Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White Christmas

Yesterday we celebrated a white Christmas!  It was such a blessed day with family.  Above is our quick  2 minutes in the snow.  I wish we could have played in it yesterday or this morning, but everyone in our house is battling huge colds and we just didn't want to risk getting everyone even sicker.  So this was our one "quick picture" in the snow at my grandmother's house. (I'm hoping to do a separate Christmas post, but we'll see if that happens.)

I hope that your Christmas was just as joyful as ours!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tea Party

So back in {cough, cough} October... yes, October, Binky came to stay with us for a few days.  While here she brought Kennedie a little glass tea set & they had a little tea party.  It was just a precious moment, and I've been wanting to document it for some time now and am just now getting around to it. So sweet!  The girls just love when Binky comes to stay because there is always fun memories involved! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

8 Years

Eight years ago today I married my best friend.  Little did I know at that time how much my love would continue to grow over the years.  I am truly blessed with the most amazing husband (who is also an amazing dad), & I thank God daily for him.  Lantz, I love you "big, big, big to the moon" and there is no one else I'd rather be on this journey with than you.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Seeing Santa 2012

Yesterday as we drove in from Abilene we stopped at the church to see Santa.  Every year our church does a big Angel Tree and Santa & Mrs. Claus make an appearance.  We scooted into town just in the knick of time to grab a picture!  Even though the girls were so tired from our fun weekend with family and our long drive home they did pretty great!  A few weeks ago Lantz took Kennedie by herself to see Santa and she wanted nothing to do with him and he couldn't get her to sit with him.  She said he was "scaa-y" (scary).  Last night she did a lot better with Mrs. Claus there..... Kennedie said she would sit with "Mrs. Santa" and Sawyer could sit with Santa.  Ha!  How generous!  Sawyer did surprisingly well considering her separation anxiety.  She didn't scream, but she did kinda wimper-- and there was definitely no smiling on her part.  Anyways- such a fun Christmas tradition no matter what the outcome of the picture!  Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sawyer is 10 Months Old

I feel like this whole 10 month thing just snuck up on me.  Really?  I guess with the holidays and all time seems to be flying.  I just can't believe that it's already time to sit down and write all about her new accomplishments.  {Side note... I really need to start working on party plans.... just not ready to admit that it's time for that yet.}

Sawyer Sue:
- You are still SOOOOOOO, SOOOOOO, SOOOOOOO close to crawling.  I mean, you still army crawl and get around to where you want to go {slowly}.  But you still haven't quit mastered the skill yet.  You will get yourself up on your hands and knees and then rock back and forth.  A few times you have moved one of your hands or knees, but you quickly fall back down to your belly and pull with your arms & kick your feet.  At any second I know you are just going to take off.... probably right after I'm done writing about you not crawling.  (I'm 100% totally fine with you not crawling yet... kinda makes me feel like you are still my little baby.)
- On "pulling-up" news.... you still haven't gotten that down.  You pull yourself up to your knees, but can't get yourself up to your feet.  You try SO hard, but you just can't.  You do, however, smile so big when we look at you after you've pulled up to your knees... it's as if you are saying, "Look at me!"
- Today you waved for the first time.  I'm not sure it was completely official, but when you & I were leaving the room Daddy was waving at us & I started waving, & then you moved your hand up and down to wave.  So sweet.
- Teeth.  Oh my have you gotten some teeth.  You have your 4 front tops ones, and your two bottom middle ones, and just over the last few days your two bottom side ones have started popping right out.  So 8 teeth total now! Your top little teeth have a little gap in between them & it's just so adorable.  Speaking of teeth-- you have been grinding them lately, & it's driving your Daddy & me bonkers.  Yuck!
- You have been pretty sick the last week.  You are still not over it.  Runny nose, yucky cough, temperature early on.... bad cold.  We just feel so bad for you.  I feel like this has been one of your first major sicknesses.  Oh, well, and 2 weeks ago you had super high temperatures because you had Rosea.  So-- a pretty yucky month on the sickness frontier.
- You still have a little separation anxiety, but not too bad.
- You broke Jeffery, your giraffe Wubba-Nub, so you've been having to use Baloo, your sister's old bear Wubba-Nub. (You won't need it much longer though, because we'll hopefully ween you from it at 12 months like we did your sister.)
- You still breastfeed 4 times a day, & eat solids 2-3 times a day.  We've started adding in some table foods that we are eating-- just making sure they are a good consistency for you.
- You still have some poop issues a few times a week.  You have a "hard" time going.
- You take two naps a day.  An hour & a half to two hours in the morning and about 2- 2& 1/2 in the afternoon.  You've really become a great napper lately.
- Bedtime is about 9:15- 9:30 for you & you wake anywhere from 8-8:30.
- Still have those big blue eyes & brown loose curls... just gorgeous!
-You don't like being left in a room by yourself... even if just for 30 seconds.  You want to be right where the action is at.
- You LOVE your sister so much & just want to play with whatever she is playing with, or be wherever she is at.  {Words can't explain the absolute joy this brings me.}
- You are wearing 6-9 month clothes & 12 month clothes.  You are long, but not chunky.  So things may not fit in length as far as leg, but they may fit everywhere else.

My sweet, sweet, Sawyer... where do I begin.  My heart is so full of love for you.  You are like a tiny little ray of sunshine that just lights up my life every single day.  Your little smile is just so beautiful & contagious.  I love how excited you get over the littlest things.  I love how you still will cuddle with me every now and then.... it's like we have this special bond that no one else can ever understand.  I'm so blessed to be your Mommy.  My prayer is that you will grow to know, love, and serve the Lord.  HE has given me the most perfect gift of love through you.  I love you so much sweet baby girl.  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I know, I know, I know..... I'm just now getting around to posting pictures from Thanksgiving.  It is what it is.  We've been battling sickness for the last 3 weeks.  Kennedie got croup, then Sawyer got Rosea, then Kennedie ran a temperature for a few days, and now Sawyer either has RSV or a severe cold.  Yuck.  We are praying that we can all get well before all the Christmas festivities start up.

Anyways- on Thanksgiving we went out to my mom & dad's house & had lunch with them, Ellis & Heather, & Momma Jean & Poppa.  We had a lots of yummy food and then hung out all afternoon.  On Friday we went to Baba & Ooh-Daddy's house & enjoyed a nice evening dinner with them, Mom & Dad, Heather & Ellis, Aunt Darla & Uncle Mike, Aunt Danice, Bryson, and Sara.  Overall, it was a great Thanksgiving with lots of memories!

Happy Turkey Day!!

Sawyer's 9 Month Stats

Weight: 19lbs & 1.5oz (48%)
Length: 29 & 3/4in (96%)
Head Circum.: 18in (88%) 

Last week we took Sawyer to her 9 month doctor's appointment.  It was 2 weeks past  9 months, but above are her stats.  She is slimming out some, but definitely still a LONG baby girl!  Love her so much!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gift Idea for Christmas

Handmade bag from Mission Lazarus.

Post written by Lantz.

If you are looking from a great gift idea for the man of your life below are some great links to some awesome leather. Ranges from iPhone cases, wallets, and boots.

Simply read, buy leather or at least help me with a chance of winning and click the links below. Continue....


For several years (since 2008) I have enjoyed dreaming of owning a piece of Saddleback Leather, but given the investment I have opted to only get a wallet and order my remaining pieces of fine leather from Mission Lazarus in Honduras (image to right).

However, I could use your help for a chance to win an awesome set of rugged, fine leather from Saddleback Leather. Click this link to check out their giveaway (see image below) and enter yourself. By simply clicking the link it tallies up points. For Saddleback, this is a cheap promotion for people like me who fall prey to promoting their business....Saddleback is more than another company. Dave and his wife are people who follow Christ and his wife started the non-profit Love 41 (all proceeds go back to the charity at Love 41). So click the links help me out, help them out, enter yourself, and get some leather and do good.

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Saddleback Leather Giveaway