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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wacky Wafts

A couple of weekends ago, Sarah and 3 friends of hers entered the Wacky Waft race in Hendersonville. They are a part of the Interact Club at Beech High School- what that stands for I can't say :) Great Mom I am, huh? I know they do a lot of community activities and work to help people and animals, so that's a good thing!

What the kids had to do was construct a raft created out of whatever they wanted, then attempt to float it in the marina part of the lake with the 4 people, and then race against 2-3 other teams in different heats. Eventually it get to the top 4 teams and they then race one final time for the Official Winners.

The night before the kids decorated the raft with various sayings,drawings, and quotes. I wasn't sure if it was going to float or not with 4 adult size "kids" inside. That along with a cold front coming in with cloudy conditions and temps around 55 sounded miserable if they happened to sink. Sarah prepared with wearing warm clothes, bathing suit underneath, and a change of clothes waiting with me on the sidelines.

So the day of the race comes and their raft is in the 1st heat! The raft is pushed into the water and so far, so good- no water! All of the kids got into the raft and again, no water! Great!! They paddle out to the start line and Bang! off they go! They stroked and stroked and 'lo and behold they won the heat!!! So they wait a bit for the other heats to finish and they got to compete in the final heat against 3 other teams. The competition was fierce- last years champion consisting of 3 strong grown men, another all men's group with a really cool raft and then another I can't remember! The final race begins and the 2 men's teams just take off- nothing like strong men against a team of 3 girls and 1 boy. Their team ended up winning 3rd place easily and they won $50! They are going to use that money for another project for the club.

Afterward and they paddled back what do they do? They begin splashing each other with the cold lake water of course! So while their raft floated beautifully, Sarah ended up drenched and very cold. We dried up and got to the van to heat her back up. Here are some pictures from the event:





Friday, October 16, 2009

Feeding in Action!

This blog has been giving me a bit of grief these past few days while I tried to add a video of JT eating his cereal. Finally I was able to get some uploaded that I took with my cell when Lindsay fed JT earlier this week. So happy to get it up here! I know its nothing life changing, but I know JT's Nanny,Grandma and Granpa C. along with Aunt Cathy, will enjoy watching this :) Time to Eat!!




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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall Pictures

It is so beautiful here in Tennessee with fall colors and leaves on the ground. The girls have been off since last Thursday on Fall Break. We have enjoyed spending time together, raking leaves, playing outside when it wasn't raining and taking some pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from the Fall Photos we took at our house.









First Food

JT has begun a new chapter- eating food! Well, not food like we know it, but oh so yummy rice cereal that is pretty thin so he can get adjusted to having something with more substance in his mouth. He gets to have this twice a day for a few weeks, then we get to introduce orange veggies one at a time.


The Dr. said that the rice cereal might help with the reflux a bit, but so far all I see is thicker spit up! LOL!!! Though I do think he's not spitting up as much, so maybe it is helping a bit. Here are a few pictures from his first feeding.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

4 Months

JT is now officially 1/3 of a year old- it has gone by so fast!!! Yesterday he has his well check appointment and everything is looking great! He weighs 15 pounds, 15 ounces and is 25 inches long. This puts JT in the 70% in the growth charts for both height and weight- perfectly in proportion :)


He did get 2 shots and one oral immunization, which JT was not thrilled with. His eczema and reflux are still a battle, but the Dr said we are doing everything correctly to help and hopefully, he will outgrow them. She said the reflux tends to peak around 4 months and continually get better. We hope so because we have all had our share of being puked on-LOL! This isn't a little spit up usually, its the type where you change your shirt afterward type spit up! So gross, but just a part of who he is right now. The Dr. gave clearance to introduce rice cereal and eventually other veggies and fruits. Later this week when we have the recorder set up and camera ready it will be show time for 1st tastes of solid food!! So exciting!!!


Some of JT's latest favorites are chewing on his fingers and hands. Sometimes he sticks his fingers so deep in his mouth he gags himself. I have to pull them out because he's not aware he's the one doing it. He also loves chewing and holding on to colorful chain links for babies with different textures and they can hold plush toys for babies. JT has also started rolling over from his back to his tummy!! The little stinker has done this but only when he is alone!! I have found him in his crib on his tummy a couple of times and then another when he was playing on the floor and I went to get something. However, last night I did get to see him go from his tummy to back-yay! Since he has been starting to flip, he is enjoying sleeping on his side-so cute. JT is also talking so much-babbling to whoever will listen and talk back. I have tried recording him, but he has this great amazement with the flashing light on the camera when I'm filming that he stops talking and looks at the light! We are going to try to cover the light so it doesn't distract him when he's doing adorable things.

I hope that you are finding the many blessings that the Lord has given each and every one of us this fall season. From the cooler temperatures, the changing of colors, wonderful friends and family and most importantly the gift of life through Jesus. I am so thankful for all of these and more! Much love to you and yours....