Friday, November 7, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Compassionate little Jammer!

Korben is turning into quite the little caregiver lately. Sunday night we were at home watching TV and pretty much just waiting for Korben to get tired and fall asleep. :o) I went to the kitchen to get something to drink and I overheard Korben talking to one of his BIG balloons from his birthday party (Tyrone). He was holding Tyrone's lil hand and the "one-sided" conversation went like this:

Oh no, Tyrone. A hurt a bobo. I kiss it. {insert sweet little kiss to the hand of Tyrone the balloon character here.} All better? No? Let's see...

And then he proceeded to look the balloon over as if he was trying to figure out a way to FIX Tyrone's bobo (that didn't exist). It was so sweet! And I didn't have my camera nearby to catch it!

Then later on in the living room he started the bobo kissing all over again so I grabbed my camera real quick and was able to capture this. You've just gotta love this kid!

Now...while Korben is becoming very compassionate lately, he still loves to JAM out on his drums! I caught this little video clip of him playing his drums while singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (winkle winkle e e tar) the other day. Melts my heart!! Oh how I hope he'll stick with it and be an awesome drummer for the LORD one day!

And (last one - I think) this is Korben singing "Deep and Wide" while playing with his trains.

...and then came Halloween

We went to the Fall Festival at our church for Halloween. There were lots of games for the kids outside, a cake walk, good food, hayrides, and (the BIGGEST HITS) a bounce house and blow-up slide!! Korben dressed up as a "horse riding cowboy". ha ha!! I think he looked TOO CUTE!! Ava was Dorothy and was absolutely precious! These 2 are going to be really good buddies! Korben is only 6 months older than Ava so they will be in the same grade at school. Should be lots of fun!!

We took this little video clip and a few pictures of Korben at home before we went to the church.

Korben sporting his cool 'lil costume and giving a big CHEESE!!
(You may want to pause the music player at the very
bottom of the window in order to hear the video clip.)

My little pumpkin standing next to his pumpkins.
Again...with the big cheesy grin. :o)

Korben and Ava.
(aka Cowboy Korben and Dorothy. Who needs Toto anyway!)

Uncle Kelly and the kiddos takin a quick breather in the bounce house.
He and I had almost as much fun as the kids!!

In Honor of Korben's 2nd Birthday

Now that Korben is 2, he got to move up to the big 2 year old class in Sunday School on Sunday, October 26th. It doesn't seem like he is big enough to be in this class, but he loves it!! They have a short lesson, do crafts, and have snacks (his favorite part). A big change from just PLAYING the entire time in the nursery.

Korben lovin' the snacks in the big kid class.
Our church gets volunteers to provide the altar flowers each Sunday. So Kyle and I signed up to do the flowers for the Sunday after Korben's birthday in HONOR OF his 2nd birthday. I thought the arrangement turned out nice.
Attempt at a picture of Korben with the arrangements.
He was too interested in playing with the tractor.

OMG!! I had a Surprise Party!!

I turned the Big 3-0 on Sunday, October 19th. Kyle was at work, my sister was at work, my Mama was sick, my Daddy was in Oklahoma deer hunting, my in-laws were busy...can we just say that it was a kind of depressing day? Don't get me wrong. Korben and I got ready and went to church. Then we came home to a very quiet house, ate some chicken strips, fried okra, and french fries, and then Korben took a MUCH NEEDED nap. I was bored out of my mind!! So I went to my room and painted a canvas to use the next Sunday for the altar flowers at church. Then the 2 of us went back to church that night, came home, and went to bed. Nothing too exciting. Nothing special. Just another day.

But THEN...on the day of Korben's birthday party, THEY GOT ME!! We were pretty much done with Korben's party and people were just hanging around talking, visiting, etc. and then Kyle starts making some big announcement (which my oldest niece, Micah, thinks was just SO COOL) that we have another birthday to celebrate. Well, when I turned around the table (that I had just finished cleaning off) was COVERED with presents for ME. And there was a whole new cake for ME. And there were other people driving up with pizza (and a Dairy Queen chicken strip basket for ME)!!! It was so much fun and I was so excited!!

I must say, I'm very proud of my sweet hubby for pulling it all off. Everybody probably knows that I am the QUEEN of asking a million questions and wanting to make plans and know exactly what's going on, so it's a miracle that I had not figured this out already. ha ha! Kyle said that the Lord took care of it because evidently he had slipped up a couple of times and left address lists laying around the house and stuff like that and luckily I didn't notice. NOT LIKE ME. ha ha!

Kyle and I just after the big surprise!
Thanks, baby! I love you!!
MY cake and presents.
We got so lucky. We got to eat TWO cakes in one day!
Our attempt at a family picture on Korben's birthday.
(This was taken later that night at Micah's Pee Wee Homecoming.)

I love my sweet boys so much!!! What a lucky girl! the way...I also need to say thanks to my mama, sister, mother-in-law, aunts...everybody else who helped Kyle pull this off. I really enjoyed it and appreciate all of your efforts. ha ha!! THANKS!!

2 Years Old and Such a Big Boy! BABY is now 2 years old. It's still so hard to believe and yet at the same time I absolutely love it. I am enjoying him more and more with each passing day. The funny things that he is saying lately and his facial expressions are just keeping me smiling. His little personality is definitely starting to come out. I can't imagine my life without my precious lil man.

His birthday party went GREAT! The weather was absolutely beautiful so we were able to stay outside and didn't have to cram inside our tiny house. There were about 35 people present and everybody seemed to have a good time. The kiddos enjoyed wearing the cowboy hats, coloring pictures, and just playing in the yard. Oh...and the cake was DELICIOUS and looked exactly like I wanted it to!! Korben still wasn't much into opening the presents himself (meaning I still had to do all of the work while trying to keep him in one spot). He got lots of musical instruments which he's REALLY into right now (drums, maracas, tambarines, harmonica, etc.), a sit 'n spin, Backyardigans saxaphone, tricycle, train table & trains, John Deere boots, rubber boots, clothes, and a lot of other stuff. Everything was very much appreciated and he has had a blast with it all!

Here are a few pictures from our day of fun!

Me with my big birthday boy!
Korben checkin' out all the action.
The awesome cake!! Looked so cute and tasted extra yummy!
Korben about to blow out his candles. He did great! We were so proud.
Korben trying to figure out one of his presents.

Korben Russell

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