Monday, August 18, 2014

Love Them!

So probably every mother would tell you how much they love their kids.  But really, I LOVE my girls.  They are the most precious, amazing gifts from God and every day I feel blessed that HE entrusted these sweet little souls to me.  



How did Kennedie get so big??


And my Sawyer girl-- that laugh! I love it!


And of course my baby..... 


Here's an attempt from a month or so ago.  I really wanted one picture of all of us girls.  This was as close as we got...

Hey, 3 out of 4 isn't bad! 

Ha!  

Thank you Lord for these precious little souls.  They melt my heart and teach me more about your love and grace every day.  May they learn of your great love, know that love, feel that love, and share that love with others.  Amen. 

One More...

I found another picture to compare.  Unfortunately I never got a picture of Kennedie in this outfit when she was a baby.  I'm not sure if she even wore it, because Mom may have found it after she was too big for it.  None the less, here is Sawyer & Preslee wearing one of my baby outfits:

I think the girls look so much alike here.  The coloring on the pictures is different, but Sawyer is on the left and Preslee is on the right.  Both super adorable if I do say so myself!

"Pessy Ray"

It was a given that Kennedie was going to be a good big sister.  She is absolutely awesome with Sawyer.  They are best friends.

But I was wondering how Sawyer would do.  You know, transitioning from being the baby to the big sister.

She's doing pretty great.

Talk about an incredible big sister!  I guess she did learn from the best though.....

Sawyer loves her "Pessy Ray" so much, and my heart melts every time I see them together.......






Saturday, August 16, 2014

Twinkies!

Just for fun-- here are some of the girls in the same outfits around the same age....

Do you know which one is which?  Same dress, same age......???  It's in their birth order- Kennedie, Sawyer Sue, Preslee Ray.  I think that each of them have similar characteristics, but I think Preslee definitely favors Kennedie here.


Okay here we go again in a dress that I wore when I was little.....
What do you think? I didn't do as good on this one as far as keeping the background & bows the same..... It's Sawyer, Preslee, Kennedie.


Next one is from when each of the girls were barely able to sit in the Bumbo.  I love this outfit.  It's one of my favorites.  All of my girls have worn it & worn it quit a bit.  It's one of my go to rompers.  I just love the fun colors!
Guesses?  Look at those sweet little faces.  So precious.  From left to right..... Sawyer, Preslee, Kennedie.

And now the best one yet.  This is so awesome because it's a little red dress from when I was a baby, & even better- there is a picture of me in it too.  This dress has seen some years!
It makes me so happy to see this because I love the idea of 4 girls.  Yes, that's right- 4!  (No, I am not pregnant.)  Praying that another little girl will one day get to wear this red dress.

So who do you think looks like who?  It's a shame I don't have a picture of Lantz in the little red dress as a baby! Ha!

This was all just for fun!  Thanks for playing!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Preslee is 3 Months Old


Three days ago marked sweet Preslee Ray turning 3 months old.  It's so crazy that my itty-bitty is already out of the "newborn" phase.  So sad, & yet each stage is always so much fun.  It feels like this sweet little girl has been with us forever.... she is so much apart of our family and we all love and adore her so much.  She is nothing but amazing!  Here are a few things about our Preslee:

Baby Ray:

- You take after your big sister Sawyer in that you like to cuddle.  You love to be held and you especially love it when you get to sneak a nap in with Mommy all cuddled up on her chest.  {I'm not going to lie-- I LOVE it & treasure every precious second!}
- Speaking of sleeping, you are still doing great!  You nap randomly throughout the day, but you will go down around 10:00pm and I'll wake you for your first feeding about 7:30am.  You, my girl, are such an easy one to go down.  You will finish your last feeding, I will change your diaper, then I will swaddle you up, hold you in my arms, and walk you to your room singing David Crowder's "How He Love Us," then lay you in your bed {you are typically awake smiling at me}, and you just fall asleep all on your own without any fussing.  Such a sweet little bed time routine we share together.
- You are still wearing 0-3 month clothes, but will probably move into some 3-6 month clothes soon.
-  Lately you have been putting your hands in your mouth... especially your thumb!  I'm trying very hard to pull that thumb out of your mouth every time I see you sucking it.  I'm hoping that it does not become a habit.
- While we are talking about hands.... you have also started to figure out how they work-- how to reach for something and grip ahold of it.  You by no means have conquered the task, but you are trying.
- You are still pretty content sitting in your bouncer watching all the action with your big sisters or watching Mommy & Daddy cook or do some house chores.
- One of the best things ever is to hear your sweet little laugh!  You have laughed a couple of different times & it was just the sweetest thing ever.
- You are also finding your voice more and more & starting to make different noises and sounds.  Super precious!
- You are still breastfeeding great! 6 feedings a day about 3 hours apart.
- Mommy is still avoiding milk products to try to keep you from spitting up/throwing up.
- You went on your first mission trip this past week.  You went to Houston and helped Mommy at Impact working with inner-city kids to show them the love of Jesus Christ.
- Speaking of Impact, coming home in the car was not so much fun with you.  You kept getting mad about being in the carseat.  You got so mad at one point that you were screaming so much you threw up.  I think you got so mad because you were used to being held ALL.WEEK.LONG and you couldn't understand why you were all by yourself in your carseat.
- This month you started rolling onto your sides.  We'll lay you on your back and occasionally you'll just make your way onto your side.  So fun!
- Currently your eyes are a very deep dark blue & they are gorgeous when they light up as you smile.
- Over the past few weeks your hair has started to sprout up on the top into a pointy little spike like "Alfalfa."  It makes me laugh every time I see it!

My darling little "Ray,"  you are such a sweet and precious little baby girl.  My heart hurts thinking about how much I love you.  Sometimes I just stare at you & think about how blessed I am to have been chosen to be your Mommy.  You are such an amazing little baby.  I love how you remind me of God's love for me daily.  My prayer is that as you grow bigger you'll also grow in your love and knowledge of God our Father & Jesus.  May you learn to trust in HIM with all your heart and be a radical follower of Jesus.  I pray that where my love is insufficient HIS will overflow to you.  I love you more than I can ever tell you sweet girl.  





Napping on the floor in her pretty dress that Bee made:



Love these next ones.... the many smiles of Preslee:




And the hands in the mouth.....


Hand in mouth & "Alfalfa" hair:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kennedie's Tinker Bell Party



Kennedie turned 4 on May 22nd and we celebrated her birthday a few weeks later on June 7th with a Tinker Bell party.  Last year almost as soon as her Curious George party was over with she asked if she could have a purple Tinker Bell party.  I said, "Yes," and quickly dismissed the question, because I honestly thought it would change a million times before her 4th birthday rolled around.  Well, to my surprise, she talked about her purple Tinker Bell party all year.  So, that was exactly the party that we had for her!

We had it a few weeks later than her actual birthday because life was a little crazy between a newborn, remodeling the house, and moving in.  The house is still a work in progress, but we got it cleaned up enough for the party.  The party was a little less extravagant than my other parties, but it was still loads of fun to plan for my sweet little 4 year old fairy.

My friend Natalie did all the design work for me.  She, of course, outdid herself again!  She is incredibly talented, and her talent really made the party special.  Check out her Etsy site HERE.

This year we decided to have a breakfast party & try to keep the food relatively simple.  We had donuts, pigs in a blanket, sausage balls, fruit, thumbprint cookies from Market Street, and some YUMMY cupcakes.  My friend Andrea made blueberry cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting, per Kennedie's request.  They were so delicious!

This year was also my first attempt at a "game" for a party.  I decided that since Kennedie was getting a bit older I needed to try to have something interactive for the kids to do besides play on our play set in the backyard.  I found a game on Pinterest called, "Fairy, Fairy, Tinker Bell" AKA: "Duck, Duck, Goose."  Instead of just tapping the heads, I gave the person who was it a small handful of "Pixie Dust" (gold glitter) to sprinkle on the person's head that they picked (Tinker Bell), so that they could "fly" and catch them.  The kids had fun, and Kennedie LOVED it!  It was so neat to see her get so excited about playing.

The kids ate outside on picnic blanket & played on our new pre-loved play-set and then opened presents inside to cool off after cupcakes.

Here are a few pictures from the party, but more on my Facebook page of friends & presents:
















The day before the party my sister-in-law and one of my nephews and my niece came in town.  The night before the party they were helping get things together.  I love this picture of them helping Kennedie & Sawyer make our Pixie Pops (grapes on a skewer with honeydew stars on top):

Overall it was a fun party, because it was so neat to watch Kennedie get so excited about everything.  I wonder what next year's theme will be?  She's already said "Frozen" several times, and then a couple of times she's said "Strawberry."  We'll see!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sisters


I can't even begin to describe my love for these three.  They have my heart for sure, but I think they have each others too!