Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's fall and that means PUMPKIN PATCH!

I LOVE the fall!  LOVE IT!  I love everything that begins in the fall, one of which is visiting the pumpkin patch.  We go to a local farm every year, At'l Do Farm.  I've gone for over 10 years and the farm has grown so much in that time.  It's very family friendly and the boys love it as much as I do- and that includes Jim!

The farm just opened this week.  It was supposed to open last week, but with all the rain the season opening was rained out.  We weren't going to go this weekend because it rained again mid week and we didn't want to deal with the mud, but some friends assured us it wasn't very muddy at all, so off we went.

Just as we pulled into a parking space (right up front at one of the busiest times of the day- holla!), Austin informs us that he just pooped his pants.  Wait.  What!?  I don't have a change of clothes for him because he's been potty trained for months with no accidents.  Oy vay.  So while Jim took Austin to the bathroom, Jackson played in the mini maze.  ...and as it turns out, Austin's accident wasn't really anything at all.  Phew!


First we took a couple pictures-


They really are best friends.  That makes this mommy heart very happy!


Harrison and mommy- it was his first trip to the farm.  I think that tiny smile says that he loves it as much as we do!



Then we all headed over to the cow train before it got dark.  All THREE boys loved it!
Yes, I said THREE.


This year the farm plowed a family maze into the their corn, so we actually ventured through a maze this year.  Fastest maze I've ever been through.  It only took about 30 minutes and the boys really enjoyed reading all about Jack and the Cornstalk.  It was perfect for our family.  And the best part (for me and Harrison, anyway)?  We got to try out the new carrier and I LOVE IT!  Jim's cousin, Missi, told us that she just bought the cheapest carrier they had at Walmart and that she really liked it.  While looking and researching different carriers (and seeing how ridiculously priced they are) I took her advice.  The carrier was under $20 on Amazon and it's perfect!  Harrison didn't fuss at all and even fell asleep in the maze.  I'm highly impressed with this carrier.  I think it's one of the best purchases we've made this time around.

Look, he fell asleep!  Score!


After the maze it was pretty dark outside, so we ate a few snacks and then Jim and Jackson headed off to shoot some corn (I didn't get any pictures because the noise was too loud for Harrison, and Austin didn't like it either), so we headed inside the barn to wait for daddy and Jackson to finish.

A selfie with my two baby boys-


And the last activity of the night, a hayride through Pumpkin Hallow.  This is probably my favorite part of the farm this time of year.  Austin was a little nervous to ride (he's a little bit of a scaredy-pants these days), but after we left he said that the red ride (the hayride) was his favorite part of the night. 
A sweet lady took our picture, but with all the red-eyes it's not a very good picture.  It is good for the memories though.


We got home a little late for the boys, and Harrison didn't appreciate us keeping him up later than his usual bed time.  He's scowling at us even in his sleep.
Oh my goodness, I love this face!


Can't wait to go again!

Rainy nights outside, family fun inside!

Lubbock had rain for almost 2 straight weeks.  It was incredible!  I loved every second and I was actually sad to see the sun come out.  So while it rained outside, I had to make some family fun inside.  Friday nights are our family fun nights.  We usually go out to dinner and then do something fun with the boys.  Some Fridays it's as simple as eating at Chick Fil A and letting the boys play in their play area (their current favorite activity) and some nights we eat at a sit-down restaurant and then we go and do an activity around town.  Either way, everyone looks forward to the "Freakin' Weekend" because of Friday nights.  ...and because the boys get their Kindles on the weekends.

With all the rain I had to plan some indoor family fun, so we didn't have to go out in the rain and we could just enjoy the weather in our nice and warm home.  The first night we had family game night.  We all love board games.  Heck, both the older boys would choose board games over their electronic games- and that's saying a lot for them!

The boys had been "eyeing" a game called Disney's Eye Found It (pun intended- I slay me!), so we picked it up because we knew we would be spending the weekend indoors.  I'm so glad we did, it's probably one of my favorite kids games right now.  It's a lot of fun for kids and adults.


Harrison didn't make it to the party Friday night, but he made it to the party on Saturday night!
Look at this party animal-


Once we got Harrison calmed down from his wild party ways, the rest of us put together some Halloween puzzles.  I found these puzzles at the store and thought they'd be a perfect difficulty for the boys since they're 48 pieces.  Yeah, I totally underestimated my children, they finished the puzzle in about 5 minutes.  Oops.

Puzzle number 1:
Putting it together.  I was shocked at how well Austin put it together.


The finished product-


Silly faces- I have no idea what was going on here...


Puzzle 2:
Putting it together



Finished puzzles and the proud builders



I took a picture of the boys putting the puzzles away only because they were night and day of each other.  Jackson, my normally very meticulous child, quickly and haphazardly put the puzzles pieces away (and lost 13 pieces that Austin and I later found under the couch); while Austin, my normally sporadic and least cautious child, carefully put each puzzle piece away gently and precisely into the box.


It was a really fun weekend and the boys enjoyed themselves even though we were stuck indoors.  AND I just found a couple 100 piece Halloween puzzles for the boys to try next.  I bet it takes more than 5 minutes this time!
They'll take at least 6 minutes!

Harrison is 2 months!

Harrison is such a good, sweet baby!  UNTIL I take out the camera for monthly pictures.  He's only 2 months so we've only tried this twice, but both times, my usually perfect, smiley baby turns into Mr. Cranky Pants who wants nothing to do with pictures or cameras or mommy, for that matter.

Here's his 1 month photos:

This was the first picture I took- this might not be too bad!


Here's how ALL the rest of the pictures turned out-


I actually loved how the crying picture came out.  It's how he was feeling.  Frustrated with mommy and her silly camera.

And then it was time for 2 month pictures.  I was excited!  He had a little football outfit, perfect for the season, and I was going to stage a little photo session with Jim's Patriot's helmet.  It was going to be ADORABLE!  But once again, Harrison wasn't having it...

2 months:

These are the first two pictures I took.
This just might work...



And then the screaming commenced...



Ok, this one ^^^ is just adorable!

I needed a new plan.
Just holding him wasn't working.  He would not be soothed.
So I thought, what makes my babies calm down 99% of the time?
Swaddling!
And guess what?  It worked!
Instant happy baby.


So I took pictures with him swaddled.
I didn't get the cute seasonal baby football pictures that I wanted, but at least he was happy!
I even got a smile or two-


Baby (upside down) caterpillar


Harrison Blake Nuffer, 2 months.


A little about Harrison at 2 months:
Harrison loves to smoosh his face into blankets, arms, shoulders, boobs, you name it!  He can't fall asleep without smooshing his face into something.  I love this because ALL of his ultrasound pictures were distorted or blurred because he was smooshing his face into the placenta.  Literally smooshing that sweet face.  I think it's really cool that he does it outside the womb too.
Harrison LOVES showers!  Baths were a love/hate thing for him, but showers are always a win.  Even if he's tired and hungry and screaming like a tiny crazy man, if Jim gets him in the shower he is instantly calmed.
Harrison loves to sit up and stand up.  He's not much for lounging around.  I tried to tell him that he's only 2 months old and lounging is kind of a 2 month old thing, but he won't listen.
Harrison really enjoys his activity mat.  Neither of my older boys liked their activity mats, but Harrison will hang out and "play" for 30 minutes +.  I even took a shower while he played on his mat the other day.
Harrison HATES tummy time.  Still.  Just like his older brothers hated tummy time.
Harrison is truly a joy.  Sometimes I just smell his sweet baby smell and hold him tight (which he loves), praying that I will remember his baby smell and the feel of his tiny warm body in my arms.  I know, all too well, that this time doesn't last, and soon he will be a big boy just like his older brothers, so I'm trying to take in all I can of my little caboose while I can.

Mornings with Harrison

Harrison has been such a good baby!  He's a great sleeper AND he's been so good during our busy early mornings.  Most mornings Harrison is up and awake while I get the older boys ready for school/the day.  He just hangs out in his car seat (so he's ready to go when we're ready to go) while I'm rushing around trying to get everyone fed, dressed, groomed, and out the door by 7:20 every morning.

But there's some mornings that there is no waking this boy up.  Mind you, he sleeps ALL NIGHT LONG already.  He goes to bed in the 8 o'clock hour every night and doesn't get up until I wake him up at 6am (95% of the time).  It's amazing!!  For all those that might read this and hate me and my sleeping baby a little, please know that my first two boys were TERRIBLE sleepers until they were about 8 or 9 months old, so I know sleepless nights, trust me.  Anyway, there are some mornings that he just won't wake for no matter what I do.  These mornings make me laugh!  I call him my Mr. Lazy Bones because the boy loves to sleep!

Here we are, 6am and it's time to wake up!
Harrison doesn't like this idea much...


Surely, a diaper change will wake him up.


Maybe not...?


Ok, if that didn't work then feeding him definitely will!


So the bottle is almost gone now, and he's still snoozing.
This baby has an impressive skill of sleeping while drinking an entire bottle!


Ok, ok, if changing his diaper and feeding him didn't work, then burping him will definitely do the job!


Apparently not.

Well, I might as well let the boy sleep.


He slept through getting in his car seat, the drive to take Jackson to school, and getting back home.
But just as I put his car seat down in the house, look what I see...
2 big blue eyes looking at me and a sweet little smile!


Perfection.

Jackson Nuffer, FIRST grader!

Yes, it's almost October and I'm just not getting to Jackson's first day of school post from August, but hey, having 3 children at home is a bit more hectic than I imagined.

I was a little nervous about mornings in our house now because we have Harrison and he's really too small to be on a regular schedule already.  (Though, fast forward 6 weeks and his schedule is a little more predictable now.)  My plan was and is to get Harrison up early and fed before I get the older boys up, so I feed Harrison at 6am, then wake the boys at 6:30.  For the most part Harrison stays up and he's a happy and perky boy while mommy and his brothers get ready for school.  This sweet boy just sits in his car seat, happy as can be, and watches all the hustle and bustle happening around him every morning.
But on this particular morning he slept the whole morning through, he even slept through taking Jackson to school.


Anyway, Here's biggest little handsome, super stoked about school.


He made his "1st grade" sign this year.  I think I'm going to have the boys make their own signs every year so we see their handwriting and style changing as the time passes-


Here's a closer look at the fantastic job he did on his sign-


He was so excited again this year that he woke up CRAZY early, just like last year.
I think this face shows just how excited he really was.


And here's his "cool dude face".  This picture was his request.  He's hilarious!


Austin was soooo excited to go to school this year!  Except the poor guy is only 3, so preschool doesn't start until next year.  He was highly disappointed.  And no matter how many times I (gently) gave him the bad news that he was NOT starting school this year, he still continued to tell complete strangers who dared talk to him in stores that he was going to school this year, that he was going to preschool, and that he was already 4.  We had the "there's no preschool this year and you're not 4 yet" talk several times this summer.  Countless times.  But nothing sank in.
So here he is taking pictures with big brother, trying desperately to wrap his head around NOT going to school this year.


In this picture ^^ Austin is proudly telling Jackson that he IS going to school this year.
Jackson gave up trying to tell him any different.


We finally made it to school!
I LOVE his teacher this year!
I LOVE his school this year!
And I even went to college with and I am friends with his music teacher.
Poor guy, he won't be able to get away with anything!

Jackson and his teacher, Mrs. Camacho.
Did I mention how much I LOVE her!?


First grade has been wonderful for Jackson!  He had some behavior issues last year- minor stuff:  chatting too often, not staying on task, etc.; but this year he's not had any problems.  In fact, when I went in to visit with his teacher about his goals for the year she told me how smart he was (which I already knew), that he's her best reader (which I already suspected), and that he was such a well behaved little guy!  
Wait, what??
I then made sure she was talking about my son- the little blonde boy with big, blue eyes and and an equally big mouth??
Sure enough, she was talking about my little handsome!  Who knew!?  Her class is very structured and I know he responds well to structure and lots of it.  It's such a good fit for him!

Have a GREAT 1st grade year little man!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Harrison's blessing

Harrison is 6 weeks old and it's time for his blessing at church.  I waited the longest with Harrison, probably because he's my baby.  Jackson's and Austin's blessings were both at 4 weeks, but I wasn't ready at 4 weeks with Harrison.  Plus, I was in the throws of a really difficult semester in school, so I was really stressed out 2 weeks ago.  Waiting until Harrison was 6 weeks just worked best this time around.

For whatever reason, I have never taken pictures of just the baby being blessed in their blessing outfits before Harrison.  Jackson wore a little white sweater that was Jim's as a baby.  Austin wore a little white sleeper set type outfit.  Harrison wore a little retro romper that I found for my mom to make.  I LOVE IT!  My mom also made a beautiful white blanket for Jackson's blessing which I strung a blue ribbon through with the intentions of changing the ribbon out for each child after Jackson.  Austin had a brown ribbon and Harrison has a green ribbon.  Again, I didn't take pictures with the blanket, even though our little family tradition is wrapped around this sweet little blanket.  So here are pictures of Harrison's blessing outfit and blanket.  I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures of the older boys!

My little doll


He was about to start crying.
Love this little pouty face!


The blessing was beautiful.  Jim did a great job!  Harrison has a lifetime of love and kindness to spread.

Jim and me with our last baby


The first picture of our family of 5-


All three of our sweet boys-




Maggie always, always asks to hold Harrison.  Here she is with the boys.



And the Brown's with Harrison-


Sarah captured this picture of Harrison and me.
I love it so much!
Thank you, Sarah!


Oh, how I love this sweet baby boy.
He is perfection.
We are all so grateful he has blessed our family with his precious spirit.