Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Ty!

Today Ty turned 5 years old! He has been so excited about this day for weeks! We decided not to give him a party this year, but we wanted to do something special for him on his special day, so we planned several fun things to do. We started last night by taking him out to eat and letting him choose where he would like to go. With a little hinting from his dad, he chose Outback. D.J., of course, was happy to take him there! As we were eating, we let our waitress know that Ty was about to have a birthday. So... they sang to him and brought him a big bowl of ice cream with melted hot fudge sauce. What a smile he had on his face as he saw the crowd coming and heard them singing! It was a very proud, "yes, they're singing to me," kind of smile.

After school today, we met our friends Gabe, Ryanne, and Avery, and their great friends in town from California, Valerie, Savannah, and Landon at Monkey Joe's. They had a blast! Can you tell?

The Basketball Court

I mean....the wrestling pit.

After coming home from Monkey Joe's, we finally gave Ty his birthday gifts.

He has been talking about guitars for months now and loves to sing and play an imaginary guitar while he dances. In fact, for those of you who have seen him dance, you know that he cannot dance without strumming that imaginary guitar. We thought he might be ready for a real one to begin playing. He was very excited!

Micah didn't quite understand why he wasn't getting a guitar too. He asked over and over all day when it was going to be his birthday again and he wasn't too happy about Ty turning 5 today. What about this reaction when Micah realized what Ty was getting?

Things are better now....

Finally this evening, we went back over to Ryanne and Gabe's house, where Savannah had made surprise cupcakes for Ty. We sang Happy Birthday to him one more time and then it was his turn to serenade us all with his new guitar. This video was from earlier today, but many more of us got to experience the same thing tonight.

WARNING: 1. We're not sure that he's musically inclined. 2. He's been listening to a lot of Alabama's Greatest Hits in the truck with his dad.

I think it might be more work planning a "special day" than a birthday party!

On his special day, I must say how much I love my oldest son! He is a precious gift and a joy to spend everyday with! D.J. and I talk often about his tender heart and inquisitiveness. Ty loves to sit and have a conversation with you and would probably prefer to do that than play. He is also a wonderful big brother! I can't wait to continue to watch him become the boy that God has created him to be. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TY!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Five Wonderful Months!

The first five months of Lilian's life have definitely flown by. I wondered what life with three young children would be like. I spent a lot of time praying before her birth that I would be filled with patience with everyone in my home, including myself, despite how I might feel physically at times. I prayed that I would experience joy and contentment at home, knowing it would be more difficult to randomly leave the house just because I felt like I needed to get out. There were many other things I asked the Lord about as well, knowing what I tend to struggle with.

I must say...He has been so faithful! These five months have been absolutely wonderful! I love being a mom now more than ever and each of my children continue to remind me of the extraordinary gift God has given me in allowing me to be their mom.

As everyone said, having a girl has been lots of fun. Lilian has such a sweet personality. If my memory serves me correctly (which it often does not these days), she is much more content than the boys were. I love the way she smiles with her mouth wide open. And I love watching her with Ty and Micah. She obviously loves them, as she smiles as soon as they come into her view. Micah is much better at calming her when she is fussing than I am and he is the only one who can make her laugh. When the boys lean in close to Lilian, she reaches toward their face and immediately begins cooing at them.
To celebrate Lilian's 5th month, I'm going to post a picture from each month of her life. (I think she looks more and more like D.J. with each picture.)

Day 2
1 month

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

Friday, December 5, 2008

I Finally Did It!!!

After a year of saying I was going to start a blog and reading numerous new blogs that my friends continue to begin, I finally did it!! As much as I enjoy reading about the daily lives and seeing pictures of those I know and don't know, I hope our family and friends will enjoy reading about what goes on in the Horton household as well. With the daily excitement that three preschoolers bring, I hope to find plenty to write about. Along the way, I hope to capture and record wonderful memories as well!

D.J. titled this blog (because I don't have a creative bone in my body) after a song from the group Rascal Flatts. And I must say that we truly "can't get enough of this everyday love."

To begin, I'll post a recent picture of my 3 wonderful children; Ty, Micah, and Lilian.

With all the excitement of the holidays, I hope to post much more soon! (I also may have to backtrack and post about bringing a new baby girl into our home!)