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9.12.14 – Delaney’s Birthday Recap

12 Sep

I think our little girl had a pretty fabulous birthday! She loved getting all of your birthday wishes, so thank you!

We started the day off right with a balloon and a smmoovie (smoothie). Daddy knows how to make his girl happy. She also checked her birthday messages. ;)

Then we proceeded downstairs to her birthday doughnut and presents. She was a little hesitant at first, but she even blew out her candles! She loved her colors, table and easel. Like most kids, she immediately tossed her clothes to the side and headed for the book.

Then we got cleaned up and headed to gymnastics open gym and lunch. She had her favorite Noodles & Co. macaroni and cheese and a cupcake.

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Despite both her nose and the weather outside being yucky, I think she would say it’s been the best day. Can’t wait for next weekend’s birthday bash!

7.12.14 – 6th Anniversary

21 Jul

I’m back-posting this a couple of weeks late. We had a very busy couple of weeks around our anniversary, which we spent driving back from our annual vacation to Hilton Head, SC. 

This is not our best picture, since we are both under the weather with seasonal allergies.

Nevertheless…here it is! 6 awesome years!

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2013-14:

  • Jamie started her photography business
  • Traveled to New Orleans, LA

That’s it! Not a lot of events to add to the back of the number this year compared to all of the milestones we have had with the last couple of years of moving and baby girl being born! Although, it still felt like a pretty eventful year chasing after our little toddler. We certainly had lots of little moments with friends and family that made this year pretty special, and I think that’s really what life is all about!

5.12.14 – 20 Months!

12 May

Hard to believe we’ve reached the 20’s! Our girl is seeming so grown up lately. Today, she decided she wants to use a big girl cup to drink. Practicing drinking has provided lots of entertainment, but also some spills, lost patience, and temper tantrums. ;) She also earned her first sucker at the doctor’s office today, which she was SUPER excited about.

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Age: 20 Months

Clothes: 24 Months or 2T; size 6 shoes

Favorite Foods: Yogurt, applesauce, mac and cheese, grapes, avocado, cottage cheese, ham, black beans, ground beef, and COOKIES! (This girl would eat “nacks” all day if I let her, but she is still a pretty good eater.)

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Favorite words: Nooo, cookie, snack (“nack”), this (dis), Barney and Bop, bubble, up/down, crying (cying), baby, slide (ide) and swing (ing), stickers (stuck), help (belp), more (mi), hi, Mama and Dada, nose/eyes, potty (bobby), uh-oh/oh-man/oh-no, truck/car/bus/tree, walk/chalk/rock (sound the same, have to use context clues). Her growing vocabulary continues to surprise us each week.

Favorite activities: Dancing and spinning in circles to music; being outside; going to the park to slide and swing; playing with her water table, sidewalk chalk, or bubbles; water the flowers; having snacks; gymnastics and music class; playing with her baby doll, Mrs. Potato head, phone, or piano; playing with stickers; watching Barney; running around stores and restaurants; reading books; naming body parts; helping Momma; being around other kids.

Least favorite activities: Not being able to do what she wants; getting her hands and mouth wiped after a meal; getting a diaper change.

Signature moves: Making a kissing sound when she kisses you or blows a kiss; saying “ooh ah” for her favorite song to be played; pointing to something and saying “dis”; saying “do it” when she wants to do something I’m doing; getting a knee skin when playing outside; going limp when she doesn’t want to be picked up; saying “night moon, night stars” whenever she sees them in her books; folding her hands to pray when we sit down for a meal; making an “o” face when she hears something outside (truck, airplane) and looking at me to name it; sitting in her little rocking chair to rock and watch Barney while I shower; spinning in circles to make herself dizzy; saying hi and waving to everyone we pass by – especially kids; trying to hang with the big kids at the park; naming things we pass in the car; running away in a store when she gets the chance.

Mom’s favorite moment: Mother’s Day, getting lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles unprompted, and seeing her slide all by herself. Last week, she went down and we didn’t see the puddle on the bottom of the slide. We were both surprised when the ride ended with a big splash!

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Dad’s favorite moment: Seeing her slide headfirst down the slide like her big kid friend. Starting their new game of squeezing Daddy’s puffy cheeks.

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One last fun moment: One day when we came home from the store, there were ducks in our garage. Laney was so disappointed that they flew away. (They of course managed to poop in our garage first.)

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Never a dull moment with our smart, silly little girl!

5.11.14 – Happy Mother’s Day!

11 May

Happy Mother’s Day! To all of the women in my life – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and friends. You have helped shape who I am, and I thank you!

I know that this day can be bittersweet for many. I feel blessed beyond measure to be able to celebrate this day with my sweet baby girl:

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Wishing you a day of happiness and love!

 

 

 

4.18.14 – Good Friday!

18 Apr

It was certainly a Good Friday indeed. We had absolutely gorgeous weather in central Illinois. Laney really can’t get enough of being outside, and she is even getting over her fear of grass. But her favorite is playing with the rocks Daddy is working on installing in our flower beds. She also loves watching the older kids in the neighborhood ride or scoot on by, and I can tell she really wishes she could keep up with them.

I decided to break out my camera. Even though the sun was a bit harsh in the late afternoon, I thought it would be great practice for me. It is always so hard for me to choose photos to post, because each expression shows me a different part of her personality. So here is the slightly condensed version of our Friday. :)

And here are a few iPhone snaps:

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We are looking forward to celebrating Easter with Kyle’s side of the family. Have a blessed Easter, everyone!

28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

2.14.14 – Be Mine?

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a day filled with lots of love. I just wanted to share some photos of my favorite little Valentine*:

XOXO,

The Pott Family

*All photos are copyright of JLP Photography. Please do not copy.

 

2.4.13 – Walk This Way

4 Feb

Our sweet girl had a bit of a breakthrough on Super Bowl Sunday. Kyle and I really couldn’t believe our eyes as she stood up and walked around many times playing with the other little girls present at our friends’ party. As we have suspected for many weeks now, our little angel is quite capable to fly on her own, but she is quite stubborn about performing a new skill on her own before it has been perfected.

Monday morning she was quite tired and crabby from her late night, but sure enough she was walking more often and longer distances than ever before without prompting. And this evening… we actually played our “chase Laney” game without holding her hand for a little while.

So we have concluded that we can officially say we have a “walker.” She still often prefers a helping hand or crawling, but I can see her gaining confidence each day. I know before long I won’t be able to keep up with her.

I realized that I hadn’t gotten my camera out to capture some of our everyday moments in quite some time, let alone her first steps. I’ve been so focused on my iPhone 365 project and starting my photography business that I haven’t had the energy I guess. So today I grabbed my camera and went back to why I started this photography journey in the first place… capturing the little moments (including our favorite time of day when daddy comes home!). They aren’t technically perfect pictures, but I love them just the same.

Love her baby blues…

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And she is getting pretty speedy at climbing those stairs!

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I may lose my patience with her sometimes when I think she is ready for something and she doesn’t agree, but I am just so blessed to be her Momma. Hope everyone is staying warm tonight!

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