Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Here are a few pictures from setting up our Christmas Tree and Christmas with my parents:

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Growing and Gaining

Just a quick post about the girls!

Avery had her 9 month check up two weeks ago and weighs in at 16 lbs 9 oz. You is making slow, but steady progress.  You is now standing up and walking behind toys and taking a step or two by yourself when you are  not thinking about it.  You turned 10 months old on the 27th of November . You says Dada with intent now and are possibly saying Mama but it is more like Ba Ma. You imitate and laugh at everything. You are so vocal. If I cough, you will cough over and over again laughing and giggling. You don’t eat baby food anymore and loves to eat everything. You are so adventurous and love to follow your older sister around. You light up whatever room you are in. Naps, though, are a different story. You love to be held while napping and refuse to sleep in your crib for naps.

Savannah turned 30 months, or 2 1/2, on the 28th of November. You are so talkative- you love to say things like “I don’t know” and “What is it?”. You never cease to amaze us at all the new phrases you pick up daily.  Mommy and Daddy have to be so careful about what comes out of our mouth. Your favorite restaurant right now is Yats- you love Chili Cheese Etoufee and ask for it every meal. You will try anything food wise and pretty much like anything you taste- yesterday Daddy gave you chicken liver and heart and you tried and liked both of them. You are really into anything princess right now. You watch Beauty and the Beast several times a day, although you have just discovered the magic of Frosty the Snowman. You are loving everything about Christmas including the tree. You get in trouble several times a day because you can’t keep your hands off the ornaments! You love to dress up and pretend to be Belle. You amaze us everyday with how intelligent you are!

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No place like Home!

Last week we headed to Ohio to spend some time with family and friends. We helped with the annual CBF International Thanksgiving Banquet (something we look forward to each year). We miss the Holtz family and love the example they have set for us. .There was a great turnout and we had fun- as always! We stayed with Lyn and David for a few days. It was great to catch up with friends. Last year when we moved away there were no other babies other than Savannah and now there are so many babies to love on. Isabel and Avery even matched one of the days we were there. It was cute to see the girls play and interact together. We really miss our friends in Ohio, so it was nice to spend some quality time with them for a few days. We were able to go to Calvary on Sunday morning and catch up with everyone there too! We did the traditional lunch with the Sampsons (a favorite as always) and stayed with Jeff and Brittany Sunday night. It was great to hang out with them and have some adult time. Avery enjoyed playing with Wyatt and Savannah enjoyed getting chased around the house by Ellie. We stayed with my sister and her family from Monday until Saturday. My parents and sister arrived on Wednesday and there was quite the full house- 7 adults 5 kids and 3 dogs! We had a fantastic Thanksgiving on Thursday and celebrated Christmas together on Friday. It was Avery’s first time to really open presents and she quite enjoyed opening the presents. Savannah loved all the gifts she got- especially all the “princess” things and has worn her new princess dress pajamas pretty much every day since she got them. On Saturday we headed back to Indiana and had “Thanksgiving” with the Copeland side of the family. We were definitely stuffed after all the food we ate last week. There is so much that happened, but it is hard to cover it all so I am just going to keep it short and sweet. Here are some pictures from our time in Ohio.

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Avery got teeth

Sort of. On Sunday morning I realized tha both Avery’s bottom teeth were almost through. That explains a lot. She has been super fussy and clingy the last week and has ended up in our bed every night around 2:30 am. I sleep so awful when she is in bed with us- especially because she is a huge bed hog. She is worse than Savannah! At least at the rate Avery is getting teeth, and the timing, she is on track to have more teeth than Savannah did at one year old. Savannah only had her bottom 2 on her first birthday! Avery and Savannah really love each other. Avery loves to go in and wake up Savannah from her naps, giggling all the way down the hallway until she throws herself onto Savannah’s bed. It always wakes Savannah up with a smile on her face. We also have what we call “family bed”  for just a few minutes each morning. Usually Dan and Savannah are up before Avery and I, but when we wake up Savannah comes running down the hall yelling family bed. Daniel and Savannah climb back into bed with Avery and I. We take just a minute every morning to tell the girls how much we love them and Savannah loves on Avery. It is such a precious time of the day for us. We are so blessed with our girls. Avery loves to follow Savannah around and play with her- she loves her sis. Savannah loves it, for the most part, but can get a little mean when she is “tired” of Avery.

We also had a huge breakthrough last night- Savannah told me she needed to go potty. She has been potty trained for quite some time now, but she had never really told us when she needed to go. We always just took her to the bathroom and made her go based on her liquid consumption. Then, again last night, she told Daniel she had to go potty. I am sure the incentives help, but it is definitley a step in the right direction! She also informed me during breakfast this morning that she needed to go!

We are steaming full speed ahead on the house and there is much to report, but not much in the way of progress this week so I will hold off on updating until later.

So, in the words of a cute little kid named Caleb Smith, I just wanted to say [Avery] got teeth!


Progress!

We have been making so much progress on the home front! Yesterday we turned in all the paperwork for the land divide and contracted the well. We should have the well on the property in the next few weeks (whenever we say go ahead). We should hear back soon about the land divide and at that point we can file new deeds on the property and get the well put on. That is the last step before signing with our builder and finalizing our loan. There is so much to be done, but almost all of it is being done simultaneously in the next week or so. We could even be in our house before spring! We are so excited to have “our house” becoming a reality. Yesterday marked a year since we moved to Indiana. It is hard to believe that it has been that long, but we have been so blessed in the last year! We miss being in Ohio, but are so excited for the opportunities we have had here in Indiana. In the last year we have moved twice (3 times if you count moving out of our house in Ohio twice), sold our house, Daniel changed jobs (almost lost it), added Avery Marie to our family, started the process to build a house, bought a minivan, etc.! We look forward to this coming year and so much more!


Ladybugs and Bumblebees

Sisters!

Last night we took the girls out for the first time to Trick-or-Treat. Our first stop was the Shelbyville Armory for Trunk-or-Treat where we saw a lot of people from church. Savannah was just happy to be in her costume! She has been begging to wear it for weeks. Renee “guilted” us into taking the girls back to Greenwood, even though we spent most of the day there, to see Mamaw and Papaw. We took the girls over to see Aunt Elaine and Aunt ‘Nita, Aunt Erica and Uncle Daryl, and Grandma Copeland. Grandma had special bags of animal crackers made up for the girls (good thing we went!). We took them over to see Grandma and Grandpa too! Savannah loved to ring door bells and say Trick-or-Treat. Apparently the pictures and the Armory tired out Avery because she ended up sleeping for most of our driving around. One thing that definitely made it hard this year was, since we live out in the country, you have to pretty much drive to every house. This makes getting in and out of the car hard since, obviously, both girls are in car seats. We did manage to get lots of pictures and candy, but both girls were exhausted by the time we got home!

Avery crawling around in the leaves

Mommy and her girls

Avery giggling away!

Cheese!

getting candy at the Armory

Daddy wants that vehicle!

Daddy!

Superman and Ladybug- that sounds like quite the combo!

They love each other!