Sunday, November 27, 2011

18 Months Old-

Really???  A year and a half???  It's so weird to me that I pretty much have a toddler and not a baby anymore.  Although Kennedie turned 18 months old a few days ago, I wanted to make sure that I documented this big milestone.

My Little Miss Cutie Pie-

- You love for us to chase you... especially at night when it's time to take a bath.  Even though you still love your baths, you think it's so funny to run away from us when it's time for you to take a bath.  You just love for us to chase you... you think you are so fast!
- You understand SO much of what we tell you.  It seems like you understand us more often than not understanding us.  I LOVE that!
- You have been LOVING going to church.  Your Bible school teachers say that you have been enjoying Bible class so much and that you participate so much.  When Mommy drops you off you go right on into the classroom & sit down.  You are not clingy at all.... even in worship.  During worship service it's hard to make you sit still.  You just want to wander around.... forget Mommy & Daddy you know what this place is all about & you just want to explore & say hi to everyone!
- You are still wearing 12 month clothing.  Still my little itty-bitty girl.  We'll go to the doctor this week, and we'll see if you've broken 20 pounds yet. (You are in a few 18 month pieces of clothing, but they are pretty big on you still.)
- You now have 12 teeth!
- You still take 2 two hour naps a day for the most part minus days that we are not in our normal routine.
- Some of the words that you say: "peeezzz" (aka: "please".... LOVE it when you say this- it's so cute!), "dog", "baf" (bath), "ball", "no", "bye", "mo" (more), "bow", "momma", "dadda", "boy", "nigh-nigh"(night- night) "mole," "eat," "eye", "uh-oh", "aow-we"(when something hurts), "brrrrr" (when it's cold), "teef"(teeth),  and "jussss" (juice).  You also say "shooo-we" when something is stinky.... SO CUTE!  Y
- You are still riding in your backward facing carrier/carseat.  Hopefully you'll be 20 pounds at the next doctor's appointment & hopefully Santa will bring you a new front facing carseat.
- You seriously love going outside.  You continually ask to go outside, and when we tell you no you throw little temper-tantrums.
- You will also get paper or books and hold them out and pretend to read aloud (loudly- I might add).  You will just "read" and "read" -- LOVE it!
-You are starting to take more and more interest in the potty.
-You are becoming such a good little helper.  You will help us clean up or carry things.
- You now know how to smile!  I love to tell you to "smile" and see your face put on the cutest little fake cheesy smile ever.  ADORABLE!
- You fell out of your crib for the first time a few weeks ago.  It didn't seem to bother you that much- but you cried and cried because your door was shut on you.  You didn't try to jump out again, but we did just lower your crib to the lowest setting just in case.
- Aunt Feather & Uncle Ellis gave you a stuffed cat for being in their wedding and you have been sleeping with it every since.  It is your first thing to cuddle and sleep with.

Precious little girl.... you grow up more every single day.  I love to watch you explore and learn new things.  I love that you enjoy climbing on everything & that you think it's so funny to pull yourself onto chairs all by yourself.  I love that still cling to me in new places and around new people, but that you are becoming so much more independent around familiar people and places.   Every day it is a new adventure with you & you teach me so much.  I can't begin to express in words the gratitude that I feel to God for allowing me to be your mother.  You are my beautiful, fun, energetic, silly, loving daughter, and I love you more than I could ever express in words.  

Excited face

Fake cheesy smile

You like to do this some---- downward dog!


Kennedie sleeping on Mommy.... This NEVER happens so I made daddy take a picture.  Kennedie was sick, and so she wanted to cuddle.

Another adorable fake cheesy smile!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tiny Prints

Don't you just love getting Christmas cards in the mail?  It's so fun to go to the mailbox & see who sent you a Christmas card.  I especially love the ones with pictures & getting to see how people have changed, or how they chose to take a family picture.... fun!  We love to display all of our card on our bar, and it's so fun to just watch them start accumulating over the weeks.

Speaking of LOVING Christmas cards.... don't you also just love Tiny Prints??  They always have such an amazing selection!  I love all the color schemes that they have going on over at Tiny Prints for their new holiday cards--- so much fun!  It totally gets me in the holiday spirit just browsing through all the awesome choices they have.  It's just all so cheerful!....   The problem will be on deciding which design to choose, cause they are all so CUTE!

I mean... check out some of their great stuff:

I'm not going to lie... I'm loving the tri-fold products!  There are so many fantastic ones, but if I were picking one right now I'd pick the super cute tri-fold one up above.... the one that says, "Joy" "Merry Christmas" and "Peace"... so cute!  I love that I can load it with several pictures & it looks so fun, bright & modern.

You should head over to Tiny Prints & see all their great stuff & find the perfect holiday card for your family!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery: A Book Review

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart is not typically the kind of book that I would pick up.  I'm very much drawn to books that have a nice little love story in them (even if it's a tiny one).  When I decided I'd like to try this book out I was a little hesitant because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get into it easily...... and, well, I was right.  I didn't really get into the book until there was about 100 pages left.  I will say that once I did find more interest in the book it was hard to put down.  I really ended up liking this book and I'm glad that I read it.

Mary Lynn is a wife and a mother of three girls.  She and her husband both come from very meek beginnings and long to give their girls the life that they never had.  They make a name for themselves in Charleston among the rich and elite and have earned their way into a new social class.  As they climb the social ladder in Charleston they push their girls in every area of life that will possibly get them ahead: they speak multiple languages, play multiple instruments, are forced into studying rigorously, and they travel the world just to name a few.

Through this life Mary Lynn has decided that she wants to go to church and wishes that her family would also come along with her & become Christians.  Mary Lynn specifically prays that her husband Jackson, who wants nothing to do with God or religion, will have a change of heart and become a follower of Christ.  Amazingly enough after a course of events Jackson decides to whole-heartidly give his life to Christ and become a Christian.  Although this is exactly what Mary Lynn prays for, she is not ready for the changes that Jackson wants to make by committing social suicide.  Jackson is sold out and he wants to change every part of their life to realign with what scripture teaches, but Mary Lynn learns that her heart was never as changed for Jesus as Jackson's heart.  Will she decide it's all just to much and divorce Jackson and run away with long time friend Mark Waters, or will she truly give her heart to Christ and learn to serve him wholly and not be lukewarm?

Again, I really enjoyed the last parts of this book.  It really challenged me to look in the mirror and see if my life reflects Mary Lynn's lukewarm attitude or if it looks like Jackson's sold-out-for-Jesus-no-matter-what attitude.  I found myself reading at the end inspired by Jackson and wanting to do some of the same things that he was doing, but wondering if I had a fizzled out attitude about Christ like Mary Lynn.  So although this book is fiction, it truly made me ask some hard questions, and I'm grateful that I read the book.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and I would recommend it to others.

(Book provided by

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Baby Girl #2

So I am once again behind in the blogging world.  Oh well.  It seems to be the new trend for me.  I still want to document our life here on my blog whether I'm on track or a few months behind.

Anyways.... Baby girl number two (we are 99.9% sure of her name, but I will wait until we are 100% sure before putting it out there for the world) is growing, growing, growing.  She is SO much fun already.  With Kennedie I didn't feel her move until close to 24 weeks, but I felt this little one somewhere between 18-20 weeks.  Let me tell you what- this little girl is a MOVER!  I feel like she moves ALL the time compared to Kennedie.  I've told Lantz that I think she is either ADD or going to be much bigger than Kennedie and she is already running out of room- either way I LOVE it!  I love, love, love that I get to feel her so much.  It's like she's reminding me, "Hey, Mom, don't forget about me!  I know Kennedie is out there with you, but I'm still here too!" Love, love, love.

I guess I never documented on here how we finally opened the envelope to reveal her gender.  We went back and forth and debated and debated on how we should open this envelope.  Family and friends were starting to get so annoyed with us because we hadn't opened it and we didn't have a plan.  Well.... life was so crazy at that point in time between Lantz's triathlon, Lantz's studying for his marriage and family therapy test, me starting up my part time photography, shower planning for my sister, and helping plan and work on my sister's wedding... it was all a bit to much to plan something over the top.

 I'm so happy with what decided though.  On Lantz's birthday we got up and went to Plano to eat at The Original Pancake House (we had eaten there only once and it was in Las Vegas and we had been wanting to go back).  It was just Lantz, Kennedie, and myself.  It was great for it just to be the three of us.  Well.... we took our little envelope with us (not telling anyone we were planning on opening it).  After praying over the envelope before our food was brought out and debating for like 30 minutes when we should open it, we finally opened it to find out we were having another little girl!  There were plenty of tears of joy & we were beyond excited!  It was such a neat birthday "present" for Lantz.  Kennedie didn't really understand any of it, but it was fun to try to explain it to her & I'm glad that she was apart of it.

Once we were done eating we decided we needed to share the news with family.  When we got to the car we decided we'd send some video texts with the news to family so everyone could find out all at once.  Well..... we were a little teasing in our video.  We sent one of all 3 of us that said, "We opened the envelope!" Then we waited a few minutes and sent one that said, "It's..."  Then a few minutes later, "...a..." then later, "....drumroll (Lots of banging..."  and again, "...drumroll....."  and then finally, "It's a GIRL!!!!!  We are having  another girl- Kennedie is going to have a SISTER!"  It was so fun to tease them and we loved having the news all to ourself for a little bit.

So that's the story.  I think it's perfect and I'm excited to share it with baby girl #2 when she is older.

Now.... here are some pictures of the infamous baby bump that is still growing.  I am missing the 21 week picture, but you'll see the growth.  I am currently 26 weeks as of yesterday, and I've already gained 19 pounds!  Whoa.


I can't believe that I'm already over half way through this pregnancy!  I feel like it's going by so much faster than the first one, which makes me sad because I hope that I don't feel the same when she gets here.  I really want to soak up each and every minute with this new little one knowing now how fast it really all goes..... with that being said I also want to appreciate and value every little minute with Miss Kennedie because I know in a few months or year I'll want to have made the most of every second with her now.  Ahhh.... the joy that these little girls bring me is indescribable, but I wish I could bottle a little piece of each stage up and open it to remind myself of each precious time.

Thank you loving Father for my girls.  They are more valuable than anything and I feel blessed that you chose me to be their Mommy.  I know that they are Yours and I will handle them with love and care.  Thank you so much for the amazing gifts of love that have come through these sweet precious ones.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eli & Kennedie

One of the fun things about the triathlon that Lantz participated in (see previous post) was that his good friend John Kimberlin also participated.  You know what that means..... his sweet wife Crysty and their sweet little boy Eli were also at the triathlon.  John & Crysty are some of our best friends and it's so much fun because their son Eli and Kennedie are only a few weeks apart.  You know what else is fun?  Crysty is also pregnant and so our second round of kiddos will only be a few months apart!  I love that we will have kids the same age!

Anywho..... Eli is one of Kennedie's best buds.  It was so fun to watch them play together at the triathlon.  I was able to capture a few pictures of the kids loving on each other.  Because these pictures are priceless to me they had to have a separate post than the triathlon post.  Here are our sweet little ones:

I love both this little ones so much and I feel so grateful for the friendship that we have in the Kimberlins.  I can't wait to meet both of our second babies & watch a new set of friendship develop just like their parents friendship and their older siblings friendship.  So precious.

Thank you dear God for sweet friends.  

Olympic Triathlon

Lantz participated in his first Olympic Triathlon about a month ago.  (I know... I'm really behind in the blogging world.)  He has done 2 Sprint Triathlons, but this was his first Olympic (it's double the length of the Sprint).  I am so proud of him!  Here are a few pictures from the race:

This was also the first triathlon that Miss Kennedie & her Papa (Lantz's dad) got to watch Lantz participate in.  I was very grateful that Papa was there to watch & help me with Kennedie.  It allowed me to take pictures of Lantz without having to worry about K.  Here is a picture of Papa watching Kennedie for me while we waited for Lantz on the bike portion of the race:

Here are a few pictures of all of us after the race: