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8.27.15 – Almost Three (Read: Free)

27 Aug

I was looking at the calendar the other day and realized sweet Laney’s birthday is only a little over 2 weeks away. So in my hustle to make a few photo preparations for party time, I thought I would give this very neglected blog a little love.

We started this space to share our adventures out East with family and friends back in the Midwest, but once our little miracle arrived it became a place to document our lives and share the joys (and struggles) of our parenthood. I’ve become less regular in the documentation part, but I still like to pop in and share a little bit about who Laney is at this moment. It’s so fun to go back and look at past posts, and think, “Remember when she did this?!” Or “remember when she said that?!”

I need to start writing ideas down, because throughout the day I will think, “Oh I need to add that to the blog!” Then I sit down to write the post, and I can’t remember any of those things. But we will give it a try…

Our silly, smart, feisty, lovable, beautiful almost-three-year-old…

LOVES: being outside WITHOUT shoes on. Which is quite funny for a little girl who didn’t want to touch the grass a year ago.

Daddy (and family) worked so hard this summer to give Laney and I the perfect backyard to explore, play, and have fun. Jumping on the trampoline, sliding, and the sandbox are the definite favorites right now.

LOVES: bike rides, reading books, swinging, bubbles, chalk/coloring, jumping, exploring, swimming/splash parks, and playing with friends.

HATES: being hot (note pictures she is laying down outside – she gets it from her mama)

DISLIKES: cooperating for pictures, but has become quite a fan of the selfie

LOVES: adventures to the zoo, dancing ’til she drops (especially at weddings!), playing in the rain, animals of all shapes and sizes (even bugs!), riding on boats, music class, and the freedom of playing at the park

HATES: being alone. Improving on independent play every day, but would MUCH rather play with someone else.

She is happiest in a dress and sparkly shoes, dancing and singing all day long.

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Other tidbits:

We ask Laney who she would like to pray for every night. It was always a family member until one day randomly a few months back she said “Jesus and ants,” and it has been that same answer almost every night since. I like to think of it as a little reminder to pray for all things big and small.

My favorite mispronounced phrases: “Let’s go oupside” “I want yogurk” “ABCDEFGHIKKLMNOP” “pineapples!” (pinecones) She also gets her pronouns mixed up all of the time right now.

Other favorite phrases: “I just can’t!” (very dramatically) “Not today!” “We did it!” (Dora inflection) “I want to watch!” (TV/movie) “Want to play with me?” “What’s her/your name?” “Set the timer!” “One more time!” “She’s crying! She bumped her head! Or “She lost his mommy!”

Funny moments (probably will add more later as I remember): “Mom, can you hold this? It’s too heavy!” (it’s a piece of paper)

Tonight there was a girl Laney’s age at the park. I told Laney to go introduce herself and ask her if she wanted to play. Laney asked the little girl what her name was and asked her to play. A few minutes later the little girl asked Laney her name. L fumbled through, “Delaney Evelyn Pott.” Little girl, “HUH?!” This cycled a few times before Kyle and I said, “Just say Laney.” Little girl, “Oh! Come on, Laney.”

As of today, we are on our way to being completely potty trained. It’s always fun that Laney returns the favor of cheering when it is my turn to go potty. “You’re doing it, mom! Good job! You need to make poops? Let me see!”

That’s all I’ve got for now. Plus I gotta save some good stuff for her yearly birthday letter. Can’t believe it’s almost here, but I know it must feel like forever to her. Almost every morning, “It’s not my birthday today, right mom?! September 12th. 2 sleeps?”

What am I missing, family/friends? Help me remember! :)

7.26.15 – Happy Birthday, Annie!

26 Jul

Only backdating this post a month. :) Finally made some time to work on editing some personal pics – even if these are very brief, quick edits. But it was such a fun weekend celebrating our big 10-year-old that I couldn’t not post them. We did lots of swimming, eating, and playing. Laney gets just as excited for other people’s birthdays – mostly because she knows that means cake.

Laney even got really brave and jumped off of the diving board for the first time! She was a little less brave after Uncle Ryan gave her a huge toss in the air. Note the look of terror on her face. :) Can’t believe my baby sis is in the double digits. And can’t believe summer is almost over… sure has been a fun one! Happy birthday, Annie! We love you!

7.12.15 – Our Anniversary

12 Jul

Lucky number seven! Or the “seven year itch…” just kidding. ;)

It’s our anniversary!

We went on vacation earlier this year, but Kyle still wanted our annual beach photo:


It’s been a fun year, but we didn’t have a ton of milestones to write on our “number 7”:


– Kyle promoted to director

– Kyle finished his CLU designation

Apparently, Kyle was more productive than I was this year. Ha! We made lots of improvements to the house including creating a new studio space for me. Completed a few outdoor projects here-and-there like a garage gym and re-org as well as Laney’s playhouse. I continued to grow my photography business, and, of course, chased after our little munchkin. We also took our annual trip to Hilton Head, SC. Most importantly, we had lots of laughs and fun with our silly, energetic, talkative little girl.

I think we are both pretty proud of the couple we are today. We’ve both grown and matured a lot in the last seven years – through a lot of ups and a few downs, grad school and designations, home ownership, job changes, a big move, and our parenthood journey… and there is no one I’d rather share it all with!

Lots of excitement planned for the year ahead. A trip to HAWAII!! And hopefully a few other surprises along the way. I am optimistic that seven will be our best year yet. :) Thanks for the love today! Here’s to many, many more!

7.4.15 – 4th of July!

5 Jul

Hope everyone had a super happy 4th of July! We celebrated independence by Laney make her way to become more independent…potty training! Therefore, we spent most of the day in the bathroom or cleaning up from an accident. She did really well for her first day, but we were all pooped! ha!



We managed to squeeze in a little fun too with the beautiful weather! Laney would be outside 24/7 if we let her, which worked well on a potty training day. She loved everything about the poppers and sparklers – until the sparklers “pinched” her. Nothing some mittens couldn’t fix. She has been asking all day to do the sparklers again tonight. I know she would have loved big fireworks too, but we decided to watch them from the house to prevent everyone getting wet. :)

On July 3rd, our neighbors threw their annual 4th of July bash. Laney had a blast watching the wishing lanterns, playing with the other kids, and staying up way past her bedtime.

While I am here, I figured I would do a quick Laney update, so here are some random facts about Laney:

1. She has a new obsession with The Little Mermaid which requires her to have a “dinglehopper” at every meal – even at restaurants.

2. When we got back from vacation, she decided she no longer needed her bed rails up. That in combination with potty training this week makes me wonder where my baby went!?

3. She loves to be silly and make people laugh. Her imagination is running wild these days. And she cracks us up with random thoughts like, “Mom! Watch out for the monkey! He’s gonna get you!” Or saying, “It’s locked!” meaning her mouth when we are trying to feed her something besides chocolate.

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4. Girlfriend still loves pancakes and would eat them for every meal. That and ice cream.

5. We went to the library for the first time in a long time recently, and she has loved reading her “liberry” books so much. Makes my heart happy!

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6. She also has become a fan of Dora. When Daddy comes home or into the room, she says, “Oh no! Swiper!” And we have to say, “Swiper no swiping!” until Daddy says, “Oh man!”

7. Two other obsessions: the Old Navy dog and the Target “balls”

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8. Two more obsessions: water and doors (still)

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She is really just the best and we love her so much!


6.30.15 – Vacation Part II

30 Jun

We had a really awesome week in Hilton Head last week. It was HOT! but full of fun. We rode bikes, played in the sand, jumped the waves, dipped in the pool, shopped ’til we dropped, and filled our bellies with yummy food including a couple of new restaurant finds we were all excited about.

Delaney loved everything about vacation as evidenced by her resistance to going to sleep but falling asleep in 2 minutes flat. She didn’t love the beach – mostly the ocean – at first (she would rather be at the pool). The second day we were there we asked her if she wanted to go to the beach, and she said, “No, not today!” But she loved it in the end and has been asking, “Where’d the beach go?” ever since. I think her favorites included bike riding, jumping off the side of the pool, jumping waves while being held, watching The Little Mermaid over and over and over, playing with Annie, anything involving Jacob and Alexis, and sitting in the “hot sand.” She loved rolling around in the soft sand where the tide doesn’t hit. It was so hot, I have no idea why! Another favorite was splashing around in holes that we dug on the beach for her. Oh, and ice cream and chocolate every day, but that’s everyone’s favorite! ;)

Things she didn’t love so much: sand in her diaper, going back to the room, getting sunscreen on, taking a bath, stopping for food on the drive (“NO LUNCH!” probably because it interrupted her movie watching), and being forced to eat anything besides junk.

And although we are glad to be home and in our own beds, we miss our family and the beach already! Luckily, we have some photos to remember the fun!

First my iPhone snaps:

And my big girl camera:

Now to catch up on my real work! :)

6.28.15 – Vacation Part I

28 Jun

We are home from vacation. It was a really awesome week and a half. Just what my soul needed – some belly laughs with my family and watching the wonder of vacation through my baby girl’s eyes. Couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We were all sad to leave, but it also feels good to be home. We are refreshed (mostly – still catching up on sleep) and ready to get back to our routines. More on the vacation recap later, but I wanted to share my first set of pictures from our visit with Kyle’s grandparents in Myrtle Beach. It is always lovely to see them – even if for a short time. And it was extra nice to have some home co0king after being on the road – such kind and generous hosts they are! Laney couldn’t stop talking about getting to the beach, so we took her for a quick trip after dinner with her great grandparents. The light was so lovely until the storms rolled in. Love being able to let her do her thing while capturing her personality in the moment. It was a pretty perfect evening and an awesome start to our vacation.

6.6.16 – Jacob’s Graduation

21 Jun

I finally got to Jacob’s graduation photos. They were edited on my laptop in the car, so they may be questionable. ;) And further confirmed my next big purchase will be a quality zoom lens!

So proud of my baby brother! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for him, and of course, looking forward to some Boilermaker tailgating!


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