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When She Grows Up

When Paige grows up she wants to be a mommy. Thankfully she’s getting lots of practice with Rover for a little brother.

Silence around here is never a golden, unless it’s nap time. John Martin was being way too quiet so I grabbed my camera and when I turned the corner, this is what I saw.

He was having so much fun, he had oatmeal flakes caked in his eye lashes. We have temporarily “locked” the pantry with a ribbon, soon, very soon, I will be placing a Rover-proof lock on it.

Sister is all tucked in at the hospital waiting for baby to come… we’re headed that way early in the morning! Can’t wait to report back soon! If you’re reading this, Erika, don’t worry newborns aren’t quite as busy as little rovers.

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  • Amanda Thrasher
    September 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    When my boys were little I didn’t ever wash dishes/pots/pans etc. UNTIL it was time to use them b/c they would pull everything out of the cabinets and be so entertained in the kitchen floor. It was too much trouble to wash every time so I just shoved everything back in the cabinets and if I needed to bake cookies I’d wash the cookie sheet when it was time. Rover reminds me of those kitchen floor days. it will pass soon, but man…..he’s a cutie! Have fun with the Sister—-how exciting. Both my boys were born on Wednesdays. I’ll be praying that the sun is shining on everyone.

  • Beth Goff
    September 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Darby, They are TOO cute and Paige will be an amazing mommy!! Rover just cracks me up!!

  • Jesse
    September 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    He is absolutely adorable!

  • ang
    September 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve told you before…I’ll tell you again. Your kids are absolutely adorable!!!!!

  • jeana
    September 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    i love your new site, darby! i’m so excited for erika. love you girls and thinking of you! will be praying for your new baby niece.

  • Rachel
    September 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Seriously, that boy could do anything and I would say all is well and forgive his sweet face! BUT, oh how great it is that you ALWAYS have your camera and capture things like this!

    Do you laugh first and then say no…tell him to play it up for the camera and then scold him, or just go with it all? HA!

  • Devon
    September 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    And what I love most is that you just enjoyed the moment and let him enjoy the moment as well. Good on ya mom.

    Have a wonderful time the next couple of days. Sisters are simply the best.

  • Devon
    September 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    And what I love most is that you just enjoyed the moment and let him enjoy the moment as well. Good on ya mom.

    Have a wonderful time the next couple of days. Sisters are simply the best.

  • Amanda
    September 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    They’re so cute, but they must just keep you EXHAUSTED! Best wishes to your sister.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    September 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I am so glad you let him play and get those lovely flakes in his eyelashes! I let them do that sometimes, too- SOME times- more often if I have a camera ready!
    I’m so excited for Erika and your family! New babies are just plain exciting!!!
    We have a friend who is going in at midnight tonight to deliver, so I know that anticipation! Will say a special prayer for you all!

  • iman
    September 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    They are a too cute!
    Wishing Erica well and a safe delivery.

  • Jean Stockdale
    September 9, 2009 at 4:46 am

    What darling pictures. Thanks for sharing. You have a great way of capturing the accompanying emotions and showcasing the personality of the little people in your world!

    I love your new blog design. It is so clean and cheery. Blessings.

  • Elizabeth
    September 9, 2009 at 5:35 am

    How adorable! I think it says alot for your mothering whan your own daughters want to follow in your footsteps.

    And yes, it was good to let the little guy rove through the flakes. We all need to roll around in it sometimes.

  • alison g. (brazil)
    September 9, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Such precious moments! What a great mommy Paige will make!! Can’t wait for news!!

  • amanda
    September 9, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Absolutely precious!!!! My Christian adores the Cascade “pellets”…and I would be lying if I didn’t fess-up that he has “tasted” more than one…oh, my! He broke his own “rover” lock and has had a field day…my best to you and Erika and family, can’t wait to hear…on another note, I made your sashets yesterday, if you can call using a glue gun in place of a sweing machine (mine is broken!)…they turned out cute, not nearly as cute as yours but cute!

  • Hannah Fields
    September 9, 2009 at 7:08 am

    How sweet that he let’s Paige wipe his face. What a sweet helper. Usually when it gets quiet here Sam is on top of the dining room table dancing circles.

  • Anne
    September 9, 2009 at 7:51 am

    The whole wheat looks perfect for sliding! 🙂 I love the pictures.You must be so excited about finally meeting your new neice!

  • MaryBeth
    September 9, 2009 at 8:09 am

    It looks like he just wanted to be laying on a beach somewhere in the sand, so he made his own. MB

  • stephanie
    September 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

    oh no!!! Rover!!!! at that point, if i were you, i’ll be calling “PAIGE!!!” to help clean up!!

  • Sarah @ Clover Lane
    September 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

    A familiar picture…we found a ribbon works even better than the childproof lock that’s really not childproof!

  • Meredith
    September 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

    i love it!! he is just way too precious!! prayers and blessings to erika!!

  • Melise
    September 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

    cute cute cute! On his wedding day you’ll be remembering this moment! SO great to have a picture of it! ;0) Prayers for sissy. Can’t wait for the posts on little Sloan!

  • jade
    September 9, 2009 at 11:04 am

    oh how cute!! i have got to get a new camera so i can capture the indoor shots you are able to get. makena is the exact same way. i can’t wait to see her when the baby arrives. our prayers are going out for Erika and Sloane. xoxo

  • Becky
    September 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I think you should do a post on how different it is raising a little boy vs. little girls. I only have boys, but I swear they are so much more mischevious than my nieces seem to be!

  • brandy
    September 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

    love the photos of paige wiping jm’s face, so sweet!

  • Amber
    September 9, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Little boys are something else. I have a two year old and one more on the way. I wonder what the two of them will get into together. JM is too cute!!!

  • Stephanie
    September 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    What a sweet collection of JM photos. Too cute! And Paiger Raiger is so funny wiping his face. So sweet. It makes me hopeful that when I have more than one child one day, my world won’t come crashing down {at least, not forever 🙂 }

  • Dianne
    September 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Look how clean she got his face. That is adorable! As for JM and his fun mess…I am speechless! LOL

  • Hannah
    September 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Adorable! I just love your blog. It always makes me smile.

  • Megan DiVito
    September 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Paige cleaning up JM is the sweetest thing! She will be a great Mommy!! You definetly have your hands full with JM- but how do you even get mad at that sweet face?! Good luck to your sister, I will pray for a safe, speedy delivery!!!

  • Brittany
    September 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    So cute of her cleaning him up! And yes silence is a scary thing:)

  • Rebecca
    September 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Darby, I love the whole post!! When Leighton is quiet, usually she is taking all (and I do mean ALL) of the baby wipes out of the container. Oh I know it could be so much worse (oatmeal :), for example) but it makes me laugh and promise that I’ll get there faster the next time she’s being quiet. But I usually don’t! Speedy delivery and no pain wishes to Erika! We’re praying for her little family!

  • paula
    September 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I really do think our sons would be the best of friends:)

  • kt
    September 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    hey girl! been thinking about erika lots and lots today. i’m always so excited about new babies! and surprisingly, eli said for the first time today…when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up….said he wants to be a mommy too. 🙂

  • Nancy
    September 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I love the picture of your sweet little boy lounging in the baking products. That is awesome. Little girls are just born nurturers. I think God really designed them that way. It is a beautiful thing. I love your new website. Stunning!

  • tegan
    September 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

    hey darby!!! i just wanted to tell you hello and let you know that i”m still here and reading faithfully. i don’t have internet at my house for the time being and so i’ve been reading on my blackberry (which won’t allow me to leave comments)! dave and i are expecting number two in february (a sweet, busy baby boy) and are so excited. your family is precious and i love keeping up with you. i hope to get internet before too long and be back in the blogging world. hopefully before the baby gets here, i’ll have everything up and running. take care! tegan

  • Kristy
    September 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    so sweet. darling. isn’t mommy hood wonderful :O)

  • Lisa
    September 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Oh my gosh – first I was “awww’ing” over the sweet gesture of your daughter being so motherly. And then I was laughing out loud at your son being….a boy! Love it. Very cute shots.

  • megan @ a life's design
    September 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    he is SO cute! i love the photo of him laying in the oatmeal.
    i love your new site! and congratulations on becoming an aunt to baby Sloane; she is beautiful.

  • Ashley Green
    September 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Darby! I have been blogstalking you for a while.:) Came across your blog via a friend’s blog from AU. Realized you were married to Justin. I went to undergrad with him…he probably knows me as Ashley Wallace…Alpha Zeta. You guys have a beautiful family!! Love little rover…as the mom of a 2 yr old boy, I can relate!! My husband and I moved to Niceville after graduation, so I am familiar with Marla!! Love your blog…LOVE your photos!! Learning a few things from you, and Marla!! Thanks for sharing your life!!

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    September 25, 2009 at 2:19 am