Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Before the day is over, we just wanted to say Happy Halloween!


And a few photos from our Halloween block party tonight, which we hosted. (Momma is exhausted from cleaning and cooking all day!!)

Baby monkey and Momma monkey

Sweet baby monkey

Two monkeys and their zoo keeper.



The best part of Brendon's costume was this awesome stuffed monkey whose arms wrapped around his neck and hung there. He wore it the first part of the night, but then it went missing. Too bad it didn't make the photo! It was pretty great! Oh and I had on yellow converses with my kiddie monkey costume. Also great. We came across these amazing costumes at my BFF Randi's mother-in-law's house... in her costume ROOM. {Their house is basically a huge play ground.}

For our party, we, along with three other couples, made the chili and everyone else brought sides, drinks, desserts, etc. It worked out well! And thankfully we had more than enough chili... there was 50+ people!!

We hung out in the backyard because it was a BEAUTIFUL night! And the kiddos loooved the chickens! The chickens remained in their coop, but our backyard was like the main attraction at the zoo!

I'd say our first annual Halloween block party was a success!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cute baby and Momma's latest project!

Check out this sweet little winter hat I got for Lilleigh! Quite the deal at Old Navy.
This isn't the best photo of the hat, but it's sooo cute of Lil!

And check out this awesome idea for living room decor. Using an old pallet! I had Brendon bring me home one from his work warehouse.
So I need to sand and stain it. Possibly reconfigure ours a bit... It looks slightly different. Oh and it's HEAVY! So Brendon has a fun job cut out for himself... finding the studs and anchoring this baby down! But so creative, right??

PS Thanks for your sweet comments yesterday. We are hanging in there. Trying to love our sweet friends well. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Breathe.

I've been a little MIA in blog land. I guess I don't know how much to share or where to even begin. I'll say this - I wasn't prepared for the curve ball life has thrown this week. Sometimes life is just hard. I know it's through trials that God strengthens us the most. But it's really hard to be thankful for them in the midst of them. I'll share more in weeks to come. 

For now, check out this video. The music video part is kinda lame, but the song is beautiful - too beautiful for me to just write out the lyrics. It needs to be heard. Close your eyes and listen to the truths in this song.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Peek-A-Boo!

Lil loooves to play peek-a-boo! Worth watching. Well, I'm biased.


Oh and an update... On Friday I was all set to begin Lilleigh boot camp tonight (since my mom was here over the weekend), but Lilleigh decided to go back to sleeping through the night on her own Friday and Saturday! Phew! Thank you, Lord! Praise Him.

Friday, October 21, 2011

An Update on Lil, Sleeping, Chickens, etc

Some updates for ya...

1. Lilleigh - She is doing MUCH better! Yea! Her fever broke Tuesday night, and she's been oh so happy ever since! Yea! Her runny nose is lingering, but we can manage that. Meanwhile, I got sick Wednesday night (on top of the cold I already had), but after some elderberry Brendon picked up at Sprouts, I've been feeling much better! And today my cold seems to almost be gone! ...Just in time for Brendon to get a cold. Ugh! No one told me how much sickness comes with having a baby! They get something from other babies, and then it spread through the house like wildfire! Pretty crazy.

2. Sleeping - Still not a whole lot of sleeping happening here. Lilleigh has been averaging two wake ups per night. (Notice the word "averaging.") This weekend her Mimi is in town, so we'll let Mimi sleep. But after this weekend, it's Lilleigh boot camp! It's like Ab Ripper X - "I hate it, but I love it." I'm prepared for several sleepless nights of crying. But Lilleigh was an expert sleeper early on, so I know she can get it together. Meanwhile, Brendon needs to get some ear plugs, and I need to come up with some craft and blogging projects to entertain me during those looong nights ahead... Any craft ideas welcome. Feel free to tag me on Pinterest. :) I plan to go to bed early these nights and then to have projects for Lil's wakeful crying hours. I'm thankful for an awesome neighbor who has already volunteered to watch Lil for an hour or so on Tuesday, so I can get in a nap!

3. Chickens - Both Henrietta and Clara Belle are now laying eggs! Have I mentioned that? Hmm well Brendon is also getting two more HENS tomorrow. So hopefully lots of eggs are in our future!

4. Grief Share - I've been attending a program called Grief Share that a local church puts on. (It's a nationwide ministry though. Check for it near you!) And it's been awesome. I started this class to deal with the loss of my brother. Even though it's been a year and a half and I've done A LOT of counseling since then, I thought it'd be helpful to walk through grief with others dealing with similar (or not so similar, depending on how you look at it) losses. At first I was put in a group with all widows, and that was not so helpful or beneficial. In fact it was a challenge for me, not only because I couldn't relate but also because I wanted to counsel them. (Maybe a new ministry opportunity for me once I finish this class?) Then last week I talked to another leader about it, and they switched me to a new group - one with lots of young women my age and one who even lost a sister. Last week was amazing! This is definitely where I need to be right now. And I'm so thankful for a wonderful husband to watch a sometimes crying (hungry - what are you gonna do when she refuses a bottle?) baby while I do this class! Thanks, B!

5. Lilleigh on solids - A friend just gave me a brilliant idea. I've been brainstorming how to integrate more finger foods into Lil's diet, mainly veggies, because this week she's refusing to allow me to feed her. So I've been giving softer foods that can easily be cut into small pieces: berries, bananas, beans, rice, cooked carrots, and that's about it - hence my need to brainstorm! Anyway my friend Randi said that when her daughter McKinley went through this phase, she gave her bits of bread dipped into the veggie puree. Brilliant! We started this today at snack time. PS If you have any more finger food veggie suggestions, send them my way please!

6. Here's a fun photo from this morning's brunch with friends! Lilleigh and I (and our friend Ashley, the pregnant one in the photo) met up with Amanda and her momma (not in the photo) who were in town visiting Amanda's brother Thomas! So fun seeing great friends! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trip to the Arboretum!

Brendon's mom's best friend, Margaret, lives up here in Dallas. And she invited Lilleigh and me to go to the arboretum with her! This time of year is such a fun time to go too! The weather is cool and BEAUTIFUL! And there are pumpkins everywhere! Definitely a sight to see! We loved walking around and taking pics in the pumpkins!



And a little update on my Pumpkin... her eyes are looking better! A friend commented on my blog post from yesterday saying that you can use breastmilk as eye drops to cure pink eye! How crazy is that? Don't worry - I did google it before trying it, and it's true. So we start her on al naturale (and free, I might add) eye drops, and her eyes look SO MUCH BETTER today! Amazing how God provides such natural medicine!

UPDATE: We totally overdid it by going to the Arboretum. Boo! Well, it was also prob just bad timing... I think something else was in her system incubating during this pink eye thing. Ugh! So red spots, a fever, a cold, and pink eye. The doctor says it's viral and will run it's course. We'll be resting at home for the next few days!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A little update on life!

Just thought I'd give a little update on things around the Lankford house...

Titi and Aunt Momo visit!

 



Lilleigh's "Titi" and Aunt Morgan ("Momo") visited early last week. It was a fun time for both all of us, but especially Lilleigh and Morgan!

Sick again

And while their visit was fun, Lilleigh caught Morgan's cold, which was actually thought to be allergies because of how long it had lingered. Major bummer! :(

And not just the normal cold. Because kids rub their eyes so much, colds commonly spread to the eyes and turn into pink eye, which is what we are battling here. It's so sad! Last night in the middle of the night, Lil woke up, so I nursed her and laid her back in the her crib. (I'm big on nursing being a source of comfort, and I have no problem with that.) But a few minutes later she was crying again, so we cleaned her eyes of all the goop, gave her eye drops and baby Tylenol, changed her diaper, etc. We did all we could for her before putting her back down, including nursing her again as she fell asleep. But it wasn't enough. She let out little baby cries after I put her down as she resituated herself to sleep. So sad.

The good news is that she is looking much better today! The bad news is that I can't tell if it's spreading to her other eye though... I'm hoping not, though it appears it might be.

Lil was just starting to get sick in this photo. But I just thought this photo of her peeking through the mesh on the side of the stroller was hilarious!
Rearranging

As Brendon says, I'm nesting. Again. And no, I'm not pregnant! I am just making out house more functional! This means making our spare bedroom more than just a guest room. Now it's a joint craft room and guest room. And our over-sized living room is now tastefully divided into two rooms - our living room and a play area!

No pics of the guest room/ craft room just yet. But here's the living room.

Living room before...

View 1... Don't mind the Christmas decor. This is from years ago. Though it's taken on a slightly different look over the years, you get the idea. Oh and we added a chase lounge about a year ago to the wall with the window - in between the couch and TV cabinet. More seating.

View 2

View 3 - Notice that the room is centered more around the TV than the fireplace.

 Living room after...

View 1 - Couch moved the the middle of the room, parallel with the back wall.

View 2 - The seating is now centered around the fireplace. Hopefully we can get our chimney fixed this winter so that we can actually use our fireplace!

View 3

View 4 - Between the couch and the back wall is now Lilleigh's play area! Fun place for her and a great way to keep her stuff out of the way. Also Sammy's bed is now next to the sliding glass door. And from this angle, she can see to the front door and into the backyard. She loves her bad now!
And like I said, sadly, no before or after photo of the craft-guest room, but basically the bed was centered in the room. The head of the bed was under that long window. And now the bed is turned sideways under the window, so it's basically in the corner. And my desk is in the room as well. I'm organizing craft stuff, etc.

I'll post updated pics of both rooms as they come together more! But that's what we are up to - using our house to it's fullest, and making it more functional for our growing family!


And if you have ideas for how to decorate the living room (think walls!), please tell me! That is so not my thing.

Oh by the way, did you notice a big item in our living room missing? Look again.

The TV is gone. We decided we don't want our living room centered around the TV. We want our family time to be more than TV time, and TV is too easy of a distraction for us. So the TV is gone. For now anyway. And we are going to enjoy our time without a TV in our main room! While we do still have one in the bedroom (not the ideal, in our opinion), we are making progress is taking charge of our time!


Church

We are changing churches. While we have loved the church we have attended for the last five years (Well, seven for me), it is time to move on. There are some issues we have struggled with for years within that church. And while we could stay and fight for those issues, when it came down to it - Even if everything we did not like about our old church changed, we still want to be at a church closer to where we live. A church we can attend events at throughout the week, that distance would not be a hindrance to. A church that people in our community attend. And one that we can bring others in our neighborhood to.

Though we have an idea of where we'll end up, we have not officially decided yet. We don't really want to switch churches again. It'd be great if this could be our forever church home, assuming we stay in Dallas anyway. So we want to make certain that this is where we want to be.

I suppose our first main concern is that we want a church that preaches and lives the Gospel well. For us, this involves being in a community group - something our old church didn't really do. We believe it's important to live life with others, to ensure you are glorifying God well. And how can you glorify Him if not everything about your life is in the light? Second main concern - we want a church that is closer to where we live.

This is something we are really excited about! God has been pressing it on our hearts for awhile. It's just taken time for us both to end up in the same place on this. We aren't bitter about our old church at all. We love our friends there and are sad to leave them! But we are definitely excited to see where God leads us!

I'm hearing Ma-Ma's coming from our monitor... LOVE that! I guess nap time/ blog time is over. Ciao!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8 Months!









I can't believe it's already been 8 months!! Every age has truly been better than the last.

Lilleigh at 8 months...

  • My rock star sleeper has started waking up during the middle of the night again. Not sure what that's about.
  • She's reaching and rolling. No crawling just yet. No complaints here.
  • I've started setting her down with a basket full of toys and letting her unload it herself. Lots more entertaining to unload the basket than it is for Mommy to set toys around her. Why did I not think of this before?
  • Just after 8 months, she got in a top tooth, making that #3.
  • Sadly, during the past month Lilleigh and Daddy got the tummy bug. It was so sad!! But Mommy nursed them back to health! Lil even got to have homemade pedialyte.
  • Mommy finished Lil's nursery.
  • We traveled to Colorado again, but this time we road tripped!
  • Over the past month, we switched her to a convertible car seat, which she loves because she can interact more!
  • We've introduced more solids! Lots of fruits and veggies, plus egg yolk, some meat and dairy and grains.
  • A few things Lilleigh loves: her Little Tikes outdoor swing, kisses from Sammy, watching the chickens, rolling around on the floor, unpacking baskets of toys, putting her lovey over her head at night (freaks me out every time), and playing the piano with Daddy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I miss sleeping.

My dad has asked where the 8 month pics of Lil are. I know other family members are wondering too. I used to be so prompt about this. But then my iPhone broke. Wah. So I've been using my sister's old 3G, which quite a bit slower than my old 3GS. Hence I don't snap the photos in time... well usually it just takes too long for the camera to open up, so I don't try.

So that's one hindrance. Just a minor one though because my contract is up on November 4th, my birthday anyway. So I'm just deciding if I want an iPhone 4 or 4S... I'd love your thoughts!

The real reason I haven't posted though is because I'm exhausted! When I was a new mom, I had the adrenaline kicking in. And I napped often. Plus I expected no sleep, so things were on par. But now I am expecting sleep and not getting it. About a month ago Lil decided to start waking up in the middle of the night again. She's woken up at 4 or 5 AM off and one since she started sleeping through the night, so I don't count that. Sleeping from 6 PM to 4 AM is pretty awesome, if you ask me. But now she's been waking up at 1 or 2ish also. AND in the last two nights at 10 or 11. Might be teething. She did just have a top tooth break through. But for a month?? Maybe it's a habit, and I need to break it... I just don't know!

I will say that the cry it out thing hasn't helped much. I can't last longer than 30 minutes to an hour though. It just seems mean beyond that. Even that seems mean. I'm just hopeful! And each time cry it out has worked, it's worked for like two restful nights. Then we are back to waking up again. Ugh. I'm at a loss for what to do. And at a loss for sleep. Hence less blog posts. But I'll work on getting those together soon! Meanwhile if you have any advice that will get me sleep, let me know. {Oh, and if you're going to say that babies are supposed to wake up during the night and to deal with it, don't bother.}

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Playing in the Grass

We've been enjoying the cool mornings around here! Lilleigh played out in the backyard the other day while I weeded. (Fun times!) Sadly, she noticed that our grass is not as soft and plush as that she experienced in Colorado.


She doesn't seem to mind though.

Saturday, October 1, 2011