December has been busy and fun! Here are a few pictures of this and that!
We went to "Lights of the South" one night last week. It is definitely not "Fantasy in Lights," but it was a fun experience with the kids. We took a hayride through the lights and then went to play in the kid's play area. It was dark and hard to get good pictures, but here are a couple.
The first weekend of December, the boys and I headed to Birmingham to visit Lee, Harper, and Evie while the guys went to Las Vegas. These four kids had the BEST time together. They love to play together. We were sad to go home, but it was easier knowing that we would see each other again soon at Christmas!
They had a great time decorating Christmas cookies!
Connor wanted me to take a picture of him with some of his bears!
Kyle is so silly!
Last month, Great-Granddaddy passed away. We had to explain death and heaven to Connor, which is a difficult concept for a three year old. We told him that Great-Granddaddy had gotten really, really, really, really old and that he was really, really, really sick. Since he was so sick God decided it was time for him to go live in Heaven with Jesus and God, so God sent his angels to get Great-Granddaddy. We tried to explain that we would not see Great-Granddaddy again on Earth. When we explained all of this and went to Atlanta for the funeral, he did not have many questions. However, in the weeks since, he has occassionally brought it up. One night last week, I was putting him to bed, which is rare since Jeremy usually puts him to bed, and he asked me, "Mommy, will Great-Granddaddy get any presents in Heaven?" Oh goodness...what a sweet boy! He was concerned that Great-Granddaddy would not have any presents for Christmas. So, at first, I tried to explain that in Heaven you have everything you need so you do not need presents, but that was lost on my three year old. So, Connor and I finally decided God probably does give presents in Heaven for Christmas. During this discussion, he said something about "when the angels bring Great-Granddaddy back...". So, we talked again about not seeing Great-Granddaddy on Earth again and he got teary and said, "But, you said that Gigi misses him." The sweet boy was concerned that Gigi was missing Great-Granddaddy, so he thought the angels would bring him back to Earth. On Thanksgiving morning, we were heading to Atlanta and someone said something about Gigi and Great-Granddaddy out of habit and he immediately responded with "Great-Granddaddy won't be there. He chose to go live in Heaven with Jesus." He doesn't realize how correct he is in that statement. He did not choose the day and time, but he did choose to go to Heaven the day he chose to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior!
November was such a busy month for The White House. We had good times and we had bad times and we definitely stayed busy throughout the month. Here's a recap...
Jeremy's grandfather, "Granddaddy" to us and "Great-Granddaddy" to our children, went into the hospital on November 2nd with pneumonia. Two days later he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was not given a good prognosis, but we were told that when he was told the prognosis, he started preaching to the doctor. Granddaddy was a preacher, but above that he was a Godly man. He knew where he was going and was at peace with the way he had lived his life.
On Sunday, November 6th, the four of us headed to Atlanta to visit Granddaddy in the hospital. We had debated on whether or not to go that weekend to Atlanta or to wait until he was home to go visit. At that point, the doctor's were still expecting that he would get over the pneumonia and go home later the next week. Although he wasn't expected to live a long time, he was expected to be able to go home. But, we decided we wanted to go ahead and visit. It was great to see him! He was the same joking grandfather that we all knew.
After visiting, we headed back to Augusta, but I had told Ann that I would come back whenever she needed to help keep Grandmother company during the day while Ann was at the hospital. So, on Tuesday, I left the boys to the care of my mom and Jeremy, and I headed to Atlanta to spend a couple of days with Grandmother and Ann. During the day, Ann would spend most of the day at the hospital and I would stay at the house with Grandmother. After our visit on Sunday, Granddaddy started to take a turn for the worst. By Wednesday, Ann started to prepare Grandmother that the weeks that we thought he would have were now going to be days, at most.
Then, on Wednesday night, November 9th, as we were getting ready for bed, Ann received the call that Granddaddy had passed. I was so blessed to be with Ann that night, to stay up and talk to her for hours. I learned that week that she is one of the strongest women I know.
So, on Thursday afternoon, I headed back to Augusta to wash clothes, repack, and then we headed back to Atlanta on Friday. We spent that day with Jeremy's family and then we celebrated Granddaddy's life at his funeral on Saturday, November 12th.
We will all miss Granddaddy. He was the heart and soul of the family...the family patriarch. He LOVED his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And, he was loved by them. He was also well loved by hundreds of members of the congregations that he pastored over the years. He married Jeremy and me in 2003. And, he and Grandmother had a marriage that we should all strive to have. They loved well.
After leaving Atlanta, we headed back to Augusta for the week. The following Sunday, the boys and I headed to LaGrange to spend a few days before Thanksgiving. We had a great time with Sunshine and Granddaddy, as always!
And, all the boys wanted to do was to play outside with Granddaddy!
We even got to spend a little bit of time with Jane Anne and her family. Connor and Kyle are always excited to see "the boys"!
Then, we headed up to Atlanta for a few days with Jeremy's family. We had a great time seeing everyone again! It was really nice to all get together again so soon after losing Granddaddy.
These three kids have such a great time together!
They love each other and love to be with each other...so much so, that the boys and I headed to Birmingham for a "Girls and Kids" weekend while Jeremy and Kevin went to Andy's Bachelor's Party Weekend. But, the "Girls and Kids" weekend will have to be a post for another day! I'm exhausted just thinking about our November!
Last week, we had family pictures taken by a local photographer, Sarah Thompson. She took pictures of us last year when I was pregnant with Kyle and I loved her work. I also love that she includes the rights to the CD in her price! I love how these pictures turned out. I could not be happier and these are just the "sneek peek"! I will get the rest in the next couple of weeks!
Don't be surprised to see one of these pictures as our Christmas card!
And, to end our three days of Halloween fun, we headed out Trick or Treating on Monday night! We had never taken Connor Trick or Treating in the past because of rain or because we were at our church's fall festival, but this year, we decided we would head out for some fun and candy!
Connor did a great job saying "Trick or Treat" and he loved seeing all of the other kids in costume!
Kyle wasn't quite sure what to think of the trick or treating, but he loved riding around in his car. And, then, he loved getting a taste of candy! When we got home, he started trying to eat Connor's candy through the wrappers, so I opened a mini 3-Muskateers and gave him bites. He LOVED it! He definitely takes after me and has a big sweet tooth!
On Sunday night, Connor and Kyle got dressed up in their Halloween costumes and headed to Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Augusta (where Connor goes to school). But, first, we had to take pictures on the front steps like I have done every other year!
Kyle looks bored in this next picture, but he did end up having a great time!
And, of course, Connor found the inflatable slide and had a blast!
After a long time on the inflatables, we headed into the gym to try the games.
But, after a few games, Connor was ready to head back out to the inflatables! He wanted to try the inflatable obstacle course. I didn't think he could/would do it, but we got in line anyway. While waiting in line, we let Kyle out of his stroller and he had a great time!
And, Connor did an amazing job at the obstacle course! We were so impressed!
FBC Augusta's Trunk or Treat is definitely a must for next year! So much fun!
Saturday afternoon was spent painting and carving pumpkins. We let Connor enjoy some time with Mommy and Daddy while Kyle took a nap. Connor had a great time painting his pumpkin(s). Jeremy carved a haunted house pumpkin and I painted a polka dot pumpkin.
We went to a combined Kindermusik class last Wednesday with some of the older Kindermusik kids rather than our normal Thursday class. Since Connor wasn't in school (like he is on Thursday's), Connor was able to join Kyle for Kindermusik. Connor loved his 3 years of Kindermusik and misses going, so he was happy to get to join Kyle. Since it was the last class before Halloween, many of the kids dressed up. I dressed Connor up in his costume, but Kyle's dinosaur costume was more appropriate for colder weather and the 80 degree day didn't seem appropriate for it. I was afraid he would burn up!
Kyle and I went last week for his one year check-up. He did great! He had to check out the entire waiting room and I kept having to go get him to keep him from walking over to the "sick child" side of the office.
This next picture is how Kyle entertained himself while we waited for the doctor to come in the room!
He found this beam underneath the patient table and had a great time climbing over it over and over and over again!
People comment all the time "what a big boy he is!" When you look at him, he does look like a big boy, but his cheeks deceive you. He has huge chipmunk cheeks, but the rest of him is so much smaller than Connor was at this age!
Here are the stats:
Weight: 20 lbs., 8 oz. (20th percentile)
Length: 30 inches (40-45th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18 1/4 inches (40-45th percentile)
To compare, Connor's stats at 12 months:
Weight: 22 lbs., 8 oz. (50th percentile)
Length: 30.5 inches (60th percentile)
Head Circumference: 19 inches (80th percentile)
But, Dr. Middlebrooks is happy with Kyle's growth and development and says he's just perfect.
Hopefully, we won't be back to the doctor until his 15 month checkup!