Saturday, November 29, 2008


My sweet Nanny went to be with Jesus today, just two months shy of her 85th birthday. So many wonderful words describe her as she was truly an outstanding woman. She accepted everyone and loved everyone. Not only did she have her own 3 children, but she took in several over the years. My mom's best friend lived with them for awhile because her home situation was not a good one. My Nanny could barely afford to get food on the table for her family of five, yet she did not think twice about accepting more into her home. She did not have much, but the possessions she did have meant nothing to her. She would give away everything and then some in a heartbeat. Nanny was truly a selfless person. Her life was not easy in many ways, but she set such an example as to what it means to be a faithful servant of Christ and lived her life in complete abandonment to His will.
She loved her family, loved holidays, loved quilting and painting, loved babies, loved going to church (as evidenced by her perfect attendance award in her Bible I now own), loved God's Word, and most of all LOVED Jesus. She told me stories that I wish I could recall better than I do, great stories about seeing angels. She made me deviled eggs for 20 years because she thought I loved them (and at some point along the way I stopped loving them), she let us eat cool whip out of the containers until we made ourselves sick (because she needed the containers for art projects), and she made sleepovers at her house so much fun with huge pallets on the floor and sky-high stacks of toast for breakfast. She was beautiful and helped shape me into the person I am today. She left a legacy that will carry on for years to come. I can't wait to tell Ellery and Price all about their great-grandmother.

Today was a hard day but really we lost her awhile ago as she began suffering through the horrible disease of Alzheimer's. Today was a hard day but through the tears we were rejoicing that she is meeting Jesus face to face, no longer in pain, dancing and singing once again, and seeing her mama and daddy and brothers. Today was a hard day but we find comfort and peace in knowing we will indeed see her once again. We will see our sweet Nanny once again.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday Best

I had to get a picture of Price on our way out the door to church. His first time in a little button down and cords! I must have told him how handsome he looked a hundred times!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pilgrims and Indians

Yesterday Ellery had a Thanksgiving feast at school. The kids all dressed as Pilgrims and Indians. I was wondering which one she would come home dressed as and an Indian it was! I asked her what they did at school and she said they had a party and ate goldfish. Hmmmmm. They have been learning about Thanksgiving all week and she has brought home some fun artwork, including a painted picture of the Mayflower and a cornucopia! She also took canned goods to chapel where they laid them before the altar and asked God to use them to feed the hungry. Here's a picture of Ellery before school and one of her this morning on her way to the gym with daddy wearing her headdress.

And here's our other little wild Indian in action.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Look who's "talking"

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cereals, Diapers, and Smiles

None of these things go together, but I couldn't think of a better title. My mom was asking for pictures so here are some randoms from the past week.

First, this is Ellery's breakfast of champions every morning. Do you think she might have a Gatewood gene? My dad taught me well how to mix my cereals. Many nights I would prefer to have a bowl of cereal instead of a "real" dinner. Ellery asks for all of these cereals in the morning and I mix them together in her small bowl. All of our cereals have animal names. For example in this pic, we have bunny cereal, Dora cereal (okay, not all of them have animal names..oops), penguin cereal, and bee cereal.

Diaper buddies! Size 6 and size 2 respectively. Although Ellery has used the potty several times and will at least sit on it at school, we are not rushing potty-training. Given her current poopy issues, there is no telling when she will be out of diapers! I think one of the reasons she does not like pooping (ugh, what a horrible topic to blog about) is the wiping afterwards. We give her a laxative everyday (doctors orders) so if you can only imagine, going 4-5 days between a "movement" results in a not-so-lovely clean up. I am thinking that I might buy a wipe warmer to help her out. I am totally against using them with babies (because who wants to have to carry around a warmer with them while they are out because their baby prefers warms wipes as opposed to cold ones), but I am thinking they might make the whole experience more pleasant for her.

And today I capured Price's smile on camera! Look at those delicious chubby cheeks too! Price is such a sweet, easy-going little guy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Long night. Good daddy.

Why is it that everytime you think you have a breakthrough and your infant is making great progress at night, there is a huge set back that makes you re-think having another baby all-together?

On another note, today I really just enjoyed being with my daughter. I hope I can always remember that precocious, 2 year old face starring back at me across the table. Our conversations make my heart glad!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cheering on the Horns

This was Ellery's last game of the season. Nathan and I still have the big A&M vs. UT game Thanksgiving Day. She has really enjoyed going to the games this year and looks forward to our trips to Austin. A couple of pics from our trip:

Yes, she even has burnt orange nail polish

Lulu and Pricey Ricey

Just playing around with the camera

Daddy teaching Ellery and Elin bad habits

In case you are wondering I AM planning on wearing maroon to the next game. I don't own a single piece of maroon clothing so hopefully I can find something. Orange is such a more flattering color.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Back tracking

Last weekend we met Bebe and Pops at Huntsville State Park. The weather was perfect and Ellery especially enjoyed being outside, eating hot dogs, and making smores. We had a little drama when Ellery busted her top lip, but it was nothing that 10 popsicles couldn't fix.

Speaking of drama, we met my mom for lunch on Wednesday at Cafe Express after I picked Ellery up from school. Our lunch lasted about 2 minutes and then Ellery threw the biggest tantrum we have ever witnessed. It all started because I stirred up her mac and cheese which I quickly learned was not okay with her. Add that to a truly worn-out child and you get a huge scene. I had to carry her out of the restaurant kicking and screaming. It was unbelievable. I was THAT mom with the out of control child. Nathan and I were discussing that we have never had to leave a restaurant because of her behavior. I hope this is not a trend.
Random cute pic. Ellery calls this her pretzel shirt!
Ellery, Price, and I visited my Papa. My sweet grandmother fell and broke her hip a couple of weeks ago and we had to put her in a nursing home. She also has the horrible disease of Alzheimers. More on my Nanny later, but needless to say Papa needed some company. It was his 1st time to meet Price, his 9th great -grandchild.
Fun news...Price got his ride pimped! We had to get rid of Ellery's car seat because it was truly disgusting after all of the spit-up. I thought maybe Price would not be a spitter-upper but once again, we are going through the burpies like crazy. I think he might be a little better than Ellery and at least both of them were what doctors call "happy-spitters". So, we decided that a car seat cover was the way to go. Much easier to take off and wash and will keep the seat in good shape (in case of a 3rd, but we are definitely not discussing that topic at the moment). Doesn't he look all cozy in it? Good thing because little PNut takes the majority of his naps in it. He LOVES his car seat.

Other fun news...Nathan and I were able to go on a date to see Fireproof on Thursday. We skipped a parenting seminar at Ellery's school and opted for the movies instead. I have no doubt that we could have used the parenting help but the movie was worth playing hookie for. It was crazy to be sitting in the movie theatre eating popcorn and watching a movie that was so pure and uplifting. I wish I left more movies feeling the way I did after seeing this one.
We are in Austin AGAIN for another football game. This was my 1st attempt to dress my kiddos alike.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2 month stats

Price had his 2 month check-up on Monday and he weighed in at 14 pounds 16 ounces and 24.5 inches long! The boy is in the 95th percentile! I compared this with Ellery's 2 month stats and she only weighed 12.5 pds. I guess that's a boy for you! We are thankful he is healthy and growing.
Now back to the election coverage....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or treat

We didn't go trick or treating but did have lots of fun! Ellery said she wanted to be Snow White about 6 months ago and yesterday was her day. She wore her costume to school and all of the kids paraded out and waved at the cars passing by on the street. People were honking and waving back. She was a natural!
Costume and shoes provided by Lulu

Best buds - Cinderella (Madi Kate) and Snow White
Last night we went to our church's festival and had fun with friends. Can you believe we never put Price in his costume? He was just too sound asleep to wake him up and make him put it on. We did dress him in it today though - really just for a picture op! Funny story about his costume. I wasn't going to dress him up, but then at the last minute decided I just had to. Ellery was a kangaroo at 6 months and I couldn't leave Pricey out. So, at the beginning of last week I asked Ellery what Price should dress up as for Halloween. Out of the blue she replied, "Nemo!" I came across this goldfish costume online and thought it was close enough!

This is how he spent Halloween day...little pumpkin
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