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about a month ago, Quinn and i were talking about his baby brother. about how he is growing in my belly and that my belly will get bigger as the baby grows.

i was watching t.v. with my feet propped up on the bed that afternoon waiting for the time when we have to leave to pick Trip up at the bus stop. Quinn had been hanging out with me in my room. at some point, he left my room and went downstairs. after a few minutes of being gone, he came back in and looked like this (dude… that belly is HUGE):

he had a rubber ball stuffed under his shirt! i was totally cracking up! i also got this video (please disregard clothes piled up in the floor. they are the ones i could no longer wear, but hadn’t put away):

in comparison… here i am at 27 weeks:

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Quinn in the van on the way home from the sitter’s house the other day…

Q: “Hey Mom, I hope me, you, and Dad, and Trip all go to Heaven at the same time!”

(my silent thoughts: “dude, not me. that would mean one really tragic accident. that would be terrible!! i hope i go to Heaven WAY before you!”

He continued a few seconds later:

Q: “I don’t want to go to Heaven because you can’t take pets with you. I want to take Penguin and Giraffey with me when I go to Heaven!”

Me: “Maybe God will have some brand new pets when you get to Heaven. Maybe a new Penguin and a new Giraffey. “

Q: “YAY! I do want to get a new Penguin and Giraffey in Heaven!!”

He has also said on many occasions that he can’t wait to get to Heaven and give God a really big hug! Love that boy!!

and by the way, we don’t have any live pets. here he is with his favorites… Penguin and Giraffey…

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I know… it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We’ve been busy, I’ve been getting fatter, and work is insane (yes, I only work 4 hours a day… but with this job, that is enough to send me over the edge). So… here is a taste of what we’ve been up to…

SKATING
We took the boys Roller Skating for the first time ever last month with our church’s children’s ministry “Family Night”. It was way too hard for Quinn (and for me being 5 months pregnant and trying to literally hold him up and pull him around the rink). I’m not sure if he even completed 2 full laps around before his skates came off. Therefore, we have no pics of him. It was pretty hard for Trip, too, but he got a little better as the evening went on. We switched from standard skates to roller blades about 1/2 way through. I found some coupons for free skating lessons for 45 minute on Saturday mornings at the same rink. Trip seemed excited about the idea. One of these weekends, I’m going to take him over. Here are a couple of pics:

BOWLING
We also took the boys bowling for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We have a great bowling alley about 15 minutes away that is smoke free! They also have automatic bumpers that come up if you mark that you need them when you get your lane. And… they have these metal ramp things that the kids can just set their ball on and then push if the ball is too heavy for a standard roll. LOVE IT!! Trip, my perfectionist/uber competitive child, didn’t have a lot of fun… or so it seemed. When his ball didn’t fly down the lane and give him a strike on his first try, he pretty much pouted the rest of the time. We tried different ways for him to get the ball down faster (granny style, standard roll, ramp), but none of them worked the way he wanted them to. Quinn, on the other hand, had a blast. He used the ramp everytime. He would get his own ball from the ball return and carry it over to the ramp himself. He wasn’t exactly knocking down a ton of pins either, but his second child nature allowed him to enjoy the experience no matter the outcome. He did, in the end, outscore his big brother by 3 pins (but don’t tell Trip that). Here are a few pics (i had a better smiling pic of the two of them together, but I thought this one better captured their thoughts on the afternoon):

JACKSON’S VISIT
We also had a nice (though unbelievably brief) visit from my good friends Rachel, Ben, & Ella Jackson! Ben and Rachel are on staff with Campus Crusade and were in Colorado for a couple of months this summer for classes. They stopped here for a visit on the way home. Poor Ella and Rachel got sick just as they were leaving CO, so their trip was not exactly on schedule. They ended up arriving late on a Friday night and Ben left about 11 hours later to continue the drive back to Georgia. Rachel had decided 1/2 way here that she & Ella could not be in the car another 10 hours after they made it to St. Louis, so they booked a flight and flew home on Saturday evening. The stay was way too short, but I loved being able to see them! Trip and Quinn really liked having Ella around. They both wanted to hold her and let her play with their mega block legos. I hate it that I didn’t get any pics with Rachel (since I don’t get too see her often), but I loved this one of Trip and “baby Ella”.

more to come soon…. be on the lookout for a post about a conversation I had with Quinn about Heaven and Trip’s super fun Homework….

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The first day:

Trip got to choose whatever he wanted for breakfast today… his BIG day! He chose donuts! Thanks to his Daddy for going to Schnuck’s early this morning! (and… such the great dad that he is… Trip requested a chocolate donut with sprinkles. schnuck’s didn’t have any with sprinkles, so Chuckie bought some and put them on Trip’s donut at home. now that is love!) He got a shower and got dressed in the shirt/shorts he picked out all by himself for his Kindergarten debut. Then… it was almost bus time. Here he is walking to the bus (we made it a family adventure).

then we waited at the bus stop:

then the bus came:

After he rode away on the bus, we walked back to the house, got in our cars and headed to school to meet him. Chuck followed the bus to see the route. When he arrived, a teacher got on the bus and handed stickers to all the kids so they would know what bus slot they should return to after school (mainly so the staff on bus duty would make sure every kid got on the right bus). They dismissed by grade, oldest (5th grade) first. The Kindergarteners held hands and walked to the Kindergarten hall together. Here is my video montage of the walk-in. The boy on Trip’s left (gray shirt) is Avery. He rides his bus and is in his class.

Here he is with his teacher, Mrs. Corbitt. He really liked her a lot! Our initial interaction with her was great. And the two teachers we know (from church) that work at his school rave about her.

and finally… here is my biggest boy… smiling as he comes off the bus! i was so very happy to see him!

Trip,
I can’t believe you are already big enough to be in Kindergarten. I want you to know how very proud of you I am. I will be praying for you everyday while you are at school. Praying that you will show the love of Jesus to your classmates and to your teachers. I pray you will grow in knowledge, self-confidence, and in maturity this year and every year at school. I love you so much, baby!

Love,
Mama

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Trip’s first day at Kindergarten was also a big day for Quinn. When we met Trip’s bus at school and were waiting for the unload, Quinn really wanted to stand on the steps for a picture. I let him…. why not?!?

‘Aunt’ Chris said he acted a little whiny/funny a couple of times today. She thinks that he was missing his big brother. After all, everywhere he goes (Chris’s house, preschool, church, etc.), Trip is always there, too. After I picked him up today, we made some special “Celebrate Trip’s first day” cookies for Trip to have when he got home. (THANKS to the Great Liz Wagner for the idea.)

placing the reece’s pieces on the cookies

watching our creations bake

Quinn told me that he missed Trip today. I told him that when Trip got off the bus, he should tell him that he missed him and give him a big ol’ hug. He did just that! It was incredibly sweet. Of all the things that happened today, seeing this hug and seeing my big kid get off the bus today were the events that actually got me a little choked up. I’m so glad that my kids (for now, at least) LOVE each other so much!!!