Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dylan's Baby Dedication

Dylan got dedicated at our church last weekend.
 I was glad I could complete the trio of having all three dedicated at Compass.
Kinley was dedicated by our sweet friend Matt Fogle on her own before they did baby dedication services at church.
Ty's was very similar to Dylan's.
We all went on stage in front of the crowd for them to pray over us and commit to supporting us while we commit to raise our kids to know and love Jesus the best we can.
There was a reception with light snacks, a slideshow and a gift after that we didn't really stay for. It was sweet but, we were hungry for dinner and not into the crowd by that time.
But, Dylan did get his My Faith Book that I am excited to fill out.
 
Thankfully mom and Mendy took a couple of pics on their phone for us.
There were so many babies this time! It is awesome to see our church growing with young families and what new friends that we will get to know better as our kids grow up together at Compass.
We got to stand right by our friends the Williams, with Ryder, and the Harigs, with Camdyn.
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And we took just a few outside the sanctuary after the service.
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It is just a privilege to dedicate Dylan to the Lord.
I pray that our house is a place where the Holy Spirit dwells and points Dylan to seek out Jesus. I pray for salvation at an early age for him and a lifetime of learning and growing to be more like our savior. I am thankful we belong to a church that recognizes the importance of the family unit and encouraging and supporting families to know Jesus. Thank you Lord for your ultimate blessing that you have given Ben and I in Kinley, Ty and Dylan.  We know what a high calling it is to be parents that are trying to raise Godly children.  It is not something we can do without God's continual guidance and provision.  It is a privilege that I am forever grateful for. 

birthday parties

We have been to some really fun birthday parties lately!
Right after Christmas we went to Shea's ONEderland and watched that angel dominate a smash cake surrounded by her sweet family and friends.
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Ty loved the gingerbread house decorating / candy eating.
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Right after the new year, we celebrated McKenna's 4th Birthday at the American Girl Doll store.
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All the girls brought their girls and it was such a fun party. They all got to decorate a new shirt for their doll with fabric markers, play American girl bingo and order whatever they wanted for lunch.
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The life-sized doll box was so fun.
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Camyrn had a playgroup birthday celebration at Parr Park when Kinley was off for MLK day. She loved being able to go to playgroup again and the weather was awesome! We all wore the MendyKayeDesigns shirts Staci gave us for Christmas and it was so cute seeing everyone running around and matching. Wish I got a better group pic! They weren't into stopping playing to take a picture. This is seriously the best we got with us actually trying to get them to take a group pic. 
 Fail.
And no Happy Birthday picture...fail.
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The spiderweb is always the most popular thing to do and I have a heart attack when they climb up so high!
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Girls swinging...Leslie is constantly requested to do under-dogs :)
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These boys are so cute. Can't wait to see how their friendships grow over the years.
Ty, Ryland and Sean Ryan are the younger version of Mav, Parker and Caleb.
It's pretty cute.
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Dylan matched in his MendyKayeDesigns too :)
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Beauty & the Beast at Bass Hall

For my birthday Ben got me season tickets to Broadway at the Bass.
We also were able to purchase tickets for two other shows, one being Beauty & the Beast.
Ben and I decided right away to purchase them and add a ticket for Kinley.
 It would be her first show at the Bass Hall and I just knew she would love it.
 It was such a special night.  She relished the undivided attention and peppered us with questions non-stop on the way to the show.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat across the street at Cheesecake factory.
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The show was great! We weren't allowed to take any pics at all inside the theatre for this show, which is unlike the other shows.
So, we just took one in the entryhall.
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She was so sweet and grateful and just a joy. I cherish time getting to pour into and just enjoy our only girl. She has two little brothers that adore her and will always be looking up to her. I pray that we can take more opportunities to just get a feel for where her heart is and love on and pour into her two-on-one more often.
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Double Date

Ben and I had a rare night out without kids with Matt and Sandy one night.
It was so fun just pretending to hang like we were young like them. They didn't even judge us for how dorky we were in our matching plaid and vests.
We went to eat at Joe T.'s and just had the best time and best conversation.
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And even when our dinner was over at 10:00pm we didn't go home and we went out somewhere else! Watch out!
We went to The White Elephant in the stockyards and it was small and country and all the goodness of the stockyards.
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We laughed and laughed and talked some more and made our mark.
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We loved spending time with these two. Hope we can do it again soon!
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Dylan - 4 months

I need to update for 4 months before we get to month 5! Where has the time gone?
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Dylan, I can't believe you are 4 months old! 
We had your 4 month doctor apt with Dr. Scott and you are plugging along.
You are 14 pounds and 50% in weight and height.
You are probably eating somewhere around 32oz of breastmilk a day and that's still all so far.
 I can't wait to see how you grow when we can get you feeling good and you start eating solid foods. We aren't going to try to start those quite yet. Probably around 6 months.
 
Things are not too much different from your three month update with regards to sleeping, eating, ear infections and reflux. It is all interrelated and we haven't got it figured out yet, but we are working through it. We found out at your appointment that you had another double ear infection. Dr. Scott admitted that we are probably headed toward tubes for you but you are still a little to small to have the procedure. So, for now, we fight it with antibiotics, ear drops, Tylenol, feeding more upright, and essential oils.
 
One thing you do a LOT of is drool. You are by far my drool-iest baby yet! You soak through multiple outfits a day. If I was a good mom, I would put a bib on you and just let you soak that instead of your clothes. But, I hate them. They are kind of annoying and just one more thing you pull up over your face and then you are drooling and can't breathe. So, we just change and wash clothes a lot.
 
Along the drooling lines, and as you can see in the picture above, you are obsessed with chewing on hands. Yours, mine, and anyone else's you can grab and then you are wet with more drool.
 
You are the smiliest baby though!  Even when you aren't feeling great you have a smile that can light up the room. Kinley and Ty do any and everything just to make you smile at them. But, they don't have to try very hard because if you just look at them you smile with the cutest tongue sticking out smile that you have.  It's adorable.  Ty calls it your "silly smile."
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You have spent a little time in your bumbo this month and you love your piano activity mat for playing.
 
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You are so close to rolling over all the time. You can do it..you just aren't interested. Dr. Scott was not concerned at all because he can tell you have great head control.
 
We've been spending some time up at the gym this month now that you can go to the infant room. I make reservations for you because they only take 4 non-walking babies at one time. You have done so, so well there! I usually send a bottle in case you get hungry or fussy but, they hardly ever need it. You love those girls and they give you non-stop attention and it's your dream. They know how to get you all relaxed and cuddled with your blanket in a swing and sometimes I just hate moving you because you are so content or asleep. I have never left you the full allotted 2 hour time limit though. Usually just an hour to do a group fitness class or something.
The rule is, when dad is with us, we get to stop at the café on the way out for a smoothie or treat. You are such a trooper.
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Here are just a few more pictures... These are at your 4 month check up. They are blurry but you are still cute even though we found out you had an ear infection. And it shows how much you love this blanket that Camila got you. It's your favorite and you love snuggling with it.
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We have gotten into the diapers from my diaper shower that people wrote on and some of them have just cracked me up when I am changing a diaper. Such a fun idea. It just proves that no matter how old you are, people laugh at bathroom jokes. I think its even more fun that I have no idea who wrote them.  We still haven't had to buy any diapers yet for you at all since being in 1s. I think we will make it to 6 months before we run out.
  You are currently in a size 2.
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"I'm Ron Burgandy"
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"never trust a fart"
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"Bullseye!"
 
You are a little spoiled with the attention you get and I am so fortunate that Kinley and Ty are so willing to hand it out. You spend time in your swing in my bathroom and that's how I shower and get ready and dry my hair and Kinley and Ty are usually right in there with us. They sit right in front of your swing and talk to you constantly. They put your paci back in if it falls out...which it does all the time because you smile at them and it falls out. You talk right back to them and it is the cutest.
 
You are so, so ticklish under your chin. It is adorable. In the shower or when I am changing your clothes or just wiping the milk from under your chin you just burst out in a laugh and it's my favorite.
 
I love cuddling with you more than anything and am in no hurry at all to get you into your own room on the other side of the house. Your smile melts me and makes any worry or tiredness I feel just go away. You wake up in the morning with the sweetest smile and I just don't ever want to miss it.
 
Dylan, you bring us so, so much joy. We all work hard to make sure you feel as good as possible just to keep that happy, joyful boy around as much as we can. You are social and giggly and so much fun. I am overwhelmed with the blessing that you and your brother and sister are to me and your dad. It is more than I can stand sometimes.
 I love you so much!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year's Eve

Our New Year's Eve's have changed and I love it. We still opt for a party though and decided on an indoor family bounce house party. It was a hit. Untitled Untitled Kinley is very into writing and drawing any and everything lately. I think this is a picture of all of us with my verrrrry long arm holding Dylan? Or maybe I am just pointing to him across the room. Who knows. It's beautiful. Untitled Happy New Year!