Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Happenings..

Wow.. It's hard to believe July has almost come and gone.  This has to be the fastest summer I can remember.  Maybe it's because I am so busy with two babies that I forget what day it is and what is going on in the world.  I swear I was just in the hospital with Maggie and now she is about to celebrate her half birthday.  How is that  possible??

I can't believe August is just around the corner.  School is about to be starting back and I am usually in my "get ready to go back to work mode" but this year has been a little different. Being a mommy is the best job in the world and I am so thankful for my two little blessings and for the opportunity to stay at home with them as long as I have. I feel like I will blink and they will both be in kindergarten.  I wish it could be longer but for now I am thankful I will be home until January with them.  I won't start the school year but I will end the school year, and I can only pray that is the right decision for my family.  I hope I can juggle all the many hats I will be wearing come January and I'm a little nervous about going  back to work with two little ones.  I know a lot of moms that do it and I hope it will easier than I think.

For now, I am going to enjoy these months I have to spend with my babies and try not to think about anything more.  They will only be little for a short amount of time and I want to remember it all.  The good, the bad and even the tantrums.. ( Lord help me!) We've been soaking up summer and the girls have been having a blast.  Here's what we've been up to the last few weeks:
Playing outside and sliding and throwing things down the slide.  B LOVES it!
Swimming at Mimi and Pops house.  This picture is BIG time. 
B has not been a huge fan of the pool this year.  She will not wear her floaties or anything on her for that matter and she usually just plays on the steps but mom actually got her to ride in her little boat.  
Baby steps..
Sweet girls reading books to each other. Melts my heart!
We had a play date with our cousins, Reagan and Kendal.  Maggie and Kendal are 4 months apart and are now the smallest Haley girls.
B had fun playing with Reagan.
I got a GNO with some of these fabulous ladies to celebrate sweet Anna's birthday.  So thankful for them.. they will make going back to work a little easier.  
The hubs and I finally got a date night to celebrate our anniversary.  We had a fun night out with our BFF's.  
She loves the swing!
We had a zoo play date with our sweet friends Ella Grace and Emmalyn. The girls were so sweet holding hands.
MOre fun at Mimi and Pops.  She is too funny.. she put the hat on herself and insisted on cutting the grass.  lol
Loving on my sweet Maggie love
And having lots of fun at gymboree.

It's been a great summer so far! If only I could have my toes in the sand with a drink in my hand... oh well.. maybe next year!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Maggie Charles is 5 months..

You are a little ball of joy! 
You weigh around 16 lbs.
You wear a size 3 diaper and 6 mo. clothes.  You can still wear a few of your 3 month things.
You are usually a happy baby and you love for me to sing to you and talk to you.
You are grabbing your toes and playing with them like crazy.  I love that!
You are trying to sit up too.  You don't like to lay down that much.

You love to watch your mobile in your bed.
You love your changing table.
You love your bumbo seat.
You love your Sophie the giraffe too.
You are chewing on everything.
You love to look at yourself in the mirror.
You are laughing and cooing like crazy.
You have the sweetest personality.
You would let me hold you all day if I would.
You drink about 4-5 oz. of milk every 3-4 hours.
You were sleeping through the night but now you are back to getting up about once and drinking a bottle and going right back.
You take a few little naps during the day but you like to see what's going on.
If you fall asleep in the car and I move the carseat, you wake right up.  
You tried cereal one time and you weren't too crazy about it.  
We'll try again this month.
You love your sissy and love to watch her.
You are reaching and grabbing for everything.
You are trying to roll over but you just roll from side to side mostly.
You don't get a lot of tummy time.
YOu love to be outside too.  
You swam at Mimi and Pops for the first time and you loved it.
You had your first ear infection last month.  =(
You are just the sweetest and happiest little one.
I am so thankful for you and the joy you bring to us.
Happy 5 months Maggie Charles! We love you so much!

Friday, July 12, 2013


The summer is flying by and I know it will be over before we blink.  We are enjoying it and doing as much as we can outside even though its been pretty hot lately.  Thankfully, we've had a lot of rainy days and it helped to cool things off for a little bit at least.  Now, we're back in the 90's.  We decided not to go to the beach this year.. just too much with a baby and a 2 yr. old so maybe next year.  I'm sad to not see the beach but I'm soaking up all my time with my two little angels. Time sure does fly!  We went to the zoo last week with our friends, The Sumners and my bff and her little girl came too.  Brylee is such a big help with B and I'm glad we all got to hang out.  We had a fun day!

Sweet friends
Sweet girls 
B liked the fish
We all had fun on the choo choo!
Brylee and Mags
These two make me smile every morning.. so sweet!
Chick fil a lunch dates with Mimi and yummy ice cream!
Outside swinging and playing in our pjs
Asking for "more pennies" and loving throwing them in the fountain.  She loved it!
Play date with The Sumners and The Collins at Wee flip.. it was a fun place!
Love her smile!
Pool time at Mimi's.. B is coming around to the water.  She still doesn't like to wear her floaties.. she doesn't want anything on her arms but she's getting better about getting in the water.  She likes to sit on the steps and play with her toys.
Park play date with our sweet blog friends, The Coop's.  So glad we were finally able to meet up in person.  Both of our girls are only 1 month apart in age and I know we will be friends for a long time!  
The girls were so sweet giving kisses!
Burkleigh still doesn't cooperate too well for pictures these days but I'm trying to document as much as I can.  Mimi made her this precious bubble and it just may be one of my all time favorites.  I love a little girl in a bubble! So sweet!

I hope you are having a great summer too!  

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I still can't believe I have a 2 year old...well, until the fit throwing starts and then I remember real quick.  ha!  ;)   These days you are into your baby dolls and pushing the stroller and feeding them.  I LOVE it!
We took you toys r us last week to spend your b'day money from your sweet friend Lily (who we miss terribly) and you chose this stroller and baby you are pushing in the picture.   Thanks Lily!  B loves you!  She came with a potty too and she really goes to the potty.  I'm hoping this will help with potty training in a few months.  
You brought your baby with us to lunch and sat at the table and fed her like a good little mama.
You also got a new playset from your Mimi and Pops for your b'day and you are quite obsessed with it.  YOu want to go outside and stay outside ALL day!  You love the slide and and the swing.  It also came with a little see-saw and daddy hasn't put that up just yet.

You are still the happiest when you are outside playing.
You loved going to Aldridge G@rdens and feeding the ducks.
You are still a tiny little girl.  You weighed 25 lbs at your 2 year checkup.
You are still wearing size 4 diapers.
You can wear 18 mo- 24 mo. clothes.
You wear a size 6-7 shoe.  Mostly 7's.. your foot has grown already from May!
You are still a good sleeper but you put a fight almost every day for nap and bedtime but you usually go right on to sleep.  You still take one afternoon nap for about 2 hrs, sometimes a little more.
I try to have you in the bed by 8:30 and you will usually sleep till then in the am.
YOu are really starting to talk a lot more and repeat things we ask you to say.
You understand everything we are telling you but sometimes you don't always verbalize it.
You know how to get what you want.. you grab our hands and take us to what you want.  I tell you all the time to use your words.. I know it's coming!  
You are really into your ABC's and you know almost all of them.
You work your ABC puzzle several times a day and when I ask you to find a letter, you usually do.
You love going to the mall to ride the train. You are not a big shopper just yet.  :)
You love gymboree, barney, dancing, listening to music,  reading your books, playing outside, going to your mimi's house, playing in my makeup, playing with my bracelets.  You are even getting better about wearing your hairbows and you like to get new shoes now.  You used to pitch fits.
THank you Mrs. McCown for the book.  She loves it. =)
I'm so glad you love your books. This picture just makes my teacher heart smile.  
You love to read and you love for us to read to you and we do everyday!
Your favorite books right now are: ABC's, Three Little Pigs,  Goodnight, I love you, Pat the bunny, and all the Karen Katz books.
YOu are such a good big sissy too and you love to sit in sissy's things.
Most mornings when you wake up you say "Where's Da-da" and then "Where's sissy" if I don't bring sissy in there with me to get you.  You want me to get her and put her in your bed with you every morning.  It really is the sweetest thing.. already that sisterly bond!
On your birthday, you LOVED for me to sing the happy birthday song to you.  You asked for it over and over and we even blew out the candles on your little pretend cake. You were too funny! I'm so glad you liked it.

You are not a huge breakfast eater in the mornings and you will eat some but not much. You love your orange juice though.  But, by lunch time you are always asking for "num num" and making the eat sign.  You are a good lunch eater and you love some chocolate cookies and suckers.  Really..anything sweet you love!
Your hair is finally long enough to put in a ponytail and it looks so cute.  I got a few little small rubber bands and clips and you had the best time playing in all of it.  YOu are such a sweet and smart little girl...despite the no's you seem to say daily.  ha! You make us laugh all the time and I am constantly telling you how funny you are.  You make life so much fun and I'm so thankful I get to be your mommy.  I hope you know how much we love you love bug!