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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

4 turkeys down... and one chicken!

We had FOUR Thanksgiving meals this year... can you say bloated? It was SO much fun though and made me realize how truly blessed Ben, Legree and I are. We are so blessed with big, loving families and friends. Here's the low down on our meals for Thanksigiving, plus one extra bonus meal that was not Thanksgiving persay, but I'm thankful for it none the less!

1. Sunday 11/21 - Our church had a Thanksiving pot luck meal. It was awesome! I love sampling everyone else's recipes and trying out new things. I had cranberry sauce for the first time. It was yummy! But I still can't handle the canned kind, yuck! Legree had fun playing outside on the play set with all the kids. I, unfortunately, did not get any pictures from this gathering.

2. Wednesday 11/24 - This was our bonus meal with "Friends", although they are really family. We went over to Meg, Drew and Ian's house and had supper with them. We get together at least once a month to eat, and since it was right at Thanksgiving and I'm SO thankful for having this family in our lives, I had to include it. The boys had fun fighting over which one of Ian's toys they were going to ride on next. Megan cooked an awesome meal of chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and peas.. it was great to catch up with them!!

3. Thursday 11/25 - Lunch at Gigi and Papa Waters house. This is Ben's mom's parents, got that? Almost everyone was there and it was a blast! Ben's cousin Heather's little girls were there and Legree liked having the "preEE" (pretty) girls there to play with. Ava, her youngest daughter, and Legree could pass as twins! They are both the cutest little blonde haired, blue eyed little cuties I've ever seen! While we were waiting for all the food to get done, Ben's dad took Legree out to Papa's shed and he found a "Tractor". Really, just a lawn mower, but to Legree they are all the same. So the rest of the day we were chasing Legree down to the shed. As soon as he could get a head start from us, he was gone and in the shed and up on the tractor. So, the highlight of Legree's Thanksigiving day was Papa got the tractor out and took him for a little ride around the yard.

Here's a picture of Ava and Legree... and then Legree riding on Papa's lap

Saturday 11/26 - We headed off to our annual trip to Gaffney. Ben's Great Aunt Lou lives out there and still owns (but doesn't live in) the home that Ben's Grandma grew up in. It's out in the middle of no where, and so beautiful! Every year she cooks a huge spread and everyone brings some food along too. After we eat, we all head out to the woods to climb "THE hill". It's really just a big steep hill back in the woods, but it's a tradition for the kids to all climb it while we all take pictures. Legree went with us out there last year but was only 5 months old, so this year was much more fun! Legree and Ava walked around, explored and got into everything! Legree loves being outside, so this was his bread and butter. It honestly just warms my heart so much to have pictures of Legree on this hill now. I haven't been a part of this family for very long really, but this tradition is so meaningful that I feel like it's been a part of my Thanksgiving since I can remember. Whenever we talk about Thanksgiving we talk about the woods, THE hill and the creek. This is what memories are made of folks!
Here is Ben and Legree on THE hill and Ava and Legree holding hands and both pointing up to the sky at a airplane (SOOO CUTE).

Sunday 11/27- Last but not least on a turkey rampage was my parents. We had a blast there too! And their ain't nothin' like your mama's home cookin'! My Aunt Nila joined us as well, and it was so great to catch up with her. We ate some awesome food, sat around and chatted, and played with Legree. This was awesome to me because we had had such a busy Thanksgiving up this point, it was nice to have a nice relaxing day with my parents at "home". I did miss my brothers, sister in laws and niece and nephews terribly though. The holidays aren't the same without them. I guess I should be used to it by now, but it never gets easier missing your family on holidays. It makes me miss my grandparents terribly too! I wish they could have been here to spend Thanksigiving with and to see Legree and all his personality and sweetness.

Anyways, Legree had a ball and ate up all the attention from the 5 of us. He loved riding the horsey that was mine when I was a kid. And, of course, Papa (my dad as Legree has come to call him) makes it more fun by making it "buck".

And since I completely forgot to take pictures of Legree chowing down on his first real Thanksgiving meals... I took a picture the other day of him eating all the leftovers. He loved everything!

Monday, November 29, 2010

17 months young

Legree is 17 months old today! I can't believe it!! My little man is growing up before my very eyes!! I keep finding myself wishing he'd go back to the sweet little baby. But this age is so much fun too! It pulls me in two directions. Either way, he's the light of my life, so much fun and I couldn't ask for a better or smarter little boy!!

17 factoids about Legree in honor of his 17 month birthday:

1. He has never been on antibiotics (you mommy's out there no how much of a feat that is!)
2. He loves tractors more then anything else on earth.
3. When he sees Big Bird now he says "Bi Birr"
4. He can turn our camera on and flip through the pictures.
5. He still pulls and plays with his hair or my hair when he's tired.
6. He throws away his diapers after I change him (well only the pee-pee ones)
7. He LOVES watching TV, particularly Yo Gabba Gabba and can say Muno
8. He calls Ben's dad Paw and my dad Papa...why? I have no clue!
9. He thinks he's 10 feet tall and can keep up with the big kids.
10. He is about 31 inches tall and around 25 lbs.
11. He takes one long nap and sometimes one short nap during the day.
12. He can tell you where his nose, ears, belly, legs and hiney are.
13. He loves books more then toys right now.
14. He loves loves loves to eat!
15. If he sees corn in a book or in the fridge he says "Cor.. HMMM"
16. He loves his daddy and wants him most of the time. Especially as soon as he gets home from work.
17. Mommy and Legree are best buddies though and always together. We get each other and have a special bond I can't even describe!! I look forward to continuing, growing and enhancing that bond month after month and year after year.

Friday, November 26, 2010

25 days of Thankfulness... the end of the road!

Well, we are at the end of our road for 25 days of thankfulness. Thanksgiving day was yesterday and I want to get caught up. Things have been crazy busy in the Lewis household with the holidays, so I haven't had time to sit down and type all my thankfulness out. What have we been so busy with you may ask? Well, over the course of the holidays we will be attending 4 Thanksgiving meals. That has kept me busy cooking and cleaning. And I've started a new hobby - SEWING! So that has taken up a lot of my time recently. I will blog about that more VERY soon (I promise).

But for now... what I have to be thankful for continues...

21 Legree's booming laughter, it's infectious!
22 My husband's supportiveness of my newest hobby (sewing)
23 Great friends that have been with me and my family through it all!
24 The holidays, to remind us to stop, be thankful and praise God for all he has given us!!
25 God's grace... which has given us everything we are thankful for!

I will blog this coming week about all 4 of our Thanksgiving meals, but for fun... here's a picture of Legree last year at Thanksgiving and now this year...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

25 days of Thankfulness...WAY WAY behind!

So, I'm WAYYYY behind on my 25 days of thankfulness, so let me catch up quickly. I've been super busy this past week. I don't know if it's because the holidays are coming up or what but I feel like I've been GOING GOING GOING!

Now, just because I'm listing these and not giving more details does not take away from their importance to me... AT ALL! In fact, part of the reason I've been delaying posting is because I wanted to have TIME to actually write out why I was thankful for these things. Well, that didn't work. So, I'm just going to do it quickly so I don't miss out on anydays!

15 My parents
16 Ben's parents
17 Our nephews and nieces
18 God's grace and love
19 Good friends
20 Cameras and video cameras to record special memories!

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas pictures

I took Legree today to get some Christmas photos taken. We haven't had his picture taken since he was 11 months old, so I was ready to get some new ones taken! What better "excuse" then Christmas time? He was ALL over the place running around and playing. He wanted nothing to do with taking pictures. But we got a couple of good ones in between chasing him around the portrait studio!

Anyways, here's some of the pics:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

25 days of thankfulness...day 13 and 14

Time together with family - Since the 13th day of thankfulness landed on a Saturday I was trying to think of something to be thankful for that usually happens on a Sat. Well, our Saturdays are always filled with time with family. Either with just the three of us, with my family, Ben's family or good friends (that are like our families). It's easy to be thanful for a Saturday because generally everyone is off of work and can just do whatever they want. But I'm really thankful for that extra time to spend with Ben, Legree and our families. All of those times are what memories are made from and I'm thankful for each and every one of them!

Our church - We go to Hope Lutheran Church in Irmo and I couldn't be more thankful for this church. I know without a doubt the TRUE word of our Lord is preached and taught in that church, not only on Sunday mornings but every day that anyone is there! We couldn't have a better, more close knit family of believers. They are our church family and are SO very important to all of us. From the Pastors, to the Sunday School teachers to the little kids running around every Sunday everyone is wonderful and I couldn't be more thankful for them!! This is where Ben and I started our life together as husband and wife, where Legree was baptized and where we get our guidance to be good Christian family and parents. As the church continues to grow my heart just leaps knowing that all of the current memebers, new members and future members get to know the true word of God in all of it's purity and honesty! PRASIE GOD FOR THE BLESSING!!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Peek a Boo!

I see you!

25 days of thankfulness... day 12

My dishwasher- As I was loading the dishes in the dishwasher this morning I realized I am SO VERY thankful for my dishwasher!! It always does a great job, does the job I seriously don't want to do and always works!!

I HATE doing dishes... I even hate loading them in and out of the dishwasher, but that's much easier then doing each one by hand. So, today, I am thankful for my handy dandy dishwasher!

Thanks ol' trusty for cleaning my nasty dishes for me!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

25 days of thankfulness... day 11

Our veterans - Today is November 11 which means it's Veterans today. So, I want to say I am so thankful for all those who have served and are serving our country currently. I couldn't be more thankful for their commitment and dedication to our freedoms. I can't imagine all the sacrifices they have to make to protect us. They leave their lives, their families and their homes to defend us here at home or in far away and dangerous lands.

Every year as a child my school would go to the Veterans day parade in down town Columbia. It is always on November 11 at 11:00 am. I just remember all the 11's as a kid and was fascinated by that. I remeber all the veterans walking and thinking about what they did for us. I didn't get it then as much as I do now... but their service is just amazing!

So, thank you service men and women!! We have free country because of you!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

25 days of Thankfulness...Day 10

The warm cozy spot in my bed - There's this one spot in my bed, up under my warm covers that I love laying on and going right to sleep. Maybe it's not real, but I swear it's there! So I'm thankful for it because it puts me right to sleep everynight!

But it does make me think of those this holiday season that are without. That's been on my heart a lot recently. Especially while doing this thankful blog. I have SO much to be thankful for and there are so many out there that don't even have a bed of their own.

So, this holiday season I hope to give time, money and goods to charity to help those that don't have what I am so blessed with. I'll blog about that when the time comes. And I'll make sure Legree helps or comes along. I pray as he grows and see us doing this together as a family he will love doing it, know that God directed us to do it and be cheerful and thoughtful about it.

When I think of doing this over the next 6 weeks or so, I can't help but think of God's direction to us to give unto others! To take care of each other, teach each other, cloth each other and so on. I am reminded of these wonderful verses from Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

So, as I continue to be thankful for my blessing and get a fire under me to help others I am so thankful and happy to know that if I'm helping someone that's hungry or visiting someone that is lonely it's just like giving and visiting the Lord himself!

Monday, November 8, 2010

25 days of thankfulness... day 9

A good deal - I always love a good deal! Being a stay at home mom and living on only Ben's income, saving money is always a priority around here. I'm not very good with coupons, so finding something that is a good deal without coupons is important to me!

Enter Sam's club diapers....you get 176 diapers for $32! You can't beat that! 176 diapers in the Huggie (Snug and Dry version, not the nicer Little Movers kind) brand at Sam's is $37, at Walmart that would be $35 for 140 diapers... and I wont' even compare if you bought that many at Target, Babies R Us or a grocery store... it just goes WAY up after Walmart.

Now, I know it may "only" be a $5 difference between Sam's brand and Huggies, but $5 is $5... and the $5 I don't spend now I can't put in my savings account for later. And as many diapers as a baby goes through in their diapering years, that adds up yall! And I assure you these diapers are JUST AS GOOD as any of the name brands. They hold up just fine even through the night!

Sam's Brand - about .18 cents per diaper
Huggies Brand- about .21 cents per diaper

For even more savings, try their wipes out! You REALLY can't tell a difference between theirs and Huggies/Pampers brand wipes and the savings are phenomenal!!

Sam's Club Brand - 720 wipes for $13.28 (about .018 cents per wipe)
Huggies - 600 wipes for $14.88 (about .024 cents per wipe)

Now after looking at that, think how much each diaper change costs you and the cost differences...we'll say one diaper and 5 wipes per changing...

Sam's Brand - .18 + .09 = .27 per changing
Huggies Brand- .21 + .12 = .33 per changing

So, a six cents differnce EVERY time you change that cute little bottom! Multiply that times changing a diaper 10 times a day and you've got yourself 60 cents a day! That's $219 dollars of the course of one year!! WHEW!! That's actually a lot of money!!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

25 days of thankfulness...day 8

Legree being a good sleeper- I didn't think I'd ever get to the point where I'd say he was a good sleeper, but he is! It took A LOT of work and patience to get to where we are now. But he normally sleeps 8pm -8am every night and usually takes a 2-3 hour nap during the day. You can't ask for much better then that!! When Legree was little he had reflux so we had LOTS of issues with getting him to lay down to sleep (because it caused the reflux to get worst). Finally we found sleeping in his car seat (since it kept him straight up) helped him sleep comfortably and soundly. I know it sounds weird, but hey if it got him to sleep, made him feel better and got me some rest I was willing to do it. He eventually started to outgrow some of the reflux (it still lingers today but is much more under control with medicine) but kept the great napping down! In fact, until this past month or so he was still taking two two hour long naps. (oh and he stopped sleeping in his car seat at around 6 months).

It also took quite awhile for Legree to really sleep through the night. He was a breastfed only baby so he didn't get quite as full as most babies. Regardless, when he did get up he would just nurse and go right back to sleep, so it wasn't terrible. Eventually it was just once a night and then not at all! He started going to waking up at 5, to 6, to 7 and now 8! The later time also took some work as well. Some mornings he would get up at 5, some mornings much later like 7. So I realized, hey he can go without nursing till 7 why doesn't he do it every morning? So, I read somewhere to let them cry for a few minutes. Generally when they do this they aren't really up, just in transition sleep. So, instead of running to his side as soon as he peeped, I started letting him cry for a few minutes. Generally if he did wake up early, he as back asleep in no time. And this turned out to be great because he started sleeping later and later. Some morning's he'll even sleep till 9!

I never thought when I became a mom I could say I was very well rested, but I am. I get plenty of sleep because my baby gets plenty of sleep and that's just plain good for all of us!

25 days of thankfulness... day 6 and 7

I missed yesterday because I had my hands full with a sick little boy! He is running a fever and just not feeling food in general. When Legree is sick he is a typical male and is just miserable, doesn't sleep and is a baby!

Anyways, so these are going to be short, but just as important on my level of thankfulness!

Legree's health- although he has a virus right now and isn't feeling 100% he is a healthy little guy and I couldn't be more happy about that! He is 16 months old and still has never had to have antibiotics. He only gets sick every once in a blue moon, probably from sticking everything in his mouth! So, I am very thankful for him being so healthy!

Diet Mt Dew - I know it's a silly thing to be thankful for, but gosh I am!! I stopped drinking coffee when I was pregnant with Legree and just have never gotten back into it. I don't know, I guess my taste buds changed. But I still need caffiene right?? Well, diet mt. dew is my drug of choice in that dept. I love it!! It taste so good, has LOTS of caffiene and always gets me going :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

25 days of Thankfulness... Day 5

Being a stay a home mom - I love being at stay at home mom...yall seriously, I LOVE it! It's my hearts passion and has always been. I knew before I even met Ben that that's what I wanted to be when I "grew up". Thankfully, when Ben and I got serious and discussed the matter he was on the same page as I was. That when we had kids, I would be a stay at home mom.

Now, I know this is NOT for everyone. Just like being a judge, doctor, administrative assistant or teacher isn't for EVERYONE neither is this job. I know in some families it's just not possible due to money restraints or just simply because mom loves working outside the home. I completely understand that. But for me, for Legree, for Ben and for our family it just simply works SO well! We are a much less stressful and happier family because of it. We each have our role in this family, and if we didn't have the other it wouldn't function. Each individual makes this family work. I don't feel any less of a person or a member of this family because I don't bring home a pay check. And of course Ben loves that he can provide for his family, but he certainly doesn't want to be home all day every day with Legree. I love to be the one that is there with Legree everyday. I get to teach him everything he knows, tell him about how Jesus loves him, feed him his lunch and snacks, put him down for his naps and be right there when he wakes up. And we get to spend our day anticipating 5:00 to get here when "DAAAAAA" comes home.

I wouldn't trade my job for any pay check out there. It's worth it to feel my little boy running his hands through my hair when he wakes up, laughing at me or telling me the new word I taught him that day. You can't pay for that kind of reward my friends!!

While there are sacrifices (we don't have nice cars, we don't have the newest cell phone, I can't go shopping every day, we can't take great vacation) the rewards are worth it ALL!!

I am so thankful Ben has a great job that can support our family, I am thankful to be there with my little boy everyday and I am thankful to be stay at home mom!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

25 days of thankfulness day 4...

Legree - I guess I should follow up my thankfulness for Ben with our wonderful son Legree. I don't think I could put into words my thankfulness for having Legree in my life. Thankfully God knows my heart and I don't have to verbalize it or I may be out of luck! All I ever wanted was to be a mother and take care of my children. So, Legree really is a blessing and an answer to a life long prayer to have children. He is so much more then I ever could have imagined. He is sweet, loving, smart, charasmatic, handsome and so much more (again I don't think I can verbalize it all).

Legree came as quite a suprise to Ben and I but, again, I see God's hand in bringing Legree to us when he did. He is a wonderful child. I pray that Ben and I can raise Legree to be a good Christian man (just like his daddy). I pray that God can guide me to show Legree God's grace on us by sending His Son. I am more and more humbled every day at the sacrifice God the Father gave in giving us his Son. I can't imagine giving up Legree like God gave up Jesus for us!!

So, not only am I thankful at God's gift of giving me Legree to simply be my son... but also because he strengthened my relationship with my Lord. I pray that the God can guide me to be the best mother I can be, because Legree certainly deserves the best!

25 days of thankfulness... day 3

My husband, Ben - Gosh I don't even know where to begin with my thankfulness for Ben. I'm just simply so thankful that God blessed me with this wonderful man! God knew the desires of my heart and what I wanted/needed in a husband and he made Ben for me.. I know He did! And he timed our lives out perfectly to be together. I know that my sinful past, the heartaches I've gone through with other guys and all those lonely nights were leading me on the path straight to the man God designed to be my husband.

About four years ago I was like a little lost puppy dog. I knew what I wanted - a good Christian man to be my husband and have a family with. But, this was a lot easier said then done! Every guy I met just didn't measure up to what I wanted and I was not going to settle for anything less. At the time I was very active in my church, very close with my parents, had a few good friends that I still love to this day and I had my job. But that certaintly was not enough. I was working like crazy (12-16 hours a day!) to keep myself busy, but I was still looking for Mr. Right.

One day my mom called me and said you might be mad at me but I gave my friend Debbie your phone number to give to her son Ben. Ben's mom, Debbie, and my mom have been friends for YEARS. They met in college when they were studying to be nurses and worked together after they got out of school. They kept in touch throughout the years. They have a lot of the same back problems and health problems that brought them even closer together. Anyways, while they were very good friends they never got the family's together. They often went out to lunch or to do girl things. Ben and I never really saw each other much, but our mom's kept us both updated on what the other was doing. Finally the timing was right, we were both single and ready for relationships and looking for the right one. So, he called, we went out and the rest is history! I am still amazed at God's timing and hand in our family ties and the timing of our relationship.

I could not be more thankful for Ben. He has ALL the qualities I was looking for in a strong Chrsitian husband and father. He is a wonderful person, takes great care of our family and is always there for me. We of course have our squabbles and disagreements, but I love him with everything I have. I couldn't be more thankful for such a wonderful provider, father, best friend, and husband.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

25 days of thankfulness...

Well, it's November and that means Thanksgiving is upon us. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Mainly because it's not as done up and over done as Chrsitmas is anymore. I hate that Christmas has become all about the presents and not about the true reason we should be celebrating, our Lord and Savior being given to us. The greatest gift of all! But I do love Thanksgiving, while the hype seems to be seaping into Thanksgiving and Halloween, it still seems to be a little bit more low key. I love that we get to get together with family and friends, share food and enjoy each other's company. The people I love the most and am the most thankful for, all gathered together. That's what it's all about! Oh and the food too!!

Anyways, since Thanksgiving is coming I thought I'd post one thing a day that I'm thankful for. Since I missed yesterday, I'll do two today.

1) The Lord's Forgiveness - I list this first because I know my life wouldn't be what it is today without forgiveness. Forgivness firstly from our Lord. He OBVIOUSLY has forgiven me for my way ward days because he has SO richly blessed me with my life now. He has given me everything I ever wanted in life! And I was such a terrible sinner and he just forgave it all! Praise the Lord!! My Lord knows me inside and out and he knows how awful I feel about my past indescretions... but I still can't believe he'd forgive me and then bless me with a wonderful life on top of that! I know that I still sin every day now and praise the Lord for his continual forgiveness of my sins. He is a good and gracious Lord and I couldn't be more thankful for his forgiveness!!

"If we confess our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from our unrighteousness" I John 1:9

2) Forgiveness from others- I thought since I was doing two days together I should put these two together. They go hand in hand. The Lord has, thankfully, blessed me with wonderful and forgiving people in my life. When I was living a sinful lifestyle they chose to forgive me, love me and help me move on. Mainly my parents but also friends too. I certainly wouldn't be here or know true love and forgiveness if I hadn't seen it displayed so well through other people in my life. God says.... "bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do" Colossians 3:13
I am so thankful for my family and friends that live by this verse! They have shown me how to be a good friend, a good parent and a good forgiver!!

We daily sin against our Lord and each other and we shoud each adopt the practice of forgiving each other "seventy times seven". And also remember that our Lord says "For if you forgive men their trespasses your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don't forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" Matthew 6:14-15. So, we should daily take a look at our lives ask for forgiveness, forgive ourselves, forgive each other and lift each other up in the Lord, the ultimate Forgiver!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ladies Man

Legree and Jillian....

Legree and Kaylynn....

Don't worry bud, I won't tell them that your seeing both of them at the same time. You just want to keep your options open, I understand!! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

To Harmon's farm we go...

To Harmon's farm we go....

We took Legree to his annual trip to Harmon's for their Pumpkin Patch. We took him last year and even though I had heard it wasn't up to par this year, I had to take him anyways... I'm a sucker for tradition! But alas, it wasn't quite as great and they deffiniately jacked their prices up WAY to high! $20 for a pumpkin? $7.50 for a hayride? You're kidding right?? So we just went and took pictures, went to the petting farm and played on the playground. Sorry, for not spending $20 on a pumpkin Harmon's... but sheesh!! I've got a baby to feed and bills to pay!!

Here are a few pictures from last year and some from this year... my how time changes things!! My little boy is growing up!!
Sitting in the same spot 1 year apart!
Legree at 4 months sitting on the horsey swing with mommy... now at 16 months, he wants to do it all by himself!
Ok, the rest are from our trip this year...

Fall Festival Time

Well, I think I've now covered everything we did last weekend except our church's annual Fall Festival!
I will never ever forget taking Legree to his first Fall Festival there last year. You might ask why? Well, not just because it was his first but of what he did when we left!! I was particularly impressed that he stayed up and alert as long as he did. At that time Legree was only 4 months old and could only stay up 2-3 hours at a time before he needed a nap again. Well, he didn't want to go to sleep all he wanted to do was look at all the kids. When we finally left around 830 (wayyyy past his bed time) he screamed bloody murder! And he NEVER crys in his car seat. That's his most favorite place on earth, especially then. Legree used to have reflux really bad and the only place he was really comfortable to sleep in was his car seat. So, anytime he got in it he usually went RIGHT to sleep. Not this time... he screamed almost the whole ride home! It was so crazy! It was like he was sooo mad at us for making him leave the fun. Here's a picture of Grandaddy Jack and his little Roo last year...

Anyways, he had a ball this year too! He loved the bouncey house, the hayride and all the kids! He thought he could play the games too, but he's still a little young for that! Anyways, here are some pictures...
Jumping in the bounce house... there were LOTS of hysterics going on when we took him out...
Mommy even borrowed a costume from the Pastor's wife and dressed as Wilma from the Flinstones... but daddy wouldn't play along!
Mommy and Legree on the hay ride

Now, some Trunk or Treating...But I don't think you're supposed to get INTO the trunk to treat!