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More Fall Fun

More Fall Fun



Fun at the pumpkin patch!  He could have spent HOURS searching for the perfect pumpkin. And yes, we came home with a pumpkin for every member of our family, including baby sister :).


Teaching Parker the fine art of making hamburgers.  He was so excited to help me “pat, pat” them and then help daddy grill them!  Love this sweet boy and how much he loves to help cook.


3rd birthday photo shoot at the park, teaching him how to roll down the hill!  He had a blast and we got some adorable pics for his invitations!

ACU Homecoming 2014

ACU Homecoming 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Parker and I made the trip to Abilene for Homecoming weekend.  It was the first time I’ve ever  made the drive by myself with Parker and he was a champ.  Seriously…taking him on his first road trip at 8 weeks old helped turn this kid into a true Ellison Road Warrior!


It was a great weekend, full of lots of fun activities and seeing lots of good friends.


Watching the parade Saturday morning


Helping Chief direct traffic after the parade!


These two…I can’t get enough.  He loves his Chief so much!  He was so excited to wear a “Police” vest & help the officers move barricades.


He went to the Homecoming game with Christopher & Chief (while the girls shopped!) and he had a blast!  Made it through the whole game, too!


He loves his uncle Christopher!

We had such a fun weekend and have definitely decided that this will be an annual event!  Can’t wait for next year!

Exciting News!

Exciting News!


So, we found out about this fun surprise when we got home from the beach back in June!  We’re super excited to be welcoming baby #2 into our family in March.  Thanks to some early chromosome testing we had done a few weeks ago, we’ve already found out that we’re expecting a little girl!  We really wanted the keep the gender a surprise like we did with Parker, but after thinking about it, we thought it would probably make things a little bit easier for Parker if he knew he was getting a brother or a sister.  He walks around now asking random questions about “baby sister” or telling people about his baby sister and it might be the sweetest thing ever!  We are so incredibly thankful for this gift and each time we hear that heartbeat, we feel abundantly blessed.  We can’t wait to meet you sweet baby girl!

This Fall

This Fall

To say I’m behind on this blog would be a huge understatement.  I’m much better about posting stuff to Facebook.  Oh well.  It’s just for us anyways.

We’ve had a busy fall.  We’re all rocking and rolling at school and work and just living life.

Here’s some of our highlights from the last few months.

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August – 1st day of school…sweet angel was so sleepy!

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September – we took a Labor Day trip to the beach to check out my aunt & uncle’s new beach house!

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October – we took a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins.

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The damage when we finally got him out of the pumpkin patch!  He loved his “pum-punks”!

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Trying on his monkey costume when my cousin, Amanda finished it

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November – lots of fun with cousins!

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Mr. Cool :)

 Birthday party and pictures to follow!

16 & 17 Months Old!

16 & 17 Months Old!

So…since I missed his post at 16 months…we’ll just combine 16 & 17…

How is it even possible that 17 months have already gone by since this sweet boy joined our family?  It seems like I just blinked one day and he had gone from an itty, bitty bundle in a blanket to a full fledged little boy.  He’s running all over the place, talks constantly, has very strong opinions :), and turns our house into a whirlwind of toys, books, balls, and puzzles in a matter of minutes.

Here are some specifics on our Parker-man over the last couple of months:

  • officially DONE with bottles!  They have all been washed, sanitized, and packed up to be used with baby #2 at some point in the future.
  • We’re assuming he’s still allergic to milk/dairy, though he can eat things that have milk as an ingredient.  We have though completely and seamlessly transitioned to soy milk and he LOVES it!  He asks for and drinks “nilk” throughout the day, but goes without it at bedtime now.   It’s been so nice that he decided he was done with it and we didn’t have to go through a transition phase.
  • Unless he’s in pain or has a bad dream, he sleeps a solid 11-13 hours at night.  He usually goes to sleep between 7:30-8:00 and wakes up about 6:30 (but will sleep until almost 8:00 on Saturdays!
  • He is completely obsessed with all things sports.  He loves to watch “ball-ball” on tv and doesn’t care which sport it is.  His frustration is very noticeable when it goes to a commercial or halftime.
  • He loves music (“susic”) and wants it on at all times – in the house or the car.
  • He is obsessed with pushing buttons.  He helps me push the buttons to start the washer & dryer, dishwasher, turn on/off the ipod or tv, light switches, etc…
  • His last 4 teeth (the pointy ones)  are coming in and it has been rough.  I think these teeth have been the worst so far.
  • Still a pretty good eater – loves almost all fruits, most veggies, meat, crackers, yogurt, applesauce, cereal bars, raisins & dried cranberries, cookies & donuts (treats), bagels, almost all types of cereal, goldfish, bread, pasta, pizza, waffles, pancakes, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and ice cream.  I’m sure there’s more, though…
  • Generally takes a 2-3 hour nap after lunch.
  • Wears size 24 month/2T clothes and size 6 shoes.
  • Weighs about 28 lbs and is 33-ish inches tall.
  • He loves to be outside watching the birds, drawing with chalk, or blowing bubbles.  He thinks its great fun to dig in the dirt in the flower pots, pull the petals off the flowers in the back yard, and help us water the plants ;).
  • Point out the airplanes, trucks, & trains when we see them outside and knows the sounds each of them make.
  • Still loves to go to school and enjoys playing with his teachers and friends every day.  He’s even starting to refer to his friends at church & school by name.
  • Now knows that nu-nu’s (pacifiers) & night-nights (blankets) are for bedtime or the car – which has been nice.  The only other time he wants them is if he gets hurt or doesn’t feel well.
  • Loves to read books and can point to, name, & make animal sounds for tons of animals
  • Talks up a storm – I think I’m done trying to write down all the words he knows – considering he has a new word  His latest words though are “peas” (please), thank you, “buc” (cup), and Pak (Kaps – my mom).

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playing with his new mower from Mimi & Poppy for Easter – he loves to “mow-mow”


Our Easter & bluebonnet pictures will have to double as 16 month pictures :)

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I just love this smile :)

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He loves to wear my sunglasses & always tries to put them on his head like I tend to wear mine :)

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silly boy!

Picture Catch-Up

Picture Catch-Up


One of my cousins got married outside at Nana’s house a few weeks ago – Parker & Adley decided to enjoy the ceremony from the swing :)


adorable :)


Amelia, Adley Ann, me, & Parker – so thankful for family


blowing bubbles :)


We have a tradition of eating breakfast for supper on Friday nights and Parker was SO excited to help me mix up the pancake batter!  He LOVED pouring the water in and helping me stir it all up!


sweet boy was so tired one day after school that he just climbed up in the chair with me and took a little snooze – I miss those afternoon naps with him!


watching Jeopardy and eating snacks from the car is a favorite after school activity :)


We finally broke down & bought a new mattress last weekend – ours had gotten really uncomfortable & neither of us realized how badly we were sleeping until our first night on the new one – so awesome!


I just love to turn around & see this sweet smile in the back seat of the car.


chowing down on an apple while we shopped at Whole Foods one evening :)


2013 Stroll for Epilepsy at the Houston Zoo – we had so much fun!


Annual crawfish boil – so delicious!


being silly at supper :) – never a dull moment with little boy!

Trip to Abilene

Trip to Abilene

A couple of weekends ago, we had a long weekend for MLK Day, so we packed up and spent the weekend in Abilene with my parents and Christo.  We left around lunchtime on Friday and got to Abilene just in time for supper.  The trip takes anywhere from 5.5 to 6 hours and Parker did GREAT both ways.  He slept almost 3 hours on the way there and back, which was perfect since it let us stop in Temple, which is almost exactly halfway.

We didn’t have much on the agenda for the weekend and it was nice to just hang out and spend time with everyone.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we took complete advantage of it and spent lots of time outside.  Saturday afternoon we had lunch at Rosa’s – Parker loved his fajitas and tortillas and even got his first taste of sopapillas!  He ate a whole one by himself!  After lunch, we headed over to the Abilene Zoo and saw all the animals and even got to feed the giraffes!

Sunday afternoon we had lunch and then drove out to a little town north of Abilene to pick up my dad’s deer from the processor and then headed back to the house to get ready to take some family pictures that afternoon.  One of my parents’ friends is a photographer in Abilene and she came over Sunday afternoon to take some pictures of the 3 of us along the creek in the backyard.  I only have a few sneak peeks that Hannah posted on Facebook from the photo session, but they are so cute!  I’m so happy with how they turned out.

Unfortunately, we had to head home Monday morning, but we’re so glad it was a long weekend and got to stay for some extra time.  Can’t wait for our next trip – hopefully for part of Spring Break!

New Year – New Goals

New Year – New Goals

I don’t like the word resolution for some reason.  It sounds really official and I feel like if I don’t keep a resolution that I’ve failed at something major.  Instead, I like to set goals for the New Year.

I have several goals that I’m going to work on throughout the year.  Some of them are pretty common/normal and others are a little more selfish or personal.

So here goes, my goals for 2013:

  1. Personal Health & Fitness – I know this is the typical New Year resolution, but mine really isn’t about weight loss.  I’m fine with the number on the scale.  I lost all the baby weight from having Parker, but I know there are things I can do to be more healthy and more physically fit.  I would love to be that person that spends an hour at the gym every day or is jogging through the neighborhood, but that simply doesn’t fit into my life and our schedule right now.  My goal is to find a DVD workout or something similar that I can do at home, in the living room, in a realistic amount of time (ie – 30 min or less).  I also want to prepare/order/eat more healthy meals.  Again, time (or lack thereof) plays into this, but since my motto is “everything in moderation” I want to just make healthier choices, but still eat a few french fries or hamburgers or cookies if that’s what sounds good.
  2. Cooking More – This goes along with my first goal.  We had a really stressful start to the school year and that seemed to lead us to bad habits when it came to evening meals.  My goal for this year is to cook more often, but spend less time and money doing so.  I want to try to cook just a few times each week and eat on those larger dishes throughout the week.  Not only will this help save money (hopefully!), but it will also save dramatic amounts of time in both the prep and cleaning up of said meals.
  3. Projects around the House – We have a list of projects we would like to finish around the house this year and our goal is to do one project each month.  That will help us budget for them and also not feel so overwhelmed by the list of things we want to do, but at the same time allow us to “finish” our house (if that’s even possible).
  4. Be Better about Church Attendance – November and December were really hard months in our house.  All 3 of us were sick & exhausted for the better part of both months.  Obviously being sick is an acceptable excuse for not being at church, but we get in the habit of choosing to sleep in when we’ve had a long week or a busy weekend and I want to break that habit.  Having a baby makes it harder, especially when you’re up because of teeth or bad dreams in the middle of the night, but my goal is to be there more often and stop making excuses.
  5. Pay more attention to Fashion & Style – This is my obviously selfish goal.  No, my goal is not become so concerned with what’s going on in Hollywood, but I refuse to become a frumpy mom.  I tend to take whatever money I have to spend on clothes or stuff for myself and just buy something for Parker.  There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m sure millions of other moms out there do the same thing, but I want to go back to keeping my hair in good shape and the gray covered up.  I want to keep current, stylish clothes in my closet.  I’m not a huge fan of being “trendy” because I don’t have the money to buy a whole new wardrobe every 6 months when things change, but I want to make sure I have good, high quality, basic styles in my closet.  This is even more true since InStyle posted on Twitter yesterday the “10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet” and I only have like 1 of them!  I like to have options and choices and even though most people don’t notice or care if I wear the same thing to church 2 weeks in a row – I don’t like to.  Like I said, I know this is selfish.  I know there are bigger issues going on in the world, but it is what it is.  It’s not an effort to ensure that I’m “keeping up with the Jones’s”, but an effort to feel better about myself.

So there we go.  My plan for 2013 – let’s see how I do :).

13 Months Old

13 Months Old

Parker celebrated his 13 month birthday right after Christmas and it’s just so hard to believe.  He is so much fun right now and I feel like he is a giant sponge soaking up everything around him every day.  It seems like he learns or does something new almost daily – sometimes multiple times a day!  This has been so fun to watch and we are loving this age right now.

The sun came out for a while on Sunday and it warmed up a little bit, so we slapped that sticker on his shirt and went to play at the park for a while!  – and got some super cute pictures too!

You LOVE to be outside and apparently – you like to slide!

You are really into exploring these days – inside or outside.  You always pick things up, examine them closely, proclaim your excitement of your new discovery, and then bring it to us to see – just plain adorable :).

You are constantly on the move!  You rarely stop – eating & sleeping are about the only things that will slow you down.

Just so I can remember a few things about you at this age:

  • You are a CHUNK!  Last week the doctor said you weighed 26 lbs!
  • You are still going to school everyday – and almost always have a smile on your face when I pick you up in the afternoons.  We are so thankful for such sweet teachers.
  • You are a GREAT eater.  You love to eat: ham, turkey, chicken, hamburger meat, pasta, fruit (of all kinds), waffles, bagels, peas, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, rice, refried beans, tortillas, bread, cereal bars, animal crackers, goldfish, wheat thins, almond/coconut milk yogurt, cheerios, and ice cream.  Obviously several of those are not things you eat frequently, but you enjoy them as a treat.  You happily drink water throughout the day, but you also like to drink apple juice and tea – usually mixed with some water.
  • Your milk allergy seems to be improving slowly.  You seem to be able to eat foods that have milk or butter in them, but still can’t tolerate milk to drink.  We’ve tried goat’s milk – but it also seems to upset your stomach.  It looks like we’ll stick with formula a while longer and try getting you to drink some almond milk too.
  • You are only drinking 1 bottle a day now – at bedtime and rarely you will have one in the middle of the night if you wake up and need help settling back to sleep.
  • Pretty much sleep through the night – unless something hurts.  We’ve had a rough month or so with ear infections and cutting those darn molars, but I know this too shall pass ;).
  • You are talking up a storm!  Words we recognize – Mama, Dada, baa (ball), no, buh (book), woof-woof, quack (without the q & k sounds at the beginning & end), muh (more), you will nod your head yes when we ask you if you want something and you also sign “all done”.
  • You are very good at pointing to tell us what you want and when you’re hungry you walk to the pantry door or refrigerator and bang on the door until we open it to give you something to eat.
  • You love to “wrestle” with us, play peek-a-book, read books, play with balls & cars, be outside, and you still love to take a bath and brush your teeth before bed
  • You give the sweetest hugs and sloppy kisses :)
  • Your smile is infectious and your laugh is music to my ears

Parker, we love you so much and we are so thankful for the joy you bring into our home.

New Years Eve – 2012

New Years Eve – 2012

This year we headed over to Wade and Wendi’s house for a little NYE get together with some good friends.  We had tons of delicious snack foods, played games, and watched the ball drop at midnight with our champagne and/or sparkling grape juice.

Parker enjoyed his own NYE supper at the Holmes’ house

I promise our evening was more eventful than this picture would lead you to believe ;)

Ben & Becky – so cute!

Thanks again to the Holmes’ for hosting such a fun evening!  What’s even better is that Parker let us all sleep in until almost 9 AM the next morning!  Happy New Year!