Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dress Up

You'd think that after almost four weeks with a new baby things would get easier and you'd get into a routine, but I'm finding that it's almost the opposite. The first week+ I had help from parents. Now I'm helpless (in more ways than one) and I'm gradually adding things into our day like going to church (with just one kid for now!) and Toddler Time at the library. Most of the day I shuffle around changing diapers, coming up with toddler type lunches and making sure the wheels don't fall off of our Crazy Train completely. 

And now, some dress up pictures.

One morning last week our house was in the 50's (We don't have heat. It's a long story)
We're still really into Frozen around here. A girl at Toddler Time was wearing a Frozen shirt and Caris would yell out "GO!" every few minutes. 
Shortly after this picture was taken, milk came out of her nose. Photoshoot fail. 
Oh hey girl.
 They get it from their Momma...

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Thinking: about exercising but enjoying the "not being cleared by my doctor" excuse
Enjoying: spring and winter weather all mixed into one week
Feeling: good! after getting "lots of sleep" in 3 & 4 hour stretches
Wearing: tan pants, striped pink shirt. both maternity. and strangely enough, my bath robe.
Needing: to start Caris' DIY birthday present
Wanting: all the sweets and chocolate I can get my hands on
Listening: to the running space heater and the hum of this old desktop computer
Making: myself do some chores today
Eating: my mom's banana bread with cream cheese
Drinking: water. aiming for 64 oz a day, but I can't keep up

Happy Birthday

Happy First Birthday to my favorite Parker nephew, Cruz!

[July 4]

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Weekend

With Kent gone on a weekend retreat, Valentine's Weekend turned into...GIRLS WEEKEND!
{cue "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"}

New baby snuggles
Watching Frozen clips on Youtube
New Donut Shop
Breakfast picnic 
Chick flick
Girl talk
Cheese steaks 
Early birthday party

Valentine accessories courtesy of Gigi
11 of our 12 donuts because Caris had waited long enough
They went down the slide together. Again and again and again.
Caris said, "I'm done playing soccer with y'all. I'm pretty sure you cheat."
We talked with Pops a lot. 
...Sir PopsAlot...just thinking out loud here
Gigi organized the party and it was a big hit 
Caris learned to not eat wax candles 
Her birthday present from Aunt Anna. Another big hit! 
Like the scene in Forest Gump when Forest and his son both tilt towards the TV
Safety hazard noted: the scissors in proximity to my daughter's face 
Thanks for the fun weekend, gals!! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

10 on 10 [February]

Introducing a new feature! 
On the 10th of every month, I'll post 10 (quick, mostly poor quality) pictures from the day

*This is an idea floating around the internet. 
*Credit goes to all the people who are more creative than me.

A naked abandoned baby after breakfast was announced and served. 
Keurig pods from my generous mother in law and a mug that speaks truth. 
Running laps in the front entryway while waiting for dad 
Playdough. A Christmas gift from Uncle Wes and Aunt Sara.
No filter. 
She parked beside me as I cut strawberries. The hat, the basket...all her idea. 
"You just had a baby!" flowers brought by Kent to the hospital. 
After work snack on the back deck concrete slab.
Valentine's mantle. 
Afternoon nap.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Birth Day

Dear Liza, on your birth day...

I woke up shortly after 6AM. Little did I know, 12 hours later I'd be holding you!

I ate two graham crackers smothered with peanut butter with a glass of chocolate milk for breakfast.

Lunch? Leftover Papa John's pizza.

I had your dad, sister and dog go on a walk with me. I used my best peppy fitness instructor voice and exclaimed, "We're gonna WALK THIS BABY OUT!" I power walked a few feet ahead of them the whole way. Your dad didn't even call me crazy (out loud).
 I stopped once to get a picture. You never know which bump picture will be your last...
 Your Gigi and Pops left South Carolina and started driving down. I got these texts from your Aunt Anna which made me laugh, but I didn't reply.
This text from your dad was just another sign that I was losing my marbles. 
After this text, it was confirmed...Anna would never be a midwife or doula. 
And your sister had unlimited iPad time (she says thanks!) while I finished packing, cleaned the house and had your dad come home from work.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Baby Suits 2

Liza Shelly Suits
Wednesday January 28, 2015
6:40 PM

6 pounds 8 ounces
19 inches
@ 39 & 3 days gestation
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
psalm 139


Making: A handful of Sunday School lesson plans for our church  Cooking: Y'all...I made spaghetti noodles with scrambled eggs and gre...