Sunday, November 30, 2008

Give Thanks!

As we celebrate Luke & Bowen's first Thanksgiving, we obviously are very aware of all that we have to be thankful for this year!

There are just not words to express the gratefulness in our hearts for two healthy, happy baby boys in our home.  This year's Thanksgiving causes us to reflect back on the first few trying months of their little lives, and thank our heavenly Father that the time in the NICU is all a distant (and somewhat blurry) memory.

Dear Father God - You are always good no matter what happens in our earthly lives.  Thank you for your incredible grace & mercy so evident in the events of this year for us.  Thank you for the blessing of these two darling boys, and for all the wonderful friends and family who share in their lives.  We rejoice & praise you as our incredible Creator, and as the amazing Father who loves us unconditionally.  We are full of gratitude for You, and pray that we would not take any good thing in our lives for granted.  Amen.

Give Thanks! . . . with the families

But first things first - FOOTBALL watching! . . . Then pass around the food and the babies . . . .
The men of the family (Uncle Shane, Chris, and Papa Bowen) catch the LSU-Arkansas game.

Too much turkey for cousin Abel.  Thank heavens for Nana to help with naptime.

Chris & Bowen up close.

Luke with his Great Uncle Gary Cathcart (& Great Aunt Shirley).

Grammie & Pop Cathcart get their turn holding little boys.

Aunt Beth helps feed Bowen his very first sweet potatoes. . . . 
and then wash them down with some milk.  Nana jumps in for this part.

Luke cheeses for his Aunt Beth.

Bowen enjoys the exer-saucer at his grandmother's house.

Luke loves to "forehead bump" - it's one of his favorite things to do!  He enjoys a bump with his Great Aunt Carol.

Brayden gives Bowen the 4-1-1 on how to crawl.  (Bowen has been on all 4's rocking, so any day now!)

Bowen likes to grab face parts - here he gets his grandmother's mouth.  Careful, Grandma - you might lose some skin!

Practice??? (he, he) - Uncle Mike feeds Luke after getting pointers from Chris.

Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Mike pose with Luke.

Great Grandmamma Porter enjoys a moment with Luke.

Cousin Melissa feeds Bowen.

Cousin Kelly hangs with a happy Luke. . . . 
and her bro, Lee Michael, gets some laughs with Bowen.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Be sure to scroll down . . .

as there are 3 new posts as of Sun night, Nov 2. . . . Enjoy!

First Football Game!

Louisiana Tech U's homecoming was Saturday, Nov 1st.  I tried to explain to the boys that this is where Mommy & Daddy met, but I don't think they get it quite yet.   We did not get to stay for the whole game because it started at 1:30 pm and was way too hot for little babies (or anyone, for that manner).  Whoever thinks mid-day football games are a good idea in the deep south is quite mistaken! . . . . 

So I got some really great up close photos of their cute little rub-on tattoos and onesies that Nana monogrammed with bulldogs.  Unfortunately, they are on our new video camera, and technical difficulties prevented me from uploading them yet.  If I get time, I'll try to upload them again and add them to the post.

Oh yeah, and if you haven't seen me in several months - yes, I got a new 'do.  Not so crazy about it at first, but now I love it as it takes me only 5 minutes to fix!  And Chris loves it too - anything that helps me to get ready on time . . . . 

Go Dawgs!! (PS - They beat Fresno in the very hot sun.)

Ba-a-a-aD Boys go Trick-or-Treating!

You have to double-click on this first pic and see it enlarged.  Totally worth the 2 seconds! . . 

The boys strolled with their trick-or-treating cousins as bad biker babies, complete with spikey hair (mohawk for Bowen!), rub-on tattos, glued-on piercings, and faux leather studded jackets (thanks to Nana for making).  

Luke was a bit tired as the evening started (thanks to his recent decision to not take full naps in the daytime).  Note the heavy eyes . . . he's still a bad biker dude, nap or not!

Yes - this is Bowen's real hair.  His sweet little curls transformed nicely with some "Big Sexy" root pump, a blow dryer, and hair spray.

Chris and I used to carve a pumpkin every year while we dated, and the tradition has been reignited with having kids.

Nana & Papa (Bowen grandparents) with the boys and their Thetford cousins (Abel front left, Brayden on the right).

And with their Cathcart granparents - all smiles!

And we stroll . . . 

First stop, at our neighbors' house, the Johnsons.  They admire these big growing boys.

Stopping at the Cathcart grandparents' front porch.  Luke finally got his nap in!

A great up-close shot of Bowen's piercing (one 11-year-old trick-or-treater thought it was real - his comment "He must have really cried when you put that in!").

And the night catches up with Bowen. . . . 

And an up-close shot of Luke's spikey do, while playing with his Nana.

Sadly, no candy for two little boys this year.  We still are introducing vegetables to their palate.  So maybe next year!  . . . Happy late Halloween, everyone!

Puppy love!

The pictures & title say it all!