Thursday, November 29, 2012


Yes, we make our 9 month old daughter mow the lawn.

Just kidding- baby girl knows how to walk holding on to her lawn mower!

So proud of her and daddy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I love traditions.  My family had a lot of traditions growing up.  I went to A&M and they LOVE traditions. 

As I was musing over this holiday season, I told the hubby that I want to have some traditions for just our little family.  Here are some of my ideas…

-          ... drink a holiday drink at Starbucks
-          ... put up Christmas decorations
-          ... bake a happy birthday cake for baby Jesus
-          ... make homemade watercolors (Christmas themed) and let Emma finger paint
-          ... eat downtown Fort Worth for my birthday and go see the Christmas tree
-          ... attend the Holiday at the Levitt event
-          ... bake holiday cookies
-          ... attend the pajama party story time at the library
-          ... possibly take pictures with Santa + fur brothers
-          ... look at Christmas lights

Any other activities I should consider?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As we return from Thanksgiving break- my heart is full of thankfulness.  We had a great time at both of our Thanksgivings- one in Fort Worth with Wes’s family and then in Port Aransas for Thanksgiving with my family. 

I am thankful for a sweet, loving, smart, beautiful, healthy baby girl who has made all of our hearts a little fuller. 

I am thankful for my (cute) husband who supports me in all of my endeavors.

I am thankful for my family.  I heart having three sisters and a mom and dad who think I am awesome, ok well at least funny. 

I am thankful for my fur babies who taught me great lessons before having my real baby. 

I am thankful for Wes’s family.  They love me like I am their own daughter/sister. 

I am thankful for having a job that motivates me and most importantly that I love. 

I am thankful for the home that Wes and I have created together. 

I am thankful that one day I will get to meet my two sweet unborn babies in heaven. 

Some of the other (not as meaningful) things I am thankful for: coffee, diet coke, my couch, pictures of Emma, Mexican food + margaritas, naps, oreos, good books, girly clothes, baby giggles, watching Emma discover new things, family outings, date nights with my hubby, birthdays, holidays, Christmas cups at Starbucks, breastfeeding, traveling, my iPad, pumpkin bread, and many many other blessings I have not mentioned.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Loving Lately

… celebrating Emma’s first Thanksgiving with Wes’s family
… that my big presentation at work is over
… work thanksgivings
… mom’s pumpkin bread
… anticipation of heading to Port Aransas
… Gloria’s margaritas (truly my favorite margarita)
… seeing a movie on a weeknight
… coffee with pumpkin creamer
… dressing Emma like the baby Gap model and getting her 9 month pictures taken
… that my night training classes are done (for now)
... the Big Bang Theory (funniest show on television)
… unexpected lunches with Austin and Amy
… making a colorful cake for Brent’s birthday
… Los Lupes for Brent’s birthday breakfast
… that Emma’s second tooth popped through! 
… watching Emma play with her toys and shake her hands wildly
… that Emma has been out of my tummy as long as she has been in
… unexpected surprises

Friday, November 16, 2012

"How Do We Treat Girls"

Emma and I have spent more time out of church than in church lately.

Baby girl does not like to be confined.

Last Saturday night I decided to try out the cry room- Emma could crawl around and I could listen to the Mass. Win win.

Soon Emma found herself crawling around the main vestibule in the back and drew quite the audience of little kids. These two boys were crawling in circles around her.

Her daddy would have died. Flirting at such a young age.

The crawling soon turned into running circles around my baby girl. Eventually one if the boys ran dangerously close to Emma. The dad motioned for the boy to come over and he promptly asked the little boy (who was around 2 or 3)- "how do we treat girls".

The little boy responded "like princesses".

I almost died.

It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

Then the little boy got on the ground and started crawling with Emma again.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter to Emma: Befuddled

Little Bah Boo,

Just when I think I have you figured out, you throw me a curveball.  Its like you want to keep me on my parenting toes.

The last four nights, you will not take your bottle in your room at night.  We start our bedtime routine downstairs.  We change your dipe.  I put you in your p-jammers.  We say night night and kiss daddy.  Then I take you upstairs with your bottle.  You refuse it.  And start to cry (sometimes hysterically).  I don't know what to do, but I do know you are hungry.  So I bring you downstairs, feed you your bottle, tell daddy we love him, then we go back upstairs.

This would be ok, but you don't go right to sleep.  You make mommy stand up and rock you FOR EVER. So I bounce you up and down, while you fight it and I sing to you.

I start out singing:
I love my bah boo
I love my bah boo
I especially love it
when you giggle and coo

which after five rounds turns to:
I love my bah boo
I love my bah boo
I especially love it
when she goes night night
night night
night night
without a fight

If you are still flinging your 16 pound body around, I will start out with rounds and round of shhhh shhhh shhh shhhh shhhhhs shhhhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

All while silently praying you will go to sleep.

Please take your bottle in your room.  I decorated that room just for you.  It is a good room.  A pretty room.  Definitely a room that is fit to have a bottle in.

Don't make nighttime all kinds of work. You confuse me some days.

It is one of my most cherished (and sometimes hated) parts of the day.

No matter what, I still love you to pieces.

I maybe could just love it a little more if you took your bottle in your very own bedroom.

All my love,

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Watching Emma eat is fascinating.  

I really think it is one of the highlights of motherhood.  

If you sit Emma in her blue chair at the dining room table, you must have some food ready as soon as possible because baby girl knows blue chair = about to be fed and boy does Emma like to eat.  

Here she is ready to be fed.  

And some of her facial expressions while eating her beloved cereal.

I think this one is my favorite- eating to her is serious business.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Uh Oh

The inevitable happened.

These two got themselves in trouble together.

They are like monkey see, monkey do together (when Emma is not burying her face in his fur).  At first she was a little timid- testing the waters (er, flap).

Then, she got a little braver with her cohort by her side :)

Strategic positioning by getting up on her little knees.

Ready to get in trouble.  Bailey not participating in any disciplining.

This is a nice view :)

Emma decides to make a break for it with her trusty companion watching on.

Ahhh, all the way out.  The outside is where I wanted to go.  

And this is her crying face when her daddy told her, enough was enough- you are not a fur baby Emma :) and you must come back inside.

Luckily since this time, she has relatively ignored the door, although i do see her give the door long looks when her fur brothers hop in and out of it.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sick Bah Boo

Yesterday marked the first time that Emma was sick.

I got home from work about 5, and she had been throwing up since 3.  When I first saw her cringe and throw up she reminded me so much of me and my heart just broke for her.  It was one of the saddest things I have ever seen.  She continued to vomit 5 - 6 times until finally I just decided to put her to bed.  She was so tired and just kept rubbing her eyes.  I had decided to fix her a bottle, but I wasn't sure if she would take it.  She didn't   She just got the few sips from when I put it in her mouth.  She fell asleep in my arms and I decided to hold her a little longer and a little tighter that night.

Then she started thrashing and took her pappi out of her mouth.  I knew it was coming.

She threw up again.

Then I just couldn't take it anymore, I started bawling.  My sweet, little, innocent, perfect bah boo was struggling so much and I felt like she was in pain.  It literally broke my heart that I couldn't do anything to comfort her.

She slept for about half an hour and then threw up again.  This time I brought her downstairs.  We tried to play, but she just kept leaning on me.  Only cheering up briefly when I let her run around without her diaper on (her favorite past time). I laid down with her in our chair and she fell asleep shortly.  I laid with her for awhile and when she was out, I transferred her to her crib.

Fast forward to 11pm.  She wakes up.  I decide that she is probably hungry (since she hasn't kept anything down since noon), so I nurse her.

Big mistake.

My milk came up all over me and her.  We change clothes and I rock her to sleep.

She sleeps until 3am.  I nurse her again.  Success this time!  I went back to bed happily.

Nurse her again at 7am.  Success again!

We were finally out of the woods.  She wasn't 100% better, but she didn't spit up any of her food.

I am so glad this is the first time in almost 9 months that she has been sick.  I almost couldn't handle this.  I was just so sad for her the whole time.

Bah Boo- so glad you feel better today!! Love you :)        

Monday, November 5, 2012

Loving Lately

… Walk to End Alzheimer’s on a brisk (read super cold) Saturday morning
… Corner Bakery muffins at the walk
… visiting Grandma after the walk
… celebrating Nicholas’s birthday
… getting to see baby Noah just a few hours after he was born
… Emma learning how to clap; she pushes the turtle, turns to us excitedly, we clap for her and then she claps for herself- super precious
… watching Emma eat mushrooms, squash and eggplant (baby girl eats everything!)
… Emma finally sleeping through the night (go, Emma!)
… dressing Emma up in her monkey costume
… taking our little monkey trick-or-treating
… getting 3oz free coupons at Yogurtland with Austin
… my two favorite flavors at Yougurtland (pistachio +double cookies and cream)
… homemade fish tacos + wine- I think this is the best thing that we make
… taking Friday afternoon off work and having some one on one time with Emma
… hearing Christmas music played in the stores while Emma and I were shopping
… no Friday afternoon traffic!
… sleeping in on a Saturday
… waking up to pumpkin bread being cooked in the oven (so delish its already gone L)
… putting our Christmas tree up- I know its early, but I love this time of year!
… the Christmas section at Target (already contemplating Emma’s first ornament)
… dinner with Bobbob (steak + baked potatoes + squash & mushrooms +homemade margaritas = yummy!)
… falling back (wish Emma also loved this!)
… brunch with Kelli and Cecil (without our munchkin)
… fall walk to the lake 

Friday, November 2, 2012


Today I took the afternoon off work and Emma and I spent some quality time together talking and shopping. After a couple of hours together we were walking back to the car and I was holding her (she was over her stroller) and with the sun beaming down on us- she was being super snugly and full of kisses. We just stopped in our tracks and finished smooching. In that moment, I thought to myself "does life get any better than this?"

And in that moment life couldn't get any better.

I am so blessed.

And I don't want to forget the moments like this.

More Monkey

Before Halloween is truly over, I just wanted to share a few more snapshots of my monkey.  These were taken at the Dallas Arboretum- back in October.  I don't think they could have come out cuter :).

Here is a family shot- apparently I was looking at a different camera then everyone else.

A picture with daddy.

And a picture with mommy- still trying to figure out the "where to look".

So happy to be a monkey :)

"Mommy- I could really use a pink bow to go with this costume so that everyone knows I am a girl."

I thought this last series of photos was funny when I was looking through them.  Monkey is off- obviously spot something that was more interesting than looking at the camera.

Ahhh- found my pumpkin.  Baby girl loved pumpkins that were her size.

I got so much joy out of this costume- I hope you did too Emma.  

ps- if it still fits you, it will be your costume next year too :).