16 Months

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It is so hard to believe that the joys of my heart are 16 months old. Hadley took her first steps 2 weeks ago and while neither baby are full on walking yet, they are getting closer by the day! They are definitely taking after their momma on the late walking (I was a 16 month old walker.) They may not be walking but that doesn't stop them from staying busy and keeping me one busy momma. They love to get into everything. They get on their walkers and go back and fourth and around our house for hours. We use the word "no" lots and lots when they try to climb the stairs or get into cabinets that they aren't supposed to and while it can be trying, I am so thankful that they are so explorative and healthy!
They have been pulling up and cruising for a while now, but they can now stand up on their own and stay standing with out assistance. Is it so precious. We say "can you stand up?" And they get in to the standing position and immediately start clapping their hands, since they are used to getting lots and lots of praise for standing! They are learning SO many words and can really communicate with us so well. Hadley took her first steps during the song "My Favorite Things" for Carrie Underwood's sound of music special. Contrary to most people's dislike of the program, our family enjoyed Carrie and Hadley certainly did. The song came on and she grinned and grinned, stood up, danced her little bum and then took a step. She has taken 2 steps here and there since so I am sure one days she will just start walking! While Hadley continues to be more physically advanced, Jack Henry is still our verbal babe. Here are their words ...
Mommy (Hadley's favorite word)
Ba (ball)
Lights (for Christmas lights, Jack Henry frequents this word) Hadley only says it here and there but sweet Jack Henry uses it from the minute he wakes up. He says it with a HUGE lisp. It's the cutest thing ever. I go in their room and he immediately says "Yi-ghthhhhhsssss" and always put an inflection on the word as if it was a question. I turn on the Christmas tree in their room and then they both let out "oooooohhhhsss" and "ahhhhhhhs" and squeels. It's safe to say, they LOVE Christmas.
Puppy (all animals seem to be puppies)
Pretty (only Hadley says this) She always points to the bow on here head and says "pretty." If she doesn't have a bow on her head, she will pick one up, come to me, sign "please" and try to put it on her head while she says "pretty" PRESH. She also says Christmas lights are pretty.

"Tricks" that they know...
Wave bye bye
Blow kisses
Give kiss on the lips (this is only Hadley) she makes a humming sound and leans in for a kiss
Praise Jesus (arms high in the sky)
Wheres your nose?
Wheres your ears?
Play peek a boo
High five

Sign language they use daily...

Jack Henry is getting 6 new teeth right now and has been having a hard time. Poor baby just seems miserable. Neither of my babies have ever really had issues teething but he is getting molars too, and I think he is very uncomfortable.

Sleep: We switched our naps from two to just one each day. They wake up between 8-8:30, go to bed between 7:30-8 and then take a nap between 12-3. They sleep great we are enjoying our longer freedom to run errands in the morning.

Eating: Hadley is still a great eater and Jack Henry is still picky. We started giving them smoothies with broccoli and carrots in them to boost their veggies. Hadley will eat just about anything but Jack Henry rejects lots of food. Eggs, waffles with almond butter, yogurt, any fruit, bread and crackers are his staples. They take about 16-20 oz of coconut/almond milk (which i recently started making, more on this later) each day. They also now drink water in sippy cups and have mastered drinking from straws. 

There are just no words for the love that we have for these two. It is so fun to watch them grow and develop and learn. We are thankful for each day. 

Dallas Ice Storm 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Well, it came and it was intense. We were skeptical after last weeks dramatic weather report occurred and NOTHING happened, but this was the REAL deal. In Kentucky and Ohio we got snows every year (You can see our last one Here) but there were enough plows, salt and equipment to handle it. But here... they have NOTHING to treat the roads except sand which they have very little of and only treat main roads and intersections with. Even then the sand treated roads are FAR from clear. To look out the window it looks like the ground is coated with snow, but no snow here, just SOLID ice. 
It was 78 degree on Wednesday and when I woke up for my run on Thursday it was in the mid 30's. Thursday night it started to come down. Freezing rains in Freezing temps. It has been in the 20s and teens ever since and the city has shut down. Like, very few restaurants are open and town centers are closed. Our church canceled service tonight and canceled 3 of 5 services tomorrow. We have stayed inside, watched Christmas movies, baked cookies, eaten hot soup, and just soaked up this precious family time. We haven't left the house EXCEPT... to go see my Kentucky Wildcats who played in Cowboy stadium. Isn't that such a Kentucky fan? My precious Louisville loving husband got us tickets and we ventured out with some of our best friends here to see them loose to Baylor. I was amazed at the THOUSANDS of blue bleeding fans that came to the game. Although, with hardly any Baylor fans and being in a stadium that seats over 100,000, it certainly didn't have the energy of a normal UK game, especially in RUPP arena. It was so awesome of my sweet husband to think of me and get us tickets! 
Okay, so the highlight of our ice storm was taking the babies on a little sleigh ride... Kentucky style. We pulled them with twine attached to a laundry basket and watched them squeal with delight. Our little dare devils even loved when we let them slide down a hill all by themselves. It was hilarious to see them lean on each other and remain frozen like little statues as we pulled them around in our icy winter wonderland. We have loved this winter gift and will always have such fond memories of our first winter storm here in Texas. We are SO thankful to have power and have a lovely warm home to be sheltered in. We know that not all are as fortunate. Here are some fun pictures from ICE storm 2013...

My Camera is BACK!!!!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Okay, seriously... the BIGGEST shout out to my husband for FIXING MY CAMERA!
I had taken my camera to the repair shop twice where they tried to fix it themselves but said it needed to be shipped to Nikon where it would need to stay for 3-6 weeks to be fixed and the repair quote was $250!!! I even tried shipping it but God knew what he was doing but making me forget the proper paper work, TWICE. Luke kept telling me he thought he could fix it. Well, no offense, he is handy but I took it to camera SPECIALISTS who couldn't fix it but I thought I would humor myself and give him a shot. We went to Lowes, where he got a couple of tools and while wearing a flashlight attached to his head, HE FIXED IT! I am a blessed woman to have him and oh my goodness, he fixed it FOR FREE! I should have let him attempt months ago! SO the first thing I did this morning was snatch up my cuties and capture their sweetness... I am SO GLAD to have it back! MANY more posts to come! YAY!

iPhone fall photos

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hey ya'll! Hope you had a fantastic thanksgiving and are soaking in this Christmas season. We are all decorated around here and I will be sure to post a few pictures soon! 
These photos were taken a few weeks ago on my iphone (which means my camera is STILL out of order.) It's a long story and after a few trips to the camera repair shop and shipping fiascos, we are having a family meeting about the camera tonight! I am seriously DYING with out my camera. I hate missing day to day precious shots of my babies while they are still small. In the mean time here are some photos. Sorry for the lack of posting lately here, friends! I will get back into the groove of things once my camera is back.

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