Thursday, October 8, 2009

14 Months Old

Can you believe Isabella is 14 months old? The last couple of months have been a whirlwind. We had a big birthday bash to celebrate Isabella's first birthday, students moved in at MC, I started my last graduate school class and Jacob started his third year teaching at Clinton. Since August Isabella has really blossomed. As her grandaddy is Birmingham says, she's really becoming her own little person.

Isabella has a cute little personality. She is very expressive with her face. She'll sing songs from her car seat as the radio plays. And she even likes to dance! Isabella has shown her preferences as well lately. For several weeks we struggled with whining while in the high chair for meals. We are teaching her patience and the meaning of no. :) Currently we are trying to teach Isabella to not get into things rather than "baby proofing". We'll let you know how that turns out...
With the fall weather cooling off we have recently been stocking up on some new items for Isabella's wardrobe. I love the fun clothes they have for little girls now. I've been able to find her some great items without breaking the bank.

Although she may look unhappy in the following picture, she's actually in her element. One of her favorite things to do these days is take books off of daddy's book shelf and "read". Many have asked if she is walking yet. The answer is no. She's working on it. She cruises around from one furniture piece to the next. She is definitely my child because she is very very cautious in walking. The good thing though is that she's pretty resilient if she does fall. She'll get right back up and keep going. Doesn't even cry most times.

We've been adventurous in trying new solids. This girl loves some beans! This is a good things because sometimes she really needs more fiber. Ha! Poor girl has some tummy troubles at times.

Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen. I'm so excited for we she starts really talking. For now she tells us long stories but I'm not quite sure what "lidle deedle deedle" means. She does say milk, book, mama, and dada pretty well though. At times it really sounds like she's saying "I love you" also.

Lastly, we cut our fifth tooth this week. She woke up three times crying the other night and I just though she was over tired. Silly mama! I should have suspected another tooth considering she had been chewing on things all day and rubbing her bottom jaw back and forth!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Show us your...Dinner Recipes!

Welcome everyone! Thanks for stopping by from Kelly's blog. This week on her "Show Us Your Life" tour we're sharing our favorite dinner recipes. You can check out my recipe for Chicken Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce HERE on my recipe blog.

Another one of our family's recent favorites is...


1 pack McCormick's White Chicken Chili seasoning
2 cans of chicken (undrained)
1 can of white beans (or diced potatoes...I prefer potatoes and my husband prefers beans)
1 small can cream corn or regular corn
1 can diced tomatoes

Pour everything into a large pot. You do not need to drain anything. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with shredded cheese and sour cream if you like.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Days on the beach - Gulf Shores 2009

First day at the beach - checking out Mommy's book

Worn out after the first day

Day two - content in her pool

Once she finally calmed down for nap time, she was out!

Awake - are we still here?? It's so sandy.

Where are we going now?

I think she was excited to go take a bath.

A little late for the sunset...

Pool Time at the Beach

At the pool

Getting ready with Daddy

Checking things out

Swimming with Mommy

Splashing with Daddy

Learning to Pattycake with Yaya

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


No, we're not moving. Isabella is though! Saturday night we helped my new boss move into her apartment. Isabella sat contently in her car seat until she got hot. I took her out and sat her on the floor of my bosses apartment. She eventually started rolling around like she normally does but then stopped and proceeded to sit herself up. This is the first time she's done this by herself!

Sunday morning I put her down for her nap after church. A few minutes later I walked back through her room to get something and found her sitting up again! Thankfully she laid herself back down and eventually went to sleep.

Jacob and I are so proud of her sitting herself up and now tonight she surprised us with another milestone. I didn't catch it on video the first few "steps" but I got it the second time. Gone are the days of sitting her on the floor and taking my eyes off her!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cheesy Name - Great Product!

A few of my friends have been asking me lately about baby products that I use. For any of you out there who are considering nursing your baby, I encourage you to invest in this product.

We paid about $40 for this nursing pillow called "My Brestfriend" and it has been worth every penny. I received a Boppy pillow at one of my baby showers so I tried it out for the first week of nursing. After a week I grew very frustrated with the Boppy so my mom went to Babies R Us and got this pillow for me. It's much sturdier than the Boppy and stays in place so that your little one doesn't fall in between your abdomen and the pillow.

It may have a cheesy name but I believe that this pillow has really helped me to stick with nursing for this long.