Sunday, October 31, 2010

pumpkin fun

Madelyn was all about the process of cutting open the pumpkin, pulling the top off and looking at what was inside. When it came to sticking your hands in and scooping out the slimy stuff, she was gone. She moved on to dirt, grass and rocks in 2.3 seconds.

Even still, watching that curious face, bright smile and inquisitive eyes for the five minutes that our pumpkin fun lasted was well worth it. Maybe next year we will have a family carving contest??

Saturday, October 30, 2010

13 Months

Dear Madelyn,
Last week (I know, Mommy is a slacker) you turned 13 months old. I was asked this week, "How old is she?". "13 months going on 5," was my response. It feels so true. Not only are you too big for your own britches, time is going by SO fast. Daily you amaze me with the new little things that you can do. You are no longer a baby. I'll admit it are fast becoming a toddler.You are learning so many new words and sounds. 100 times a day I could swear that you have repeated something that I just said. The other night it sounded as if you said, "Sy Bissy Spy" for, "Itsy Bitsy Spider". When we ask you a yes or no question, you usually respond with either a very short, "Yeah" or, "Na". You just started to shake your head no in the last few days and usually do it when I take away something you really want but shouldn't play with (like our still like to chew on a good rubber sole...gross). When you see a picture of Daddy, you point and say, "Dada". I'm slightly jealous because I have yet to see you point at a picture of me and say, "Mama".
You wear size 4 diapers (although I think we changed you too soon...we've had leakage problems). You are in 12 months clothes. If I buy new ones I usually by 18 month because I want them to last longer (although the 18 months pants are so long they may fit you this time next year). Some of your 9 months clothes still fit (but most are being boxed away with your summer outfits and you have a few 6-12 months jeans that you wear regularly. You can wear anything from a 3 1/2 to a size 5 (still big but works) shoe depending on the brand. Mostly 4's. Now that your feet have lost some of their "thickness", it's easier to shoe shop for you. You refuse to wear a bib and no matter how we try to secure it around your neck you manage to get it off.
Bath time is still your favorite time of day and good thing because you are one messy girl. Your hair is still your napkin and you have added digging big holes in the dirt to your resume this month. You love to smash your food in between your fingers when you are done eating. Usually we let you because it means one or both of us can finish our dinner before the 30 minute wipe down ensues.
Your favorite food is chicken. In close second is fruit of all kinds. You love peaches, pears, pineapple, granny smith apples, strawberries (which we formerly thought you might have an allergy to and now know that you do not), bananas or "nanas" as you call them and mandarin oranges. You usually have 2-3 servings of fruit with breakfast every day because you like it so much. You also love carbs. You'd eat rolls, biscuits, crackers and any other bread we give you all day if we let you. You drink milk in the morning at dinner. We've knocked out the "before bed" milk this month and you don't seem to miss it at all. You also drink water and a little "flavored water" which is also known as water with a drop of juice. You are starting to prefer the "flavored water" so we are going to lay off of the flavoring for a while. You eat three good meals a day. You occasionally have a snack or nibble off something we are eating, but never really took to snacks in between meals. I'm sure that will change as you grow.
You are one fearless little girl. The other day you stood up on the chaise and started walking. It was as if you were about to walk the plank, but thankfully you have a super hero for a dad and he saved you just in time. You have always loved to climb and some friends recently gave you a wonderful set of blocks to climb on. When you aren't playing on them, you are climbing all over the furniture. If I were to choose your career right now based on your current talents, you would more than likely be a circus act (that is said with much love). You usually have a great dismount when you've gotten yourself up on to something. Occasionally it results in a crash landing, but usually not.
Your favorite place to be is outside. You pick up everything you find and inspect it. You read books and within the past month you have started to grab a book and then back up in to my lap so that we can read it together. Nine times out of ten you rip your bow out of of your hair and say, "Bow! Booow!", then try to put it back. We catch you trying to put everyone's shoes on your feet. You are easy to dress but diaper changes tend to be on the wild side. A few times I have imagined I was wrestling a wild alligator. Your tail...I mean feet...can really hurt!
You adore all things musical. We discovered recently that you really start moving to beat when their is a lot of bass. You like the funky stuff...and when you like it, everyone knows right away. You nod your head, clap your hands, bounce up and down and smile.
You keep us laughing constantly. Your smile is contagious and you light up every room you enter. Everywhere we go, everyone talks to you and you talk right back!
You have been taking two naps a day. Now that you are waking up between 8am-9am instead of 9:30am or later, you are usually ready for your first nap around 11am. It lasts on average from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Your second nap is more hit or miss. However, if we are home you always take it. By 4pm you are sleepy and usually get an hour long nap in.
You RUN everywhere. We bought you your first pair of tennis shoes last weekend. I think they are too big but they look so cute on you. If you are up too late or it's close to nap time, you start to get a little wobbly. You love to play chase around the house. Usually you will run from us. After a few minutes you normally give up and plant your feet, giggle like crazy and wait for us to get you. I love to hear you laugh. Sometimes you run from us when we are not playing a game. Like when I tell you it's time to change your diaper. Or I am trying to wipe your nose. Although I know that is pure rebellion, I have to admit the first few times you did it, it made me laugh. I am sure that in 6 months (or maybe next week) I will be complaining about how you run away from me to my friends. Even if I complain about it, I still think your face when you are doing it is seriously cute.
This month has been fast and furious. You are already 13 months and one week old. Goodness gracious. You have grown so fast.

I love you my sweet Madelyn Kate. You make life as a family of three so much fun.

Love you forever,

Friday, October 29, 2010

a stolen moment

Madelyn and Luke accompanied me to a photo shoot yesterday. I wasn't sure how that would go. Would they be a distraction to the family I was trying to photograph or a help? Overall, I think they actually helped us snag some great family portraits by getting the attention of the handsome two year old boy.While the family of three was wiping hands and faces and adjusting clothes to be just right, I glanced over to check on my crew. What I saw was almost overwhelming at the time. Madelyn and her Daddy dancing and laughing without a care in the world. Their smiles were bright. The laughter was sweet. Completely unaware that they were being watched.

It was a stolen moment.

Stolen moments are my favorite. Ones when those you love (or even ones you do not know) are full of joy and do not know that a bystander is admiring from afar. Like when I was at the hospital the other day visiting my Grandma and she was mouthing, "I love you" to my mom from across the room. Or when my big brother snuggles his babies close. And the time I was at Target and saw a new mother doting over her newborn baby while picking out clothes.

Over the course of the last year I have had many "stolen moments" watching Madelyn and her Daddy. Most of them aren't caught on camera. A few have been (like this one...also one of my favorites). This time I was lucky. It's going to be framed for sure.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

costume play date and church contest

My MOPS table had a little costume play date today. All the munchkins looked SO cute dressed up. I didn't get many pictures at all of the other kids because I was too busy trying to get a couple of cute pictures of Madelyn. She was a little more active than most garden gnomes!

Thanks to Jennifer for hosting everyone! I had planned on doing a little party...then life got in the way. She was a great host...her house is gorgeous...and I immediately wanted to come home and redecorate after seeing it. Sigh.
Tonight Luke held a costume contest for the students. He of course wanted us to have all of our gnome hats on. I made ours (Madelyn's came from Target).
There were some pretty good costumes. My favorite was "the garden of Eden". She had an apple too, but she ate it. Typical.
Madelyn helped with the judging.
She was keeping a close eye on her Daddy.

She was the star of the show (in my opinion at least).

crazy cousins

Enough said.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

hanging with Daddy...

behind the lens.

Some nights while I am upstairs sewing, Madelyn and Luke get some good hang out time. He loves to take pictures of her and I love the ones he takes. They act crazy. Dance. Sing. Play in the kitchen and have a good time while I am nestled away making things. It's fun for all!

Monday, October 25, 2010


Friday morning our family of three hit the road towards Lake Travis to spend the weekend at a beautiful house on the water with Luke's family. After being on the road for a little over an hour we got a phone call that my Grandma in OKC was being taken to the hospital. After a huge screw caused us to have to stop to get new tires, we made the decision that all of us would go to OKC together. My mom and sister were already on their way and at that point we were not far behind. We were very sad to miss out on a weekend with the family, but knew we needed to see Grandma.

My husband and in-laws were super supportive, which made the whole situation a little easier. Madelyn spent quite a bit of time with her Daddy while I was at the hospital over the course of the weekend. The first night we were there they watched the Rangers clinch their trip to the World Series together.
Once a day we took her to the hospital with us to see her MeeMaw Fee. She doesn't sit still for long so they were usually very short visits.
She blew kisses, waved, smiled and laughed...which was very contagious.
I know Grandma loved seeing her and so did my aunts and cousins.
Lately she has become even more expressive than ever! The faces she makes are hysterical and she usually has some noise to accompany them.

It was a tiring and emotionally exhausting weekend for everyone. It was the first time that I have ever arrived at my Grandma's house that she was not waiting right on the other side of the glass door, with a smile on her face and her hand on the handle, waiting to greet us. That was really hard.

My Grandma is a remarkable woman. Full of love, grace, compassion and steadfast trust in the Lord. To see her in pain and uncomfortable was almost too much at times. She is doing MUCH better now and is no longer in the hospital.

Monday morning before we left we took Madelyn up to the hospital in her gnome costume for everyone to see. She blew MeeMaw gnome kisses!
I'm sure Madelyn was looking at all of the bandages and IVs thinking, "Hey! That looks familiar!".

The weekend was not exactly the restful, quiet weekend on the lake with Luke's family that we planned. I am just thankful that my sweet Grandma is feeling better and for family (mine and Luke's) who supports, loves and comes together in times of need.

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