Friday, January 24, 2014

Macy :: 14 Months

This girl is getting big!!  She's 14 months now, does more running than walking and more climbing than sitting.  She's starting to communicate... starting being the key word.  She's got one word that means just about everything.  It seemed to start out being "na" for snack and now "na" means; snack, bottle, outside, walk, banana, done, look and whatever else she wants.  When she combines a head shake it means no and comes out "na na na."  She used to kind of say cheese and done but it's kind of all coming out the same right now.  It's most clear when she grabs her sweater (outside) or points to her stroller (walk).

Macy LOVES going on walks!!!  Marshall's school is doing a marathon challenge where they add up all the distances they walk up until May 9 and they'll do the last mile of the "marathon" together, so we've been going on more walks lately and Macy doesn't complain one little bit.

She's doing better about letting me do her hair.  We often pull the top into a side ponytail or braid and I have put pig tails in once or twice.  She used to wrestle and wiggle all over the place and get really upset, but I think she realizes it helps her hair stay out of her eyes and cooperates even if she doesn't like to sit still.

She's definitely a daddy's girl.  Colby's been working in Kanab lately and usually gets home right around bedtime so maybe once or twice a week she's already in bed when he makes it in the door.  When she is up, she almost screams Dad! Dad! Dad! and can't wait to get snuggles from him.

She's getting awfully bossy lately and kind of reminds me of Marshall when he was little.  Because they can't put their thoughts and feelings into words, they just use their muscles or tears to get what they want.  I remember wondering if Marshall would ever be nice about getting what he wanted and once he could talk he was a dream.  So I'm counting on that for Macy too.  If she's even half as thoughtful and sweet as her brother she'll be ok in my book.

She's bossy, but she's cute too.  She still loves shoes and necklaces and likes to love on her babies and stuffed animals.  And she LOVES her blanket.  She has other funny antics that are so girly that I just love.  Like this morning, Tyler and I went in to get her out of bed and she put both hands up over her mouth like she was so surprised and pleased by the attention she was getting.  It was soooooo cute!

Here's an example of her wildness.  Since she could walk, she's loved to climb onto this stool in  the bathroom and I hate it.  She's totally going to step right off of it sometime and crack her head open or knock out a tooth or something.  Well yesterday, she wasn't content to stand on her tippy toes to try and reach the faucet... she figured out the top of the cupboard door might lift her right up to the counter.  The stool was put away immediately.  Her wild side is going to be the death of me.  We were sitting in sacrament meeting last Sunday and something she was doing reminded me of the movie "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" and I half chuckled and half cried at the thought.  She really is determined and brave and I am glad for it.  But I'm also scared.  It's a weird mix of emotions.  

I promise to post some updates about the boys soon.  They're not changing as rapidly as Macy, so I think I forget to document the wonderful things they do on a daily basis.  But they are just as special and totally hilarious.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Our Silly Family

We got our family pictures back during the busy Christmas season and I'm so glad to finally take a second and blog them.  Here's a bunch of our crazy family.  I saved the "prettiest" ones for another post.  I loved those beyond words, but these silly ones just make my day!  A true glimpse at real life...

I love this family of mine.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wanna see our Christmas card?

Considering I set a goal to blog once a week, I had a couple posts thought out in my head.  But wouldn't you know it... I can't remember them now!  But I totally need to blog our Christmas card so I'm excited to follow through on my blogging goal.  However, I cannot get the back side of our card to upload here, so I might just have to type it in.  Our card was actually a postcard, which I loved doing.  I like to include a little bit about us but never want it to be very long because I don't feel like I have that much to share.  I may do the postcard thing a lot in the future.  We'll see.  

So here's the front.

I love the way our family pictures turned out!  My pal, Dallas, did a great job on them and I need to blog those soon too!  The are seriously gorgeous.

The back of our card read:
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Dear family & friends,
We are so excited to finally have made it to Christmastime.  It’s a favorite at our house, for sure.  It’s hard to think of much that is new around our place... Marshall is 6 and LOVES first grade more than any other kid on the planet.  Tyler is “pretend 5” (4) and is turning into one silly character that wants to grow right up.  Macy’s so loveable and is 1 going on 13.  That’s fun.  They are the most adorable kids, as you can see, and we, as parents, can hardly believe how blessed we are.  Everyone is happy and healthy, and we consider our busy lives are a sign that we are doing just fine.  May the Lord’s blessings find you, as well, this holiday season and carry over into the new year.
Colby, Andrea, Marshall the Smarty Pants, Tyler the Ladies' Man, & Macy the Tornado

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

I never make New Year's resolutions.  I just never think ahead enough and hate having one more thing on my to do list this time of year.  But I've been thinking about my habits and goals a lot lately and came up with a pretty good list.  Now it's becoming public knowledge so that maybe, just maybe, I'll stick to a handful of them.

1.  Stop calling names.  I have the worst habit of calling really lame, 5 year old type names.  Dummy.  Goober-head.  Poop-face.  That one's really embarrassing.  This needs to stop.  It became really eye opening when after being up for 1 hour and 15 minutes I had called two names and made it three by noon.

2.  Save some dang money.  It just needs to happen.  Last year I thought about doing this weekly challenge but never did.  But I might just do it this time.
P.S.  I do not love to gossip, but that blog had the best chart made... not even considering the cute graphics.

3.  Get rid of the things in the garage and kitchen that I do not use.

4.  Complete my Personal Progress.  Again.  :)

5.  Blog more.  AT LEAST once a week on this blog documenting family life and twice a month on my photography blog.  I have really slacked off in my blogging this last year.  Some say it has something to do with having more kids and a busier life... maybe they're right.  Haha.

6.  Attend a Power of Moms retreat.  I believe I have a few friends (Tara... Jessica...) that will join me on this one!

7.  Write a to do list DAILY.

8.  Be more accountable for my online spending habits.  I was trying to think of the best way to do this... like only one purchase per month for a "want" item.  I don't intend to limit "need" items because sometimes online shopping is just the best way to get it done.  But once a month seemed a little tricky... we need to start with baby steps.  So I think what I'm going to do is ask Colby his opinion of my "want" items and if he's fine with it I'll go ahead with it.  If not, I'll be getting a handle on it.  Maybe my plan will change.  I really think it's gonna be a lot harder than I think.

9.  Implement a better record keeping/bill tracking/life mastering method.  I picked up an unnamed (I don't want to bash their designs & system) kit  that I already don't love... I guess I'm picky... so I'm going to look around a tiny bit more before I just suck it up and use the one I have.

10.  Make a blog book.  I might only get the first year or two done... but I want to make some progress on this project!  I've wanted to for years now...