Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008!

Well we had a blast this Christmas. We had to do a lot of traveling, but it was all worth it. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at home with the kids and we left for Austin about 10:30 on Christmas day. We spent two nights there, seeing both sides of the family. Saturday morning we left about noon and headed out to take Bryan to Stephenville. We were very sad to have to take him back. We had such a good time with him. It was nice to get to spend a whole week with him, instead of just a weekend.

After we left Stephenville we headed up to Abilene to visit Jonathan's extended family. We got to see Kylee's 10 month old cousin, Jackson. He was super friendly and wanted to hug and love on Kylee. She thought that was for the birds and pushed him away. I guess we need to work on her manners :)

Here are a few pictures. It was hard to pick which ones to post.

Kylee and cousin Jackson, what a manly man!

Kylee running, probably after a dog-dog :)

Kylee and Papa

Kylee and Daddy reading her new book she got for Christmas

All the girls sporting their new winter gear.

Kylee got another purple blanket, hurray!

Bubba opening Kylee's present

Cousin Jama with her son, Jackson and Kylee (3 weeks apart)

Nonny with sleeping Kylee

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Big Week

Bryan and I were up early on Monday so we said goodbye to Jonathan and started making breakfast. About 15 minutes later, Jonathan came back in the door. It turns out that John Deere had some sort of electrical problems and was going to be closed for the day. So we headed out to the mall to do some last minute shopping. Kylee and Bryan played in the new play area and had a blast. I didn't think Bryan would like it, but he really enjoyed it. In fact we ended up there yesterday again after we ate lunch. Here are some pictures. Sorry they are from my phone.

It has been a big week for Kylee. Last week she took her first steps and now she is walking everywhere. She said her first word and yesterday, I actually felt a tooth coming through. It is her first one at 11 1/2 months, but I'm not complaining. She hasn't even been fussy and not biting yet (knock on wood).

We went to see the lights at Blora last night. Unfortunately a lot of other people had the same idea and we were there for a little over 2 hours. Kylee did very well though. I think that she really enjoyed it. We are spending Christmas Eve and morning here and then we are heading down to Austin for lunch with Jonathan's family and dinner with mine. I probably won't have time to blog on Christmas so I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bubba is home

We went up to my sister's house on Friday night. She lives in Allen (north of Dallas). Then Saturday morning we got up and headed over to Ft. Worth to get Bryan (he was at a Christmas party there). It was so good to see him again. He was very excited to see Kylee and couldn't wait to see her walk.

We went back to Karen's house for the rest of the weekend. We had a great time relaxing the rest of the morning and then Jonathan's sister came to join us on her way down to Austin from St. Louis. Karen and Scott have a dog, Wallace, and Shara has a dog, Riley. So Kylee was in heaven. She absolutely loves dogs. We think that she said her first word, dog, pronounced in a high squeal, "da-da." She gets so excited when she sees a dog, even if it is just stuffed.

She continued to amaze her Aunts with her walking abilities. Here is a video that Aunt Shara shot.

Here is one of her playing with the dogs.

Here is one of her sleeping with Uncle Scott, go ahead and say, "Ahhhh."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

8 Years

Today is our 8th Anniversary!! I am so thankful for my sweet Jonathan. He is a great husband, father and friend. It seems like I have always known him and I look forward to sharing many more years with him. I love you sweetie!!

I don't have any pictures from our wedding in my computer b/c it was before the digital age. But here is one in my dress and a couple of us over the years.

Big Girl!!

So my big girl took her first real steps yesterday. We tried to get it on video when Daddy came home, but of course she only wanted to crawl then. We will keep trying. Just wanted to share the big news :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Good news!

My check engine light came on about 2 months ago. I figured I needed an oil change or something. But it kept coming on and then going off for quite some time. So I took it up to Jonathan's work where one of his mechanic friends has a computer to check and see what is wrong. He said that it was the catalytic converter. Immediately I thought, great how expensive is that. Then he told us that the government mandates an 80,000 mile warranty to cover those. When I checked my odometer it was at 78,300. Yeah. So I took it up to Waco at the Isuzu dealership. They told me it would take a couple of hours to check it and then a couple of months to get the part in. I thought great. But it turns out it only took about 3 minutes to check it and it will take a week to get it in since I have a V6 instead of a V4. Plus there is no deductible. I am thankful for the government guidelines. How often can you say that these days?

Then I got a call from my old school where I used to teach. They need tutors for math and reading. It is part time and they are going to let me teach Mondays/Wednesdays, 8-3. I will still be able to teach at the preschool on Tuesdays/Thursdays and I will have Fridays to spend all day with Kylee. I found someone to keep her already and she has a 9 month old for Kylee to play with. I will make enough money so that Jonathan won't have to get a second job! God is blessing us.

Here is the long awaited picture with Santa.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dancing Queen

As you might expect, we are a very musical household and we encourage that in Kylee. We leave the keyboard on all the time so she can crawl in there and jam. After we took her to get her picture taken with Santa yesterday she wanted to show off some of her dancing moves. Sorry about the quality, this was on my digital camera.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Mom Song

This is what a Mom would say in a twenty-four hour period. As she says, "Strap on your seat belt, 'cause here we go!" Take a second to listen and have a laugh!

Monday, December 08, 2008


This is my favorite time of year!! Every night I play Christmas music while we eat dinner. Kylee loves to dance to it. I found some new stockings for all of us at the Cracker Barrell. They always have such a great selection and I got all of them for 40% off! We all had stockings, but these are much cuter. I have done most of my shopping already. I decided to wrap the gifts as soon as I get home and that way I don't have to find a place to hide them. It has worked out very well so far.

We were very worried about Kylee getting into the tree, but so far so good. We ordered a fireplace screen/gate and we placed it around the tree. So far when we do make a fire we just have to tell her, "No," with our stern voice and she leaves it alone. Hopefully she keeps this up as she gets bigger :)

Kylee got her second round of the flu vaccine today. She recognized the nurse and held on to me tightly when she came in the door. Then as soon as I put her on the table she started fussing. Poor baby she actually remembered. There were only a few tears and then she was back to her happy self.

I have some very exciting news...I found 3 more of Kylee's favorite purple blankets! I know that is probably not exciting to you. We started out with one blanket, then my sister found 3 more for me, so that made 4. Now we have lost one and we are down to three. But with the additional ones that I found at Ross, we have 6!! Its pretty sad when that is the most exciting thing that you have to blog about huh?

So Kylee is definitely "healthy." I have had the hardest time finding jeans to fit her. We have one pair that someone gave to me and it says that it is Rider brand. I have looked everywhere for that and I can't find it. I have tried jeans from Target, JCPenney and Walmart. All are too small. I was about to drive to Killeen to check out Old Navy when I decided to head over to a local consignment shop. I found two pairs and got them both for $12.99!! I refuse to pay more for Kylee's jeans than I do for mine so I was very pleased. Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do?

I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season. Sorry i haven't taken any pictures lately. I need to get back to my daily picture taking!

Monday, December 01, 2008


We had a great Turkey day and we hope all of you did too. Here is a recap from last week:

I dropped Kylee off with Grandma and headed out to pick up Bryan from Stephenville. We got home around dinner time and enjoyed some pizza with Jonathan. Then we set to work decorating the garage for dinner and Bryan's party the following day.

We did a lot of housecleaning in preparation for the people coming up. We cleaned out our garage and made a huge table out there. It was really fun to all sit together for once! After we ate our huge meal, we had Bryan's belated birthday party, complete with a pinata!

Thursday night Karen and Scott spent the night and we watched "The Hulk" with them. We really like it :)

Friday morning Karen took our family pictures at UMHB. Here are a few, didn't she do such a great job?

Thursday afternoon we left for East Texas and spent two nights with Jonathan's side of the family. There were lots of cousins there and both of the kids had a great time. We also celebrated Mimi and Papo's 60th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations to them. Here are some pictures.

Bryan with Sam and Ginger. Kylee adored these dogs and would try to get outside any chance that she could to see them!

Kylee and all of her little cousins.

The three babies with Uncle Herschel.

Monday, November 24, 2008


So its been a while since I have posted any pictures so I will try to catch up.
Here are some very overdue pictures from our Halloween Party at church.

Kylee and her peeps

Here is Kylee at her preschool program. She was a puppy.

Here is Bryan's pig, Becca.

I had a weird urge tonight to actually clean out the fridge. Kylee was my helper. Her favorite were the carrots. I have taught her well.

This was from the other day. She has a fascination with crawling under the table. She was draped inside of a chair, but she got out before I could get the shot.

This was a day when Mommy and Kylee both wore their overalls :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I'm sorry I haven't posted in so long. We have already had a very busy November. The first weekend we went over to Stephenville to see Bryan. They had a toy run sponsored by the area bikers. It was really fun to see all of them drive in on their motorcycles. We got to see Bryan's pig who he endearingly named Becca. All of the kids were very excited to show us their animals. It is a great program for the boys to learn how to be responsible for something else besides themselves.

Last weekend we had two of our nieces up from Austin. Marj and Kim are 12 and 14 and I had a lot of fun with them. They entertained Kylee and I got to help Jonathan organize the garage a little. He did most of the work and I just hung out with the girls most of the time. The garage is very close to housing an actual car and just in time since there has been ice on my car recently. Thanks to Jonathan who worked so hard.

Kylee turned 10 months on the 12th. I was happy, but sad. My baby is one month closer to a year. I can't believe she is so big. So I decided to list 10 things that she loves to do:

1. Play by herself until Mommy is busy washing dishes and cannot hold her.
2. Close herself in the laundry room.
3. Pull everything off of the coffee table and then crawl away.
4. Kick her legs when Daddy gets home. If he doesn't hold her right away, she cries.
5. Nurse while standing up!
6. Pull the curtain back and look out the front window.
7. Go outside for any reason.
8. Try to pull Mommy's beauty marks off of her :)
9. Carry two stuffed animals around while she does everything: crawl, cruise, and climb.
10. Eat big girl food.

Friday, November 07, 2008


Yesterday Kylee choked on something that she found in the toy box at preschool. I had gone to run some errands when it happened, but this is how I was told it happened.Her teacher turned around and saw Kylee standing by the toy box and it looked like she was yawning. She realized that she wasn't breathing and did the sweep in her mouth. She felt something hard at the back of her throat, but was unable to get it out. It went down further, but Kylee started breathing again.

A few minutes later Kylee stopped breathing and her teacher ran her down to the directors office. The director hit her on the back and a tiny little piece of plastic wrapping came out. She started breathing again and was back to her old self. When I picked her up I took her over to the doctor to make sure everything was okay. He said she was breathing well and seemed okay, but wanted to take an x-ray to be sure (we weren't sure if that tiny little piece of plastic was it since it had felt hard). The x-ray showed that there was nothing in there and she is doing well.

But while we were there he checked on her ear infection and said that she probably needed another antibiotic. He gave her a z-pack which she will start tomorrow. Poor baby. She seems to be feeling alright, but we are going to keep her home tonight so she can get a good night's sleep. We were supposed to go down to the homecoming game of my high school with some old friends. But I think it would do her some good to stay here.

Sorry no pictures this time, I will post some later

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I was tagged by my friend Amanda to do this.

1. Where is your cell phone? couch
2. Your significant other? working
3. Your hair? brown
4. Your mother? Austin
5. Your father? Retired
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? Dr. Pepper
9. Your dream/goal? Mom
10. The room you're in? laundry
11. Your fear? alone
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? family
13. Where were you last night? couch
14. What you're not? spontaneous
15. Muffins/donuts? DONUTS
16. One of your wish list items? flooring
17. Where you grew up? Austin
18. The last thing you did? laundry
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Your TV? paused
21. Your pet? none
22. Your computer? apple
23. Your life? wonderful
24. Your mood? relaxed
25. Missing someone? Karen
26. Favorite pastime? movies
27. Something you're not wearing? necklace
28. Favorite Store? Target
29. Your summer? busy
30. Your favorite color? purple
31. When is the last time you laughed? morning
32. Last time you cried? Sunday
33. Who will/would re-post this? Melissa
34. Four places I go over and over? Church, Wal-Mart, Bell, Target
35. Four people who e-mail me? Karen, Mom, Pam, Ruth Ann
36. Four of my favorite foods? reeses, pancakes, fries, chicken
37. Four places I would like to be right now? vacation, shopping, sleeping, date
38. Four people I tag? Beth, Chris, Melissa, Ruth Ann

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Feeling better!

Kylee slept a lot this morning (she even took one nap on me...that never happens!). And she seems to be feeling a lot better. She has had three doses of antibiotic and is getting back to her old self. Today she successfully signed "more" while I was feeding her dinner. I know that she understood b/c I would ask, "More?" and she would sign "more." I was so excited!!

I also had my first conversation with her today. We were talking about why she couldn't hold the spoonful of food. She smiled and laughed like she was saying, "Silly Mommy." She also got her first two ant bites, poor baby. This was a vicious ant. It bit her on her hand and then I found it while she was eating and it bit know where. Not pleasant. Then while I was giving her a bath I noticed that she had a bite on her back.

She also showed her observation skills today. She found an empty root beer can under the recliner (I guess I need to clean under there :) ) and she tilted it up like she was going to have her first sip of coke. Not yet baby girl!

Here are some pictures from last night's funival at church. As you can see she wasn't feeling very well. We didn't stay long. Just long enough for us to see our friend's cute kiddos and for her to show off her own cuteness.

This was the only time she wore her visor. But at least we got a picture!

"Maybe I should have been a butterfly?"

"Has everyone seen me looking cute? I'm ready to go!"

Here is a video of Kylee doing her boodie dance and other things. This is for AUNT SHARA!

9 months

We had our 9 month appointment yesterday. She only weighed 20.9! I thought she was closer to 22 :) She is 26 1/2 ", 75th for weight and 20th for height. The doctor said that she is right on target for all of her skills. He gave her a book with pictures of babies and he is now her favorite person :) He did say that she has an ear infection and fluid in the other ear. Poor baby. She has had a cough for a couple of days, but hasn't been really fussy. She is on an antibiotic and I am enjoying the fact that she wants me to hold her and snuggle. I just wish I could do make her feel better!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday Jonathan and I were planning to take Kylee to the pumpkin patch. Both of the Grandmas decided to come up and join us. We got some cute pictures, but Kylee seemed to always know to turn away when we got the camera out.

How do I get out of here?

Now this is the life!

The Grandmas hooked Kylee up with a new fall wardrobe (thank you Nonny and Grandma!!) We had to get 18 month clothes! Maybe she can go back and wear 12 months after she slims down?

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Jonathan absolutely hates getting his hair cut. He usually waits until I bug him so much that he finally gives in. I cut his hair once when we were first married and I really messed up. Jonathan wears a hat everyday except Sundays. I managed to make a "hole" in his hair right below the hat line. I haven't cut his hair since. He finally trusted me again last Tuesday. It went well and there were no holes this time!

Kylee enjoyed the hair and grabbed some before we could get to her. Here are some pictures.

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