Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Olivia!

I can't believe my baby girl is ONE!

Has it really been a year since I was holding you in my arms for the first time Miss Olivia Joy?

We are celebrating later today and I am hoping to get those pictures up shortly after. 

Life has required me to take a blogging break and I thought this was a great time to jump back in!

It isn't every day your baby girl turns one!

I asked the boys if they remembered her being born a year ago and Jonah was the first to say YES and provide me with intricate details of waiting all day for her to be born and coming up to the hospital to see her and being so excited that God had given him a sister. 

Elijah got really excited too, but he could only communicate his memory of watching the karate kid in the hospital after she was born. 

Isaac seemed a bit confused and just kept saying "No, my Livers J is not sick. She not need to go to hospital. She having happy birthday soon. I eat her cake. I love my Livers J"

I remember that day so well, yet it's hard to believe it has been a whole year already!

Here is a short tribute to our little lady. 

To the Princess who has stolen our hearts...

You are such a delight to us and bring so much laughter, smiles, and happiness to our home.

You still have such a happy personality and are rarely upset. 

I love the way you scrunch up your nose when you laugh or smile.

I love your cold little fingers pulling on my leg when you need me or are using me as support to stand.

I love how you get so excited to see the people you love and know.

I love how you have your daddy wrapped around your little finger.

Your big brothers continue to adore you and you them.

In fact, they can make you laugh harder than anything or anyone else can.

It melts my heart every time!

You are still a peanut, but I am thankful for that as you will seem little a bit longer than your big brothers did!

You haven't taken your first steps yet, but you are SO close.

Maybe today?

You have dark brown beautiful eyes, strawberry blonde hair, and are a pretty good mix of both your dad and myself.  You also look so much like ALL your brothers, but are so feminine at the same time!

Your hair is curly when it is wet and has started to curl up a bit in the back and the sides!

You have really started to communicate more to us with signs, words, and sounds over the past few weeks especially. 

It has been so much fun watching your personality develop and watching you interact with your doting big brothers. 

You and Isaac have had lots of time together now that school is back in session and it has been wonderful to watch you two play together. 

It has also been entertaining to watch you aggravate him, as he is often the one doing that to Jonah AND Elijah!

So funny that the smallest one is sometimes in charge ;0)

You are definitely a momma's girl and this has recently become a bit of a problem for your dad. 

(It also makes it even harder for me to go to work)

You get very excited to see him though, especially at the end of the work day!  Or even hearing him talk on the phone makes you smile, laugh and clap!

You prefer "big girl" food and amaze me with what you can eat despite your lack of interest in anything other than nursing for so long!

Some of your favorites are lasagna, chicken, apples, grapes, cherrioes, popcorn, bagel, cheese, yogurt, rice, corn, carrots, and crackers. 

You have 4 teeth that came all at once last month! It was rough for us all and your daddy and I are okay if you don't get anymore for a bit longer ;0)

You LOVE baths, playing with your brothers, reading books, going for walks, dancing, listening to music and exploring our house.  

You don't seem bothered by the dresses, skirts, tutus, tights and hair accessories that you wear daily.

You have just a little bit of pink in your closet.

You have also recently developed a shoe fetish! You love checking out the shoes in the front closet, taking them off the shelves and inspecting them.  

You also like carrying your shoes around the house...which makes it tricky to find a match sometimes.

You are a pretty good sleeper and have only been taking one afternoon nap for quite some time now because we were never home in the morning!

Olivia, we love you so much and are so blessed God gave you to us!

It's hard to imagine what life was like without you!

Happy First Birthday Sweet Girl!

Love, Your Adoring Family

Here is a picture each month of our little lady over the past year!

Newborn picture

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

9 Months

10 Months 

11 Months

 12 Months!

I am looking forward to celebrating your birthday later today!

The "theme" is zebra and hot pink!

Your brothers are so excited and have been anxiously waiting for this day and helping me prepare.

I better get my camera and kleenex ready for a fun filled day of celebrating!

Happy Birthday Little Lady!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Life By Design

Just had to share this with you all!

I have been following Lisa's blog for a few years now and LOVE her jewelry!

She has encouraged me in so many ways and helped me to see motherhood from a different perspective.  I feel as though I know her from reading her stories on her blog.

Check out the trailer for their reality TV show that will hopefully be airing soon...

You may also want to check out her shop.

You may or may not want to have your wallet handy...depending on your level of self control ;0)

There are so many adorable things.

And it is so fun to support another momma.