a recognizable drawing

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As far as I know, this is Carter’s first recognizable drawing. He worked on this and told me it was a basketball player (while we were watching a World Cup game, but oh well).


First Day of School

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Tuesday was Carter’s first day of pre-school at Young Children’s World at our church, Highland Church of Christ. This is his second year for pre-school and I am so excited to see what he learns this year. His teachers are Teacher Holly and Teacher Shea. Most of his friends from last year returned and he has even made some new ones. I pray for him each morning that God will help him to have a good day of learning and that he will show kindness to someone that day.

“Cinders and Ashes!”

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Grammy and Boppa came to visit one weekend and Carter got his birthday present a little early. A brand new Thomas the Tank Engine Bike (with training wheels, of course). “I sure am a big boy, now!”, he says.

Thanks Boppa and Grammy!

10 months

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Sweet Finley,

You are 10 months old and we can’t believe how much you are growing daily. Your sweet little personality brings us so much joy and entertainment. You babble all of the time with three legible words. You can say “Momma”, “Dadda”, and the newest word for Carter, which he thinks is cool, is “BaBa”.

You love blowing raspberries and clicking your tongue. You are pulling up all over the place and just the other day, I thought you were about to take your first step, but chickened out. You and Carter love playing crawl chase and I must say that you are quickly learning to out-crawl your brother. You laugh and laugh at Carter all of the time, especially when he drops something or is acting silly.

We started Kindermusik today and you had so much fun. I think you are going to be creative and musical. I hope and pray that you all that you want to be and that you explore everything that is in your path. We will try our best as your mommy and daddy to encourage, love, and support you and your dreams.

We love you more and more each day and pray that you will know this love is everlasting.

With all our hearts,

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

9 months

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Dear sweet Finley,
These past nine months have been so incredible to watch you grow and develop into a spunky, joyful little boy. You give our family so much entertainment as we see you transform from a helpless little infant into a very active, mobile, and determined little boy.
My favorite moment is when spontaneously stop playing to exuberantly clap your hands and shout with excitement. You also sing along with mine and Carter’s new game, “Introducing…(insert your name)”, a fun little talent show sparred from a 10 cent microphone garage sale find! We all have a blast playing in water, which you love. I love seeing you splash about screaming and laughing in the bubble bath with big brother. You adoringly smile and burst with surprise when I say, “Where’s Carter?!”. You love crawling as fast as you can towards Harley and then fling yourself on top of him as to say, “come on, wrestle with me!”.
You now have 6 teeth and enjoy all kinds of food. You love sweet potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, squash, and apple puffs. You still love to snuggle best with mommy and chase after daddy just as he is leaving for work. But you love playing with your big brother best. I know it is rough and may hurt your feelings when he is not so kind to you, but remember he does love you and you two will be the best of friends someday.
We love you with all of our heart, sweet boy, and I can’t wait to see you grow even more. I pray that God will give you a spirit of joy and happiness and a sense of comfort that you are a child of His.

With all the love in the world,
Mommy, Daddy, and Carter