/> SLO in Arkansas: June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baby Shower

I had a fantastic weekend which included a wonderful baby shower for Jace and a visit with my mom. The women at church gave me a beautiful shower on Sunday, and I was blown away by their creativity and generosity! I received so many thoughtful and personalized gifts, and I am dying to get to use them!!! These girls are so talented and I have been so blessed by their friendship and love as we get ready to welcome this new little one soon. Thank you so much to all who came and participated in any way to make this so special for me. I truly appreciate everything and am so thankful for your kind hearts!!!

Tyson had a ball hanging out with his Memaw, and was so sad to see her leave on Monday. He just eats up all her attention and shows off continuously when she is here!!! We had lots of fun together, but of course I didn't get any cute pictures of them hanging out. My mom is so patient with him and Tyson just adores all the love and play time. We had a great visit and are so thankful for the time we get to spend with family. Thanks for making the trip mom....we loved having you and can't wait to see you again soon:)
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Family Time

We have been enjoying our time left as a family of three in these last 2 months before Jace gets here. Just thought I would post a few random pictures of the fam hanging out around the house the past few weeks. The top one is of Tyson being "Little Chef." He pulls his chair up every night so he can be part of helping cook dinner with us. He loves cooking and being involved in what we are going to be eating. He usually asks if we are having popcorn or rice, I guess since he likes them so much!

Here is my 30 week pregnant picture. I am 32 weeks this week, but everything is pretty much the same. I went to the doctor today and got a fabulous report. Everything is going great and I am feeling great, and am sure hoping to stay that way! I failed my one hour glucose screening for gestational diabetes a week ago, and had to go back for the 3 hour test to see if I really had it or not. Turns out I passed "with flying colors" they told me today, as I was in the normal ranges all four times they drew my blood. So that was good news. I have gained about 23 pounds at this point and I feel ok about that. The heat makes me not want to eat too much, so I have been enjoying a lot of fresh fruit and fruit salad. I am sad that we have already hit 99 degrees in June though! I was prepared for that in August, but it sure sucks the energy right out of you:) Luckily Tyson and I have spent lots of time playing in the water in the yard, and were able to go swimming this morning over at a friend's house. I am still sleeping decently too, and getting a nap almost every day which has been great!
Tyson and Daddy.
A picture of Ty and Mama, finally!!!
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Weekend

We had a fabulous Father's Day weekend here in the Orbison family:) We headed out to the lake on Friday afternoon for a few days of fun in the sun. It was perfect weather...sunny all weekend and in the 90's. The water felt good and refreshing, and we had a great time boating, swimming, eating, and hanging out with family and friends. Tyson was adorable as usual and had a grand time out on the water!
Tyson and his Daddy on Father's Day:)
Silas was able to get Tyson out in the tube for the first time this weekend and it was great!! Tyson isn't scared of much, and he had a ball riding the waves with his dad. Silas told me Tyson kept saying "Whoa, whoa!!!" the whole time, and laughing. I was driving the boat, so I was lucky that our friends were able to get a few pictures of his big adventure for me:) There were not too many people out this weekend, which made it perfect for tubing as there was not much traffic on the water. Silas got to have a turn finally too, and we all had fun. I spent most of my time floating in the water, which was perfect! Ty also learned how to jump off the back of the boat into the water where Silas would catch him, and spent a lot of time climbing in and jumping off again. He would get up to the edge and say "one, two...." and wait for us to say "three....jump!" Then he would fling himself off again. He had so much fun!
After hours of riding, tubing, swimming, and jumping, we had one tired little boy on our hands. He sleeps like a rock when we are driving around, and managed to squeeze in a few much needed naps this way:) We continue to enjoy the boat and are having so much fun sharing it with friends and making memories with our family. I can't wait until next summer when we have two little boys having fun together:) We had a great weekend with Silas and I am so thankful that Tyson has such a loving and fun daddy to grow up with:)
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Fun

I can't believe it is more than half way through June already! Time sure is going fast these days, and we are trying to enjoy the summer as much as possible. We have been able to spend a few afternoons outside with Tyson in his little pool so far, and he has loved it. I love that he is such a water lover! These were the few pictures I got while the water was still clean and clear, before he climbed in and out a million times and got tons of grass and dirt in there:)
The rest are just a few cute pictures of little man over the past few weeks. He is growing up way too fast and I wish he would just stop! Some days I look at him and wonder where my little baby went, or newly teetering toddler. His language is expanding daily and he is starting to put sentences together. They are not always in the right order, but he is working on getting several words together to convey what he wants. He still chatters non-stop, though now most of it is understandable. He remains obsessed with the same things....tractors, trucks, motorcycles, trains, water, and puppies. Oh yeah, and food! These things are what 99% of our conversations are about daily. He has taken a recent liking to Mickey Mouse on the Disney channel, though he calls him "Hot Dog" because of the hot dog dance they sing/do at the end of the show. It's pretty cute:)
He has also started saying "I love you," which just melts mama's heart every single time:) Really it is just "love you," but he says it at all the right times. After I kiss him goodnight and am leaving his room, he usually says, "night night, love you mama!" Then he mutters something about cookies too! I could just eat him up!!!
I have been enjoying the past 3 weeks or so since he has been out of Mother's Day out and home with me full time. We have a great routine going for our day and have had some fun together:) He starts his new "school" tomorrow for the summer, and will only be going on Thursdays. I hope he likes this one as much as his old school. I think he will enjoy getting to be able to play with kids his own age at least one day a week, and it will give me some more hours to squeeze a little work in before I pop. I also can't believe that his birthday is coming up in about a month!!! My baby is about to be 2!!!
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Friday, June 12, 2009

A Look Back

I can't believe how fast this past year has flown by. This time last year we were packing up to move to Jonesboro. It was a chaotic and stressful week trying to get packed, moved, and close on the house. I would like to look back from here and say that it has been smooth sailing since, but I can't in all honesty.

I have been thinking and reflecting on the year and our transition to a new place, and it really has had a lot of ups and downs. There are many positive things about being here, though I continue to get pangs of sadness at times thinking of what we left behind. I don't really think of Searcy as "home" anymore, though Jonesboro doesn't yet feel like "home" either. I know that the whole process is just that, a journey, not an event. One day I will wake up and feel at home here, but I just don't think I am there yet.

Of course most of what gets in my way of feeling peaceful and content is my own self, and my crazy expectations! I imagined what things would be like once we moved, and not much of what I imagined became reality once we got here. Our family is changing, schedules are changing, and of course life just changes everyday, and I guess I just forgot to factor that in:) With that said, I am getting to a place where I am content with life and am starting to settle into the familiar routines that I love so much. I better enjoy it fast since I am having a baby in 9 weeks, huh?!?!?

I struggled for a long time against moving, years actually, until I felt the pull so strongly I just couldn't keep ignoring it. I am so thankful that Silas was so patient with me as I wrestled with accepting this change, and that he allowed me to come in my own time. I truly believe God has us here for a reason, and I fully expected Him to make that reason clear as soon as I arrived where I thought He wanted me. As the days and months continued on and nothing seemed apparent, I started to doubt my decision to pack up and move after all. I know the devil gets at me through those little windows of doubt, and boy did I let him at times. I know that that has a lot to do with my not being content. But I have hung on and dug my heels in, and am going to keep fighting the urge to give up and run back to what feels familiar. I know that the path will open up for me step by step, and not with flashing neon signs like I wish it would!!

I am so thankful for so many people and things here, and I forget how blessed I am on my bad days. We have an amazing church family here who has been so welcoming, and I wouldn't have lasted this long without the wonderful people there!!! Tyson is growing and thriving daily, which I know I should never take for granted either. Silas has a good job, and so do I, which is again a huge blessing. I am my own worst enemy it seems, and can always find something to grumble about or steal a little of my joy away. So, I am writing all this to acknowledge some of my struggles openly and especially to myself, and as a reminder to focus on the positive and see just how fully I am blessed day in and day out. It has been a difficult year in many ways, and a wonderful year in many ways. My dad always reminds me that growing and stretching doesn't always feel good, but the end result is always worth it. So I am going to continue trusting God that I am right where he wants me, and be more cheerful along the way. I can already see many ways that things are working for good here for our family, and I know there is more to come.

Life hasn't always turned out like I expected or imagined it would, but in most ways it far exceeds anything I could have even hoped for:) God blesses me despite myself, and for that I am so thankful! I am eagerly looking forward to what this year has in store for me as well.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

7 years!

I am a little late posting this, but better late than never:) Silas and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on May 30th. So much has happened in the past 7 years, and it has been wonderful being married to my best friend:) I don't even remember our anniversary last year in the craziness of packing and getting ready to move to the new house, so it was nice to have time to slow down this year and enjoy ourselves. We were able to go out to dinner and enjoy a good meal together, which I know will become more and more rare after this second baby is born!
Random attempt at a family picture. My camera has the shortest timer on it ever (which I can't figure out how to change) and we took a million before we got one this good! Tyson is laughing because of Silas running furiously to hurry and sit down before the flash went off:)
We had a family day and went to the Memphis Zoo last weekend. It was packed!!! I guess that is what happens on one of the first sunny Saturdays we have had in a long time. Silas had never been and we were trying to take advantage of Tyson getting in free since he is under age 2. We almost didn't go since Ty decided to wake up at 5:30 am, but it worked out well since he took a little nap on the way there and one on the way home, instead of just his afternoon one.
Tyson loved all the animals and was much more interested than last year! He actually knew we were looking at things this time, and would get so excited and squeal when the animal would move around. Our favorites were the elephants, giraffes, and polar bear. Tyson also loves the fish, so the aquarium was a nice stop. We packed our lunches and enjoyed the couple of hours we spent there. I got really hot and tired walking around, mostly from the heat, and we left a little earlier than planned because of that. I felt much better after some air conditioning and a little time off my feet:)

I can't believe it is already past the first week of June! Time seems to be flying and there are so many things we are trying to do before the baby comes. I only have 10 weeks or less and that is just crazy! I go back to the doctor on Tuesday next week so I should have an update then.
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Friday, June 05, 2009

Jace's Nursery

Just wanted to post a few pictures of how Jace's room is coming along so far. We are using all the same furniture as we did with Ty, and I just changed out the crib bumper and curtains for something a little different.
Here is the rocking chair/ottoman and window across from the crib.
Not the best picture, but here are the letters we have on the wall. We really don't have any other decorations or anything, but I figure that can all come later. Tyson enjoys playing in there and knows where to go when we say "the baby's room."
What post would be complete without a cute picture of Tyson:) He found my phone today and was apparently making a very important phone call. Of course it was right after lunch and I hadn't gotten his shirt back on him or his face wiped off well.
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Monday, June 01, 2009

My Boy

My older sister once told me that she just knew I would be the one to have the spotless kid who was always cleaned up and looking nice, I guess since I tend to be a bit of a clean freak at times. I laugh to myself almost every day thinking about this, because my boy is almost never clean!!! The kid does everything himself, and has fun doing it. Messes are just a normal part of our day. I love these pictures of him enjoying lunch today:)

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