Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Meet My Dad" by Ella and Troy

Happy Father's Day! We are so blessed by Trent in our family. I am also blessed by my father, and the love and guidance he has shown me throughout the years.

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I've been completing this interview about Dad from Ella and Troy for a few years now. Their answers are always telling and entertaining! I originally found this interview on Pinterest
  • What is Daddy’s name? 
    • Ella: Trent
    • Troy: Trenton
  • What does Daddy do for fun?
    • Ella: I think he likes to play with us
    • Troy: Play with us
  • What does Daddy do at work?
    • Ella: He. . .  let me think. He studies with students; he helps people learn about the Bible.
    • Troy: Works on his computer
  • What are his favorite things to eat?
    • Ella: Brisket, jalapeƱo, a lot of things with onions
    • Troy: JalapeƱos, onions
  • What does he like to drink?
    • Ella: Diet Dr. Pepper and sometimes coke, and sometimes regular Dr. Pepper
    • Troy: Dr. Pepper
  • How old is Daddy?
    • Ella: Hmm . .  let me think. 33
    • Troy: 33
  • Where did you and Daddy meet?
    • Ella: Whenever you borned me
    • Troy: That's hard to tell
  • How long have you know Daddy?
    • Ella: For 7 and about half years
    • Troy: 1000 days
  • How tall is Daddy?
    • Ella: About 10 ft.
    • Troy: Taller than that, a little bit taller than that (reaching his arms way up high), 6 ft. tall. Wait is he that tall? Is he 2 ft. tall?
  • What is Daddy’s hair like?
    • Ella: Bald, pretty much and then he has little dots on his hair area.
    • Troy: No hair
  • How much does Daddy weigh?
    • Ella: Hmm . .that's hard. Let me think for a minute. Much more than me.
    • Troy: Huh, 10 lbs. Does he really weigh 10 lbs. pounds? How much does he weigh?
  • What makes Daddy the best?
    • Ella: Having fun and playing with us.
    • Troy: Letting us watch a movie.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
    • Ella: Have a day together and have fun.
    • Troy: Play with him

Happy 6 Months Annie!

The kids keep asking how many more months until you are one year old, and it is crazy to think you are already halfway there!

20160614-VW4A9553.jpg This month included lots of firsts, and many milestones showing how much you've really grown since you were born.

At the beginning of the month, you took your first flight and made your first trip to Disney. You did great on both flights! You also did well at Disney - generally only fussy when it was meal time for us (I think Murphy's law was in effect here!). You hung out in my Ergo carrier most of the time, and every now and then the stroller (though you weren't a huge fan of the stroller).  At Disney we got you a Minnie Mouse pillow pet . . . although you are still too little to have Minnie in your bed, you really liked it and were pretty cute playing with it.




During our time at Disney, you sucked on your thumb a few times, and I was sure it meant you would become a thumb-sucker. However, since then you've maybe only gotten your thumb once or twice and you seem MUCH more interested in sucking on your toes! You also continue to love to chew on your Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, and you've also enjoyed a new Aden and Anais lovie we recently got you.

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You've become an expert roller in both directions, and can roll on any type of surface (including my lap!). We recently got a video monitor, and we watch you flip all around in your crib as you try to settle down to sleep. Amazingly, you often end up sleeping in the same end of the crib no matter where I put you down. We've officially transitioned you out of your rock n' play sleeper and into your crib this month. It wasn't easy at first, but I'm SO glad we've made the transition. You fall asleep fairly easily most times when I put you in your crib. Although you still don't sleep very well through the night, you have started taking MUCH better naps now that you are in your crib. I think it really helps to be removed from all the distractions (also known as your siblings)!

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You've really started loving solid foods this month as well. You've liked pretty much anything we've given you including green beans! You didn't love carrots the first time I gave them to you, but I haven't tried them again. You've also gotten pretty good at picking up puffs, and are fairly content to sit in your high chair and attempt to get them in your mouth. :) As is evidenced by the fact that you can pick up puffs, you've gotten really great at grabbing things, including my phone!

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Your core strength continues to amaze me! You are doing well at sitting up - I'd say your skills are somewhere between tripod sitting and full-on unassisted sitting. We had Vacation Bible School this month, so you got lots of practice in your chair for Bible class, and you do a really good job sitting in the chair. The hardest part is when you got excited or sad because you start throwing yourself around and you don't have good stability then. You started playing in your jumperoo this month, and you like it pretty well although you aren't interested in hanging out in it for long periods of time.

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You continue to love to be talked to, and have really been enjoying lots of daddy tickles this month. It is easy to make you laugh, and we love the bright smile you show. You have two cute dimples that peek out when you grin big, and you even have a dimple up by your temple on one side. You are too cute!

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You are still small  - in fact at your 6 month appointment, you'd only gained 4 oz. from your 4 month appointment coming in at a whopping 13 lbs. 10 oz. (10 %). I was concerned, but your pediatrician reassured us that you were dong a good job growing because both your head and length had grown showing that your bones were growing well. Your bottom two teeth have yet to poke through, but I think they could pop through any day now.

Playing with Ella


Phantom "sucking"


Annie @ 5 (and 4) months
Luke @ 6 months
Troy @ 6 months
(I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy 4 (and 5) Months Annie!

I sat down when you were about 4 1/2 months old to write your four month post, but was never able to finish it . . and now you are already almost 5 1/2 months old! I feel like the past couple of months have been a complete whirlwind that included lots of traveling, lots of sickness (everyone but you!), more traveling, and Focal Point. I've also neglected taking many non-phone photos these past couple of months, but I plan to get back to actually taking photos now that we should be slowing down some. And, speaking of pictures, Luke managed to lose your 5 month sticker, so I don't have any "official" 5 month photos.

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I feel like kids have a sixth sense about needing/wanting something when parents are right in the middle of doing something important, and you are no exception to the rule. I have felt like countless times over the past month you've been content, and the moment I go to work on anything important, you call me back. Even when I first started writing this post, when you'd been contently sitting next to me in your bumbo for a while, you started fussing when I started typing. :)

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At your four month appointment, you weighed 13 lbs. 6 oz. and were in the 25% for weight. Even though you are only in the 25%, you have the cutest little (or not so little!) rolls on your legs and around your wrists. You are a petite girl, and people often comment that you look like a doll in my arms.

You love when people talk to you, and you love to coo and talk back. You might be our biggest talker yet (and if so, we're in trouble!)! You've slowly become much easier to soothe/make content over the past couple of months when we play or talk to you. You love when your brothers and sister talk and play with you.

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You went to bible class for the first time during the past month. You did pretty well, and I expect that you will really come to love class as you get a little older and used to the routine.


You have a lot of core strength, and often do what I call "baby sit-ups" when you sit in my lap. At your four month appointment, the pediatrician was quite surprised at how stable you were sitting up (you can't sit up alone yet, but you were very stable). When you sat in the chair in the cradle roll table, I was amazed at how well you did - you were more stable than I remember any of your siblings being at your age.

You've been teething for a while now, and at one point I thought your two bottom teeth had poked through, but if they did, they've gone back down. I can feel the "bumps" for your teeth though, and I won't be surprised if they actually come through any day now.

You finally started rolling (around 4 1/2 months old). You rolled from your back to your front first, but I think that is mostly because you HATE tummy time, and don't tolerate laying on your tummy for long. A few times I've laid you in your crib, and you've flipped yourself to your tummy which causes you to cry.
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You started eating solids around 4 1/2 months old. You've had baby cereal, carrots, squash, and avocado. You really like squash and avocado, and you get SO excited when I feed you a bite that you often knock the spoon away with your hands.

You love your Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, and can sometimes be soothed by holding or chewing on them. You've gotten pretty good at grasping items. You still aren't sleeping well at night, and I long for a good night's rest! I know it will come (eventually!). You learned how to escape your swaddle sack, and though I was dreading not swaddling you at night, you've handled the transition out of swaddling at night pretty well. You are also not a great napper - you'd rather cat nap all day than take a real nap. We're working on that too. :) Speaking of sleeping, one day I sat you in your bumbo (wide awake!) while I went to put the boys down for naps. When I came back to get you (less than 5 minutes later), I could hear a soft snoring. You had fallen asleep in your bumbo! I still don't know how you could sleep like that.



Oh, and I almost forgot . . .  I haven't gotten a great picture of it, but you suck on your toes sometimes! It is too funny!



Annie @ 3 months
Luke @ 4 months and 5 months
Troy @ 4 months and 5 months

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Happy 3 Months Annie!

Wow, these three months have flown by! Though I'm not sure how much you weigh, every time I carry your carseat, place you in your swing, or pick you up out of your bassinet in the middle of the night I notice how much you've grown. You also have the cutest rolls on your legs - I really need to get a picture of your chubby legs before the rolls disappear!

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And, speaking of picking you up in the middle of the night . . . I've been doing a lot more of that lately! Last month you were sleeping fairly consistently 9-10 hours, but not so much this month. Overall you are still a pretty good sleeper, but it seems like your pattern lately has been to sleep 5-7 hours, and then are up every hour after that.

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You are slowly transitioning to a phase where you can be contented with us talking to you or entertaining you. There are still times where you must eat to be happy, but you are definitely learning there is more to life than eating!

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You started sitting in your Bumbo this month. Sometimes you like it, and sometimes not so much. One of the first times you sat in it, you sat contently for 15-20 minutes!

You haven't started sucking your thumb yet, but right now I think you'll end up being a thumb-sucker. You chew on your hands and fingers, and you are getting better coordinated with your hands. You also grab your blankets sometimes and chew on them.

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This month I got quite the surprise when I was trying to catch a smile on video - you actually giggled at me. I was talking to you saying "I love you Annie Jane!" over and over, and you kept grinning at me. And then you giggled at me! It was great!



You also really like to talk to us. Here's a short video of a few of your coos talking to me. Your voice is so, so sweet! So far, I think you look the most like Troy, and I also think you like to talk as much as Troy at times!



Annie @ 2 months

Luke @ 3 months
Troy @ 3 months
(I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Happy 2 Months Annie!

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Happy two months! Once again as I write this monthly post, I feel as though you are older than your month age. Though you've only been on the outside for two months, you are definitely a precious part of our family.

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Ella, Troy, and Luke are always concerned about you in some way. I think if I'd let him, Troy would hug you, kiss you, and sing to you all day long. He loves to "make you happy" by singing to you. He sits next to you in the car, and he loves to hold your hand and talk about how he taught you to hold his hand. He'll say something along the lines of the following: "Annie's holding my hand like I teached her" and he is SO proud.

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You are sleeping really well at night - I keep telling people you are spoiling me! Most nights you sleep between 9-10 hours, and you've been doing that for a few weeks now. Every now and then you have a night that isn't quite as good, but overall you are an amazing sleeper. You love white noise and to be swaddled or sacked (as I call it) in your swaddle sack at night. You also like your swing, and take naps in it during the day. You do not like tummy time, but hopefully that will change soon.


At your two month appointment, you weighed 10 lbs, 11 oz (50%), and were 22 inches long (25%). It is getting harder and harder for me to carry you in your carseat...it is amazing the difference two pounds can make!

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You started smiling (not just during your sleep) this month and I LOVE it! You love to be talked to, and you often smile when we talk to you. You also coo back at us sometimes.

We traveled twice during this past month, and you did great both times. As of right now, you seem to like your carseat pretty well, and I'm SO thankful for that. On both trips we took you slept the majority of the time.

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I've gotten you to suck on a pacifier a few times this month, but overall you hate it most of the time. I still think you might end up being a thumb sucker. A few times over the past week you really been trying hard to suck on your hands, but you haven't quite figured out how to get your thumb out.

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We are often commenting about who we think you look the most like at this age, and right now your dad and I think you look the most like Troy. However, there is something about your pout that reminds me A LOT of Luke.

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Luke @ two months
Troy @ two months (I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ella's 7th Birthday Interview

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  1. What is your favorite color? Gold
  2. What is your favorite toy? My little penguin over there, "Ice Cube" that I just got for my birthday 
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Apple
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots
  5. What is your favorite TV show? Wild Kratts
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled cheese
  7. What is your favorite outfit? My Mickey Mouse shirt
  8. What is your favorite game? Candy Land
  9. What is your favorite snack? Peanut Butter Pretzels
  10. What is your favorite animal? Penguin: And I'll tell you why! Because this week and last week we've been talking about penguins and I got a penguin for my birthday!
  11. What is your favorite song? Love Is An Open Door (From Frozen)
  12. What is your favorite book? Meg Mackintosh
  13. Who is your best friend? Karsyn
  14. What is your favorite cereal? Chocolate Chex
  15. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run around
  16. What is your favorite drink? Capri Sun
  17. What is your favorite holiday? Valentine’s! I'll tell you why! Because it is closest to my birthday!
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My little penguin, Ice Cube
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
  20. What is your favorite thing for dinner? This! Chicken, sausage, and rice
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up? A firefighter
  22. What is your favorite movie? Inside Out
  23. Who is your favorite Disney princess? Princess? Aurora
  24. Where is your favorite place to go? Chuck E. Cheese
  25. What is your favorite Bible story? Whenever Moses spreaded apart the Red Sea
  26. What is your favorite memory verse? In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth 
  27. What is your favorite letter? P
  28. What is your favorite thing to do in school? Read books