Thursday, May 29, 2014

i loooooooove..... jeggings!!!!

this is just how happy she is all the time.  i can't get over it!  so far, we have been VERY lucky!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014


graham: 'mom, can you take a picture of me and hannah'
me: 'okay, come on over'
me: 'okay, now say cheese'

cheeky, cheeky boy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014


this is what i'm going to miss when i start back at work.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

a wave of calm

i've been thoroughly enjoying my last week of maternity leave with this little lady.  she's laughing and smiling so much more and i can't get enough.  she's gotten so big so quickly though and i often find myself looking at her feet and toes.  rubbing them somehow soothes me.

and not only does she soothe me...but she sends a wave of calm over someone else!  and he's so excited to tell hannah what he's done at school that day.  love how he loves her!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

mommy and graham bracelets

so remember when i said i was surprised at how well graham did on his first day of school.  wellllll, the second day wasn't great and neither was the third. we had full on crying both mornings that i left the room.  ugh...hate that feeling!!!  miss melinda was so sweet though and reassured me that he only cries for a couple minutes after i leave and then he's fine.  ok...but i still feel bad.

so i set out for a solution.  i remembered the book the kissing hand and thought i would try that.  but then thinking about it more, i knew graham was like me and would need a physical reminder of mommy during the day. so i went on a mission to find a generic cause band that we could both wear.  nope...couldn't find them. but theeeeeeen, i found these old school jelly bracelets.  and at 2 bucks for like 20 of them, i decided to give them a whirl.

that night i explained to graham that we were going to make bracelets out of two and that we were both going to wear them. if he got scared during the day all he had to do was look at his bracelet and think of me. and if i got scared during the day i would look at mine and think of him.  OK! is what i got from him in return. so we made our bracelets and went to bed.

next morning we were still wearing them and i again, reminded him of what the bracelets were there for.  i was SHOCKED with what happened next. there was no fight getting out of the car, he walked into school, walked into his classroom, walked up to his teacher to show him our bracelets, and then gave me a hug and a kiss and told me to have a good day!!!  SUCCESS!!

i got some kudos from miss melinda on that one!  :)

this is the kind of drop-off i'd been looking for.
love you dude for being strong!

Monday, May 19, 2014

first day

today was graham's first day at his new school, xplore.  thankfully this little guy was pretty excited for his first day.  i won't lie and say i wasn't worried about what the transition back to school would look like after 5 weeks off!  i can't wait to hear how his first day went!

we had talked to three different schools, and visited two of them. graham was with me at each and after we finished visiting the two i asked him which one he liked and which one he wanted to be his new school.  he picked xplore!  i'm glad he picked that one, because that's the one i liked better too!  


happy anniversary to one of my other loves!  yes, today is our 7 year anniversary!  how has it already been 7 years?!  

and 7 monumental years at that:
 - bought a house
 - bought a dog
 - had a baby
 - had another baby
 - sold a house
 - moved to texas
 - bought a new house

i can't wait to start this new adventure in our lives and spend the next forever years with you!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

a day at the park

today we met up with a friend and her two girls at a local park. it's a HUGE playground and apparently has a very popular splashpad associated with it as well. graham had a fun time on this circle swing thing, and then in the big sandbox that the girls wanted to play in. hannah, in true form...slept!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

happy mothers day

we're getting there with unpacking things.  but we took a moment to enjoy my first mother's day as a mother of two!  and with this face looking at you all the time, how can you not stop and just kiss her all over!

i'm so lucky to have both hannah and graham in my life.  i really can't imagine not having them around.  sure there are some difficult days, but they're all worth it when out of the blue i get a hug from graham, an 'i love you' from graham, or just smiles and funny faces from this little miss.

love all of you!

Saturday, May 10, 2014


hehe...look at that....we have NEIGH-bors in the field behind our house!
looks like a couple white ponies, a donkey and a couple mules.
we will be naming them soon!

Friday, May 9, 2014

move-in day!

today is the day...move-in day!!!

WOW, and what a crazy hectic day at that.  luckily grana and grampa were able to make it up (with all the animals) to help me since grady wasn't able to take off of work. there is NO WAY i would have been able to do this on my own with both kids.  

and who knew we had so much stuff!  but man...having a moving company do everything for you is the way to go!  i know we probably won't be that lucky again if we ever move.  but hopefully we won't have to go through that again anytime soon.  we're liking it already here and can't wait to get settled in.

let the games begin!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2 months and a house closing!!

what a monumental milestone...
little miss, for your 2 month mark we got you the ultimate present....a HOUSE!  :)
yes, not only is it hannah's 2 month birthday, but our closing as well!!!

you had your 2-month well visit and everything looked great.  the doctor was very pleased with how you are growing and how you are such a happy baby!

weight: 10 lb. 3 oz (23%)
height: 21.8" (22%)
head: 15.8" (94%)
your eyes are still blue
your hair is definitely not blonde like your brothers, but i can't tell if it's going to be brownish or redish!
wearing 0-3 month clothes
still eating every 2 hours or so, and sleeping 2-3 hours at night
started sleeping on your back at the clays house, but still not a fan of sleeping on your back at night
took your first car road dallas!  :)
starting to smile more and more, especially when mommy is being funny
had your first bottle with no qualms!
figured out you have a little sensitivity to milk, so looks like mom is going to be cutting out all things dairy.  you're lucky you're so stinkin' cute!  mommy loves pizza and ice cream!  ;)
love lounging in your chair outside with all of us while we're in the pool

here's a link to see pictures of our new place

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


not sure what magic powder the clays have on their carpet...but it makes hannah fall asleep every time!!

hopefully this means she'll sleep on her back in the crib once we get it set-up in the new house.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

last night!

hard to believe it's our last night with grana and grampa.  tomorrow morning we'll head up to the dallas area and stay with the clay's until we close on our house.  of course i tried to get a picture of grana and grampa, and loving big brother had to steal the love!

words can't express how thankful we are to you grana and grampa.  you have been a HUGE help and hopefully we haven't driven you completely mad!  we will always remember the past 5 weeks and can't wait for you to come and visit us at our new house!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

first bottle

seeing as hannah will be going to daycare here shortly, we wanted to see how she would do with a bottle.  that way if she didn't like it, we had time to get her used to it.  yeah, so ummmmmm, girlfriend  didn't have any qualms!  she downed the bottle like an old pro.  i say it a lot, but this girl doesn't like to miss a meal!