Thursday, April 9, 2015

5 months old!

Sailor June is changing and growing, and getting more and more fun with every passing month! 

This month, she's mobile all of a sudden! She's been rolling over for awhile now, but its only recently that she's done it with such purpose. She can roll from one side of the room to the next in a matter of minutes. No more leaving her on the bed for a minute while I run into the next room. She's fast!

She's started to show much more interest in food, so I'm "trying" to get her to practice eating once a day. She seems really into it, but it's hard to tell if she's really more excited about the food (most of which she spits out) or just the spoon, which she seems to think is just another toy to chew on. Either way, its a sticky slimy mess! 

She endured to two long road trips this month, one to Oklahoma, and one to South Carolina. I was hoping all this extra time in her car seat would get her used to it. NOPE! She still cries about 90% of the time she's awake in the car. I even got so desperate as to set up the iPad for her to watch Elmo - this worked for about 1 minute. She's also perfected the art of saving her big poops for the second we take off on a car trip, so that we have to stop to change her - sneaky girl. 

She's sleeping better and slowly settling into the 2 (and a half) naps a day. She still tries to get me up in the night about once a week. Sometimes I give in, sometimes she cries it out. 

She's very interactive now, and will smile at almost anyone who makes eye contact and talks to her. She's an outright celebrity at family gatherings. She even got to meet her best friend, Halle Dennison this month! 

Meg and I can't wait to hang this one in their dorm room one day!

Her eyes are getting darker each month - maybe she'll be my only brown-eyed baby? Most people say she looks more like me than either of the boys ever did. 
Here's a pick of both of us at 5 months old, just for kicks.
What do you think?

I know one thing - this is one LOVED baby. She's just an absolute JOY to our family. 
I thank God every day that I get to be her mom.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waunita June Riley July 3, 1921 - March 12, 2015

My grandmother passed away on March 12th. She always hated the winter, and complications from pneumonia finally took her home to heaven just in time for Spring Break of her 93rd year.

We traveled to Oklahoma for her funeral, which was beautiful and celebratory, and worthy of her. The music was thoughtfully chosen, and Pastor Brad preached the gospel but did not speak too long, which I'm sure Grandmother would have appreciated. She could never tolerate a long sermon. 

It was a sad time, but only for us. I just kept thinking about how happy I was for her. I could just picture her in heaven catching up with Francis, and all the other many friends that traveled there before her.

She is truly and amazing soul, and I'm so happy to have been a part of her life.

I wrote this tribute to her. It illustrates just a few of the many reasons I loved her: 

She was Oklahoma to the core, a real pioneer woman. She loved her family, which extends far beyond her blood relatives. She loved to watch birds and garden. She read the Bartlesville newspaper everyday from front to back. She loved the same man for more than 70 years. She experienced real hardship and tragedy, but still managed to bring joy to others. She loved a clean house, an organized kitchen, fancy dishes, and good food. She enjoyed the finer things of life like pizza with beer, Thunder basketball, Sperry Topsiders, and expensive sunglasses. She loved a good party, and was always the life of one. She followed all sports, and would watch any game she could find on TV. She knew what it was like to work hard and be poor. She was a fiercely competitive card player. She was bossy, and funny, and brutally honest. She was generous, and trusting, and expected the same from those around her. She loved springtime in the country. She hosted women’s bible study in her home until a week ago. She was a woman of character, and she was stunning at 93. I know I’m only one of so many people that will miss her terribly, but I’ve always been so proud to call her “Grandmother.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Random Cuteness!

Another baby....another love affair with my portrait lens...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4 Months Old!

Wow! Didn't I just finish the "3 months old" blog post? February flew by, and SJ just keeps on growing and changing and getting more an more amazing! She's chunking up nicely,  and has moved up to 3-6 months clothes and will soon move up to size 2 diapers.

She still loves to eat, but is now easily going 4 hours in between feedings, especially if she's taking a good nap. I'd love to report that she's consistently sleeping through the night, but this stinker still loves to wake me up around 2:30 or 3:00 for a little snack. Sometimes I let her cry it out, and sometimes I just give in and feed her so we can all get back to sleep sooner. I will say that even though she doesn't sleep as well at night, she's a much more consistent napper than her brothers ever were.

She's very alert and interactive these days. She's focusing well, and follows people across the room with her eyes and head.  This month she has started grasping things with her hands, and then bringing them to her mouth. She's also showing much more interest in what WE eat, watching the food intently from our plates to our mouth. Almost rice cereal time!

 She's starting to prefer the "sitting position" much more than reclining, but she still doesn't quite have the hang of it. She can sit up for a few seconds, but then slumps to one side.
 Mark finds is quite entertaining to watch her practice

Keaton says, "She's definitely the cutest baby ALIVE. But, not the cutest baby that ever lived. Because, Baby Jesus was probably the cutest of all time. right, Mom?"

She still loves her brothers, and her favorite game is chasing them around the house playing tag (in my arms of course). This gets her laughing and smiling like nothing else.

 She still loves to suck on her fingers, and has not decided which finger is her favorite. I'm convinced she would eat her whole hand if she could fit in in her mouth. Unfortunately, all the finger sucking and extra slobber has caused her to have super dry cheeks, and makes her spit up A LOT! I finally decided to cut my hair to my shoulders because it was constantly matted with spit up. You're worth it, sweet girl!

If you can't tell, she's kind of a big deal in our family. She is an absolute delight and joy, and we thank God for her everyday. 

We love you, Sailor June! 


I remember having this conversation with Scott at the end of January. One of us said something like, "Y'know, I'm going to be pretty ticked if we don't even have one really good snow during our first winter on the mainland in 5 years!"

Ha! I'd say we've gotten our fair share during February!
It started, and now it just seems to be one snowstorm to the next. By the way, have they always named these winter storms, or was I just never paying attention before? Juno, Pandora, Octavia, Thor... they just keep on coming! 

I think we are going on 6 snow days now (meaning Keaton has NO school) and at least 5 late start days (meaning Keaton starts school 2 hours late). My boys are loving every minute of it! 

Mark seems to have no internal temperature gauge, because he would be outside every second it is snowing!
Mark greeting our very friendly and dedicated mailman!
Just lounging around watching the snowplows clearing our back alley
We feel like complete rookies - we don't even own a snow shovel, nor did we really understand why we might need one? Doesn't it all just melt away the next day? Not in  Northern VA! Here's Mark trying his best to shovel our driveway with a Rubbermaid lid.
more sledding!

Nothing like eating the snow as it's falling!
Here's a pic from our kitchen window - solid white everywhere! You can't even tell there's a river out there!
definitely not in HI anymore!
After the snow finally stopped, we took a walk to explore our neighborhood.

Sailor was snug as a bug in the Moby, in my coat.

Keaton liked to taste the snow periodically. No yellow or brown snow Keaton!

snow angels

Face plant
I think it's possible he loves the snow as much as he loved the sand in Hawaii?
 After 2 back to back snowstorms, and about 5 days of never leaving the house, it warmed up to about 50*. I really wanted to get out, so we drove into D.C. to see what the Jefferson Memorial would look like with all the white stuff.

Looking back at these pictures,  it probably wasn't the safest thing to be walking around these slushy steps (especially holding a baby!), but thankfully, no one was hurt.
Keaton and Mark with TJ

Someone had built a snowman on the memorial. The boys had fun looking at it, and this random guy gave Keaton a cowboy hat to put on his head. Clearly the guy (see behind Keaton) got a huge kick out of us taking a picture of the snowman with his hat on.

The boys with the Tidal Basin and the Washington "Mommy-ment" in the background. Hard to believe that this will be covered in Cherry blossoms in a a few weeks!
As I write this, the snow is still on the ground, ice is covering our sidewalk, and we are awaiting another 3-5 inches tomorrow. So, I'm sure there will be more pics to come. This is really the first month that I've really longed for Hawaii weather. But, I'm a mainlander at heart, and all this snow and ice comes with a level of excitement and appreciation of our new life here in VA. And spring is so much sweeter when you've waited out a cold winter. Can't wait!