Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Last year our little dragonfly:


This year our (bigger) little dragonfly:



Kennedie trick-or-treating at her grandparents & great-grandparents houses:




Happy Halloween!!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

17 Months Old


17 Months old today!  Really?  The past few days it seems like I look at you and still see my little baby.  Although you are growing up so much every day, you are still my itty-bitty baby in so many ways.  My heart is still exploding with love for you & I'm so grateful to call you my daughter.

My sweet little angel:

- You are loving to run from us right now.  If we are calling you to us for some reason it seems like lately you have just been taking off running as fast as you can.  You think it's so funny for us to chase you.  It is the cutest thing to watch your little legs high tale it as fast as possible.
- Every day it seems like you understand more and more what we are telling you. You understand alot more than what you can communicate that's for sure.
- You have been going to the nursery less and less during worship lately.  You are starting to understand what "shhhhhh" means and are listening better when we tell you.
- You have been a little clingy at church lately and tend to cry when I leave you for Bible class, but your teachers say that you participate in class and have fun once I leave and you calm down.
- You are still wearing 12 month clothing.  You are still so tiny.
- This past month you got several new teeth.  You went from 8 teeth to 11.  One on the top back right, one on the top back left, and one on the bottom back left.  These new teeth are helping you chew lots better too!
- You still nap for two 2 hour naps each day (except Sunday or other random days when we are out and about- you take one long 3 hour nap or longer).
- You have started to give kisses again much more generously.  You will also give them on your own now sometimes without us even asking.  It's so fun when you just look at us and peck your little lips onto ours unexpectedly.... melts my heart.
- This month you are starting to say a few more words clearly- like: "ball" "no" "bye" "bow" and "dog".  Some words that you say not so clearly: "momma" "dadda" "peezzzz" (please).  But you are still using your signs a ton so you communicate quit effectively with us- especially to tell us when you want something to eat or drink.
- You got your first sinus infection this month and it was not any fun at all. You ran temperature for about 5 days and just wanted to cuddle.
- You also took your first trip without Daddy.  You went with Mommy to Arkansas for your Aunt Feather's bridal showers.  (You did very good on this trip considering you were sick.)
- You got to go to the zoo for the first time- which was super exciting.  And you also rode a train for the first time.   (We went yesterday and there is more to post about this.)


Oh my sweet, sweet, little girl- how I love you.  Lately you have wanted me to hold you more and more and it has to be the sweetest thing ever.  I wonder if you secretly know deep down that it won't just be the three of us for much longer.  I get sad sometimes when I look at you and see how quickly you've grown. Everyday is a new adventure and I'm so grateful to discover new things with you all the time.  Every day you teach me more and more about God's unfailing love and I'm in awe of our creator because of you.  You are so precious to me and I don't think I can ever express to you how much you mean to me.  You are my little doodle-bug and I'm so thankful to be your Mommy.  I love you so much sweet girl.






Friday, October 7, 2011

ACU Football Game

A few weeks ago we got to go watch my Alma Mater play football at Cowboys Stadium.  It was so fun to watch the Wildcats play- even if they didn't pull out a win.  We were blessed enough to get to sit in one of the super nice suites, and it was so neat to watch the game from there.  It was great for Kennedie too because she could walk around and explore without having to sit in one spot.  Here are a few pictures of us in our ACU gear:



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Style...

This may be kind of random.  I've been thinking about my closet lately & my clothes.  I've come to the realization that each day I tend to slip further and further out of style.  Not because I want to- it's just happening.  There are other things that are more important than what I am wearing.  I'm coming to grips with it..... slowly.

I mean, I really love fashion and style and dressing up and the trends and shopping and looking put together... but all of those things can be time consuming and expensive.  Lets face it- I am a stay at home mom (which doesn't bring in any income- but is worth more than anything in the whole world),  my husband is a minister, we have one child and one on the way.  You do the math.

We are a pretty frugal family.  We don't have cable, I don't have a smart phone- I have a free phone with no data plan, I meticulously plan each meal we are eating each week so as to not buy any "extra" at the grocery store, I buy all off brand or whatever is on sale that week, I have been cutting coupons, we use cloth diapers (not for the sake of the environment but for the sake of the pocket book), this summer our air conditioner stayed on 80 degrees, we don't eat out very often (away from youth group), we don't "go shopping" unless we are using birthday money or Christmas money, when going out and about to run errands if I know I will be out during a meal time I pack a sandwich so we won't have to spend money on a "fast meal," and etc..... (I'd love any tips on how you save money.)

I say all this to say- these are the "prices" we pay for me to stay at home.  I feel so blessed and so grateful that I have a husband who supports this decision and who is willing to go without so that we may invest in our children at home.  Going from two incomes to one has been a stretch and there have been material sacrifices that we have had to make, but it is worth it every day.

Any who- back to style.  So with all of these cuts we've had to make lets just say keeping my wardrobe up to date is not at the top of the priority list.  My birthday and Christmas have become more exciting to my closet because that's when I get to "splurge" and update the closet a little with any money received or any stylish presents I may have gotten.  I have been thinking alot about how much is in my closet though.  I have lots of clothes- I'm not going to lie.  But- you will find pieces from high school and college in there (yes, I graduated high school 10 years ago and college 6 years ago).  I'm not a hoarder, so it's weird there are some things in there still.  So.... I need to do some cleaning out.  I have some pieces that I have been holding onto because I super liked them at one point in time and I'm holding out on retiring them.  I also have pieces that are there- just in case I need it for..... whatever the case may be.

When we were traveling through Europe a few years ago I noticed that (in Amsterdam particularly) everyone there was SUPER trendy.... and I do mean everyone and SUPER.  I asked my friend who lived there why everyone was so trendy and why it was so obvious.  She went on to tell me that our closets in America are HUGE and that there they are itty-bitty- I mean super small or just a wardrobe.  She said that people really only had a handful of outfits and that if they bought something new they had to get rid of something old to make room for it.  She said that people wore the same things over and over, versus people here only wearing things once every so often & changing their look up so much.  Well there is a grand idea.  It makes sense to only have 3 or 4 super cute outfits that you wear over and over that are trendy and up to date and that when you get something new you rotate out something old.

So I've been thinking about that.  We have a couple of consignment shops here in McKinney that are pretty great and they give you pretty good deals on old clothing.  I am thinking I will clean my closet out (pretty good cleaning, not just one or two shirts here or there) and take the money that I can get from my old clothes and invest in a few cute pieces.  I'm thinking that as new styles come I'll sell those old and again take the money and try to buy another piece that may be more trendy.  I like the idea alot.  I think it will help me simplify my closet (cause lets face it- I'm not going to work every day- most days I stay in my pjs) and maybe find a little of my style back.

Sounds good right.  Well enter the new problem- pregnancy.  I am now currently getting too big for regular clothes, but I'm still a little too small for maternity clothes.  I am in this awful in between stage and I'm not super excited about getting to the maternity stage cause lets face it- maternity clothes are not cute... and if they are cute they are way (and I mean way) outside of my budget.  So yeah.  Here I sit- not really fitting into any clothes and the ones I will soon fit in are not cute, not trendy, not stylish- just big enough for the belly.  And really... who wants to invest in maternity clothes?  I hope to be in and out of them as quick as possible.

I guess I will just wait.  I will wait until I am out of maternity clothes again (which brings in another new problem of clothing that will easily allow for breastfeeding... don't get me started there), so that I can sell lots (or give away) and buy a little to revamp the wardrobe that might get me somewhere back close to being in style or at least not looking too much out of style.

And, "Dear Self," does it even matter?

On top of all of this I have to remind myself how selfish I am sometimes and how blessed I truly am.  There are so many people out there who care nothing about style- they are just grateful to have clothes at all.  I am lucky to not only have so many clothes (regardless of style), but to have clothes that match, clean clothes, and clothes that fit.... and to top it off shoes, jewelry, and purses.  Ugh.  Sometimes I make myself so mad worrying about such silly things.

This was such a random post. Really.  Sorry if you stuck with it the whole way.

So.... no I am not wearing the latest and greatest outfit or new pair of shoes or carrying the cutest bag, nor is my figure anywhere in sight, but I am the most blessed girl ever.  I have an INCREDIBLE husband and an amazing little girl and a precious new little girl on the way.  Style is overrated- family is not.