Monday, January 25, 2010
We went to ASI gymnastics and they had a little obstacle course set up for the smaller kids and they had trampolines, ball pits, music and games galore. Ella had a ton of fun playing with the other kids and I had a good time meeting some local moms. There was one little boy who pushed Ella down. I don't think we was with our group though (there was another Mom's group there). Oh well, I guess every group has one of those kids! And it didn't phase Ella one bit! She just went about her merry little way looking cute and being fabulous! She loved jumping on the trampoline so we might have to get one in the future. I had one growing up and always loved it.
We go back on Wednesday morning for the actual Moms meeting at First Baptist Church in Rockwall, which is the church we are members of. I am hoping to get to talk more to the other moms. We were all busy wrangling our kids this morning, but the 5 or 6 moms I did talked to seemed very nice.
I took these pictures Sunday after church since Ella was already dressed up and I thought she needed a good photo shoot!
It is just getting harder and harder to take a picture of her. She is always on the move!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This brown/pink bow is 4" wide, so it is considered a Medium bow. All of the bows Ella wears are Mediums. The medium bows with more than one ribbon are $10.
This bow is 4-1/2" wide. It has the pink stitched grosgrain ribbon, a pink/white large polka dot grosgrain ribbon and a pink/white small polka dot satin ribbon. It is $10.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But don't worry...the girl still has A LOT of clothes. I filled up all of the empty drawers and one side of the closet.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
What is this face? HA!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
#1 for new moms only (Sorry, you just can't do this unless you have just had a baby) Breastfeed! I am a total breastfeeding advocate for many reasons, one very selfish reason is that it speeds up your metabolism, which in turn helps you loose weight.
#2 again, for new mommas (Sorry again!) Strap your baby to you in a sling, baby carrier, whatever whenever possible. I would vacuum with her attached, go walking daily, and really just anytime I was up and about I had her strapped to me. I still do this sometimes except now she weighs 25 pounds so it is a little harder on my back. The extra weight on helps the intensity of the walks though.
#3 I did this workout
I for one have never been a fan of work out videos, but my sister introduced me to this. When it comes to working out I like to run or lift weights or do the elliptical or something along those lines. I have also never really tried a video that was all that hard. This one is 20 minutes long and I was SWEATING by the time it was over. The level three is ridiculous. It is an amazing workout. Too bad my abs still don't look like that!
So, this is what worked for me. I still have about 10-15 pounds I want to loose and I will be close to my high school weight! Unfortunately having a baby completely changed my body make up so I won't be fitting into what I used to. Oh well, I think she is worth it. See...
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This is her cake and can I tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! I went to the Lakeview Bakery in Rowlett and they have the most amazing cakes ever! It was so hard to pick one! The bottom layer was chocolate and the top was vanilla. It was so delicious; Worth every penny (and it was a lot of pennies!!). It was so cute though I really didn't want to cut it. Here is her little smash cake. It was just perfect for her. This is the centerpiece I had in the dining room. Those pictures look familiar huh? I think yall have seen those like 50 times by now!! Oh well, they are stinkin' cute! Trey got this cute little Birthday plate from a client he did some work for. Wasn't that nice of them? I had this on the table in the breakfast room. I went to 5 different stores looking for Gerber daisies and could not find them anywhere. When I was in Wichita I saw them everywhere. Trey found these at a Tom Thumb the morning of her party.
The new chalk board in the kitchen. I love being able to write fun stuff on it. And just in time for Ella's birthday! (My father-in-law made this for me and I painted it and added the gold scroll)Ella got a lot of present and enjoyed opening them. She likes the tissue paper the best, but Dad was close by to take it so she wouldn't eat it!
She got a baby doll bed & money from Trey's parents, clothes from her Mom and Dad and Aunt Corey, books, clothes & money from her Granny and Papa, money and a cute little purse from her Gigi (Great Grandmother). We had asked everyone not to get presents because Christmas was GOOD to this girl. Instead we asked if you did want to give her something we would love a contribution to her college savings account. Well, we got presents and money. Not too shabby!
Then it was finally time for her to tear in to her cake. Well, that didn't go exactly as we suspected. Instead, she looked at it for a while, then put a finger in and tasted the icing, did that a couple more times and then got upset that her hands were dirty. She just doesn't like it when she has stuff on them. So, she was ready to get up and get washed off. I mean, we even had her stripped down and plastic on the floor...and nothing! Haha! I am actually kind of glad that she didn't like it. After that she ate a jar of baby food and was perfectly happy with that! Who would have thought?!
Friday, January 8, 2010
1. Seems to be the trend out there, but mine is also to be a better wife. It seems like a lot of people I know have all had babies this year and I think quite a few of us feel we have neglected our husbands. I know everyone says to make sure and keep your husband as your priority, but when you have a baby who needs your constant attention it is hard to run to the door as soon as he gets home and greet him with a hug and a kiss. Usually Ella is really fussy right about that time and I am in her room putting her to bed. I need to be more attentive to him and love on him as much as I love on Ella.
2. Work out more. Uhhh! Blah! I don't want to!!! But I need to. I have lost all my baby weight + an additional 20 pounds. I do still want to loose ten more pounds though.
3. Tithe more regularly. We have struggled with that this year as we have gone from a two income household to one. We have not been tithing regularly and I know Trey and I both feel convicted of this.
I think three will be a good number for me and a do-able number as well. I wish I could take it down to two and get rid of working out, but I will keep that one on there and just think...bikini, bikini, bikini!!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
On Mother's Day Trey and I dedicated her to the Lord. We will continue to raise her according to God's Will and will strive to be the best parents we can be and raise her to love the Lord and one day accept him as her personal Savior. This is one of my main goals as her Mother. Before she was born my Mom told me I would pray more than I ever had before and that would continue for the rest of my life. She was so right! But because of that my relationship with God has grown. I think having a child causes your faith to grow. Watching her learn to roll over, sit up, crawl and walk has brought me so much joy. The first time she rolled over Trey and I were both there to see it and clapped and yelled and were just so excited. Grabbing the video camera and getting it turned on as quickly as possible to make sure we document all of her milestones has been so much fun. However, I also learned I do sound like a huge hick!
With each day that passes I enjoy watching her learn more and more. She now says 'Uh oh' 'Mama' 'Dada' mimics sounds like Mooo and Woof Woof, gives high fives, sugars (kisses), hugs, and is walking. She is the joy of my life and I am so blessed that she is my baby. I am looking forward to many more years!
Then we went EVERYWHERE looking for a nice hot pink round cloth tablecloth. Wow...who knew that would be so hard. We went to Bed, Bath & Beyond, TJ Max, Kohls, JCPennys, Belk, Target, & WalMart. Finally I just came home and ordered one off the internet. I am not a huge fan of doing that because I am so picky about colors & it is hard to tell the exact color on a computer screen. Oh well, I am out of places to look!
And since everyone should have gotten their invitation by now, here they are. I just love them! I couldn't really find something I liked, so I made my own in Photoshop and I love how they turned out. Her cake is going to have all these colors on it. Isn't she too cute in her tutu? And speaking of Miss Independent. This morning when we started I could not put her down. She wanted me to hold her. Now, I LOVE holding her, but after getting her in & out of the car, walking around and shopping 25 pounds gets to be pretty heavy. I tried to get her to walk, but she wouldn't. After our third stop Miss Independent did not want to be held any more. She wanted to walk and show off her new found Independence. At JCPenny there were three boys with their mom, ranging in age from 5-9. Ella made a beeline straight for them and was just waving and giggling. OH NO!!!! She is my daughter! I tried to pick her up and leave the boys alone and she just cried! Already at the age of 11 months she loves boys. Her Dad is going to have a hard time when she is 16!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
She finally got into it and then started climbing on the boxes and ripping them up.
My parents were able to make it down on Saturday, so we had a delicious lunch and opened presents. My mom was so happy to see Ella.
Dad brought a cowboy hat to show Caleb. Caleb really likes cowboys right now and even wore his Toy Story cowboy boots.
And here is my family. The addition of the children has made the holidays so much fun. I can't wait until there are more running around!