The Newest Neville

The Neville journey as our family grows…

Funny faces

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Mason makes funny faces quite often and keeps us laughing. But recently, this face is almost constant. I am not sure if he even realizes he is doing it. It is usually accompanied by snorting sounds as well. This makes it very difficult while potty training to determine if he needs to poopoo or not. Apparently, I frequently misunderstand this face for the poopoo face. But I think you can understand why.

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Posting from my phone

So once again I have failed at this blogging thing. But! I have learned I might be able to post from my phone! This could change blogging for me. It may take some time to learn but this would definitely help me be a bit more successful.

Let’s see…

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Here are my 3 beautiful children! Best. Kids. Ever!!!! So blessed to have them. We just returned from a trip to Isle of Palms, SC, one of the best places in the world! Kids were awesome travelers as usual. Now, tomorrow, back to real life. Maybe a life cataloged by this blog….only time will tell.

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The never ending non-blogging blog

Well here we are another 2 years later and no blogs to track the last couple years. I remember having fun with this blog but also feeling like there was never time to post. I don’t think there ever will be extra time so maybe I will give this a shot again and attempt to make the time.  Here are some more recent photos to bring this blog up to date.

 

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Abbeys Latest Profession

When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, Abbey used to say a mermaid. Clint informed her she would need to find a way to make money (although I think if she could actually be a mermaid, her money would be made). She pondered that every time someone asked the question, and would reply with “I want to be a mermaid, but first I have to find a way to make money”.

Well, since watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, her new response is “I want to be a rocket kick-up girl! Look! I have been practicing!” (picture a 3 year old trying to do the Rockette’s kick line). So, Abbey has decided she wants to be a Rockette and is excited that that profession will make her money!

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Things kids say…

Abbey got a leap frog toy from her grandmother this week. It looks like an oversized Blackberry and has learning games on it. One mode is music. She was sitting in the kitchen yesterday and asked, “Do you want to listen to my music?”. Of course i said yes and she replied, “It plays rock and hole music”. I just about fell on the floor laughing!

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First trip to the lake

My in-laws recently bought a boat so we took the kids out to the lake yesterday. They had a blast! Abbey was excited to “drive” the boat. She had her grandaddy calling her ‘captain’ and she was calling him ‘matey’. It was super cute! Emma enjoyed sticking her head over the side and watching the water saying, “Waves! Waves!”. Mason was, well, Mason. He just chilled and took it all in. We are looking forward to going back!

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The words of a 3 year old…

“Mom, my nose is still slobbering!”

(Abbey was frustrated that her nose was still running after blowing it several times this morning)

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Mom of 3

So everyone told me that life would get crazy with kids, especially once we added the 3rd one, but I didn’t realize just how crazy! Its fun crazy at least. I started this blog when we found out we were pregnant with Abbey over 3 years ago. Yes 3 years! She had her birthday last month. More on that in a minute. I never blog anymore and I don’t know why exactly because boy do we have stories to tell from our days together! I mean how much more fun could it be than hanging out with 2 of the cutest girls around and one handsome boy! So I have been reading a friend’s blog that has inspired me to blog again. My goal is at least once a week (how many times have I promised that before though?!)

There is too much to catch up on since its been several months since the last post but I do have to fill you in on Abbey’s 3rd birthday. Once she realized her birthday was approaching, she started telling everyone that she was having a princess party. Of course, as her mother, I now had to make this happen. I had this great idea to build a castle out of card board boxes. What kid doesn’t like to play in a box? Clint thought it was a cool idea until we were actually “building” it. He suffered through it though and it turned out great! Before her birthday we went shopping with Nana and Abbey picked out pretty pink fabric and a pattern for a princess dress. My mom did a fabulous job and Abbey had her pink princess dress for her party. She had a crown that said princess but I don’t think it stayed on long enough to make it to the party. She even got new pink flip flops with LED lights that lit up when she walked. We decorated the house in pink (Have you figured out her favorite color is pink?) and I made a castle cake from rice krispie treats. It was no masterpiece but everyone got the idea. The kids decorated their own crowns with colors, glitter, and stickers and enjoyed running through the castle. I was very pleased with how everything turned out and Abbey had a fabulous time!

The rest of her birthday pictures are on my mom’s computer so I will have to post those later.

Emma is almost 20 months now and cute as ever! She is equally evil at times though. Her temper is like nothing I have ever seen.

She adores her big sister and copies everything Abbey does. Her favorite things to say right now are, “what are you doing?”, “what’s that?”, and “who is that?” (when you’re talking on the phone). Her vocabulary is expanding and more words are becoming recognizable. She knows what she is talking about and gets frustrated when you can’t figure it out. Her facial expressions are priceless! She will ramble on about something and I can usually only figure out the last word she says. Its so fun to listen to he talk though! My favorite thing she does is when you ask her, “How much does mommy love you?”, she opens her arms out wide and wiggles her fingers. This is something we started with Abbey when she was little. Of course Abbey can do it and she says, “This much!” when she does it. But Emma just opens her arms and gives the sweetest grin–I love it!

Mason will be 6 months old on Tuesday. Time passes quicker every year I am alive. I remember the days as a child when I thought a week was a long time. Now a week comes and goes before I realized what happened. I try to savor these moments while my kids are young because I have been warned how quickly it all passes and I believe it!

Mason is the happiest little boy. He is content to sit anywhere as long as he is not alone. He just needs to be in the presence of others and he will sit quietly smiling any time you look at him. I had no idea how much food boys could eat! I mean I had 3 brothers but I guess I didn’t realize their appetites started out of the womb! He eats twice as much formula/month than the girls plus he eats 3 “meals” a day. Its incredible! He has started eating apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, and carrots. His favorites are bananas and carrots. I wasn’t sure about having a boy but I can see why now all my friends said I would love it. There is something special about momma’s having a boy. I have lost my girls to their daddy. They are total daddy’s girls so I am looking forward to having my boy love me most! Of course, with my luck, once he’s walking and talking I will lose him to daddy too. We’ll see.

Well, that is a short update on the kiddos for now. I really will try to post more often. I didn’t realize anyone actually read this anymore until I quit writing. Then I heard about it! So if you do stop by to check in on the Neville’s, leave me a comment every now and then. It will motivate me to keep posting!

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7 weeks

Mason is 7 weeks old today. Its amazing how time flies! I remember as a kid how I thought days lasted so long, especially in school, and a year seemed like an eternity. Now, I feel like I am always trying to hold on to moments to make the days and weeks and months longer. I can’t believe its been nearly a month since I posted. It feels like it was just last week. Its been that long too since I have taken any pictures of Mason….awful mother! I guess that’s what happens with your 3rd child. My friends warned me about this!

Since my last post, we had the rare occurrence of snow in Alabama. Abbey loved it! She couldn’t wait for it to fall and stick so she could build a snow man with daddy.
She decided to taste her snowman even though it was full of dirt and grass but she didn’t care!

Mason is still doing great…most of the time. He has his moments like any normal baby. I was enjoying the perfection of his first couple weeks. I really have nothing to complain about still. I was just so spoiled at the beginning when he was the text book baby. Now he cries occasionally for reasons I cannot figure out. He is trying to smile but his face just contorts into strange shapes. He is much more alert and enjoys watching the girls whiz back and forth around him.

Emma turned 15 months on Valentines Day. Wow is she different from Abbey! She walks around talking in her own little language all the time, hand motions and facial expressions included. I only wish I had some idea of what she is saying. Her temper tantrums are like nothing I have ever experienced. Its amazing how much energy can come out of that little body when she doesn’t get her way. It must be terribly frustrating to continually communicate your needs but no one gets it. She is so loving and cuddly though. She frequently stops during her day to kiss brother on the head in a long drawn out “mmmmmmmmmmmmmaw!” right on the head. She has also learned to say “cheese!” when a camera appears. Her chin titled forward and eyes squinty.

Emma is a great copy cat. I had no idea how much she was watching the rest of us until I see her mimicking all the same things. She especially loves to do anything Abbey does. Emma follows her around the house, taking cues on how to be a girly-girl, like putting lipstick on your cheek.


Abbey is 2 1/2 going on 13! She loves being a big sister and thinks its the coolest thing that she has a brother AND a sister. She loves being a good helper. We are practicing manners daily and she is so proud of herself when she remembers without being told. She has a “silly voice” she uses sometimes when she talks that makes me laugh. Her favorite thing to do is sing! I believe we have serious talent in our hands between her dancing and singing (of course I am bias). Watch out Hollywood! She will be starting preschool in the fall and can’t wait. I believe its going to be a long 6 months waiting for school to start since she is already talking about it. She wanted to go buy a new backpack this week. I assured her we had plenty of time to get things ready for school. She sings her alphabet and can recognize about half of the letters. She can count to ten and then it gets sketchy. A couple of her favorite book she can read from memory. Her favorite shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins. She tells us that she is daddy’s ballerina and mommy’s princess. I love being home with all my kiddos and experiencing these precious years with them.

Well I guess that is a pretty thorough update for now. I hope another month doesn’t go by before I realize it again.

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The Crew

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Here are some recent pics of our little guy. He is still doing so well! I keep waiting for him to quit being so perfect but in the meantime I am counting my blessings! He is going through a growth spurt right now so he is eating a lot. He still sleeps really well which is wonderful because I feel well rested. The girls are very helpful and love having brother around. I took all 3 of them to the zoo a couple days ago and it was great! I have not ventured out too many times with all 3 of them because my stroller only holds 2. I am debating getting one that will hold all of them but it would be a tank of a stroller to fit my crew. I am really enjoying the time at home to spend with all my kiddos! We are all having a blast!

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Abbey dresses up daily as a princess, ballerina, rock star, or cowgirl. Emma plays along because it is what big sister likes but Emma is not a real fan. She prefers to use the princess wand as a sword. She is definitely our transition child from having a girly-girl to having a boy. Emma is the perfect middle child!

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