This year I have SO very much to be thankful for.  I could literally go on and on and on about everything we have been blessed with this year but I am sure we all could.  So....I'll just list a few things below that I'm thankful for this year, so that when I look back at this silly little blog in 20 years, I'll be able to remember just how blessed our family has been.  This is in NO way everything I am thankful for, it's just a few.

Our little family of 2 became a little family of 3.  Porter has brought more joy to our lives than we ever imagined possible.  That little boy has seriously stolen our hearts.  There is no word to describe the feeling of being a mommy.  There is also no word to describe the feeling of seeing your husband become a daddy.  It melts my heart seeing Nathan interact with Porter.  There is nothing that makes me happier.  Those boys are my life and I thank God every single day for making me their wife and mommy.

My sweet, supportive husband.  He is seriously the best, hands down.  I can't say enough about him.  Like I said above, seeing him become a daddy has just made me love him more and more.  He is in love with our little boy and that makes my heart happy.

Jesus.  His love and grace are what get me through each and every day.  I can't imagine going through life without him.  Because of him, I am going to live eternally in Heaven.

Like I said, I am BEYOND blessed and I could go on forever about every little thing I have been blessed with in this lifetime.  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family!  What are you thankful for?

My turkey :)


5 Months Old!

You are 5 months old! Some things to remember about month 5....
- Since I didn't blog it in your 4 month post, you were 16.5 lbs and 26 3/4 long at your 4 month checkup. You have grown since then so I can't wait until our 6 month appointment to see how big you are getting!
- You are still in size 3 diapers
- You are in some 3-6 month onsies but mostly 6-9 month. You wear 3-6 and 6-9 month pants. You won't be in the 3-6 month ones much longer because they are starting to look like high waters!
- You are still in size 2 shoes but my guess is you'll be in size 3 by Christmas time.
- Your sleeping has been a little off lately. You are still going to sleep great, you just have been waking up some during the night. Once i put your bottle in your mouth, you usually go back to sleep pretty quickly. There have been a few nights you just want to sit and play so hopefully we will get past that soon :)....although, you are so cute and smiley it really doesn't bother me to get up and see your sweet face at 2a!
- You are still eating 6 oz. every 1.5-2 hours but you have eaten 8 oz. several times recently and even a couple of times 10 oz.! You are a growing boy!
- We have tried baby food this month since your pediatrican gave us the thumbs up and you aren't too sure about it yet. I think you like the idea of eating it, you just can't quite get past the texture. It is SO funny to watch you! We started you out on oatmeal and you loved it and did great with it! After a few days of oatmeal, we introduced green beans, then carrots, then sweet peas, then sweet potatoes. You honestly didn't love any of them but I think it is just you getting used to the new texture and eating from a spoon. You don't like sweet potatoes though so I don't think we will be trying those again anytime soon!
- You sat in your highchair for the first time to eat your food and it was a MESS! Your daddy and I just cracked up! You did so good sitting up at first but about half way through, you got tired and started sliding over....you then started pushing food out of your mouth and it gtot ALL OVER. It was too funny! We have been feeding you in your little rocking chair since then and will try the highchair when you get a little better at sitting up.
- You still love daycare....and they still LOVE you.
- You roll over ALL the time. I mean ALL the time....everytime we lay you down you somehow end up on your tummy in .5 seconds! You are FAST! You still don't love being on your tummy though so that usually doesn't last too long. You either flip back over or let mommy and daddy know that you are ready to not be on your belly.
- You are almost able to sit up! We lay you down and you hold on to our fingers and we count 1....2....3 and pull you up. You LOVE this. I know that any day now you will be sitting up all on your own like a big boy! You like being in your Bumbo for this very reason.
- You are pretty much holding your own bottle unless you are tired. If you are tired you want us to hold your bottle and you will lay your arm across your eyes. It is too cute!
- You still love your toes. If you are on your back (and haven't rolled over) then your feet are always by your mouth.
- You've still had some trouble going to the bathroom so we are still giving you juice. It seems to help most of the time. We usually give you Apple Prune juice.
- When you are sitting up in someone's lap or in your carseat it is hilarious because you have started crossing your feet! Any time we have you sitting up your feet are crossed. We laugh all the time at how cute you look when you do this!
- You went on your first road trip! We went down to Mena to the deer lease daddy is on and you did AWESOME! You cried one time and it was just because you were hungry. Once you were fed you were good to go.
- While we were at deer camp, we let you suck on a grape. You went to town on that grape! You loved it!
- I'm also pretty sure you are cutting a tooth. You drool ALL.THE.TIME. We have to change you a lot becUse yor clothes get so wet!

Porter Lee,

This past month was so much fun with you (then again, all months are)! You are really starting to interact with me and daddy and we LOVE that. You are the light of our lives and we are so thankful that God entrusted us to be your parents. I know we are so undeserving of such a sweet, precious gift but we will forever be so thankful for you! We love you to the moon and back baby boy!

Mommy and Daddy

(Some pictures from this past month)


Porter's First Halloween

To say we had a good Halloween would be an understatement!  We had a BLAST!  Porter had so much fun!  Everyday I keep saying "Oh this is the most fun day since Porter has been here!"...but Halloween was seriously the most fun day with Porter! He loved his costume and loved all of the attention from his grandparents! 
Grandmama and I left work at 11 so we could go get Porter and start our Halloween early.  We headed up to Grumpy's work for a surprise visit.
Porter and Grandmama heading in to see Grumpy
He wasn't a bit happy to see Porter...can't you tell ;)
After we left Grumpy's work, we headed to mine and Grandmama's work.  We started out in Grandmama's building, then came over to mine to show him off!  Everyone loves Porter and they were so excited to see how big he is getting.  (I forgot to take pics at our work)
We then left and headed over to Grandmama and Grumpy's house to let the trick or treating festivities begin!  A couple of years ago we started an annual tradition of having some of my cousins and friends over to my parents to trick or treat with the kiddos so this year we made it extra special and had soup, dessert and visiting time before it was time to head out!  Mom really outdid herself and we seriously had SO much fun being able to visit with everyone!  Porter's other grandparents were able to make it too!  I know he loved having all 4 of them there to celebrate his first Halloween with him!  Our best friends, Nick and Maranda, and their little girl, Bela also came over!  We LOVED spending time with them!
Beautiful Bela the Butterfly
I love these 2 babies with all of my heart!  I could literally eat them up with a spoon!
 Mommy's little elephant!
Porter with his Gigi and Grandmama! Love this pic! 2 of my favorite ladies!
Bela informed NayNay that she wanted to hold his hand while they were trick or treating...sweetest thing ever!
She definetly has both of these boys wrapped around her finger!  Boys better watch out!
SO thankful for these friends! 
Happy Halloween from the Avey's!
Have a great weekend!!
The Avey's