Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Birthdays Family Visit


One of my favorite things to do after we get home from a family visit, is to look at and download photos from my camera (and/or phone). This was the first time, since Easter (when Marshall was less than 2 months old), that we've all been together (except for Aaron, who couldn't make it - we missed you!).

We were celebrating what I like to call "birthdaypalooza" week. My husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law all have birthday's the same week. Which calls for some celebration! My father-in-law planned a seafood feast, which was amazing. We also enjoyed our favorite Jules Pizza, Marilyn's cheesecake, AND Rita's gelati. Oh, and the weather was gorgeous. What more could you want for a summer family weekend? It was pretty great.

Marshall was absolutely spoiled with hugs, kisses and playtime with his cousins, Morgan and Sydney. Who are growing up waaaaaay too fast! The girls couldn't wait to hold him, and took turns, every chance they got. 

Poppy and Gigi got plenty of sweet snuggles, too. Marshall loved every minute! 

Denny's famous super slip and slide made for an afternoon of fun (and only minor injuries). All you need is a hill, a huge roll of industrial plastic, a hose and dish soap! 

The spectators enjoyed watching - and trying to stay dry!

Marshall isn't crazy about cold water yet! Maybe next summer he'll be sliding down the hill. 

We took some family photos (upon my request), during the "golden hour." I just love that time of the evening! 

This photo of these three adorable cousins, melts my heart every time I look at it. So sweet! I think we'll have to recreate it in 10 years. 

Happy birthday, everyone! I know there were a lot of miles and a lot of driving involved to make such special memories. We are so glad we could spend time together! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monthly Marshall Moments: Five

My sweet baby is five months old! I can't get over his cuteness. He is getting so big and it seems like he's outgrowing his clothes faster and faster. His sweet disposition and completely loveable personality continues to bring us so much joy. He's the best! There's no doubt about it.

I can't stop taking an absurd amount of photos of him. Every day I want to capture Marshall's smiles, silly faces, adorable outfits, numerous expressions, his newly developed skills. Oh, and he giggles from time to time! It's my favorite thing. It's still very random - an odd noise, the sound of blocks dropping into a bucket, my husband burping. He cracks us up! 

Marshall's new favorite thing is grabbing his feet and sometimes trying to munch on his toes! 

And his hands are in his mouth most of the time.

This boy. We love going for stroller walks. At the park. At the store. Even around the yard. Have you ever seen a sweeter smile?

This onesie is too funny! He looks good in red. I can't get over his beautiful little face. Precious. 

Oh, hello! 

He is really starting to like playing in his exersaucer. So many things to discover and look at!  

He likes to splash during bath time.

We have a lot of fun together! My little buddy. 

Babbles and coos a lot
Giggling more at random sounds
Loves to put hands and feet (and toys) in his mouth
Still trying to roll over
Likes watching cars go by
Loves going for walks and seeing new things
Sleeping 6-10 hour stretches at night (whoo hoo!)
Definitely knows when you enter or leave the room
Greets me with a big smile when he wakes up
Likes to snuggle and be held
Good at grabbing and holding toys 
Has some serious muscle strength (watch out for his punches and kicks!)


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy First Father's Day

Happy first Father's Day to my husband, Andrew! This tri-photo frame was one of our gifts to him (I think it's his favorite). I couldn't wait to do this little photo shoot. Marshall was very cooperative, smiley and adorable. I love all of his expressions! There were quite a few funny outtakes.

Just looking at these two totally melts my heart! I almost can't take it in. Last year at this time, we had recently learned we were pregnant with Marshall. What an amazing, life-changing year it has been for us! I always knew that one day my husband would be a great father, but it's even more wonderful seeing him with our son. They make my whole world.

Happy Father's Day, my love. Marshall is such a blessed little boy to have you. I know how much he loves you and I'm so thankful you're ours. 

I'd like to wish all the Dad's out there a very happy Father's Day! 

To those of you missing your Dad, wishing he was near or not knowing him at all, please know that the God of all creation, our true Abba Father, loves you like crazy and knows every piece of your heart. I pray that you feel His loving arms around you, today and every day.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monthly Marshall Moments: Four

Four months! I now understand why so many people continue to tell me to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast. It's true! Just going through photos from Marshall's birth until now, it's hard to believe how much he has grown, so quickly. Our little boy is getting bigger, physically as well as his growing personality. He is such a happy guy! We could not be more thankful or more blessed by having him in our life. 

I tried a different setup and location for our monthly photos, but it didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped. I was still able to capture some adorable smiles and poses, but the lighting just wasn't great. 

But I mean, come on. Look at this fella. Those arms and legs and hands and feet! 

The next day, I was able to capture these beauties after setting him on the couch under the skylight. The lighting was perfect! And Marshall was so happy and absolutely adorable. I think these are some of my favorite photos yet! 

His little hands are the cutest. I just melt when he's all smiles. 

Picking a favorite image is like trying to pick a favorite flavor of ice cream - next to impossible!

• Smiling a lot
• Starting to giggle more and more. It's the best! 
• Babbling, cooing, and talking to himself all the time
• Everything is going in his mouth (hands, blankets, clothes, toys)
• He likes to chew on a little blankie
• Trying to roll over
• Likes to try to stand
• Still loves being held and walked around
• Likes being outside and going for walks
• He's been sleeping like a champ! 7-8 hour stretches some nights! 
• Stomps his legs and feet in his crib (while sleeping and while awake)
• More hair is starting to grow on his head
• Wearing 6-9 month clothing
• 15 lbs 2 oz, 25.25 inches

This sweet little love has captured our hearts and it's amazing to watch him grow. He's such a good baby and so good natured. He's definitely all boy. We love that he likes to sleep in sometimes like us! He just wants to be with us and hang out.

I just look at him and wonder what he will be like as he grows up. What will he like to do? What will it sound like when he starts talking in complete sentences? Will he be running around the house? Will he love sports like his Dad? Will he be creative like me?

I really love this stage right now, when he's still a "baby" and fits snugly in my arms. I can hold him and carry him around. When he stares at me with those big blue eyes, the world around me just stops. He is so sweet, I still can't believe he's ours. Of course, he has his fitful moments, crying spells and fussy times, like any baby. But even then, I feel spoiled because he's so easy to love and easy to care for.

God has truly blessed our family abundantly. Marshall is our gift from God and I pray that my life reflects that every single day.