Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Upon Request

As requested, pictures to make you smile!

Sweet potatoes and peas - yum!

this was our rainy day saturday where we all stayed in our p.j.'s for most of the day!

Trying to get your knees under you so you can crawl is hard work.

I love my books!

She sat here and played with her toys for a good 20-30 minutes while I ironed on Sunday.

One of our new favorite pictures of Mackenzie!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Family Popsicles

I finally finished a little project I've been working on. Since we live about an hour from my family and 3-4 hours from Brandon's family, I wanted Mackenzie to see their photos a lot so that she would recognize them when she saw them in person. Instead of a photo album or wall photos, I decided to laminate pictures on popcicle sticks. I used current pictures and a few older pictures so that I was able to get most everyone in our families. I figure with family popcicles, I can add pictures as I go and remove/replace any that she tears up. Right now they are just toys and a picture to look at. For now, I just want her to recognize the face, but at some point we'll be able to remove the picture from the bucket and name the person. I hope she likes them as much as I want her to! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

You woke me up for this?!

I grew up here in Texas and I don't recall ever having my picture taken in a field of Blue Bonnets (Momma, Rhonda, and Granny - correct me if I'm wrong). I say this because I had no real intention of taking pictures of Mackenzie in the Blue Bonnets until Erin, Mindy, Kim, April, and Marcia all posted pictures of their kids sitting in a field of Blue Bonnets. It's not that I was feeling competitive, it just occurred to me that I guess that's something I'm "supposed" to do as a mom! :) I will tell you this, had we not gone to Georgetown to visit Brandon's mom, we would not have done the whole blue bonnet thing. Not because it was a hassle or anything, I just wouldn't have made a special drive just for that. So....on our way back this afternoon, we woke Mackenzie up when we saw this field:

This picture spurred my title - she was not in the mood to smile!

This last picture is for Chloe, our new family photographer! We were trying to mimic her beautiful pictures she takes all the time!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Early Easter

This past Sunday, Brandon, Mackenzie and I went to my hometown church to visit my family and celebrate Easter early. Mackenzie was the most active she's ever been during church. I actually had to take her to the nursery she was being so loud during the sermon! I think it was the combination 1 hour nap just before services and her bottle in the first 5 minutes of service - she was wide awake! After church we went to my parents' house to have lunch. My brother, sister-in-law and grandparents joined us and we had great tasting ham and baked potatoes! Mackenzie doesn't mind big crowds at say, church, restaurants or stores, but medium size crowds (12-20 people) tend to freak her out. The last time we visited my family, she didn't really want to be held by anyone and sometimes not even smiled at! This time with only 8 other people she did great! Eventually, she'll get used to the bigger family gatherings - she'll learn that with our family there usually aren't small gatherings and most of the time it will be a big crowd. I'm looking forward to many more family get-togethers as she gets older!

Mackenzie and Granny (her great-grandmother)

Mackenzie and Papa (her great-grandfather)

I couldn't resist the two picture of Mackenzie with my mom. They both seem to have the same expression on their faces, but I didn't really get a good picture of the two of them this time.

My dad showing Mackenzie the flowers outside.

This was Mackenzie with my brother Ryan at the last family gathering - it didn't go so well!

This time - much better!
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