Wednesday, July 31, 2013


A few weekends ago, we enjoyed a staycation at the Four Seasons Las Colinas. Brendon's family came up to join in the fun!

Lilleigh and Cousin Connor ready to join Grammy on the golf course!

I managed to paint my toe nails at 35 weeks pregnant! What a feat!

And naturally, Lil wanted her nails painted too.
Group pic

Friday, July 19, 2013

35 Weeks Pregnant

We are reaching the final stretch!! And although I really don't love the newborn phase (just being real) and am a little nervous for the two kids transition, I am so ready to meet Adeline and to not be pregnant anymore!! I really am a happy pregnant person, but as you get bigger, things just become more challenging... the bruises on the inside of my tummy (from her kicking), not being able to bend over, getting out of breath after a very short walk, etc... I love being pregnant. The last part is just a little tough. But enough of that.

Here's a photo of me 35 weeks pregnant with Adeline.

Up until now I haven't had much of a pregnancy craving with Adeline. But these last few weeks, I've found my snack of choice. Fresh blueberries, frozen! YUM. Seriously amazing. You should run out and grab blueberries right now. Take them home and rinse them, spread them on a cookie sheet, and place them in the freezer to freeze individually. Then after a few hours, they are ready. If I were home right now, I'd totally be grabbing them by the handful.

I am also loving watermelon lemonade! Recipe here.

Other things of note...
  • I know being pregnant in the summer is supposed to be miserable, but really Texas summers are pretty miserable in themselves. (That said, this one has been better than most... we had a week of high 80's/ low 90's.) Anyway, though I'm sure my body temp is higher than everyone else's, it just feels plan Texas summer hot to me. 
  • Where the heat gets me though is with exhaustion. When you're 35 weeks and entertaining/ chasing/ talking to a toddler all day, you are already exhausted. Add the heat and I need to crawl in bed for hours. And I pretty much do. When Lilleigh naps, I nap.
  • That said, I am napping everyday. Some days I can get by with an hour, but usually it's two. And let me just say, I need my nap. On days when I haven't had one, it hasn't been pretty. Hormones central. I now take naps everyday.
  • And I am thankful to have maids coming often! It's so necessary. And a wonderful gift! (Thanks parents!)
  • I'm almost afraid to say this, but at this point I've gained less weight than I did with Lilleigh. Not by much but some for sure. That said, we will see if that lasts. The weight gain has picked up a bit since I haven't been able to work out lately... I stopped working out around 30 weeks. I still wanted to, but honestly I was just too exhausted whenever Lilleigh was asleep. Lilleigh naps, I nap.
Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Happy birthday Brendon!

Brendon turned 29 on the 10th! His dad Larry and his sister Meredith came up for a quick visit to celebrate, take him for a birthday trip to Lowe's, cook an amazing dinner for us, and spend the night before leaving early the next morning! It was a short trip but so fun to have them!

Aunt MerMer let Lilleigh paint her nail and finger.


Also yum, in a different way.

She couldn't wait to get the cake!

Smile and you get cookie cake!

Sweet fam

Brendon with Larry and Meredith

And lastly, this photo is not from Brendon's birthday but from Cow Appreciation Day at Chickfila... You dress as cows and get free food. Lil kept her eye on that cow! And the death grip on Mom.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy 6 years to us!

It's been six sweet years that we have been married! Lilleigh and I had a little cupcake date to Sprinkles on Friday afternoon before our Sunday anniversary. We went to grab an anniversary cupcake, though of course she and I shared a cupcake too.

She was busy eating.

A strawberry cupcake to remember our wedding, where we had strawberry cupcakes! Since hubs made me throw away our actual wedding cake last year (yep, saved it 5 years), a cupcake was completely necessary!

We celebrated by going to the Melting Pot while our sweet friend Audrey babysat Lilleigh. It was all delicious, but naturally, the dessert was the best part! Brownies, angel food cake, apples, and more dipped in bananas foster chocolate! Yum!

Note to photographers - Always take photos a little above the subjects, not below... oh well!
As always, I made Brendon a Shutterfly book of our year, and he made me a video! Love it. Next year though he really must get someone else to film, so he can be in it. It is so fun to see Lilleigh change each year though! See last year's here. And this year's below.

Summer 2013 from James Lankford on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Well we totally skipped out on fireworks this year, but we did enjoy a fun parade in downtown McKinney with friends in the morning and yummy hotdogs from The Local Yocal (our favorite farm to market store!) afterwards. Yum! Everything about the food was amazing. Lil was a little disappointed about not seeing drums in the parade. (What was up with that??) But I think being with her two sweet friends made up for it!

We really love this farm to market store!

Testing out our new Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight with friend Ava! I really love this stroller! Lilleigh loves being able to sit or stand on the back, and I love how light and easy it is to maneuver. (Full review on other blog to come!)

Riding the horse at Local Yocal

The parade

Ava, Lilleigh, and McKinley at the parade

Amy and I are both majorly prego, and this funny mirror makes us look huuuge! Haha! She is due in September, so it will be fun to both have our second itty bitties together!

Lilleigh and McKinley getting into things they shouldn't at the Widemans' store, Bear Market, on the square!
Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lost Pines!

Last weekend we met up with SMom, Wayne, and crew for a fun long weekend at Hyatt Lost Pines, near Austin!

On our way, we stopped in Waco to see the Baylor bears and to meet up with our high school friend Kaitlyn.

The bears were napping in their cool caves.

Lil's "sic em" clearly needs some work.

Ashleigh with Kaitlyn and her baby girl Hadley

Once we got to Lost Pines, we enjoyed floating in the lazy river, where Lilleigh floated right with us in her floaties. It was the first time (in 3 summers!) that we have used floaties. I really didn't want her to be too confident in the water, but since her swimming is getting better and we would be at a resort, I figured this would be a great time to get those out. She loved the independence of course!

Sadly I don't think I have water pics... didn't really want to bring the iPhone out around the water. Can you blame me? But Lilleigh also enjoyed the water slide!

Other fun things we did include roasting s'mores (Adeline loved them. Lilleigh too - it was her first one!), feeding and petting animals (ponies, alpacas, donkeys, and a longhorn), and doing crafts.

Lilleigh eating her first s'more! Worth the wait!

Brendon roasting his s'more with the other kiddos.

"Aunt" Morgan on Wayne's shoulders, and Lilleigh on Brendon's

Lilleigh was so proud to ride the longhorn! Yes, that is real.

Playing by the river

Our princesses

Feeding the pony

Anabelle's version of taking a family photo is taking a selfie with family in the background. P.S. We made buttons at craft time, hence the one with "Adeline" and an arrow to my tummy!

Movie stars

An alpaca right before it spit green yuckiness in a girl's face. If you ever see one, they are nice, but be sure to only pet their necks!

Quality time with siblings

I love these two. ...Btw, look at that bump!

Lil loves them!