Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014.

Christmas 2014 was wonderful! Prepare for the holiday photo dump in no particular order at all...
 Coordinating jammies on Christmas morning. 

 Enjoying the view with Papa G. 

 Coop got very good at opening presents. :) 

 Claire enjoying her gifts ;) 

 Four stockings hung with care.

 Uncle Brad was here! 

 So was Valentina! 

 Baby's First...

All dressed up for church! 

 Papa JJ making Claire giggle. 

 Uncle Trav and Ryan enjoying the spirit(s).

I brought down all of our Christmas books and let Cooper open two each day to keep out and read. 

 Coop's Little People Nativity got plenty of action. 

 Singing carols with great-aunt Leslie and second cousins! 

 Building a snowman with Daddy! 

 So festive!

Advent reading with Daddy. 

Day after Christmas bowling with my fam...Coop LOVED it! 

2014 was such a blessed year for our family...Happy 2015! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Claire-3 Months

Our Claire Bear is 3 months old and sweet as pie. :) 

She's in 3-6 month clothes and Size 1 Diapers. 
She smiles and coos and sleeps through the night...What more can a momma ask for?! 

 Her big brother reading to her about dinosaurs. 

 Daddy's girl. :) 

 Sweet muffin. 

Auntie Mill came to town last weekend and loved on our littles. It was delightful, as always! 

We love our Claire to pieces and can't imagine our lives without her! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Claire- Two Months (and some)

Warning: Claire's two month post is also a bit of a smorgesbord of Gilmore happenings!

Our girl is two (and a half) months old! She weighs 11lbs 8oz and is 21.75 inches long! 

She's still eating every 3 hours during the day and is either up once at night or not at all-last night she slept 9 hours! Go Claire! 

All dressed up for church! 

Last Saturday my sweet friends threw a little Sip N See for Claire. It was nice to get together for tea! 

 Claire's bling...My mom found this baby ring in her grandmother's stuff-so sweet! 

 Isn't that the prettiest diaper cake you've seen? 

 Claire visiting with the girls! 

Besties for the restie. 

 Our pretty mommas!

 Remember when I posted about my childhood best friend Laura who was diagnosed with leukemia almost a year ago? Well, I'm happy to report she's done with her treatment and is doing well! We walked last Sunday night in her honor and the Light the Night event was wonderful! 

 The Dukes are comin' out! Comin out swinging! 

 We went to the cabin last weekend...It was delightful!

Check out how proud of this blow-out she is!

 Think they're related? 

Last, but not least on this very random post is pictures of Claire's nursery. My mom made all of her bedding, and it turned out totally adorable. 

 This canvas from Hobby Lobby went perfectly with a 'C is for Claire' print I got from etsy and a newborn pic. 

 Above her crib is a cross-stitch my grandmother made ages ago and a mobile I slaved over while I was pregnant with her. :) 

Okay, I think we're all caught up! ;) 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cooper 2.5

Our boy is two and a half and I thought the blog was due for a Cooper update. He's busy busy all day long, and doesn't want to stop for anything. I'm lucky if he takes 3 naps a week. Don't get me wrong, he's in his bed everyday for 2-3 hours, but he sleeps only occasionally. 

He loves to play baseball in our backyard, as well as play with his trucks and sandbox. He's into pretend making us food-especially coffee and donuts and 'salt and pepper coke.' It's all very delicious. He loves music and plays the piano and Grammy and Papa JJ's house every time we're there. He's also quite the dancer. ;) Grandma and Papa G have an acre of land for him to roam on when he's there, and he thinks it's quite the adventure to 'go down the hill.' 

He loves his Daddy VERY much! 

Cooper loves pasta of really any kind, and asks for 'Lucky Charms cereal' for breakfast every morning. I only give it to him half the time. ;) He'll eat most things I give him, but is very content with PB&J and any kind of fruit. He drinks milk and a juice/water combo during the day and is constantly suckering any adult for a sip of their drink, knowing full well that grown ups don't dilute! 

The past few months Cooper has been very in to Super Why. It's on PBS kids, but also Netflix, which makes it very convenient for Mama to pop on when I hop in the shower. He loves letters and nerds out by spelling words (with our help) with little foam letters. 

He loves playing with friends, and we have play dates with buddies at the park, Explora, the zoo, or each other's homes at least once a week. Plus, his mama enjoys adult conversation, even if it's interrupted every two minutes by toddlers. He enjoys going to Sunday School and learning Bible songs and playing with friends. He's quite the tattle-tale and tells us if anyone got in trouble during the hour and a half we were gone. Hysterical. 

Nemo is still very much his favorite movie as well as stuffed animal. Nemo often needs his own bowl of snacks, especially when it's something delicious like Target popcorn. 

Cooper loves his sister Claire, but can't quite figure out why she sleeps so much. He's always asking when she's going to wake up. She'll be up and in all his business and toys before long! 

As with most 2.5 year olds, he can be quite independent and obstinate. When I say, 'okay, time for breakfast,' he replies  with 'it's lunch, mama.' When I put blue socks on him he says 'I like these red socks.' (Yes, he knows his colors, and no- he's not color blind!) Even right before nap today he said 'I'm NOT going!' as I watched the stream of pee fall into the potty. He's a turkey, to say the least and Mama's patience is tested often. :) 

Although he can be quite a handful, he's also tender-hearted and sweet as pie. He's quick to say he's sorry if he accidentally steps on your toe or bonks your head. My healing after having Claire has taken longer than expected which limits my activity some and he's always asking if my 'bottom is healing up pretty good?' So sweet. He speaks kindly and softly to Claire and loves to snuggle with her. Ryan and Coop read books and sing songs and spell words before bed, and I love eavesdropping on their sweet time together. They really are best buds. 

We love our Cooper boy! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cousin-Palooza 2014.

My sister Jen and her sweet family drove from Houston this week for Balloon Fiesta! Good, exhausting fun was had by all! 

Aren't these the cutest cowboys you've ever seen? 

Scrub a dub dub! 

Stories with Papa JJ. 

We took the group to Explora... Babies got to ride! 

 Playing with Grammy. 


Backyard fishing for Beanie Babies with Papa. 


 Beautiful sunrise before balloons. 
 Strollers for days.



 Baby's gotta eat! 

Running the bases. 

 Claire loves her Aunt Jen. 

 Driving Papa's tractor. 

 Water break. 

 Backyard picnic with Grammy and Papa.

 Lots of laughs with these three. Some tears too, but those pictures aren't nearly as cute. ;) 


 Sister time. 

 Girl cousins. 

 Five kiddos under three. 

My sweet Claire. 

 Good helpers. 

 Good practice at taking turns ;) 

Very happy (and tired) grandparents! ;) 

 Sweet Olivia. 

 Grandma Johns and Aunt Angie came over for dinner. 

Happy Birthday Uncle Chris.

Thanks Lesaks for coming to see us! We love you!