Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Avery - 6 Months


My baby girl is 6 Months old! Her half birthday is on MY Birthday! Not that we celebrate half birthdays, but my best friend always did growing up, so it just makes me smile.

This past month has been a bit difficult. Avery has become very clingy to Mommy. I love that she loves me and needs me so. But...I don't will pass. She has also been waking up multiple times throughout the night. We've been trying to get her to cry it out. But it hasn't worked yet. She'll cry forever. And then get angry. But the past two nights she has only woken up once. I hope this trend continues. And then hopefully start sleeping through the night.

When Avery is well rested and fed, she is tons of fun. She still loves to stand. But now she grabs your face and hair and pulls herself towards you so that she can then chew on your face. She also enjoys just sitting on the floor and playing with her toys. She's gotten pretty good at reaching for things and pulling herself back up. But sometimes she reaches too far and face plants. It's kind of funny.

Every time I change her diaper she will either grab her feet and chew on them or she starts kicking her legs around and twisting all over the place. It makes it more difficult to change her, but it is cute. Sometimes I just let her do it for a while. I figure it's good to have some nakey time.

Avery still isn't rolling over. She has a few times. But I think it's only because she's lost her balance. So, no rolling over and not crawling. But I guess that's fine. I'll have to baby proof even more and watch her even more when she is mobile.

We are starting solids soon. Once I make it. I do think she needs some more food in that little belly of hers. So I am excited to make her baby food and get her started.

Time is flying by so fast. But we are having a lot of fun.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my 27th Birthday. 27. 2-7. I feel like it is so much older than 26. Maybe because it's that much closer to 30. Even though I don't feel like 30 is old. I mean, I have a husband who is 31. And I don't think he's old. But I am excited for this year of life.

Last night Jason took me out for my birthday. We went to Five Guys, walked around Cranes Roost Park, got some ice cream at ColdStone, and browsed through Pier 1. But what I really enjoyed was the fact that we got to talk for 3.5 hours. Three and a half hours about us. Where we are as a couple. Where we are as individuals. How we have grown as a couple and individually. Our goals. Where we see ourselves in the future. We hadn't talked like that in so long. Having two kids really does take a lot of your time. I'm looking forward to many more conversations with my husband as we grow in our marriage. He is truly my best friend and I am forever grateful to God for putting him in my life.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our Backyard

I've been bugging Jason for a while now about wanting to redecorate our home. And after a lot of conversations and realizations, we have now put it in the budget to be able to do some projects around the home. (Insert Happy Dance) Now, our house really isn't decorated at all. We have a few pictures on the wall. But I would no way call it decorated. Jason has asked me to make a plan listing out what I want done and estimated costs. He's a planner. Not a fly by the seat of your pants guy. But it's cool with me.

Our first focus is going to be on the backyard. We have a very rambunctious 2 year old and a wasteland of a backyard. We need a place for him to burn off all his energy (which will hopefully make him sleep in) and a place where we will want to sit to stay out there with him, as well as entertain friends and try our hand at being self-sufficient.

Here's our backyard as of right now.

It's horrible. But it's been low on the totem pole. It's also not a very big back yard and has one very sizable shed, that is going to have to stay.

The backyard is around 20' x 60'. And I want to fit a lot in back there. A LOT. And most likely it will go through two or three stages.

The first stage is the biggest and will consist of expanding the patio and adding a table with chairs. Adding some greenery around the south end, building a 4x4 garden bed and finishing up the 4x8 bed, building a compost bin, and hopefully buying a small swing/play set. Oh, and a grill. Because what's a fun backyard without a grill?

The second phase, we will add another 4x4 and 4x8 gardening bed, some lounge seating and maybe a movable fire pit.

Then the third phase, if at all possible, would be to build a pergola over the dining area and replacing the fence. This phase will most likely be after a lot of the inside of the house is already done.

The plan is to start this weekend with expanding the patio and buying the table. I haven't decided what I want to do about chairs yet. Do I want them all to match or mix them up? I'm hoping we can get it all done this weekend. Maybe just in time for my birthday??

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

He's Home!!!

So, last Wednesday evening I made a last minute decision to join my parents as they roadtripped it up to Kentucky to welcome my brother home from Afghanistan. It was the best decision I could have made.


It was so good to see him. God is so great in taking care of him and bringing him home safely.