!

12:41 PM delete

I thought I already left a comment, but I guess not. So welcome to the world of crackberry - you will love it!

Also, can I just say that your children are PRECIOUS! I love that Hudson wanted to be like his big sissie so much that he needed a backpack picture as well! Too cute!