Monday, February 28, 2011

Exciting News.....

My sister is getting married!!!!!!  Ellis & Heather got engaged last night & will get married this fall!!!  We are so excited for them!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Picture Update

Found some pictures on the computer from the last two weeks that I haven't posted yet, & I just thought I'd share.
Miss K & her momma 
Kennedie & Eli in their Bobs.

Kennedie & Eli swinging at the park a few weeks ago.


Eli & Kennedie
Mommy & Kennedie
Momma D giving Kennedie her Valentine present.
Kennedie happy about her new dress from Cowboy & Momma D for Valentines.
Playing outside on a pretty day in her new dress.
Crazy hair in my high chair.

Momma Jean giving Kennedie her Valentine present!



One of my favorite pictures.




It really has been such a fun two week.  Two weekends ago we got to hang out with John, Crysty, & Eli at our house.  The kids got to play, John & Lantz worked out together, we all ate together, Crysty & I took the kids to the park- it was so fun.  Then last weekend we were blessed to spend the whole weekend with them.  We loaded their car up (packed to the brim with baby stuff) and headed to Graham, Tx.  John & Lantz helped Lantz's parents install new kitchen cabinets.  They worked so hard & it looks so good.  I can't wait to see the totally finished new kitchen.  Crysty & I played with the Eli & Kennedie the whole weekend & it was so much fun!  We love being so close to the Kimberlins!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

9 Months

WOW!  I can't believe how fast time flies!  My sweet baby girl is 9 months old today.  Every day I feel that my little baby K is quickly disappearing & in return I see a fun, energetic, happy toddler K.  She is just getting so stinking big.... way too fast if you ask me.  How do Mommas survive the clock ticking SO fast.

My sweet little Miss K:

- You are crawling EVERYWHERE!!  You are so fast!  I turn for two seconds & you are across the room or in a completely different room.  You are all over the place!
- You pull up on everything.  You are a professional at using your little arms & legs to get up up onto anything.  You have not quit figured out how to balance without anything yet though, so you are only standing with the help of things or other people.
- You love to practice walking.  When Mommy & Daddy hold your arms & let you walk around the house you think you are such a big girl.
- You like to help Mommy unload the dishwasher.  Anytime Mommy has the dishwasher open you like to pull up on it & pull out all of the things that are not to heavy for you.  It is so cute!
- You are officially "that baby."  Yep- the one who only wants Mommy or Daddy, but most of the time you prefer Mommy.  I feel so sorry for your Bible school teachers because you practically cry the whole hour on both Sunday & Wednesday.  Amazingly you stop crying as soon as I come to get you at the end of class..... hmmmmm.
- You are still breastfeeding 4 times a day, but you are also eating solids after every breastfeeding.  You really like bread (You are your mother's child), & you really like lunchmeat & chicken.
- You like to feed yourself.  Anything that you can pick up & eat on your own you tend to love.
- I'm not sure how big you are yet because you don't go to the doctor until next week.  I am guessing that you are about 16- 17 pounds & 28 inches.  We'll see.
- You are still wearing 3-6 month clothing, but Mommy is starting to put a few 6-9 month things on you even though they are a little big still.
- Your hair seems to be blond to a dirty blond, & your eyes are still very blue.
- You still only have 2 teeth.
- You very much understand the word, "No."  At first when we would tell you "No," many times you would look at us and smile and then proceed in slow motion.  You went through a phase of doing it anyways, & now alot of times you will stop.  Sometimes when you continue on after being told no, we have to pat your hand, "No" & then you will for sure stop.  You definitely have your own little personality.
- You can point to someone's nose when asked where it is on that person.  So cute!
- You are napping much better lately.  You tend to sleep for about an hour in the morning, & about an hour and a half to two hours in the afternoon, with a small thirty minute siesta right before bed time.
- For your nap you know enjoy being rocked to sleep.  Up until about 7 and a half months old we could just lay you down and you'd fall asleep on your own, but now you want us to rock you to sleep.  It is so sweet to have you cuddled up in my arms.
- As you fall asleep you grab at your ear and bend it over or softly stroke it.... so sweet.
-We have been doing sign language with you for awhile now, but you still have not done any of the signs on your own.  The signs that we've done over & over again for you are: milk, water, food, more, Mommy, & Daddy.
- You snore really loud.... I mean really loud.  When you are in a deep sleep and you are really out of it you are a loud little girl.  Your Daddy & I will be sleeping in the other room (without the monitor on), and you will wake us up with your loud snoring.

Oh my sweet, sweet, sweet little girl how I love you.  Every day seems to be a new adventure with you & it never fails how much you make me smile.  You truly are amazing & your Daddy & I couldn't imagine life without you.  You have changed our family in so many ways & we are so grateful to God that He picked us to be your parents.  His love is made new to us everyday through you.  I love you so much and I can't wait to see what new things you learn this next month!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2010 Howard Family Photo Book

This was our Family Valentines present this year.  I think we will try to do a family photo book each year.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Surprise Valentine!

When Lantz's Dad & Step Mom came down Friday night to take us to dinner, Kennedie got a neat surprise!  They blessed her with her first Valentine!

Thanks again Papa & Nana!  Kennedie has loved playing with the balloons & puppy.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Day

Today was Kennedie's 2nd snow day!  A few weeks ago was her first time in the snow & today was the second.  We haven't been out of the house since Monday because we've had some crazy ice on the roads, but last night it snowed.  This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland.  It is so pretty outside; we couldn't resist taking our sweet little one back out into the snow.  I think there is about 5-6 inches on the ground right now, & it is still snowing.  Here are a few pictures from our snow day:

I may be a little biased, but I've never seen a cuter little snow bunny!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

White Bean Pesto Soup

Okay, so I made this tonight and it was DELISH.  I really enjoyed the bold rich flavor of this soup,  & how easy it was to make (crock pot) .... and I'm all about EASY.   I think it is pretty healthy too.  It was also really great on another "ice day" like today.  (Everyone here has been iced in since Tuesday.  We are loving having Daddy around the house... we could get used to this working from home thing.)

White Bean Pesto Soup


- 2 chicken breasts
- 3 Tablespoons of Pesto
- 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 large chicken broth (4 cups)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 cans of Great Northern Beans
- 3 cups of fresh spinach
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- freshly grated parmesan cheese


In your crock pot add chicken breasts, red bell pepper pieces, Pesto, garlic, chicken broth, water, salt, & pepper.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  Drain beans and add them to the crock pot.  Cook on High for one hour.  Add spinach when there is only 20- 30 minutes left on the high cook setting.  Serve with parmesan cheese on top & some garlic bread on the side.  Yummy!!!!