Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kindergarten and Life Recently

I'm not sure how this day got here so fast but here we are. I really didn't think I would cry on his first day...only because JT is so comfortable at Veritas, he went to preschool last year with the same kiddos, and Brett is just around the corner. However the night before the big day I was tucking him in and I got a little emotional. JT does NOT like to see me cry even happy tears so he then got emotional. So I knew the next day I couldn't cry or it might make him not want to go. He woke up bright and early, had eggs for breakfast, and was super excited to go. I held in my tears until he walked out the door. He's not a baby anymore, not a toddler anymore, he's a little boy growing up way too fast. I was so excited to hear about his day but I had to wait since he goes to football practice with Brett after school. 
When he got home he told me about how much he loved school! He was super pumped that he gets 2 recesses, which he also said was his favorite part of the day as well as PE. He told me all about eating lunch in the cafeteria and every time he saw Brett he made sure to tell him that he was to be at school ALL day. He really loves being at school, especially when he sees all the older kids whom he loves and they love him back. They all have that little brother relationship with him and he loves it. 
This week when Brett dropped off JT for class, his teacher told Brett JT had a "pretty cool moment" with another student. One of the little boys in the class had stuck his tongue out at another little boy and wasn't allowing him to play. He went to the teacher and was upset that no one would be his friend. Jaris overheard and went up to the little boy and said, "you can be my friend." And they both went off to play. When Brett told me my eyes filled with tears. I tell JT everyday before he leaves for school to be nice to everyone, include everyone, and accept everyone. My heart is so full knowing he is doing that. I pray his kindness grows with him. He has always been a sensitive soul and we are so proud of him.

He also finished his first season of tee ball and loved every second of it!


Life has been so crazy recently with the start of school, sports, and jobs. Between my regular job, keeping up with Simply Sweet, adding on part time developmental director for Veritas, and returning as head cheer coach...I don't have a spare second. And now that Brett is back to school and football has started we are lucky to see each other in passing. 
Landry is growing like a weed and is really developing quite the personality. I know I'm going to have my hands full with her! She is so funny and already has a little sass. I guess because it's been awhile but I forgot how much fun this age is. I cannot get enough of her and every single second is pure joy. While I would really like for time to slow down, we are having so much fun with these two!



Monday, August 1, 2016

6 Months

Halfway to 1 year...I can't believe it. But at the same time it feels like shes been with us forever. This girl, she steals my heart every single day. She is absolute sunshine every single day. She makes us laugh every single day. We cannot imagine life without her!

-Weighs in at 17 pounds 2 ounces and 26 inches long. She likes her food!
-Rolls all over and is itching to crawl. Constantly wants to move.
-Sits up on her own.
-Doesn't miss a meal...she eats like pro and seems to like all baby food so far.
-Laughs the most at her brother and daddy can get a good laugh from her too but is definitely boy crazy. Mama can't get her to laugh like they can!
-She's so happy. If shes fussy, shes hungry or tired and then she's happy again.
-Her laugh (or I guess high-pitched screams/squeals would describe it better) is so cute and pure delight! It might be a little loud at a restaurant but that's what my kids (and husband) are...loud.
-She has one tooth that is finally pooping through!
-Gets hot quick like I do.
-Goes down at 7:30 (on nights we don't have anything) and sleeps uninterrupted until 7:30/8 the next morning.
-Hair is coming in at a snails pace :)
-Night songs...Ain't No Sunshine, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Everyday (Buddy Holly), Once upon A Dream, Stay Awake (Mary Poppins).

She is just such a happy baby pretty much all the time. And when shes crying shes hungry. She is so easy, easy going, and just the most kissable thing ever. She has the sweetest disposition and we all love her like crazy.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

4 Months

Little miss is 4 months, weighing in at 14 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 25 inches long! She is such a good baby, she makes me want to have 3 more...okay maybe just one :)  We've started cereal and she is doing great. She is a drooling machine and I keep expecting to see a tooth any day not but so far nothing. Sleeps for about 12 hours uninterrupted, usually 8 pm - 8 am. She is kind of a cat napper, usually has one good early afternoon nap and then a few 30 min naps. 

She is really finding her voice and is starting to talk more...although I guess I shouldn't say talk because she is more of a screamer! Excited screams and squeals are pretty normal, especially when someone makes her laugh. Jaris is the BEST at making her laugh, she thinks he is just hilarious! And she loves to have conversations with Brett! 

She is grabbing everything near her and puts it directly in her mouth. Including her toes!

She doesn't like to be held like a normal baby...she likes to face out and see everything that's going on. Which I think is why she likes the bjorn so well!

Her hair is starting to darken, I think it may end up being brown but I can still see some strawberry blonde in it as of now. Her cheeks get chubbier by the day! She is just so happy and content...such a chubby, kissable little roly poly. We are crazy about her!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 Survey

I love doing this every year with JT. Can't wait to start it with Landry!

1) What is your favorite color?  Green.

2) What is your favorite toy? New Batman car grammy and papa got me.

3) What is your favorite fruit? All of them.

4) Whats your favorite tv show? Avengers. *he hardly watches that lol...loves Teen Titans Go*

5) What is your favorite outfit? Nike short sleeves and shorts. But I like the slick kind of shirt not the other kind. (aka a dry fit not a cotton :))

6) What is your favorite game? Baseball.

7) What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Lunchables.

8) What is your favorite snack? Goldfish and candy like Kit Kats or Hersey Bars.

9) What is your favorite animal? Cheetah. 

10) What is your favorite song? Shut up and Dance with Me.

11) What is your favorite book? Superhero books.

12) Who is your best friend? Harrison, Jonah, Josiah, Luke, Maxton, Murphy, Chase.

13) What is your favorite sport? Baseball.

14) What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play baseball and mow the grass.

15) What is your favorite drink? Water and lemonade.

16) What is your favorite holiday? Halloween because you get candy.

17) What do you like to take to bed with you at night? All my night-time buddies.

18) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate chip pancakes and powdered donuts.

19) What is your favorite restaurant? Jeffersons and Biggs Burgers.

20) What do you want to be when you grow up? Basketball player.

21) What do you love most about daddy? I love him and I love when he plays baseball with me outside.

22) What do you love most about mommy? I love you and when you plays Batman with me and when you makes cupcakes.

23) What do you love most about Landry? I love her and I like to make her laugh.

Friday, April 29, 2016

5 years ago... made me a mom. I say this with every passing year but I truly can't believe how fast 5 years has gone. It seems like such a milestone birthday...ready to start kindergarten, loosing the baby/toddler face, starting sports, more independent and self-sufficient. 

The moment we met I was hooked. From that day on you've made me happier then I ever knew possible. You make us laugh every day. You are so witty and quick that sometimes your responses catch me off guard. We are so proud of the little boy you are growing up to be. One that truly cares about and loves his family. Your love for your sister is even better then I imagined. She's the first person you want to see in the morning, you HAVE to give her a kiss and huge before you leave for school, and when you talk to her in your high pitch sweet voice I melt. You have been a HUGE help with her. You get burp rags, wipes, pacifiers, hold doors open for me, anything we ask you do it and without complaint. You were always so sweet and loving with Maisy so I knew you would be a great big brother but you've really blown us away.

You are doing so well in preschool and we are excited to see what you learn in kindergarten. You've made so many friends and just seem to attract people to you. You are such a perfectionist (which you get from me and sometimes it drives me nuts :)) but determined to finish everything you start.

Our conversations are my favorite time with you, just one on one. You don't leave out any detail and I love to get a glimpse of your school day. You ask a TON of questions still and definitely have your dads gift of gab. Also you still love to compliment people, "I like your hair mom." "I like your shoes dad."

We are so excited for you to start sports this year, especially t-ball! You also show a genuine interest in music (which I love love love) and according to your granny you have a "great touch" on the piano so I am super pumped for you to start piano lessons this year as well.  

We definitely have our moments like all parents do, not listening or back talking but that is generally the extent of your bad behavior. And even after getting in trouble you still love to snuggle, you always have! We are very lucky!

God has blessed us with a sweet, loving, and smart kiddo and we couldn't be happier he chose us to be your parents. Thank you for being everything you are. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't just look at you and thank God you are ours. We can't get enough of you and like you tell us every night...we love you to the moon and back to the moon and back forever.

- mom and dad

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3 months!

It's amazing how much can change in one month. My previous job contacted me with a semi-part time position that would allow me to be home 1 1/2 days more. I couldn't turn it down. And at the same time I was offered a work from home part time position at Veritas as assistant developmental director. So now I get 3 1/2 day weekends and I'm loving it! My start time is later as well and you'd be amazed at what a difference an extra hour makes in your morning routine! Being able to get the kids up, fed, and dressed has made me so happy! I will take any extra time with my kids that I can get!

This sweet girl is 3 months! She is officially sleeping through the night...yes I know how lucky I am! I thought for sure that because JT was such a good sleeper we wouldn't be as lucky the second time around but we have been! She is on a great schedule, she gets a bath every other night and takes her last bottle around 8-9 and is out for the night. Usually wakes up around 7-8. I'm pretty sure the only reason she is sleeping so well is because she is a thumb sucker. She has found her thumb and there is no stopping it!

She is such a happy girl most of the time! If she is hungry or has a full diaper it's a different story but happy for the most part. Getting her up in the morning is my favorite time, she is so smiley and happy. When Maisy plays fetch it makes her laugh and JT is pretty good at making her laugh. She is moving all over her crib now but hasn't quite rolled over, she's getting close though. I just want to kiss her giant cheeks all day! 

We are loving our new normal.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2 months!

A lot has happened since last month! 

Our sweet girls 2 month stats are:

11 pounds 3 ounces
23.25 inches

We moved her into her crib at 6 weeks and it was a great decision! Her fussy time went away and she now takes a bottle around 10 and gets rocked to sleep. Sometimes she will wake up around 3 and then again at 6 and sometimes she will wake up around 5 and then around 8. But usually only twice a night. She drinks a bottle and falls back asleep. I've been lucky to have easy babies that sleep! Lord knows I like sleep! She doesn't spit up. She is trying to suck her big surprise there. She drinks about 4-6 ounces per feeding and is doing awesome. She is starting to make lots of adorable noise and squeaks and she is really smiling a lot. I love when she recognizes my voice and gets a huge smile, especially when I come home from work.

Speaking of...I have officially started back at work. For about 4 weeks now. It was hard to go back to work after I had JT but it's even harder with her. I think because I know this is our last baby and I won't have another one to see "firsts" again or  do all those things that I will miss. I want to see everything and be there for everything because I won't have that chance again. When I had JT I didn't have to be to work until 10 so I was the one getting him up, dressed, and fed. Now I leave for work by 7:30 and everyone in the house is still sleeping when I leave. I don't get to see either one wake up, get them breakfast, get them dressed, put on JT's favorite cartoon, etc. So this time around...every day is hard.

I want to snuggle her all the time and it's easy to do. She is just the sweetest and has the most kissable cheeks! We are so blessed.

The Jayhawks may be out of the tourney but we had fun re-creating Wayne Seldon's monster dunk!

We had an easy Easter. Woke up to snow which wasn't fun but by the afternoon it was in the high 50's ...only in Kansas.