Nothing prepared us for your smile

This is hanging over Stockton’s crib:

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For the last few weeks we have been able to consistently get Stockton to smile at us.  It is so rewarding:

dsc_1740We think he is starting to figure out that he has hands.  Watch out Davis, he might figure it out before you do…

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From Ashes to Easter

Being the good little preacher’s kid that he is, Stockton has officially made it through his first liturgical season.

Stockton went to church for the first time on Ash Wednesday.  It was a beautiful service, albeit, a little surreal.  Walking forward with your newborn in your arms to receive ashes, reminds you just how fragile life is.  Then, watching your newborn receive the imposition of ashes, makes you want to turn and run the other way yelling, “No, you will never return to dust!”  But alas, Stockton received his ashes with all the faith and wisdom that comes from being with God so recently.

Don't worry Mommy, I am cool with being dust and ashes.

Don't worry Mommy, I am cool with being dust and ashes.

After Ash Wednesday, we missed a few Sundays, since Robert was sick and we were still getting the hang of things.  On the first Sunday morning that we were home and actually aware that it was Sunday and we were playing hooky, we sat at the table, enjoying our coffee and leisurely breakfast, and said, “I can see the appeal in this.  No wonder so many people like to stay home on Sunday mornings and chillax!”  But then we remembered how wonderful our church is and how good they have been to us and we knew that the relaxing Sunday mornings aren’t as wonderful as going to church.  Really, no sarcasm intended at all in that statement!

Holy Week was one of my first weeks back at work and Stockton was a trooper, helping to supervise all the activities going on.  He helped set up the Spirituality Centers and even walked the labyrinth.  He also helped get all the crafts ready for the Easter Egg Hunt!  He stayed home with Daddy during the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, since they interrupted bath time and story time.  I mean really, God doesn’t supersede bath time.  Cleanliness is next to godliness, right?

Finally we made it all the way through to Easter.  And, being the amazing gifted and brilliant child that he is, Stockton all ready knows all the answers to the mystery of the resurrection.

Who was raised from the dead today?  Pick me, pick me!  I know the answer!

Who was raised from the dead today? Pick me, pick me! I know the answer!


The Fam in our Sunday best

The Fam in our Sunday best


I know this day is all about JC and all- but the bunny is pretty cool too!

I know this day is all about JC and all- but the bunny is pretty cool too!

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Home by another way

So, we went to the Wolverine wedding via Western Kentucky but on the way home we went through Eastern Kentucky so we could spend some time with Morgan’s other side of the family (her Dad’s side).  Stockton got to meet Morgan’s cousin Emily, Uncle John Paul and Aunt Patty, Uncle Rick and Aunt Liz, Uncle Billy, Grandma Morse, and Morgan’s parents were there as well.  Here are a few pics:

Stockton and his Great Grandma Morse

Stockton and his Great Grandma Morse

Emily and Stockton

Emily and Stockton

4 generations; Grandma Morse, Mike, Morgan, and Stockton

4 generations; Grandma Morse, Mike, Morgan, and Stockton

The posed group photo

The posed group photo

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Wolf + Reed = WOLVERINE

The Wolverine Wedding (Kathy Wolf and Nick Reed) was a blast.  Here are a few shots from the wedding:

awww how cute

awww how cute

Yes, typically when you go to a wedding you don't take pictures with the wedding singer...but Jeffrey was in Morgan's youth group!!!!

Yes, typically when you go to a wedding you don't take pictures with the wedding singer...but Jeffrey was in Morgan's youth group!!!!

crazy in love

crazy in love

Stockton has a question

Stockton has a question

"Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely..."

"Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely..."

First dance

First dance

Look at the weird guy who still has his coat on...

Look at the weird guy who still has his coat on...

Betty Blue and Snake Doctor

Betty Blue and Snake Doctor

Larry, Moe, and Curly

Larry, Moe, and Curly

Time to go home

Time to go home

No really, I am ready to go to bed

No really, I am ready to go to bed

Nick Rizzle and J Diggs

Nick Rizzle and J Diggs

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Stockton is a lush

Yep, Stockton has been to several bars already.  Tonight was his 3rd bar in his short existence.  He has been to the Brickstore Pub and Thinking Man’s Tavern both in Decatur but tonight he attended the Wolverine Wedding pre-party at Yogi’s bar in Bloomington, Indiana.  There were so many people that wanted to hold Stockton there that we didn’t even have to worry about Stockton at all.  By the end of the night Stockton was passed out…

We asked for beers and they brought us both a pitcher...first time there but it is like they knew our names!

We asked for beers and they brought us both a pitcher...first time there but it is like they knew our names!

Patti and Stockton

Patti and Stockton

Pat and Stockton

Pat and Stockton

Betsy and Stockton

Betsy and Stockton

the newly engaged Jennifer and Stockton

the newly engaged Jennifer and Stockton

Governor Tom and Stockton

Governor Tom and Stockton

Hana and Stockton

Hana and Stockton

Katie and Stockton

Katie and Stockton

One half of Wolverine and Stockton

One half of Wolverine and Stockton

The better half of Wolverine and Stockton

The better half of Wolverine and Stockton

Tom and Stockton

Tom and Stockton

James and Stockton

James and Stockton

They were joking about calling off the wedding and running off together with Stockton as their child

They were joking about calling off the wedding and running off together with Stockton as their child

"plain white shirt without a logo wearer" and Julie

"plain white shirt without a logo wearer" and Julie

Yes, Nick is confused but we think he settled on the right one

Yes, Nick is confused but we think he settled on the right one

"I have hands"

"I have hands"

One two many Flaming Dr Peppers...

One too many Flaming Dr Peppers...

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Stockton meets Lily

On our way to the Wolverine wedding, we stopped in Bowling Green, Kentucky (home of the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers) to introduce Stockton to some family.  Stockton met Morgan’s cousin Keith and his wife Whitney and their daughter Lily and Morgan’s Aunt Nancy and Uncle Dennis.  Here are some pics:

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Happy Anniversary (no thanks to Cold Stone Creamery…

That’s right.  We are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary today.  We called cousin Rebekah to come babysit and then headed down to Atlantic Station for dinner.  When we were in New York City several years ago we ate at Rosa Mexicano.  The have guacamole that they make at your table.  After we moved here they built a Rosa Mexicano in Atlantic Station.  We have been wanting to go down there ever since and this was our first opportunity.

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So, we sat down and ordered our gaucamole and while the waiter made it at our table we looked around and commented on the couple that was seated not far from us.  They had their very small baby with them.  We chuckled about how this was probably their “cheap mexican restaurant” that they just go to when neither one of them had time to cook dinner like we go to places like Sangrias and Los Bravos.  But for us Rosa Mexicano was nice enough to be our anniversary dinner!

After the meal, the waiter asked if we wanted dessert and we passed knowing that there was a Cold Stone Creamery just around the corner.  So, we headed to the Creamery and started to salivate as we got near.  We could almost taste the chocolate and peanut butter mixtures in the warm waffle cones.  We get to the counter and order.  The girl behind the counter says “that will be without peanut butter.”  Morgan and I looked at each other in confusion.  “What?”  She went on to explain that they were still not serving anything with peanut butter in it because of the peanut recall.  I asked “How are you going to make a Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with no peanut butter since its ingredients are icecream, peanut butter, fudge, and a peanut butter cup?”  She responded “It will be chocolate ice cream with fudge.  Do you want that or can I make something else for you?”  That is when I said, “This is ridiculous.  We are leaving.”  And we did leave.  We stopped at DQ on our way home!

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Now, I understand there was a peanut scare.  But, peanut butter was never in question and Reeses’ products were never in question.  Cold Stone Creamery needs to get a new legal department that can research the facts!  Or at a minimum they should have a sign on the door and on the menu and on the glass counter explaining that they are not serving peanut butter!

Happy Anniversary Morgan!  Even if Cold Stone tried to ruin it…

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