Monday, July 7, 2014

6 months and dedication

Weston Hayes you are 6 months old! I will not talk about how quickly it is going by or how much I want to cry when I think about you being 1/2 a year old! I just won't even go there...
You are such a joy to us, Weston Hayes. You make us laugh constantly and I am in love with your sweet smiles.
You are growing and developing like crazy. Just this month you have started raising up on your arms and trying your best to crawl. You can get around a room just by rolling over and scooting around so I have to be careful what I leave on the floor. You put everything into your mouth and chew your first two fingers upside is the cutest thing ever!  Although it won't be too cute when we have to pay a $10,000 orthodontist bill to fix your teeth!
You wear anything from 3 months to 9 months in clothing and a size 3 diaper. You have recently started saying, "dada dada dada" and it is just the cutest thing ever. You love to hear your voice and make every kind of crazy noise you can. You are hilarious. Oh and you have cut your first tooth!!! AHHH! You are growing up too fast!
You nurse every three hours around the clock (yes even at night) and have just started solids at night. I've introduced you to sweet potatoes and you seem to like them. You are an extremely messy eater so that makes it kinda difficult!  I know you will get the hang of it soon.
You are a great napper during the day. You usually sleep from 9-11 and then again from 2-4. You do not sleep through the night, but I can honestly say I am used to it by now and I am just going with the flow. I am trying to cherish our times together because one day I will miss those late night snuggles with just me and you.
We dedicated you this week at church. It was such a special day and having all our family there to pray over you and celebrate your sweet life was just awesome. You are such a loved little guy and so many people are head over heels for you.
1 Samuel 1:27–28"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD."
Happy 6 months sweet Weston Hayes. We love you to the moon and back!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beach Bound!

We had the blessing of being able to go with our family to the beach the first of June and it was by far one of the best weeks we have had this summer! It was a week filled with lots of fun, food, relaxation and lots of sun.
I was extremely stressed about this trip simply because Weston is a terrible traveler and our previous two short trips were a disaster. However, Christian and I learned from those failed trips and really stepped it up in the planning department. We came up with a packing list the size of Texas and packed everything under the sun that we might possibly need in 5 days. My new motto is, "throw it in the trunk!"
Thanks to much planning and preparation we got off to a great start! Weston Hayes hates the car and screams the entire time on most occasions. We timed it just right so he would nap the first two hours, we'd stop for lunch and just chill, then he would nap the final 2 hours. It worked like a charm.
We usually find travel days to be one of our favorite days and love stopping for lunch (Hello.. "The Shed" more words needed) and shopping at the outlet mall. We were able to do that and really enjoyed ourselves!
The condo was just beautiful and perfect for all four families that were there. Our room worked out great and the four of us enjoyed bunking together for the week. Although Weston Hayes still feels like it is his duty to wake everyone up at 6:00 am sharp...and midnight and 2:00 am as well. Thanks buddy.
The beach was gorgeous and both Aubrey and Weston seemed to enjoy the sand and water. Bre especially loved the pool and spent the majority of her time there with her daddy and cousins.
I had the most fun of all getting to catch up on some good books while WH napped and nothing makes me happier than a big diet coke and a great novel.
We ate like kings and pretty much just did whatever floated our boats each day. Nothing planned or on the agenda and that is exactly how I like it. 
We are so blessed with the best families and we truly love spending time with all of them. Aubrey had an absolute blast with her cousins and was worn slap out each night.
We even were brave enough to take family pictures on the beach before dinner one night. That is not an easy task, but I thought these came out really cute!
All six grandbabies lined up in birth order. It is so funny cause we each have a girl first and then a boy second!
My oh my...I am so blessed!
Wish these moments could be frozen in time...I cherish these memories and hold them close to my heart! Nothing is better than family.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

"A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way."

I do a lot of things wrong when it comes to my children. I yell and lose my temper at times, I get distracted and don't give my full attention, I am selfish at times and put my needs first. I do a lot wrong. But I know without a doubt...I did one thing right. And that was giving them Christian as their daddy.

My children will grow up with a daddy who loves, guides, disciplines and leads them through life. Their daddy is more committed to them to anything in this world and they are so lucky to have him. No obstacle or trial will they encounter that they won't have their daddy right by their side...encouraging and leading them through.

Thank you, Christian...for being our bbq master, fix anything, diaper changing, tree-house building, Frozen watching, hide and seek playing, cookie and milk sharing, bed time story reading, fun loving daddy.

We are beyond blessed to have you and not a day goes by that we don't thank the Good Lord for giving you to us.

And to my amazing daddy...without your example and who you are...I would never have had such high expectations for choosing a father for my children. Because of your love, dedication and commitment to me...I am who I am today. No matter how old I get...I know without a shadow of a doubt...I am the apple of your eye, your little girl and the one who has you wrapped around my finger. You would walk a thousand miles in the pouring rain if it meant making me happy. I know there is nothing...absolutely nothing you wouldn't do for me and my family. I love you daddy...I will forever and always be your baby girl.

And to my sweet Papa...thank you for raising a Godly man and being the example that made Christian into such an amazing man. You are a dynamite father-in-law and the best Papa around. Not to mention the best BBQ chicken griller in the world. We love you so much!