Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Update!

I'm sure you may have noticed I have not been able to get on and post the usual updated pictures of our family. Life has been crazy! In October, after much prayer, Jay stepped down from his role as the Worship Pastor at our church. God has been putting a passion in Jay's heart for awhile to pursue his CPA and work in the business world. I know that Jay will be used in amazing ways to bless the hearts of many business men by telling them about Jesus and demonstrating the love of Christ through friendship and encouragement. He will always have a passion for worship and I feel confident that he will be a part of the worship team in one way or another wherever God may lead us. He has been thrilled that the new worship pastor at our church has invited him to play and sing with him each week and I am loving still having him up there to help lead our church in worship! We sold our house in 16 days (Praise God!) in October and were lovingly welcomed to live in the beautiful basement of some good friends from church's home. This has been amazing and the kids love it there. They have two dogs and Michael calls this season of our lives "Our adventure with the dogs." The kids love greeting the dogs as we pull into the driveway and giving them hugs, kisses and a bone. Right now I am working more (about 2 days a week as opposed to about 2 a month that I was doing) in the Pediatric ICU and really enjoying it. Jay who is the most amazing Daddy is home with our 2 buddies while I work and as much as I miss them I know they are having a blast with him. We are totally trusting that God will open up the door that He wants us to walk through in His perfect timing for Jay's job. We have such peace that He is in control and while Jay applies for job's and interviews, we get excited to think about what God has for us next! Our life together has been such a fun adventure so far with moving to Colorado after being married for 2 months and then coming here to do ministry. We have been blessed with the two most amazing boys and each other and I truly could not ask for anything more. I can't wait to see what He has for us next!

My computer is broken and since Jay is on his laptop quite often doing job application stuff, I haven't been able to post like I would like to. Hopefully this will change soon. I love being able to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with us and love hearing from you too!
Michael is 3 and it is such a fun age! He is talking like a little adult and Jay and I laugh daily at the cute things he says. I need to write them all down so I won't forget! We asked him a few months ago what he wanted to be when he grows up. He thought long and hard about it and then told us with much certainty that he wants to be a snowman. When we drive around town he will say the funniest things. We passed a gold car and he told me that he can't wait until he can learn to drive and have a gold car! We will pass a firetruck and he says he can't wait until he can drive his own firetruck. He told me the other day he can't wait to get big when daddy will teach him to play tennis ball, baseball, football, golf ball, soccer ball (and continued to name any ball he could think of!) He loves leading Joshua around the house giving him things to do and suggesting games they play together. He is officially potty trained as of Dec. and doing an awesome job with no accidents! He does still sleep in a diaper at night but wakes up excited to get his "undies" back on. He is very social and loves being with his friends at church. He has a blast with his best buddy Jocelyn. It is so precious how they recognize now that they are older that they are such good friends and get so excited to see each other. They are hilarious together and act like brother and sister (as evidenced yesterday when Michael was found to be sitting on Jocelyn's head at the mall play area and she came up with a cut on her lip and later that day she got him back by hitting him on the head with his play hammer...haha!) As active as he is, Michael loves to snuggle and I cherish my time snuggling beside him reading books or blasting off to the moon together in his darkened room! He has such an imagination. He loves to pray with Jay and I and is starting to ask for specific things we need to pray for. So sweet. He is such a gift and I love him so very much.
Joshua is 20 months now and absolutely adorable! He is copying everything Michael does and is so enamored with his big brother. He is talking a ton too saying things like "watch this" before anything he does. He like his big brother did loves shoes and putting them on and taking them off. The way he says "Michael" is so incredibly cute! He is a great eater which has been so nice since Michael is so picky. He loves the movie "Cars" and talking about Lightning, Mater and Doc. He is so laid back and loves to read. He will run up to me with book after book saying, "book, read!" He loves to cuddle too and will just sit in my lap with his head on my shoulder snuggling up for long periods of time. I love it! He has a smile that lights up the room and the sweetest personality. He is such a precious boy and I am so in love with him. He is definitely a Mama's boy right now which I love :) When I leave the room he follows after me calling, "Mama, Mama!" Our boys love Daddy time though!! They both love riding the "Bucking Bronco" aka Daddy's back and will both lay down asking to be tickled. Joshua is officially done taking a bottle at night and Michael has all but forgotten about his pacifier. They are growing up!
I will do my best to get more cute recent pictures up here! I have so many, I need to either get a new computer or get mine fixed! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! We love you!
Jay and Christy :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Disney World 2009

At long last, here are our picture's from our amazing trip to Disney World over Thanksgiving! Jay's dad and step-mom took the entire family to Orlando, FL to experience a week in a beautiful resort and 5 days at the one and only Walt Disney World! We had a blast to say the least. There were 16 of us total (17 with Baby GIRL Dillon!!) It is such a bummer that we all live in different cities so it was such a blessing to be able to all be together as family and have fun. Michael and Joshua loved it! The night we arrived in Orlando (after getting to spend our first night as a family in a hotel... yes we drove! And spending a really fun day and night in Jacksonville with Brian and Megan) our Joshua started throwing up in the car an hour or so before we got there. This needless to say is never a fun thing! Neither of our kids have ever experienced the stomach bug so this was a first for us. We pulled over at a rest stop and Joshua just kept getting sick. We had him in just a diaper in a horribly smelling car seat by the end of it and he continued to get sick until I put him to bed around 8 that night. Michael was sick all night the next night, Jay the entire day of his birthday, Brian and Jeff both caught it and so did Dad Dillon. No fun! Despite this crazy sickness, we really did have so much fun and made memories that will truly last a lifetime. Michael loved getting to spend so much time with his cousins and asks regularly when he can see them again. I feel so incredibly blessed to have this amazing family that I married into. I look so forward to many more fun trips together! So here are quite a few pictures (get ready!) in no particular order. I also have not had time to sit down and edit them so I'm sorry if some pictures are really off center :)

The Hayes family. Jay's step-brother Andy and his beautiful wife Susie with sweet Deanna and Nicole.
On the fairy on the way over to The Magic Kingdom
Minnie Mouse!
Garik "doing" my hair on Thanksgiving
Brian and Mara at Animal Kingdom
Jay's brother Brian and his beautiful wife Megan with little baby girl Dillon at Epcot
Papa and Mimi! Thank you guys for the most amazing trip!!I love this! It looks like Brian is wearing that hat! Standing in line for the Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios.
Getting ready to watch a 3D movie
Aunt Megan was amazing and helped so much with our buddies. Since she was pregnant and couldn't ride several rides, she would watch them while Jay and I rode. Thank you, Megan!!
So excited to meet Mickey Mouse!

Big hugs for Winnie the Pooh



Hollywood Studios after turning on their Christmas lights. It was so beautiful!
One of our first pictures. We are here!!
Right as we arrived a parade started to go by. It was the perfect timing. The kids were in total awe. It was awesome!
Michael being silly with his "leash." I did buy both kids these safety leashes to keep them close. They worked wonders! I would highly recommend these to any parent with two kids 2 and under daring enough to conquer Disney World :) That and a double stroller... lifesavers!
Joshua very excited to be there!
And very worn out in the stroller. So cute!
Loving the leash! (And not loving it at times)
Loving Papa's shoulders. Along with Aunt Megan, the entire family helped us out with the kids SO MUCH! Thank you guys! You saved our backs and our minds at times haha :)
Michael having his nap in the back of the stroller
Little cutie pie eating a pretzel
This was the morning after Michael had been up vomiting all night. He felt terrible and we brought him home shortly after this picture to sleep. This was also Jay's birthday and he was starting to feel sick right around this time. So sad :(
My attempts at keeping the kids hydrated after begin sick. It worried me so much that they were getting dehydrated. Sweet Jay went and got them popsicles and they loved them!

Dad cutting our Thanksgiving turkey! It was delicious!
Sweet Garik is so affectionate and going to be the most amazing daddy one day. He loved loving on our boys. Notice Joshua's very own Thanksgiving dinner :)
One half of our family
The other half!
Mama and her baby boy
Jay and Brian having fun with the kids
Jay with his birthday cake I made him! He couldn't eat anything on his actual birthday so this was one of our deserts on Thanksgiving, the day after. Happy Birthday my love!
The kids love playing with their Papa!
Michael slept next to us on a palate on the floor for the week. This is how I found him one night as Jay and I were going to sleep.
Totally underneath the bed! Hilarious!
Back to his palate :)
Very hard to get both kids to smile for a family picture but here we are on It's A Small World (a definite favorite for the kids!) They also suprisingly loved Pirates of The Carribean!
This was so cute! The baby elephant and it's mama at Animal Kingdom
Another family picture attempt... no good.
Riding the train around Animal Kingdom
The kids loved the petting zoo area there. Joshua brushing the sheep.

Uncle Jeff, Jay's brother, loving on his nephew
Daddy and his little buddy
Waving to Mickey and the rest of the characters in the parade.
More lights at Hollywood Studios
Michael "driving" a car
He loved his Mickey ears Jay got him!
The cousins having fun together

2 Attempted group pictures! I love it!

Jeff, his beautiful wife Cynthia and Garik and Mara in front of the castle
The Hayes in front of the castle
Michael cozying up with cousins Deanna and Mara in bed watching DVD's together. So cute!
Deanna and Nicole :)
Papa with Deanna and Garik

Mimi and Garik

I promise I am trying to get better at blogging! I love the idea of it but our lives have been so crazy the past few months. I will update with Christmas pictures, Michael's 3rd birthday pictures, a few Halloween pictures and even some fun summer vacation pictures soon!