Sunday, May 27, 2012


To active military members, veterans, and the families of fallen soldiers and veterans no longer with us,

Proud to have a great-grandfather (Army), 2 great uncles (Army and Navy), grandfather (Marine who fought and survived the Battle of Iwo Jima), uncle (Air Force), father (National Guard), and husband (Army) who have selflessly served their country.

Justin's great-grandfather (Army), grandfather (Navy), uncle (Army), cousin (Army), and father (Army) also served.

Thank you!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Evie {two months}

Evie turned 2 months old on Thursday. :)

She had her 2 month check-up yesterday and measured 22 1/4inches long and weighed 10lb 13oz. She's in the 50 percentile for height and weight and the 75th for head circumference...she's got a big ol' noggin!

She continues to be a great baby.  She's almost always happy and very rarely cries.  When she is discontent or hungry she usually just starts grunting like a little pig or whining. Really - until yesterday we had barely heard her cry for more than a few seconds.

But y'all. 


She's got a bit of dramatic flair I believe.

She got shots yesterday and she (obviously!) wasn't happy about them, but later in the evening she decided that she still wasn't happy about them and the soreness of her legs and she WAILED at the top of her lungs for a very long time.  She could not be consoled.  She finally fell asleep on me, but if I moved or she moved she would start all over again.  It was the saddest thing ever.

And it made me very glad that she isn't a big cry-er because *damn* the girl has got some volume!
(excuse the language)

But she slept great last night once she settled down and is back to her normal happy self today.

At two months she is:
*eating every 2 to 4 hours except during the night when she only eats once
*smiling up a storm and getting more generous with them for friends (but I still think her Daddy gets the most)
*still loving water and baths - I've started putting her in the tub with me and today she was trying to lean back and get her head in the water so I held her on her back just by her head (like they teach you to do in water babies swim classes) and let her float and she LOVED it.  
*sitting in her Bumbo chair
*loving her playmat and kicking the toys that hang from it
*seems to be *over* her swing since she hasn't been content in it for a week or so

Bright eyes!

I wish we had a video of this little photo shoot that I attempted by myself.  Funny funny.  I simply did not have enough hands and Silas was ZERO help.  We have quite a few outtakes. :)


And for comparison:

Monday, May 7, 2012

Catching Up

And the list grows:
91. Silas saying, "Of course!" in his sweet little voice
92. the aroma of bacon frying (and that I'm not the one frying it!)
93. a clean bill of health from my 6 week post-partum check-up
94. surprise trips to Sonic for ice cream and Dr.Pepper
95. Sonic Happy Hour
96. purging and organizing the house
97. a little garden growing
98. Evie's puckered lips
99. time with mom and DD
100. Evie's first meeting with her great-DD
101. the upstairs bathroom - finally finished!
102. sleeping in for an extra 30 minutes
103. watching Micah pound home plate with his bat
104. a chaise lounge for the backyard
105. Silas trying to work the Kinect for Xbox
106. Justin's silly dancing to make me laugh
107. the fresh tingle of sunkissed skin
108. Black Cherry Mike's Hard Lemonade
109. sweat
110. the pounding of feet on pavement - a good run
111. how 10 minutes of quiet can make everything  better
112. Justin's pancakes for breakfast - "mancakes"
113. dinner with friends
114. Silas saying, in his serious voice, "Mommy you never run away again! I miss you and I cried." when I got back from a run. :-)
115. sweet iced tea
116. freshly vacuumed carpet
117. introducing Evie and Silas to Justin's colleagues
118. trying new recipes - Spinach and Artichoke Pasta
119. clean floors
120. free babysitting
121. the marriage covenant
122. O Death where is your sting? O Hell where is your victory?
123. music
124. fantastic customer service (Apple)
125. calligraphy (even if it's "fake")
126. Justin going out of his way to come home to see us for a minute before hopping on a plane
127. Silas' sweet love for Evie
128. brown paper packages tied up with string and decorated with doilies
129. the scent of Justin's cologne lingering in the bathroom after he has left for work
130. a weekend spend enriching our marriage
131. toes freshly painted "snappy sorbet"
132. naptime
133. that He was not a victim, but a volunteer for the cross
134. Oh how he loves me