Tuesday, December 30, 2008

4 month milestone

Price slept thru the night for the first time last night, on his four month birthday! Nathan and I had decided the night before that we were going to let him "cry it out". It sounds so cruel I know, but after taking him to the doctor last week and discovering he weighs a whopping 18.2 pounds, I figured he could miss a meal! Nathan kept the monitor by his side of the bed so I would not have to endure listening to him cry. I know I would have caved in. Seriously, all he has to do is flash his little grin and I am putty in his hands!
So the night before last didn't go so well and when he woke up that morning I promise he would not even look at me! Usually when I get him from his bed he is all smiles but it seems he was holding a grudge. We all-together stopped swaddling too (seems they don't really make swaddling blankets for 18-pounders) so poor guy didn't know what had hit him. Nathan without me knowing called his doctor later that day just to make sure we weren't doing something that would scar him for life. The nurse assured him he was perfectly capable of making it thru the night without being fed, so we attempted it again. I dreaded last night afraid that it would be a repeat, but he did it! He slept from about 7:30pm to 7:15 am!
Let's just pray that it was not a coincidence and that this becomes the new routine. Mom and dad are SO ready!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Loving Christmas time

We had a whirlwind Christmas this year - first in Wichita, then back to Houston for Christmas with my family, and then off to Dallas for Christmas with Nathan's family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful families - I am always sad this time of year for people who do not have family to visit or be with during the holidays.
I enjoyed Christmas this year with Ellery so much. She is at such a fun age and although she didn't understand everything, she was excited and curious. She really got into singing Christmas tunes and watching Christmas movies. I think the one big lesson though that I learned was that my 2 1/2 year old would have been perfectly happy with a new baby doll and markers. Nathan and I even commented that we could have stopped at the stocking stuffers and she would have been pleased!
We opened gifts as a family on Christmas morning and then headed over to my parents' house to be with them and Paige and Taylor. My mom always goes over the top and this year that included matching pajamas for the girls. We had such a good time! Paige and Taylor bought Ellery a new jewelry box with a twirling ballerina that was a hit. Paige and I watched the Duggar family marathon on t.v. while the kids were napping.
Our big gift to Ellery this year was a Power Wheels car - a pink Barbie escalade! We (more like I) was so excited about this gift. I decided about a month ago that we would get this for her after seeing a friend's little girls enjoying theirs so much. I looked around online and finally came across the pink one I was wanting. The only problem was that shipping cost half as much as the car itself. There was no way I was going to pay an outrageous shipping cost, so I kept searching and finally came across it at a Toys R Us in Humble. I was so excited too, because now I had concluded that this was THE popular gift of the year and I had found it! Tiffany and I drove out to Humble with Price and Emery while the dads occupied the "big" girls. What a sweet friend to make the trip, only to discover that it would not fit into her SUV. We were bummed but chalked it up to a fun girls trip. We decided to have the store assemble the escalade and Nathan and I would come back for it on a day we didn't have any carseats in the car - so date night to Toys R Us in Humble it was! So romantic - it even included a drive thru Taco Cabana.
Okay so here we are done with opening all of our gifts and headed out to the back of the house to surprise Ellery with the car. We have all cameras in place. She seems super excited at first and hops right into the car, only to push the pedal down and burst into tears. That was it for the escalade - she didn't want to have anything else to do with it. Nathan and I rode around in it on our own a couple of times and my mom mentioned she might could use it to run to Randalls, but other than that it is going to collect dust...hopefully only until she is a little bit older and decides that she isn't scared of how "fast" it goes. Lesson learned.
We just got home tonight from Christmas in Arlington with Nathan's side of the family. Ellery (and Price) seemed to have a wonderful time, getting spoiled some more. Here are some pictures from the past week:

Price was just taking it all in this year

A new double stroller - a mommy of two must have!

a new Snow White dress up set from Lulu and Poppy

This is before she pushed down the pedal

Loving on her new baby doll from Aunt Mere

And a doll house from Bebe and Pops...and yes, she wants to dress like Snow White everyday, all day

Monday, December 22, 2008

A cold weekend

We spent the weekend in Wichita, Kansas visiting my dad's side of the family. We always enjoy catching up with our relatives. My cousins Jill and Jeana are about the same ages as my sister and I so we have always had a great time being together. There was a lot of playing store and rehearsing for the annual Christmas show. Good times.

Unfortunately my family was sick the entire time. It all started with Ellery and by the end of the trip it had managed to spread to Price, Nathan, and I. I am sure it is just a cold but we want to be WELL for Christmas! It is Price's first illness. He is such a sweet boy though even in the midst of not feeling up to par. He still smiled and seemed to enjoy his first plane ride and visit to Kansas. The high one day was 8 degrees! BRRRRR

I didn't feel that well to take pictures or video and am regretting it big time now. Here are a few that I did manage to take.

Mema and Price

And because Jill was looking out for me, she took a few for me as well. Here is Ellery and new member of the family, Harper, who is about 3 1/2 months older than Price.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tagged - 8 Things About Me

My friend Amanda tagged me for this little 8 things about me blog. So here it goes:

8 TV shows I watch (oh geez...I am embarrassed to admit these...please don't judge):
1. The Hills
2. Jon and Kate plus 8
3. America's Next Top Model
4. The Office
5. Top Chef
6. Project Runway
7. The Bachelor
8. lots of ESPN classic football games with my hubby

I must add that I probably watch one of these shows a week. They are not all on the same seasons. No time.

8 Favorite Restaurants (in no particular order):
1. Southwells (best veggie burger, hands down)
2. Escalantes (or any Mexican really)
3. Freebirds
4. P.F. Changs
5. Sushi King
6. Barry's Pizza/ Star Pizza
7. Maggianos - only because that is where we always end up when my sister Paige is in town
8. any place that involves food and conversation with my husband (last night it was chicken nuggets and fish sticks just the two of us at our kitchen table...romantic)

8 Things that Happened to Me Today:
1. Starting at 3:30 am - Price woke up for his middle of the night feeding
2. Went to Ellery's school to watch her Christmas program - she was a sheep and did such a great job!
3. Didn't get any pics because someone forgot to put the recharged battery back into the camera
4. But Nathan did video tape it (he redeemed himself)
5. Celebrated Jesus' birthday at E's school with cake and milk
6. Went to lunch at Fuzzy's with my mom, Ellery, and Pricey
7. Got both kids down at the same time for a nap...hooray!
8. Went to decorate cookies and have a gift exchange at Courtney's house with her sweet girls and Tiffany's sweet girls. Price was way outnumbered.

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Flying to Wichita, Kansas this weekend to see relatives
2. Possibly getting to play in the snow with Ellery while we are there
3. Christmas with my family here (Paige and Taylor being in town)
4. Christmas with Nathan's family in Arlington
5. Price sleeping through the night
6. Ellery being potty-trained (we made a potty chart yesterday!)
7. Seeing my grandmother again
8. My mom's birthday tomorrow!!

8 Things I Wish For:
1. That my mom has a very happy birthday tomorrow
2. Paige to find the perfect job
3. That the weather would just stay the same for at least 3 days here....preferably cooler so we can really feel like it's Christmas-time
4. Health for my babies
5. That my jeans would fit exactly the way they did pre-pregnancy
6. That cookies and broccoli would switch places nutritionally
7. My dog to stop marking his territory on our rugs
8. For peace on earth :)

8 People I Tag:

At first I tagged 8 people but I would love for anyone who reads this blog to participate!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Girly things

Lots of girly things going on at our house the past couple of days:

Price is being forced to hold various princesses - doesn't he look thrilled?

And Ellery is pumping some milk for her baby doll :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus

I was finishing up my Christmas gift shopping on the internet this afternoon and I hear Ellery singing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" over the monitor. Now isn't that what this Christmas season is all about? Thank you my little 2 1/2 year old girl for keeping it real!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pictures with Santa

Pictures this year went much better than last. Ellery seemed to like Santa except for his glasses. Girl has a thing for glasses - asks everyone to take them off.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's okay to be different

Thank you everyone for the sweet words and for thinking and praying for my family. The past couple of days have been hard, but today we can move forward knowing our Nanny is far better off than any of us here on this earth. We have so many wonderful memories of her that will last forever. I thought of her so many times today as I watched Ellery proudly wear Nanny's fun jewelry around the house and as I baked some Christmas goodies this evening.

So last night I was so excited to gather up the family on the couch and watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I love how there are family Christmas movies that air on the television throughout the month of December. This year Ellery is really starting to get excited about Christmas although she keeps saying that she wants a bigger Christmas tree like Lulu and Poppy's. Sorry dear, the little Montana Slim is going to have to do.
Anyways, she sat through the movie and was very interested in the classic tale about Rudolph and his misfit red-nose. At one point Nathan and I thought we might have to turn it off because we looked over at her and her bottom lip was out and tears trickling down her face. She kept saying, "Rudolph has a red nose." It was really upsetting to her, obviously. We finally got it through to her that the red nose ended up being a good thing because Rudolph could help guide Santa's sleigh, and that it's okay to be different.
As Nathan says, she's so drama. But we love our little drama mama.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


My sweet Nanny went to be with Jesus today, just two months shy of her 85th birthday. So many wonderful words describe her as she was truly an outstanding woman. She accepted everyone and loved everyone. Not only did she have her own 3 children, but she took in several over the years. My mom's best friend lived with them for awhile because her home situation was not a good one. My Nanny could barely afford to get food on the table for her family of five, yet she did not think twice about accepting more into her home. She did not have much, but the possessions she did have meant nothing to her. She would give away everything and then some in a heartbeat. Nanny was truly a selfless person. Her life was not easy in many ways, but she set such an example as to what it means to be a faithful servant of Christ and lived her life in complete abandonment to His will.
She loved her family, loved holidays, loved quilting and painting, loved babies, loved going to church (as evidenced by her perfect attendance award in her Bible I now own), loved God's Word, and most of all LOVED Jesus. She told me stories that I wish I could recall better than I do, great stories about seeing angels. She made me deviled eggs for 20 years because she thought I loved them (and at some point along the way I stopped loving them), she let us eat cool whip out of the containers until we made ourselves sick (because she needed the containers for art projects), and she made sleepovers at her house so much fun with huge pallets on the floor and sky-high stacks of toast for breakfast. She was beautiful and helped shape me into the person I am today. She left a legacy that will carry on for years to come. I can't wait to tell Ellery and Price all about their great-grandmother.

Today was a hard day but really we lost her awhile ago as she began suffering through the horrible disease of Alzheimer's. Today was a hard day but through the tears we were rejoicing that she is meeting Jesus face to face, no longer in pain, dancing and singing once again, and seeing her mama and daddy and brothers. Today was a hard day but we find comfort and peace in knowing we will indeed see her once again. We will see our sweet Nanny once again.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday Best

I had to get a picture of Price on our way out the door to church. His first time in a little button down and cords! I must have told him how handsome he looked a hundred times!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pilgrims and Indians

Yesterday Ellery had a Thanksgiving feast at school. The kids all dressed as Pilgrims and Indians. I was wondering which one she would come home dressed as and an Indian it was! I asked her what they did at school and she said they had a party and ate goldfish. Hmmmmm. They have been learning about Thanksgiving all week and she has brought home some fun artwork, including a painted picture of the Mayflower and a cornucopia! She also took canned goods to chapel where they laid them before the altar and asked God to use them to feed the hungry. Here's a picture of Ellery before school and one of her this morning on her way to the gym with daddy wearing her headdress.

And here's our other little wild Indian in action.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Look who's "talking"

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cereals, Diapers, and Smiles

None of these things go together, but I couldn't think of a better title. My mom was asking for pictures so here are some randoms from the past week.

First, this is Ellery's breakfast of champions every morning. Do you think she might have a Gatewood gene? My dad taught me well how to mix my cereals. Many nights I would prefer to have a bowl of cereal instead of a "real" dinner. Ellery asks for all of these cereals in the morning and I mix them together in her small bowl. All of our cereals have animal names. For example in this pic, we have bunny cereal, Dora cereal (okay, not all of them have animal names..oops), penguin cereal, and bee cereal.

Diaper buddies! Size 6 and size 2 respectively. Although Ellery has used the potty several times and will at least sit on it at school, we are not rushing potty-training. Given her current poopy issues, there is no telling when she will be out of diapers! I think one of the reasons she does not like pooping (ugh, what a horrible topic to blog about) is the wiping afterwards. We give her a laxative everyday (doctors orders) so if you can only imagine, going 4-5 days between a "movement" results in a not-so-lovely clean up. I am thinking that I might buy a wipe warmer to help her out. I am totally against using them with babies (because who wants to have to carry around a warmer with them while they are out because their baby prefers warms wipes as opposed to cold ones), but I am thinking they might make the whole experience more pleasant for her.

And today I capured Price's smile on camera! Look at those delicious chubby cheeks too! Price is such a sweet, easy-going little guy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Long night. Good daddy.

Why is it that everytime you think you have a breakthrough and your infant is making great progress at night, there is a huge set back that makes you re-think having another baby all-together?

On another note, today I really just enjoyed being with my daughter. I hope I can always remember that precocious, 2 year old face starring back at me across the table. Our conversations make my heart glad!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cheering on the Horns

This was Ellery's last game of the season. Nathan and I still have the big A&M vs. UT game Thanksgiving Day. She has really enjoyed going to the games this year and looks forward to our trips to Austin. A couple of pics from our trip:

Yes, she even has burnt orange nail polish

Lulu and Pricey Ricey

Just playing around with the camera

Daddy teaching Ellery and Elin bad habits

In case you are wondering I AM planning on wearing maroon to the next game. I don't own a single piece of maroon clothing so hopefully I can find something. Orange is such a more flattering color.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Back tracking

Last weekend we met Bebe and Pops at Huntsville State Park. The weather was perfect and Ellery especially enjoyed being outside, eating hot dogs, and making smores. We had a little drama when Ellery busted her top lip, but it was nothing that 10 popsicles couldn't fix.

Speaking of drama, we met my mom for lunch on Wednesday at Cafe Express after I picked Ellery up from school. Our lunch lasted about 2 minutes and then Ellery threw the biggest tantrum we have ever witnessed. It all started because I stirred up her mac and cheese which I quickly learned was not okay with her. Add that to a truly worn-out child and you get a huge scene. I had to carry her out of the restaurant kicking and screaming. It was unbelievable. I was THAT mom with the out of control child. Nathan and I were discussing that we have never had to leave a restaurant because of her behavior. I hope this is not a trend.
Random cute pic. Ellery calls this her pretzel shirt!
Ellery, Price, and I visited my Papa. My sweet grandmother fell and broke her hip a couple of weeks ago and we had to put her in a nursing home. She also has the horrible disease of Alzheimers. More on my Nanny later, but needless to say Papa needed some company. It was his 1st time to meet Price, his 9th great -grandchild.
Fun news...Price got his ride pimped! We had to get rid of Ellery's car seat because it was truly disgusting after all of the spit-up. I thought maybe Price would not be a spitter-upper but once again, we are going through the burpies like crazy. I think he might be a little better than Ellery and at least both of them were what doctors call "happy-spitters". So, we decided that a car seat cover was the way to go. Much easier to take off and wash and will keep the seat in good shape (in case of a 3rd, but we are definitely not discussing that topic at the moment). Doesn't he look all cozy in it? Good thing because little PNut takes the majority of his naps in it. He LOVES his car seat.

Other fun news...Nathan and I were able to go on a date to see Fireproof on Thursday. We skipped a parenting seminar at Ellery's school and opted for the movies instead. I have no doubt that we could have used the parenting help but the movie was worth playing hookie for. It was crazy to be sitting in the movie theatre eating popcorn and watching a movie that was so pure and uplifting. I wish I left more movies feeling the way I did after seeing this one.
We are in Austin AGAIN for another football game. This was my 1st attempt to dress my kiddos alike.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2 month stats

Price had his 2 month check-up on Monday and he weighed in at 14 pounds 16 ounces and 24.5 inches long! The boy is in the 95th percentile! I compared this with Ellery's 2 month stats and she only weighed 12.5 pds. I guess that's a boy for you! We are thankful he is healthy and growing.
Now back to the election coverage....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or treat

We didn't go trick or treating but did have lots of fun! Ellery said she wanted to be Snow White about 6 months ago and yesterday was her day. She wore her costume to school and all of the kids paraded out and waved at the cars passing by on the street. People were honking and waving back. She was a natural!
Costume and shoes provided by Lulu

Best buds - Cinderella (Madi Kate) and Snow White
Last night we went to our church's festival and had fun with friends. Can you believe we never put Price in his costume? He was just too sound asleep to wake him up and make him put it on. We did dress him in it today though - really just for a picture op! Funny story about his costume. I wasn't going to dress him up, but then at the last minute decided I just had to. Ellery was a kangaroo at 6 months and I couldn't leave Pricey out. So, at the beginning of last week I asked Ellery what Price should dress up as for Halloween. Out of the blue she replied, "Nemo!" I came across this goldfish costume online and thought it was close enough!

This is how he spent Halloween day...little pumpkin
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