Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Aaron is home! Sorry for the lack of updates, but I've been trying to spend some quality time with my husband now that he's finally here.
Seeing Elliot and Aaron together absolutely melts my heart. They are perfect together. I don't know why I was so worried about how Elliot would react to Aaron, because he took to him immediately. It's as if he never left!
To top it off, ever since the first night Aaron was home, Elliot has been sleeping seven hours straight every night! SEVEN HOURS! It was hard to get used to at first, and I kept jumping up every time Elliot moved, just to find out that he was still sound asleep. I'll tell you what, though- I haven't felt this well rested since the first trimester of my pregnancy. I'm not sure how long this will last, so I'm soaking up every last minute of extra sleep while I can! Let's hope he doesn't go back to waking up every 2-3 hours.

Here's a recap of what you missed:

Thursday night Aaron flew into Flint, and even though we left Gaylord with PLENTY of time to spare, we had some car trouble and ended up being late to the airport! I felt terrible but we were so happy to finally be together that it didn't really matter too much.

Friday we celebrated Aaron's homecoming by going out to eat for breakfast and just relaxing together before making the drive back up north with Elliot- and I'm sorry to admit that Elliot spent almost the entire three hour trip back out of his carseat. He screamed so long and hard on the way down the previous night that my ears were still ringing the next day.
I insisted on doing a quick family photoshoot, of course!


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Saturday was our first trip to the beach as a family. It was bright and sunny, 95 degrees in the shade, and we had a blast.

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Sunday was a special day- Elliot's baptism. My favorite part of the ceremony was when Father James said to Elliot, "I claim you for God." Now that's a powerful thing.
There were FOUR other babies being baptized during the ceremony, and Elliot was definitely the most well behaved, which is a small miracle since it has been in the 90's here and our church isn't air conditioned so it was SWELTERING in there. When they poured the water over his head, instead of crying, he looked around like, that's it?! I want more! He was also enthralled with the candle and kept smiling at it. I completely forgot to bring my camera, so I'll have to steal some pictures from someone.
Elliot decided to sleep through the entire party {even though he was the guest of honor} so I didn't get many pictures then, either! We had a great time with family and friends, though.

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Greasy Elliot with his godmother, Shannon.

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Monday the movers came, packed up all of our furniture and belongings, and sent them on their way down to Texas.

And that brings us to today. Elliot woke up early, but Aaron took him upstairs and let me sleep in until 9 and then made me breakfast!! What a great husband, right?We took a walk together and since then we've just been relaxing. Tonight we're having a big turkey dinner with both my parents and the in-laws.
I still can't believe Aaron's home. Every time I look at him, it feels like my heart will burst. I love this man so much, and can't believe what a wonderful husband and father he is. It is absolutely wonderful to have him home.
Tomorrow we're going to Macinaw Island- I can't wait!


  1. this whole post made me tear up a bit. :) what a beautiful family you've got. and you look amazing!

  2. I'm so, so happy for you that he is home! That's really great that Elliot took to him really well. :)

    Oh Jazmyn

  3. Yay! How great that your family is all together now :). I love the pictures!

  4. I'm in tears. I am in awe of your husband for his service, but isn't it awesome when our babies recognize their fathers and the love they give. Amazing. I am so happy for you. You have been so strong Jess, it's beautiful. You have been through hell and back and you've done an awesome job with Elliot! He is sleeping 7 hours because you are now not alone at night. You have your protector, your man. Elliot knows this and can sense your comfort. He can finally rest at night now knowing you are being cared for through the night. :) God Bless you all! Can't wait for more posts!

  5. This post makes my heart so happy. I'm so glad your man is back with you and Elliot, right where he belongs. Your strength continues to amaze me, Jess.

  6. The love just shines right through your post!

    So jealous about Mackinaw Island, it's awesome. I miss Michigan! And now you're coming down here where it's insanely hot, it lasts into October here.

    I hope your move is very smooth and your family has a wonderful time together at Mackinaw.

  7. yay!! i'm so happy for you that he is home!! : ) my husband is finally coming home thursday and it feels like eternity away. anyways, i'm SO happy for you all!! :) Those pictures of y'all together melts my heart. Enjoy your time together.

  8. I am so happy that you are all reunited again!

  9. so so glad! how wonderful!

    have a great time together you guys. You totally deserve it.

  10. Ok I will admit it....the second I saw the pic of Elliot's head resting on Aarons shoulder...I STARTED BAWLING LIKE A BABY!! OMG that is the most precious pic! Im still crying writing this...Im so happy for u guys! Aaron is the best daddy & hubby...letting u sleep n making breakfast! But seriously..Baby & Daddy pics buckle my knees..the one where Aaron is helping Elliot walk n hes just looking up at Daddy...sigh...please , when u get the chance....MORE PICS PLEASE!! IM ADDICTED! u must give us more! lol..im crazy , i know..I just cant get enough of u guys...u are all so darn cute. WELCOME HOME AARON!! Here comes the sun...

  11. ohmygoodness!
    i was smiling huge whilst reading this- happy homecoming!

    i'm so glad you guys are having a blast- and no apologies! i'm gonna go with quality family time voer blogging my dear!

  12. everything you wrote made me smile :] I am SO glad that Aaron is finally home and I bet you were more than happy to see him!

    Isn't it amazing how nice it is to sleep for more than 2-3 hours at a time. heaven.

    keep the pictures coming of your beautiful family!

  13. I am so glad that Aaron is finally home and you all can be a family again. Thank you Aaron for all you have done for me and my country.

  14. I'm so happy he's home and it looks like you've been having a wonderful time. Enjoy your hubby!!

  15. Where do I begin?

    So happy he's home. So happy Elliot is sleeping so well for you! So happy you are nice and rested now.

    On and on and on... :)

    You look beautiful! I love your hair like that. :) And the very first picture? Melts my heart.

  16. I know you are thrilled to have your husband home! Congrats and enjoy your time as a family!

  17. So precious! You can tell Daddy missed baby & Mama so much! Awwww! I miss my husband and daughter just in my 8 hour work day - I can't imagine what you must have gone through or how he must have missed you both so much. Glad he's home and glad you guys are moving :)


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