Thursday, October 9, 2014

Birthday Boys.

A few things about my boys as they turn one year older and wiser. 

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My Kamden.  At four years old.  We call him Chubbers around here.  I love this boy so much.  I love his sweetness, his silliness, his laugh, and the way he still calls me Mamma in his tiny squeaky voice.  I love how innocent he still is and how much his eyes still sparkle.  I love the giant hugs I get each morning and how excited he is when he sees me after preschool and wraps his arms around my legs.  I love that Me (and his Dad) are his best friends.  I love that when he wakes up in the morning he usually starts with, "What fun thing are we going to do today?" and then asks for a bowl of fruit loops.  I love that he thinks Lightning McQueen is real and is his other Best friend.  I love that he loves cookies and treats as much as I do!  I secretly love and laugh inside when he calls someone a "bummy guy."  (He calls me one on a regular occasion...)  On his first day of preschool he proudly told me, "Guess what Mama!?  I didn't call anyone Buttheads or Bummy Guys today!"  (Proud Mom moment. :)  He is the kindest boy and can win over the hardest of hearts.  He can also tease and has his Dads sense of humor!  He is my sidekick and best friend.  I love this boy like crazy!  Happy Birthday Chubbers!

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My Nolan.  At two years old.  Happy Birthday to my bright eyed, two year old, handsome man, Nolan Brey!!  Love this sweet boy!  He brings such peace and love into our home!  He loves his brothers like crazy and gives the best squeeze hugs in the world.  Kisses are rare, but he will always lean his cheek in to let you give him a kiss.  I love that he is still all about Mama and lets me sing and rock him to sleep every night just like he did when he was a tiny baby.  We sit in the rocking chair with his favorite blanket and he tells me "song."  We sing Twinkle Little Star, I am like a Star Shining Brightly, and You are my Sunshine... always, every night.  After which, we rock until I am ready to let him grow up a little more and then I lay him down.  He loves to cuddle and demands that we cuddle on the couch all the time.  This boy is mischievous, a thinker, a tease, and has the craziest run I have ever seen.  (His ear lobes flap in the wind... it's adorable.)  He will always be my sweet baby and I just want to hold on to this stage forever!  Love you Nolan Brey!  Happy Birthday baby boy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Twin Birthday's

We celebrated Twin Birthday's on the 28th of September.  If you didn't know Nolan and Kamden share their Birthday.  They are exactly two years and seventeen minutes apart... and before you start in on the whole "that is awful..."  It was my choice.  I felt good about it. :) I have a Brother and Sister who share a Birthday.  It seemed like it was always a bigger celebration - because it was TWO.  Now, in my family, my Zenock is the one who feels left out, because he has no one to share a Birthday with. 

You could say we are just fine with this Twin Birthday thing.  :)

My Kamden turned FOUR and my Nolan turned TWO.

The last four years have flown by and it has been a wild and enjoyable ride.  These two boys each add so much joy to our family.  It definitely wouldn't be complete with out them. 

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I might add that Nolan ate every bite of that cake and ice cream... This child loves food. :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bear Lake

We made our way to Utah this Summer over the Fourth of July for some family time (both sides).  We enjoyed every minute.  One of the highlights for me was spending a day at Bear Lake.  I have so many fun memories of Bear Lake especially during High School with friends.  I was so happy to share one of my favorite places with my boys for the day.  We had so much fun being with family, jet skiing, playing on the beach, and of course eating raspberry shakes. :)

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This is the face I got from Nolan every time I went out on the jet ski... This boy and I are just a little bit attached to each other... And, I love it.

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The best day. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Because it has been almost three months and I have still yet to post an update to JC being home, I figure it might be time... (read: life is bliss and we are busy enjoying time as family!)

So, in case you missed it, here is a little video from when JC came home.

So here is how things played out...

JC was supposed to be home on Tuesday and I was going to pick him up from the airport and then we were going to go and surprise Zenock during his awards assembly at school.  I had it all arranged with his Teacher. :)  Things didn't quite go as planned...

JC got back to the states early Sunday morning and had to go through a round of medical tests, turn in some gear, etc.  He was done with everything by Monday afternoon and was headed to his hotel or so I thought. He called me and told me he had tried to find an earlier flight for that evening, but couldn't.  Little did I know... he had already been on a plane and was sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for his plane to come home!  Our good friend Chris picked him up and brought him to Zenock's baseball game Monday night to surprise us.  

I had no idea. :)  I wondered if he would try and do something, but I kind of figured at this point it was too late and things were already in plan for Tuesday.

As I am sitting there during the video, Kamden tells me, "Mommy, it's Carson's Daddy!"  (meaning our friend Chris.)  In my head, I'm thinking that's nice... why is he here?!  And, then I knew exactly why so I started looking around for JC.  I looked back and there he was....  It's an image that will stay with me forever.  All at once ten thousand pounds of stress, anxiety, and fear were gone.  All that was left was love and gratitude for the amazing man that was standing there.  I haven't stopped thanking my Heavenly Father for him being safely home since.

I get asked two questions about him going all the time - 
1.  Would you do it again?  JC... If he had to, sure.  ME... No.  It was fine the first time.  I had no idea how hard it would be.  If he did it again, I would know and I'm pretty sure it would make the whole idea/experience even harder. I would just cry for months.
2.  Did you or the boys have a hard time reconnecting?   Not at all.  Nolan even traded me in the first night.  We put him across the room and both held out our arms.  He ran straight for Daddy.  I cried... happy tears of course.  It was so easy to reconnect, because we were able to be connected the whole time.  We face timed almost every day and I was able to talk with JC at least twice a day.  I got really nervous when he missed one of our usual talk/text times.  It was usually because of internet outages, but it still terrified me.

After JC got home we waited for school to get out a couple days later and then headed straight for our happy place, Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  It was possibly the best family vacation ever.  We just enjoyed each other, taking walks, swimming, eating ice cream every night,  ate whatever we wanted (we had both just worked our tails off to get in shape... and I had just finished three weeks of semi whole30 (ha!)). We just enjoyed being together as a family.

Looking back on those seven months I can't deny that angels were with me.  I felt so protected during that time.  I felt so much peace in our home.  I won't deny that there was still a lot of fear and anxiety, kids were yelling at me constantly, I was crazy stressed/ready to pull my hair out, and I can't look back on it with out tearing up and feeling very alone.  Those seven months are a fog.  But, somewhere in the midst of all of that there was peace.  There is no question in my mind that my Heavenly Father was very aware of me, my feelings, and my family.  I take great comfort in that.  I know we made the right choice for our family in sacrificing our time with JC for awhile.  It's what worked for us.  It felt right.  Once again, I am just so grateful for JC coming home safely.  He is kind of a big deal to us. :)