The little kids and I went to Meme's and Grandmother's while Jim went to sleep. He had to work again Christmas night. We were able to pick Tripp up from school and have a belated Christmas celebration with him and Jutt's family over at Mema's house on Saturday. We really had a good time!
We had a great Christmas morning. Jim had to work Christmas Eve, so he came home and woke us up to see what Santa had brought!!! Phillip and Selah were very slow and thoughtful about the presents. They opened, examined and studied each gift one at a time. As a result it was a long process! We really missed having Tripp home, and halfway through the morning Phillip looked up and asked where Tripp's presents were. Melt my heart. Santa, of course, had left Tripp's stocking full and gifts stacked so little Phillip was not to worry.
I've learned that Selah has unfortunatly inherited my chocolate issue. She ate EVERY piece of chocolate she could get her hands on - many without us even knowing about it. And she kept asking for more!
We made sure to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and talked again about what Christmas morning meant. We've been reading a book almost every night about the real meaning of Christmas. We also decided to have a birthday cake on Christmas morning from now on.
A lot has been going on around the Hunt house lately - not that we aren't accustomed to such. Of course, little Phillip's bday was the big event for awhile. He has given up milk in a bottle completely. I know, I know, he was supposed to be off the bottle two years ago. I was just too chicken to take his milk away though. His appetite has jumped through the roof, only to highlight a new problem. Ridiculously large tonsils. We had a consulation with the ENT and really liked the practice. As frustrating as it is, they are super cautious and will only take tonsils out for well documented sleep apnea or other problems. So we will be doing a sleep study with Phillip in the future. I can't even imagine how they do a sleep study with a three year old, but they say they do them all the time at Scottish Rite. Phillip also had his first dental check up with rave reviews. They said it was cool to give his bobby (pacifier) another year before we go cold turkey without it. Enter sigh of mommy relief. I would not want to do tonsilectemy without a bobby! Potty training is a no go. We are shooting to train both Phillip and Selah together this spring. Speaking of Selah and speaking of speaking! She is a chatterbox. She learns are repeats and converses more and more every day. She simply blows me away. Even with shots last week, a nagging winter cold, and a bully of a brother her shiny little smile still permeates the day. We are still waiting for her hair to catch up with the rest of her accomplishments. It is still so baby fine that she wakes up every morning looking like she stuck her finger in a light socket. Her hair makes a perfect puffy blond sphere. :) Tripp has had a rough few weeks. But on a high note, he got to spend some quality time with his mom, Yasemin. He's going to be attending Lighthouse in Augusta,Ga., for the next few months. Their program is designed to help him deal with his "stuff" and get him home and back in Dawson Middle School ASAP. Please be praying for him, especially as this means he will probably be alone for the holidays. Jim and I have been doing our best to get Sojourn Tours' limousine up and running. It has taken a tremendous amount of paperwork, phone work, and just plain red tape. But it looks as though all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed and we should be legal and on the road next month! By the way, we have Christmas lights on our house. We probably won't even get a tree up, but we decided that lights were a necessity. And they are early. We didn't know how our schedules would work the next few weeks so we just went ahead and did it last weekend. They put a smile on my face whenever I turn down our street and see our little gingerbread house!
Just three short years ago I was anxiously pounding the pavement in an attempt to shake a stubborn 8lb resident from my body. Several whole pineapples, some castor oil, raspberry leaf tea and few other oddities later little Phillip Parks Hunt showed up on November 2nd. I can't believe my baby will be THREE this Sunday.
Please join us at our house on Sunday afternoon to celebrate his birthday. (exact time TBA) Bring your bikes to ride in our cul de sac.
We are no longer at Eagle Ranch... they had pretty much run out of options. So Tripp is at home until another placement can be found. Hopefully before the end of the year. In other news - Sojourn Tours is expanding. We are entering the limousine business, so be praying and call us if you need us!
Selah's big girl bed is up. No more babies. :( But she has yet to spend a whole night in it. She is still nursing at night, so until she's completely weaned.... I don't see it happening. But it is nice to lay in bed with her at night and talk to both her and Phillip.
Upside Inside Out Livin La Vida Loca That's been our life the last few weeks - and the cause of the blogging drought. So to fill you in: I am officially a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. I actually made my big inventory purchase last night, so I am really in it for the long haul. If nothing else I need to break even! :) Then there's Tripp. What to say what to say. Bless his heart. I have never know someone so young carry so much luggage around inside. Long story short - he's rocking the boat out at Eagle Ranch. They were calling us to come and get him to bring him home to cool off and as a "consequence". But coming home didn't have too much bite as a consequence. This last time he was home 3 whole weeks, going back and forth to a theraputic day program in Gainesville. The ranch wouldn't let him back unitl we all got together with a plan. So now when he refuses to comply at the ranch he goes to a temporary DJJ placement. We took him back to the ranch last Sunday night and he lasted until Tuesday night. He's at a group home placement now until Monday, at which point he can go back to the ranch. We're trying to help him realize that coming home to live with us or going to live with his mother are not options for him. Eagle Ranch is BY FAR the most pleasant, clean, helpful, Christ-centered alternative to Tripp living at home. But he doesn't seem to see it that way. Unfortunately, if he doesn't hurry up and see it that way he's going to find himself in juvenile detention. So please keep him in your prayers. At this point, God is the only one that can really heal his wounds. Jim is continuing to work at the jail. He's grown his baldness out by a few days and I like it much better. In other news - Wally the girl puppy has been lovingly adopted by Mema and Pepa. A blinding moment of sanity hit me as I was taking her out to pee at 3 a.m. that we had zero business with a new puppy. We tried it out - but when the folks offered we accepted. It is the best of both worlds. The kids still get to see and love her. And I do not have to clean up anymore bodily fluids than I am already in charge of.
Some random pics:This is why I love SpongeBob. Rocking at the Ranch.
Your guess is as good as mine.
The bathtub crayons we got last Christmas. I just got brave enough to bring them out. They don't really come off the wall that well... but I haven't really had time to scrub.....
So today we were at Wal Mart and someone was giving away free puppies. They were gorgeous half lab half german shorthair 8 week old puppies. There was a chocolate brown female. We took her home. We can't afford her, but it was love at first sight. My first dog was a chocolate lab and she looks a lot like her. Phillip and Selah are elated. We named her Sam Walton - but are calling her Wally most of the time. :)
We lost Jimmy's Uncle Ted unexpectedly this week. We went to the funeral yesterday and really enjoyed a wonderful celebration. Everyone enjoyed retelling is stories and sharing fond memories. We have a large extended family, and even in the saddest of circumstances, we are glad to come together and be with one another. Here are some scrap pages I made on scrapblog and wanted to print out for Aunt Carolyn, but I had multiple printing issues.