Let Us Begin

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.

Jack: Jack-Jack, Jack Knife, Cadillac Jack, Super Jack

John Cummins IV ~ Jack: Jack-Jack, Jack Knife, Cadillac Jack, Super Jack

I will never forget the moment we found out that we were expecting Jack.  It was the feast of the Epiphany and the greatest gift two newlyweds could hope for.  My heart was instantly transformed to love like only a mother can and we went from being a couple to a family.  Even before I laid eyes on him and first held him in my arms on September 20, 2008, I was completely and totally, head-over-heels in love.  He has been my delight ever since.

Jack is constantly making me laugh and surprising me with the unbelievably hilarious things that come out of his mouth.  He is one incredibly articulate three year old which is no surprise considering the fact that his very first word was “turtle” clear as day at only 9 months old.  He loves to learn and is always tackling new things.  This kid is forever on the go and is the definition of extrovert, considering everyone he meets a friend and being happiest when surrounded by family, especially his best friend and cousin Norah (Mowah).  He is a joyful and affectionate big brother to “his Gabriel” and wants nothing more than to “be just like Daddy” or maybe a superhero when he gets big.  He loves the Lord and has the sweetest spirituality teaching me just what a childlike faith looks like.


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Gentlemen, start your engines

It is time for a car craft (courtesy of Oma and ‘Melissa & Doug’).


As you can see, Jack was very focused on the task at hand.


and oh so proud of his finished product - his very own hand painted wooden race car.

Off to the races!




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Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Being a mom this time of year is giving me new insight into the reason why St. Nicholas was so jolly.

It must be the JOY of giving to little ones…

nothing much: just a few pieces of candy I happened to have on hand in the pantry when I received my mother’s text message that night reminding me of a beloved patron’s feast the next day and a favorite childhood tradition of leaving shoes by the door for him to fill with treats.

I couldn’t let the Feast of St. NIcholas pass without entering into the celebration at our house this year so I asked Jack to put one of his shoes and one of Gabriel’s (who was already fast asleep) by the door. (Notice he picked a huge rain boot as his shoe.  It didn’t result in any more candy than his baby brother got in his oh-so-tiny shoe but you can’t blame the kid for trying.)

He also insisted on shoes being left for mommy and daddy, which he selected all by himself from our closet.

I have to say that the addition of one of my high heels to the line up makes me smile.

After setting out our shoes, removing one more link from the Christmas countdown paper chain, and opening another door of the Avent calendar for the piece of chocolate inside, we read a children’s book about the story of St. Nicholas and Jack surely drifted off to sweet dreams of secret gifts being dropped into stockings in the night.

It took a few minutes to remember what day it was when he woke up but when he did there was no holding him back.

He sprinted to the landing to see if St. Nicholas had come and jumped up and down in sheer delight at the sight of a candy in our shoes for a solid two minutes before I thought to hit record on my camera…

And then of course there is Gabriel.  He was loving chewing on his pez still in the wrapper and dissolved into tears when I took took them away just long enough to open them for him.  sweet boy.  I know those cheeks are a dead give away but this is one baby boy who loves his sweet treats.

If today was any indication of things to come, Christmas morning is going to be a lot of fun at our house this year.




Serious Moves

This weekend was the first wedding and reception that we have taken either of the boys to since they were small enough to be worn in a sling.

They both had a blast!  (can you tell?)

We all did…(this picture was taken from Jack’s perspective)

Although we didn’t manage to get any pictures of the happy couple (Johnny’s cousin David and his lovely bride Lindsay), we did get some of other extended family…

Here we are with the parents of the groom, Johnny’s Aunt Beth and Uncle Jerry.

and Jack with Johnny’s cousins, Jenna and Chelsea…

and lots of the boys thoroughly enjoying themselves…

There’s that tongue again!

Jack loved getting dressed up like daddy in his little pinstriped dress pants, vest and tie. Both boys went crazy for the appetizer bar and stuffed themselves on crackers, cheese and fruit to their hearts’ content.  They were enthralled with the wedding party’s grand entrance and clapped for everyone as they arrived…

Gabriel is in Aunt Mary’s arms where he spend most of the evening.  She walked with him, showed him the lights and rubbed his feet.  Anytime she would stop, he would put her hands back on his toes again.  Smart kid.

And then there was cake to be tasted…two thumbs up!

Jack was smooth as ever going up to the bride and telling her how pretty she looked in her beautiful dress, toasting with sparkling cider and of course busting a move on the dance floor…

When I told Jack that he had some cool moves, he told me that he did cool moves all the time but when the camera man came over to him then he did some “serious” moves!

Alright then, I don’t think there is any denying that!

Thankfully, they will have lots of opportunities to enjoy all that they loved about being a part of wedding festivities again soon.  We have two big weddings to look forward to this summer.  Aunt Mandy will be getting married to Matt in June and Uncle Danny and Katie will be getting married in July.

It is going to be a great summer full of serious moves.

David and Lindsay, we wish you both a long life of happiness together.  Thank you for including us in your big day.


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