Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy 15 Months Luke!

The big news this month is that you finally starting walking at about 14 1/2 months (almost exactly the same time that Ella started walking). You remind me so much of Ella in how you look, and even how you started walking. When I watched Ella's video of her first steps, it looks so much like you. Unfortunately, I can't find the video of Troy's first steps . . . hopefully I will find it!

Luke walking from Lisa Kennedy on Vimeo.


You continue to be extremely vocal, although you don't have a lot of official words yet. You have gotten more pronounced in the words that you do say. You also love to "sing" and we often here your sweet voice when we having the radio playing. You've also started signing "finished" more frequently.  You haven't picked up any new signs, but I think part of that is probably because I haven't been as diligent with you. I've started doing other signs with you more often recently though.


You continue to be a picky eater, though you really do like to eat. When we put you in your high chair you start pointing and banging on your tray as if you are saying, "put the food right here!" You are also what I consider a very "suspicious" eater, as if we've given you something at some point that you really didn't like. When we give you food you often poke at it, pick it up and examine it, and then sometimes put it in your mouth.


You have a TON of teeth. When I took you to the pediatrician for your 15 month appointment, he "congratulated" you on all your teeth. Although you seem so big to me (probably because Troy was SO little for his age at this age), you are still only in the 25% for weight and the 20% for height. I still think your hands and feet seem big for your size, so maybe you'll grow into them. : )


You love playing with your siblings (for the most part anyway!), although you and Troy struggle sometimes. Troy still doesn't quite get that you can't "share" the way he thinks you ought to be able to share. Troy also doesn't always understand that you don't like him being right up in your face. You love to play "wrestle" with Ella, Troy, and Daddy. I think your favorite part is jumping on the pile. And, speaking of jumping, you love jumping and bouncing, especially when you are in your crib.


You LOVE the Christmas tree and all the decorations. When the Christmas decorations started coming out in the stores you'd point and yell at the decorations in excitement. You do a pretty good job listening to us to you "no" about touching the tree, but you'll go over by it, stare at it, and coo and talk to it. It is precious!

Untitled Signs you do: more (though you are "lazy" most of the time and do a modified clap instead of the official sign), finished (you do this sign a lot more these days).

Words you say: Mama, Dada, Eh-wa! (Ella), "anks" (thanks), "eeses" (Reeses), "eye" (hi)

Favorite foods: Yogurt, chicken (especially chicken nuggets/strips), grilled cheese, baby pouch foods

Favorite activities/toys: Books, balls, little figurines (like Mickey Mouse), cars. You love to "put things in things" as well as throwing. You also love to play chase with the other kids, and you've added a new level of "fun" since you started walking. You love to push things around too (boxes, your push toy - especially if Ella is riding on it, etc.).

Luke a couple of weeks after starting to walk from Lisa Kennedy on Vimeo.

Luke @ 14 months
Troy @ 15 months
I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy 14 Months Luke!

The biggest newsflash of the month is that you are still not walking! : ) I shouldn't be surprised though because Kennedy kids have a track record of being very fast crawlers, and very late walkers. You will take a step or two to try to get from one thing you are holding on to the next thing you want to hold on to, but that's about it. If we try to hold you up to get you to try to walk, you will be silly and not even let us put your feet down. You will "walk" if someone is holding onto your holds. Sometimes I think you almost seem more interested in climbing than walking.
You continue to be a very busy little boy. You love to play with toys and books. You also love to play chase with Ella and Troy. They like to play that you are the monster, and they will run away from you as you crawl quickly towards them. You really like your blankets, your pillow pet, and your little Mickey Mouse that you sleep with. You are SO sweet with those things.20141010-IMG_4659.jpg
You have an amazing ability to keep a straight face, no matter how hard some folks try to get you to laugh. I know you get that from your dad because I'm pretty sure I couldn't keep a straight face if my life depended on it!20141010-IMG_4674.jpg
You love to talk and communicate. You point and yell to get our attention or to point something out to us. You say "uh" all the time when you are trying to talk to us. Hopefully those "uhs" will turn into some more words soon. : ) You also really enjoy when there is singing or music. You often "direct" the singing during worship services. You will also put your hands together for prayers sometimes (and have been doing that for a few months now).20141010-IMG_4837.jpg
You are a very persistent little boy. Though you obviously know what "no" means, you are not often deterred when we tell you "no." Sometime you will even break out into a full-on cry when we tell you "no" because you don't like it. You are constantly on the lookout for our phones, the tv remote, the dog water, and cords. You are very quick at spotting things you cannot have!20141022-IMG_5238.jpg
You have a mouthful of teeth! You have really started wanting us to give you whole pieces of food that you can gnaw on rather than breaking it up. We've got to keep a very careful eye on you! You continue to be quite the picky eater, though I did finally get you to eat (and like!) some eggs recently (which you had been refusing before). One thing that there is no doubt that you like is ice cream. We had some one night at a restaurant and you were yelling at me because I couldn't get the bites to you fast enough. When it was time to leave, you yelled again because you wanted more. On a different occasion we were buying some Blue Bell and you screamed loudly with excitement in the store. I don't know if you really knew what it was or not, but it was too funny! 20141031-IMG_5546.jpg

Signs you do: more (though you are "lazy" most of the time and do a modified clap instead of the official sign), finished

Words you say: Mama, Dada, Eh-wa! (Ella)

Favorite foods: Yogurt, chicken (especially chicken nuggets/strips), grilled cheese

Favorite activities/toys: Books, balls, little figurines (like Mickey Mouse), cars. You love to "put things in things" as well as throwing. You also love to play chase with the other kids.

Luke @ 13 months
Troy @ 14 months
I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Halloween from . . .

Anna of Arendelle20141031-IMG_5522.jpg

Toothless the Dragon20141031-IMG_5533.jpg
and Superman!

 And, some fun at the pumpkin patch! 20141022-IMG_5168.jpg 20141022-IMG_5259.jpg20141022-IMG_5327.jpg20141022-IMG_5196.jpg

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy 13 Months Luke!

So to say the last couple of months have been busy would be a huge understatement! I hate that I'm so late posting this, but I'm finally doing it now! Hopefully I won't get too confused with what you were doing last month and the current month. : )

You are a very, very busy little boy. This month we opened up your barrier (we'd been keeping you barricaded in the living room to play), and you've loved all the new places in the house you can explore. We've got the house babyproofed pretty well, but you always look to see if we forgot to put Reeses' water up. You love to splash in it and make a big mess if you find it within your reach.
You aren't walking yet, but you are a very, very fast crawler. You crawl like crazy chasing Ella and Troy. You also love to play "fetch" by yourself. You'll throw a ball or other toy across the room, and then crawl quickly to grab it and throw it again. 20140927-IMG_4291.jpg
You are into EVERYTHING.  You love to play with your toys and books. You are busy putting toys in baskets, buckets, or bowls. You love to "cook" (stir with a spoon or other object). You often carry your toys around as you crawl throughout the house.20140924-IMG_4130.jpg
For your first birthday we gave you a pillow pet and a super soft fluffy blanket. You LOVE them. You are so sweet with them, laying your head on them. You still love your Aiden and Anais blankets, and still like to chew on the tags. I'm thankful you like those swaddling blankets - so easy for us to carry around with us because they are lightweight and don't take up much space.20140919-IMG_3896.jpg
You have become quite the picky eater which is funny to me since you were a better eater than Ella or Troy when you were younger. You love bananas, yogurt, chicken, nutrigrain bars, grilled cheese, and quesadillas. You'll also eat other things, but you aren't consistent in what you like. One day you'll eat something, and the next you'll look at me like I'm crazy for giving you that food.20140919-IMG_3944.jpg

Signs you do: more (though you are "lazy" most of the time and do a modified clap instead of the official sign), finished

Words you say: Mama, Dada, Eh-wa! (Ella)

Favorite foods: Yogurt, chicken (especially chicken nuggets/strips), grilled cheese

Favorite activities/toys: Books, balls, little figurines (like Mickey Mouse), cars. You love to "put things in things" as well as throwing.

Luke @ 12 months
Troy @ 13 months
I didn’t start writing these monthly posts for Ella until she was 17 months old

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Troy's 4th Birthday Interview

  1. What is your favorite color? Purple
  2. What is your favorite toy? Dinosaur toy that has that man that has those things that shoot out
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Oranges
  4. What is your favorite TV show? Wild Kratts and Mickey Mouse
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chicken nuggets and Macaroni
  6. What is your favorite outfit? Disney shirts
  7. What is your favorite game? Hungry Hungry Hippo. The game where the crocodiles try to bite the balls into their tummy.
  8. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn
  9. What is your favorite animal? Lion
  10. What is your favorite song? This World Is Not My Home
  11. What is your favorite book? Hiccup Clifford Book
  12. Who is your best friend? Karsyn
  13. What is your favorite cereal? Cereal with milk and sugar
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with our compass
  15. What is your favorite drink? Coffee and Sweet tea
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter and Thanksgiving 
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Puppy
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Oatmeal
  19. What is your favorite thing for dinner? Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes And Regular Meat - the sausage meat is the regular meat. I like sausage too. I like it so much. Whenever it is spicy on my tongue, I get a drink and I feel a little better.
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a Christian {check this link}
  21. What is your favorite movie? Puss in Boots
  22. Where is your favorite place to go? My grandma's house
  23. What is your favorite Bible story? Peter and John going in jail
  24. What is your favorite memory verse? Genesis 1:1
  25. What is your favorite letter? T O Y
Troy's 3rd Birthday Interview
All the kids birthday interviews

Monday, September 22, 2014

Six Things I Want My Young Kids To Know

Parenting is constantly on my mind. I can't imagine it not being on my mind when I have three little ones filling my house with stories, laughter, and even tears. Parenting is at least a daily conversation with my husband as we discuss how things are going with our children and how we'd either like to keep doing things the same way or how we need to make changes as needed. These are just a few of the things we want our young kids to know.
  1. I want them to know that we love them. Seems obvious, right? But by understanding that we love them, we lay the foundation for everything else. Without that relationship, it would be virtually impossible to be an effective parent.
  2. I want them to know that mama and daddy are a team. We make decisions together. One of us is not the "good guy" and the other one of us is not the "bad guy." They aren't going to "get away" with something with one parent, but not the other. We back each other up. We defend each other. And we both expect the best from them.
  3. I want them to know that we want to listen to them and talk to them. In one of my favorite parenting books, Your Mama Don't Dance, the authors make the point that if you want your kids to talk to you when they are teenagers, you've got to talk to them when they are toddlers. What a profound thought! Communication is key to any relationship, especially the parent-child relationship. I want my kids to know if they want to talk (and they do!), we're here to listen to them.
  4. I want them to know that we expect their respect. Ella and Troy probably couldn't define the word "respect" for you, but I expect them to know what respect looks like. Respect looks like obedience to their parents. Respect looks like not interrupting when adults are talking unless there is something really important going on. Respect looks like kindness to their siblings (and others). Respect looks like not leaving people out of the group. Respect looks like using "yes, ma'am," "no, sir," "please," "excuse me," and "thank you." Respect looks like listening to others. Respect looks like accepting "no" as "no" and not going on and on about something.
  5. I want them to know that we expect their obedience. Something I read or heard somewhere really struck me when it comes to the idea of obedience. Part of the reason I want to my kids to be obedient is so that they can learn to be obedient to God. I do a great disservice to my children if I teach them that I don't expect them to obey.
  6. I want them to know that God is not only first in our lives, He is the reason we live. That being a Christian isn't a part-time gig or simply another thing on our schedule. In order for them to know that, we must live it by the words we speak, the things we do, the way we act, and the things that we choose to be a part of. 20140905-IMG_3565.jpg20140910-IMG_3757.jpg