Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Disorganization Is Our New Normal

For anyone who truly knows me, I am a type A personality.  My team laughs at me because I am so organized.  I live by a planner, always have a list, and HATE clutter.  I do laundry every day so that I'm not drowning in it on the weekends, keep a clean house, and manage my territory for work (not to mention take care of a sweet baby girl and handsome hubby).

You can just imagine how much hair I've pulled out, going on week 3 of living out of boxes, searching for different items every day, and trying to manage all our chaos.  To say that I am ready to move into our new house, is an understatement.  I am the type of person that needs structure and I cannot wait to have it back.  (Side note:  I am forever grateful to my parents who have let us crash and take over their beautiful home.  They have been so wonderful and have helped us out as we wait for our house to be finished.  This kid just can't stand the clutter!!)

On a positive note, we have closed on our home in Little Rock and all of our belongings are in storage until August 2, when we will close on our house in Hyde Park.  We found a good Mother's Day Out for Reese at First United Methodist.  She will go on M, W, and Friday and Mom is going to keep her on T and Th.  She will start on August 15, and we're pretty excited about it!  We pray it will be a great place for her.  Matt is interviewing right now for positions in some of the hospitals in the area and we are hoping to hear something this next week.  We've also found a gym that is close to our house and as soon as we make our move, Matt and I are more than ready to get back into our workout routines.  Things are slowly but surely falling into place. 

I'm trying to be patient during this "waiting period," but it's really starting to wear on me. 9 more days  and then the craziness of moving AGAIN will start. I will be taking off 2 or 3 days to get our things in order and I'm hoping by the middle of August, all we'll be doing is buying fun things to add here and there.  I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and with moving comes lots of change.  I'm really focused on keeping a positive attitude, and hoping the next 9 days will fly by!!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Swim Ranch

As soon as we knew that we were moving to NWA, we were on a mission to see if we could get Reese into Swim Ranch this summer.  Thankfully, Mom was down there for Emma and Jack's lessons and they had a cancellation.  We jumped in and snagged the one opening they had and absolutely LOVED spending the past week in the water with our little girl.  A little history....  I went to Swim Ranch and started lessons when I was just 14 months.  I took for many years and really wanted Reese to start getting familiar with the water since we will have a pool in our neighborhood and she'll grow up spending lots of time on the lake. 

We all took turns swimming with her throughout the week.  She did so good and absolutely LOVED it.  We were so proud of her!!  She received a certificate at the end of the week, stating what she learned.

* Front Kick
* Back Float
* Shallow Jump
*Kickboard Kick
*Climb In and Out
*1-2-3 Splash






























You weren't crazy about the slide, but you did like the big turtle.  Playtime at the end was one of your favorite things too.  You would lounge in a ring and grab a toy to chew on while one of us toted you around the pool.  A full hour of swimming at 10 months old will wear a girl out!!

We are so proud of you, sweetie!!  It was a great week of making lots of memories!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just Because...















Oh, how we love you sweet baby girl!!!  :))


Sunday, July 14, 2013

9/10 Months Old

I am so behind in posting.  Life has been crazy lately!!  Truthfully, we have been so busy that the months are just running together.  I am combining baby girl's 9 and 10 month post, so here is a recap of things that I have been loving about our beautiful little nugget!!!!
Your first word was Da-da!  (I must say I'm kind of sad about that.)  You are doing so well with saying (blabbing) consonants.
You love to be tickled!!  You're so ticklish under your neck and arms.  It is my favorite thing to do because you laugh so hard!

You have this new noise you make that is hilarious.  You have figured out how to whistle between your teeth and lips and you do this ALL the time.  I love it!

You are standing all by yourself and holding yourself up when you grab onto things.  You aren't crawling yet, but want to so bad!  (Personally, I think you will walk, not being much of a crawler)
Speaking of walking, you love for us to hold your hands as you "walk" across the room.  You walk from Mommy to Daddy quite a bit in the evenings.

You are waving ALL THE TIME!!  It's the cutest thing!  You wave bye-bye and will wave to people across the room if you know them.  It's my favorite thing you're doing now.

You are eating Mum-mums, Puffs, Yogurt Bites, and all sorts of fun stuff.  We give you mashed potatoes, carrots, and other soft foods when we have them for dinner. (You loved hashbrown casserole at Cracker Barrel - I mean LOVED it!!)  You are also loving avocados and Chicken in a Biscuit crackers. 

You have 6 teeth and the 7th just cut through (4 on top and 3 on bottom).
Bless your heart, you have been so off of your schedule with our move, boxes everywhere, and all the transition.  Your sleeping habits changed for a bit, but have gotten so much better.  We are hoping that you are now back to sleeping through the night.   








These pictures were taken today after church.  Unfortunately, I have NO IDEA where her cute "month" stickers are amongst all the boxes. :(  However, this beautiful baby girl always smiles for the camera and absolutely melts my heart!!

Aven Reese, you are growing way too fast and this Mama is not quite ready for a FIRST birthday party.  We are so glad that you are a happy, healthy, sweet little girl and your Daddy and I love you to the moon and back!!!!