Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ten Months Old

 Pooh is just about retired from this line of duty! It is a good thing overalls are so good for cruising because these two are on the go. Constantly. They love exploring new Christmas toys, their sisters' craft stashes, the pantry, and all things in the bathroom. Everly has several words now including "Dada", "Mama", and possibly "Hi" and "Up". She shrieks with excitement every time she sees the phone, in hopes that it is her daddy calling and she can chat with him. Grant mainly sticks to "Mama", probably because he knows how much it makes me smile. He's finally learned how to sleep at night without being swaddled, only because he outgrew every swaddle blanket on the market. At their check-up last week, they weighted in at 15 lbs, 2oz, and 17 lbs, 5 oz. Healthy and strong! New favorites include oranges, breakfast sausage, Pat the Bunny, and bedtime songs.

And...this guy would like everyone to know that his recent fussiness was all because of a tooth that popped out on Saturday! We were thinking it was an ear infection but were happy to be wrong! Carrigan lost a tooth the same day, so maybe the Tooth Fairy just swapped them out.

A few last Christmas shots

Gingerbread houses?  Yes, please! What a fun way to celebrate a January day off of school.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas Pictures

Scenes From a Birthday

Sleepy girl for a birthday breakfast 

 We had her birthday that night and by her request the dessert was ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. She's been wearing the princess nightgown (works as a party dress too!) and crafting with her new gifts every single day since then.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Nineteen! (Actually, Four)

Four years ago I was blessed with the best belated birthday gift ever--a 6 lb, 15 oz healthy baby girl in my arms. She cried a lot the first night (little did we know how much crying would be in our future!) but eventually settled into her daddy's chest and into our hearts forever . Delaney Fay Ward continues to be a one-of-a kind character. She may be the fourth girl in our family, but we credit her for reminding us that children are a blessing and realizing that the world and our family would be better off with more of them.  Good thing--since she is a wonderful big sister to Everly and Grant. She is kind, sweet, and mothering to them and also eager to play everything from puppies to trucks with them. 
This year Delaney started preschool and her world exploded. Her sweet little class (just her, one friend, and the class guinea pig!) is perfect for her and she is learning letters, science, music, Bible Stories, and how not to boss her friends around. Her other days at home are filled with pretending to be a teenager, dancing to Taylor Swift, and dreaming up craft projects. She's always eager to do a workout video with me or ride her bike--as long as it doesn't interfere with her night-owl tendencies. She still loves the movie Frozen, black olive pizza, tacos, and Eeyore. She claims that her new favorite colors are pink and purple (because they are "fashion", but we've had four year olds before and are know that this phase won't necessarily last. She'll be back to blue sometime soon,
Delaney-Cakes, we love you and all of the rules you create for our family. You make us smile often, laugh hard, and want to scoop you up and cuddle you all day long. God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave us you and we are so thankful to him for all that you are. Someday you will turn your favorite age (19) but until then, we will love you being four,