"Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love being a Mommy

The night before mothers day our friends Steve and Lara were over and gave me these pretty flowers and the adorable hand prints of Blake for mothers day!! They are so dang thoughtful.
I went to bed around midnight on Saturday and as I was crawling into bed Griff came in with 2 gift bags I was shocked!! He had told me that he didn't have time to get me a gift and he was going to have to pick it up later... not gonna lie I was bugged thinking that he had forgotten my present on my first Mothers Day. So when he came in with the gifts I was thrilled. I opened them to find these adorable shoes inside!!! He picked them out himself. Good job right?? :) Also with the shoes was some cash for me to go on a shopping spree, he knew I wanted some sunglasses and a purse and possibly some other things, and he knows how much I love shopping so he wanted me to go have some fun!!!
Thanks Babe!!! Love it!!
(Picture Overload :))
In the morning we got ready for church and headed to the Bland's ward to surprise Debbie and sit with her for Mothers Day. Their ward gave all the moms these huge sugar cookies!! I might have eaten most of the cookie that day. It was delish.

I am so blessed and thrilled to be a mommy to this little princess. She has been the light of my life. I don't know what I would do without her. I seriously can not get enough of her. When I am holding and kissing her I still miss her and want to be with her all day long. She has been the best gift I have ever been given and I am beyond thankful that my Heavenly Father trusted me enough to be her mommy. He gave us the best little girl ever!!! I Just Love Her To Pieces!!!
After church we headed back to the Bland's house for a few hours. We put B down for a nap and the boys watched Golf... I know I thought it was Mothers Day too... Isn't the mom supposed to choose the TV shows?? Lol Jk!!
After Blake woke up from her nap we headed over to my families for our Mothers Day Dinner!! We had Honey Baked Turkey, cheesy potatoes, strawberries, rolls, green beans, salad, and olives. It was so yummy!! Everyone pitched in helping to make the dinner. That way not only did my mom have to cook it all but neither did Lindsay and I. 
Love my charms for my Brighton Bracelet!! Thanks mom :D!! It is perfect.
My mom gives my sister and I a bracelet for Mothers Day and as the years go on we get a new charm to add to it. This year I got a Daughter Charm and a Scissor Charm.
Laryssa helping grandma make the cool whip to go with our strawberries. Mmmm!!!
Blake's playing with the kitchen.
So precious.
Little did Laryssa know that grandma's rule is: If you help make the cool whip you get to lick the beaters!! She was in heaven enjoying her sweet treat before dinner time!
Oh how cute is this!! Daddy Daughter bonding time.
We all enjoyed our dinner and the boys cleared most of the table up to give us moms a break! It was so cute. Griff did all the dishes, he cleaned off all the plates and everything then loaded them in the dishwasher, let me tell you it wasn't an easy task there were TONS of dishes!!! Good work babes.
We then all piled into the TV room to give my mom her gift. We gave her the new Cricut Expression for Scrapbooking. She was thrilled!!!!!
Love my family so much.
Couldn't ask for better.
Awww look at that face!!!
Happy Grandma's day mom! These girls just love their grandma so so so much. They all are very protective of her. Even Blakelee is getting protective. When my mom is holding one of the girls sure enough here comes one of the other girls just begging to be held instead. It is so cute.
Cousin Love.
Happy Mother Day Lou!!!
She has the cutest girls ever. 
We think they resemble her and I as we were growing up. Laryssa is a spitting image of her mommy and Jae has a lot of my personality. They are the best. I absolutely love being their auntie. They put such a huge smile on my face every time I see them!!!
The boys playing on the tablet.
After gifts we of course had to have dessert. Lindsay made Lime Bars!! They were so rich but so good. The girls got Drumstick Ice Cream Cones.
Hahah on my goodness if this doesn't make you smile I don't know what will!!
Jaelyn loved her Ice Cream and good thing her mom new to strip her down to just her diaper because she was a sticky, chocolaty mess!!! It was every where. But yet she was happy as a clam even though she was so sticky hahah!!!
Such a character.
I of course had to copy Lara from the gift she gave me for mothers day and so I gave both grandma's the same thing. They turned out so cute.
After the dinner party we went over to Griffin's parents house to hang out for a little while.
Happy Mothers and Grandma's Day Debbie!!!
Her baby boy and her are so cute!!
Deb's and Baby Baylee.
She is getting so big and so so cute!
Missing Megan and Beau... Beau has been really sick with croup and asthma! Poor little guy, so Meg has been keeping him clear from the little girls. We are thankful so they don't get sick, but we miss them both SO much and wish Beau a fast recovery. We need to see that little dude.
B and me with Ape and Bay!!
Grandma with her granddaughters.
Aren't they so cute??
They were matching with their polka dots :).
We wished that we could have gotten a pic of the Dev, Meg and Beau!!
Cute Ape, Eric and Baby Bay.
Happy Mothers Day to Debbie, Meg and April!! You guys are amazing moms!! Love you guys.

Date Buddies

Got to love Tepanyaki Nights!!!
We went out to dinner with Steve and Lara on May 10th to celebrate Lara being out of school for the summer. We are so excited that she has a little break :). She is also nice enough to take B for us on some of the Saturdays this summer. It helps us out so much!!!
We had so much delicious food and were stuffed to our eyeballs!!!
Such a fun night with these guys, It always is!!!
Little B crashing our date night haha jk we love having her along!! She is always such a great baby we barely even heard a peep out of her the whole dinner.
Love her.

7 Months

This little munchkin is already 7 months old!! She is the sweetest, cutest little girl ever. We can not get enough of her. We look forward to getting her out of bed in the mornings just to see that perfect grin. She is growing up and learning so much each and every day. 
Blakelee just loves her food she has started actually sucking her food out of those smoothie pouches. She says Mmmm every once in a while as she eats. She loves playing with the spoon after she eats (if we spoon feed her). She even tries to steal the spoon from us to feed herself. She wants to be independent. That is why those pouches are so perfect for her. She is still eating 6oz for her bottle every 3-4 hours, depending on solids and nap times it can change. She LOVES her nap times. If she wakes up before 9am we feed her and put her right back down. If she wakes up after 9am we feed her and let her play until 10:30ish then she goes down. She will usually sleep 2-4 hours wake up for a bottle and then go back down around 2ish. Then she will be up the rest of the night until bed time which use to be 9pm but she has started wanting to go down closer to 8pm. (depends on how busy her day was, and how well she napped).
I know it doesn't look like it but this girl is so happy and so easy going!! She can be very serious and very concerned when she is unsure of the situation. But she loves to giggle, smile, and play! It amazes me how patient she is. There will be days that we are running all over town and she won't be able to nap in her crib, she will only get a small nap and she will still be so happy. Very rarely does she get way fussy. Only when she is hungry or poopy. 
She has started teething (the last few months) and still no teeth are officially broken through. She will chew on her fingers, binky and basically anything that she can get her hands on just to soothe the pain that she is feeling. Every once in a while she cries while grabbing her gums because she is in so much pain... it breaks my heart!!! So we give her Tylenol and her binky then I snuggle her until she calms down. I wish one tooth would pop threw.
Little Blake is rolling all over the place I lay her down in the TV room and let her free. She started army crawling on May 11th!!!! I came home from work and as she was rolling around I noticed that she would get on her elbows and toes then push herself forward. As of yesterday she has started using her knees just a bit more. I am SO proud of her. I do realize that she will be all over the place now, even more then she was with rolling, but it is so fun watching her learn and hit these milestones. 
That same day she started sitting up by herself. And when I say that I mean she would be laying down and lift herself up from the ground!!! Those ab muscles are strong :)!!
I love these milestones so much.
She has started giving kisses and loves!! When she is just so excited to see you and you pick her up she will nuzzle her head into the shoulder neck area and giggle!!! She will also, with an open mouth, lean in to give you a big wet kiss haha. It is the cutest thing ever. My mom gets the most kisses, every time she hold Blake she usually gets one. She loves to jibber jabber all day long. I just wish that she would say a word. A few months ago she would say "mmm-ooo-m" but that was the only day she did that. We are working with her on Momma and Dadda hoping one day she picks it up. We also have been working on Hi!!! That was my favorite word when I was little and I think it would be so cute if she said "HI." Sometimes it sounds like she says it, but I know she isn't. 
B loves Disney movies and practically any cartoon on tv. She is my tatter tot!!! Don't worry we don't use it as a babysitter but we usually have it on as background noise and she will get glued to it when there are colors or cartoons haha!!
She is SO long and our little chunk but we love her. She has started thinning out a bit with all the movement that she doing. When she lays flat on her back and her realize how long she is you can notice how skinny her belly is. But when she is sitting she has a cute Buddha Belly!! She is wearing 6-9 month clothes so you know she is right on track with her size!! :D
B looks a lot like her daddy but.... she also looks a lot like me when you look at her eyes, ears, and lips they are mine! She looks a ton like both our baby pictures, it is so crazy!!! She changes so much so fast I look back at her newborn and 1 month pictures and then look at these and she has grown and changed so much!!! I honestly never thought I would see her grow up this fast. When she was 6 months I just figured that was as big as she would get hahah I know it sounds silly but I never thought I would be a mom to a 7 month old this fast. She is closer to being 1 years old everyday. I can not wait to spoil her!!!
We love B so dang much!!!!! We say it everyday how much we just LOVE her.
She is perfect!!