Tuesday, May 31, 2011

dear august rose,

You are now nine and a half months old! I failed to get your 8 month letter written, so there is some major catching up to do. (I also forgot to take your 8 month chair pic, but I took these right before your 8 month birthday, so they'll have to do...)

Your eighth month was eventful, for sure! You got your first tooth about a week after you turned 7 months old, and your second followed a week or two later - both on the bottom and cute as can be. You started crawling the week before you turned 8 months old. You love being able to get around! You'll crawl from the kitchen, down the hallway, into the living room and into your room, then back again. Not long after you started crawling, you started pulling up. And THEN you started clapping. I felt like you were doing something new every single day there for a while!

Your ninth month has been full of fun, too. 

At nine and a half months, you weigh 20.5 pounds (77%) and are 28 inches long (68%). You've started cruising along the furniture, and you've also started letting go and standing by yourself for a few seconds at a time. Your little legs look so cute when you're standing.

You're pretty much eating only table food now. You're doing really well at feeding yourself, and I cannot get enough of of the way you concentrate and use your two little fingers to pick up bits of food. It's real cute. You have liked pretty much everything you've tried, but I think your favorites are peas and bananas. You're starting to use the sign for "more".

You are getting to where you play with and alongside Merit a lot throughout the day. You love her so much and always want to be where she is. She loves you just as much, but isn't sure what she thinks yet about you playing with her toys. I think she is in for a surprise once you're able to have a strong opinion about things yourself! You've been sleeping in the room with her for almost two weeks now, and so far, so good. Merit loves having "sleepovers" with you.

One of your cutest new tricks is waving and saying "HHHHIIIIII!" You almost always have your mouth wide open when you wave (always with your left hand), and sometimes you manage to get the "hi" out. You're also saying "dada" A LOT, "mama" a little, and you got really good at "papa" while we were in Abilene. Another cute trick is playing peek-a-boo. You laugh and laugh when someone plays with you. You'll mimic us and try to cover your eyes, then throw your hands out to either side. You haven't quite gotten the cover your eyes part down yet, but you look so precious trying.

In late April, we celebrated your first Easter. You had a great time watching Merit hunt eggs in our yard at home. Can't wait to see you join her next year.

We spent Easter Sunday in Jackson with Grammie, Popsy, and your Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa. You wore the sweetest little pink romper with an embroidered Easter lily that I had found at a thrift store about a year before you were born. When we found out you were a girl, I remembered that pink romper in the closet and was excited that it still fit around Eastertime.

At the beginning of this month, we spent a week in Abilene with Nina and PaPa. You were so interested in the cows when we visited the farm. I know you are one day going to love that place as much as I do.

Oh, sweet baby August Rose. I can't help but have the giddiest smile every time I pick you up. Usually because you're giving me one right back. You are beautiful in every way, and I'm so glad that you're mine. It is still hard to believe, but I'm glad nonetheless. 

I know you'll be one in no time at all, so I am trying my best to soak up these baby days with you. I find myself trying to memorize your chubby feet, the sound of you oohing over something you find interesting, or the look of your smile with only two little teeth. I love all of you with all of me, baby girl. And don't you ever, ever forget it.

much love,
your mama

Letting my parents "babysit" while I make lunch!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy 28th Birthday to Daddy Kev!

today: a birthday and anniversary

So thankful that you were born on this day twenty-eight years ago in Amarillo, Texas. About a four hour drive directly south of you in Midland, Texas, there lived a little one-year-old girl who was unaware of how much that day - and who that day brought - was going to change her life someday. Not only just the birth of the boy she would one day marry, but in twenty-one short years, May 26th would also become the day that you would ask her to be your wife.

We had just finished up our senior and sophomore years at ACU. The night of your birthday, we were needing to kill some time before dinner, so you took me to Redbud park to walk around. You told me you had gotten me a present for your birthday, and I pulled a cute green shirt out of a sack. As I was thinking about how sweet that was of you, it got a LOT sweeter when I saw a shiny ring tied to the tag of the shirt! I still can't believe you pulled that off, Kev.

And just like your blessed life began on May 26th, 1983, our little family began on the same day in 2004. Thank you so much for inviting me to be by your side for life. I just know that 28 is going to treat you well. 

Afterall, it just keeps getting better...

 and better...

...does it not?

I love you so very much, Kevan. You are completely adored by every single girl in this household. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

um, yeah

Wow, it seems I am a tad bit behind here on the ole blog, which is fitting for just about all things in my life at this moment: sleep...laundry...Redbud projects...etc, etc. BUT! I've had great excuses to get me to this point. We spent a week in Abilene and just this last weekend, Matt, Nikki, and Kai came to visit us here. I may or may not get caught up someday, but for now I'll sit and think about how kind the month of May has been to me so far (aside from the cicada invasion - not cool).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Matt, Nikki, and Kai are here for a visit!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

August, just playin' and practicing her hurkey.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Clinton Pickens, a good friend of mine from high school, was in town so we had him over for dinner. Merit, of course, loved him as much as Kevan and I do.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Merit shared some goldfish with August on the long drive back to Tennessee.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Merit's first swim of the summer with Macy and Zoey!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

About to fly to Texas by myself with the girls...they gave Kevan a hall pass that allowed him to help me through security and sit with us at the gate. Amazing!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Making mother's day gifts for Grammie and Nina!