/> SLO in Arkansas: April 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Getting Ready

Just wanted to share the name hanging we are doing for Jace's room. We did Tyson's room in a nautical theme, and are still working on which direction we are going for this little man. Obviously we like the camo, but I may do some sort of a jungle/animal theme with that. I think it will tie in with the browns and greens pretty well:) Anyway, I still have to figure out how I am going to hang the letters, so that will be another post upon completion. I am using all the same bedding that we had with Ty. I did get a new bumper though, just to change it up a little bit! I can't wait til he gets here and we get to use all the fun baby stuff:) I got to hold a little girl who is only a few weeks old at Ladies Bible Class this morning, and she snuggled up on my chest and fell asleep. There is just not a better feeling and I can't wait for it to be my own little guy:)
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Monday, April 20, 2009

This and That

Just a random post of what we have been up to the past month or so, plus a few cute pictures of the family:) Tyson loves shoes, especially ones that aren't his, and I caught him walking around in daddy's shoes a few weeks back:)
Like father like son. I caught my boys lounging on the couch watching TV and eating snacks together. Too cute:)
Wow...I haven't seen Silas all decked out in a long time!!! I hate that it took two funerals for us to finally buy him a suit, but I am glad we did! I see him in dirty work clothes all the time with a baseball hat and had forgotten how hot he looks all dressed up!!!
Ty Ty has loved playing with all his old baby gear as I have been pulling things out of the attic in preparation for Jace. He explores everything and has a ball playing in the nursery. I remember when he actually looked tiny in his car seat...now he looks like a giant!

Everything else is going well. Spring is definitely in the air and we have had a wonderful rainy season. As always, I have loved watching the world transform and new life begin after a long and cold winter. We bought a few petunias and azaleas this week and planted them in our front beds in the yard. I am so happy to finally have a little splash of color in the yard. We went very simple with our landscaping last year when we moved in and tried to just get a basic foundation of plants. I have been patiently waiting all year to get to add to it and fill in a few gaps with flowers:) I wish I had tons of money to spend on landscaping all at once, but I know this will be a work in progress! Silas found me a beautiful hanging basket of wave petunias for the back porch, and I love being able to see it out the window:)

I have had some serious nesting feelings lately (or maybe its just my normal obsession with things to be clean!) and have tried to tackle a few spring cleaning projects around the house. Luckily there hasn't been too much to do, since we haven't even lived here a year! It has been good to de-clutter a bit here and there and re-organize some places that have not gotten much attention. I am constantly having to re-evaluate my organizational system and adjust it to life with an ever changing toddler:) They get into EVERYTHING! The fun part has been having a little shadow follow me around the house. Tyson is in that "helping" phase and wants to do everything I do. He is great at helping me put wet clothes in the dryer, adding the dryer sheet, and closing the door. He also sweeps the floor with me, is in charge of turning the vacuum on and off, and wiping down the bathtub. I sure hope this desire to help out continues for a while, so I try to nurture it and let him do as much as possible!
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pregnant Pictures

Here is a post of pictures of ME....finally:) My little sister has been trying to get me to post some for a while, so hopefully this will do:) I am either 20 or 21 weeks in all of these pictures. And no, I most likely will not do any bare belly shots unless I am feeling super brave at some point in the future! I went to the doctor this week and he said everything looks good. I am measuring a little further ahead than where I am, but I did this with Tyson too. I have gained around 15 pounds I think, which is more than I did before. But then again, I never lost any this time around, so up is the only direction to go! I have started to do a prenatal workout video that Tyson finds very entertaining to watch me do. Kind of like Tae Bo but with a watermelon in your middle:) He laughs and runs circles around me and comes up and pokes my stomach and then runs away. He also thinks I am dancing apparently, as he always wants to be held while I am hopping around! I guess to be fair, I do get plenty of cardio in each week when we crank up the music and hold little man and dance around the house until I can't sing anymore:) I have been feeling the baby move since about 17 weeks now and love it! He is definitely getting stronger and I enjoy feeling him thump around every night when I am lying in bed. I feel like I am starving all the time too, and can never get full it seems. My favorite things this pregnancy so far have been Payday candy bars, Rainbow sherbet from Baskin Robbins, and fruit salad. I could eat all three all day every day! I have not been craving, or even avoiding most big portions of beef, and milk. Not sure what that says about me, but they just make me feel sick. No major aches or pains at this point for which I am very thankful. Besides being so sick initially, I feel like my body is adjusting well to this pregnancy and feels pretty good overall. I can't believe I am starting my 6th month and am getting so close to the last trimester already. We are all super excited and just trying to get things done and enjoy our family of three before it grows soon:)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I didn't get many pictures before we left for church, but here they are!! We went pretty low key with the basket this year, but Tyson had fun eating some candy and playing with his new toy car the Easter Bunny left him:)
He loves jelly beans, and would not look up for a picture until he got those suckers out of that egg!
Finally one of him looking:)
Daddy and Ty before church. They had a cute little bunny at church in the kids hall with little baby chicks in the cage with it. It was so fun to watch all the kids looking at them, and hear them chirping all through class. We made a maple glazed ham and green bean casserole for dinner later on and spent a lazy rainy afternoon watching the Masters golf tournament and taking naps. It was a great family day:)
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Friday, April 10, 2009


Just wanted to share a few pictures I had of great-grandmother and grandmother. Great-grandmother was only 105 years old when this picture was taken!!! Tyson was just 5 weeks old at the time.
We got a 5 generation picture on the Orbison side with great-grandmother Orbison.
Tola, Silas' grandma, is in the green on the left. This was just this past Thanksgiving in Texas. I love that we got all of the grand kids with both sets of grandparents on the Orbison side in one picture. It is priceless and now even more special since two of these women have now passed away. I wrote more about our trip to Texas for the funerals in the previous post, so keep reading!
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Tyson and a Texas Funeral

Thought I would post a few pictures of little man hard at play over the past month. These are also meant to be some of the "before" pictures of his hair. I should have some of the "after" the haircut up here soon.
We have had a super crazy week around the Orbison house. Silas' great-grandmother passed away on Friday morning of last week. She was 107 years old!!! Ruth was a wonderful Christian woman and left behind a huge family who love her very much. While packing for the trip to Texas for the funeral on Saturday evening, Silas realized he didn't own a suit, so off we rushed to the mall to buy him an appropriate outfit. While he was trying on suits, he gets another phone call letting him know that his grandmother had also passed away that evening. Talk about a double whammy. So one funeral in Texas turned into two. The rest of the week has been a whirlwind for us. We spent a little over 22 hours in the car from Sunday to Wednesday, went to two funerals, and came back in time to work a few days to wrap up the week. Needless to say we are all exhausted, emotionally and physically.
While it is sad to lose a loved one, it was such a privilege to be able to attend encouraging and uplifting memorials to celebrate some wonderful Christian women in our family. Silas and I both discussed the week (during our many hours in the car) and both came to the conclusion that we are so blessed to have such a rich legacy of faith in our family and such tremendous living examples of how to walk the walk. We often take that for granted, and I know we should not. We both came away with a renewed sense of importance for living out our faith daily and the importance of being examples in our own homes and family. It is such a comfort to know these sweet ladies are finally home resting with Jesus, and were so dearly loved while they were here with us:) Our prayers are for Jack, Silas' grandpa, who lost his mother and wife within 2 days of each other. He has handled everything with such poise, though I know he will be lonely at times.
It was a hard trip, but worth every second. It was so nice to be able to connect with members of the family who live so far away. I took my camera but never took a picture, as I could never find an appropriate moment during all the events. I just wanted to thank everyone who has been praying for our family. It means a lot to us.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

All Boy

My little cutie pie is all boy, no doubt:) This kid loves the mud, and is not afraid to get dirty either! He will occasionally try to wipe his hands off and yell "Ewwwww!!!" but that's about it. We have been trying to get outside and enjoy any sunny days we get around here, and Tyson loves playing in the yard. One of his new favorite words is "outside."
Of course with all the rain we have had, the yard never quite dries out completely, so we always have a nice supply of mud on hand, especially when water collects in the fire pit. This is Tyson's destination of choice, and he always heads straight to it.
He is convinced his job is to personally remove any and all debris from the yard (small rocks, wood pieces, etc) and fling them into the mud pit. Then he tries to scoop them out and throw them in all over again.
A very dirty little boy is always the end result. A dirty but happy little boy. And when my little guy is happy, so am I:)
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Scrunchie Lumpkins!

I have been so behind keeping up with events, especially in order lately! This one is all the way back from Valentine's Day, but I am just now getting around to posting it. I would like you to meet Scrunchie Lumpkins:) Silas took Tyson to Build-A-Bear for Valentines Day and they made this little guy for me:) Silas said he thought it would be a good reminder for me of Ty during this time in our lives. He is definitely our little monkey! We have been calling Tyson scrunchie lumpkins since he was a tiny baby and would scrunch around all over his crib. Silas helped Tyson pick everything out and they made this together for me. Apparently Tyson did not understand too much about what was going on, so it will be fun to take him back later when he is a little older and do this again with him:) Tyson loves looking at him and always knows where he is in the house. Silas had fun doing a little photo shoot for me, so I thought I would share!

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