Tuesday, June 29, 2010

6 months

happy 1/2 birthday, leighton!

we celebrated lulu's 6 month birthday on the actual day--may 17th--but her momma is belated in getting the pictures posted.

the little girlfriend TRIPPED OUT over her balloon.

we celebrated with rice cereal and sprinkles...yum.
(it was actually supposed to be pink rice cereal but despite my chemistry background, i couldn't concoct anything remotely pink that didn't look dreadfully diarrhea inducing.)

the little senorita enjoyed being the center of attention (which is really everyday life for her and nothing unique to the birthday)

we squeezed her extra hard.

leighton is more fun by the day, but it's scary how quickly the months have passed.
we are so thankful and amazed at the joy and the love that lei has brought to our family.

and, as a gift...
we got this precious little sign for her room to start teaching her about
something we can't buy her, can't give her, can't force upon her.
something we try to show her.
something we pray for her daily.

on your first (1/2) birthday, leighton, we wish you FAITH!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

just a picture that i love
(leighton was 2 months old)

Monday, June 21, 2010

uh oh....

can you see the video below with leighton crawling?

i can on my laptop, but there have been issues on other computers.
it's vital that i know if it's working...
because i'm sure you've never seen a baby crawl before
and because i just figured out how to download my videos and want to add more!

please let me know :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

daddy's day

russell, you are a WONDERFUL dad.
leighton and i are blessed beyond measure.

watching russ with leighton has made me love him even more. they have a fairytale relationship; he is absolutely smitten with her, and she lights up and giggles just hearing his voice across the house. she brings out the silly, gentle, sweet side of russell no matter how crazy his day has been. they dance together; they play together. and, many nights, she drifts off into sweet dreams snuggled in her daddy's arms.

i hope she always appreciates the hard work and the sacrifice that her daddy makes to take care of us. i hope she gets his optimism and his faith. i hope she will revere him as much as we do our own fathers.

leight started saying 'dada' earlier this week, too, which was beautiful timing!

hobby and pop, we love you more than ever.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


go girl...

we've seen a few modified bear crawls today with one knee down and one foot down...which makes it look like there's a little hitch in her giddy 'up (a broke wing chicken as her daddy says) but regardless, leighton's on the move!

we are so proud of our baby girl!
happy 7 month birthday (tomorrow), lele!


welcome to the world, baby henry!

stephanie (cox) & andrew van kirk had their baby boy last week, and he is nothing short of ADORABLE! we have been anxiously awaiting this little man's arrival for quite some time now. the coxes are our all-time best family friends; leighton and henry are almost exactly the same distance apart in age as henry's uncle beau and i. hope they'll keep the gummy bear sacrifice and other sacred traditions alive!

we love you, sweet boy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

poor baby

punkie has an ear infection. (actually, she has 2.)
i don't think the doctor believed she was sick when she walked in and saw this face.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sip & See - Abilene

"It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace." - Christopher Morley

[these pictures are late...like, over half of leighton's life late. she's not really still this small so don't worry that i'm forgetting to feed her. it's just that i've been working, and rolling around on the floor trying to get a little somebody to crawl, and trying to get baby food off my ceiling, and training for a marathon...ok, ok...the last one's not true. but, the pictures remind me of too special of a day not to post.]

of all the things i want leighton to learn, i want her to know the love of sweet family & friends. and of all the things i've ever wanted to show off, lele is my pride & joy.

honey hosted a sip & see at her house in abilene.

the princess got worn out by all the excitement

thank you, honey, for being such a doting, devoted, detailed grandmother--for the sip & see and always. we love you.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

sweet dreams

i always sneak in to give leighton a final kiss goodnight before i crawl in bed, but there are nights when i just have to hold her. tonight was one of those nights.

because i've been working nights and i've missed putting her to bed
because life in general is too busy and too fleeting
because someday she'll be too big to rock
because i can sleep when she's old
because there's a peace in her gentle, quiet breaths
because i'm thankful for her health
because i love seeing her in footy pajamas
because it warms my heart to feel those tiny hands wrap around my neck
because she'll be bigger by morning
because i want to whisper 1000 times how much i love her
because my heart is so content

grateful. joyful. blessed.