(Not so) Random Picture Friday

Hi all!  Happy Memorial Day weekend!  We have a jam-packed Saturday, but then will be able to get in a little rest and relaxation the rest of the weekend.  These are some pictures from a photo shoot in front of the blooming poppies last weekend. 

Enjoy these next three days...have a blessed weekend!


Half way to one year

How did we get here so quickly?  Lily is half way to being one year old.  I was hoping time would go a little slower this time around.  We have enjoyed this little bundle immensely and can't get enough of her smiles and giggles.  Here is what Lily Jo has been up to the past month...

  • Hands down, Lily's favorite time of day is bath time.  She loves hanging in the warm water and splashing with her feet.
  • Some of you might have noticed, but Lily has a bit of red in her hair.  She is getting more and more of it and her 'bald spot' in the back is slowly disappearing.
  • Lily sleeps around 7:30-7:30 at night, give or take an hour.  This has changed our lives!  We are so happy she is sleeping well these days.  
  • Lily isn't too sure about food from a spoon, yet.  She has 'tried' avocado and cereal, but gives us a pretty funny face when we try to put the spoon in her mouth.  I'm not quite sure she is ready just yet, but I will keep trying.
  • Lily took her first plane rides this month.  Considering we had a few delayed flights on the way out to California, she did great.
  • It was definitely a month of firsts for Lily...she saw the ocean for the first time.  She wasn't too impressed, but loved trying to shove sand in her mouth.
  • Lily is working hard on trying to sit up.  She sits in her Bumbo often, but hasn't quite mastered sitting by herself, yet.
  • Luke loves to 'cuddle' with Lily and Lily sure doesn't mind.  She gets a big smile on her face whenever Luke is around and gives her attention.
  • Lily loves having Daddy around at night and on weekends.  She bats her baby blues at him and giggles and coos when he talks to her.  She loves her Daddy.
  • Lily still nurses four times a day and receives a bottle before she goes to bed at night.  It's amazing how much this girl can put down when we give her a bottle!
  • At Lily's 6 month well visit she weighed in at 15 pounds 10 ounces (38th percentile), was 25.5 inches long (33rd percentile) and her head was 44.5 centimeters (95th percentile).  

Take a trip down memory lane...

Lily Jo is 5 months

Lily Jo is 4 months

Lily Jo is 3 months

Our Lily is 2 months

1 month

Lily's Birth Story


Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you hard working, baby rocking, supper making, teenage raising do-it-all Mommas out there.  

I want to give a special shout out to my own incredible Momma and my awesome Mother-in-law.  

My mother-in-law raised the man I am lucky enough to call mine.  Writing this, it's hard for me to imagine any other woman saying the same thing of my Luke.  I know it will happen one day, and when it does, I hope she feels the same way I do about Kevin.  Diane poured herself into raising a healthy, smart, caring, kind man and she succeeded.  I will be forever grateful, Diane.  Happy Mother's Day!

My Momma has loved me and been my biggest supporter my entire life.  After I graduated high school, she and I became friends, best friends.  We talk through life, she teaches me daily how to love through hard times and good times, and she puts up with me despite our differences.  She is a prayerful woman and I have watched her grow in her faith and lean more on Jesus each and every day.  Now that I am a mom, I have a small understanding of what she did for me growing up.  Thank you, Mom, for loving me and caring for me all those years and for all you do for me today.  Happy Mother's Day! 



Hey all!  We are just getting settled back in on the Trail from our trip to California.  We had a wonderful time with family and made lots of fun memories.  Here are some of my favorite pictures...hope you enjoy!

Our first plane ride...only 4 hours delayed!

My brother's family

Papa and Gaga with the Cali kids.

We ate at Mr. Pickle's after visiting Brandon and Shamica's church.  Luke was, uh, terrified of the pickle man.

Family picture at Concannon Winery.

The two girl cousins.

Kevin and I snuck away during nap time for a short date.

Girl's lunch.

Our last night together

Malibu Beach

There was lots of running and jumping in the water.  Luke LOVES the beach.

Coronado Beach babe

San Diego!

We spent the morning at the Children's Museum, which was awesome!

How cute is this kid in an apron??

His favorite.

Appetizers before Daddy had to go back to work.

Our last day


Random Picture Friday

It's FRIDAY, all!  I couldn't be more excited for the weekend to be here.  It has been a busy week and I am ready for some relaxing with my family.  Hope you all have a blessed weekend!  

We spent some time outside with sidewalk chalk.

Luke has started 'reading' his books out loud.  I'm not sure there is anything cuter.

A mini photo shoot with our two littles.

A fun day at the park

We even took a walk with our new stroller.

We visited some baby chicks at the Lakeside Country Store.

It was an exciting week here on the farm...the sprayers were here!

Kevin calls him our male model.

Kevin made Luke a sandbox over the weekend...right before the rain.  Luke was a little disappointed he didn't get to play longer.

We made a trip to the mall to celebrate Lily sleeping through the night!

Such sweetness

What else do you need in life besides a box?

 He was busy on a cold morning when we couldn't go outside.

Our countdown to Luke's airplane ride.

An awesome playdate at the zoo with these ladies and their babes.  We ALL fit into the elevator...3 double strollers and a single.

Ellen and Luke

A playdate group picture...check out Luke and Amelia holding hands.

How can you not take a selfie with this cutie?

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