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A Summer Recap

What a whirlwind these last few months have been. In June, we moved back to the Memphis area from Nairobi, Kenya. Since that time a LOT has happened.

– Right before we left Kenya, we went on an incredible safari to the Mara.

– Ezzie turned 1 (and is currently almost 15 months)

– We went to the beach with dear friends

– We visited my grandparents in AR and Kennie’s parent in TX

– We went to Gatlinburg, TN with my family

– Kennie started a new teaching job

– WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Which we will move into at the end of this month

And so, so much more.

Overall, our transition back to the states has been a good one. We miss our friends in Kenya more and more as time goes on, but we have a complete peace about coming back to this area. Hopefully once we get a bit more settled I will find more time to blog about all of the new chapters in our lives… the house church we are involved in, being new home owners, of course babies, major budgeting and all that fun stuff 🙂

I’m about to OVERLOAD you with photos….

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They loved her… and she loved the attention.

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Selfie with a herd of elephants #nbd

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Ezra and Kennie reading their books on the plane.

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She LOVED the sand.

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Some of her first steps.

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Ezzie’s First Birthday Party

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Ezra’s birthday party was one week, yes, SEVEN DAYS after moving back home from Kenya. That first week was full of jet lag, eating as much Chick-fil-A as possible (trust me, you miss it while living overseas), and LOTS of party planning. I tried to keep the party as simple and budget friendly as possible. I made the cake with this recipe and this recipe. Y’all, best. white. cake. EVER. No joke. Oh, and this recipe for the marshmallow fondant (also amazing!). We had the best time seeing our friends and family and of course celebrating one of my life’s most precious blessing, little Ez. I can’t believe she’s 1 and I can’t believe how full my heart it. Love, love, love her!!

 

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10 months

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– You love to cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies with Daddy

– You constantly open and close your hand and watch with amazement

– You’re climbing on everything

– You LOVE music. Anytime it comes on you drop what you’re doing to listen

– You clap with your fists… you won’t open your hands for anything! It’s so cute!

– You love to be outside. Your favorite thing is to rip leaves off bushes.

– You’re a scaredy cat when it comes to loud noises (hair dryer, barking dogs, etc.) – TERRIFIED!

– You love our windows… you could look out them all day.

– You love feeling soft things with your face.

– You weigh 22 pounds!

– You are wearing some of your 6-12 months clothes, but also 12-18 months / 12 months clothes

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9 months

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New things this month:

– I can barely keep you in the room. I have to barricade all the doors because you are always on the go!

– You had your first cold this month 🙁

– You are getting so good and getting up and down and walking around the couch.

– You have the cutest bed head when you wake up. Your new nickname is little fuzzhead.

– You LOVE the water.. swimming is your favorite.

– We are still just breast feeding, but you’ve tasted watermelon & mangos.

– You make so many funny noises. You purr and babble with your tongue. Exhibit A & Exhibit B

-You weigh 21 pounds!

– You are wearing 6-12 months / 12 months clothes

– When you are playing you will look up to make sure I’m still there. If I am, you resume playing.

You are so much joy to everyone you come in contact with. I’m so proud to call you my baby.

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8 months

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Ez, I cannot put into words how much I love you. You probably won’t get it until you have a son/daughter of your own. You are one of my life’s most precious blessings.

– You crawl! The real deal… not just scooting!

– TWO teeth (and the process was not very fun)

– I love watching you play. You are so curious.

– Your favorite toys are the “non-toys” (remote, camera, cords, basically anything that you aren’t supposed to have)

– All you want to do is stand. You’re starting to pull up on things and you can stand propped for a long time.

– You give big, sloppy, wet kisses

– you LOVE Baby Einstein… you would watch it all day if I would let you.

– you want your mommy allll the time, but you still have never met a stranger.

– We are still just breast feeding, but I do let you taste things. You’ve tried bananas, & mashed potatoes

– You wear 6-12 months / 9 months clothes, but not for much longer!

You are so smart and so sweet… I’m so proud to be your mommy!

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7 months

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These past few months have been a whirlwind. I am so late on posting this! In fact, next week will be time for me to post Ezra’s 8 month update… so better late than never though, right?

Ezra, in your seventh month you seemed to have grown up so much! We spent most of it in the states enjoying Christmas with family.

– Your hair is coming in thicker and thicker!

– the teething has begun

– our flight on the way to america was a nightmare… you were an angel on the one on the way back (I guess because you turned 7 months!)

– you LOVE your new toys.

– We are still strictly nursing

– You are wearing 6-12 months clothes/9 months

– You army crawl everywhere

– You think your Nana is hilarious

– You say Dada and Momma occasionally

Ezzie, you are an absolute joy. I just keep thinking my heart can’t be any fuller and then it just keeps happening. Your dad and I are just completely and totally in love with you 🙂

I took our normal monthly pictures but in the travel I can’t find my camera cord to download my pictures… fortunately the amazing Katie Kubler took some beautiful pictures of my girl while we were home.

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6 months & a big day

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6 months… half a year… trying to hold it together for this one!!

Ezzie, your little personality is really starting to show and somehow you’re even sweeter this month than you were last month. We love you more and more everyday.

-You are sitting up by yourself!

– Still no teeth… still LOTS of drool

– You laugh all the time and smile even more

– I push you around in your stroller in the front yard for hours everyday.

– You are soooo close to crawling. You know how to get wherever you want to go.

– You weight EIGHTEEN pounds

– Half way through this month we had to move you up to your 6-12/9 months clothes.

– We are still strictly nursing

– You LOVE your Daddy. If he’s around you can’t take your eyes off of him.

– You like to sit in the laundry basket and play with your toys (they can’t get away from you so easily there)

– Peek-a-boo is your favorite

– You are GETTING ON AN AIRPLANE TODAY to go HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

 

We are so excited and so thankful to all of you who have supported us through this journey of trying to make it home for the holidays! We are leaving tonight and will arrive in the States on Thursday evening. I could not be more grateful that Jesus answered my prayer!

Happy half-a-year, Ez! You are such an incredible blessing.

5 months

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– you did a lot of cool things this month: saw a lion in the wild, walked with giraffes, watched mommy ride an ostrich

– Nana, Pop, and Aunt Wendy came to visit – you loved all the attention

– you’ve started saying what sounds like “momma” when you cry

– you pretty much ALWAYS have something in you mouth

– you love to touch/grab everything. You always have something in your hands.

– you’ve discovered the “big girl cry” – good thing Nana was here when you did it the first time because I was just sure something was terribly wrong with you!

– you were Princess Leia for Halloween

– you’re eyes are starting to change colors – looks like they may end up being green.

– you use your feet as if they were hands

– we’re still strictly nursing

– mosquitos love you :/

– you found your feet! – new favorite toy

– we go for walks in our yard everyday. You relax in your stroller while I walk the same 20 feet back and forth- you love it.

– have I mentioned you are a techy? you LOVE anything with a screen

– you only want your wubby. Yesterday, I tried to give a different pacifier and you spit it out and chunked it on the ground.

^^^oh, yeah and you’re getting a bit sassy ^^^

Ezra, these months are passing like days. I enjoy being your mommy so much. I love you and all your rolls 🙂

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missing them already

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As most of you know, I have been counting down the days until my family’s arrival for months! Sadly, it’s already come and gone… but the good news is we had a GREAT time. We made so many memories and lots of Ezra cuddling happened (their motive for coming). It was a time I will always treasure… missing them already!

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So, just because I love you all so very much…

Here are some cute (& FREE!) downloadable gift tags to coordinate with my 2013 Christmas card designs! So if you haven’t purchased those yet, go on and get them while there’s still time! You’ll be helping this momma bring her baby home for Christmas.

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