Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Confessions of a Guilt Stricken Mommy...

Today, I feel like the worst mother in the world...

It all started when I realized that I did not feed Adelyn any fruit today. Well, that's not entirely true. She did mash a mandarin orange segment into tiny bits at breakfast and inhaled 12 craisins without chewing before we rushed out the door at 5pm to go buy something to cook for dinner.

Then there was the matter of lunch. I fed her chicken nuggets and french fries from Chick-fil-A while driving. "The family that eats together stays together..." Riiight.

The real kicker though was when Adelyn fell out of the shopping cart at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I have to admit, I don't hold myself entirely responsible. After all, that european pillow sham did give her just the boost she needed to hoist her leg over the edge and make her descent to the poorly carpeted concrete floor below. However, they don't exactly hand out "Mommy of the Year" Awards to mothers of children who scream bloody murder, cry inconsolably, and have huge red welts on their heads now do they!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! This year we stayed in FL for sunshine & shorts on Christmas Day. Adelyn made the most of being the center of attention and we really enjoyed our time with family and friends.

One of my favorite traditions is the Christmas Eve service at our church. We thought about taking Adelyn up for the children's sermon, but after she swiped a $20 out of the offering plate we decided to wait until next year. (Don't worry, the $20 was returned to baby Jesus). The service closes by singing Silent Night and lighting 5,000+ candles. It is so beautiful! This is a picture Matt took with his phone.

I was worried that I would be more excited about giving Adelyn her tricycle than she would be about receiving it, but it was actually a big hit! I think the key was not wrapping it. She was kind of oblivious to the fact that there were toys, dolls, books, etc. inside those gift bags & presents.

What is it that they say about kids being more interested in the boxes than the present inside? That would NEVER happen at our house...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

General Silliness

After a couple of friendly reminder text & email's that I haven't updated the blog in over a month here is my first attempt.
If you didn't know already how silly Adelyn is, here's the proof...
She started whistling several months ago and thinks it is so much fun!
You mean, you don't wear shorts on your head?
(This was totally her idea by the way)

Where did that strawberry go?

Found it!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Yes, Mrs. Lilly..."

It may be hard to believe, but this sweet, angelic face is actually the face of The School Bully. When we first started going to Mom's Day Out I explained that we only give Adelyn her pacifier at nap time.

A few days later the teacher explained to me that she had to start giving Adelyn her pacifier during the day because she would take the other children's toys and pacifiers and watch their faces to see their reactions.

This Thursday the teacher made a few suggestions about some new lunch items. It seems that Adelyn has been stealing another girl's lunch.

So while I never hope or expect to get a call that goes something like "Yes, Mrs. Lilly, could you please come pick Adelyn up from school. She's been in a fight and is sitting in the principal's office." I guess I won't be too surprised.

Now, if you see this face...
Take your lunch and RUN!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Hoppin' Good Time from Adelyn's Birthday Party!
Daddy, the Birthday Girl, & Mommy The Cake Table

(The inspiration for our theme)

Cupcakes, yum!

We even had pink forks, spoons, & knives.

Cake Time...
Adelyn did not like it when we sang Happy Birthday.
She thought even less of trying a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting...

Later when no one was watching she tried a few bites
and decided it wasn't too bad.

Everyone made a page to go in a scrapbook for Adelyn to document her 1st year!

(Adelyn's best bud!)

Goodie Bags

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Say What!?

Adelyn had her 1 year check up yesterday and the verdict is in... She's off the charts for height! What's even better is that the pediatrician said she gets this lovely trait from me. And to think that I've been giving Matt the credit for those long legs all this time!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Adelyn Grace!

I've been a very bad blogger this past month but I promise to make it up to you in the next week. For right now all I can say is that my baby is 1 year old and I want to cry! This year has gone by incredibly fast and been so much fun. While there have certainly been challenges, being a mom is my favorite thing in the world! Adelyn brings so much joy and laughter to our life.
Somehow she's managed to be the sweetest little thing and world's biggest stinker all at the same time. Yesterday she started saying "baby" and today she started going from sitting to standing all by herself without pulling up on anything. We're in for another exciting year and I can't wait!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

11 Months

Adelyn is 11 months old today and in the words of my
5th graders...
Tear drop. Tear drop.
Sniff. Sniff.
Time goes by too quickly but brings lots of fun changes. Adelyn just started cruising last weekend and now she practically runs around our house pushing her Radio Flyer Wagon. I'll be surprised if she walks before her 1st birthday, we still have to master standing without holding on. But she's definitely moving in the right direction. She is more of a tease than ever and very playful. Chase and peek-a-boo are her favorite games. She's pretty good at hiding her face but uncovers it before you can even get "where's Adelyn?" out. Lately she's been throwing her toys out of the pack-n-play one by one. She likes to pretend that the red box you see in the picture is her purse. All girl I tell you.

How much longer until that stinkin' timer goes off?

Oh thank goodness.
"Hey Mom!"
I'm outta here!

Later that day I went to get Adelyn up from her nap and this lovely child greeted me...

And you think you have bad hair days.

Don't you just love the distressed look she's given her crib...
Matt was sure to remind me that we still have to use this
crib for our other children.

"Yes dear, I know."

We still had to make a trip to the grocery store that day so I tried to reign in the mess with a little water and brush. But once it dried it looked like this.

So we did what any fashionable girl would do...


But that only lasted for 0.01 seconds

So we gave up and went looking like this...
Inner beauty is what really matters. Right?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The New Normal

Well hello there! In case you haven't noticed, I'm a little behind. And not just at should see my laundry room. Life is just crazy! and as much as I try to tell myself that it will slow down and get back to "normal" I've had to come to terms with the fact that "normal" is long gone and never coming back.

The past couple of months have not only been extremely busy for us but also challenging in that "the little things of life all add up at the same time and take their toll" kind of way. The other day on the way home from the grocery store I was starting to feel a little sorry for myself about all of this and found myself getting discontent in it all. Just about that time a good ol' country song came on the radio that had all the answers. I've got to say, that is one of the great things about country music - they've got a song for whatever ails ya! Anyway, it was a good reminder for me that not only does life happen, but I'm not the only one who is busy. I was then reminded (this time by the Holy Spirit I'm sure) about how good and gracious God is. Even in the midst of life not being exactly they way we'd like, some really exciting and wonderful things have happened too!

One of those is that I got a job! Crazy I know. I didn't even know I was looking. Ok, maybe I did. But not too seriously. Before Adelyn was born I thought that I would like to continue working a couple days a week but knew it had to be the right opportunity. Last Tuesday I literally called to inquire, applied, interviewed, and was offered a teaching position in less than 12 hours. I am teaching 5th grade two days a week with the Home School program at our church and think that I'm going to love it. Adelyn will be attending Mom's Day Out at the church and is in the same building as my classroom. She will be doing art projects & having music class. I think this is hilarious. I'm not really sure what art & music activities you do with a 10 month old, but be my guest! I can't wait to see her masterpiece.

Ok, enough about me (if you're still reading I'm impressed). Here are a few pictures of Adelyn from the past week. We try to go for a walk in the morning before it gets too hot. Adelyn loves to "wear" her sunglasses.
Adelynflafa? The other morning Adelyn rolled out of bed and her hair was sticking straight up. Even after getting it wet and brushing it, it would not lay down.
This picture is my favorite. I don't think anymore personality could ooze out of that grin.
Here we are on our first day of school. One of us doesn't look too excited about it.