Thursday, November 25, 2010

4 months

weight: 15lb 12oz
length: 26 1/2 inches
translation: the weight of a six month old and the height of a seven month old. she is still laughing and smiling all the time. talking comes and goes, so i am guessing she is more like me. i have my days were i talk nonstop mixed in with quieter days. her dad is all the time, nonstop. this is just a guess though. she is still not rolling over. if she is on her side and i give her the smallest little push she can do it, but she almost immediately starts to cry when she realizes that she is now on her belly. she does like the bumbo. she now perfers to sit in her bumbo and play with toys in the morning versus her playmate. and really she doesnt need any toys because she has discovered the dogs. she very much likes to watch them and invite them over to lick her. that is probably her most favorite thing to do at the moment. she did great with her shots the second time around. much better then the first. she really is getting big fast!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


i have had elements for a while but havent done anything with it really. so confusing, i didnt know where to start. so my very talented and awesome friend came to the rescue. it doesnt look like much, but let me tell you, i am uberproud of these edited photos. so here are some before and afters

amy warned me not to overuse the "burned edge" affect, but i think i could use this on almost every photo. i love it

the light, its blinding!

still not perfect, but getting there

mmmm, its not christmas without lefsa!!

notice the text on this one...

the rolling of the lefsa

the end to a perfect day after a lot of baking

i love a good black and white photo. notice the burned edge thing again :)

i hope to have some better edited ones from our trip. i am so excited to finally be able to do fun things with my photos!

Monday, November 8, 2010


my favorite thing annabelle does right now is laugh. its hard to get her squealing still, but i love it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


this smile says it all! we love our playgroup!
ps- doesnt this stylish guy totally rock the ray bans?

Monday, October 25, 2010

baby toupe

which way to comb is the question! poor annabelle! if i dont get the comb over just right, she is going to have a hair day like this-
The problem is i hate combing over too much, i dont need a donald trump baby. but if i comb over too little then her little bald spot is quite obvious- glaring in the flash :) And no matter how hard i tried to get that hair to stay down it kept popping right back up!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

we have grass!

This is huge! with two boxers and no sprinklers we had given up. But then annabelle came around, she's going to need an outdoor space of her own that is poop free-complete with a tree swing.

So we had Chris build a fence on one side of the house for the dogs. what is now lush green grass was all dirt not long ago.
Then Dimmi came and put in a french drain. You can see it to the left side of Boston.
The grass was looking so good i was inspired me to plant some fall flowers
I even planted some tulips (my favorite flower) in the pots, with the pansies. I totally copied Chesapeake, they have the most gorgeous tulip/Pansie combo in the spring. I couldnt pull out the geranium though- can you see it about to bloom?? i decided she could stay for that last flower's sake.
My new backyard wouldnt have been complete for the season without a pumpkin. I think my backyard now looks much better than my front yard.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Minus the whole needing surgery/no paycheck part of being hit by a car, having alfie home has been a blessing. annabelle is totally smitten with him. i actually found myself a little jealous yesterday because she would only smile at him. i got worried she liked him more than me. i guess that whole daddy's little girl relationship starts early.
Of course he and i have lots of fun together too. This is how we spent our afternoon together yesterday. Fall has been so beautiful this year!
Correction- Oklahoma is actually having the season of Fall. Usually it goes from crazy hot (why do pools have to close on Labor Day) to freezing cold with ridiculous wind gusts (that make you wish you didnt have bangs) with perhaps a day or two, of what could be referred to as Fall, in between.

Friday, October 15, 2010


It has been mentioned several times now, that annabelle is going to be a red head. I have been rolling my eyes and saying whatever (under my breath). I mean she doesnt look red does she?

Then i saw this picture...

i guess anything is possible.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

3 months

and smiling!! Oh man do i love that smile

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

There's always one of us not looking at the camera

Pop has the touch

melt my heart :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bath Time!!

My daughter is always cute, this goes without saying, but she is especially cute during her bath or wrapped up in a towel after.

does it look like she might be a little scared of the flash??

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Race for the Cure

I've only done it one other time, but it is always sooo much fun! We dominated the hill (aka mountain) at the end, so dont mind our sweaty faces or the fact that i am trying to stand sideways to the camera so i dont look so pregnant... thanks michael for patiently waiting for me to approve a shot...

And of course, we had to get a picture with our trainers

Because i am working on taking more family shots

Saturday, October 9, 2010

need to take more pics

i honestly believe i would blog more if i had an iphone. i'm not saying i need one, just that i think snapping a photo and uploading it straight to my blog would be awesome. one of those time savers i now appreciate a whole lot more.

here's the first photos i have taken with annabelle, plus a family shot, since her birth 3 mths ago...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Can I Go Too?!

Annabelle helped Alfie pack for his tournament in California. We both wanted to go, unfortunately she was the one that fit into his suitcase...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bad Car Day

Early today i got pulled over and issued a ticket for expired tags- fair enough, they had expired back in April.

Then this afternoon alfie was walking into work and got hit by a car backing up in the parking lot. We spent the afternoon in the ER.

No broken bones, but waiting for swelling to go down for an MRI on friday. Hoping he is just a little banged up and nothing serious... for now he is on crutches.

Daddy Gave Me a Bath Last Night

and he brushed my hair. It's a new look.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mid-Life Crisis

I think i am having one. This morning i woke up wanting to get something pierced or get a tattoo, perhaps even spend my Saturday night at Sky Bar... seriously?? I think it started with trying on a skirt yesterday and looking at the length thinking "this is so not practical" All the bending over and picking up a sweet little baby would make me look like a hoochy momma, not a stylish momma. I have the urge to do something wild and crazy... my husband is still out of town... what should i do??

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's Good To Know

There are still gentlemen in this world. I have met 3 gentleman lately. 1) At homeland. He asked if i needed help getting my stroller up- i was still having a bit of trouble figuring it out, and probably looked pretty ridiculous. 2) At Walgreens. He offered to return my cart back to the store after i had put Annabelle in the car. And 3) at the drugstore. A guy working there actually came from behind the desk and held open both doors for annabelle and me. So sweet and so appreciated (and i accepted all their help), i mean this car seat is getting heavy. She loves her car seat though, point in case- she just chillaxes stretching out her long legs.

Notice her cute drool face.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Sweetest Sounds

Here's the sounds at our house lately, music to our ears!!! I am working on getting giggles out of her, and she is soooo close, but I am loving our daily heart to heart conversations! We are so blessed! (Conversation, and not me just sounded a little crazy, starts right at 55 secs)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Losing the Baby Weight

This picture was taken the morning i went in, eight hours before we finally got to meet her! I can look at this picture and see that 1. i did infact put a little weight on in the face and 2. i have lost most of my baby weight. However, most of the weight means that i still have the last 10-8 lbs left. I think i heard "dont worry, breastfeeding will make it just melt off" one too many times, because when 6wks rolled around and i was nowhere near being able to wear my pre pregnancy clothes, i was more than a little depressed.
I have been running since i got the go ahead, but have been getting discouraged lately. Its hard to keep my focus when i cant see the point of getting up early, dying on every run, when things still aren't fitting. in the first 6 wks i would randomly try on something, hoping the breastfeeding had magically melted the weight away, like i had been disillusioned to believe. i decided that was counterproductive though. i'm the kind of person that consoles herself with chocolate instead of a run.
But this morning, in my desperation to find something to wear for church i tried on some of my pants again. and hallelujah i found a pair that fit!! Even though i usually need a belt to keep them up, and this morning i didnt, i was encouraged. So i tried on some jeans. I didnt think i would be able to pull them up, but i could! and i could even button both pairs that i tried on! I am still not ready to be wearing them in public (buttoning them created some MAJOR muffin top), but i feel so much better knowing that maybe i will be ready for my swimsuit in November when we leave for Australia!! It is the motivation that i needed to keep getting up and running! I'm hoping at 3 months postpartum i will be wearing my jeans again- minus the muffin top!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where is Fall?

Picnics in September should be enjoyable. One should not be so hot they are literally dripping in sweat after approximately 5 minutes of being outside. Scratch that, i was hot the second i got out of my car. If you look close every little cheek is red. They probably could have stayed longer, i was the wimp that was ready to go!!
September has always been my favorite month because it is the beginning of my favorite season. The season of layers. This probably started back when i lived in Boston. If you haven't been to Boston during September, you should put it on your to do list. The cool crisp breeze of fall, the crunch of fallen leaves, the colors of the leaves, the smell of apple cider!! i know, it sounds like i am writing poetry here, but seriously, Oklahoma get a clue!! When September rolls around its time to leave the 90 temps behind. And I'd actually enjoy having more than 2 days of layering before it becomes bundling for winter...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2 months

We had our checkup today. I heard not once, but twice "she's huge, not fat, just huge." She weighs 12lb 4oz and is 25 inches long. That puts her at 97th percentile for height and 90th percentile in weight. Her head went somewhere along those stats too. I think right at 90th for head. She is as tall, or long, as a 3 month old. He said that it is typical for breastfed babies to be ahead, and that it will even itself out when we start solid food, or at about a year. But you have to look at her genes, and she definitely has tall in her family! She did not enjoy her ears being checked at all! and it goes without saying, but she hated her shots!! She calmed down pretty quick after them, but now i am constantly checking on her as she is sleeping to make sure she is okay. You can really freak yourself out if you read all the possible side affects!!

I know i havent been on here in a while, so is it me, or did blogger do something that prohibits me from moving my pictures around?? I am so annoyed!! i wanted to upload another photo, but i cant figure out how to move it to the bottom of my screen! Any advice?? I'm so annoyed. Clearly i dont do technology very well...

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Favorite Mug Just Got More Character

It is a very sad day at my house today. I walked into the kitchen to see my favorite coffee cup, brought back from Poland, has lost its handle.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Remember hearing the phrase "oh, enjoy each other now, because when that baby is born, it's not about you anymore!" Mostly from parents whose kids were grown or almost out of the house. I heard this sooo many times, especially when i was a week overdue, that i was tired of hearing it! Yesterday it popped back into my head as I had my first experience where i had to say no to something i really wanted to do, but knew it wasnt in annabelle's best interest to do- we did not make it to my high school friend's wedding reception. We did make it to her gorgeous wedding, which is the most important part i suppose.

alfie was in dallas with his brother, so i was on my own. she did great during the wedding, but we were both getting hot by the end of the ceremony and when i went to put her in her car seat in 107 degree temps (at 7p!), there was some protesting. the reception was not far, so there wasnt really anytime to cool off between locations. the thought of having to get her in and out of her car seat fussy, hot, and getting hungry, didnt seem very nice. especially since i knew she wouldnt last at the reception for very long. I had even pulled into a parking spot and was starting to take her out, but looked at her hot and crying face, and knew i should probably just take her home.

I know the bride saw me, and i got a chance to talk with another long lost friend for about 5 minutes (until bridesmaid duties took her away), so i feel good that she knows i came. But after sitting in the back and seeing a whole sect of people from high school that i had totally forgotten about, i was really looking forward to catching up with some of them. After all the work of getting ready and being there on time, i was/am disappointed. in the end though, it wasnt about me.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy One Month

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I didnt quite make it in time for a "wordless wednesday" to post pics of my sweet girl, so i'll just post what i am so thankful for.

Time spent with daddy

Being read to and bonding with abuelita

Hanging with Uncle Alex

Playing with the my best buds
Smiling at mommy