A picture review

Review from birth to 2 years:

6 months:
12 months(on her birthday):
18 months:
24 months(on her birthday):


Happy Birthday Kyndall!

My Dear Sweet Kyndall,

I can not believe you are 2. The years have flown by! I am amazed everyday with how much you grow and learn. You are funny, goofy, loving, and you can be cranky sometimes too. Though no matter what mood you're in, I love you no matter what.

So what does being 2 mean for you?

You love to stand on the scale(I think its because you like to see the numbers). According to our home scale, you weigh 22.5 lbs.

I had Daddy measure you. You are 31 1/2 inches tall! A long way from the 17in you were when you were born.

- you still wear size 3 diapers.
- you wear a few 6-9 month things, but most everything is 9-12 and 12-18 month.
- you are obsessed with Minnie Mouse!
- you love jewelry, and everything is a "braklet."
- you start out shy, but by the time to say bye, you give hugs and kisses to everyone.
- you are the only girl in your class. You and 6 boys...
- your vocabulary is very impressive though only your daddy and I understand most of what you say.
- you know more animal sounds than I can think of, and most body parts, including your heart.
I pray the Lord will continue to bless us and you with your sweet and funny personality, and that He continues to watch over you and keep you safe because you can be quite the daredevil!
All my love,


Happy Early Birthday Kyndall

Remember when you were in grade school and you got to celebrate your birthday at school with your friends? OK, maybe not, but I do. My mom would always get a giant cookie and bring me lunch and eat with me at school.

So today Kyndall celebrated her birthday at school. It may be two days early, but she won't be there the rest of the week so we did it today. I took cupcakes for her to share with her friends. (I didn't post any of their pictures for privacy reasons, but enjoy the ones of her.)

Its hard to believe that 2 years ago today, I was in the hospital, being forced to stay in bed to keep the baby safe, and now we're two days away from Kyndall turning 2!


Prayers for Brayden

I have been following another mom's blog. Her most recent posts have been about her son who was born at 28 weeks, and who now has pneumonia for the 3rd time.

This little guy needs our prayers. You can find his story at Live.Laugh.Love, and their button is on my sidebar.

Pray for Brayden.


Christmas overload

Here is just a few pictures from Christmas 2010. I uploaded 165 of them, but there is no way I'm going to post all of them on here. Sorry!

Waking up to Santa!

Opening her puzzles from Grandma and Grandpa.

Trying super hard to get all the paper off one of her gifts at GG's house.

Her aunt got her a tiara and clip on earrings. She had to put them on almost as soon as she pulled them out of the box. We took her to look in the mirror, and she was posing and smiling at herself. It was too funny!

Her great grandfather got her a sports quad. Needless to say, this is one of her top 5 favorite gifts this year. She rode it back and forth from the living room to the kitchen for about 20 minutes. I can't wait to be able to take her outside and let her ride it and not have to worry about running into something!

From our family to yours, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!


Happy Birthday Jesus

I know you probably want to see pictures from Christmas, and I have over 150 of them, but let us remember the true reason for the season. So Happy Birthday Jesus, thank you for inviting us all to your party.


The Reason for the Season

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of this Christmas season, let us not forget the true reason for the season!

Luke 2- NIV

The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.


ICE at the Gaylord Texan

This weekend my family and I made a little trip to Grapevine to go see this years ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Texan Resort. It was pretty neat to see everything made out of ice.

The theme:

I guess the brother in laws need some help!!

I'm so mad at my camera, but it started acting up right after this picture so its the only one I got of Kyndall on the ice slide. She loved it! I bet she would have gone over and over again if she had been able to!

Here's my little family of 3 in our stylish blue parkas! HA!

Even though seeing the Peanuts made out of ice was pretty cool, seeing this made me super excited! The true reason for the season: Jesus Christ.

I'm not sure if we'll do ICE again, but we learned our lesson about tickets though! Purchase online and get there early!


March of Dimes

Well, its time of year again. Time to start thinking about the March of Dimes and their annual March for Babies.

Every little amount helps in the fight against prematurity! So if all you can donate is $5, don't fell bad. $5 is more than nothing! There is no price to high to have a healthy baby. I know several people who have had preemie babies, and I can almost say for certain that if they could go back and do it all again, they'd rather have a full term healthy baby. Now, they can't go back in time, but we can prevent it from happening in the future.

Will you please help? I have started a team called "Team Kyndall" and my goal is to have a group of people marching together and to raise at least $1000.

Here's how you can help!

Join the team.

Make a donation



Wanna win?

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Day 12: Christmas Decorations!

Today's theme: Decorations!

Our tree:

Front door:

Disney sidewalk lights: (for Kyndall)



Day 11: New Year Resolutions

I have not really given any thought to this subject yet. Normally I relolve to make no resolutions as I rarely have the motivation to keep them.
However, there are a few things that I need to get better at.
- Keeping better records.
- Putting away laundry
- Going to be at a resonable hour and getting up earlier than less than an hour before I have to be at work.
I probably need to resolve to lose weight and eat better, but we all know how those resolutions go. I don't know too many people who have said that and have actually held up to their word for the whole year so I don't want to set myself up for dissapointment. Now granted, it wouldn't hurt me to lose a few pounds, but like I said, I'm not going to set myself up for failure.


Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles

1. Carol of the Bells
2. Emmanuel
3. Oh Come all ye Faithful
4. Angles we have heard on High
5. While by my Sheep I watched at Night
6. Mary, did you know
7. Breath of Heaven
8. Christmas Shoes
9. The Chipmunk Christmas Song
10. Charlie Brown- Christmas Time is Here
Obviously, I LOVE Christmas music! I LOVE that there is a local station that is now playing Christmas music all the time!


Day 9

Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe

Simple and yummy!!!

Peanut butter balls:

18 oz. peanut butter
1/2 lb. butter
1-1/2 lb. powdered sugar
3/4 slab food-grade paraffin wax
18 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix peanut butter, butter and sugar. Roll into small balls and freeze (overnight if possible). Insert toothpick. Use double boiler and melt wax and chocolate chips. Dip balls and set on waxed paper until cool.



1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter
1 tbsp. butter
1 (6 oz.) pkg. chow mein noodles

Melt butter and chips together. Add peanut butter; stir until well blended. Add chow mein noodles and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Let set up and enjoy.



23 Months

My sweet Kyndall,

I can not believe that in just one short month, you'll be 2! My how time has flown.

What are you up to these days?

Height: 31 1/2 inches

Weight: 21lbs 8 oz

Hair: Its getting longer, that's for sure. I braided your hair for the first time last night! And I'm a little sad I didn't get a picture of it.

Teeth: 16!!

Clothing Size: mostly 9-12 and 12-18 month. You need 12-18/18 month for length in both pants and dresses. The problem is your waist is so tiny that 12-18 almost fall right off!

Diaper Size: 3...and I don't see us getting to size 4 before you're potty trained

Walking: yep, for 10 months now

Running: yes, almost everywhere

Climbing: Yep- on just about everything

Talking: up a storm! You add new words to your vocabulary everyday it seems.

Understands Commands: understanding? yes. obeying? not always

On the Bottle/breast: weaned off the bottle at 13 months, weaned from the breast at 14 1/2 months

Paci: Not since May 27

Utensils: Pretty much all the time, yet for somethings you still enjoy to use your hands

Tantrums: Oh yeah

Hobbies: dancing, jumping, reading

Others: You know many body parts including: chin, back, knees, and shoulders along with the basic parts like eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. You know(for your age) a ton of animals and the sounds they make. You LOVED Minnie Mouse and frogs.

I look forward to watching you grow and learn more each day.
You are my life.
All my love,

Day 8

Day 8 of Aly and Molly's challenge is your least part of the holidays.
-Feeling bad because you can't get someone what they really want because you don't have the money for it.
-People becoming selfish and rather materialistic.
- Trying to make everyone happy and mixing and creating traditions.


Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY

Day 7 of Aly and Molly's Blog challenge is all about holiday crafts/DIY items.

I can make tutus, and that's about it...I'm not very crafty!


Day 6: Gift Ideas

Day 6: Gift ideas- What do you want?
Lets see, what do I want?
1. Money. I know that's pretty generic, but living on one paycheck for a whole year is tough.
2. To be able to go to the grocery store, and not worry about how much I'm spending.
3. New clothes. I need ones that fit.
4. Gift Cards- Old Navy, Lane Bryant, Target, Brookshires/Super 1 Foods, Wal-Mart.
5. A new car, or the be able to fix the one I have. One that has good tires, windshield wipers that work, and a windshield that doesn't have a crack in it.
6. Guitar Hero for the Wii.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday

I know this post is a little late, I'm sorry...

Thanksgiving morning we slept in until about 9, just in time to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, while Chad was cooking. Kyndall really enjoyed it. She would dance to the music and wave to the people waving on TV.

After the parade it was time to EAT! We had turkey, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and rolls. Kyndall's favorite- the cranberry sauce.

Then, it was time for PIE! Kyndall only ate the whipped cream off hers...

That evening around 8, my brother and I went and stood in line at Toys R Us. I ran into several people that I know, mostly from work so the time went by pretty fast. For me at least. I'm sure my brother's story will be different.
Why did we go stand in line for 2 hours before the store opened? Well, for one thing, any later than that and we would have been behind the building, but the main reason we went was to got Kyndall's gift from her great grandfather.
He's giving her this:

I'm pretty sure she's going to have a blast with it!

We also got her this:

She likes to help us clean, but being only 31 1/2 inches tall, the adult size broom and vacuum are rather big and awkward for her.
I really can't wait for her to open her gifts. I'm sure this year will be a ton more fun than it was last year to see her open gifts.

Day 5

Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
My favorite holiday movie is probably Miracle on 34th Street, followed closely by It's A Wonderful Life. I also like both of the Chipmunk movies.
The TV show special is a little harder. I enjoy watching the holiday decorating shows on HGTV, and I'll sometimes watch something on the Hallmark channel.


Day 4

Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season

I will try, though I'm not sure I have to many so I'm interested to see what others have to say.

1. Watch sales ads. Wal-Mart price matches, but most of the time(at least from my experience) I have been able to find a substitute from Wal-Mart that is cheaper then the original item from another store.

2. Coupons. I'm really bad at using them. When I do go to use them, they have expired.

3. Instead of spending a whole lot of money on gifts, make something homemade or have a friend take family pictures and get cheap cute frames and give those as gifts. We did that once, and the pictures cost us about 15 cents to print, and we found frames 2 for a dollar at Wal-Mart.

See, I told you I didn't have many. Sorry!


Day 3

Day 3 of Aly and Molly's challenge: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received.

Meaningful gift: Probably the gift of becoming a mother to my wonderful daughter Kyndall and a wife to my husband Chad. Another gift, my engagement ring, and then a necklace I got from a friend that is a 3 layer charm. The bottom layer says "Kyndall," the middle "12-30-08," and the top layer is a cross. I love it.

Best gift: This is a hard one...My new camera, any gift from Chad or Kyndall, or the gift of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I mean, what would Christmas be without Jesus?

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