Monday, January 28, 2013

Babies 2012

While in California I got together with some friends {that I've know since childhood} and our babies which we all had at the same time

so much has changed in just a year

he's holding her back from escaping...what a good friend
 unfortunately now they are old enough for pick on each other!


 best buds!
  Shiloh showing off in her Nemo outfit
 Aaron is unimpressed
 old enough to sit and pose for a picture...of course what you can't see is all the mommies in the background acting crazy trying to get these kids to laugh/smile

 a look back to December 2011
 Mommies and Babies December 2012
  and last year December 2011

a lot has changed, including 3 of these mommies are pregnant with baby number 2!
so exciting to see our families growing!
praise the Lord!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Only in the South pt. 14

Only in the South ....

do you see a facebook post containing this message.

I'm pretty sure about 50% of California died of shock from reading this! :)
this is from my best friend that I grew up with, she has been living in Mississippi for the past several years....and look what it has done to her!!!! horrifying ;)
I kid...kind of.

p.s. I'm not vegan/vegetarian, 
{I get asked that a lot. I didn't realize the west coast had that reputation}
still grosses me out though!
poor bambi's mom :(

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Babywise Sample Schedule

Awhile back I created some babywise sample schedule charts using the information from the book babywise 
and apparently everyone else in the world had the same issue I had
 {needing a visual aid/chart to help them understand babywise and when to drop a feed/drop a nap etc...}

I get more hits on my blog from google searches for babywise then any other source 

so now looking back, I realize the font is kind of weird, so I tried to make it more reader friendly

so here you go world!

Babywise Chart 2.0
{click on chart to download pdf}

 Babywise Sample Schedule 2.0
{click on chart to download pdf}

just a word of advice {and my humble opinion}, babywise is just a help tool
if it does not work for you it doesn't mean you failed.
I've heard of a group of people who are against babywise 
and then others who think if you don't do babywise than you are hindering yourself from a thriving baby

I rocked Clover till the day I delivered Crimson, and you know what, she sleeps on her own just fine. 
She was my first and I'll never have the time I had with her with any other child.
all babies and mommies are different! 
formula or breastfed, that baby will be fed.
with my second child I was so determined to breastfeed and not supplement that I didn't realize that she was fussy because she was hungry, my milk didn't come in as well as it did with Clover
so use this as guidelines and not a mandatory schedule
be flexible
be calm and try not to stress out!
and if you have to resort to formula, be humble!
and for those who have never had to use formula, be kind and understanding to those of us who need to, you never know the reason behind why someone has to bottle feed.

I encourage all to try breastfeeding, I do {personally} believe in all the health benefits from it 
but the Lord has taught me that things don't always go according to plan
so try it
if it doesn't work, it's okay, that is just God's plan for you and your baby
He is in control of your baby's growth, not your milk

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Industrious December

We filled our December up like it was the end of the world....yes we believed the Mayan calendar {not}
but by how busy we were, you would think we did!

I labeled it "industrious december" because, well, we got a lot of stuff done
including but not limited to:

breaking an arm

having 3 birthday celebrations, 2 in Georgia 1 in California
{more details another time}
4 Christmas celebrations,  2 in Georgia 2 in Ca
flying to California

{ maybe a little too excited to see Panka :) }

Disney on Ice
{this is her princess smile?}
downtown disney
{ah! a "crocolade" }

{staring longingly at Disneyland}
Santa Monica pier

{a giant macaroni??? only in California}
seeing all of our friends
taking cast off
{and then giving her arm a good washing!} 
getting our nails done
hanging out with cousins
{brian got a ribbon dancer for Christmas! he's special...}
trying to break her arm again
finding out A LOT of people had the flu back home
and then...
flying home with a 3+ hour layover
 throwing a baby shower 2 days after we get home
{and didn't take any pictures =\  }

needless to say, since being back we've mostly been in our pajamas :)
so very thankful for the time we got to spend with all our friends and loved ones!
thank you to all who made time for us in your busy Christmas season

this is the first time that we've visited California and haven't felt completely depressed about flying back to Georgia, not that we don't love it here, it just didn't feel like home until now
usually when we fly home I walk in the door, put the girls to bed and cry
this time, we walked in the door, put the girls to bed, had a late night taco bell run because we were starving and it felt like home
thankful that God can change our hearts to make us content wherever we may be
although seeing certain friends do give us some heartache knowing we can probably never live near each other :(
but so blessed that we are able to have friendships like that!
{annnnnd I miss the sun, my poor skin is turning a white that it has never seen before!}

I've really felt convicted of my selfishness lately, all I do it think about how things affect me or how people make me feel
when I stop looking at myself and look to God and His plan for my family and His church, I can see why we are here and be thankful
when I focus on my mission as a believer in Christ, to spread His gospel of love and salvation, how can I complain about how I'll never be tan again?? {such a silly thing, but something that I can be discontent about.}

anyway, that is what God has been teaching me
I still miss all you friends over there and would love if somehow we could live near you again!!!
but maybe God will be bringing some of you over here ;)

until then, I will give thanks for what I do have, salvation, a great church family {on both sides of the country}, health, healthy family, food, a roof over our head {the list could go on and on!}

thankfulness is the perfect solution to discontentment
thank you Lord!