Sunday, July 20, 2014

Turning 1...

... when your baby turns 1, it's a big deal. You feel like you've come SO FAR... and they've grown SO MUCH... and it is a big deal... we celebrated Marley all weekend, because I just don't have the energy right now to do it all at once. Her actual birthday, ending up being a "wash out"... we had torrential downpours and cold temperatures, and so we snuggled the day away. The next day, we made our way to the zoo, one of her favorite places. She got to see her favorite animals, and even ended the day with some swinging in the park area. We ended the weekend with a traditional cake smash... there was no doubt in mind that she wouldn't love that... and I sure was right. Daddy has been gone for 2 weeks with work, with 1 more week to go, and so we REALLY needed to document the cupcake part for him (especially). But it'll be so great to look back on these photos when she's older, and see that she had absolutely NO fear of getting herself messy... LOVED her cupcake... and absolutely ADORED the attention (especially when we sang "happy birthday" to her).






































... for her birthday, we picked up a couple simple toys for her on our trip down at IKEA... one of them being this darling little wagon... it's awesome. You can adjust the speed that it goes, so it aids in learning how to walk. We filled it with her very favorite things (blanket, monkey, princess and zoo animal toys)... and she just loves it. 
















We picked up some cupcakes from one of our favorite shops... and let her go to town... 















the best part... Charlotte wanted to take a picture with the birthday girl, and Marley just EYED down her chocolate cupcake... and wouldn't let her get away without tasting some of hers. We might have another chocolate fan, over vanilla, in this household. 

It was such a simple and sweet celebration... but exactly the perfect way to celebrate our Marley Wren... just wish that Daddy was here... 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dear Marley Wren { 12 months }

Dear Marley Wren...

Sweet sweet girl, how has it been 1 year since we laid eyes on you, and held you in our arms for the first time? When Mommy laid you down in your crib last night, she just sat and watched, as you closed your eyes to bed... and just can't believe how FAR we've come. SO many milestones, so much character... you are one awesome little girl, and we are so proud to call you ours.















We celebrate you today... but we also celebrate that WE (Mommy and Daddy) made it to this 1 year milestone with you... 1 year of parenting you... and so many more years to come. You've taught us so many things that your sister hasn't.... and we thank you for that (even though we definitely might have huffed and puffed under our breaths as it was happening)... main thing, being an appreciation for sleep. 

You are such a little free spirit... filled with so much love, and so much energy to explore the world. Recently, you've definitely become quite attached to Mommy... but when you get going on your own, you could play for hours by yourself or with your sister. You are as independent, as independent comes. You are stubborn, especially when you're using your "one track mind"... there's no stopping you. In fact, it's scary at times, but we also know that we have to sit back, and watch you learn and make mistakes of your own, at times (don't worry, we always keep you safe). We call you the modern day, female version of Houdini... you can get out of any buckle... whether you wiggle, or will your sister to help you. Just the other day, Mommy turned around and saw you standing up in your highchair... the latch was as tight as could be when she put you in... but you figured out how to squeeze your legs in order to get up on your own. We laugh at it, and shake our heads at it... we're not quite sure how to handle this new part of you. We think you're just giving us a taste of what's to come, especially in this upcoming year.





You have added more words to your vocabulary, you're nearly walking, and you LOVE playing peek-a-boo. You eat everything we eat, in fact, if we don't give you something that's on our plate, but not on yours... you get angry. You still won't drink out of anything other than a bottle... and that's the stubborn side of you for sure. We try and try, but you always push back any sippy cup (the collection of different kinds that we've tried, is getting large). You sleep through the night (thank you for that)... and have 6 teeth total... 4 up top, 2 below. You love to be outside... in fact, your favorite thing is when we tell you that we're going "bye bye outside"... you smile so big, and attempt to repeat those exact words. The garden is your happy place, just like Mommy... you could eat all the strawberries that she picks in an evening... and have. You just lick your lips and giggle at the fact that you're covered from head to toe in strawberry juice, most of the time. Thankfully, garden duty is before bath time.

You are your sister's biggest fan... and something tells me that you will be, your brother's biggest fan. You are meant to be a big sister... no doubt at all. You are strong, and we know you'll be the one to stand up to him. He'll need that...

Marley, continue loving life sweet girl... continue being you... the one we love so dearly.

We love you,
Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte and baby brother
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Monday, July 14, 2014

When Friends Come To Town...

... there is bound to be tons of fun and laughter... and that's just what I had this weekend. My sweet friend Sarah and her little girl came out to visit... and it's always a great time. They helped me host a baby shower for a friend... enjoyed hours at the pool... and talked the night away. It was a true girl weekend, and exactly what I needed while the hubby has been gone. Friends are so good for the soul.













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Sunday, July 13, 2014

When We "Fly" South...

... we shop. We don't really "fly"... we drive... but just like the birds, we find our comforts south of us...

As soon as I found out my hubby was leaving for a TDY (military work away from home) for 3 weeks... the girls and I (really me) planned a trip "south"... to Dallas, to get some shopping down. We needed our fix of specific places: IKEA, World Market, Urban Outfitters, and Rita's Italian Water Ice. There's SO many more places than that to get to... but those are the places we HAVE to hit... other places... they're just "extras" if we have leftover time. Unfortunately, I was plagued with a terrible head cold that began as soon as we left the house... which turned into feeling "cloudy" during most of our time there. Head colds in summer... no fun... Head colds in summer for a pregnant lady ... oh my word...

cough... tinkle...

sneeze... tinkle...

blow my nose... tinkle...

I think you get the picture.

We made the trip as fun as can be... and definitely have some funny stories to remember this sweet little trip... our last trip "down south" as just us "girls"...











Also, take note... when road tripping with kids...pack all your stuff in a laundry basket... it makes it SUPER easy to "unpack" when you're home...
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