Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[an unexpected journey]

“It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. 
Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. 
 The tremendous things that happened afterward 
were as nothing compared to it. 
He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, 
before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.” 
--JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

Who else plans on camping out with me to see this? 
....I AM bouncing in my seat EXCITED

I wonder how stupid Bilbo Payne sounds son would probably hate me....
It's better than Frodo, right? 
Stryder, perhaps? 
Elessar is still on my list too.

Legolas...he'd get pantsed, I know it.

xo, jnp

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halfway There!

Me at 20 weeks at Half Price Books: After my 10 year high school reunion.
Well, I have officially passed the halfway point of this pregnancy. It seems like only yesterday I was gaping at the pregnancy test, marveling at the changes to come.

According to my doctor and our last appointment, I am actually a week or two behind. I'm measuring only 20 weeks THIS week. According to my DATES, I should be 22 weeks, yesterday. But according to my last ultrasound, I am just now hitting the 20, maaaaaybe 21 week mark. The baby is smaller at this point than either of the boys were. So maybe he will pack on the weight the last few months.

Either way, I am getting bigger and I can feel full blown kicks now. It's a wonderful feeling. I don't care if I'm 20 or 22 weeks, I know the baby will be here when it's time.

We also don't have a name for this little guy, which is quite odd, as we usually have our baby names nailed down by this point.  We had our GIRL name: Lucy (which I believe is still in the running for any future daughter), but our boy names have been a struggle. I was telling Wesley the story of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the other day and halfway through he said "Oh! That's my baby sister's name!" I just reminded him that we are having a BOY and maybe someday God will give him a baby sister. But for now, we must keep praying for the right name to come along for his new little brother. He wasn't convinced. He will certainly see when March rolls around :) I so look forward to wildflower season! It's going to be crazy having another newborn around, but I am excited. I love the newborn months. They are so tiny, so dependent, and they smell so good. I love it.

As far as my pregnancy goes, I'm doing well. I've only gained 3 pounds, although I'm measuring nice a round. I am enjoying sweets a little too much. I really want PIE. So I guess this holiday season will bring lots of PIES with it. :) Cherry, pecan, apple....yummmmmm

I still am having a lot of back pain, which I had with Spencer, but not Wesley.

Aside from that, I'm still so very grateful for this baby. I love seeing my children love each other and the camaraderie that comes with having siblings. Wesley is an extremely loving big brother and is teaching Spencer how to be kind and caring (as he has been the less cuddly type until recently).

I'm grateful. I am.
xo, jade.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


I love to celebrate my children. They are such a gift and so unique and so unbelievably fun in their own special ways. I don't ever want to take my child-rearing years for granted. I see how quickly time passes and I see how many women ache and yearn to be a mother and I don't ever want to wish these young, sometimes exhausting, days away. I love to fight for my little ones, taking each day at a time, loving and teaching and learning and growing and laughing and crying together. These little humans in my life are our greatest gifts and Nate and I are so grateful to be their parents. I know Nate's heart mirrors my own, even on the days where the babies get out of bed 10+ times a night :)

Yesterday we were able to celebrate Spencer's second birthday with a very small soiree of close friends and family. Nothing large or flashy. No agenda. Just something small. I would have invited the whole world (because I love to celebrate!!) but Spencer isn't really a big crowds kind of child. He's very mellow. I see him as a teenager inviting his one best buddy over for his birthday for Pizza and video games. He reminds me a lot of Nathan (and his uncle brandon actually) in that sense. Wesley is more like me-- "let's invite EVERYONE and their grandma too!" VERY different :) But it's wonderful all the same. (This just makes me giddy for baby three!!--Still no name yet...)

Ahh, it was a wonderful weekend. We had cake, we had stew, we had autumn weather! (which is what I associate with Spencer's birthday. His birth brought the first cool front of the year when he was born). It was an ideal weekend.

We DID get rear-ended today, but it wasn't bad with only minor scratches on the vehicle. We had the kids with us and I screamed. Not a happy moment for me, the Queen of Freak Out, but it wasn't bad. It could have been worse and I'm thankful it was not!

I love these little dudes.
I just love this picture because he is grinning at his car. He's a fan of Lightning McQueen and Mater (understatement!).
My folks stayed the night just so that the cute husband and I could get out and have a date. We had dinner with Jamie and BG and met up with some other friends for dessert. My brother made fun of me because I was ready for bed by 9:30. I like to sleep...what can I say.

We also went to Half Priced Books, which cracks me up, because every date we go on ends up there. Ahhh..books. Happiness.

And now for some weekend Instagram shots

Thankful. I truly am.

Happy Birthday dearest Spencer Lewis. Your mama loves you. xo. Thank you for filling me up with so much joy everyday! Watching you grow is one of my favorite things.

xo, jade...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


We are so grateful for a healthy baby and checkup!  
(also, I would like to thank Wesley for taking the first three pictures. You big boy, you.)