Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

When you have the best family in the world, and the two coolest kids, you enjoy sharing pics of them with others. This is no different,  but a little more special since the boys were dressed up for Easter. We're a pretty casual family, but clean up pretty well when we want to. So here is a pic of our special boys, Knox and Lucas on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Birmingham.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Life has been so crazy, sometimes it feels like we haven't gotten to pay as much attention to Lucas' little progress as we dis with Knox. Thats probably natural with the second kid, and God only knows what will happen if there is ever a 3rd kid.

But we have definitely noticed as his first tooth (and quickly a second) has come in. And he is lunging forward, and one epiphany away from crawling like the wind.

This is exciting and fun to watch, but it'll create a little more work for Jill and i once he and Knox are sprinting everywhere. God be with us.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Almost there!

Kurt sent this picture to me this morning.  Lucas has been trying so hard to crawl for a week or so now, but this is his newest stance.  Kurt, of course, believes that he is actually practicing his "block starts."  Future track star in the making!

Spring Break starts in approximately 4 hours, 19 minutes...not that I'm counting :)

Nashville - here we come!  So excited to see my friends, family, and all the precious new babies!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Long time no post

So Jill and I haven't posted a blog in a really long time. Life makes you busy and some things just slip through the cracks. We like it when other people post blogs so we can read/look up on what everyone else is doing, but don't want to take the time to do it ourselves.

Jill has been busy teaching 9th English at Hoover HS. She was a bouncer at the Sadie Hawkins dance last Friday, so be very jealous of that. It's indoor track season, so i'm crazy busy as well. We get to host meets now that the City of Birmingham built an amazing $48 million indoor track facility about 20 blocks from my office. I have taken full advantage and have hosted/am hosting 5 indoor track meets this year. We just got back from a big meet at Notre Dame this past weekend (where the Lady Blazers did awesome), so needless to say, i've been busy too.

Now what people really want to hear/read about...Knox and Lucas. Knox and Lucas are doing amazing. I know people write that everything is great, and the kids are awesome, but honestly, sometimes i think they're lying. Not here. Knox loves his school and has a little girlfriend named London. He is getting really good at counting to 15, naming all his letters, and colors. He doesn't forget a thing, ever. Jill drove past UAB Hospital where Lucas was born last week, and Knox said "Mommy, Knox, Dada get Cucas". Somehow he knew that's where we got "Cucas". Crazy. Knox is a great mimic. He mimics everything I do (not always good), and is really good at imitating songs and sounds. So maybe he'll make millions of dollars doing that for the rest of his life. Lucas is such a happy, fat little boy. He's 6 months old now, and smiles and laughs all the time. When he's not smiling or laughing, he's very content and chill. That happiest thing Jill and I can ask for at this point, is that they love each other, and boy do they. Knox loves tickling Lucas and playing around him, and nothing on Earth makes Lucas more happy or laugh harder than Knox. It's great.

Like I said, LIFE in general has kept us more busy that we could possbily imagine, but we are so happy, we wouldn't change anything. BUT, Jill is looking forward to a Spring Break in another month, and longer days. We'll both be ready for Summer. By that point Knox will be driving and Lucas his partner in crime. Can't wait.

I'm writing this from my work computer, so I don't really have any pictures on here, so i'm just posting a few of the things I have. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Life's Many Chapters

Becoming parents was the start of by far the most exciting, amazing, fulfilling and challenging chapter of our doubt about that.

When Knox was first born, I think that chapter would have been titled "Holy Crap, What Happened to My Independence?"  (Am I the only one that went through that?  Man, it was hard.  Awesome - supremely and utterly awesome - but hard.)

But as he got older (and easier!!), the title evolved into "This is So Easy Now - Let's Do It Again!"

Enter: baby #2, the chapter that was at first titled "How Little Sleep Can One Really Subsist On?" (Seriously, the answer to that is about 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep to keep you going but definitely not sane.  And lots of coffee.  Lots and lots and lots of coffee...and prayers.)

Just a little over 3 months later, and we have arrived at the chapter entitled "We Got This Two Kid Thing Down."  Bahahahaha - I just made myself laugh out loud.  That is just an outright lie.  We have gotten used to having two sweet kiddos, but we by no means "have it down."  We take it day-by-day, even hour-by-hour some days.  Regardless, we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

I mean, look at these little faces - life is pretty.darn.good. with these two munchkins.

(I'm pretty sure Lucas will kill me later in life for posting his "junk" all over the interwebs.  Sorry, buddy!  The picture is too cute not to share!)


Mmmm, I could eat him right up.

Funniest kid alive.

Chubba-Wubba with Aunt Jackie.

Shnookums.  Love.

Cuddles with mom-mom before bed.

Even baby Lucas is rolling over now, playing with us, and is generally just such a joy to be around - he coos, smiles and belly-laughs, and it is the best thing EVER!

And now, we are about to begin an entirely new chapter.  The one that I have spent the past three years preparing for in grad school.  The one that will challenge us in new ways.  But it is the one that we (I, in particular) am so excited about.

It is the one that has both mommy and daddy working full-time.

Yup, that's right.  Mommy got a job!  And not just any job.  A teaching job at Hoover High School teaching 9th grade English/Language Arts.


It is truly a dream job.  It is the high school where I did my student teaching.  And it is the high school Knox and Lucas will attend one day.  It is a great school academically and athletically.  And I cannot wait to get started.

Did I mention that I start on December 1?  Oh yes, I have a whopping 15 days to prepare for my very first day in my very own classroom.  Gulp.

With that said, I have tons to do: lesson plans, final exams, oh and finding a day care for Lucas.  Prayers for strength, endurance, patience, and a perfect day care situation for Lucas would be so very much appreciated.

I can't wait for this yet-to-be-named-chapter to begin.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Love them!

They're bonding already, and I love it!

Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Giving Kurt the ability to post on the blog from his new, fancy phone has been great, because I feel like it gets updated way more often now!  Unfortunately, since we aren't at the house together at the moment, and I just hopped on the ole blog to update it myself, I see that he has already done it for me.  Great minds think alike, I guess :)  

At the same time as posting the pic of Knox and Lucas in their costumes together on the blog, he also sent it to some family members.  Almost immediately after, I get an email from Uncle David with a comparison of Knox (aka Anakin Skywalker) and the "real" Anakin from the movies.  Check it out:
Creepy close resemblance, huh???