Archive | August, 2013

8.25.13 – Weekend Wrap-up

25 Aug

We had a fun and busy week/weekend. I really can’t believe it’s the end of August. (I really need to get moving on some little girl’s birthday party!) Here’s a quick recap in pictures…

Last week we took a dip in the splash pool:

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Kept it real while taking a stroll around the state park by our house:

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Played at the park:

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Mommy had a girls’ night out with her friends in Indianapolis:

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While Kyle and Laney had a daddy-daughter 5-mile hike and picnic at the park (daddy’s first night solo!):

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Sunday we went to church, the Sweet Corn Festival, and Kyle had his fantasy football draft. It was pretty toasty at the festival, so Laney was loving dipping her toes in the fountain. Eventually the clothes came off and she went for a full-on dip in the fountain. And then she tried to eat algae-covered rocks…

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On to another week! Lots of “big girl” changes happening around here… it’s like someone’s turning one soon or something. I still don’t believe it. 🙂 More to come! Have a great week!!

8.19.13 – Weekend Wrap-up

19 Aug

Happy Monday! We spent a fun-filled three-day weekend in Indiana with my family. Kyle took the day off on Friday, and we enjoyed swimming, hot tubbing, playing some games, and a movie night. Saturday we went and cheered on Jacob in his opening soccer jamboree. Laney loved clapping when everyone else did. After the game, we hit up the lake at my grandparents’ house where Laney enjoyed her first boat ride – especially when we went fast. She also liked dancing and bird watching while on the boat. The guys went water skiing. Jacob was a first-timer and was able to get the hang of it after only a few tries. I have retired from water skiing due to an unfortunate incident that would be TMI to share. 🙂 Plus the air and water were pretty chilly! Sunday was filled with more games, swimming, and a rousing match of pool volleyball. As always the weekend went too quickly, and as always I have pictures to share:

Hope y’all have a great week!

8.12.13 – 11 Months Old

12 Aug
I am starting to sound like a broken record, but time keeps on flying. I really can’t believe our baby girl is 11 months old. We are in full birthday-party-planning mode. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. But then I watch her and think about how much she has grown and changed – it is so amazing! She has such a fun, feisty personality, and she makes life so exciting!
She is starting to look more and more like a toddler. Some mornings I look at her and can’t believe how grown up she looks. Her hair keeps growing longer. Her bottom molars are starting to come in. She is losing her baby rolls and chunky cheeks. When she stands up, I can just picture her toddling all over the house (which I’m sure will happen sooner than I think).
She still isn’t crawling or walking, and it is really starting to frustrate her. She whines when she sees something she wants and doesn’t know how to get to it. But she is also pretty good at working to get something that is just out of reach. She gets up on one leg and both hands to get it and can get back to sitting. Or she scoots on her bottom. Or pulls her play mat to get the object closer to her. We do our best to try and show her the crawling and walking movements, but she is stubborn. I know she will do it when she is ready, but we just want so badly to help her get there. She is really getting better at standing and has started pulling herself up onto things when she is sitting on our laps. She is kind-of like her momma in that way – a little fearful of new things.
Feeding time is always interesting. Some days are more challenging than others. She is definitely picky about textures. She still eats all of her old favorite flavors of baby food, but she has definite opinions of new table foods. She will consistently eat: eggs, avocado, string cheese, bread, puffs, yogurt bites, and Cheerios. Sometimes she will eat bananas and pasta. Everything else gets one taste, a few chews, and comes right back out. Sometimes I think she just doesn’t think she can get it chewed enough to swallow. Other times you can tell she doesn’t like the taste. At least she is willing to try anything, and we will keep having her try things in hopes she will eat them when she is ready. She also loves throwing food she doesn’t want on the floor, and she finds it pretty humorous when I am bent down cleaning it up after meal time. 😉
I love that she loves music. Her little dance moves always put a smile on my face. She has the side-to-side sway and the front-to-back rock, and she gets the cutest little expression on her face. We will be out or at home listening to music and she will start grooving when she hears a song that she likes. It’s like she is saying, “That’s my jam!” She does have a particular taste in music – not every song gets her grooving. Her favorite song right now is B-I-N-G-O. She claps along and really can’t get enough of it.
She also LOVES animals. She had her first zoo experience, and she couldn’t get enough of the petting a camel. She was mad she couldn’t pet all of the animals. She loves our family members’ dogs. She gets mad when they won’t come over to her. I’m not sure why they don’t like to be around her? It’s not like she pulls their hair/fur or anything. 😉 She even loved a big stuffed animal dog at Target the other day. She loves to give her stuffed animals hugs and kisses too.
She is even more interactive now too. She loves “communicating” with us through sounds and silly faces. She loves when we imitate what she is doing. She has her own little song to life that goes – “mm ah, mm ah, mm ah,” and she smiles when we sing along. We can ask her, “Where’s your head?” and she puts her hands on her head (when she’s in the mood – see pics). She can do the same for her belly and tongue (she sticks her tongue out). She likes to play with her brush, and when you tell her, “Brush your hair” she attempts to brush it with a big smile on her face. She also likes to pretend to feed us some of the food on her tray and then eats it herself. She also gives “hi-fives” and real kisses now.
She is our smart, funny, beautiful, sweet, knows-what-she-wants little girl. And we can’t wait to celebrate a year of having her in our life next month.
Here are some pics of her:

8.11.13 – A Visit with Great Grandma and Grandpa

11 Aug

On Sunday, we made a quick visit to Chicago. Laney met her Great Grandma and Grandpa for the first time. They come up from the South to visit family in the Midwest each summer, and it was so nice to see them. Unfortunately, Laney was a little tired and cranky, and she wouldn’t go to them. But she gave them smiles from a distance, and she had lots of fun seeing her friend Macey (the dog) and her cousin RJ. She also gave everyone sweet goodbye kisses.

Here is our group photo:


Have a great week, everyone!

8.10.13 – National S’mores Day!

10 Aug

Did you know yesterday was National S’more Day? I randomly found that out a month ago, so I decided it was the perfect excuse to have a s’more party! I channeled my Pinterest-craftiness and came up with a little buffet of sweet goodness.

We had a lot of fun creating new combinations, playing whiffle ball, telling “stories” by the fire, and enjoying the perfect weather!

Here are a few pictures from the festivities:

8.9.13 – Mimi and Annie Visit

9 Aug

Mimi and Annie came to visit us for two nights this week. It is always great spending time with them. We had a lot of fun in a short amount of time.

We practiced crawling, standing, and walking…

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We had a lot of fun (despite the sticky heat) at the local zoo and splash park.

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At the zoo, we rode our first carousel.

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The next day, Laney helped her twin pick out some school supplies.

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While we were there, we tested out some toys for baby girl’s upcoming birthday. Her favorite? A large stuffed dog…Now, this is the kind of pet I can get down with! 🙂 She was also thrilled it didn’t run away when she went to hug it a billion times.

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All of this wore our little girl out. She took a ginormous nap that resulted in some crazy hair and major blanket marks:

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We are looking forward to another fun-filled weekend. Happy Friday!


8.3.13 – County Fair

4 Aug

Last night Laney experienced her first county fair! Growing up I spent many evenings at the county fair, so it always brings back a lot of memories for me. City-boy Kyle enjoys it as well since he didn’t grow up with all of the “farm stuff.” Our main mission was to visit the animals and petting zoo after Laney LOVED the wildlife park on our trip to the Dells.

First we found the chicks and bunnies:

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Then Laney whined as we checked out the crazy assortment of roosters, hens, ducks, and other bird creatures (because she couldn’t pet them). We also checked out the cows, horses, and pigs. Laney flapped her arms from her stroller as we strolled by.

Then she finally could go to town petting the animals at the petting zoo:

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She really just wanted to get down and roll around with them. We enjoyed a little fair food and called it a night. It was a great time!

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A little photo dump from her last music class this week and our weekend:

Happy Sunday, everyone!