Monday, January 30, 2012

Lyla--7 Months

Our little Lyla is now 7 months! She was 15 pounds 2 ounces at her 6 month well check and she is such a chunk. Everyone started calling her Chunka- Cheeks at Christmas because she is just all cheeks. Which I love! I seriously can't stop kissing them all day long!

Here is a little bit about Lyla. She is so happy and mellow all the time. She just goes with the flow--which is nice since we are always running around getting kids to and from school and playgroups. She rarely gets a "real" nap because as soon as she falls asleep I have to get her in the car seat to pick Devin up or take Addie to preschool.

She HATES solid food. She will not even let me put the spoon in her mouth--she clasps her lips together so tight and then if I happen to get some in her mouth she gags and cries like she is being tortured. She will not eat it. Period.

She was sleeping pretty well, but starting around Christmas she started waking up much more. Last night she woke up 4 times. The Dr. told me she is probably hungry and eating solids would help, but like I must mentioned she will not eat.

Unlike Devin and Adalynn she doesn't move around a lot. By 7 months Adalynn was sitting, crawling, and pulling herself up to stand and she was full on walking by 9 months. Lyla is just barely learning how to sit up by herself. It will be a long time before she is crawling or walking--which is fine with me. It makes me feel like I have my baby for a while longer.

Here are a few pictures from the last month...

She has 2 teeth! I hate this bib. "Looking good is better than being good" Really? The kids still think she is the greatest thing ever. As soon as they wake up in the morning they run to her room to see if she is awake. And they always want to hold her and be with her.
And even though this is a Lyla post, I had to throw a few in of Adalynn and Devin.
Can you guess what his newest obsession is?

Tule Springs

I took the kids out to Tule Springs in November and never posted any of these. I tried to get a good one of all three (and failed). But I got one at Thanksgiving in AZ so it was all good.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lyla Sitting

I need to dedicate a whole post to Lyla, because she is 7 months tomorrow (crazy!) and there are so many things I want to remember. But for now, here is a video of her sitting...still not 100% (hence the pillows behind her).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Years

We ended up staying in AZ for New Years because Sean and Sam came to visit (which was really nice since it had been over a year since we last saw them!)

Taking the kids on a tour to see the goats, chickens, cow, and pig

We pulled out the bubble wand again--Devin got pretty good at making some big bubbles.
Gosh, I love Lexi!
Lyla with hair
It was really cute watching the girls play barbies and dress up.

Sam and I made the boys take a break from watching football and squirrel hunting to get pedicures. We took Lexi and Addie and they both did really well and loved it.
I'm sorry--I had to post this. These guys were obsessed with hunting squirrels the whole time. And you don't even know how proud they were when they finally got one.
Going on a walk..

New Years Eve we made dinner and played Imaginiff. The kids went to bed early and we didn't do anything special that the next night my dad pulled out his fireworks stash and we set some off. We ended the night with blizzards and a movie for the kids--It was a fun way to end the vacation.
Oh Sean!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas 2011

Every year around Christmas I think, "maybe we will just stay at home and celebrate Christmas by ourselves." It is becoming quite the adventure getting everything to and from AZ but I just have so much fun with my family and the kids love it so we make the trip. And this time, like all others, was great.

We arrived Friday.

On Christmas Eve we visited some of my Dad's friends/patients at the nursing home and brought them some goodies. It was a good experience--Devin was a little wary but Adalynn seemed to enjoy it. It really made me want to do more things like this with the kids. For me, it was a highlight of this Christmas season.

Christmas Eve we decorated gingerbread houses. Devin and Adalynn are at such a fun age...they really got into it and worked together.

Here is their finished product...such an improvement from years past.
Stephanie and her friend Gina, and their house.
Team J
James, Jen, and Jake

And their finished house. They always dominate and have the best house...
Which is why it sometimes get toilet papered or vandalized...
Christmas Morning
We let the kids play with their presents from Santa and open their stockings then we headed to church.

My parents had to speak today, and I honestly think they had some of the best talks I have ever heard. I am not just saying that because they are my parents and I think they are great. They were amazing. My mom had me laughing, then crying, then laughing the whole time. And I jut loved my dad's--he talked about gifts and he also had me laughing and crying! I want a copy of both!! To me, this was one of the best parts of the day because I was able to really ponder Christ's birth and life and reflect on how I could be a better person through service and kindness.
After church we opened the rest of the presents and just hung out! My family totally spoils Devin and Addie. Every year I tell them to stop getting them stuff, but they do anyways. A perk of being the only grand kids (so far anyways!)

And if you have been reading my blog, you know that every Christmas someone gets a gun....This was Johnny's year

We all think Lyla sticking out her tongue is one of the cutest things!
Tuesday Jared had to fly to Houston for a deposition, so we drove him down and stopped by to see his Grandma (Grammy) and Deb and Lee before his flight.

Movie Night
Adalynn was in princess heaven and pranced around in her heels and bling the whole week.

Grandma and her granddaughters
My newly engaged and beautiful sister Steph and Lyla
Steph and Adalynn
James bought the kids camo shirts for Christmas. James is always trying to make my kids more redneck---he already told me he plans on buying Devin his first gun and he would have given Devin a pocket knife if I had agreed. So this is for James.
Steph brought this bubble wand that makes the biggest bubbles. The kids loved it and played with it multiple times this week.

Devin and Adalynn had so much fun with their aunts. And Emily and Steph were so cute with them...they played with them non-stop the whole time and it just melted my heart to see them together laughing and playing. When we told Devin and Addie that they had to leave they were trying so hard not to cry. They are already asking when they get to see Em and Steph again. I love you girls!