Sunday, October 30, 2011


 IMG_0364 Every year at Uncle Sam’s and Aunt Karen’s we carve pumpkins.  I have to say that I have been spoiled living so close to them.  We have loved our Wednesday night dinners and it is something I will surely miss when we move in January.IMG_0362 IMG_0361 IMG_0366Anyway, it was fun and the weather was beautiful…thank you October!  I picked up a Lightning McQueen pumpkin kit from Target (of course) for Michael to use on his pumpkin.  We cut holes in it and then pushed the face and lightning bolt in.  We also had a small pumpkin for Ava that Michael painted and Ava put her hand print on.IMG_0778 IMG_0371 IMG_0372IMG_0777It was so cute because this time last year, Lynn and I were pregnant and this time we had our sweet Ava and Cole to help us with our pumpkins. 

At Missy’s house on Friday, Michael got to make another pumpkin with his buddies.  Missy bought sweet little pumpkins and felt stickers for the kids to decorate their pumpkins with.  They are very precious and look cute in our kitchen.  Just another reason why I love the Fall!  I can’t wait for Halloween so we can go trick-or-treating with our two little treats!  Just wait until you see their costumes!

Six Months Old

303731_2570923035274_1320206270_2952633_1369917211_n Happy half birthday my littlest love!  My goodness how you have grown, it just amazes me!  You now eat all of your fruits and vegetables.  You even love carrots, which Michael hated until recently.  IMG_0762 IMG_0761You now weigh 18 lbs and are 27.6 inches long.  You gained three pounds and grew almost three inches in three months.  I cannot believe you have tripled your birth weight already.  Doctors expect that by the first year!  Now I have to buy a new carseat in the next couple of months silly girl!IMG_0771 IMG_0766You still roll everywhere and try to sit up by yourself.  You can do it for a few seconds but then you look at me or Michael and lose your focus.   So cute.  Your favorite thing to do is to stick your hands out in front of you as far as you can and star at them.  Almost as if you are inspecting your manicure.  It is hilarious that you can amuse yourself for a good ten minutes doing that. IMG_0769You love to blow raspberries with your mouth especially while you are eating because then the food goes everywhere!  You are a messy eater unlike your brother because you stick your fingers in your mouth and then spread stuff all over your beautiful head of hair.  IMG_0767

You coo constantly and have found your high voice.  For a while there you only hit low notes but not anymore!  Just like your brother, the louder you get, the higher you get!

Finally my love, I am beginning to see myself in you.  I can see me in your smile and it just melts my heart.  You have the best parts of me my love.  There is just something special about having a daughter, something unexpected but so sweet.

Baby Dedication

I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

297322_2570939275680_1320206270_2952671_855924639_n On October 23rd, Ava Elisabeth had her baby dedication at our church Community Bible Church, New Braunfels.  I could not wait for the weekend to arrive when the entire family including Gigi and Mimi would arrive to celebrate our commitment to raise Ava with Christ as the center of our home.  307182_2570941555737_1320206270_2952676_1083434774_n 299690_2570939675690_1320206270_2952672_1739387645_n313354_2570942275755_1320206270_2952678_775633957_n321678_2570945795843_1320206270_2952684_1798794512_nUncle Craig played the drums and I sang in the service.  It was so sweet, especially when I finished singing and the prayer had begun, and I heard “Mommy!” from across the sanctuary because Michael didn’t want to go to the nursery.  Oh well, my sweet little one, I love to hear you say my name just like Christ loves to hear us say His name.

293480_2570951875995_1320206270_2952695_1451021246_n 296612_2570953996048_1320206270_2952698_1775317981_nIt was a fun weekend and I am so blessed to have such a loving family that supports our sweet children.  We also celebrated Craig’s birthday, Ava’s sixth month birthday and PawPaw’s birthday.  A great weekend all around!319277_2570950675965_1320206270_2952693_1634690194_n300782_2570956716116_1320206270_2952702_518428991_n


Five Months Old

Yes, of course this is long over due as you are now sixth months old little one.  But, with your Daddy living in our new house and us back here, things are a bit hectic and when I do find time to sit down, it is usually to sleep.294089_2570932035499_1320206270_2952653_1429874388_nWell precious Ava, you are quite the little doll.  Your hair is so amazing that it is the first thing people comment on.  Needless to say, your hair accessories now take up an entire wall in your room.  IMG_0764You have begun to actually eat your cereal, we have come a long way in a month on that one.  Now you eat some fruits and veggies but you make silly faces all throughout dinner.  You still eat it so I’m not sure what you are thinking.IMG_0770 You roll everywhere.  You have outgrown your play gym because you kept getting  caught in the sides when you would try to roll around.  So, now we have a floor full of blankets for you to roll around in circles.

You amaze me with how much you know your brother.  He makes you laugh like no one else.  There is such a sweet connection there that makes me fall in love with you both all over again. IMG_0772You love for me to sing, doesn’t matter what the words are, you just love the melody. So if you are fussy, I just sing about something and all is well.  You are such a great little sleeper, thank you so much for blessing me with sleep.  Not much phases you, you are a very relaxed little girl.  Not like your mommy. :)IMG_0762Well my little darling Ava, you are growing up before my very eyes and I can’t believe it is happening.  So stop it. Just stay this size forever my love.