Monthly Archives: November 2012

Letter to Santa

Today Cady wrote her letter to Santa. I think her arm got tired toward the end.


It says “Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. I would like a bike, please. I will leave you milk and cookies. Love, Cadence”

And then we sent it off to the North Pole!


I’m crossing my fingers Santa sends something back.


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Hadley Elizabeth – 24 Months

Happy Birthday, Hadley Elizabeth!

2 years with #2 is so different. Jason and I talk all the time about how different things have been with Hadley. First, she talks an amazing amount. I would say her speech is on par with a child closer to 3 than a child who just turned 2. Because of that it is sometimes I forget she is only 2.

I took her to her well child check up. We are extremely lucky to live in the same town as some family and that family happens to be a pediatrician. So it is so nice to take Hadley to someone who not only loves her like family, but actually is family. She is doing well. She is 36 inches (97th percentile, Cady was around 34″ at 2). We *think* she weighs about 26 lbs (40th percentile, Cady was about 24 lbs at 2). Hadley has always disliked standing on the scale at the dr’s office for some strange reason. Her checkup went great except she has an ear infection. No symptoms of it at all, but we have some antibiotics to get it cleared up now. She did get one vaccine, but did so good during it. She didn’t even cry! She throws a massive fit about standing on the scale, but can totally handle shots. What the heck?!?!

Another thing that comes with age 2 is potty training. We are not really doing it right now. If I learned anything with Cady, it is that I will follow Hadley’s lead. She sometimes asks to sit on the potty, and I let her. But she’s never done anything while sitting there, so I don’t think she is anywhere close. But I’m just watching for signs from her and her teachers are too. No rush.

Hadley, personality wise, is just the sweetest. She is becoming such an outgoing, friendly kid (I was afraid that would never happen). I believe school has really helped with that. She still has her clingy moments, but for the most part she is a super confident and happy go lucky little girl. Everyone just falls in love with her sweet smile and her funny little personality.

She is testing her limits right now, but she is a pretty easy kid. She will try to disobey, but a stern look or a threat of timeout is usually enough. I think it helps that Cady provides a pretty good example for her (most of the time). I really do love this age and Cady and Hadley together are just the sweetest ever.

We love you, Hadley Elizabeth!

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This ain’t my first rodeo, IT’S MY 2ND!

This weekend we celebrated Hadley’s 2nd birthday and the above was the theme (along with “vintage cowgirl”). We just kept it a small family gathering at our house. I wish I had thought to get more pictures, but I was trying to be a good hostess and just forgot. I only did a few decorations, but they were really cute. This was above the fireplace in our living room and the first thing you saw when you walked in.

I made another swag of bandanas above the gift table, but didn’t get a picture of it. You’ll just have to imagine it.

This was her cute cake from a local cake place. And bless the hearts of all our family who asked very genuinely if I made it. I appreciate their faith in my skills, but no, I’m not a baker/cake decorator.

I also made some cute themed food (that I didn’t get a picture of). I made my pulled pork that I love. Then we had “Cowgirl Beans” (baked beans) and “Tumbleweed Salad” (cole slaw) from Mean Pig BBQ. I also made some “Get Along Lil’ Doggies”, “Wagon Wheels”, “Lassos”, and “Muddy Water” (sweet tea) to drink. Also, in addition to the yummy cake, we had “Hay Bales” (Rice Krispie treats) and “Cow Chow” (Chex Puppy Chow mix).

So after everyone filled up, we lit the candle and sang to Hadley

I don’t know if we are bad singers or if the candles freaked her out, but she cried and wasn’t real into blowing the candles out.

One thing she is into? Cake and ice cream. She’s my kid, for sure.

Ice Cream with the right hand and cake with the left. She had a good system going.

Someone else who really likes cake? Big sis!

Another thing I didn’t get a good picture of that I wanted to, was her cute little outfit. I got her shirt from Etsy.

Of course, she had to have little pigtails too.

And yes, I interrupted her during eating to prevent a picture of a shirt with chocolate ice cream all over the front. She couldn’t be bothered to put down her spoon.

After cake came the presents. She is so hard to shop for right now because she has hand me down toys and tons of clothes that she got from Cady and other friends and family. The child wants for nothing. But everyone did a great job of picking out things for her and she loves them all.

This one had a great time at her party!

And there is still more celebrating to be done. Her birthday until next weekend, so she will celebrate with cupcakes with friends at school and presents from Mom, Dad and Sister on her birthday.



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Perfect Fall Weekend

This weekend was the epitome of what Fall is all about.
Saturday morning my dad came to pick the girls up so he could spend the weekend with them, and Jason and I could go to the UCA Homecoming game.

We had such a great time. Our tailgate was awesome this weekend.

It was not only homecoming, but a major game. With the win this weekend, we won the Southland Conference Chamionship and get an automatic bid to the playoffs! So many friends were there. It was a blast.

Since Jason is a member of the Letterman Club and we are members of The Purple Circle, we decided that there was no better time to use our sideline passes than when we are playing for conference champs. Several of the guys that Jason played with in college were there as well.

Two of those guys were Jason’s former college roommates.

I wish the fourth roommate could have been there to recreate this picture

While we were standing there we noticed Corliss Williamson was also watching from the sidelines. As a fellow Russellvillian, I had to get my picture taken with him

And Megan and I got a pic with the mascot

And we watched the UCA Bears win the Conference Championship

We also got to be on the field during the trophy presentation to Coach Conque

It was a great time. The Bears have a bye week this coming weekend and then a non-conference home game following. After that, PLAYOFFS!

Sunday, we got to sleep in a little and then we drove back to Russellville to pick up the girls. We spend a little time with my dad before going to Dardanelle to see Jason’s family.

The girls had such a good time at Grandpa’s house. The weather was perfect, so we let them outside to run off some energy and play in the leaves. They had a blast and I got to take some pictures. A lot of pictures.

We also got to spend some time with Jason’s Granny.

It was just one of those perfect Fall weekends full so family, football, beautiful weather and a lot of fun!

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