Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Year in Review

January - We celebrated Lucas' first birthday

February - A trip to Memphis to see Nick's brother Josh, his wife Jana, and Lucas' cousin Colt

March - Lucas started walking

April - I started my wonderful friendship with Mika while walking the streets of our neighborhood

May - Another great Memorial Day weekend with ALL our family:)

June - Trip to Dallas for our 4th anniversary

July - Accepted new jobs and a trip to Florida

August - Packed up and moved to Pryor with my mom and started new jobs and a wonderful Bible study at LGFWB

September - Packed up and moved to Broken Arrow with Cassie and Callen

October - Found out Cassie and Callen were pregnant

November - A new church, a birthday and another time to be thankful

December - Work parties, Sunday school parties, new Christmas Eve traditions and a wonderful break

This year has been crazy, to say the least!  So much has changed, but through it all God taught us patience and taught us that His plan is always perfect, even if it's not what we think it should be.  We have learned to rely on Him and trust His hand.

This New Year will bring another home for us, a new season with a new baseball team, a 2-year old who will transition into a big boy bed and potty train, a new addition to the Balmos family, and so much more!  I'm excited for all this:)

I know no matter what that the Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.  He will provide for me and mine and I'm so grateful for the loved ones in my life and the opportunities I have to show Him throughout it all.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

23 Months

I can't seem to upload any pictures without them messing up, so you won't have any pictures in this letter:(  Sorry and I will upload when I can.

December 13, 2012
Our dear Lucas,

We can't believe you are 23 months old!  You are just turning into a little boy and it's amazing to see.  Your kind spirit is contagious, but you also love testing the limits of your independence.  We love your affection and we love that you accept responsibility for your actions.  You are an amazing little boy.

You are talking so much!  You ask questions all the time and when we answer, you always repeat our answers like you are trying to soak it all in.  Your vocabulary is amazing!  Some things we didn't know you knew and you just blurt them out in a story or in a sentence and it just baffles us!!  Your favorite pastime is reading...reading...reading.  There are several stories you have memorized and it's so cute when you "read" them.  Those favorites are "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake", "The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear", "Goodnight Moon", and "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie".  You love these books and we just read the first couple of words and you do the rest!  I'm so glad you have this love.  I hope it never ends!

We celebrated Mommy's birthday and Thanksgiving this month.  You had a great time at both events.  You helped Mommy blow out her candle and you got to spend time with Cuz-aunt Megan and Cuz-uncle JD.  They just loved when they told you it was time for bed and you walked into your room with your paci, blanket and Geoffrey!  You still go to bed so easy!  We discovered this month that you are not a morning person, though.  You were used to sleeping in over Thanksgiving break and then when school started again, you didn't like us waking you up at 6:30a:(  We hate it too, but it has to be done.  We realized you need to gradually wake up on your own and we need to not try to calm you down.  You are pretty stubborn, little man, and sometimes you want to be left alone to calm down.  We are figuring this out the hard way.

You pooped in the potty twice this month!  We bought a cushy seat for the toilet and you are very interested in it.  Two times you told us "I poop" and you hadn't yet, so we rushed you in there and sat you down and you pooped in the potty!  It was pretty exciting:)

But you had your first real sickness this month, as well.  You were up all night throwing up and it was the most pitiful thing in the world.  About every 10 minutes you would get sick and cry and we knew your throat was hurting so bad, but you didn't want to drink either.  We stayed home with you on Friday from school and on Saturday you felt a little better.  Then Saturday night, Daddy got sick and on Sunday night Mommy got sick, so we all stayed home on Monday again.  I wish it was under different circumstances, but we did enjoy our time with you.  You were very snuggly and so sweet.  Ever since then, you have not pooped in the potty anymore:(

You are doing great in the nursery at our new church.  You are making several friends and so are Mommy and Daddy.  We are preparing for Christmas and doing our daily Advent calendar.  I don't know how much you understand, but we are trying to teach you the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate.  I'm excited to see how excited you get about that and Santa this year!  It will be fun and so different from last year!

We are also preparing to leave Uncle Callen and Aunt Cassie's house to move into an apartment just a few weeks before your birthday.  We are really excited and sad at the same time.  We have loved our time here and you've been such a great nephew:)  They are really excited about your new cousin coming soon and we are happy we are going to be so close.  Some big changes coming up for you!  Your second birthday, a big boy bed, no more paci, and a new home.  I know you're going to do great with all these changes and we are already so proud of you!  You are flexible and go with the flow and we are so thankful for that.  God knew we needed a baby like you during this time of our lives and we are so blessed to be your parents.

We love you so much!!!!

All our love,
Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Why are my pictures uploading like this????