Monday, July 29, 2013

11 Months

 
Sweet Elizabeth!
 
You are 11 months old!  We are so blown away with your awesomeness!  That's not a real word, but it doesn't matter...you are just awesome, and we love you so much!  In just one short month you have started doing many new things...
 
You are cruising!  You pull right up on most things and cruise your way around to get what you want. You crawl very fast, and can really get moving when you want to chase mommy all over the house!    You are trying to climb up onto many things.  We have little chairs, and you climb right into those, and you also get up on the hearth, where your toys currently reside, and also have figured out how to get down without hurting yourself.  :)  While holding hands, you can walk.  If we let go, you quickly drop yourself right to the ground.  It's cute.  Last week you stood up on the cooler and you pushed it all over the kitchen...so you're ready for a walking/push toy!  Some say you will be walking by your first birthday...that would be crazy!  We shall see!
 
You have a really good pincer grasp.  You are picking up cheerios like crazy, and anything else you can find, and things quickly go right to your mouth!  We are vacuuming more than ever before!  Ha!  You are tapping on books and turning pages when we read.  You clap your hands together and like to bang on things.  You are babbling, and mimicking sounds all the time.  One of the cutest things you do, is after taking a bite of something you say, "Mmmm."
 
Ok. Another one of the cutest things you do is HUG!  It's the most precious thing.  You crawl right over to another baby/child and wrap your arms around them, sometimes you knock them over, and hug them.  It's just adorable!  You've been known to put your arms out for other people to hold you and when they take you, you put your head on their shoulder and pat their back with your hand.  You are so loving!  Beautiful and loving, a great combination, however, we may have to lock you up until you're 30.  Just kidding.  :)
 
And speaking of food...you are eating table foods!  Thats because you have 8 teeth!!!  Three are fully out, and the other 5 have broken through and are on their way down at different rates, but they're all there...Crazy! It's been amazing watching you eat things like bread, muffins, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, green beans, banana, watermelon, spaghetti, eggs, and some pancakes with syrup.  You LOVE sweet things and we have no doubt that when it comes time for your birthday cake, you will gobble it up!!!!  We can't wait to watch you eat your birthday cake!
 
Most of your 9 month clothes still fit you, and size 2 shoes still fit also.  You are sleeping from 8pm to about 6am, which is part of why we think you are so awesome.  :)  We're not going to lie, we do like our sleep!  Your hair is beginning to get long enough for clips, if you'll keep them in, and one day soon I will be putting your hair in pigtails!  Just you wait!
 
You are such a light to our world and it's a better world because you're in it!  We love you beautiful girl!


this cracks me up...






Visit to Little Rock

This past weekend we went to Little Rock to visit Aunt Vonnie.  It was so much fun!  We hadn't been there since before Jacob was born...so we were overdue for a visit!  While we were there, we spent time getting a grand tour of the family history!  We drove by a few houses owned by family members, and places where the Tuley boys would play and explore when they were young.  The main reason for the visit was to spend time with Aunt Vonnie, and it was super special!  She had gotten some toys for the kids and started up most of the clocks in her house for Jacob.  He got to sleep in the room with the most clocks...15 in his room alone!  He was in HEAVEN!  Ha!  That boy loves his clocks!  Here's a few pictures from our trip!
 
Jacob, Elizabeth, and Jeff in front of the house where Chappy grew up.
 
This is where Grandmommy (Elizabeth's namesake) lived with her mother.
 
Such a good car rider!
 
My sweet boy!
 
The trolley in downtown Little Rock.
 
Playing at Aunt Vonnie's house!
 
Sweet Memories!
 
Cute!
Thank you Aunt Vonnie for such a good trip and fun times playing with toys and clocks!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Beach Trip 2013

We just returned from a week long beach vacation in Cape San Blas, FL.  We decided to go with some great friends, Mike and Jackie and their three kids.  We had so much fun building sand castles, looking for shells, running in and out of the water, and taking walks along the beach in the evenings.  We ventured out to St. Joseph's state park one day, and it was definitely worth it.  Beautiful beach, sand, and calm waters!  Many memories were made!  Enjoy!
 
In the car, ready to head out early in the morning!  The 9+ hour drive went better than expected!  :)
 
Packed to the brim
 
Asleep along the way...
 
Day one on the beach...getting set up for the morning.  Our condo is in the back of the pic.  Great location and it had a pool, which was definitely fun for the evenings!
 
Mommy and Elizabeth
 
Boys hard at work building a sandcastle...
 
Ahhhhh....my happy place!
 
Sweet E playing in the sand.  I'm just gonna go ahead and say that she totally ate the sand...however she didn't really enjoy it!  Ha!
 
Jacob's favorite thing to do all week...run in and out of the water.  Every day as soon as we walked out onto the sand, he would say, "Mommy, you go in the water with me?"
 
Out for one of our evening walks on the beach...
 
 
 
A pic of Mike and Jackie and the kids...
 
Our sandcastle...
 
I love this picture!  :)
 
 
Family shot!
 
 
  
The water on St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park...so calm, so beautiful!
 
We had a friend come and join us...
 
What is a beach trip without a little airport?  Daddy even fashioned an airplane out of sticks!
 
Sand creations...
 
 
 
 
Cutie!
 
 
Dinner out at Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe.  Such a treat!
 
Family sunset picture!  So beautiful!
 
Smiling kids...
 
Crazy kids...
Awe...Sweethearts!
 
A wonderful week of wonderful memories!  We are blessed!