Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Decorating the Tree

This year we have been putting off decorating the tree because I was afraid of fighting the cat. originally we thought we would just not put up any breakable ornaments but we soon found out that just about all of our ornaments are, breakable, from Kevin's childhood, or my great grandmothers. So I have been looking at a sad undecorated tree since Thanksgiving!!! Not being able to take it anymore I caved and we decided to decorate our tree.

The cat has lost her sleeping spot in the tree and we have had a few squirt bottle fights in which I have won...so far we have has zero ornament casualties!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa 2012

Santa 2012

Even with McKennas tears I would say this is a success (the first year Brooke did not cry!)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brooklyns Christmas Program

Thursday Brooklyns school put on a Christmas program, for the few weeks leading up to it Brooke and I had been practicing her songs, she knew every word!! I thought foreshore my child would be the one belting out all the songs in utter perfection :)

All the kids came out and they had Brooke smack dab in the center GREAT!! Mommies little star... As the program started Brooke decides that she would rather dig for gold than sing, once she gets board with that she gives the poor boys halo in font of her a few flicks and looks around and board as ever. Keven was in the back with the big video camera so only have a few shots from my phone. but what you don't see is Brooke singing; blah blah blah (literally) then covering her ears with her hands lol yep that's my girl!

While it wasn't what i expected it was HILARIOUS to watch (my favorite part being the halo flicking) The best parts about kids are the unexpected.

This is the video from my phone, once we figure out how to upload the video from the camera i will update it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

McKennas ear surgery

After three ear infections in four months (one being especially difficult to get rid of) I decided it was time to talk to McKennas doctors about tubes. I know that by 10 months three ear infections was a red flag. We also have a family history of hearing problems and having to have tubes. They agreed that I should see an ENT and have McKennas ears looked at.

Less than a week later McKenna and I were at Dr.West office. First we saw the audiologist who listened to and answered all my questions! She then gave McKenna a Hearing test, she passed. one of my fears was that McKennas speech would be delayed but the audiologist explained that as long as she was passing hearing test any speech delays would not be because she needed tubes.

Since McKenna passed the hearing test, they wanted to rule out any possible problems, so the next test was the tympanometry procedure (they simply blow air and sound in to the ear and measure how much each ear drum moves) She noted that McKennas right ear drum was not moving very much and that her left, while slightly better, was also not moving as much as they would like. Most likely this meant she had fluid in her ears.

After meeting with the audiologist I met with Dr.West. He was so kind and reassuring! We went over family history while he looked in McKennas ears. He then confirmed that it would be best for McKenna to get tubes. He explained the surgery to me and showed me the tube. Even telling me his own stories of getting tubes for his son. When it came time to set up a surgery  date he even offered to come in on his day off so Kevin could be there!

When the day of surgery came we woke up bright and early at 5 am and headed to the Baylor Heath surgery center.  I was a ball of nerves the entire time but McKenna was her happy self!! We had every nurse come by to see her and since we were so close to the nurses station we could hear them talking about her "you have to go see that baby, she has so much hair" or "isn't she the cutest baby ever" The even nicknamed her "baby Boo" (since she looks like the girl off monsters ink) McKenna just took it all in smiling and laughing at everyone.

When it came time to take her back for her surgery the nurse and anesthesiologist had a rock, paper, scissors war to see who would carry her...the anesthesiologist won. ha (the lightheartedness of the staff really helped keep me at ease)

It took a good 30 min before everything was over and done with and I could go back because McKenna was a little slow waking up. Once I was back there I was happy to see that a nurse was rocking her and she wasn't just laying upset in a bed. She was groggy and fussy but once we gave her a bottle, she melted into my arms and fell asleep. When her bottle was Finished we were released to go home and from then on McKenna has acted like nothing has happened at all.

After we got home we found out that Kevin got his tubes Dec 9th when he was just 10 months old the exact same age as McKenna.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Mckenna took her first assisted steps Dec.8 and has not stopped since. She loves walking with her walker!! and secretly I'm hoping she continues like this. I am NOT ready for my baby to be a "real" walker any time soon.

All day long its back and fourth across the living room.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Letters to Santa

Another new tradition we started this year is to write letters to Santa! Brooklyn loved it. While her letter consisted mostly of Christmas stamps and pictures, I think Santa will know just what to get her. As excited as she was to write the letter she was 10 times that when Santa actually wrote her back!

I absolutely love and adore those moments when she is over the moon excited about something. (Thank you nana Santa for taking the time to send such a lovely letter!)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 Months

Mckenna weighs 17.8 lbs (10-25th percentile) and is 28.5 inches long (75th percentile). She wears size 3 diapers and is in size 9 month, 6-12 month outfits,(12 months are still way to big) and 9 month sleepers. McKenna eats fruit or veggies 4 times a day, 4 six ounce bottles and snacks (she is able to eat almost anything we eat) each day. Kenna is still such a great sleeper taking two or three long naps a day. 
  • Mckenna has learned the "I'm gong to drop it, you pick it up, then I drop it again." game and of course she loves it!
  • She has a new favorite toy this month, a large pink ball
  • She will bounce up and down on your legs if you sing "giddy up giddy up"
  • waves and says hi/bye
  • does all the movements to patty cake
  • will put the phone to her ear for hello
  • will make a face when asked to show her "cute face"
  • can drink from a straw

 uh oh

Elf Breakfast

The Elf on the shelf was a new tradition I was very excited to try this year! I know some elves come the day after thanksgiving but I thought that Dec. 1st would be easier for us. To kick off our elf arriving we had a elf breakfast to welcome her.

At first Brooklyn was not so sure about the elf, because she is "real" and you can not touch her!! I think Brooke was actually creeped out by the elf. Now Brooklyn really enjoys looking for her in the morning.
Meet Princess!

 Not sure how close she really wants to get.
 We decided that this year instead of having our elf play tricks, she would bring the girls books each day until Christmas. The girls are loving it and to tell you the truth so am I, I was getting so tired of reading the same books over and over!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We have so much to be thankful for this year! Most of all two healthy beautiful little girls!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Family photos

Now that I have ordered our Christmas cards I thought I would share our family photos. Marisa did a wonderful job as usual,she is always so good even with my not so cooperative 31/2 year old! So bare with me, I had an especially hard time weeding through them all.

Our group shots.

We also got a few of just the girls. love them! 

One thing i really love about Marisa is that she also includes some "behind the scenes shots" that show whats really going on at our family shoots ;) Kevin's and my absolute favorite picture has to be the one of McKenna pulling kevin's hair! She WOULD NOT let go!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Heard Museum

A few friends invited us to check out the Heard Museum and wildlife sanctuary. They had some animatronic dinosaurs displayed on the trails and I knew Brooklyn would love it! Lately dinosaurs have been on her list of favorite things along with Thomas the Train, Spider-man, and Fire trucks. (this girl needs some girls friends asap! haha)

About midway through we stopped to get pictures of the bigger kids, its tough to get them to sit still long enough to snap a picture, next year the we will have three more to chase around! All of these babies are growing up so fast!

 I may or may not have encouraged the kids to stick their heads in the tyrannosaurus mouth :)

This dilophosaurus was really neat not only did he make noise and move but he would spit water out of his mouth. Landon thought this was especially cool :)

The T-Rex!! The boys had a little spat over who got to stand next to Brooklyn, lol, the love stories of three year olds.
 After our short hike we checked out the indoor museum area, it was set up really nice with a few caged animals and a play area but after the hike and lunch the littles were ready to head home for a nap. Needless to say we will be back soon!