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007It’s been many weeks since my last post.  Since then we’ve had 1 trip to urgent care, 2 to the ER, school starting for Zane, and homeschool starting for Kalliope and Miles.  I’ve managed to get out to 3 concerts this summer.  Coldplay and Crue Fest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and last night Jason took me to see Heart at the NC Music Factory Amphitheater.  NC Music Factory is an awesome venue.  There wasn’t a bad seat in the house.  Hmmm…I think that sums it up!

Most importantly, this post is to wish my baby, Miles, the happiest 2nd birthday!  He has such a dynamic personality that he really is such a joy to have and we are so blessed for ALL our children!

I have a ton of pictures to go through and post, but this will have to do for now.

Since I was singing at church all day Easter Sunday and then (without anyone to watch Zane) Jason and Kalliope went to church Sunday evening, we decided to do our family festivities on Saturday. 

Here’s a couple of cute videos of Miles!

In this first video, notice Miles has now learned how to appropriately use the word “no”.

Yes, he got booed in the end for lack of singing.

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123108-004Miles, my youngest, is now 16 months old and upon the suggestion of my friend, I’m compiling a list of words he’s saying.  I just decided to post them rather than write them on a piece of paper that would eventually get lost in one of my many junk drawers.  Since Zane is autistic and lost of his most of his words at around 18 months old (not that he had many to begin with), I wanted to keep track of Miles’ progress. 

Without further ado, I present to you…Miles’ list of words:

  • juice (spoken very well and many, many times throughout the day)
  • dada
  • nana (banana)
  • tickle
  • dog
  • ball
  • box
  • eyes
  • nose
  • hi
  • thank you (his first words, actually)
  • Elmo
  • mouth
  • uh-ho (meant to be uh-oh, but we’re working on that)
  • no no (his latest, with the finger shake and everything)
  • tiss (kiss)
  • Say (Zane)
  • book
  • Cici (Lucy, our dog)
  • hello
  • doooooo (dude)

Here are a few pictures from Christmas Eve through yesterday.  I’m not as dedicated as those who got pics of their kids opening presents up on their blogs on Christmas.  I did want to add that I plan to blog more as another resolution for the year.  Yeah, we’ll see how that goes.

Miles with Elmo Live, his big gift this year.  Do you think he likes it?  I’ve also got a video of Kalliope singing at church but I’m having trouble uploading it.  I’ll post it if I can get it to work!

I have done some year end evaluations of myself and have compiled a list of resolutions for 2009.  In no particular order:

1. Stop spanking my kids.  Yup, we’ve thrown away the spanking spoon.  It doesn’t really work anyway.  Taking away Hannah Montana toys or writing sentences for an hour is much more effective.

2. Have more patience with my kids, especially Kalliope.  She’s my little mama and I depend on her for a lot of help.  That’s a huge responsibility for an 8 (almost 9!) year old.  It’s easy for her to really get the brunt of my frustration from her brothers.

3. Lose 30 lbs.

4. Keep my house clean 75% of the time (a big number here considering it’s usually around 10%) and fold laundry straight out of the dryer.

5. Be a better friend.  I don’t call my friends and don’t tell them how great they are nearly enough.

6. Get and STAY on a budget!

7. Read through my entire Bible!  I tend to read passages here and there, but there are books that I’ve never even cracked.

8. Learn to let things go.  I’ve gotten better, but still have a long way to go!

9. Get my kids out of the house more.  Right now Zane goes to school, church, and Awana, and that’s pretty much it.  It’s hard to go to the store or playground with all 3, but I just need to suck it up and do it.  How else will he get better?

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I’m sure I’ll think of more, but that’s what I have for now.  How about you?

I pray that you all have a prosperous and blessing filled 2009! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

And one more thing, we have a sitter for the kids tonight for the first New Year’s Eve in 6 years!  Woo hoo!!!  We have no idea what to do with ourselves!

Yup, yesterday Miles got his first pair of Chuck Taylor’s.  I finally got fed up with him kicking of his shoes and socks the second we get into the car and wanting to walk everywhere that I got them for him.  Since they were buy one get one half price, we got him another pair the next size up.  Now he can dress just like his big brother!

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And in case you couldn’t get enough of my little baby walking, here you go!  I will be so sad when outgrows that little outfit!