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And then He Turned Four… February 5, 2011

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How did this happen?  How did my two year old suddenly turn four?  It really does feel like it all happened so fast.  FOUR years with our Anderson Jay! FOUR! Wow.  This Momma really can’t take it in 🙂

We had a wonderful day celebrating our dear A.J.  This kid makes us laugh–he had the hardest time deciding what kind of cake he wanted me to make.  First it was Cowboy.  Then it was a Ninja cake.  Then it was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake.  Then it was “I’m really sure it will be a Cowboy cake.”  Then all of a sudden, out of the blue, he firmly decided on Pirate. I have secretly wanted him to choose a pirate theme for the past 6 months now because I had ideas of pirate cakes.  I had no idea for what to do for a cowboy or ninja cake.  God was kind 😉 So we went for the Pirate theme.  I love trying to plan a special cake for the kids but its always a bit of a nervous time for me.  This time, while I had AJ’s cake cooling, cut in half (on purpose :)) on the cooling rack, one half some how flew into the air and landed on the floor!  In three big chunks!  I was so glad I had just cleaned the floor because there was no way I was throwing that cake away and starting over!!!  And actually, when you put lots of icing over chunks of chocolate cake, it really kind of works 🙂

The morning of his birthday AJ requested, what else, but GREEN pancakes and BLUE bacon.  Sadly, I didn’t know how to make bacon blue, so he said that was okay, as long as the pancakes were really green.  And they were. I should have taken a picture of that.  It was sort of hard to get past the color. But AJ loved them.

The birthday child also gets to choose the dinner on their birthday. AJ chose CAKE. Yes, cake for dinner.  So we did 🙂

But before dinner we went to Ballocity.  It’s this great new kids ball pit/tubes/slides place. We had a blast!

I love birthdays for so many reasons, but most of all, I love having a day that we set aside to thank God for the blessing of that particular person.  AJ has been such a blessing in my life.  There have been challenges, as all parents can agree to in raising a child, but the joys and the blessings far outweigh any challenge.  This boy has a special place in my heart and I love the bond that God has created between us.  He is my bestest cuddler.  He is so sweet and so loyal.  He is 100% passionate, for good or for bad.  And he is so creative, bright, clever, witty, and just adorable.  We thank God for our Anderson Jay Whitefield Ross and simply cannot imagine our lives without him.

Happy birthday buddy boy! Momma loves you!

 

 

Our Christmas! January 21, 2011

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This year was by far our favorite Christmas since having children.  The kids are at such great ages, are so excited and grateful and just enjoy being with us and their family.  I wanted to bottle it up!

Christmas celebrations, in my book, start with the making of Christmas cookies.  This has been a long standing tradition in my family that the girls all get together to make cookies.  This year was especially fun because Maddie was actually a real help and enjoyed the day and because my grandparents joined us as well.  My mom’s house was full of good company, lots of laughs, and loads of cookies.

Next was our annual Gingerbread house project. Oh boy.  I bought such a high-maintenance house kit, unbeknown to me. That thing was stressful.  But we still had a great time with our sweet kiddos.

Then Christmas Eve…what a treat!  We had our service in a beautiful old church building in Shillington.  Some hightlights of the service for me was a real organ, singing Silent Night by candlelight and conducting my very first Children’s choir with my dear friend Jenni.  I wish I had pictures of that night–I think it will forever be a sweet memory.  Oh, and did I mention A.J. actually slept through the entire service?!  I have no idea why…he wasnt sick or anything, he just must have been really tired!

This year we had Christmas morning at our house with Ben’s parents and then we all went over to my parents house around lunchtime to celebrate there with a Christmas meal.

We feel truly blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate God sending Jesus for us, every day, but in this special holiday of Christmas as well. Hope you all had a very blessed Christmas season!

 

Merry Christmas from the Ross Family! December 22, 2010

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For many reasons, we have decided not to do a formal Christmas card this year.  So, here is our cyber-greeting 🙂 No, its not the most personal, but know our hearts and minds are thinking of you all, our dear friends and family, this special season.  Have a wonderful Christmas, full of love for the Savior, who came as a baby to save His people.  Merry Christmas!

 

A Visit from Mr. Colin December 16, 2010

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We had the special treat of getting to spend some time with one of Ben’s very best friends.  Colin and Ben have been friends since they were just little guys and it has been about 4 years since we last got together…so it was long over due.  Colin was in Pennsylvania on business and he took some time to be with us.  Oh how the kids took to him right away!  “Mr. Colin” was so sweet to play basketball and dinosaurs and Duck-Duck-Goose with them…a sure-fire way into their hearts 🙂  Thanks so much for visiting us, Colin! We had a great time and we thank God for you!

 

Thanksgiving 2010

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This year we celebrated Thanksgiving at our place…the first since Maddie was a little over a year old.  I had the joy of making it together with my mother-in-love, Marcy.  We made a pretty good team, if you ask me 🙂  The kids loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  In fact, every holiday this year has been such a joy with them, especially Madelyn and AJ, they are really enjoying “getting into it!”  Here are some pics of our day…

 

HAIR! November 16, 2010

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There is so much  blessing in having Selah in our family, but I wanted to share one specific way that we have been blessed…her hair!  When Selah first joined our home I was a bit intimidated by her hair.  There was so much mystery there.  I had no idea how to comb it, what to put in it, how to style it.  And there is still a lot of unknown, but I have loved learning more about her hair and about caring for african american hair in general.  I love getting to show her my love for her in this specific way.  And God has been so kind to provide so much help!  There are a few blogs that I have found to be such a blessing: Keep Me Curly, Happy Girl Hair, and Beads, Braids, & Beyond.  And I have been encouraged by friends and family who have heard of or use certain products for us to try.  And just the past few weeks have been a new adventure: Styling! Wow.  I don’t even come close to some of the styles you will see if you click on those above links, but I’m taking baby steps.  And I’m confident that God will continue to help me care for my dear daughter in this way as time goes on. And honestly, it is really getting to be lots of fun! Here are some recent pics of some styles I’m messing around with…the quality of the pictures aren’t the best, but you’ll get the idea.

 

A Field Trip to The DUMP!

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AJ has been wanting to be a garbage man for quite some time now.  We are impressed because this is definitely a step up from wanting to “lay on the sofa and watch movies all day” when he grows up.  And he’s realizing the sweetest part of the deal is driving the truck, that way he won’t get wet when it rains 🙂 (LOVE my boy!)  Well AJ has recently become friends with a boy who thinks just like him in these regards.  They have become fast friends, as have the rest of us with his family.  So sweet Sam invited AJ to visit the Pioneer Crossing Landfill for a class trip.  In fact, we were all invited!  We had an AMAZING time, really!  If you are local, definitely look into this for a field trip.  It’s so interesting and it’s free (and comes with all sorts of goodies!).  I think my kids were a little too young to understand the science that goes behind a lot of this process, but they still had a great time.  And my respect for the workers at landfills have gone up tremendously.  I’d love the take the kids here again when they are Jr. High/Sr. High age.  Here are some pics of the day.  And thanks, Jenni! We had a GREAT time!