April 23, 2014

Easter Celebration

dress: kohls   cardigan: old navy   boots: dsw 

When we made our reservations for our trip to visit my sister we didn't even realize we would be gone over Easter.  But I am so happy it worked out that way.  It was wonderful to spend the day with my sister and her family.  I feel like I miss out on so much with her living far away, so it was extra special to be together on a holiday. 

And apologizes for the blurry pictures courtesy of my phone.  

Let me just saw that although I hate that Lauren lives so far away, this is her beautiful forest filled, mountain surrounded back yard.   And even it's its in between season state, it's still quite pretty.  

And because it still amazes me how much changes happen in a year and how thankful I am for God's faithfulness, here's a picture from last Easter . . . 

God is so good. 

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April 22, 2014

Airport Travel

cardigan: tjmaxx   jeggings: walmart   tee: old navy  flats: kohls   scarf: discovery 

I wore this on our flight to Vermont last Wednesday, which was Addilyn's first time flying.  When flying before I always liked being comfortable, but flying with a baby not only did I want to be comfortable but also wanted something that was easy to nurse in. 

Since Addilyn has not been a fan of a nursing cover for many many months, having a drapey cardigan and a bulkier scarf made nursing on the plane a little more discreet.  And although the thought of my bare feet on the floor through security, taking flats on and off while holding Addilyn was super easy.  

And of course my trusty, over worn jeggings were perfect for the airport and flying.  

We had such a great trip and I'm excited to go through pictures and share more this week.  I'm happy to be home but also wish we were still there as we had so much fun! 

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April 21, 2014

Vermont Vermont . . . a long awaited trip!

Chris, Addilyn and I have been in Vermont from Wednesday until today and we've had such a great trip! I've been anxiously awaiting meeting my new niece and spending time with my sister and her family.  Being with my nieces and nephew has always been fun, but being there with Addilyn has been so much fun! (Plus a little crazy, loud and exhausting with four kids four and under). 

It's also been a nice break from blogging, emailing, watching tv and spending time on my computer. I'm excited to share more about our trip and one (or ten) too many pictures off these cute babies! 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy time with your families! 

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April 20, 2014

The greatest gift

This last year I've been given a gift that I've waited and longed for, when God gave me a daughter.  I am continually reminded how lucky I am and how thankful I am for God's faithfulness. 

While this has been one of the greatest blessings I can imagine experiencing, without a doubt the thing that I am most thankful for, and often take for granted, is that God sent His perfect Son to pay the price for my sins so that I could spend eternity with Him.  

Reminded on this day of the price He paid for my sins and praising God for the greatest gift I could be given.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. (2 Colossians 2:13-14)

Happy Easter!

He is Risen.  He is Risen indeed.  

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April 17, 2014

Nine months of Addilyn

Addi Jane - 

This month has been filled with so many firsts! You crawl, go from laying down to sitting, say mama and dada, wave, clap and are eating some "people" food.  It is crazy how much has changed this month.  You do not seem like a baby at all, which is both sad and exciting for me.  You are still happy most of the time and love being around people.  You especially love kids and other babies and love watching them.  You smile and laugh when we walk past people at the store or whenever people come to our house.  Your scrunched up nose and big gummy smile is adorable! 

You've always been in the upper percentile for height and weight until this month.  We were a little surprised when we went to the doctor for your nine month appointment and you had only gained a few ounces and didn't get any taller.  The doctor was a little concerned so we have to go back in a few weeks to see if you've gained weight.  I'm guessing it's a combination of you being sick this month and being so distracted and not wanting to nurse as much.  While your self hasn't grown much you've gotten so much more hair this month and I love it! I can't wait until I can put a bow in it or better yet a pony tail!

You finally are using the big bathtub and it makes bathtime much easier for us.  You love splashing and kicking in the water and get excited when I just say it's time for a bath.  You love the water! You don't even mind when we dump water on your head and are happy to spend time in there.

 You love eating and so far have not tried something you haven't loved.  We started giving you lunch most days, so now you are eating two to three meals a day and nursing about four times a day (plus one time in the early early morning).  Nursing has been a little bit of a struggle this month as you are so distracted and don't like sitting still and will sometimes only nurse for a minute and sometimes not at all.  You also starting biting this month which has not been fun for me! But we are sticking it out and are going to nurse until at least a year!

Sadly you got sick again this month.  Thankfully not as close to as bad as before, but you had a bad cold, were super congested and even had a little fever.  It lasted about a week so we were stuck at home most of the days.  The only good thing about you being sick is you give me lots and lots of cuddles which I do miss!

The weather is finally getting nicer and it's been so nice to spend some time outside.  You absolutely love being outside.  You got to go on a swing for the first time and love it.  We've spent some time on our deck, you've walked around our yard a lot with daddy and it makes me so excited about spending lots of time outside this summer.

You've always loved your daddy but this month you really really love him.  You now give him lots of hugs and kisses too.  Whenever I say daddy is home you get so excited and you reach for him and want to play with him all the time.  He loves tossing you around, taking you outside and being silly with you.  

This month has been so much fun to watch you turn into this little girl with a big personality. It's so exciting to watch you learn new things and although I get sad that you are growing up so fast, I look forward to new stages and new things to do together.  I say it all the time, but I still have days where I look at you and can't believe you are my daughter.  We love your happy, cute, silly and wild little self and are lucky to be your parents!


your mom 

P.S. It is getting so hard to take your pictures these days! I try bribery of food, jumping up and down, your daddy's help . . . it is hard work!

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