Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The story of us

Christmas in New York
December 2007

A friend of mine, Kara, told the story about how she and her husband met a while back and I thought it was so sweet. I have to warn you, though, I have the worst memory so I probably won't remember all the details, but a girl can try!

I guess the story starts with a shy freshman at Texas A&M University. When I declared my major at freshman orientation, I had no idea I was on the path to meeting my future prince charming! (Pretty cheesy stuff, but this story is how I met the love of my life! I think a little cheese is necessary!) I decided to major in Psychology, due to a lack of any real vision of where I wanted to end up someday, and because I thought getting in people's heads would be interesting. A friend of mine from high school, Charla, also happened to be a psyc major. We didn't even know we were the same major until the week before school started! Coincidence? I think not! Well, Charla introduced me to Casey, who was a new friend of her's from orientation. The three of us did just about everything together that first semester. We studied together. Talked about boys together. Went to Sweet Eugene's together. For all you nonAggies, that was THE place to get coffee. And, most importantly, we went to Freebirds together. Oh, I also had 3 out of my first 4 classes with these girls. It was an exciting time. Charla lived in a different dorm than Case and I, and she had a roommate that she was really close with, so she had a life away from us. Casey and I pretty much spent our entire freshman year together. She was in a sorority but I have forgiven her for that lapse in judgement! ;) We lived together during the spring semester of our freshman year, but never again after that. We stayed super, super close, though.

I had a lot of soul searching, learning, questioning, growing that needed to happen before I met my husband. Casey and I went through a lot of that together. I have to say that I know who I am a little better because of my friendship with Casey. For the most part, we were two peas in a pod. I had an amazing college exprience that eventually led me to graduate school at ACU. I loved being a psyc major. All my classes were so interesting, but I didn't realize until junior year that it is almost impossible to get a good job with just a bachelor's degree in psychology. I had two choices: 1) change my major and lose a bunch of hours, but avoid grad school; or 2) graduate on time and figure out something to study in a masters program. I chose option 2 which led me to ACU, but we will get to that later.

So, while I was in College Station deciding where I would go and what I would do after graduation, a handsome boy was living in Abilene, not taking life too seriously! If you know my husband, you know how laid back he is. I don't know that he remembers much from his time in classes at ACU, but he can tell you every intramural team he was on, how they did (which he says they usually won, but what guy doesn't say that to impress a girl?), AND who all was on the team. (And he owned enough sporting equipment to stock a small athletic supply store!) He played tennis, loved roadtrips with his friends, and learned to play guitar in the dorm. The man was a social butterfly!

We both graduated in May of 2001 and had no idea what was in store for us the next year....

Monday, April 20, 2009

Just a Little About us at 4 months old!!

Gracelyn and Ellie were 4 months old yesterday. Where has the time gone? I feel like just yesterday I was laid up in that hospital bed watching episode after episode of Alias and reading the Twilight series just to keep myself occupied. I can't believe it has already been 4 months! These have been the most demanding, exciting, fulfilling, exhausting months of my life. I feel like I am constantly thanking God for the blessing of these beautiful, healthy, happy babies.
Gracelyn and Ellie both absolutely love their paci. Ellie has loved it from the time we brought her home from the hospital. It took Gracelyn a little while longer to really take to hers, but once she did, there was no looking back!

Both girls have a love/hate relationship with swaddling. It really comforts them both to be swaddled. They will be fussy and cranky but not falling asleep. Then, as soon as they are swaddled, they both calm down and go right to sleep. Unfortunately, I think it is time to quit swaddling. We have had some scares with babies wiggling themselves down into the blanket where their faces end up getting covered. Just to be on the safe side, we are calling it quits.

Gracelyn is such an easy going baby. She is so laid back and patient. That is until it is time for bed. At night she gets pretty fussy and has a hard time going to sleep. She does not like to be held close or on your shoulder for very long. So that makes it difficult to calm her down in order to get to sleep. Gracelyn likes to be able to see the world around her. She is constantly looking all around taking in everything. She just coos all the time. It is so neat to hear her during the night when she is sound asleep!

Can you say drama queen!! Ellie is so expressive, both vocally and facially. She has a million funny faces. I love just watching her because she just goes from one expression to another. My favorite at the moment is her huge open mouth grin. She is our little alarm clock reminding us when it is mealtime. I tell you, that bottle better be ready when she is or you are going to hear about it! Ellie is such a cuddler. She loves to be held close and loved on. I can't get enough of this time with her. It is so precious, and I know she won't want me hugging on her forever.

Nana gave the girls these Raggedy Ann dolls. Aren't they so cute?!?!?! When she was here for the first time in late January she took a picture of Ellie and Gracelyn in these bouncy seats with the dolls propped up between them. I thought it would be neat to take another picture to see how much they have grown. I don't have one of the original pictures to post on here, but I just thought they looked so cute with their dolls!

Gracelyn cracking a half smile. It took her a while longer to start smiling, but she is definitely catching on. Gracelyn has the sweetest chubby cheeks. I could just kiss on them all day!

Look at those big eyes. We can't tell yet what color they will be for sure. Sometimes they look like they will be blue, but then other times they look like they are going to be brown. I guess we will just have to wait and see!!

Dave and I are slowly catching up on sleep. The girls have been sort of sleeping through the night for almost a month now. They start getting restless around 4a.m. but I can usually just put their pacifiers back in and they will calm down and sleep a while longer. We are adjusting to being parents. Nothing anyone can ever tell you really prepares you for the wonderful experience of being a parent. It has made me look at all the relationships in my life a little bit differently. I am completely overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising these two little girls. I know I can't do it alone! I have the most wonderful, supportive husband to walk this journey with me. But, that is another post entirely!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter From Ellie and Gracelyn!!!

We took Ellie and Gracelyn to church for the first time this morning. They were a huge hit, I mean who could resist such sweet girls! They slept all through Bible class and through the beginning of church. We weren't real sure how they would do in their carseats for that long, but they were really good. We didn't get to hide and hunt Easter eggs this year, but look forward to next year!!
The Fam

Gracelyn and Ellie

Ellie and Gracelyn



Easter is such a special day of celebration. We are so blessed to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior without risk of persecution or discrimination. I hope you all had a wonderful day of remembrance just as we did!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Great Flood

This is what greeted me when I walked in from school today....
living room


Yes, our house has been flooded!!(sort of)
I went into the closet in the nursery on Sunday night and the carpet felt a little damp. I started investigating and found that the entire back corner was soaking wet. This particular corner backs up to the garage where the hot water heater is located. Apparently, a pipe that goes from the water heater into the house was leaking. Dave and I pulled up the corner of carpet and turned some fans on to dry it and decided to call a plumber in the morning. When I talked to the plumber Monday afternoon he said he would come out Tuesday morning and then he told me what to do to turn the water heater off. I thought that would make it stop....It didn't. By the time the plumber got here this morning, the entire closet in the nursery was soaked. It spread out a couple of feet into the room and all the way to the door. Our coat closet was soaked along with a couple of feet out into the living room. We don't know the extent of the damage yet, so right now we are just trying to get everything dried out. Thankfully, only the carpet seems to have gotten very wet. We had a crib, bookshelf and couch sitting on wet carpet, but all of the furniture seems to be OK. I guess it wouldn't be the end of the world if there was some damage to the carpet...Then we could get new carpet, Right???

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Just some cute pics for Nana!

Gracelyn and Ellie



We have started smiling! Ellie started about mid-March and Gracelyn really just started this week. It is still hard to catch her with the camera. Each smile brings so much joy, it is hard to explain.
But, sometimes I find myself wishing for the next thing to start. In February I remember thinking, "Oh, I just wish they would smile at me so I know they know who I am." Now I catch myself just wanting to hear that first real laugh. I know this will probably continue throughout their childhood and beyond. I am really trying to remind myself to live in the moment and cherish the memories we are making today. These girls are growing up so fast. They will never have such purely innocent smiles again. And, I know there will come a day, probably during those much anticipated teenage years, when I will look back and long for them to just lay on the bed grinning and cooing instead of rolling their eyes and talking back!! Contentment is a hard thing to come by!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sleeping through the night?



On Tuesday night when Ellie woke up in the middle of the night to eat. I put her bottle in to get warm and then took her to Dave. I told him he could feed her and I would get up with Gracelyn when she woke up. Imagine my surprise when the next thing I know it is getting light outside. Yep, you guessed it, Gracelyn slept through the night. I couldn't believe it. Dave and I still got up during the night because Ellie woke up, but it was a step in the right direction. Similar story last night. Ellie woke up around 4, I got up to warm her bottle, only I didn't take her to Dave. I decided to let him sleep and I would wake him up when Gracelyn woke up because I just KNEW she wouldn't go two nights in a row. Only, she did!! AND, after I started warming Ellie's bottle I went and layed back down. Once she is awake she is really good at keeping me awake, too, so I figured I would just lay there a few minutes and then feed her. Well, I woke up at about 5:30 because both girls were starting to fuss a little. I put pacifiers back in and they both slept off and on until about 6:30. Does that count as all night? I am thinking it does!!! Dare I get hopeful?!?!?! I am trying not to get too excited. They are still so little and it has only been two nights, but I am hoping that it continues at least several nights a week. I am going back to school on Monday so a few good nights of sleep would be wonderful!