The Wells Family

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:15

November 23, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Life group retreat

I don’t often write direct posts about our amazing life group. But they are the behind-the-scenes support, encouragement, and help behind all the posts I do write about. Our Life Group has had the privilege of meeting together every Tuesday night for the past eight or nine years. Some couples have come and gone and new ones have join us but regardless of how God changes it with time it has always been a group characterized by couples earnestly seeking the Lord in their daily lives and an unusual commitment to each other that is hard to find anywhere else in this world.

This past weekend we made a life group retreat a priority. It came at a sacrifice for our budgets and our calendars, but it was totally worth it. We enjoyed sitting up playing games at night. Relaxing and hanging out together. Cooking a fabulous Thanksgiving feast, and most importantly worshiping and praying together. I am reminded that with the privilege of being part of a faith family like this we also have a responsibility to use it as a foundation to do some crazy things for His kingdom.

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November 10, 2014
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Dean is 8 months

October has come and gone with lighting speed and Dean is growing and changing with the minute.

Dean’s milestones over the past month include clapping (which is adorable), trying new foods and being very obvious about what he does and doesn’t like, pulling up on furniture and STANDING (sigh,) and we discovered HIS FRIST TOOTH at the end of October!! I had a feeling a tooth was on the horizon about mid October when he suddenly stopped taking a pacifier and was extremely irritable.  He has a little sharp stub of a tooth sticking up on his bottom right side and the left tooth is making its way out as well.  He has also graduated  to bath time with his siblings, which means lots of giggles, and to sitting in the seat of the shopping card which he thinks is great as he now has a better view. I have especially loved how he has started hooking his foot into my back when I’m holding him and when we say “cuddle” he tucks his sweet little head down on our chest and cuddles us. This boy is so sweet and ridiculously easy going!

Jack and Dean are becoming fast buddy’s. Dean thinks that Jack is halarious and Jack is soaking up the attention and the unending applause of Dean as he claps and laughs at every thing Jack does.  I can’t help but smile thinking about the days ahead for these two little sweet boys and their adventures.  Dean has also been enjoying Cora, but he prefers her at a distance. She has a way of mothering him, grabbing him, holding him and restricting him that he isn’t a fan of. Now that he’s on the move he doesn’t want to be slowed down. Even if he is strapped into something his feet are constantly doing circles and moving rapidly. It cracks us up as we pretend he is a  baby arobic instructor whipping baby cankles into shapes!

October was marked with Dean’s first trip to the cabin, camping, enjoying a visit from Adam and Tenielle , pumpkin carving, and few visits to the beach!

 

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November 6, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Another year wiser, Andy’s 34

Andy turned 34 on September 29th and celebrated him with a trip to Busch Gardens, time with family, and a great night out with some great friends without any kiddos. This past year has been crazy and I it will be a year marked with incredible effort and work from Andy. From moving us twice, rehabbing our joke of a rental, rocking youth ministry, fixing up our new house, welcoming our new son, and all the while maintaining a straight A GPA at The Baptist College of Florida.  This man will work endlessly to get a job done and get it done right. You continue to impress me Andy! Happy Birthday!

 

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October 3, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Our 7 month old

Dean is growing and changing with every passing minute. He is still remarkably easy going and pliable. He has continued to babble more and more and loves when we mimic his sounds. He is making his way around a little more each day by rocking on his knees, though it’s not a tradition crawl just yet. I know my days of him being in the same general area that I put him are dwindling. He has been eating solid food now for a month and has done really well. He is still just eating after his afternoon feeding, which I should probably increase, but for now it’s sufficient. He LOVES bananas and he hated avocado, at first. His first introduction to avocado was a blend of scrunched up faces and him swinging his head back and forth as if to say “no!” But apparently, when avocados are missed with bananas they are delicious! Towards the end of the month our friends lent us their baby bouncer and he just loves bouncing in it and squealing with giggles. Since he’s been bouncing he’s discovered the power of his legs and has made some attempts to to pull up and has been getting up to his knees using the side of his crib. We also introduced him to a sippy cup to entertain him while we really I’m skate the front of the house. He sat most of the weekend in his walker figuring out how to use the sippy cup.

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September 5, 2014
by The Wells Family
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SIX months young

Six months sure came quick! Dean has spent the past month learning to rock back and forth on his knees, practicing sitting up, and shaking his head back and forth to make us all laugh. He has continued to adore his “big butter” and big sister as they can make him giggle with their crazy games. Andy can also get him giggling pretty hard with his infamous tickling skills. Dean loves having our full attention and grins ear-to-ear at the sight of his Mama or the sound of my voice. Sigh. He has also discovered his ability to reach for things, which means anything within a foot & a half of him is bounded to end up either in his mouth or on the floor. He’s continued to surprise us with his laid-back personality and his ability to go with the flow. The poor little guy has more interrupted naps then the other two kids ever did combined. He’s really losing naptime now that cora and Jack are in school a few days a week and we are on pick up duty in the afternoons. But, as always, he just quietly complies and goes along for the ride. One of my favorite things is hearing his little “ahhh-ahhh” sounds on our car rides around town. I’m so grateful for his sweet, relaxed, happy personality.  I am however getting nervous about venturing into the next few months as I have a feeling that all of this rocking on his knees business is going to result in a baby on the move. I’ve never had to baby proof a house before that was lurking with tiny legos and barbie shoes.

In light of reflecting on how much he is changing, I have big plans to sneak into his room later tonight and sweep him up into my arms for a good sleepy snuggle session- something I wouldn’t have dreamed of as a new mom.

 

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Too Cute Dean-a-saur being silly

Dean’s first taste of food today! He’s not so sure, and as usual, he has an audience.

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August 31, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Summer Bucket list 2014

We have had a fun filled summer with plenty of sunshine and smiles. Now that the summer is winding down and the heat seems to be turned up we are looking forward to the fall. Each season we make a bucket list filled with things we want to do during those few months. This summer our bucket list included things like, a trip to Goldstar donuts, have a sleepover, go boating, stay at uncle Ryan’s, visit push gardens, and fireworks. Here are some pictures that we snapped as we checked things off of our list.

Busch Gardens: Check

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Word of Life Summer Youth Camp: Check

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Summer Date nights: Check

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Silly Fun: Check

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Summer Movie Nights: Check

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Park Fun: Check

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Summer Sleep Over: Check

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Dean’s frist Swim: Check

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Family Fun: Check

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Ice Cream Sundays: Check

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Mote Marine: Check

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August 14, 2014
by The Wells Family
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KINDERGARTEN

We are incredibly blessed to have Cora attending an amazing and unique Christian school where she will be in a traditional classroom for two full days each week and homeschooled the other three days a week. All of the homeschool material is school led , so our home days are an extension of what she is learning in class. What we love most is that this a school that doesn’t just focus on academics (which are excellent) but more importantly students are taught God’s Word and discipled by Christian teachers who love Jesus. While we want our children to be successful in life we want them to pursue a life of righteousness in Christ even more. Andy and I took notice of this school and how amazing their students were years ago before we even had our own kids. We always hoped that it would be something we could offer our children and by God’s amazing provision and a huge answer to prayer, Cora will be at Providence Community School this year!

Cora has been filled with both excitement and anxiety the past few days leading up to her first day. She would go from dancing around in her uniform to crying historically within  minutes. This week started with an orientation on Tuesday from 9-12. So this was her first taste of her classroom, teacher, and class mates. I was so impressed with their vision, purpose, and the way they do things that all I could do was praise God for providing a way for us to be at this school.

Here is Cora in her room for the first time at Orientation!

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After the first day of Orientation we were sent home with all of our homeschool supplies and curriculum and given a few things to help us get in the routine for our homeschool days. We worked while Dean napped and Jack was able to join in as well. The day went well and were able to finish all of our work without much trouble since it was pretty light.  Here are a few shots of our first run through a homeschool day.

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Here she is sleeping in her school uniform the night before her first full school day. She decided it would be one less thing for her to do in the morning considering big kids have to get up earlier than she would like.

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I had to take a picture of the sneaky snail that hid in Cora’s lunch box for her first day of school. The sneaky snail is just a small toy, but throughout the summer it has become a pretty fun game around the house. We have been taking turns hiding the snail and seeing how long it takes to find him. He’s been popping up all over this summer. I laughed out loud one night when I was falling into bed and I saw that the kids had hid it under my pillow. I quickly moved it to Cora’s bed frame for a morning surprise and heard her laugh when she woke up. So, now you understand why I had to show that the sneaky snail  joined in the fun of Cora’s first day. I have a feeling this is going to be a family game for years to come.

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Fianaly Cora’s first official day had arrived and again she was a ball of emotions. You can see her smiling in the pictures below,  but what you can’t see is her reaching for me and whining while being held by our old neighbor, Kelli Bennett. She was upset that I was leaving her in a school assembly with a ton of  kids. Apparently she warmed up to the idea pretty quickly and left with her class and a smile. she even had Daddy (who just works upstairs in the same building) stop in for lunch.

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I spent the day watching the clock (which seems oddly slower than normal) and tried to keep busy while I waited for her 2:45 pick up.  Jack, Dean, and I ran to the store to find her a bigger back pack as the one she had was much too small once we saw how much material she’d be bringing back and forth from school.  We couldn’t wait to hear all about her day and surprise her with a family date to the local Frozen Yogurt shop.  She was all smiles and had even remembered some of the activities they did throughout the day to share with us. She was most excited to see some familiar faces like Mia, Becca, Miss Kelli,  and Rosie. She also remembered that Mrs. Carter had haven them all Hershy’s hug candies, among other goodies with puns, to tell the kids that they could ask for a “hug” at any time. Cora said she remembered that offer and asked Mrs. Carter for a hug. So sweet!

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August 9, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Dean-a-saur is 5 months

Dean has continued to be an easy-going and content baby, despite our sometimes crazy schedule. We love how he goes with the flow all with a smile on his face. At his four month appointment he was still tipping the scale in the 90th percentile for both weight and height. We often get comments about how big he is, I like to think he’s just extra healthy.

Over the past month Dean has started sleeping from about 8 PM through 7 AM. A full nights sleep is priceless.  And about two weeks ago I dropped his dream feed that was at about 9:30 PM. So he sleeps solid and we rarely hear much from him in the night. There are occasionaly some disrupted nights that may be due to some pre-teething pain, we shall see. He is constantly trying to sit up which Andy says is the “eternal sit-up” because he loves being part of what everyone is doing, especially his big brother and sister. He thinks Cora and Jack are hilarious and it doesn’t take much of their effort to get him giggling. He especially likes when they jump up-and-down and fling their hair around. He also thinks he’s pretty funny as he sticks his tongue out and blows bubbles or pretends to cough to get people’s reaction. He enjoys time in his gumbo seat and has started learning the art of fussing when he wants a change of senery or just some extra Mommy.

He has also just discovered that he has knees!! I’ve caught him rocking back and forth on his knees a few times when he’s settling into a nap. I have no problem nudging his but down in hopes that we don’t see any crawling soon. Right now he is so easy, he rolls around a bit, but for the most part I know exactly where he is and I don’t have to corral him yet. I know that crawling means the whole house becomes his playground and everything needs to be baby proof.

Last week we took him along with Cora and Jack to the Word of Life Youth camp for a week. We weren’t able to cater to his schedule much and had him tagalong to make it down to the cafeteria for food or to the pool to swim and once again he was content and happy. He slept at night like a champ and never woke up once. It was great to have some extra family time with Andy instead of staying home while he was with the youth.

I just adore this little guy and thank the Lord everyday for the joy of being his Mommy!

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