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In an effort to begin teaching Jacob about gratitude (and to help me to be more appreciative of all that we have), we started a “Thankvember” exercise at home.  It was such a great exercise for both of us and I think we will make it a yearly tradition! The things he is thankful for are sweet, funny and a good reminder to me that we take a lot in our lives for granted.  When asked this question at school Jacob answered “all of my toys and my daddy’s snowblower!” – no surprise there!

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In the words of Jacob, here are the things he was thankful for each day in November 2013

November 1: Windows, so I can see the mailman and the garbage truck.

November 2: Apples, because they smell good and I can eat them.

November 3: Closets. Just because I really like closets.

November 4: My piano, because it’s black and I like black pianos.

November 5: My chair, because I love it and it’s nice and blue.

November 6: School because I play there.

November 7: My cars and trucks, especially the dump truck

November 8: Our food that God gave us.

November 9: The door, so we can go outside.

November 10: The trashcan so we can throw things away when they are empty or broken

November 11: All my friends (stuffed animals) that I sleep with because I love them.

November 12: My new baby cousin Emily

November 13: My green smoothie, because I finished it.

November 14: My belly button, because it tickles

November 15: My trains

November 16: Oatmeal

November 17: The Piano Church because we go to it and sing songs

November 18: My sister, because I love her

November 19: My Smoothie (Can you tell we typically discussed this over breakfast?)

November 20: My Lawn Mower

November 21: My new placemat

November 22: My tools

November 23: The orchestra because I went to it and it was really nice music

November 24: My picker truck, because it’s really cool

November 25: My home.  It’s warm and bugs can’t come in here

November 26: Mommy. I love you – that’s why!

November 27: My turkeys because they look nice on the door

Novemeber 28: My guitar

November 29: Feeling a little better

November 30: My daddy’s leafblower

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More Jacobisms

I have been collecting these for months now, and finally remembered to throw them all in a post!


Apparently Jacob is under the impression that when we need something, we just send a note to the UPS guy and he magically appears with it!

J: Mommy, you should send an email to the PPS man and tell him we need a new cup so he will bring it to us.


J: I have some dresses for bear

M: you have some dresses for her?

J: yes, but bear is a boy, that’s why I have boy dresses for him, and bammers (pajamas) too.

M: oh, okay buddy. Would you want me to get out a pair of pajamas from when you were a baby so bear has a pair to wear?

J: yes, and can you put an extra pair in my crib so I can change him when he tinkles through his diaper at night?



While eating watermelon:

J: Lilian likes hers on the wine. (Picking up his piece and pointing to the rind) Is this the wine?


While driving, Jacob saw a man doing some yard work.

J: Why is that guy using the leaf blower today?!?! It’s not Saturday!!!!!



Me: What do you see in the rearview mirror Jacob?

J:I see a guy picking his nose


J:  Why are we going home?

Me: Where should we go instead?

J: To a place where I would love to go


J: Mommy, after naps I’m going to the airport.

M: Where you going to fly to?

J: I’m going to go to Texas and I’m going to stay there for a long time. But I’m not going to stay at Nana’s house I’m going to a different house. It’s just like Nana’s house but Nana doesn’t live there but it’s the same color.



J: My doggie is very tired. He keeps asking if we are going upstairs. I have to put him to bed because I am his mommy


While discussing different people’s ages:

J: How old are you?

Me: 36

J: How old is Daddy?

Me: 33

J: He’s just like me!



After a quick stop at the ATM on our way to CSA pickup…

J: did you get cash?

M: yes.

J: where is it?

M: in my wallet

J: in your wallet?! I thought cash was a vegetable!


After preschool orientation I asked Jacob what he thought his favorite part of school would be. His response? The lollipops.



Jacob speaking into his boom: Good morning everyone. Today is a special Sunday…the man with the yellow hat. So lets sing alleluia.


J: I’m not a big guy, I’m a little guy.  I don’t want to be a sister!



After cleaning up the playroom with Jacob I noticed that the shopping cart was full of the animals from Noah’s Ark. When I asked him why they were there, he responded “I could hear them asking me from the boat to put them in and take them for a ride. So I did!”


J: My brown bear is named Annie too (after his imaginary friend that lives in the family room).  My yellow bear is my baby.  I have two babies – Bear and Lilian.


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This kid cracks me up…

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We love chatting with Jacob and the boy says some funny things!  The following are just a sampling of the zingers he’s thrown out at us over the past few months.


As the Peapod delivery guy left our house one afternoon,

Jacob looked at me and said “Hey!  That guy didnt power wash our


Overheard at dinner one night and spoken in the most serious voice our little guy could muster; “But I’m not hungry for dinner.  I’m hungry for a brownie.  That’s the problem!”



One night Keith and Jacob were chatting.  We had just returned from a weekend away where Jacob had slept in a pack-n-play, something he hadn’t done in almost six months.

K: How was sleeping in the pack-n-play, buddy?

J: It was too small.

K: Yeah, you are getting too big for a pack-n-play. Next time we go away you probably need to sleep in a big boy bed.

J: (speaking in a tone that suggests Keith is nuts for suggesting something like that) I can’t do that, Daddy!

K: Why not?

J: Because…if I sleep in a big boy bed with no sides, I’ll just get out!



While sitting on the potty before bed, Jacob made an observation:

J:Daddy! Your toes look like one of the wild things in Where the Wild Things Are!


Another conversation between Keith and Jacob:

K:  Hey buddy, are you excited to go to the ballpark tomorrow?

J: (Enthusiastically)  Yeah! Are we going to play baseball?

K: No, there are going to be some guys that play.

J: Are they big guys?

K:  Yeah, buddy, they’re big guys.

J:  And they have big bats?

K:  Yeah, they have big bats.

J:  And they have big balls?

K:  …

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A few pictures of our family today. As a special treat, Jacob enlightens us on the true meaning of Easter.

Clearly, I didn’t explain it correctly 🙂

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter!

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It’s hard to believe that our baby boy is three years old…and no longer a baby.  Jacob is growing into a smart little boy who picks up on everything and is constantly asking questions.  He is also downright hilarious.

Please note, some of these things may be “you had to be there” kind of situations, but since we keep this blog for our own memories as well as to keep all of our family and friends up on the happenings of our family, please forgive us if they don’t seem as funny in the retelling as we think they are.


Instead of saying “What did you say?” Jacob asks “What you said?” And it’s not just the words he says, but how he says it – and the accompanying facial expressions – that really put it over the top.

The term “yesterday” means any day prior to today. So he might say “Remember yesterday when Lilian was born?” or “Remember yesterday when we lived in Texas?”


He refers to the dining room as the “diamond room” and yeah, we were pretty disappointed when we figured that out.  We kept thinking he knew something we didn’t.

He has made up goofy names for himself and Lilian.  He calls himself Yan or BoYan and he calls Lilian Yaya.  I have no idea why, but it makes me laugh. Every. Single. Time.


Recently Jacob and I were in the kitchen after his nap and he looked at me and said “Mommy, I need to go downstairs and make sure my toys are pretty good”.  He really thought he needed to go check on his toys in the basement, and he was very adamant about it.


He’s incredibly attentive during Church, something we’ve figured out both during Mass as well as at home.  One Sunday after Keith received Communion, Jacob turned to him and said (in a not-quiet voice) “I want some Body of Christ.” He continued to repeat it the whole way back to our pew.

Then a few weeks later, we found him using his napkin to wipe the lip of his cup after every sip.  When we asked him what he was doing, he replied “I’m wiping my wine cup like at church.”  So there you go.


He refers to his milk at dinner as his “wine milk”, and loves to do “cheersies with us.


His recent loves include:

-What he refers to as a “dance party”.  This involves streaming youtube videos of children’s songs to the  TV and may or may not actually include much in the way of dancing.


-Playing his keyboard and singing.  Sometimes they are songs we recognize, and other times they are his own original compositions.

-Crafting – he loves to paint, cut paper with his safety scissors (dropping tiny pieces of paper all over the floor), and use a glue stick.


-Stickers – we have found stickers ALL over the house, stuck to the floors, walls, in the laundry, etc.  He loves them.

Trucks – especially scoops.  Snow days are really exciting for him – he sits around and waits for the plows to drive by because they have big scoops on the front of them.


Cooking – both real (especially on pizza night!) and pretend.

Cookie Monster

Curious George books


Making smoothies (and eating the frozen fruit)

Breakfast is his favorite meal, and he’s never met a baked good he didn’t like.


At the beginning of February Jacob decided he wanted to start wearing underwear.  Prior to that, he had only wanted to use the bathroom as a stall tactic before bed, but he was serious this time.  He had a couple of accidents early on but with the exception of our flights to and from Florida, he hasn’t left the house in a diaper in two months and he is doing great.


At Jacob’s three year check-up, his pediatrician confirmed that he is healthy and developing well.  Jacob was excited that he didn’t get an shots this time (as an aside, he is convinced that the dimples in his elbows appeared the last time he got shots.  Now, every time we go to the doctor he asks if they are going to give him shots in his dimples.). He weighed in at 30 pounds which puts him in the 30th percentile for weight and is 38.75″, and the 88th percentile for height.


We still can’t believe that our little guy isn’t so very little anymore, but we are trying to enjoy every minute with him.  He makes us laugh each day and we are constantly amazed by his curiosity and persistence (even when we have to answer the same question 10 times in the course of a minute!).  We love you Jacob Henry, and we feel so blessed to be your parents!

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Up Here


Yesterday I was sitting on the couch feeding Lilian and Jacob climbed up on the arm. When I asked him what he was doing he replied that he wanted to sit down but he didn’t see any spots so he had to sit up there.

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Last week I told Jacob his full name.  He has referred to himself as “Bebup Umrey” for awhile now, and I figured it was time to add the Nedell and teach him how to spell it.  He is still working on the spelling part, but it’s pretty cute to hear him add some extra letters at the end.  I also haven’t quite gotten through to him about the concept of  family name.  When I ask him what Mommy and Daddy’s last name is, he answers with his name.  At one point we asked him to tell us Lilian’s full name, and the answer was pretty funny:

For those of you scratching your heads, before he goes to bed Jacob says two prayers.  The first one ends with the line “Bless the children, just like Jacob Henry and Lilian Clare, everywhere”.  He starts the second with “Goodnight dear Jesus”.

You just never know what is going on in that head of his!

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A small selection of the daily comedy Jacob provides the family:

Jacob and I were chatting at breakfast about the Turkey Trot.  When he asked what it was, I told him it was a race that I was running on Thanksgiving with Uncle Peter and Aunt Jamison.  He replied “I would like to run a race with Uncle Eric and Uncle Mary”.  Sorry Mary!

For some reason, when Jacob is talking to Bailey he shouts, even if she is right next to him.  As I was cleaning him up after lunch, he looked down where she was sitting at his feet and said at the top of his lungs “Bai-ey! Let’s go in the playroom, Bai-ey!!!!!”

In the playroom I told him we could play for a bit but I was going to set a timer and when it went off, it was time for naps.  When the timer went off, he got up and started to walk to the stairs.  Bailey was laying on the floor in the entryway.  As he passed her, he looked at her and said “Bai-ey, it’s time for naps!  Go sleep in Mommy and Daddy’s room!”.

As we were driving to the pediatrician’s office for his 2.5 year check-up he says to me “Mommy I don’t want I go to the doctor. Can we please go home?” After I told him that it’s important to go for check-ups so we can stay healthy, he said “I would really like to go home and take a nap, instead.”  This from the child who resists naps with all of his being.



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