Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I think it's official...

Chloe is NOT scared of the dark. Last night I was giving her night-night kisses and she looked up and said "sleep mama's bed." I told her that she had to sleep in her bed and she replied "it's dark." Then David came in the living room to get her for bed and she happily ran down the hall with him to her room and went straight to sleep. Then today for naptime, she went into her room and said "it's dark. mama's bed. please. thank you."

She has my number clearly.

Oh, and Brody spent his first night ever in his crib last night. I had to get him out of our room as he is such an old man. He snores, fidgets, and flails all night long (while he is sleeping) meaning that I get very little sleep since I am a light sleeper anyways. He did great in his room so that's where he will start staying every night!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in Clarksville

Just tons of pictures taken this morning. Christmas was so fun this year. Chloe sort of understood Santa, presents, etc... She at least knew something big was happening. She also liked unwrapping gifts this year (hers and Brody's), and playing all day long. After gifts, we just relaxed and played with the kids, cooked and ate. It was seriously such a great holiday.



Chloe's Madagascar movie from her Nannie



Rubber Duckies in her stocking. This child LOVES ducks.



I think a coat was in this box.



Helping Brody open his presents. Yes, that's his "practical gift" of the curtain rod and he got some curtains and monkey finials to go with it.



Baby Einstein teether.



Close-up



Chloe explaining to Brody about his new toy.



Of course he HAD to have his first UNC outfit!!! Basketball season has started. Thanks Aunt Kim and Uncle Jordan for his first Tarheel attire.



Cabot opening his gift - a new bed



Brody's new musical toy. He has laughed and squealed in delight everytime he sees and plays with this toy.



Chloe's main gift from Santa was this large playhouse. She has played in it off and on all day long.



Full view of the playhouse. Just FYI as to how big it is....Chloe, Brody, me, and the dog all fit inside it relatively comfortably.



She is getting the table ready for us to have our first pretend picnic.



Leaning out the window to ring the doorbell.



A new outfit from Santa. An "I love Mommy" outfit!!!



This is the neatest toy. It's a wooden Melissa and Doug toy cake that comes with candles and toppings that actually velcro on the cake slices so that they stay on. She and I pretended to eat cake quite a bit today. Here she is blowing out the candle.



Reading his new book



Chloe eating her cupcake in honor of Jesus's birthday. We sang Happy Birthday and this is how she sang it... Happy Birthday to Jesus, Happy Birthday to Jesus, Happy birthday dear Chloe, Happy birthday to Chloe. I think she forgot half-way through who's birthday it really was.


These are the lights that we went to see at the Riverfront on Christmas Eve. They were really pretty! This is the first year that we have been down there and gotten out to take the walk. We were pleasantly surprised!






This is one of my favorite pictures of Chloe and David.






Saturday, December 20, 2008

Afraid of the dark???

I'm not really sure if this is what is going on with Chloe or not. Lately, she has become obssessed with light and dark. Each night around dusk, she will say "it's dark mama." And I'll respond that yes it is dark and that now we can look at the moon and stars. Usually this is as far as it goes, but last night I was thrown for a loop. I guess it actually started at naptime yesterday. I put her down for her nap and about 1 minute later, she was crying (which is not like her). I went back in and she said "sleep mama's bed." So, I let her as this is a very unusual request so I knew that something was up. She slept for 2 hours and she was fine. Then last night when I put her to bed, we went through our normal routine of talking about our day, singing a song, and then saying prayers. When I got up to leave, she said "it's dark...sleep in mama's bed." I told her that she had to stay in her bed and then we prayed about the dark. I also found a night-light and put it in her room. She was fine and slept the entire night just like always.
However, I am now scratching my head wondering if she is becoming afraid of the dark? If so, I wonder where this fear came from. Any ideas or suggestions from seasoned moms?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We've Been Elfed...

Check it out for a good laugh. Make sure you turn the volume up...enjoy!

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/colA2owGai5QdwT4

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pictures...

Here are just a few random pics that I took and thought were "post-worthy." ENJOY!!!


If he had suspenders on, he would look like an 80 year old man. However, I do love this outfit...and David picked it out!



This was the moon the other night when it was the closest it had been to earth all year.



Here is Chloe sleeping UNDER her bed once again. We check on her everynight before we go to bed and this is how we found her...sleeping soundly. David was able to pull her out and put her IN the bed without even waking her up.



Chloe loves snowglobes


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Check This Out...

This was our perfect sunset this evening. The pictures were taken from our deck. Only God could create such a masterpiece as this. Isn't it beautiful?!?







And then just for fun...a picture of Brody. Chloe was laying beside him and they were "chatting" but as soon as she saw the camera, she jumped up and ran. Don't know what that was about because normally she LOVES a camera.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In My Mind I'm Going to Carolina....

OK - had to throw in those James Taylor lyrics in the title. Corny, I know, but hey, I love the state of North Carolina. As is so well said at UNC, "I'm a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred, and when I die I'll be a Tarheel dead."

Last Friday, my family set out at 4:30 AM to the airport to head to North Carolina to visit my family. The flights were great although on the first leg of it, I just knew Chloe was going to get us kicked off the plane and on the 6:00 news. She was screaming because she didn't want to sit in the seat that we were assigned, and then the flight attendant came walking by and wanted to know what was wrong with her. It turned out okay though once we got going. Chloe waved and yelled "bye cars", and then yelled "hi clouds" once we were above them. She enjoyed the plane ride I think. Anyways, we made it to Atlanta then on to Raleigh just fine. Brody slept during the entire trip there so that was great!
Anyways, my dad picked us up at the airport and we headed home. My parents had not seen Brody since he was 2 weeks old so they were surprised at how big he had gotten despite his surgery and all of his earlier health issues. And of course they were surprised at how Chloe has grown in just 3 months and how much she talks and sings. Anyways, while we were there, we went to see an amazing light display in Winston-Salem at Tanglewood Park. I think I heard that it is the largest in the southeast. It was great! Chloe loved it and would point out all the different things. When she saw a star, she would sing Twinkle Twinkle, when she saw a bell, she started singing Jingle Bells, when she saw Santa, she started saying Ho Ho Ho, etc...
On Sunday, we went to the church I grew up in and enjoyed an amazing performance of a living Christmas Tree. Chloe loved it (while she was awake) and would sway back and forth to the songs she knew. After church my family went back to my parents' house and had a family lunch. My older brother and his wife were there with their 3 kids and my younger brother's wife was there too. It was so much fun to get to hang out with them and introduce them to Brody. It was also great that we got to meet our new niece, Emma. She and Brody are exactly 1 month apart. After lunch, we went to spend some more time with my brother and his family, my grandmother, and my aunt and uncle. It was just so fun to just get to spend time with everyone. My aunt and grandmother hadn't seen Chloe since last Christmas and they had never met Brody.
Then on Monday morning we packed up and headed back to the airport and back to Tennessee. The flights back were perfect, and the kids were also! I couldn't have asked them to be any better. They also settled back into routine fairly easily which shocked me since Chloe was on cookie overload from the weekend. She hasn't asked for one cookie since we got home so maybe she knows that those are special treats from the grandparents. Well, actually, she did sort of ask but didn't dwell on it. I picked up some stuff to make Christmas cookies to send to Iraq for Jordan and our "adopted soldier." I asked Chloe if she wanted to help me make cookies for Uncle Jordan and she responded by saying "no Jor-Jor, no Jor-Jor...Chloe's cookies." I just let it go and did the cookies after she went to bed last night.

All in all, a perfect trip to NC. The only thing that would have completed the trip to NC for me would have been to have Jordan there with everyone.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hilarious...

So I have finally been able to stop laughing long enough to make this post. Tonight, Chloe and I were laying together on one end of our couch and David was sitting on the other end. She was pointing to her nose saying "Chloe's nose," then would point to mine and say "mama's nose," then point to David's and...well, you get the point. Then she looked up my nose and said, "it's dark in there." BUT...here's the funniest part of the whole thing. Then, she decided to move on to hair. Chloe grabs her hair, says "Chloe's hair," grabs my hair and says "mama's hair," then she looked at David and said "daddy's hair, where are you?!?"
Oh my goodness, I am back to laughing hysterically as I type this. It was the funniest thing to me and her. He didn't laugh nearly as much. I hope to always remember her asking that and being so serious about it!

The Man in Blue...(and more)

Busy, busy, busy!!! We are leaving for NC tomorrow morning to go visit my family. We have to be at the airport no later than 5:15 AM so that we can get everyone checked in and through security. So today, I am stuck with the daunting task of packing everything that we need. Ummm, that's a lot when you have a toddler and an infant. I have been thinking about strategy at the airport though and have got it all down to a science and even wrote a list of what goes in who's carry-on and who is to carry which carry-on. Yep, I am a bit crazy when it comes to making lists. You see, we are trying to only check what's necessary since it costs now to have luggage on a plane (rolling eyes!)
So, anyways, on to the rest of my day's plans...I left at 8:50 to take Chloe to school this morning. On the way, we were singing and I totally was not paying attention to the speed that I was going. Well, the man in blue was paying attention and made me quite aware of the speed limit on Trough Springs Rd. When I pulled over, Chloe says "aw man!" I rolled my window down and cracked hers thinking that if he maybe saw how cute she was that he would have mercy on me. IT WORKED!!! He commented that he was very proud that I had both children in their carseats (duh!) and that I was a great mom for doing that. Then, he wrote me a warning ticket and I went about my way...only going 30 mph mind you.
So, for the rest of my day, I will be packing, getting a haircut, packing some more, going to pick up Chloe at school, exchanging something at Target, getting prescriptions at Walgreens, making sure everyone is fed and changed (well the kids at least), packing some more, and hopefully will be in bed at a decent hour tonight so that 3:45 doesn't come too early.
Whew...I'm tired just thinking about it. So, I have no idea why I am taking the time to write this other than to just have one last moment of solitude before the craziness ensues.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My First Baby...

Finally one that is different! Here you go mommies - a different kind of tag for a change - it's all about you and your first baby!

1. Were you married at the time? Yes
2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant? we were both very very excited
3. How old were you? 28
4. How did you find out you were pregnant? Took a pregnancy test at home.
5. Who did you tell first? David
6. Did you want to find out the sex? Yes!
7. Due date? November 14th, 2006
8. Did you deliver early or late? 1 day late...actually 28 minutes late
9. Did you have morning sickness? nope...I was very lucky
10. What did you crave? pomegranate juice and Blow Pop Suckers
11. Who irritated you the most? won't say
12. What was your first child's sex? girl
13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? 31 lbs
14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? kidney stones which triggered pre-term labor at 28 weeks, but it stopped and everything else was good
15. Where did you give birth? Gateway
16. How many hours were you in labor? 21 hours
17. Who drove you to the hospital? David
18. Who watched? David
19. Was it natural or c-section? C-Section
20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain? heck yeah! I don't do pain when it can be avoided.
21. How much did your child weigh? 7 pounds 14 ounces
22. What did you name him/her? Chloe Grace
23. How old is your first born today? just turned 2

Okay all you mommies, re-post this as 'My first baby'

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Blessings...

So, I just read a blog post that my younger brother wrote from Iraq. I wanted to share part of with you, my friends, as it just opened my eyes to the reality of blessings.

Excerpts from his letter:
I started to get a bunch of cards wishing me a happy birthday and Thanksgiving, and I kind of got into this rut where I didn't care about either of the two. I went to the chapel last Sunday, and the chaplains played a video that ended up hitting me pretty hard, or kicking me in the butt, which ever way you want to look at it. The video was talking about people relating their blessings to their circumstances and how that is usually what we do. It went on to say that for this season, instead of worrying about what circumstance your in, thank God for what you actually have. I realized that God has given me protection for the last year. With not long to go before this deployment is over, I have realized that I have been blessed incredibly throughout the time here. So when things come up and circumstances you find yourself in aren't favorable, look at the good things that have happened for you. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this month.



I mean seriously, what a simple concept...be thankful for what we have been blessed with no matter what circumstance we may currently be in or what we may be going through.

Yesterday at school (Parent's Day Out), Chloe made a little Indian hat that had 3 feathers coming out of the back of it. On each feather she had listed what she is thankful for. The first feather said Blanket and Passy, the second feather said Family and Lunchbag (she is obsessed with her lunchbag), and the third feather said blessing (she LOVES to sing her blessing before meals). I just thought about how cool that is. The innocence of childhood is awesome. She is thankful for something as simple as a lunchbag and a blanket. So, I have decided that I too am going to "make a hat" but mine will have 10 feathers in it (since I'm older).

So...here's what I would list on my feathers.
Kelly is thankful for...
1. a baby boy who is now 100% healthy - and I even feel like I was blessed when he was so sick all of the time because of the lessons that God taught me through it.
2. my daughter who is growing and learning more and more everyday and is already starting to sing and talk about God with no cares of who hears her or where she is when she does these things (she started singing Daniel Doss's song "Great God" to her pediatrician yesterday at her check-up.)
3. My husband who loves me and the children tons and would go to the ends of the Earth and back for us.
4. keeping Jordan safe while he's in Iraq
5. the friends that God has placed in my life since moving to Clarksville and the friends that I had to leave behind throughout my life.
6. David's business. God has provided us with an increase in sales and customer counts. We thought for sure that our sales would decrease when the hospital moved, especially since Lowes was not open behind us yet. Instead, God showed us again that He is bigger than any hospital or Lowes and that He provides for our business, not the surrounding points of interest.
7. being able to stay at home with my children full-time and watch them grow and learn everyday
8. our church. We love our church family here and feel so blessed that God led us to Grace Community.
9. mine and David's parents who are the best grandparents ever! I feel so lucky that Chloe and Brody get to experience parts of their lives with them even though they are all out of state. I just remember how special the time was that I was able to share with my Nanny and I want that for my kiddos too.
10. Last, but NOT LEAST...my salvation.

So, what would you list on your feathers?!?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Big, Bigger, Biggest

See how he has grown...



3 days old



1 month old



2 months old



3 months old

3 Months Old!

Time flies! Brody is now 3 months old and I just find that the past 3 months have flown by. When we were in them though, they seemed painfully long as he would scream, cry, and vomit incessantly. Now though, I see how short of a time period that was and how far along he has come since then. Now, he is the HAPPIEST, most content baby on the face of the Earth. Seriously, all he does when he is awake is smile, kick his legs like he is going somewhere, and laugh. He is currently trying to roll over as well and has begun to reach for his toys. He is such a little joy - no matter what is going on in this crazy life of ours, I can just look at his sweet little smile and everything seems to be alright in that moment. It's a great feeling to wake up every morning and know that I am going to be greeted by a smiling baby and a happy toddler.
The other day I ran into the bedroom to get something and left Chloe in the living room with Brody. He was propped up on his boppy and she was playing with her new easel. I was gone all of 30 seconds but when I came back, I found her sitting with Brody and talking to him. It was such a sweet moment to see that she did that all on her own with no prompting whatsoever. She really cares for Brody and it's evident in the small things that she does for him or with him.
Here are a few new pictures of Brody so that you can see his growth progress. ENJOY!




I know it looks like he is content to be on his belly, but really he was just getting ready to start screaming. I just happened to snap the picture at the right time.


And the truth comes out. He hates being on his belly.





Look at how long he is! This is a 3-6 month sleeper and he is already about to reach maximum length capacity.



I know this is blurry, but I wanted to include it because his dimple is just shining! I love it!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Blevins Went Down To Georgia...

Last week, we packed up the car and headed down to Atlanta. The trip was for 2 reasons really...David had a work retreat to attend on Wednesday through Friday at Winshape Retreat on the campus of Berry College. This is just north of where his family lives. And the other reason for going was that David's dad had still not met Brody. So, we decided to go down there as a family and visit. We got there Monday afternoon after a very uneventful car ride. Both kids were fantastic throughout the entire trip. Chloe was entertained by watching her DVD player, and Brody slept the whole time. He's gotten to where if he is in the car, he's going to be sleeping. No complaints here! So, Monday and Tuesday we just hung out with his parents and grandmother. We did visit with his brother and SIL and their children for a few hours as well.
Then on Wednesday...well, let's just say that day was quite eventful. David had to be at his retreat by 11:00 (or so he thought) so our family of 4 plus his mom set out to go to Rome, GA to drop him off. We got there around 10:45 or so and he was still the first one there...strange, but not a big deal. So we dropped him off and were set to head back to Atlanta. Directions in his mom's hands, and me behind the wheel turned out to be not such a good combination. We didn't hardly get off campus before making a wrong turn. And the bad thing is that we didn't realize it until we were probably 20 miles down on the wrong road. About 10 miles into it though, Brody started getting fussy as did Chloe. Of course I didn't pack any snacks or formula because it was supposed to be a short trip and everyone ate before we left home. We saw a CVS so I stopped there, got Chloe some snacks, juice and a sippy cup and got Brody a bottle and a can of formula. I get up to pay and realize that the formula wasn't going to work because I didn't have a can opener. I just decided that he was really okay for about another 45 minutes and by then we should be home - or so we thought. Anyways, I had David's mom pour Chloe her juice for me since I was driving and all of a sudden I hear her make a comment and then start laughing so hard that she was crying. I look back and she had poured the juice but not taken the lid off of the cup so it went everywhere. At that point, we were both laughing hysterically. Another 10 miles down the road is when we discovered that we had gone the wrong way. So, we turn around and start heading back towards the campus where we left David. Then my phone rings and it's him. He says that he just remembered that he didn't have to be at the retreat until 3:00 and that he has nothing to do and nowhere to eat. The cabin he is staying in doesn't have a TV and he didn't bring his book with him. So...I tell him that we are heading back that way anyways and that I will just stop and get him and we'll all go and find a place for lunch. So...by now I realize that I have to find formula somewhere so I stop at a Food Lion and get the can of formula but wouldn't you know it...they were out of can openers. What?!? Are you kidding me?!? Then it dawned on me to just get the powdered formula (like we use at home, duh!) and buy a bottle of water off of the shelf that is room temperature. So, that's what I did and we headed on up the road to get David. We ended up finding a McDonald's in Rome, GA and stayed there for a few hours letting Chloe play and get some energy out. Before we left McDonalds though Chloe had to have her diaper changed twice...wouldn't you know that I only had 1 diaper in the bag! Seriously, this was supposed to just be a 3 hour trip total. So, we find a Walmart and go in to get diapers. Then we set off to take David back to campus. After dropping him off, we were careful to turn the correct way out of campus and ended up going the right way back to Atlanta. What was supposed to be a 3 hour trip turned into an 7 hour debacle! All in all though, it was an adventure that no one will forget for quite sometime.
Anyways, on Thursday my MIL and I took Chloe to the Children's Museum in Atlanta where she played and played and would have played until they closed if we had allowed it. It was an amazing museum with tons to do. Then on Friday the kidlets and I headed back up to Rome to get David and then started back to Clarksville. Luckily I didn't get lost going back to pick him up by myself and we made it home safely with no wrong turns at all!!!




Chloe putting her smock on so that she could go into the painting area.



OK - notice the little boy on the far right side of the picture. Then notice Chloe yelling at him because she was in that car first. Yes, it was big enough for 2-3 small children, however, she was not in the mood to have passengers in "her" car.



Playing the guitar in the band area



A new fun thing for Chloe...playing the piano. David's mom has a piano at her house that she let Chloe bang on and "play." She loved it... so based on that and the fact that Chloe would sing all day long if she could, I just may have a musically inclined child on my hands.



There was a water area at the museum that had little raincoats for the kids to wear. Here's Chloe wearing hers and fishing.



I caught one!!!








Playing house. She really loved the kitchen area.



She was very possessive over her basket of produce to the point that she wouldn't even let me hold while she went down the slide. Instead, she took it with her.



Shopping at the grocery store. I so wish that she would eat even 1/3 of the things that she put in her basket.



YAY!!! Finally there is something for me to do.
The museum had a baby area so there were tons of little baby toys for him to play with while Chloe played too.



I can't wait until I am old enough to come and play with everything else! Sitting in this stroller isn't the most fun thing to do.