Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tea Parties with Daddy, kissing Alpaca's and other such stuff

I'm a little behind so this is like a big blog all rolled into one! We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Jamey and I were both off for Christmas this year. This was the first year that we've been able to be off and with our families since we graduated nursing school. It was a lot of fun. 

My sister and I have been really lucky to have our daughters so close in age. Alli is just 2 months older than Lyssie. As the babies are growing up to be big girls they are really starting to enjoy their time together. They dance and laugh and well they fight some too. Lyssie may be smaller but she can still put a beating on her big cuz! In the above picture they were dancing. You can't really tell but when all the pictures that I took are viewed together it is obvious what they are doing. They also had crazy shoes on with their onesizes. I'm so appreciative of the fact that I get to raise my daughter with my best friends daughter. Manda and I are so close and the addition of our precious daughters has just made us all that much closer. 
We also got to see Clarissa and Marky while we were in. Mark is such a sweetie! He's so happy and smiley it just melts your heart. I can't believe how much he's grown. Alyssa still moves just a tad faster than him, but he'll be out running her very soon! 
For those of you that don't know my mom has two Alpaca's that live in her backyard. Alex and Austin are pretty cute if you like that type. Alyssa has inherited Jamey's natural love for animals. She likes them all and she was happily feeding and kissing the Alpaca's while we were out at Mama's on Christmas. I think this is Austin isn't it mom? They were a little nervous about eating out of Lyssie's hand. I think mainly cause it's so small, but she got a kick out of watching them walk around. Our girls are so lucky they don't have to go to a petting zoo, they just go to Granny's house!
Lyssie got a kitchen, table and chairs and a tea set for Christmas. (amongst other things!) Since we got home she's enforced daily tea time with her daddy. It's adorable and he's a good sport about it. I'm sure you are tired of hearing it, but my husband is really a wonderful father. We are so lucky to have him. 
She does still runs over her baby with the stroller on a  regular basis but she's got tea time down pat. She'll have to serve you a cup next time you are up! It's a pretty adorable past time. 
Her G-ma got her this little apron. It's as cute as she is. She finally figured the pockets out, but be sure to check them regularly. I found my car keys securely tucked in a pocket before work this in the world did she get those????

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The many faces of Lyssie

Creative Lyssie loves to color. (She also frequently eats her crayons....)
Messy Lyssie loves to eat her food. She frequently flings food across the room. She has quite an arm on her....We recently started doing really well with our spoon and fork, but it's still much much faster to just shovel food into our mouth with our hands! This is a girl who doesn't mind a mess!
And finally Mad Messy Lyssie. I haven't gotten one of her in a full blown tantrum quite yet. She usually stops that about the time that the camera comes out!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

1st. LT Andrew James Kephart

Today Jamey took his oath as an officer in the United States Army. He will receive the rank of 1st LT. We still don't have his official date for Officer's basic training but it will probably be sometime in March. I'm very proud of him, he is doing something that he believes in and something that he feels strongly about. You can't ask for more than that. I hope that he'll wear his rank proudly and I know that he'll serve his country honorably. The first picture is Jamey with his recruiter SSGT Reyna and  below is him actually taking his oath. 

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Our bath time struggles

Once upon a time there was a darling blonde haired, blue eyed baby girl who we had to force out of the bath tub. She bathed every night and loved to stay in until her fingers and toes turned into little prunes...and then that darling girl grew up and became a toddler....

Bath time became the thing of nightmares. Overnight there was screaming and crying a skinny little baby trying to climb out of the tub. (Now at times you couldn't even get her in that bathtub. She'd enter the bathroom and the minute that the water came on she was off like a little flash pumping her little arms and legs as fast as she could in the other direction...I didn't know that someone so small could move so fast!!!!!)Jamey and I were beside ourselves. We went to bathing only every 3 days due to the trauma that bathing produced. We tried everything that you can think of, but finally my in-laws hit the method that worked....

Here's the method, which is totally ridiculous, but hey it makes bath time bearable again and we are finally back on a nightly bathing routine:
1) Take darling girl into the bathroom fully clothed
2) Turn on the water 
3) Place fully clothed darling girl into the bathtub with the water still running 
4) Hand darling girl a cup or bowl or other such object in order to catch the water
5) Make a large production of her clothes getting wet and exclaim "Oh look Alyssa, your clothes are wet! We better take those off"
6) Slowly, slowly remove clothing and diaper...slowly, slowly is the key. Make sure not to disrupt the filling and dumping of the water cup that baby girl is holding under the faucet...
7) Pray to God above that she'll not scream and try to climb out of the tub...this is the most important step in the process.
8) Lastly never ever ever try to make baby girl sit down and then wash as fast as you can!

Now the above completely ridiculous method works so don't knock it....however this "process" has driven home who rules the house and that would be our baby girl! But we are so happy that she's bathing again that we aren't complaining a bit!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gingerbread House fun

The finished product. 

Jamey and I decided that Alyssa might like a gingerbread house...and so today we embarked on this little bit of family time. In actuality she didn't give a big hoot about it, but he and I enjoyed it. Sadly we have made one every year for the last 4 years or so. We actually had 2 gingerbread houses because the first house was a disaster! Above is house # 2 and below is house # 1. House #1 was a Spongebob Pineapple house (I wouldn't recommend purchasing this variety!) and the icing literally pooled around the thing. We took it back and then bought a more traditional variety and proceeded to make it. Alyssa didn't care much for the construction but she did enjoy eating the candy off the house and she tried to eat a little of the gingerbread as well. You can see her candy colored drool down the front of her shirt. Jamey actually did all the decorating and he did a marvelous job. 

Monday, December 1, 2008

The very best part of being a mother.....

17 months ago my darling girl entered my life. She was literally the biggest surprise that Jamey and I ever had, but I've always loved surprises, and goodness knows that we were not disappointed! The very best part of being a mother is walking through the door and being tackled by my 19 pound child who then proceeds to cover me with slobbery kisses. I don't think that I could ask for a more wonderful child. My house is a perpetual disaster, I'm forever behind on my laundry, and I've never, ever been any happier than I am right now....Motherhood is truly one of the most wonderful blessings that God gives us. It's also challenging and sometimes exhausting, but it is totally worth it.