Behind the Camera and Dreaming

Thanksgiving 2014

Here's to catching up! We celebrated Thanksgiving four different times this year. I mean how lucky are we that we have reason to celebrate four different times with four different groups of people we love? Well I guess the groups overlapped a little with immediate family vs extended family.. that kind of thing. BUT STILL. I have to say that the holidays are really special this year. I was just thinking tonight that not only is this Ezra's first holiday season, it's the 10th holiday season Wesley and I have celebrated as a couple. I totally missed blogging about our 6th wedding anniversary last month (not that we were able to do anything special) and I haven't really been blogging about Ezra's firsts. I want to catch up so badly - and I will. It is just taking time and while I only have a very short time left at home full-time, I want to take advantage of it.

Anyway, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we gathered with my oldest friends and had an awesome time - I took no pictures really. I though take some the next evening when we had (nontraditional) thanksgiving dinner at my parents house.

Benjamin's Thankful Tree - Chicken Nuggets made the cut...
TiTi (that's me) did not unless you file me under Mommies and Daddies. 

Ezra really loves Mae Mae (as we all do) but it's been so great that she's been able to be around so much while he's so young. He's such a good boy letting everyone just pass him around and have their turn! 

The next morning we headed to Starkville for yet another dinner! This time it was actually Thanksgiving and we had turkey, dressing and all the good stuff! We also got to see Wesley's cousin that we don't see too often. 

The highlight for all the kiddos - the fire pit of course. Marshmallows were roast... or eaten directly out of the bag.. jonah.

I just want to know WHEN my child became old/big enough to just teach himself how to ride a scooter. Jonah has just matured beyond belief since he turned three and had a baby brother. He's like a kid - no more toddler.

On Friday night we headed back home - we spent Saturday watching the Egg Bowl and Sunday had yet another dinner at my grandmother's home. I want to share the photos I took their separately but it was a great time. So much of our family was there and we love getting everyone in one place. What a great holiday.

Ezra's first road trip.

Back in October, the weekend of Jonah's birthday, we took Ezra for the first time to Starkville. It was rainy and we mostly hung around the house, so he did pretty well. It's always strange taking a baby to someone else's house. It feels like you have to take the whole house with you just to spend one night away from home! I've found a couple of essentials I have to have for these travels: 

1. Boppy - You never know when you'll have to stop and nurse the baby in the car. It's also something serves many purposes - assisting others in holding the baby when their arms are tired. I also put the Boppy on kids' laps when they hold him but for extra support for them and him. You also won't be in your comfy glider or spots you are used to nursing so any support is great. 

2. Rock N Play Sleeper - Love that it just folds up and can be moved around the house. You don't have to worry about having a crib or room for a pack n play. We use it for a bed and for a bouncy-like seat when out of town. 

3. Velcro Swaddle with a slit in the back. Did you know that some swaddles have a slit in the back making it wear you can use it in the carseat. Two hours on the road and not a peep. Thanks to him being swaddled in his carseat. Miracles I tell ya. 

While we were in Starkville, I took several photos, but here are a few of the highlights! 


To the Rescue Fire Station Party!

This little boy is obsessed with rescuing the innocent and saving the day! We decided that a Fire Station visit and small community helpers party would be the perfect way to celebrate him turning three.

We set up a visit to the Fire Station for the first hour of the party. The crew on duty the day we visited had never had a birthday party group come to the station (but we'd been to a party there in the past). I don't think they realized that they could do their normal education they do with other groups, but we took advantage of having almost free reign of the trucks!

The firemen were great! They let Jonah and the other kids climb ALL OVER the trucks and showed them how the ladder truck works. The adults (especially the guys) were just as or more infatuated than the kids with that ladder!

As you can see in some of the following photos - they really let them climb all over the trucks. Of course as mothers we kept telling them to be careful, etc and two different firemen told us not to worry about it because they break stuff all the time. They are really hard on their equipment.. who knew? 

Did you know most fire stations allow you to visit and tour? Especially in smaller cities and towns. Give them a call. It was non-stop entertainment for multiple age kids.

After the fire station, we headed to NaNa's house for some snacks and play! I was pretty happy with how everything turned out considering it was very last minute!

We were so blessed with all the sweet gifts given to jonah and really appreciate NaNa and Granddaddy opening up their home!