Monday, December 23, 2013

One Little, Two Little, Three Little......


We are so excited to announce that we are having a third precious little daughter!  I can't even begin to express my pure excitement and joy!! Lantz and I both have dreamed of having a house full of girls and it looks like we'll get to be living that dream!

In case your curious about how we found out we were having another girl.....

We went in for our sonogram on December 2nd to find out about the growth of our little one & the sex of the baby.  We asked our nurse to not show us what the sex was, so she told us to look away when she went "down under."  We asked her to write the sex of the baby down in an envelope for us to open.  We decided that we'd wait until December 18th, our 9 year anniversary, before we opened it.  We thought it would be fun since we opened Kennedie's envelope on Christmas morning and Sawyer's envelope on Lantz's birthday.  It just seemed fitting to open it on another special day for us.
I am not going to lie, I feel like this envelope tempted me more than the others.  I would find my mind drifting to the thought of the envelope and the answer that awaited me.

For our anniversary my mom came over to watch the girls for us while Lantz and I went to dinner.  We decided on a Japanese steak house since we both love hibachi and rarely get to eat it because of the price.  After hibachi we decided we'd go to Cheesecake Factory (one of our favorites also) for dessert and the opening of our envelope.  We decided that we'd ask our waitress to open the envelope and bring us the chocolate coconut cheesecake (our favorite & what we always get {makes sense- we've always gotten girls}) if the envelope said "Girl," and we asked her to bring us the Oreo cheesecake if it said boy (we both love Oreo & it sounded fun{like I'm sure a boy would have been}).

Well, we sat there on pins and needles for what felt like FOREVER, but in reality was like less than ten minutes.  Lantz & I decided to pray together for our next sweet little baby while we waited.  Then... here is what our waitress sat down in front of us:

It took us a second.... we were like, "Is that coconut?"  "It's a girl, right?"  As our waitress said, "Yes, it's a girl," the tears began streaming down my face and I was as giddy as a school girl!  Lantz and I kissed and hugged and cried tears of joy and then sat there and stuffed our faces with cheesecake & talked about our 3rd sweet little girl.  It was such a fun night!  I really can't explain the emotions that I was feeling after we found out about our little girl.  I was so insanely excited, and so utterly grateful.  My heart poured thanksgiving out to my Lord for blessing us with another girl..... what I so desperately wanted for our family.  I am still so smitten by the idea of having three little girls in our home.  Wow!

After dessert we couldn't wait to get home to tell our girls the good news-- they were having a sister!  Kennedie has been saying "girl" all along, so we knew she would be excited.  I don't think Sawyer really understands yet, but she will soon.  We decided that we'd go to Party City and get 2 balloons for the girls- 2 pink & 2 blue for them to take a picture with (to torment family & then later Facebook friends).  Here the girls are:

We asked the girls if they could only keep one balloon which one did they want.  They both said they wanted their pink balloons which was super fun.  We were like, "Both of you want pink balloons?... Do you know what we are having?.... Another girl!!!!!!"  (My mom got to watch all of this of course since she babysat (that was the moment she found out).  We were all hugging and screaming and so excited!  It was so much fun!!  Here are the girls with their pink balloons:

We then sent the pink balloon picture out to family, followed pretty quickly by sending it out to Facebook because we just were so excited & couldn't keep it in any longer!  We totally weren't thinking and forgot to ask my mom to take a picture of all 4 of us with the pink balloons, or at least one with Lantz & I.  So we improvised.  We asked our 3 year old to take a picture.  We were posing for some, but she caught this one too & it's my favorite:
(Ignore my house shoes... I had already gotten comfy.)
I love the above picture because it truly does capture the joy that Lantz and I felt that night.  I guess Kennedie might take after her Mommy & be a little photographer.   Any who.... needless to say we are BEYOND excited & can't wait for our little girl to make her grand appearance in April.

My third little girl... you are already so loved and my heart is already so smitten by you.  I can't wait to welcome you into our family.  I thank God for you daily and my prayer is that He continues to grow you and form you into His image.  I love you so much sweet baby girl.  See you, hug you, kiss you in April...... 

Christmas at Dee's

Two weekends ago we loaded up the van and headed to Abilene for Christmas at Lantz's Aunt Dee's house.  This is always a fun weekend that we look forward to.  All of Lantz's aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins gather together for a holiday weekend.  It's always full of great memories of playing lots of games, laughing too loud, and eating too much!  This year was no exception-- we had a blast!  It's even more fun as the girls get bigger because they get to enjoy their second/third (?? Lantz's cousins kids??).  As always I forget to pull my camera out, but here are a few pictures that I grabbed that weekend:

Before we got to Aunt Dee's we stopped by Nana's house (Lantz's mom) so that we could say hi & let the girls get in a few minutes of extra loving from this sweet lady:

After we got to Dee's:
Sawyer snuggled up with Papa & Abby

Aunt Betty getting some loving' from the newest member of this side of the family, Cousin Chelsea's new baby Case.


You can't see it, but she is holding up a Tinker Bell doll.  She was pretty excited!

Sawyer was wiped out after presents & decided to snuggle up with me.  No doubt I took full advantage of the extra cuddles.  I enjoyed ever precious minute of this.

Cousin Logan pulling the girls in their four wheeler (out of batteries).  Dad was near by to make sure there were no accidents.  

They had tons of fun despite the look on their faces in this picture. 

We decided since we needed to be back home for worship on Sunday morning that we'd just give the girls baths at Dee's, put them in their pajamas, load up the van, and drive back late Saturday night.  It worked out perfect because the girls just crashed on the ride home & we made pretty good time.

We needed to get back in town because Sunday was our church's big Angel Tree event.  This is such a fun thing & so neat to be apart of.  There are present pick up stations, arts & crafts, present wrapping, eating, and pictures with Santa.  So of course we got our yearly picture with the girls in their Christmas dresses with Santa:
No smiles, but no tears either... I would consider it a success.  (Kennedie wouldn't sit with Santa- she just stood by him.) 
All in all I would consider it a wonderful weekend.  Again, I just feel like we are so blessed to be so close to family.  I love being able to see people that we love & that I know love us & our girls.  Being with family truly is the best gift of all.

Miss K's Short Hair

When my sister was here over Thanksgiving break she cut Kennedie's hair again.  I feel like this was her real first hair cut... I mean it wasn't a trim & it was cut into a style.  It's a cute little bob & it is absolutely adorable on my little girl.  Kennedie's hair is pretty fine & super thin, so this was a perfect cut for her.  I will say that it did make her look several years older- which I wasn't sure I was ready for.  But, after several weeks of her new cut, I have to say that it fits her & her personality so well.  She is still my sweet little girl... she's just getting bigger a lot faster these days.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

9 Years

The last 9 years have been such an amazing adventure with my one true love.  I feel so blessed to be able to call Lantz my husband- my one & only.  He is better than I deserve, and every day I feel nothing but gratitude to God for allowing this wonderful man into my life.

Today is also the day we open our envelope to find out if our little baby is a boy or a girl.  I'm so excited!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We had a great time this year for Thanksgiving.  Pretty much the same get-up as last year, but it's always fun to be with family.

Thursday morning we got up & I started cooking sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and cream corn to bring to my mom's house.  The girls really enjoyed watching the parade this year.  We had a breakfast picnic in front of the TV so they could watch.

For some reason I only got a few pictures of the decor & food at mom's house & not of family. What?!

Momma Jean did give the girls new Christmas ornaments:

The attendance list for Thanksgiving at my parents house: Mom & Dad, Momma Jean & Poppa, Uncle Marty (Dad's brother), Heather & Ellis, and our family.  We had lots of fun times!

Later in the after noon I snapped a few pictures for Mom & Dad, & Heather & Ellis.  Here are a few:

The next day we went to my Aunt Danice's house for a Thanksgiving dinner with my mom's side of the family.  We enjoyed dinner on her closed in back porch.  Here is a picture I snapped (while no one was looking):

Overall we had a very blessed time & I am so grateful that the Lord brought us back to Texas to be able to be close to family.  You know, while we lived in Las Vegas we didn't get to come home once for Thanksgiving.  It wasn't that big of a deal at the time, and our friends there were very generous in including us in their celebrations.... but there is something about being with family that is nice.... it's comfortable.  Anyways, I'm just thankful that it was such an enjoyable time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sawyer is 22 Months Old

I can't believe that this big girl is already 22 months old {yesterday}!  Time is flying by these days-- especially since we are staying busy this holiday season thus far.  I look at the above picture and see that my baby girl is quickly turning into my little girl.  Oh how I wish I could freeze time sometimes!

Sawyer Sue:

- This month one of the cutest little things is that you are starting to enjoy playing hide-and-go seek with your sister.  You don't quit have the hiding down yet, but you really good at "counting" and then going to find Kennedie.  I love when you "count."  You will put your little face against the wall and say, "Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh."  SO cute!  Then you will hold your little arms up like, "Where is she?"  I just can't get enough of it.
- Although I don't think you've learned to say any new words this month, it does seem like you are more interested in trying to talk.  You will try to copy our words, but honestly they don't sound anything like what they are supposed to.  It's super cute though!  Even though you can say "yes," you will mainly answer every question with the answer, "no."
- You have started taking turns "praying."  You will try to copy each word we tell you.  It's so sweet to watch you learn this process. {Last month you started bowing your head, closing your eyes, and folding your hands together over your eyes, but this month we've tried to let you "say" the prayer.}
- I don't think I've ever documented this, but you always eat pizza slices backwards. It makes me smile just thinking about it.  Every time we turn the pizza slice the "right" way, you will get mad and flip it to the crust.  You always eat your pizza crust first and then work your way to the smallest part.  You have done this ever since you started eating pizza a few months ago, but I don't think I've ever remembered to write about it.  I love that you have already developed your own unique style-- even if it is just eating pizza.
- You are still primarily wearing 24 month & 2T clothing with a few 18 month things still in the mix. Size 6-6&1/2 shoes.
- You have started to show interest in the potty and we've sat you on it a few times, but nothing happens.  I think you are still far from beginning to be potty trained, but you never know.
- You still love playing with babies & balls.
- Some of your favorite foods are bananas & broccoli.
- You will now pretty much open your mouth for us when we try to brush your teeth & say "ahhhh." Makes life much easier.

My precious little pumpkin-doodle, it amazes me every month how much you are slowly growing and learning new things.  You are very observant and so smart.  It seems like you pick up on things so easily by just watching your big sister.  It's so precious how you follow her & want to do exactly what she is doing.  You are such a gentle little girl and I love that about you.  I love how you laugh and smile and play.  Every day I thank God the Father for you & for allowing me to be your Momma.  Although you are growing up more and more each day, I love that you will still snuggle with me.  I will forever treasure the fleeting moments like these where you just cuddle up on me and fall asleep:
Even though you are getting bigger, you will forever be my baby girl...... I love you so  much Sawyer Sue.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lantz's Marathon

So this past weekend we loaded up the girls and headed to College Station.  Lantz's sister, Kristal, asked his to run a half marathon with him awhile ago, and he decided since his sister was doing the half that he had to out-do her and run the full marathon.  Besides that he likes to set new goals and reach them & he had already run a half marathon in the past.

They ran in the Scott & White BCS Marathon for Mercy Project.  If you don't know anything about Mercy Project then you should get on their website & do some browsing.  It's pretty incredible work that they are doing.  They are looking to free children in slavery in Ghana, Africa who have been taken to work in fishing villages.  What an amazing organization & amazing work they are doing for the kingdom!  Click HERE to read more.

It was really cool to watch Lantz do some fundraising for Mercy Project before the race.  He was able to raise over $500 to go towards ending child slavery in Ghana.  I'm so proud of him.  Not just for running a marathon, but for doing for a purpose.

Back to the run....but first about the weekend.  We were a little nervous about the bad weather heading to DFW this past weekend so we decided to get an early start and leave for College Station on Thursday.  It's a good thing that we did, otherwise we would have been iced in & Lantz wouldn't have gotten to run.  We were blessed to spend all weekend with Kristal & her family and not be here stuck in our house all weekend.  It got cold in College Station, but never did ice like DFW.

The race was on Sunday morning & the girls and I headed out to cheer on our  favorite runner.  We were first able to spot Lantz at mile 10.  Here he is looking good:

It was SO cold that morning.  I don't know how they did it.  The girls were all bundled up and we were so excited to see Lantz with a smile on his face and a little bit faster pace than we were expecting.  I loaded the girls up and we headed on to try to catch him again.  We decided we'd wait for him at mile 16.  Here are the girls playing around waiting for Daddy:

We finally spotted Lantz! He was still looking great {In front of the 4hour 15 min pace guy}:

Although he's smiling in the above pictures when he got close enough he let me know that he was starting to cramp.... not good for a runner.  I was really starting to worry about him.  When I got the girls back in the car I said a little prayer for him that he could feel good & be able to finish.

I had intentions of trying to see him one more time before the finish line, but to be honest it was a rough morning on the girls and they weren't exactly in the best mood.  I decided it'd be better to let Sawyer nap a little in the van and then see him at the finish.

When we got over to the finish line we found Kristal & hugged her neck.  She had finished her fist half marathon!  I was so proud of her!  We then found a place by the finish line & started watching for Lantz.  I started getting worried when it was 15 minutes after when he was expected to finish.  I was just hoping he wasn't at a medic stand & he was going to be able to finish.

Here are the girls... getting antsy:

It was so exciting when I finally spotted him!  I started crying because I was so proud of him.  Here he is right about to cross the finish line (a little blurry because I was jumping up and down & yelling for him):

He definitely made us so proud!  He finished under 5 hours which he wasn't too excited about, but he finished!  It was especially awesome considering he was cramping from like mile 15 on!

He said one of the coolest things about the race was right at the end when he rounded the corner before seeing the finish line.  Right before the finish were HUGE pictures of some of the boys from Ghana.  Both he & Kristal said that it was one of the most emotional things they've ever experienced & both said they started crying when they saw the pictures.  I didn't get to see them in person, but here is a picture from Kristal's iPhone:

I can only imagine how cool it was to see those incredible pictures after working so hard all morning on behalf of those sweet little boys.

We found Lantz after the race & of course had to take some pictures.

Here is Lantz & Kristal with their medals trying to stay warm:

And then of course the girls & I had to have a picture with our Mr. Marathoner! To say I'm a proud wife would be an understatement.

Finally I had to capture one of my guy by himself:

Lantz, I am so incredibly proud of you!  Great job Babe!  I love you!