Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall flying by...

The days are getting shorter and fall seems to be flying by! The colors in our neighborhood have been beautiful this year and this morning we woke up to many of our leaves hitting the ground. Football, pumpkins, nature walks, and chili has made it's way into our lives and holiday music, snow-pants, Christmas goodies, and turkeys will be before us soon. Here's a few snaps of our fall days...

 We pulled out the car seat cover to keep the little man warm...

 Dad and Carson dressed in long sleeves for church... time to put the summer stuff away.

 Hoodies for the boys as they enjoy snack outside a few more times...

 Painting pumpkins...

 Carving pumpkins...

 Okay, this is any time of year :) Our buddy Natalie stopping by.... to check out Dave's sweet new ride. A 93 Camry WAGON! His old car was questionable to make it though the winter... this was our best and cheapest find. The boys love the backwards back-seat.... old school style! :)

Jaxon's art... he recently joined a local Youth Art Team for the fall and seems to really be enjoying it! A very fun first for him!! (and this is from art class at school... I love the creations he brings home to me)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Carson's last few weeks

To capture Carson at this stage I have to write a few things before I forget, because he is changing and growing way too fast! In some ways I am ever so thankful and in other ways I wish he would just slow down!! I can not believe he is already 3 months old. I feel like we just brought him home a lot of days, but I suppose with 3 active little guys the days are going to just start flying by me.

I weighed him at a friend's house and he is roughly 14 pounds. His legs and second chin can prove it.... he has really plumped up this last month. He still eats more often then I would prefer, but I think we are heading towards a wider stretch in between feedings. He has been pretty consistent with nursing every 2-3 hours. Often times the late afternoons and evening feedings are barely 2 hours. Whew, that can get exhausting and makes it hard at times to do anything other then nurse and make dinner for the rest of us. Yet, I love the built in times of day for me to stop and just hold him and coo with him amongst the busyness in my house. At night though he will go down usually between 730-8:30 and when he doesn't have a cold (his current status) will sleep until 4ish and then wake around 730. I am thankful his nights are pretty good most the time. Too bad we don't seem to live in the "most the time" at the moment. For a boy who can sleep like a champ at night usually, he does not do the same during the day. I've never had to teach either of my first two how to nap. Carson.... let's just say we get lots of lessons together!!! He is more of a 30-45 minutes napper, but seems pretty happy and content when not sleeping, so I can't complain I have a crabby baby... just one who doesn't need much sleep during the day. Darn it! Now that he is getting so smiley and interactive it is more fun to hang out with him during his awake time. The first couple months he was just kind of crabby pants with me when not eating or napping. I must have been really boring him :)  It's SO wonderful to have a baby that is content... finally!

I have decided to throw my goals of having any sort of schedule out the window and just stick to an everyday routine. I try to do the same thing in order each day to help Carson find some rhythm to his day and to understand when it is time to sleep and time to be awake and time to eat. I've had to juggle him around taking Jax to school, fixing lunch, picking Jax up from school and any evening activities we may have. I think I said this before, but the poor babe rarely gets to go down when he wants to or often time has to nurse early or late due to other's schedules in the house. I hate waking a sleeping baby, but he usually gets woken up to do a to and from school drop/pick up. Each day though he seems to get better at being flexible...slowly but surely :) My new frame of thinking is "15 minutes at a time". I do not plan much past 15 minutes because nothing seems to go as I planned when I do much past that, ha! I just never know these days. I think I am learning to be flexible more then Carson :)

I can not believe how crazy smiley and talkative he has gotten!! It is so fun! He would sit on my lap or in my arms and just laugh, coo, and squeal back to me for long stretches of time. I love seeing his personality bubble over and I think we have a bit of a little Jaxon on our hands :) He seems to really love faces and being talked to by anybody. For a babe who has shown me he doesn't intend to just "fall into line" here, I sure love him to pieces still and feel so blessed to have a beautiful and healthy baby boy. 3 months is a short time to fall in love so fast, but that is exactly what I have been doing!! :)

PS check out our 3 boys pics in the post below... I can't believe how much they look alike!

3 boys @ 3 months

 Jaxon at 3 months old...

Austin at 3 months old...

Carson at 3 months old...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

3 months & counting...

Our baby boy is 3 months today! We had a really fun play date this morning and our good friend, Katie, snapped away at our boy! I love them! Carson is becoming such a happy fun little guy!! It's so beautiful out today though, so I will leave you with these handsome pictures and come back when the sun isn't shining to write a bit on our 3 month old. Happy 3 months, Carson... we sure love you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

self portrait

As I emptied my camera I found these pictures... the last one cracks me up! Apparently Jaxon had a little fun with my camera and while doing so he posed his best looks. Not sure who he is trying to be in the last photo? Must get that face from his dad :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

the boys of fall

 This is where we spent every Tuesday and Thursday evening for the last 7 weeks... right here on the side of the football field watching our boys practice their favorite game called football. Jax is in the orange with his arms around his buddies. He loves his football buddies!

 The boys had GREAT coaches this year and they made the practice's really fun, as well as teaching them a thing or two about the basics to the game.

 Our whole family came as often as we could to practice's. Austin always had siblings of other boys to play with and the parents were a super fun group this year. Some nights it was too chilly for Carson, but most nights he was a trooper :)

 Jaxon handing off to his buddy, Gabe. You can tell these two play ball together every day! They worked really well together.

 Coach Mike gathering the team for a play...

 Napping baby Carson... we had 3 new baby's on the side this year! Carson, Simeon, and Finn were such good little babies at all the games... they will be out there before we know it!

 The Dad's were awesome... they usually stuck around to play a little pick up game with the kids afterwards... I love watching them play together :)  I'm not sure who had more fun... kids or Dad's?
 The boys of fall... (and 1 girl, watch out...she was pretty good!!)

 Austin stayed entertained with his cars at most games... I always brought him home full of softball field dirt and grass.

 Another play in action...

Good season team Eagles! We had such a fun team this year... I loved the families we got to hang out with during the week and on Saturday mornings. It was a great group of nice kids and it was fun to watch them learn a game together. It sure went fast... we're already planning some fun play times because I think we're all going to miss this crowd (and game) a bit :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

okay, just a few more...

hello Baby Austin

hot cocoa with cousin Amber!

Jaxon loved being a big brother from the start :)

Birthday lunch!

football themed party!

Baby Myles and G'pa

perfect cheeks for squeezing


winter fun always ends with hot cocoa :)

family friend, Drey, and boys

Austin and Myles

Casey's Pop Run!

May Day baskets...

Boys and little buddy, Boaz

Longfellow soccer... such fun!