Saturday, October 22, 2016

School Pictures (K & S)

So .... this year was not my finest as far as preparing the girls for their school pictures.  I had a few "mom fails," but no big deal.

I completely forgot about Kennedie's school pictures, which isn't too big of a deal because she wears a uniform-- but I seriously just pulled her hair back in a messy ponytail that morning. Ha!

As far as Sawyer is concerned, I had no idea it was picture day at all. Apparently the school had my wrong email address down and only Lantz was receiving notification, so I had no clue.  Lol!  Again, I would have done something different with Sawyer's hair & NOT put her in play clothes, but oh well... whatcha gonna do?

Both my girls look SO incredibly beautiful! They have their big smiles on & I'm just so proud of both of them!

Here are the 2016 school pictures:





I completely snagged these off the website, because I'm not one for ordering school pictures, so K's is crazy blurry as opposed to last year, I just pulled it off & it was clear... but at least you get the idea. :) 

Here is it when Lantz took a picture with his phone:



Friday, October 7, 2016

Chantzlyn is ONE!!!!



Holy cow!  Did I really just write that?  My last teeny-weeny baby is one year old today?  I truly can't even believe it's possible... it feels like yesterday we were at the hospital waiting to meet our 4th bundle of joy and I had to have just blinked and today is now here!  My oh my how quickly it all goes!  This was another big month for our sweet girl!

Precious ONE year old sweet pea:
- Last month you started crawling, but this month you have mastered it!   You are so fast & you think it's so funny to just try to crawl as fast as you can away from me.  I love that you love being mobile.  It's so cute to try to watch you keep up with your sisters.
- This month you started pulling up!!!!  Just earlier this week I walked into your room and you were standing up all on your own.... which means you pulled yourself up all on your own!  I'm so proud of you!  You especially like to pull up on the outside of the bath tub and take a peek in. You have not started moving yourself, just standing up for now. Yay!
- You have really started trying to talk this month!  It's so cute how you try to copy sounds.  Some words you try to copy: "ba" (ball), "pu" (puff), "bu" (bow), "hi" (hi), "poo" (poop), "pud" (pumpkin), "wa" (one {while holding up one little finger}).  Maybe more, but that's all I can think of right now.  You are also doing a lot of jibber-jabbering just to let us know you are there.  You aren't really catching onto much sign language.  Every now and then you will try to sign "done," after copying me... it looks more like a single wave right now though.
- You currently are teething.  Those top two middle teeth are trying so hard to make an appearance, and you are pretty miserable for it (hence the half smiling picture above).  I'm hoping they just go ahead and come out today so you are feeling more cheerful for your party tomorrow. Poor girl.
- You are wearing 3-6 month clothes, but they are starting to get tighter.  I'm going to need to get down those 6-9 month clothes this week for sure. I also bumped you to the size 3 diaper this week since the size 2s were starting to get a little tight.
- You have gotten picky about eating.  You are not wanting to eat your "baby food" much anymore.  Even if you like it, you are wanting something you can pick up and feed yourself.  You really just want to eat what we are eating.  This month you really took to green beans you could feed yourself, mommies smoothie in the morning, and best of all - you devoured the pumpkin bread I put in front of you.  You aren't really caring much for scrambled eggs any more either.
-Speaking of eating, you dropped down to 4 breastfeedings a day this month.  You have been getting very impatient the last week or so.  You do NOT like waiting for my milk to drop.  You start screaming when it doesn't fall fast enough for you and I have to switch sides sometimes a couple of times just to try to keep you sucking so it can fall. I try to relax, but you make me antsy because I know you are getting frustrated.  Sweet thing. We'll be starting the weening process soon I think.
- Your hair seems to be slowly coming in and it appears to be really, really blond still.
- As far as napping, you take one really big nap for 2 & 1/2 to 3 hours mid morning to early afternoon and sometimes go down for a second 30 minute nap in the early evening.   You go down for bed about 7:00 and are typically up about 6:30 the next morning.
-You love, love, love to be outside & you love to swing.  You are just so content being pushed back and forth in the swing outside.
-Last week you went to the nursery for the first time during the sermon.  Normally I would breastfeed you in the nursing mothers room & then bring you back in the auditorium with me, but now you are just too wiggly and fussy to sit still that long.
- You have really started to play with toys and be entertained by them more and more.  It's so cute to watch you explore and discover!

My sweet little baby girl, I can't believe that today your are ONE. I am so incredibly proud of you and all that you have accomplished, but part of me is sad to say goodbye to the precious little baby stage that you are leaving. You are so gentle and so loving and I'm so blessed to be able to call you my daughter. Every day you make me smile.  You are a joy and I can't imagine my life without you. I thank my God every day that He picked me to be your Mommy. My prayers is that as you continue to grow you will live into your name... that you will help bring the Hope of Jesus to this broken world.   You are more than I could ever ask for or imagine.  I get to help raise you and love you here on this earth, but ultimately you are HIS precious daughter and I hope every day to point you closer to HIM. I love you so much Chantzlyn Hope... more than I could ever articulate in words or show you.  May you always know that I love you now and forever more! 

Here is a little walk down memory lane- pictures from one year ago today:











(If you missed Chantzlyn's birth & adoption story you can click HERE to go back and read it. Also, photo credit of the above pictures goes to the very talented Micah Schmidt of Double Knot Photography. If you are in the Abilene area please contact her for all your photography needs. She is amazingly talented and has a true gift from God. She is wonderful & I couldn't imagine her not being apart of our adoption story.)

Here are a few pictures from this past month:



Standing in her crib the first time (she was mad because I ran to grab the camera instead of pick her up- ha!




And in case you are interested, here's a sneak peek at her one year pictures and a little look into her party theme: