Our town has an annual Christmas parade, and on our fourth Christmas in Mississippi I finally got to go! Our church had a spot in the parade, so Max got to ride on the float and Ben got in on the fun too. It was so much fun walking down the main street and town square waving to everyone, and Max had an absolute blast. He thought he was pretty big stuff riding the float with the "big" kids.
Getting ready to ride!
Hanging out in his stroller watching the action...
Mike. The man with all the candy.
Clearly I put a lot of thought into my appearance for the evening...but it was a blast!
These pictures crack me up! We went to see Santa last weekend, and I count it a success. Ben didn't really know what was happening, and I think he was just wondering why this guy wasn't giving him a bottle. Max talked the whole way there about sitting on Santa's lap and giving him a hug. And telling him "Ho Ho Ho" of course. When he actually saw him, he got really nervous and shy. I think he was thinking about shedding a tear or two, but he held it together. And as soon as he was off his lap he told him "Merry Christmas" and couldn't stop talking about him the rest of the day!
Thanksgiving this year was a whirlwind trip to Texas. We drove all day Wednesday, spent Thursday and Friday with family, and then drove back Saturday to be here in time for church. Although it was a short trip, we fit in a lot of fun, food, and family. I even did a little Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister...although I didn't make it past 11:00 Thursday night this year!
On Friday night, the whole family (my family and Mike's family...minus Ben) went to see the Rockettes Christmas show. I was a little worried about taking Max, but he loved it. He barely moved a muscle the whole time. With all the fun we had I still managed to take only one picture:
Ben, on November 11, you turned six months old! Half a year...I can hardly believe it. And I can hardly believe that you'll be seven months old tomorrow...ha!
You have been such a blessing to our family, and you have just fit right in since the moment you were born. You are such a happy, easy-going baby...especially when you are being held. Have I ever mentioned how much you love being held? Well, just in case. You love being held. A lot.
Here are a few things that you have been up to in your sixth month:
-At your sixth month visit you weighed 17 lbs 7 oz, and you were 26 3/4 inches long.
-You got your first tooth right before you turned six months and your second right after.
-You like to sit in your Bumbo. You are a fan of sitting up and seeing what's going on.
-You have learned how to make a giant mess in your bathtub. You love to kick and splash out all the water.
-You are a fan of the solid foods. I haven't found one you don't like.
-You sleep about 11 hours a night. Sometimes less. Never more.
-You take 3-4 naps a day depending on what's going on and how long they are.
-You are not a fan of the rolling over. You haven't done it once this entire month. We think you are just way too relaxed and chill to care about moving around.
At the beginning of November, we had Ben's baby dedication at our church. I have to say it went much better than Max's. Of course, all that means is that he didn't scream at the top of his lungs the whole time!
It was a great time to stand before our church and pray for Ben and the other babies and commit to teaching them and growing them up in the Lord. Papa got to come for the weekend, too, so that was fun!
We spent Halloween at our church's trunk or treat. Max was so overwhelmed the entire night by all the craziness and costumes, but he sure knew just how to put all that candy in his bag! I get such a kick out of family costumes, so we went with a "farm" theme this year. Cutest little cow and farm dog I've ever seen!
I'm Amanda: Christ follower, wife, mom, and once upon a time I was a librarian. I'm a Texas girl by birth, living life in Mississippi. I have been married to Mike for 10 years, and what an adventure it has been! Our first son, Max, arrived in the fall of 2010, and our second son, Ben, joined our family in May 2012. Our twins followed 12 months later in May 2013, and here we are...a family of six!