Saturday, October 27, 2012

Logan's Birthday

I have always obviously been very excited for friends and family when they have babies, but now that I have a baby of my own its a totally different kind of excitement.  I just can't wait for them to experience the joy and pride that comes along with having a baby.  Cara & Derek became the proud parents of Logan Colt on October 16th...he is so cute and so perfect and it was such a special day!

Sawyer and I left school early to head to Sugar Land and pick up Barry on our way to Victoria.

Sawyer decided that napping on the almost two hour drive to the hospital was not for her.  Fantastic.  But, once we got there she was really busy hanging out with Brody & Blake.  Mostly stealing their snacks.  She thinks that everything that everyone else is eating is also for her.  Luckily, they were nice enough to share with "Saw-Saw."

They did a lot of playing, watching movies (and by movies I mean the Veggie Tales song.  Over and over and over), and hanging out with Grandma & Grandpa.

And then the no-napping effects started to set in...

Fortunately, she decided to forgo her dislike for snuggling-while-sleeping for the evening and fell asleep in Barry's arms.

But she woke up just in time for Logan to arrive!!

Love!  Sawyer is so blessed with having cousins close to her age.  Barry and I both have so many fun memories with our cousins; I hope that they grow up have having so much fun together like we did.  She's going to need to keep up with all these boys...or maybe they will need to keep up with her???

We are all very excited to welcome Logan to the family!

And, this is Logan and I hanging out today.  I was being quite the baby hog and I guess he was bored with me...

We love you sweet boy!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Baby Dedication & Pumpkin Patch

A couple weekends ago Barry and I had Sawyer dedicated at our church.  Basically, we were standing up in front of our church making a commitment to raise Sawyer in a Christian home.  I am very thankful to have found a church that we are both happy with.  We definitely struggled to find a church home the first couple years that we were married.  We grew up with different backgrounds so it was important to us that we find a place where we both felt comfortable.  We wanted a place where we could grow our faith and an environment we felt would be good for the family that we would eventually have.  We finally found it.  Prior to the service they had a small ceremony and blessing for the babies being dedicated.  Our friends Nick & Kristina were also having Caroline dedicated so it was fun to do it together!  It was a very humbling feeling knowing that all of our family came into town just to pray for Sawyer and support our family.

For some reason, it did not occur to me to take any family photos, so thats all I've got!

That morning, we thought we would take the girls to the pumpkin patch to get some pictures.  They weren't super into it.  Sawyer was really unsure what was going on at first.

But she eventually warmed up.  A little.

We tried very unsuccessfully to get a picture of both girls, but this was the best we could do.

Maybe next year.  Both girls were much more interested in exploring than posing for pictures.

Cora even gave the bouncy house a try.  She didn't love it.

But all in all, we had fun and got a few good pictures!  Some of my favorites...

And my most favorite!

She is too sweet for words.

Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Months

I'm not the only one who can't believe it!

It's like all of a sudden she isn't a baby anymore.

She has such a personality - always giggling, often at herself, dancing and getting into everything.  But, mostly dancing.

She loves to wave, anytime she hears the word "hi" or "bye", her little wrist starts flapping.  As soon as I walk in her classroom at the end of the day, she gets s huge smile on her face and immediately start waving to everyone - it melts my heart!

September was a busy month for Sawyer.  We spent Labor Day hanging out as a family and took Sawyer to our neighborhood pool for the first time.  They have a wading area for little kids and she loved the fountains!

She is also loving having BJ and Kasey back because she gets to swim in their pool and play with their dog - who she thinks is just fantastic.  She is a little bit more tolerant of Sawyer than Lori.

But, Lori is getting better.  She will even go near Sawyer now on her own free will.  No food involved.

Just near her.  That's all.  That picture was taken at Becky & Michael's house.  We spent a weekend in College Station with my family...

And Sawyer experienced her first tailgate party!

And got to check on Aunt Pee Pee.

After the game, Cora came back to Houston with us to spend the day.  The girls had so much fun playing together - for 10 minutes.  Which was about all the time they spent awake at the same time before Michael came to get Cora.  I so enjoy watching them really start to interact with each other.

Sawyer also spent some time with her other baby friends.

And Abigail...She was so sweet to Sawyer!

Sawyer LOVES stuffed animals.  She sleeps with her lamb, Chops, every night.  She gets so excited every time she sees him.  She gets a huge smile on her face and gives him a giant hug.  She hugs and kisses all of her animals - but none like Chops.

She is still a wonderful eater - she tried a lot of new foods this month.  Chicken, roast, potatoes, pasta, yogurt, eggs, cheese and Cheerios.  Her favorites right now are probably peas and cheese.  She really likes to feed herself and those are easy ones for her.

She loves Cheerios.  And random protein bars she pulls out of boxes in my office.  She had a half day at school one day, so I brought her to my office.  I was doing some work on my computer while she had a snack and I looked down to this...

So serious.  She has started saying mama and dada - mostly dada - and mmmmm.  Almost every time food goes into her mouth it is followed by mmmmm.  She still just has her bottom two teeth - but she is pretty efficient with them making sure to thoroughly chew each Cheerio.

Sawyer is sleeping wonderfully.  She sleeps the whole way to school and the whole way home, with a long nap in the afternoon at school.  She wants nothing to do with being held when she is tired.  But, I guess Mimi has the special touch...I think this is just so sweet.  I took this on our stop in Dallas on the way to Arkansas.

I love writing these monthly updates because I go back and look at older pictures every time and I just can't get over this.

She is so big!!  She is now in 6-9 month clothes and still size 3 diapers.  I am trying to get her a little more used to wearing shoes.  She isn't interested.  Nor is she interested in having anything in her hair.  I can sneak the pony tail every once in a while without her knowing.

And finally, she is still obsessed with dancing.  And my keys.  This is her watching So You Think You Can Dance while eating my keys.  Does it get any better?  She was in a total trance.

And this is her dancing.  No music, just excited about her pineapple.  She is also trying to say dance - I think?

It is so funny every time.  No matter how many times she does it...which is usually all day.  Her teachers at school asked me if I do a lot of dancing at home - its that ridiculous.  I don't know where she gets it.  She loves to watch Veggie Tales too.  Just the first minute though - the song, of course.

She brings to much joy and happiness to Barry and I - we are so thankful God chose us to be her parents!  We are also thankful for those little hip swings and shoulder shimmies and all the laughs they bring to us!