Sunday, December 13, 2009


11 months, 3 weeks and 3 days old...

just in the nick of time for 1 year molars.

But 3 at once! What a surprise!

Sure explains a lot.

Please return to your happy little self now, Lilly.

P.S. Where did my chubby baby go? She dropped 2 pounds (which came in handy when we needed an extra carseat-- welcome back, infant carrier!). But I need chubby thighs and roly poly arms to gobble. I'd prefer if they weren't my own.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Bronchitis. Ear infection. Asthma.

And the formula-feeding guilt returns.

We have one sick little girly on our hands:(

Sunday, December 6, 2009


We could do this all day long:)

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I was all set to post our Christmas-tree shopping pictures (and some really cute ones of Lilly with her daddy tonight) but decided first things first... Thanksgiving!

We had a really nice holiday with my parents in Indiana. We decided against going to the Outer Banks with the rest of our family and stayed close to home instead. It was so nice not having to drive 11 hours each way!

Lilly had fun playing with Mom's little dog, Max. He is just the right size for her! Now she pats all the dogs. It's cute that she has watched us enough to know what to do.

She adores her Uncle Mike and will laugh at absolutely anything he does. We were sad when he left to go home the day before us because he was so into playing with her and she loved it! Any parent will tell you how priceless it is to have someone who loves your child as much as your child loves them. Such a good feeling.

Lilly tried turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and her favorite-- pumpkin pie! She was a pumpkin pie eating machine. She ate so much she threw it all up on her brand new shirt. Thank goodness for "Jumping Beans" from Kohls-- everything's 5 bucks! (Bringing the number of outfits worn that day to 4.)

Only grandmas have miniature wicker furniture sized just right for a 1 year old. Lilly would get in it and bob her head back and forth trying to get it to rock.

The legendary Uncle Mike-Mo

Nuts about pickles! (How 'bout that high chair? Totally meets all safety standards.)

Most of her meal ended up not in her tummy.

"Where'd ya go to reffing school? Are ya blind??!"

She cooks and cleans without a fuss! She must get that from her Mama."

What a day! All clean and snuggly in Grandma's arms.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Hey Albuterol! Nowhere on your label does it say "Side effects may include roaring, growling, kicking, throwing head back, jaw clenching or angry drooling."

You also didn't warn me that these side effects may kick in after several side-effect-free treatments.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


It's a good thing Lilly didn't get her Mama's weak stomach!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I can't post much tonight as the migraine/nausea cocktail are getting the best of me, but I wanted to share this funny picture of Lilly. We normally travel at night so she can sleep through the drive, but we decided to try the 3-hour drive home during the day this afternoon. She did fairly well, but got pretty antsy during the last hour. Not able to help her much without feeling sick and making my head hurt, Matt and I kept handing her pretzels and banana cookies to keep her occupied. We couldn't actually see what was going on in her carseat until we got home and I pulled this little goober out of the backseat.

Needless to say, tonight was a bath night!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Lilly boo is 11 months old! Today I ran into our 2 favorite nurses from the Birth Center while shopping. And how cute that they were shopping together?! I can't believe that it was almost 1 year ago that I was in the hospital with this little munchkin!


Lots of pictures to share!

Last weekend, my sister-in-law and nephew drove 6 hours to visit. Owen and Lilly are birthday twin cuzzies. Owen is a walking man, so it was fun to see what we have to look forward to, plus he is SOOOO cute! When he smiles, every inch of his face smiles. My mom also came down so she was able to spend time with both of her grandchildren at the same time! We all live far apart, so that's not easy. We took the kids to Cosi and met my brother for the afternoon. We also had their pictures taken together by Lori. And Suzanne and I got to go shopping and out to lunch ALONE!!!

All packed up and ready to go! Lilly's not so sure about her backseat companion.

Uncle Mike-Mo came!

Lilly's drivin' the helicopter. Uncle Mike looks scared.

Grandma showed up with cars for the kiddos. What a cool Grandma!

"And then she was like 'no way' and then he was all 'way'."

Move over little lady, cars are for men.

Let us out of here!!

It's probably best that we didn't have twins:)

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Last night Matt and I had the privalege of spending the night at an indoor waterpark about an hour away. His mom and dad wanted to spend a little time with Lilly and I really think they have more fun with her when I'm not around making "suggestions" or stealing their time!

The water park is definitely more for kids and families, but it does have some pretty high water slides that scared even the mightiest of men (cough, cough, Matt). I am terrified of water slides, especially the enclosed ones and ESPECIALLY the the DARK, enclosed ones. But I figured I could float along the lazy river all evening if anything.

The hotel is very nice and, truth be told, I could have slept in the parking lot in my car if it meant waking up on my own terms!

We had SO much fun. We played like little kids (creepy, pale little kids who had to huff and puff up the steps to the big water slides while the REAL little kids scurried past like it was nothing). We climbed the nets, stood in the sprayers, got water up our noses, pushed each other into the cold water spouts... and then plopped ourselves in the adults-only hot tub when we needed a break from real kiddos.

After warming up on the little water slides (they were so little that I had to ask if we were allowed on them! Lucky for us, the place was pretty empty, and once it got more crowded I left that for the kids.) we headed to the big slides. I could not stop laughing going down the first one. I felt like Lilly in a giggling fit. After the first, I loved it.

I will confess though, the biggest slide requires a tube, so Matt and I went together on a double tube. It was SO scary that about half way down I came very close to saying a very bad word! Thankfully my "holy" was followed by a "moly". Those tubes tend to... echo.

I slept in until 8, took a long shower without playing peek-a-boo from behind the curtain or singing "My Lilly lies over the ocean, My Lilly lies over the sea" louder and louder and LOUDER each time, and without having to worry if my daughter finally discovered the toilet bowl brush that I've been meaning to put away for the last month.

It was splendid! We planned to stop for breakfast at IHOP on our way home, but a migraine got the best of me and after putting our name on the waiting list, all I wanted to do was pick up some Excedrin and head home.

Lilly was waiting for us in the living room, dressed in a pink Buckeyes sweatsuit when we got home. She had the biggest smile and waved to us, as if to say "Hey, come on in guys!" I can't believe she is days away from turning one year old.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Note to self:

Don't open Lilly's meds with your teeth if you don't want a mouthful of steroids.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Tonight I have a sinky feeling in my stomach. I've had several people close to me find themselves in need of prayer and not-so-minor help in the last week, from my co-worker who had surgery after falling off her back porch and crushing her arm to my mother-in-law who passed out twice this morning while walking down the hall in her house. Sprinkled in are an unexpected comment from my doctor today, a little boy at my school who is fighting for his life (this is major, but I don't know him personally), and an addition to Lilly's breathing treatments just when I thought we were on the right track. My co-director's son hasn't been well all week, along with several of our teachers' children.

I think sometimes working within a ministry, especially with children, can be difficult because so many people around you are in need. Financially, physically, emotionally. I love being able to reach out and be the one bright spot that may make a difference in someone's day, but I have to be honest that often it weighs heavily, especially in the middle of the night (or when I need to be focused, like on my drive to work, eh hmm!).

I'm sure a good night's rest and some bedtime prayer will help the heavy, sinky feeling.


One of my favorite projects that our preschool teachers do each year is the "We are thankful for..." bulletin board. Each child fills in their own feather to share what they are thankful for. The answers are always a hoot!

These girlies' mommies will melt when they see their responses:)

What were you thankful for when you were 4 years old?