Saturday, July 23, 2011

Addy @ Five Months

Addy Kay, you are five months old!

You are officially crawling and sitting up!
You wear a white edge prefold and medium covers. You wear a size 3 disposable at night because I cannot find anything that you will not leak through! (suggestions,  please?) You mainly wear size 6-9 month clothes, some 3-6 month and some 12 month, basically whatever is clean and will fit! Your size two shoes are almost too small. 

According to the bathroom scales you weigh around 17 pounds. You are still sleeping in your crib, but not as well. I think you are getting a tooth and want to nurse for comfort but we may try cereal soon. You are supposed to take a nap when your brothers do school, but so far you have different plans. I hope it is just the tooth disrupting your schedule, because you used to be a great sleeper. 

You laugh out loud a lot. You love to try and eat paper, you like to sit in your high chair and chew on a spoon during meals. You are not a fan of the bottle. You will take a bottle, but continue to cry and insist on nursing when you are through so it is not really worth it. You hum to yourself when you are sleepy and nursing. You chew on your toes and anything you can get in your mouth. When you get really excited you open your mouth wide and crinkle your nose! You are pretty good at playing in the floor and entertaining yourself, but if I walk by, you remember I am not holding you and you cry while crawling after me. You like to be held from 7:00 pm until bedtime, no one else can substitute, it has to be Mommy. I enjoy holding you on my hip as we finish our night time routine, but you are starting to get really heavy! You are such a blessing and we love you so much!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One o'clo-o-o-ck and all is well!

Okay, so it is one o'clock and all IS well, I'm just very behind on our blogging. But today we finally got back on track! We started school and I feel "back to normal" so maybe now I can devote some time to getting caught up. I'm going to be posting a lot about the past few months, I'm sure this is old news to most, but this is my journal/baby book/scrapbook and I don't want to leave anything out. Please be patient with me while I get caught up! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

First Day of School

My Mom always took pictures of me on my first day of school, so why not carry on the tradition? The plan is to start the first full week after Austen's birthday, but we were a week behind this year. By starting our school in July, we miss out on all the really hot weather, and get out in April for the really nice weather.

Ava takes her nap during school, but of course Sissy was going to have her picture made too!

Aiden-2nd grade
Can't you tell he is super excited about U.S. History? Actually he was very excited, but he would never want anyone to know!

Austen- Pre-K 
Now that's the kind of enthusiasm I like to see, or is that fear?

2011-2012 Class of Mashburn University ;-)
  Enough with the photo shoot, now let's get to work!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sweet Dreams

The day of Bryan's party, we spent the whole day with him. Errands, movies, lunch, grocery store, home, hair cuts, then back to Nanny's that night. We were all sooo tired.
This boy just couldn't make it anymore! That night, we walked in the door, took off of our shoes and were headed to the boys' room. Aus only made it to the kitchen and found the softest spot he could to land on.
Poor boy, wish I could sleep that sound. Sweet dreams!

Basic Training

Nanny invited the Burks' family over for taco salad and cake to celebrate Bryan's 19th birthday and send him off with our best wishes for Basic Training.
Especially with your tuxedo tee!
He really enjoyed posing for these pics!
Wait! We missed you blowing out the candles, re-light them, take two!
This picture is so funny to me, they use the same hair dresser and apparently she can only do one hair style! Quick, someone get that girl a bow!
So Bryan left the next morning for Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It will be another long 16 weeks before we see him again. Hopefully he will make it home by Thanksgiving! If you read this Bryan, we love you, miss you and are so proud of you!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Austen @ Four Years

Austen Lee, you are four years old!
Birthday Boy
Wow, it seems like just yesterday we were holding you in the hospital and now you are 4! You are a BIG boy! I can no longer refer to you as a "little." You weigh 39 pounds and are 44 inches tall. You wear size 5 clothes and are in a size 11 shoe.
2 years
You are always too busy for pictures, so most of them are of the top of your head or a sideways glance or are just blurry!
3 years
You are our "ham." You love to cuddle, rub ears, and just be rocked. We love it when you are sleepy and say, "can somebody just please rock me?" Before we know it you will be too big for these moments.
You love being a big brother. You spend most of your time playing with Aiden, but you also like to play with your sisters. You never want anyone to be in trouble, and you have been known to take the blame even when innocent to keep others out of trouble. You are very sensitive to everyone's needs and work hard at trying to cheer up your family members if they are sad.

Your new movie
You are your father's child, you love the outdoors, you are very mechanically minded. You are a very happy boy, you hardly ever cry unless your feelings are hurt. When you get physically hurt or are sick, you don't complain you just keep on going.

You smile all of the time, at other people, at books, toys and just to be smiling. You are so loving  and cuddly. You favorite book is Farmer Will. You love to play with cars. You will be doing "school" this year with your brother and you seem genuinely excited about it.

We can't imagine how dull our lives would be without you! Happy 4th Birthday to our baby boy! We love you Austen Lee!

Friday, July 8, 2011


A sweet girl...

trying a taste of her first sweet treat...

from her sweet big brother...

who very sweetly rocked her to sleep...


Thursday, July 7, 2011


Not crawling just yet, but Addy can definitely get around!
She got herself stuck under our bed, she didn't seem to mind too much!
She is getting up on all fours but can't seem to figure out how to crawl, but she can scoot backward and "army crawl" just about anywhere she wants to go.

So proud of herself!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

First Hair Cut

I warned you, we just couldn't take the comments anymore!
Look at all of that long hair!
Aus had a similar hair-do and it never fell out completely. He was still sporting a mo-hawk at 11 months when he got his first hair cut. Might could pass for cute on a boy, but not so much on a little girl!
The after. 
All I did was thin it out really good, I left it thicker in the back because I couldn't make her completely bald. Now I have decided she looks like Charlie Brown! Oh well, it will grow back, hopefully?
Momma ran for a bow as soon as we were finished, it really did change her looks. I cried a little, but now we are glad we did it. I am sure she will thank us one day when looking back at her baby pictures!

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Boys' Party

Aiden and Austen's birthdays are 10 days apart, we split the difference and have a family party on the Fourth of July. They still think the fireworks at the end of the day are just for them!
Addy provided the entertainment, she was so funny jumping around!

Two peas in a pod, they both like to talk to their food.
Daddy fired up the grill and we had Nanny, Papa, Nana, Poppa Kenneth and Mimi over for lunch, cake and homemade ice cream. YUM! Poppa Gary couldn't make it because he had to work. But we met up with him later for fireworks.
Aiden and Poppa Kenneth, I am sure they discussing a hunting/fishing story.
The weather was actually not too hot, we started around 11:00.
Since we were on the porch, we put the ice chest under her feet so she could touch. She would walk to the edge and hold on with her little monkey toes. It was pretty comical.

The boys holding up their new shirts Mimi made for them.
The boys were very excited, (obvious by the looks on their faces) they received clothes, books, fishing poles and of course toys!
The dragon cake. 
Nana gave me the instructions on how to fix this, it turned out pretty cute. I told if it did not turn out well, it would be all of her fault ;-) Next time I will do things a little differently. I am by no means a cake decorator, and have no desire to be one, in fact this was my first attempt. Talk about stressful!

My brave knights! 
I know swords, shields, helmets, bad idea!?! So far no bloody noses or broken bones. These swords are used to reenact Chronicles of Narnia on a daily basis. This was a gift from Nana, not Momma and Daddy. We opted for a safer gift, bikes! We had a great day with family and enjoyed celebrating our boys!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hanging Out

I picked this thing up at a yard sale before Addy was born. I thought it would be a life saver during school. We tried it out on the back porch...
and she LOVED IT!
She tends to lean to one side and get stuck! Then she gets distracted and starts trying to eat it!
Her thinning hair blowing in the wind! We love this baby girl so much!