Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lots to say!

Lots of "little" updates, so here we go... pure randomness!

1. Lilleigh said "baby" today! The story: I was getting her up from nap and singing my silly made up songs that I sing to her - something about "Lilleigh Baby" - and when I laid her down to change her diaper, she said "baby." Multiple times. She kept repeating it because I was getting so excited, and clearly she understood that she was saying a real word. So proud of my "baby" girl!

This isn't a photo from that moment, just a photo from today. Isn't she so stinkin' cute? And look at that fun cloth diaper! We were given it for a product review for Thankfully Thrifty!

2. We got two new chickens this weekend. If you remember, we started out with four and then found out two were roosters, so for a long while we've had two. They've given us about a dozen eggs a week, which is pretty awesome, except now I want eggs like daily, plus baking. So a dozen isn't cutting it. Ha!

Anyway, long story short, one of these new chickens might be a rooster. Why do we think this? Well, we notice features that our previous roosters had... such as bright yellow feet, fluffy tail, odd neck movements, strutting... we'll see. Farmers  typically say it's a very small chance you'll get a rooster - like 5% - though there's always a chance since it's so hard to tell non-adult hens from roosters. Apparently though when we buy chickens, it's more like 50/50. Their names? Blondie and Sir. Since we aren't 100% sure Sir is in fact a sir, we are waiting for the cock-a-doodling to start happening.

On the chicken note, Brendon added some awesome tree limbs to the coop to give chickens more of an inside lair. The two newbies are spending lots of time there to avoid being bullied by Henrietta and Clara Bell. Oh, girls!

3. We had our first trip to the library! Yea! We got some great books and a couple of baby signing DVD's. Hoping for Lil to pick up signing! We've worked on two signs ("more" and "all done") over the past few months, and she does "all done" like it's going out of style. It helps that it's similar to the wave, which we know she loves. So I'm hoping to integrate other signs! We'll see!

4. Yes, Lil and I do have matching (-ish) pajamas!

5. In an effort to keep buying local organic produce and meats, I'm thinking about becoming a coordinator of a local co-op. In exchange for coordinating, you get free food - a certain percentage of what people in your area buy! This would require getting a deep freeze and getting lots of neighbors to buy from them. But I'm not expecting that to be hard to do. We'll see. Fingers crossed that this great (in my head, anyway) idea works out! 

6. Loving all of this rain and thunder tonight! Sleep tight! But keep Brendon in your prayers today - he has a day trip to Nashville. The rain is wonderful staying-all-nice-and-cozy-inside weather, not so great travel weather.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lessons Learned from Lilleigh

It's hard to believe that it's almost been a year since we brought sweet Lilleigh home from the hospital. This past year has gone quickly! There have been some sleepless nights (though thankfully not many!), some tears, some frustrations, and a lot of joy, a lot of laugh, and a lot of learning! Being a mom has taught me a lot. I've done a couple of "mommy lessons" posts, and I guess this is similar, only this isn't so much what I've learned about being a mom, but what I have learned from being a mom.

Over the first year, sweet Lilleigh has taught me a lot!
  1. I've had to confront, head-on, my own selfishness - ouch. Many times my plans for the day are thwarted because Lilleigh doesn't want to nap or feels sick or is extra clingy and teething {or insert baby issue}... how hard is it to drop everything and hang out with her? Apparently, for me, very. I'm working on that.
  2. I've had to prioritize my time, figuring out the things that needed to be done and those that don't, figuring out what could be done with Lilleigh and what needed to wait for nap time. I've had to figure out how much we can realistically fit in a day, keeping in mind feedings and naps and playtime. 
  3. Recently, Lilleigh learned to wave, and once she learned how, she didn't stop. She waves at almost everyone she sees. Recently my heart has been more burdened for those who don't know the gospel - not just those I love but those I encounter daily in the grocery store or Starbucks. And tonight as I watched Lilleigh waving so boldly at three young men sitting near us at dinner and making friends with them, it occurred to me - Shouldn't we all be so friendly? And if we were, how much easier would it be to share the good news with perfect strangers? Something to think about.
  4. And speaking of waving, her sweet lively spirit brings me such joy. Her life is so simple and yet so happy. She's not worried about the future or about anything. Sure, it's easy to be carefree when you have no responsibility and no knowledge of the world around you, but still. How beautiful to approach life, as a child.
  5. And this last one I am putting as a single bullet point, but it could encompass a whole list of it's own bullet points. And that is this - I desire so badly for Brendon and me to be able to create a home for our family that focuses on the Lord and teaches His Word. In order to do this, I need to die to myself daily. I need to be in God's Word and have His Word written on my heart. (This requires Scripture memory, something I've always considered myself to be terrible at.) I need to put myself in a position to be getting fed by other Godly women. And spending time with Him daily. Though I knew these things before, now it's so apparent how necessary they are. Soon Lilleigh's words and actions will be a direct result of what she sees and hears. Oh how I hope she hears more of Him than me.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but just a few things I've been thinking about! Funny how such a little person can teach us so much about life and faith.

Monday, January 9, 2012

11 Months!

Dear Lilleigh,

You are 11 months old! I can hardly believe almost a year has past! My the fun that we have these days!

At 11 months...

  • You can finally wear a real bow in your hair! It doesn't hold a whole lot, but it stays! ...Until you pull it out.
  • You are cruising! You crawl around and pull up on everything. You've taken a few baby steps while holding onto things. You won't sit still for diaper changes, though thankfully you started being still again for feedings. Phew.
  • We have a blue pushy buggy car that a friend lent us. You LOVE it! 
  • You also love Sammy dog and love grabbing her fur. We try to correct you and show you how to pet her gently. Still just last week you yanked on her whiskers. Sammy just let out a yelp. Poor dog! She spends most of her days hiding back on our bed now. You've definitely broken her in though - she loves you.
  • You love to read. You pull out books often and flip through them on your own. I hope your love of reading is something that stays with you throughout life.
  • You also love to "woof" like a dog. You've been doing this for awhile, but still noteworthy. So stinkin cute!
  • You watch Mommy blow on your food when it's hot, and now you've started to do it also.
  • Mommy has been trying to teach you the signs for "more" and "all done." You picked up on the "all done" and do it for everything! You wave your hand in the air (more of twist - hence the "all done") for "come here," "I want [that]," "all done," "more," etc. Everything. Luckily Mommy understands you. The other day you said "all done." Not kidding. Both Mom and Dad heard you. Twice. Two different meal times. 
  • Did I mention last month how you wave constantly? I mean, constantly. At everyone and everything. You could be Miss America someday with that wave. Though hopefully not. Let's avoid beauty pageants. We'll just put you in a parade instead.
  • We also nicknamed you "Beansies." It came from "Jelly Bean." The name was just shortened. And well, that name really needs to go. But it's a habit.
I have so much fun with you each day! Each day is a new adventure and is so fun. I love you sweet pea!

    *Last week it was unseasonably warm here. Like in the 70's. In January. Crazy, I know! So I'm not a nut for putting my child in a onesie in January. It really was that warm!

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    A Christmas Recap

    This update is long overdue. More than anything else I just wanted to share some photos with you!

    For Christmas we stayed in Dallas, and RMom came to spend Christmas with us. We went to the Christmas Eve service and ate a Christmas Eve dinner at Macaroni Grill.

    The next morning Brendon made cinnamon rolls, and I made breakfast casserole - the traditional Christmas morning breakfast growing up. That tradition must continue!

    Don't these look amazing? They taste like Cinnabon too.
    We opened gifts, and Lilleigh napped. My favorite gift was the mug that Lilleigh and Brendon made me! And the shelves Brendon got me for my craft closet! Who knew I had so much craft stuff?!

    Lilleigh really enjoyed the wrapping paper! I was a bad mommy and barely took any photos Christmas day. (I was busy relaxing.) But since Christmas isn't about gifts, it's prob okay.

    Lilleigh got excited when I opened the mug she made me and wanted to drink out of it.

    Later that night we wrote in our Lankford Family Book of Remembrances for the first time. It's a special tradition that we were excited to start!

    Christmas was a low-key day, which is exactly what we wanted! I've never gotten to have Christmas just at home, so even though we missed our Houston fam, I was thrilled to not be on the go all day long!

    On the 26th we headed to Houston to see lots of fam! We had many Christmas celebrations and lots of great time with family. Lilleigh got to meet my dad's parents, who she had yet to meet. And we also squeezed in a birthday celebration for Brendon's sister Meredith - 21!!

    Riding on her new rocking horse from GG and Bill
    Pappy showed Lilleigh how to open gifts.

    So I actually meant to include a different (cuter!) photo, but this photo captures it all - Lil got to play with her Titi and climb all over her while 3-year-old Aunt Morgan stood by not sure what to think about it all (j-e-a-l-o-u-s...). And then there's "little dog" aka Daisy, who Lilleigh LOVES.  
    The photo I meant to upload

    Lilleigh met Grandma Kay!

    Lilleigh also met Grandpa Bill!
    Lilleigh with GG and Bill!

    Meredith is 21!!! 

    Now that I'm at the end, I can see that the second half of our Houston trip is seriously lacking in photos! Sorry, Papa Larry and Grammy! We'll work on that next time!!

    I hope you all had a merry Christmas!!