Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Orange Beach vacation!

We are back from our week long vacation at the beach.  We are a little more rested and a lot more tanner!  We had such a great week with nothing to do but lay out, eat, drink and sleep.  

Here is a review of what all happened on our vacation to Orange Beach.  


On Saturday, my parents decided they wanted to break the 10 hour drive into two days, so they grabbed Landry on their way out of town and took her by herself to Jackson, MS and let her stay in a hotel and swim and eat dinner out, just her.  She loved it!  Landry is such a great big sister, but I’m still reminded that she loves that one on one time periodically.  


Sunday, at 5 AM, we picked up Dani and Bobby and headed out for a 10 hour car ride.  I was a little nervous about how Hayden would do, but he was awesome!  He did start to get squirmy every now and then, but we would stop every few hours and eat or get gas and stretch our legs.  Dani and I had such a good time in the back seat with him.


He did great at taking cat naps and would doze off every now and then.  


We arrived at the condo around 5PM and got groceries, cooked dinner and sacked out!  We were exhausted.  


Monday, we just hung out by the pool and rested and got primped and ready for family pictures!  I scheduled these the first night because I wanted to get them out of the way and I discovered that my kids are not so hot on taking pictures!  Landry did well for the most part, but after about 10 minutes, Hayden was done.  Luckily, we got our family out of the way first and then we were done.  After pictures we headed to dinner at a yummy seafood place that had a place for kids to play.  Landry loved it!  She and Bobby started building a sand castle when dinner arrived, so she didn’t get to finish, but she had plenty of opportunity for those later in the week.  


Landry slept in my bed for the first few nights and I loved it!  She is such a mamma’s girl right now and is so sweet to me.  Hayden joined in too for part of the night Monday!


The best part of our room was that it faced the ocean, and had such a nice balcony to sit on and drink coffee in the mornings and do my quiet time.  


Tuesday, Tim, Landry, Hayden and I headed out to visit a family friend who moved about an hour and a half away from where we were and we took advantage and went to visit them.  Landry had such a great time.  I discovered that she is such a city kid though.  They had a tire swing and she had no clue what to do on it!  She ended up loving it and played on it all afternoon.  Needless to say, she is now asking for a tire swing for Christmas!  


She also learned how to climb a tree.  


We had such a great time visiting them!


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were spent just lying out by the pool and going back and forth between there and the beach.  The greatest thing about our condo was that it was private and right on the water.  So, it wasn’t crowded at all.  We could just hop from the beach to the pool to the room with no problem at all.  I would definitely go back there again, we loved it!  


All in all, I had such a good time with my people.  I got to spend a lot of time with my hubby, kids and family.  


We loved it and needed it.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hayden is 10 months old!

I cannot believe we are in month 10 already!  Time is just flying by for our boy.  This month has brought on a lot of changes for him.  When I compare his 9 month photo to this one, I feel like he has grown so much!


Biggest Milestone:

We have two this month!  He is officially crawling.  He started about a week after he turned 9 months old and hasn’t stopped since!  Having a crawler is more difficult than I remembered.  I can’t just lay him down to change him anymore.  If my hand is not on him, he immediately rolls over and is gone!  We put the baby gate at the top of the stairs so he could roam up there and he loves it!  

The second milestone is his 5th tooth!  He has three up top and two on the bottom now.  



He is eating 3 bottles a day with 8 oz. of formula in each.  He is eating cereal and fruit/vegetables three times a day also.  We also added in turkey, shredded cheese, eggs, avocado and rice this month.  He loves all types of food, which makes it so easy for this busy mom!  



He loves any toy he can get his hands on!  Although, these days every toy ends up in his mouth.  



He is still sleeping about 13 hours a night and two short naps during the day.  


We ate watermelon outside a few weeks ago, and at first he didn’t know what to make of it, but then he loved it!


Celebrating my Birthday with my precious boy!


I took him for his 9 month checkup last week and he weighs 25 pounds (98th percentile), is 30 inches tall (97th percentile) and has a head circumference of 16.25 inches (68th percentile).  When I looked back and compared him to Landry, she was 24 pounds and 30 inches tall, so they are right around the exact same size!  


We went to Charley's birthday party and Hayden got to play with his buddies! 

We are enjoying our vacation so much!  Hayden however does not love the beach as you can tell by the photo above!  More pictures to follow!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to me!

Growing up, birthdays were always a big deal in our house.  We started celebrating a week before and didn’t stop until the sun set on our birthday.  My parents were really good about making us feel special and important.  


I have carried this love of celebrating my birthday throughout my adulthood.  Tim knows, once my birthday week is here, it’s on!  


Friday night, two of my best friends and their husbands went out to dinner for me.  I love these women so much.  They inspire me every day.  I love doing life with them and love that our kids will grow up together.  


Saturday night, I went to dinner with our family.  We had such a great time sitting outside in a cabana and eating yummy Mexican food.  


My parents are the best parents a girl could ask for.  They always go out of their way to make sure we have the best birthday dinner.


My in laws and sister in law and my friend Amy came too!


My baby sister and her hubby joined in too.  


My sweet Grammy and Granddaddy came as well.  


It was such a fun night!


Sunday was my actual birthday and Tim did not disappoint!  We went to church, and then he and the kids took me to lunch.


Then, Tim took me just him and me to a yummy dinner!


I had such a great day.  33 is looking good so far!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Reflecting on 32

Sunday I will turn 33.  For some reason, I’m so excited about this age!  But, before I turn 33, I want to reflect a bit on my 32ndyear.  Here are some highlights from this past year for me:


I had three showers thrown for me.  


Landry stared Pre-k and finished Pre-k.  She grew up so much in these 9 months.  She went from being my only child at 4 and a half to being 5 and a big sister!  I love this girl more and more each day.  


My belly continued to grow


And grow


And grow!


I was never this big with Landry and people started to wonder how much bigger my belly could get with just one baby in there!  


By far, the biggest thing to happen to me and our family this year was the addition of our little man, Hayden Timothy.  Tim and I always said we only wanted two children, so I knew Hayden was completing our family.  I could not have asked for a better completion.  From the time I was in labor to now, I have referred to him as our cherry on top of our family.    


I watched my only child become the BEST big sister!


We celebrated our first Christmas as a family of four.


I watched my girl turn 5 years old!


I celebrated 8 years of marriage with my main squeeze!


Like I said, this year has been so good for me.  I’ve had lots of ups and downs.  Lots of changes have happened this year.  I cannot wait to see what year 33 brings me!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hayden is 9 months old!

Hayden is 9 months old today!  So, he’s been out in our lives as long as he was in my belly.  I’m not sure which one went by faster.  I couldn’t love this boy more if I tried!  He is the sweetest, happiest baby.


Eating: He is still eating four bottles a day.  The first three are 8 oz. bottles, and his last one is usually 4 oz.  He is also eating cereal three times a day.  He loves his cereal!  We are also trying to give him a few things from our plates just to see what he likes and doesn’t like.  We tried Mexican rice and beans the other day, he loves pancakes and waffles and French fries are a favorite as well.


Playing: He loves to sit on the floor and have toys around him and play with each and every one.  Most of the toys end up in his mouth because we also have a top tooth coming through!


Sleeping: He is still sleeping about 12 hours a night and taking two naps a day.  Each nap can last anywhere from one hour to three hours!  He slept so well on our vacation!  He was in his pack and play in mine and Tim’s room, and I put him in there about an hour before we went to bed each night, and he never made a peep.  I love that he is such a good sleeper.  Makes my life so much easier!


Biggest Milestone this Month: This month we are officially saying “dada” and pretty sure “mama” also.  


Here are some things we did this month with our boy:


We made a Target run, and Hayden can finally sit up well enough to sit with Landry in the double cart!  


He loved watching big sister do her swim lessons!


Going to the grocery store is not easy with these two, but it makes it easier now that he can sit in the car buggy with her.


This boy always has a smile on his face…


…unless big sister wants to hold him and he is not in the mood!


He went on a road trip this month to Galveston and put his toes in the sand for the first time.  Like I said, he wasn’t too crazy about it, but he did love sitting under the umbrella and playing with the beach toys.  


He loved watching the fireworks with mama, that is until he fell asleep!


As I was looking in the mirror with my boy, I remembered taking an almost identical picture last year.  Here is July 4th 2013 and 2014!  What a difference a year makes, huh?

I can’t say it enough how in love with this boy we all are!  He lights up our little world.  Love, love, love the time we spend together.