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01.28.13

Since Brian and I have been married, we’ve had 5 Christmases each year to celebrate with family. In one sense, it’s a blessing, in another it’s a lot to keep up with ;).  Luckily, two are up here in Dallas, and the other three are in Katy/Houston.  So, we usually celebrate with Dallas family first before Christmas, and then head down to Katy around Christmas eve and spend several days down there. This year we spent a week down there (part of the time Brian was hunting with my dad while I stayed in Katy at my mom’s.)

This was our first Christmas with our sweet little baby, Brady. It was fun to have a baby on Christmas, but I was still pretty sleep deprived and “out of it” most of the time while visiting with family and friends. The holidays seemed to fly by, because we pack in visiting so many people in such little time. This year we celebrated Brian’s dad’s (Clif’s) birthday on Dec. 19 at his house with Brian’s siblings and kids. We did a small gift exchange before heading out. Then, we hosted a small gathering at our house for Brian’s mom, siblings, and kids. It was fun having family over here for a casual meal and opening presents. Marilyn and Duane brought homemade chili and I made some cornbread. We kept it nice and simple :).  Then, Christmas Eve we drove down to Katy. Half way we stopped to feed the little critter and changed his diaper. Since it was literally the middle of Texas, there’s pretty much no where to go in and use a decent bathroom with a changing table. It aint a road trip without changing the kid’s diaper in a Dairy Queen parking lot.  (On the way home we stopped in the same town, but outside the town’s court house to change his diaper/feed him. In the rain.)   We arrived at my mom’s house Christmas eve and unloaded. Then, we headed over to my Dad’s & Daria’s house (which is thankfully 5 min away) to celebrate Christmas with them. We gave presents to the kids and opened some of our own before we all headed over to a neighbor’s house for a party. We enjoyed some amazing international home made dishes, but only stayed for 2 hours before it was time to head home with the baby and get him in bed. Since we were traveling on Christmas Eve we missed out on a church service, which I was kinda sad about, but we celebrated Jesus in our hearts.  Christmas morning we woke up at my mom’s and opened presents, followed by a big breakfast/brunch. My mom always makes Christmas so special for us! That afternoon, we headed over to my grandma’s in Houston to meet up with the rest of the family to open presents and pig out. Almost all the cousins were there, which is so nice. We all get along so well and usually laugh 95% of the time we’re together.

Two days after Christmas, Brian and my dad and little brother headed down to his ranch to deer hunt for a long weekend. Brian came back with a big deer! We’ve got lots of deer hamburger meet, sausage, and steaks to last us until next season.

It’s crazy to think about the events in the last year. On Dec 23, 2011 on our way down to Katy (literally 5 miles from our destination) we got hit by a drunk driver. Thank God we didn’t have a baby with us then! It was surreal thinking about that event while arriving safely at our destination in Katy  with our new baby on Christmas eve. He is good.

Here are some photos from our 5 Christmases this year. We are truly blessed. Sorry if I was sorta out of it, family. We really did enjoy spending time with you this year and can’t wait until Brady will be a bit over a year old next Christmas time!

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01.09.13

I had the honor of photographing one of the most beautiful 1st birthday parties I’ve yet to see. Little Miss Sloane turned one in early December and her parents threw quite the bash… but only for her and their adult friends.  They decided in lieu of presents that guests should bring a gift for Toys for Tots since it was just before Christmas.  The decorations must have taken weeks and weeks of planning and execution. I had to remind myself to take photos instead of standing around and taking it all in with my jaw dropped.  There wasn’t a detail that was overlooked.

The front yard was marked by a giant pink and while balloon #1 structure (maybe 8 feet tall?) so you couldn’t miss it. Right when you entered, there were party favors on the entry way table tucked away in cute little chevron printed bags.  The front room was dedicated to a gorgeous photo booth decorated with pink and white balloons, the beautiful Toys for Tots Christmas tree & gift area, the ceiling was littered with balloons draped with long strings to the floor, and the table was covered with the most amazing sequined chevron patterned table cloth topped with dainty pink and white cakes, cookies & cupcakes.  The room was glowing with candle light and just a touch of incandescent light.

Little Miss Sloane was dressed in the fanciest dress with a little fur and sequins to match the decor. Most of the ladies at the party donned some pretty form of sequins, as well. There was champagne and a full bar for the adults (once again decorated to perfection), a s’mores bar on the back patio – which was draped with chinese lanterns and twinkle lights, and in the back alley there was a food truck making wood burning oven pizzas. Sloane was sung happy birthday by a room ful of family and friends who love her and she got to dig into her own personal cake with her hands and face. Did I mention she had another cute little white outfit change for after the cake?

It was quite the event.  Happy 1st Birthday, Sloane!

 

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01.07.13

2 months old

Brady,  you were two months old on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas! How time flies. This season has been so busy and filled with family and friends. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to catch my breath really and all the while you’re growing so quickly.

You’ve outgrown your newborn clothes. I think I was in denial because I was still trying to make you wear them and it was sorta a fight to get them on you. Sorry, buddy.  You’re making lots of noises these days… really discovering your “voice” of coos and gurgles, which are accompanied by the sweetest facial expressions.  When you’re awake you’re AWAKE and alert and making noises. You even make noises while you sleep like you’re dreaming.  Some nights lately it seems like you’ve had night terrors, because you wake up screaming and your eyes are still closed, but you go back to sleep almost immediately.  I about fly out of bed at the sound of this. You’re still sleeping in your car seat, but we’ve put it in the stroller frame so you’re higher up and not on the ground where it gets cold at night. And yes, you’re still next to my bed. It’s convenient b/c I can just lean over and put your pacifier back in or rock your stroller back and forth. Sometimes I fall asleep while doing this and wake up with my arm on your stroller. You’ve averaged about 5-6 hours of sleep at night now, which means I’m getting about 4-5 hours at a time. Thank you!  You’re also taking some good afternoon naps and are slowly liking the idea of laying on your back more often.  We don’t really have a “schedule” yet because some days you’re very awake and active and other days you sleep for hours on end and only get woken up to eat.

You seem to think baths are “ok” lately. Your face is filled with skepticism, but you’re quiet and make cute little sighs as if you’re enjoying it. You’re impossible to keep clean/dry. You go through at least 3 bibs/day and sometimes that many outfits. You also have many blow-out diapers. Dawn soap is the only thing that gets out your poop stains. Dang, those are powerful stains!  Good thing I don’t wear “nice” clothes around the house when these blowouts happen. You’ll be happy to know that we’ve captured some of your loud “sharts” on video and  you have your own YouTube channel chock full of fun videos as you grow.

I waited until you were at least 6 weeks old to take you out in public (except for doctor visits), but I still keep you pretty much in a bubble even in public. Hey, it’s flu season and I don’t mess around. When we’re out and about, I use so much hand sanitizer it’s sick. Thankfully, Dad is still doing the grocery shopping for us (since we hit 3 stores in a day) but I’m sure you and I will pick that back up sometime soon when we can take our time during the week days.

You’ve been nursing a little here and there. I was exclusively feeding you my milk via bottle, because I was pumping to make sure you were getting enough to eat. You seem to balance both well so, we’ll keep at it. You also seem to be gaining weight like a champ these days.

At your 2 month check up you were 11 lbs 10 oz (70%) and 23 inches (50%) and your head circumference was 16 1/2 inches (90% – big head – it runs in the family.) You also got 3 shots in your legs and were such a brave little boy. You only cried while they gave you the shots and were soothed when I picked you up and you snuggled into my chest.

Below are some photos shot around your 2 month “birthday”. The photos of you and me together were taken by Daria Ratliff Photography (one of your grandmas) & edited by me.

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