Monday, June 25, 2012

5 1/2 months

So this month I somehow forgot her monthly post...oops! I am working on a baby book for her first year and each month we write her a letter and take pictures, then I save them, so at the end of the first year I can compile them into a book to give her. I love taking these pictures and can't wait to see the whole book come together!

Here are her 5 month pics (and a few extras that are super cute!)

 She is one happy girl!

 Oh how these pictures have changed! She was over it real fast and ready to roll around.

 This is from a couple days before she turned 5 months. She looks like such a big girl!!

 Sill girl always moving those arms and legs. 

Love her so much!

This month has been so fun! Ella is rolling all over the place and pushing up on her arms all the time. If you try to sit her up she leans all the way forward and then will push her arms straight for a few seconds. She is always smiling and giggling and such a content baby. We have started teething big time and there is drool EVERYWHERE! Ella also loves her solids! She has tried tons of different foods and so far has loved it all! She really likes avocados and her oatmeal with apples. 

I am loving being home to see all of these milestones and so grateful to be here to watch her grow! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Father's Day Cards

I am sure with pinterest and facebook everyone is getting their hands on some great (and free) Father's Day crafts and ideas. This year Ella and I are very excited to celebrate James' first Father's Day. I wanted to pass along this deal in case you have not seen it. If you order your card today from, it will be here by Saturday. Enter FREETREAT at checkout and it is completely FREE! Such a fun keepsake for Dad! 

Also, they have lots of cute ones to pick from!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ella's Baby Dedication

Last Sunday we had Ella's baby dedication and it was such a wonderful celebration of this sweet blessing God has given us. The focus of the dedication time was spent with family and our community group. Our hope for Ella is that one day she will come to know the Lord and until then we are blessed with the opportunity to teach her about Jesus and raise her in a way that constantly points to her Creator. We know that we will make good and bad choices as parents, which is why is was so wonderful to have family and our community group there to partner with us as we raise takes a village and we are grateful to have one! 

James led such a sweet dedication for Ella and had each person read a "gift" that they hope to pass along to Ella. Watermark provided us with an outline to lead the dedication and we tweaked a few things in terms of wording and the certain scripture that we chose. It was truly such a sweet time for our family. 

Here are some pics from the ceremony...
 James welcoming everyone 
 Family pic with our baby girl
 Beautiful cake with her initials on the center of the cross
Our sweet family and community group celebrating Ella's dedication

Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them, they will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Here is a little bit of our summer days via instagram...

1. Ella being cute with her lovey
2. Rainy day snuggles
3. Jaxon got his summer cut
4. This is the face I get when I take her foot out of her mouth....

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A New Normal

I am so thankful that a new normal is setting in. We were incredibly blessed with a wonderful woman who watched Ella while I finished working and I am so grateful for a great school that I was able to be part of for 3 years. With all of that being said, I am so grateful to be in my dream job and get used to this new normal. I know that every job has its ups and downs, and I know that being a stay at home mom will come with some very difficult and very rewarding days, but I could not be more excited to buckle up for this journey. 

Yesterday, Ella and I went to "Baby Bounce" at the Bookmarks store in Northpark with some wonderful friends and their little ones. It was really fun to bounce around with Ella and play with all of the fun music toys. It had it fair share of cheesiness, but we just embraced it! 

Her personality is developing more and more everyday and I am looking forward to being here to see her continue to grow. 

Here are some fun pics from recently...

 She loves to play airplane! 
 Anytime I turn the iphone camera around where she can see herself she usually is pretty funny!
 In her swimsuit and ready to go swimming!
Sweet giggles!

So, other stay at home mommas...what are some of your favorite things to fill your days?