Sunday, February 28, 2010


When you have kids under three in the house, you have "firsts" almost every day, but here are several of the coolest ones lately:

1. Snow -- Even though it isn't common in the Deep South, Ellie has seen the white stuff before, and we even had it "stick" recently. But this snow was a REAL one. It covered everything -- about 5-6 inches. She decided to taste it, walk in it, and throw it. Her conclusion: snow is cold, so we should go inside now!

The night it started coming down -- playing with Daddy:

View from the front door the next morning:


Now, that's a "snowball" -- yummy, with a side of gross.

Woody wasn't as impressed:

2. Saints WIN! Who Dat, Indeed! The boys will grow up thinking it's normal for the Saints to win a Super Bowl -- can you imagine?

And yes, Woody has a handful of Ellie's pig tail. . .

3. Taco Bell and Mardi Gras -- Ellie spent the weekend with her Zwolle Maw Maw and Paw Paw, so the boys experienced two firsts in one -- Natchitoches's . . . um .  . .  modest Mardi Gras parade and dinner at Taco Bell. They love cinnamon twists. Not so crazy about beads flying at their heads. Woody's thought process: "Sometimes I wonder why those beads keep getting bigger; then it hits me."

Woody (I know -- looks like the same picture)

4. Computer Games -- Maw Maw Judy told us about, and it took Ellie about 2 minutes to learn how to point and click to play the ABC game. We may have created a monster:

5. Tea Party -- Ellie calls real dishes "breakables" and thought it was very cool that I let her play with them and have a breakfast tea party with Jack this week. All she talks about lately is tea parties, so it was definitely time.

and finally . . .

6. BIRTHDAYS! -- Woody and Jack will turn 1 next week (March 9th), and we're planning a fun "Rock Guitar Star" party for friends and family on Saturday (wish we lived closer to all of them). We are incredibly blessed, and we're overjoyed that Woody didn't have surgery this week -- would have made for a lousy celebration. Thanks, God, for that one. All of the love and support we've experienced this year makes this a very special day for us to enjoy with our sweet boys.

Little Rock Stars! Jack on the left, Woody on the right

Jack Travis one year ago:

Woody James:

Isaiah 43:19
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland."
Lamentations 3:22-24
"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."