June 20, 2009

Long Overdue

Apparently, it has been quite a while since I have taken the time to update our family blog. It just doesn't really feel right updating you about our family, and not being able to tell you something new about what Wyatt has been doing. However, I will do my best, so bear with me please...

My last post, I was telling you about our little princess getting ready to start school. Her first day was June 7th and Ansley is doing wonderful! Whew...Thank you Lord. We really expected to be the parents who would have to have meetings with her teacher everyday on account of behavior problems. So far, we have been pleasantly surprised! She gets along with all of her classmates. Her teacher was extremely impressed with Ansley's ability to remember everyone's name. Apparently it only took her the first day to remember the names of every child in her class. I wish I could do that... I am terrible about remembering names. Faces, yes. Names, not so much.

Oh, and much to our dismay, Ansley already has a certain little boyfriend she has attached herself too. She says she LOVES D. That didn't take very long. Are we really already dealing with boys? Come on, she's THREE... my head hurts thinking about this one. Let's move on, shall we?

Ansley is learning new songs, prayers, memory verses, how to color in the lines, letter and sound recognition, and even learning to write her letters. She brings home her paperwork each day and Joseph and I just love seeing her improve all of her basic skills from week to week. We are so proud of her. Please pray that she continues to excel in her school work. Ansley is doing so well... Joseph and I feel very affirmed in our decision to put her in preschool (even with the whole boyfriend drama).


Eli is LOVING that his big bully sister is gone for a good portion of the day. Joseph and I have really enjoyed the one on one time we are able to spend with him. We've even noticed over the last couple of weeks that Eli has really come out of his "shell". He is talking more and also has more of an independent streak. (Big Sigh) Why does he have to grow up so quickly? I'll bake you cupcakes if you figure out a way to keep him little!

Moving on...

Last week after I dropped Miss Ansley off at school, Eli and I went for a fun morning at the park. We had a exhausting grand ol' time. I discovered Eli is terrified of the swing all of a sudden. He used to love them... Not anymore. The first push in the swing and all you hear is "AAAHHHHHHH", as he practically tries to lunge out of the seat into my arms. Does the fact that I thought this was hilarious make me a bad mother?

We never made it to the slide. Eli was happy running around the playground (away from me) as fast as his little legs could take him. He ran away from me laughing because he thought it was comical to make me chase him to get his pictures. Yes, I was trailing him with my camera in hand! What else would I be doing? Eli would hide from me (don't worry, I could see him the entire time) and laugh hysterically when he "scared" mommy by R-O-A-R-ing at me or screaming "BOOO", as he leapt from behind his hiding place.

After a little over an hour of playing in the 95 degree sun we called it quits and headed home...


As far as Joseph and I are concerned... We are doing alright. There is not a second that goes by that we don't miss Wyatt or think about him. This last month, we really have just been trying to figure out where to go from here. We are trying to find some sort of normalcy in the whirlwind our lives have become in these last couple of months...

We both are trying to lose about 30 pounds and have been hitting the gym pretty hard for the last two weeks. We've found that we really enjoy getting in the pool and swimming together. I'm a bit relieved we have finally found something we both enjoy. I think it's important for us to hang on to one another right now instead of going off in our own separate directions. Not that having our own activities isn't a good thing...

Joseph has actually started taking a karate class up at the gym. I tried it with him, but I am only able to stay in class for the first 15 minutes before I have to pick the kids up... And to be honest, I really didn't care for it. Joseph on the other hand is doing wonderful in the class. I'm sure he'll be a black belt in no time!

I have been taking it pretty slow. It still has only been 4 weeks since I had my c-section, and Dr. M had to make a pretty large incision to get Wyatt out. My incision is completely closed up, but it still bothers me if I stretch out too far. I have a dance class I have been wanting to take at the gym, and think I might give it a try next week. We'll see.

Well, I think your about caught up! I will try to do better with keeping this blog updated. I spend so much of my time writing on Wyatt's blog that I guess I tend to neglect this one. I promise I'll do better in the future.

May 18, 2009

Change is in the Air

Things are changing so quickly in our family. It seems every time I blink we are experiencing another "First", whether it be as married couple or as parents to two very busy children! 

We got a phone call the other day from a woman named Crystal that works at a local Christian Academy. We put Ansley's name on a waiting list a couple months ago to ensure she would have a spot available when it was time for her to start school. (For those of you who know Ansley, you know she is entirely too smart for her own good.) Well, they have a spot available... Little Miss Ansley starts school on June 1st. Where in the world did all that time go? My baby can't possibly be old enough to go to school can she?

Apparently she is...

We went on a tour of the school where Ansley got to meet her teacher (Mrs. Oldham) and her soon-to-be classmates. She even got to meet the classroom pets... a fish named Batman and a snail named Robin.  She walked into her classroom, pulled up a chair, introduced herself, and joined right in with the other children! WE HAD TO DRAG HER OUT OF THERE when it was time to go! At least we know she won't have any attachment issues when the big "First Day" gets here.

So yesterday, we all piled in the expedition and went to good ol' Wally World to get her all of the school supplies she needed. Everything she got was Disney Princess of course (except for a silly little blue bird pillow, with a pink and white polka dot wing, which she insisted on getting to take with her for nap time)! 

We'll keep you updated on how Ansley is doing as things progress. In the meantime, here's a picture of our prissy little ham... And the answer is yes, she dressed herself!

On a different note, Eli had a much dreaded first today... His first haircut!  I have to admit his hair had gotten pretty long and he was well overdue. Joseph's been threatening to take him to the barber shop for months now, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut off his beautiful little "wings" on the side of his head around his ears. I FINALLY gave in when Joseph started calling our son "Ellie May" (yes, he seriously did),... but only after Joseph agreed to let me take half a million pictures and keep ALL of the hair that was cut off! All the men in the barber shop probably thought I was some kind of a crazy woman, but oh well, I GOT PICTURES from today's adventure and intend to SHARE... 

Here's Eli and Daddy heading into the barber shop. So far, so good...

Eli DID NOT like the idea of getting his hair cut any better than I liked the idea! 

Ansley thought the whole experience was quite entertaining!

The barber had to break out the lollipops and Joseph had to hold Eli's head to get the job accomplished! 

Eli was a happy camper after he got his lollipop!

Hair cut is almost finished...

Okay, Bring on the LADIES!

 I guess the whole experience wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was nice that we were able to do it as a family...

As I said before... Change is in the air. The kids are getting older and are opening new chapters in their lives. Each day brings us face to face with another milestone our family will be able to achieve together. Joseph and I planted our dreams for our family a long time ago. We've prayed to God asking him to pour out his blessings... How wonderful it is to see God's hand on this time of our life where our children and our marriage are in full bloom! There are so many wonderful things happening to our family despite Wyatt's poor prognosis... I can't wait to see what type of miracle God has in store for the newest member of our family!

A Formal Introduction

Joseph and Danielle Finchum
Our love for one another has gotten us through some tough trials, and I know that by God's grace and guidance in our lives, we will overcome anything God choses to test us with.

Wyatt Nathaniel Finchum
Our Little Warrior

Wyatt has been such a blessing to this family these last few months. He has taught us more about Love, hope, faith, and trust than most people will learn in a lifetime. We look forward to seeing what else God has in store for Wyatt's life. It is our belief that Wyatt will be impacting lives for many years to come.

~~~~Ansley Joy ~~~~
Our Busy Bundle of Love

Where to even begin with this little ball of energy? First of all, we love her dearly. She keeps everyone around her on their toes because she loves to have fun. Most of the time you see her, she is dressed like a princess and wearing shiny shoes with a purse to compliment... oh, did I mention she carries tools and cars in her purse?

Joseph "Elijah" 
Eli our Sweetie Pie
Eli is a Mommy and Daddy's boy through and through! He always has hugs and kisses for us. We don't quite know what to think about having a child who "needs" or "wants" us around, but we are soaking up all the love we can get from this sweet little boy of ours!

Well, there you have it. For those of you who are meeting our family for the first time, we are very pleased to meet you. We appreciate any and all prayers received. If you are reading this post and are going through a similar trial, or any trial for that matter, please email me and I would love to pray for you! God gives us trials to face throughout our lives, and it is up to us to choose how we face them. Trust me, it's a lot easier to face a problem when you have God to carry you.