Tuesday, December 29, 2009
They bring such joy and laughter to our home and we must admit, sometimes a bit of temper and stong-will. But even for the latter, we are thankful - it just means they are normal children!
Eli turned 10 this year - the double digits. He is in the fifth grade and making all A's - even with very little help from the parents! He is our soccer champ and his U10 Chelsea Sting soccer team won the Division III Governor's Cup State Championship in November!
True to family tradition, he bleeds crimson & white! He can quote you the entire Bama starting line-up, offense, defense and special teams accompained by each players height and weight. I am sure it will not be long before he trades in his soccer cleats and shin gaurds for a football helment and pads. (Mom of course thinks he should be the kicker. At least then she will know that if her little man gets hit the other team will be penalized for it!)
Another major accomplishment for Eli came in November when he was awarded his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It only took us four years to get there but Eli's hard work and determination finally paid off - he made it! We are so proud and feel safer with him around!
What a blessing you are to our family! We are so proud of you!
Jill, our little princess, turned four in April this year and she is really growing up! She is in her third year of pre-school and loves going each day to see her friends! She is into all things "girl" - Barbies, baby dolls, nail polish and lip gloss, and of course Hannah Montana!!!
She also loves changing clothes at least six times a day just to make sure Mom doesn't run out of laundry to do! She started taking gymnastics earlier this year and looks forward to Friday of each week for her class! She especially likes the bars because they get to use the "chalk." Somehow she manages to get it all over her - she says this makes her look like a real gymnast!
Jill also played one season of soccer and enjoyed that as well, who knows, we may have another soccer player in the family!
But as for now, she informed me that she wants to try dance, but ultimately, she wants to be a Crimsonette. She loves to play with Mom's old baton and of course she must do that while wearing a two-piece swimsuit because that is as close as she can get to a Crimsonette uniform. One thing is for certain, with Jill, if she wants something, she WILL get it! This little girl has enough drive and determination in her little pinky to move mountains! What a blessing she is to our family! We are so proud of you!
Our "baby" Luke turned two in August and he is truly the laughter in our home. It amazes me how much personality such a little fellow can have! He has a smile that can light up any room!
Luke is the last little one at home with Mom now but come August 2010, watch out Little Lambs Mom's Day Out! He begs to go everyday with Jill but Mom just isn't ready for that step yet! We have made other big boy strides though. As I mentioned earlier, he turned 2 in August and by November he was fully potty trained. No more diapers in the Alexander home. I am sure Huggies feels the loss! Luke also moved out of the crib and into a "big boy" bed.
All three Alexander babies used that crib so it was a little sad taking it down for the last time but Mom has moved past that now and is happy to know that her little ones are growing into such precious independent children.
As for Mom and Dad, we are doing great as well. Mom has finally been able to pick up running again and Dad has been back on the bike too! Getting back into shape really is a great stress-reliever!
Jamie's work can be stressful at times but he really enjoys his job. God has blessed him in Southern Company and we are so proud of him. He works very hard to provide for our family and give Mom the opportunity to be just that...Mom, the best, most rewarding job on the planet!!! I am blessed by my amazing husband and wonderful children everyday!
Bring on 2010 - the Alexanders are ready!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Santa must have been full by the time he got to our house because he only nibbled at the cookies we left - or maybe he is counting calories :-)
Luke on his John Deer!
Jill's docking station for her new pink I-Pod!
Santa was good to all of us this year! Mom got a beautiful ring that she cannot wait to show-off from her "Santa" - he is the BEST! Dad got a new chimenea for roasting marshmallows and I guess you could count the new truck he got a week before Christmas - he gave that one to himself!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Grammy and Poppa!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We took down the crib for the last time. Luke now sleeps in a "big boy" bed. He has done great! As you can see from the picture, we still have one more hurdle to jump and that will be the hardest for Mom and Luke - the taking away of the pacifier. With Eli and Jill we took the paci cold turkey when they each turned two, but for some reason this has been especially hard for Mommy this time. Maybe because he is the last one or maybe because I know I can have a moment of silence if I give it to him, not sure which it is but I will get there soon - promise!
Our elf, JingleMint is also doing well. We found him in Jill's stocking this morning. We figure he must be checking to see how much it can hold without falling off the mantle :-)! I am sure Santa has lots of goodies to stuff in there on Christmas Eve night!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
He is sitting atop our Chirstmas cookie jar holding an Alabama shaker. Looks like he is as excited about Alabama's Mark Ingram #22 winning the 2009 Heisman trophy as we are!!! Now all the Alexanders want for Christmas is a National Championship!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Jamie managed to snap a quick picture of Ingram signing the autograph - a little blurry but Jamie said they never broke stride so this was the best he could do :-)!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
#1. I am a child of the KING!
#2. My dear sweet husband who I love more than words could ever express!
#3. My sweet Eli
#4. My only daughter Jill
Monday, December 7, 2009
We hit the road at 8am on Friday morning headed to Gatlinburg and arrived at about 4pm. One must remember, we were traveling with 6 adults and 3 children - one of which is a newly potty "rained" 2 year old (that is what Luke says). Once we arrived we checked into our cabin "Endless Views" and then headed to downtown Gatlinburg for the 33rd annual Gatlinburg Christmas parade. The kids loved seeing all the floats and bands and Jill really loved seeing the majorettes twirlling fire. It was really COLD but we were so packed onto the sidewalks that it wasn't too bad. Seeing Santa at the end of the parade was a great beginning to the Christmas season.
Jill and Dad enjoying the parade.
Eli, Jill, & Luke standing on the deck of our cabin.