The Wells Family

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

October 3, 2014
by The Wells Family

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.











September 5, 2014
by The Wells Family

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.









August 31, 2014
by The Wells Family

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


Beach Nights: Check (Dean’s first time touching the water!)IMG_6827.JPG



Word of Life Summer Youth Camp: Check


(much needed naps


Zooming down the twisty slide: CheckIMG_7051.JPG


Obstacle course in the hallway during Dean’s napIMG_7086.JPG

Cuttest thing ever, Jack is doing the Trust Fall with our youth studentsIMG_7100.JPG


Summer Date nights: Check



“Undie Swimming” in the backyard: Check IMG_7172.JPG



Silly Fun: Check




Summer Movie Nights: Check


Park Fun: Check


Summer Sleep Over: Check



Dean’s frist Swim: Check


Family Fun: Check


Ice Cream Sundays: Check


Mote Marine: Check






August 14, 2014
by The Wells Family


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.



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.


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.


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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July 7, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Our roly poly 4 month old

< I can't believe our tiny infant has turned into a roly-poly giggly little baby. He is full of smiles and excitement. It's easy to make him laugh and keep him happy. He is extremely content and easy-going. He's been rolling over from his belly to his back, grabbing things and pulling them to his mouth and chewing on his hands. He still has an 11:00 PM feeding and wakes about 5 AM for another feeding. He's up for the day about 730 and he's ready to play. He is such a joy and I am enjoying every minute watching him grow and explore his world.
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July 5, 2014
by The Wells Family
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The 4th of July- all Merican

We also enjoyed the Foster's Anna Marie Island beach house along with some good friends for the 4th. This may have been my first beach 4th. As always, the 4th conjures up old memories of some of my favorite times as a kid sitting on the bank at Brower lake feeling the rumble of Grandpas fireworks being set off a few hundred yards from me. I'm especially missing Grandma and Grandpa today.
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June 25, 2014
by The Wells Family
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Dean 3 1/2 months

Dean is such a happy little guy! He is full of excitement and his whole face grins when he gets someone’s attention. He also looks like he’s peddling a bike the way his legs
Get going when he’s really happy. He especially loves laying on his changing table, this seems to be where he does his best talking and giggling. He is almost always sucking on his hands or trying to chew on whatever is on his hands, including Cora’s hair. Cora arms Jack are still interested in him and often argue (a common sport between them these days) about who held him last or the longest. I’ve noticed That while Dean loves Jacks attention he’s never completely at ease when Jack is holding him. As gentle and sweet as Jack is, he’s a bit loud and excitable.

Deans biggest accomplishment is that he has rolled from his belly to his back about 6 times over the past week or so. As fun as he is I hate how fast he’s changing.