Saturday, June 28, 2014

What we've been up to...

Playing at the library...

 Reading lots of books...
 Exploring and making a mess...
Playing in her new pool...

 Riding bikes...
 Tying new foods (quinoa)...
 (refrigerator oatmeal and whole milk)
Searching for the perfect new bathing suit for summer...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

12 months

Better late than never :)

Weight: 17.5 lbs.
Length: 28 inches
Hair/Eyes: Dirty blonde and hazel 
Clothing: 9-12 months 
Flips: shortest setting, 4 snaps in...will this ever change?

HG nurses 4 times a day usually around 7,11,3,7.  She eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with us.  She is still a lover of all Mexican dishes, yogurt, and all veggies.  She is starting to prefer to eat what we are eating, and likes the independence of feeding herself peas and carrots, beans, cherry tomatoes and such.  HG naps twice a day usually around 9-11 and 1-3.  

- HG loves going on walks.  She points out the birds, and when she hears dogs barking she will "bark" or grunt back at them.  When we ask her what the doggy says, she makes this same grunting/barking sound :)

-  HG reads with her feet.  She props the book up on her feet and turns the pages.  HG prefers books over toys 9 times out of 10.

-  She is saying Mama, Dada, more, bird, light, bye-bye.  She understands everything!  It is amazing to think about how her little mind can comprehend what we are telling her now.  She listens when we tell her "no ma'am", and will look back at us and grin. 

-  HG crawls all over the house and although she can crawl on her hands and knees, she prefers to army crawl. 

-  HG's hair is getting curls!

-  The day before her birthday she pulled up in the crib for the first time to her knees and then to standing.  When she was supposed to be settling down for a nap, I heard high pitch, girly screaming, as though Zach Morris just asked her out to grab a milkshake at the Max.  She was so tickled that she pulled up to standing, then proceeded to eat the crib :)

-  She has 6 teeth, 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom.

-  Everyone still comments on her sweet disposition.  HG has a sweet soul, and a gentle spirit.  Not too much upsets her except going to bed at night.  She doesn't like to miss out on any fun.  


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


HG and I went to Virginia for my cousin's wedding.  This was HG's first time on an airplane!
 First stop in Richmond was to meet Marty's Grandmother, HG's Great Grandma Cates.
 HG loved Great Grandma Cates' TV and playing patty cake with her.
That evening, the Cates had lots of family over for HG to meet for the first time as well, and I forgot to take pictures :(

The next morning we traveled to Roanoke for the wedding weekend!
 Hatley-Grace slept pretty well in her pack n play and enjoyed a treat of morning TV and Cherrios in bed.
 We celebrated HG's birthday with a lunch out to Panera.  She was spoiled by her Grandparents, Great  Grandparents and Aunt B.

 HG did beautifully during the hot, outdoor ceremony with my Dad.
 A water bottle is the best distraction for sure!
 I love this shot of my Grandmother with HG.
HG and I made a quick visit to Blacksburg to visit Tech.  I just loved seeing what they have added to the campus and town.
 First stop was to the Horticulture Gardens where Marty and I got engaged.  They have added a new event house and lots of beautiful plants and sitting areas.  HG is on a bench where we got engaged :)
 We stopped by Lane Stadium as well.
 Then we ventured to the drill field and took some classic Tech shots, thanks to the kind Hokies walking by.

 HG was super hungry, so we stopped at Moes which was not there when we went to Tech.  I wish we could have gone to a more local fun place, but being alone with HG I knew mexican would be her favorite and something we could share.  She probably ate 1/2 my burrito bowl.  Cabo will have to wait until Marty and I can return.
After lunch, we drove 3 1/2 hours to Richmond to visit with my college roomies.  HG napped most of the trip.
 HG and I had a fun adventure together in Virginia!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

For the family...

Here are all the pictures we took from Hattie-Grace's birthday party if you are interested.

Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Hatley-Grace!!!
On the morning of her party, Hattie-Grace sat up for the first time (6/8).  I walked into her room after her nap to see this sweet face. 
 We celebrated HG's birthday on Sunday with a watermelon themed party.  My small group girls were able to come and help us party :)
 My cousin Emma is living with us this summer and doing and internship at our church.  She was a HUGE help in making this party a success!
We served the Pioneer Woman's watermelon pico de gallo and a watermelon cucumber salad.  The pico de gallo was a crowd favorite!
We also had a fun popcorn bar at the other end of the table with lots of toppings.  I stamped watermelons on the paper bag to have it correlate with the theme :)
I made a board with HG's monthly pictures on it that you can see in the background of this shot of the lovely girls!
I made pink and white pom-poms and watermelon banners to decorate the lanai.  Anyone have a need for lots of watermelon banners?
 One of HG's buddies.
We had the dessert table on the lanai.  We served chocolate cake, blueberry yogurt cake, peach pound cake with peaches from our tree, sprinkle cookies and strawberry cookies.  HG's smash cake is in the middle, which made a few for leftovers and her friends.  Click for the recipes. 

 HG was a true girly girl and didn't want to touch the icing.  She enjoyed a bite or two and then was done.

 These family shots are so precious to me.  We hardly ever get pictures with all three of us together.

 Our big one year old!