/> SLO in Arkansas: December 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crazy December

 This month has proven to be both exciting and exhausting so far, and we haven't even gotten to the holidays yet!  We had a crazy ice storm come through which was mostly ice and sleet, and it was enough to cause schools to be out on a Friday, Monday and Tuesday.  We had ice on the ground for about 8 days solid as the temps never got above freezing, and there are still patches of it in places today...2 weeks later!  Of course it is going to be in the 60's tomorrow.  The boys tried so hard to play outside, but it was frozen solid!!  They still managed to stay outside for hours and have fun in the mess:)  I am thankful that Silas has a big 4 wheel drive work truck which got us out and about and all over town when many others were iced in.  We loaded up the boys and got out of the house almost every day, and it was fun to go to the grocery store and pick things up for friends who were not able to leave their homes.  Church was even cancelled on Sunday for safety, so we headed to a friend's house to spend some time with others and enjoy the company that day.  It was fun for the first few days, but really got us off our routine with school being out so much.  I was very thankful we never lost power, like we did in the ice storm back in 2009.  Of course Silas kept us with a blazing fire in the fireplace and we had stocked up on food, so it was fun to be at home for a few days together.
 The boys made it to school 3 days last week following the ice storm, and this week has just been a total bust.  Tyson had a fever on Sunday so he stayed home Monday.  It went away so I sent him to school Tuesday, only to have the nurse call me to come pick him up that afternoon.  Then Jace came down with a bad fever and they can't seem to shake the sickness.  I have had all 3 boys at home all week, and it has been exhausting trying to take care of the sick kids as well as the baby, and try to keep the baby well.  The big boys fevers come and go, so they are going from running around stir crazy and fine, to miserable, whiny and just not feeling well from hour to hour.  I think Tyson may finally be better, so he may get one day of school in tomorrow.  I was so sad that they ended up missing all of their fun school Christmas parties and activities this week:(
 I just feel like we have not had a chance to recover at all from travelling at Thanksgiving, to the ice storm and now sickness.  I am very routine oriented and this craziness wears me out!!  Especially with all the extra activities for the holidays mixed in!  I usually LOVE Christmas, and this is the first year that I am just ready for it to be over already.  The boys are excited and ready for Santa to come. I wrapped some gifts and put them under the tree and poor Jace asks every day if its Christmas yet!!  He is so excited and is having trouble waiting!!  We have an elf at our house too, which the boys have fun with.  He is not the real Elf on the Shelf, but a big stuffed elf named Eugene.  He moves to a new spot every night and leaves the big boys candy in the "elf house" which is our fun house that counts down the days to Christmas.

What a difference a month makes with my running and feeling better physically.  I still only run about twice a week, but have been able to increase my speed and distance in the past few weeks.  I have enjoyed getting back to the gym and am slowly starting to see some progress and feel a bit like my old self:)  That has been encouraging to say the least!!  I am looking forward to the new year and hopefully getting back to some sort of a routine around here!!
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Doll Baby

 I seriously cannot put into words how much I adore this baby boy.  I am just wrapped around his little finger, and honestly I am enjoying spoiling him rotten:)  I am such a different mom than I was with my firstborn, and second for that matter.  I think age along with experience have helped me to realize just how fleeting these infant days are, and how to truly soak up the moments while they are little babies.  He is already growing up so fast and some days my heart hurts just knowing the months are already flying by.  Can you tell I am still a bit emotional/hormonal too?!?!
 Precious baby is already 10 weeks old!!  He is so laid back and a happy and smiley little guy.  He always looks so serious in his pictures but I guess the camera is just too slow to catch those smiles I see all the time:)  I have had the best time staying at home with him these past 2 months. We get the big boys off to school and then settle in for our nice quiet days together at home.  That gives us plenty of time for snuggling, rocking, cooing and eating together.  We have a great routine down already.  He is very flexible though and we just go with the flow when extra activities with the big boys come up and we have to be on the go.  Silas and I have a regular lunch date on Tuesdays and he loves to go with us:)  We are regulars at the restaurant, so the waitresses always have to come check him out and see how much he has grown since the week before!  He gets a lot of attention with those big blue eyes!!
 We still have not had any jealousy issues at all from either Tyson or Jace.  They both think Knox hung the moon and that every single smile, burp, dirty diaper, or coo is the cutest thing he has ever done:)  They are so sweet to him and only fight over who gets to hold him or get upset when he is still napping when they get home from school and can't play with him right away.  The first question out of their mouths every time I see them is, "Where is the baby??" I wish I could just slow time down a bit and keep him little a bit longer, but he is growing and changing so much.  My heart is so full with this house full of boys.  There were so many things and phases that I wished away with the big boys, or things I really just don't even remember.  I am so thankful to have one more time around with a precious little one so I can finally savor the moments of "baby ness."  There are many, many days where I realize how many hours I spent sitting in my big brown chair, rocking and loving on this little guy, and instead of being upset that I didn't get "anything done," I can honestly say there is nothing else I would rather have done.  Life is so hectic and chaotic at times with 3 boys in the house, and I cherish the blessing God has given me of time at home alone with this baby just to rock:)
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

 I am humbled by the number of blessings I have been given in my life, and am being reminded lately how important it is just to take the time to reflect, be present in the moment, and have a grateful heart. We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with the Hensley crew, which is increasing in size every year!  There were 2 new babies added to the family this year, bringing the total number of grandchildren for my parents up to 10:)
 Memaw and the Orbison grandsons.
 The big boys.
 Cousins enjoying every  moment of playing together for a few days.
 Uncle Silas and precious Ada and Tyson.
 Sweet baby Gwyn whom I got to meet and love on for the first time:)
My mom and I. 
 The Hensley girls:)  I sure do love these ladies!!
 Precious Emily.
 Uncle Ricardo getting some baby loving from little Knox.
 The 6 big cousins!! Minus Kia, the oldest of this crazy bunch:)
 All 8 of the youngest cousins.  You cannot even imagine how difficult it was to get them all standing in one spot for just a second!!  Always an adventure with the little ones.
 The Thanksgiving dinner.  My adult cousins and Uncle were able to celebrate the holiday with us, making it even more special.  It was good to catch up, spend time with family, and enjoy some good food!  I loved watching all the cousins play and just enjoy being together.  I am so thankful for this crazy group of people I get to call family, and love every single one of them so much:)
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Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

 The Kindergarten had its big Thanksgiving feast at school and Tyson was so excited that I got to come and celebrate with him.
 He had a great time eating Thanksgiving food and having fun with his friends.  This is his buddy Luke who also happens to go to church with us.
 Can you see what a proud big brother he is?!!  Tyson adores his baby brother and loves to hold him whenever he can.  He was so happy to see that Knox was there to share in the festivities at his school:)  We had to show the baby off to many of his classmates.  It was so cute!
Knox is the typical 3rd child/baby of the family.  He is so laid back and just takes it all in stride:)  I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to celebrate together! 
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