I actually didn't take any pictures on Christmas day other than this one with my phone. We got a new video camera that I was trying to figure out instead, but I wasn't too successful at documenting much with that either.
This is what Mammers got DF at her new house. Franklin and Uncle Jase stayed up late Christmas Eve putting it together and it was such a fun surprise. This boy loves to jump. Jump in place, jump on beds, couches, tables......etc. The term bouncing off the walls literally applies to him, so this was perfect for him.
We had a wonderful Christmas day! Santa came to our house, then lunch at Mammers and dinner at Meme and Grampa's. We hope you all had a Merry Christmas too!
We have been full of Christmas around here (just like everyone else)! We had David F's school Christmas party,a tacky Christmas sweater party, and the Johnson's came to spend the night and have Christmas with us. Jack and David F. had the best time together. To say those two played their little hearts out is an understatement.... They both were up before 6:00 ready to play!! We had a great visit and now it's time to finish up shopping and get ready for the big day and the big guy coming soon!
(You can't tell in this picture, but he LOVED Santa.)
This Saturday was a big day. We started off with Breakfast with Santa at St. Luke's and then we had our Ligon family Christmas at my cousin, Sarah's cabin in New Boston, TX. It was a day in heaven for David Franklin. Santa, a school bus (Vince drives a bus and it was at their house), a pig, playing in the leaves, first 4-wheeler ride, feeding the fish in the pond, presents, and cake! Basically all of his favorite things squeezed into one day. We had a blast!!
We had a whole day of Christmas cheer yesterday, and I really needed it because this month I started out as a Scrooge. I'm just not great at decorating or shopping and it wasn't fun for me, it was a hassle and I was dreading it and getting discouraged. BUT I read a Christmas devotion about savoring the season, and looking at everything through the wonderment of a child and I had a much needed attitude adjustment. Not to mention, my friend mailed me a surprise Christmas CD mix that is fab-u-lous and that totally helped get me into the spirit!
We went to the Christmas Tree farm and picked out our Christmas tree which has become a tradition and was really fun for David Franklin! He wanted to carry it and cut it and ran through all of the trees trying to pick one out. We came home and put it up and had a great time decorating it with only a few destroyed ornaments. We mailed out our Christmas cards, did some things around the house and then met the Choates, Herndons, Greens, and Wrubelskys for dinner at Red Oak Station, which is a really cute, old fashioned gas station/restaurant. Then we headed to Garvan Gardens to see the lights. It was a really fun night and the kiddos loved it! We also made it before it got too busy and too cold. Tis the Season, and I am ready for it all now!
Three generations of Bass men A dream come true for Franklin, being at the place with his son. Robbie's first overnight hunt in Texas!
All of the Basses, Vaughts and Browns went to Texas this year for Thanksgiving. We had a lot of fun family time, and even got to do some touristy things in Corpus Christi. Like the Aquarium, and dinner on the Bay. The men got to do some deer hunting too. David Franklin LOVED being with his big cousins and hung on their every word!
We had a picnic on Thanksgiving day in George West and then all went out to "The Place." Thanks Mommie Boo and everyone for such a fun time!
We have many, many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Many things, but the thing that comes most to mind is.....
We are having a baby in May!! This is the picture that David Franklin and I made to give to some family and friends to announce our news. I am 13 weeks along and feeling good, just tired, but I'm not complaining! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! As always I am most thankful for my family; the ones who are here now, the ones that have been here before, and the ones who have yet to come.
Today was the Thanksgiving Feast and little program at St. Luke's. Mommy, Daddy and Mammers all feasted on a delicious meal, I'm officially ready for Thanksgiving now! The announcement said "Toddler Entertainment" which was pretty vague and a little scary to me. They all lined up on the stage in their Indian shirts and sang a very short couple of turkey songs. I didn't know what to expect with David Franklin, I didn't know if he would jump off the stage and come to us, or cry, or what. I really wasn't expecting him to be the total ham that he was. He stood front and center and smiled, waved, clapped, and flapped his turkey wings and danced to the music. He loved it! It was so cute and I was so proud of him!
I have known for a while now that my child is a big talker, but it's gotten more and more and funnier and funnier. He is plain chatty. He talks constantly and will say the same thing over and over again until you acknowledge that you have heard him. Like anyone, he needs confirmation. Anything he thinks, sees or feels, he reports to all.
Here are some new funnies:
Last week in the middle of the floor playing with toys, "Nice to meet you, Mommy."
Watching Little Einstein's and they started shaking their hands. He started shaking his hands with them and said, "What am I doing?"
This morning when he woke up (bright and early...daylight savings hasn't occurred yet at this house), DF: Something in my eye. Me: What is it? DF: A bug. Guess it's time to call the Bug Man.
Today at lunch, Me: What would you like for lunch today? DF: "A bootiful sandwich." It's nice that my culinary abilities are so appreciated. PB & J it was :)
This morning was the first of several Halloween parties that we have this week, but at Music Together, all of the kids wore their costumes and had a little party. It is so much easier and more fun than last as far as getting him in a costume and him liking it. It also didn't hurt that this morning on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they had a costume party and Donald was a cowboy too!
He had lots of fun and already got cupcake icing all over his chaps. Not sure how long those are going to make it. This could be a long week- bring on the sugar!!
Well, I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a kid and I remember why...It's hard! But it was really fun and David Franklin loved getting all of the ooshy gooshies out, but wasn't so happy when we wouldn't let him have a knife. Mean parents!
Franklin's pumpkin was supposed to be (is) a dog face. DF said he wanted a doggie on his but it looks more like a clown. It's cute either way, especially since I was a little too rough and accidentally ripped one side of the face off while I was "trying to help"- whoops! The toothpicks holding it together add character.
David Franklin turned two yesterday and my baby is now a big boy! He still sleeps in his crib and wears diapers, so not entirely but pretty close :)
We had a little cowboy themed birthday lunch yesterday, and it was lots of fun. He loves all of his tractors, trucks, tools, and is in heaven with all of his new toys. He got an art easel that he likes a lot too, but the big kahuna is a real John Deere tractor that he can ride- He is OBSESSED. Truly, cried when he had to take a bath last night and get off it, cried this morning when it was time for music and doesn't want to leave our house because all of his new toys to play with, which is a totally new concept for us!!
After this post I am turning the blog into a "baby book" of sorts. I will keep posting and using this blog, but I just have a few things that I want to say to David Franklin for his book..... WARNING: skip reading if you want to avoid some serious sap!
Dear David Franklin,
Happy Birthday, my baby boy! I can't believe you are two years old! You are the sweetest, friendliest, happiest little boy and you make everyone around you feel so much joy. You make everyone you see smile and feel warm inside. I can see it in their faces. Your big hugs and kisses are so heartfelt and tender, they often bring tears to any number of eyes when you share your affection. You make everyone feel special, asking where their family members are, and often times their dogs too. You include everyone and genuinely want to know. Even your preschool teacher said that most kids ask for their mama or their dada, but you ask for "Mamadada" and include us both. You love for people to be around you and share easily with them. You love your family and your friends and they love and adore you! You want everyone to "come over" and see them "tomorrow" and you never want them to leave, or often want to "go too."
You are very smart and remember things from months back, little details and it's truly remarkable. Your doctor and teachers have all commented on how bright you are. Your vocabulary is advanced for your age. You can put 6 or 7 words together in a sentence and you know hundreds of words. You can pretty much sing the Alphabet song and count to 20, although some of the teens get left out or mixed up. You know most all of your colors and many shapes. You love trucks and construction equipment.You love to read books over and over and over again. You like to watch Sesame Street in the afternoons and sit in your red beanbag to watch. You also love animals and know all of their sounds. (The Rooster and the Donkey are the funniest). Your laugh is like a drug to me, and a sound I can't get enough of. It comes easily to you and is contagious to those around you. You are pure love and a true delight to be around. You make everything more fun, and every day an adventure even when we don't have anything planned but to stay at home.
The reason I am writing this letter to you for your book is because I want you to be able to read this one day, in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years, and when I'm long gone, and I hope you get a small glimpse of how deeply loved you are. Not just by your family but all you encounter. You bless people around you all the time, even this morning at music class when you went and crawled in your teachers lap. The look on her face was priceless. I want you to know how special you are and how you have made your father and me feel so proud and blessed to call you our son. I have many hopes and dreams for you and your future, but most of all I hope you never lose your quick ability to smile, your loving nature, and the true care and concern for others you have shown. If you always hang on to those, you will be happy, you will love and be loved, and live a fulfilling life.
We thank God for you everyday and feel the love of the Father simply through your existence. David Franklin Bass, happy birthday to you. And MANY MORE!!!!
P.S. Remember you promised to "Always Always" be Mama's boy.
I am Amanda and I love being a wife and mother. I have the family of my dreams! Motherhood is the most fulfilling, exhausting, rewarding, difficult, fun, and important calling on my life right now. Franklin and I have been married for over 9 years and I am lucky I get to live life with such a great husband and father. We are the proud parents of David Franklin, Nora and Isaac. We have a puppy, Maple, who has added lots of energy to the house! ;) We love to travel, spend lots of time with family and friends and really appreciate all of our blessings in life! This blog is an online journal, scrapbook/ baby book for our growing, busy, wild, little family. If you are looking for grammatically correct, politically correct, stimulating information on current events, I am sorry I can't provide that for you here, but I can tell you what my children are up to and how they are growing on a semi-regular basis. That is in between changing diapers, kissing boo boos, and pouring the chocolate milk!
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