Friday, March 30, 2012


We headed out to a big field of bluebonnets today to get our annual pictures.  Here are my favorites!

baby had to come too

 And just for fun I thought I would put up a few pictures from last year's bluebonnet pictures.  It always amazes me and makes me a little sad that my babies are growing up so fast.  I realize everyone says this, but I literally feel like I blinked and my baby girls turned in to kids!  And don't even get me started on Jack, it is even harder for me to accept that he is growing up because he is likely our last little baby.
I forget how bald Ellie really was for the longest time.  I guess I should appreciate the little bit she has now!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patty's Day is one of Todd's favorite holidays.  Every year for about 10 years he has been on and helped build a float for the Greenville parade.  This is the first year that he has not followed the tradition, but he did manage to make it to a St. Patrick's day party with some friends during nap time today:)  We celebrated by wearing some cute green shirts to gymboree this morning and then having a chick fil a picnic when we got home.  This is the only picture I managed to get this morning.

Yesterday was also our 5th wedding anniversary!  Wow, 5 years certainly passed quickly.  I can definitely say that the love you have for your husband multiples when you see him as a father.  I cannot describe how happy our little family makes me!!  Here are a few pictures from our special day five years ago.

Friday, March 2, 2012

12 Month Check-Up

I took Jack to see Dr. Burns on Wednesday for his 12 month check-up.  He was having a great time playing in the mirror, getting weighed, and waving at everyone.  And then the actual check-up part started and he wanted nothing to do with it.  Having to be still so she could listen to his heart, check his ears, count his teeth, etc made him really angry!  I think this was the most mad I have ever seen him get.  I did not expect him to react like that at all.  After all that you can imagine how being pinned down for the shots went.  They needed an extra nurse! 

Here are his Stats
weight: 19lb 11oz  (10%)
height: 29 3/4in  (25%)*

*I am not sure if the nurse read the chart wrong or what, but I do not think 25% is right for the height.  I tried to look at some charts online, they were all a little different, but none of them put that height at anything under the 50%.  So who knows.

I guess I got my wish and my little baby is going to stay my sweet, tiny baby for now.  I am sure he will be much bigger than me someday, so I will happily snuggle my little string bean now!  After all that trauma we came home, calmed down, and enjoyed one of Jack's favorite meals, spaghetti.

Birthday party post with pictures coming soon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Birthday Boy

Good morning Mommy, I am one!

On February 24 Jack turned one!  It has been a busy, crazy, wonderful year.  This little boy has brought so much joy, love and happiness to our lives.  He is still a sweet, easy going little guy although now he has something to say when things don't go his way.  If one of the girls takes something he is playing with or if you eat in front of him without sharing he will shout, not cry or fuss really, but shout like he is saying "hey you!"  On Jack's birthday we decided to make our first family trip to get frozen yogurt.  I thought it would be something low-key that I knew all 3 kids would love.  I was right.  Todd's parents were in town so they came with us to help out since Todd is little help with his gimp knee :) 
Someone got a little tired on the way there

Ellie and Kate digging in

A little bit about our boy at 12 months:

-He loves the Layla and Day-Z (our dogs) and can't stay away from them.  He is always touching them, pulling ears and tails, and trying to climb on them.  They are not crazy about this, so they don't spend much time in the same room as us during the day.
-He loves Mommy!  This of course makes my heart melt.  Ellie and Kate at this age were all about Daddy, so it is nice for me this time around.  He loves to snuggle with me and be held.  He will crawl all the way across the room saying "mama, mama, mama" until he gets to my lap :)
-He is very verbal and says mama, dada, bite, baby, hi, bye, uh-oh, thank you and is working on Layla and Day-Z.
-He is a pretty good eater, much better than the girls were at 1.  He wants whatever anyone else is eating.  So when he is sitting at the table with the girls he eats the same things.  Some of his favorites are strawberries, peas, chicken, grilled cheese, quesidillas, mac and cheese, spaghetti, turkey, grapes, banana, cinnamon bread, goldfish and life cereal.
-He has been stealing sips of cow milk from the girls' cups for months and likes it.  I started giving him his own cup of milk but he rarely finishes it.
-Jack is still nursing 3 times a day.  Morning, nap, and bedtime.  I think it is more for comfort and snuggle time when he is tired than for nutrition at this point.
-He is sleeping from about 9:30pm to 8:30 am most nights, but still wakes up once 1 or 2 times a week.
-He is very mobile and all over the place.  He can pull up and cruise around and crawls pretty fast.  The gate to the stairs was left open when I was taking the girls up for bath and I found out that he is also quite good and climbing the stairs!
-Jack LOVES to be outside.  When the weather warmed up we started going outside to play a couple times a day and he cannot get enough of it.  Now he will crawl to the bay window, back door, or front door and yell to be let out.  It will be so nice when he can walk and I don't have to worry as much about him eating things :)
-Loves trying to get in the dishwasher, getting into drawers and cabinets, and climbing up the stairs if the gate ever gets left open
-Jack is wear size 3 diapers and is wearing mostly 12 months clothes (some 9 month pants if they are really long)
-He has 6 teeth, 4 on top and 2 on the bottom

I am sure there are things I am forgetting about, but this is our handsome baby boy in a nutshell.  We love, love, love you baby Jack.  (Although now that you are one we are going to work on not calling you 'baby' Jack anymore :) )