Saturday, April 12, 2014

harry {11 months}

two weeks from today our baby will be one. one! not even possible. i know every one says it and thinks it but i really can't wrap my mind around the fact we will have a one year old soon. harry still seems like such a baby to us. he is so tiny and loves to be held and snuggled and feels more like an 8 month old rather than an 11 month old. and i love it. i have cherished every moment of him, not knowing if he might be our last baby. i can't imagine not having more (at least one more) baby, but we can't know what god has planned for our famil.


harold milo, at 11 months old you:
  • are the sweetest of sweet babies. never have i ever known a sweeter baby than you! 
  • are a heart. breaker. for sure. so adorable with your blonde hair and blue eyes. 
  • finally got a tooth. one tiny little tooth on the bottom right. 
  • had an ear infection last month and had to take your first antibiotic. you were kind of a weenie, the doctor said it not me. but you loved the medicine. 
  • are not walking or standing on your own. and you have no desire to do so. 
  • weigh 18 pounds and are 28" tall. you are perfectly proportionate. little, only in the 8th percentile, but proportionate. 
  • loooooooooooove your big sister and have started getting into her things, which drives her crazy but is fun to watch. 
  • are still a mama's boy. but you love your daddy too, very much. 
  • are an animal lover for sure. you have yet to meet a dog that scares you. you let them all lick your face and whack you with their tails. 
  • have a bit of a temper. and you are a bit of a screamer. i think you've picked up some of your sister's bad habits. 
  • put every single thing in your mouth. 
  • love food. all types of food. you could sit in your highchair all day and be completely content. 
  • are a joy to our family and to everyone you meet.

this is such a fun age....something new and different every day. and harry is developing the best little personality. i see so much of elle in his personality and demeanor. i am afraid i am going to have 2 kids that run circles around me.

we are so blessed by this little life. can't imagine him not a part of our family. he makes life that much sweeter every single day.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

harry boy {9 & 10 months}

in a few short days (6 to be exact) harry will turn 11 months old, so i thought i better do a little update before the next monthly milestone....

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this is the best picture i could get at 10 months.... he was not having any of it. way too busy for that.

i mean, seriously? i am not sure it gets much cuter than this right here. not any sweeter either. i know he is mine and i am extremely biased, but i don't think i have been around a sweeter baby. even at 10 months old when they start to seem more like toddlers than babies, he still seems all baby to me.

he looooooooves to snuggle and be held. he literally melts into you when you pick him up. it is my favorite.

he is into things but not destructive in the least bit.

could live in his highchair because he loves to eat. anything. i haven't introduced a food to him that he doesn't like. he seems to get choked on raw broccoli, but loves it steamed. favorites foods are bananas, strawberries, eggs, greek yogurt and chicken. he eats 2 bananas a day. we used to throw away bananas because they would go bad (beyond the point of using for baking) and now i can't keep bananas in our house. i have to buy them a little ripe because he eats them so fast.

no teeth. not a one. can't imagine how much he'll be able to eat once he finally does get a tooth. we think he is teething but so far it hasn't been too bad. we'll have an off night every once in a while and we always chalk it up to teething, but who really knows?

not walking or standing on his own, nor does he have any desire too. he has spaghetti legs.

such a good sleeper! which is the best thing ever. i am so so thankful that he loves his crib and sleep. he sleeps 10-12 hours a night, wakes up early in the morning (5:00-6:00) and i nurse him and he goes right back to sleep for a couple of hours, wakes up, eats breakfast and is ready for his morning nap around 10:00 and sleeps for 2-3 hours every morning with a short, hourish long, nap in the late afternoon. and goes to bed around 6:30-7:30 every night. without a fuss. its wonderful.

loooooooves his sister, and thinks she is the funniest person in the world. they play so good together and elle is such a helper with him. i'll block off a place for them to play and watch tv in the living room while i do laundry or clean house and they will play so hard together. harry is so entertained by elle. he wants to be doing whatever she is doing.

jibber jabbers a lot!.....says words like dada, momma, sissy, dog, hi, bye bye, eyes... 

mommy's boy! and i love it so much.
this boy has stolen our hearts. my heart, his daddy's heart, and his sister's heart. he is beyond precious. i read back and i made him sound like the perfect baby and he really is. i would have 10 babies if i knew they would all be as easy and sweet as him.

can't believe in 5 weeks we will have a one year old. this year has flown by faster than i could have ever imagined it would. we are so thankful for this little life. he is one precious baby boy.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

{berry} cute valentines

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we went with the whole berry theme for valentines for e's friends at school! we just can't get enough of strawberries lately. i think we are a little ready for summer!!
my sister-in-law, holly, made the cookies. aaron designed the labels. elle and i assembled the baggies. she was so excited to give these to her friends today at school! 

i am so lucky to be surrounded by such creative and talented people!

***if you follow me on instagram (@elleollieshop), i am so sorry for the redundancy of these pictures :)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

4th birthday celebrations!

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we started off the morning with a few presents and breakfast of elle's choice:
french toast, bacon and strawberries.

then we ate lunch at her favorite restaurant (chickfila) and went bowling. harry started running a fever late morning, so we couldn't take him with us...
but it was fun spending the day with just the birthday girl. 
(and sorry for picture quality, we forgot the good camera at home and these are all taken with my iphone) 

we closed out the evening with my parents, my brother and his sweet girlfriend at a mexican restaurant. we had yummy food, cake and elle got to open a few more presents. 

it was a such a great day!

saturday we had a fun 4th birthday party for our girl at the skating rink. 
all her favorites came and she had the best time ever!

4 years old. just like that, she turned four. we had many celebrations and loved getting to really spoil our sweet girl this year. she loved every second of it!  elle is such a sweet and fun loving child. we are so blessed to call her ours! now, this next year can just creep by because i think that 5 might officially kill me.... babies don't keep.


Friday, February 7, 2014

our 4 year old


our elle louise turned four tuesday. four! 

this girl is pure sweetness, with a little sass thrown in. and smart smart smart. i know she is mine and that of course, we all think our child is the prettiest and smartest or whatever, but i'm not kidding when i say this girl is smart. she is going places.

we celebrated her big day with presents, bowling, dinner and cake. and we have a big strawberry shortcake roller skating party tomorrow! i will have many more pictures to share!

i'm still not sure how the past four years went by so fast. it's mind blowing really. we are so so so very thankful for this sweet 4-year old and are so very blessed to be her parents. she brings us so much joy and laughter.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

westcliffe family vacation


we spent a few days at my grandparents' home in colorado the week after christmas. it was a good time. some of our family that lives in louisiana and alabama were there so it was fun getting to spend lazy days with them.

aaron got to go skiing one day with my cousins and he really enjoyed it. but other than that we didn't do much, hung out at the house, ate a lot and shopped a little!

i can't say it was the most relaxing trip i've ever been on......let's just say harry is a home body and not much of a traveler, so i was more than ready to be home and back to our routine. and he was very ready to sleep in his crib. he didn't sleep one night through and was never settled in the car, coming or going. it made for long days and a long 14 hour trip.

nonetheless, we look forward to another week of colorado snow and winter next year. so blessed to have this little home away from home.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

december recap {aka picture overload}

our december in a lot of pictures and not too many words....

we decorated gingerbread houses. 2 to be exact!

i tried to get pictures of the kids (in the dress and bowtie i made, in front of our first live christmas tree). as you can see i didn't have much luck.

we took a day trip to silver dollar city. it was fun. cold, but fun.

sat on santa's lap and told him what we wanted for christmas. harry loved the jolly old man. elle did too.

had our annual pajama party at aaron's parents house. cozy and chaotic (is that an oxymoron?) as usual.

got ready for santa's arrival with a letter, pictures, cookies and milk.

he came! he really came! elle was so excited and could not believe it!

hooray for Jesus!
hooray for santa, hooray for wrapping paper to chew on and gifts to open!!

such a fun, simple morning with my little family! the magic was alive in our house.

after opening all of santa's presents, we headed over to my parents for the day. it was the best christmas to date....such a treat to spend the whole day with the people i love the most! 

merry late christmas friends!

for God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 corinthians 4:6