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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catching Up

I feel like I say this too often, but where did the time go?! 
I guess with traveling and holidays around every corner it's too easy to fall behind. 
Good thing I have lots of pictures to catch you up with!

I just realized my last post was in October! Ahh.

 Well baby #2 is growing well! We are measuring right on schedule and heartbeat stays in the 140's. I wish I had more pictures of her to show but Military only gives you 2 ultrasounds during our 40 weeks. I've reached my limit I guess.

Lydia surprises me daily with her growing vocabulary and how clearly she speaks. Everywhere we go, people are always asking how old she is because she has a LARGE vocabulary. She loves asking "why" now and I know that just means her little brain is growing even more!


She was Sheriff Callie for Halloween! She loves to wear her vest while she watches the show now too!


In love with everything princess related and horses! She is always wanting to wear one of her dress up dresses and a crown. She still loves reading books and singing all day long! One happy girl!


Look at that pose! haha. We went to see Santa at the Mall one day just to get used to seeing him again, but she buried her face in Russ' shoulder and would not look up for anything! So funny! So we just skipped the traumatic picture this year. 

We traveled mid November through after Thanksgiving. First we went to Georgia to spend time with Russ' side of the family. It was great seeing everyone again and watching Lydia chase the cats around.  We had a good, early Thanksgiving meal, shopped a few antique stores, and watched Lydia ride her first "big" horse!


She couldn't wait to get the saddle on him so she rode him to the barn! She giggled and squealed so much! I think it's safe to say that there will be a horse in her (far) future. 


Brushing "Joe the horse" with Aunt Paula. She kept saying how she was making him "so pretty"! 

And finally


Lydia got to go for a ride on Joe with aunt Paula. She LOVED it! I think that might be an understatement though. She kept trying to get him to go faster and held those reins like a pro! She Still talks about riding Joe and says she needs to go for another ride. haha. 

After Georgia we headed to Kentucky. Russ went bow hunting for about a week and ended up killing a doe (we were after the meat, not the trophy). We had another delicious Thanksgiving meal.


Ma with all our yummy food!


Ma and Lydia doing a puzzle. Kimber had her 4th birthday right after Thanksgiving. She is growing up way too quickly as well. Her and Lydia had a few sleepovers at Granny (mom's) house. They play so well all day long. 
Russ, Lydia and I went to visit Baker and Jim while we were in Ky. We LOVE visiting them and seeing their farm. Lydia of course loves the cows but has a hard time being quiet so they'll come to her. 



Momma cow was hungry too, or just being funny for the camera :)


Lydia wanted to ride the cows but we had to break her heart and tell her that we don't ride cows, only horses. 

 This one is for Papa Jim! She did get her ice cream with that money! :) She ate that thing down to the edge of the cone before she decided she'd had enough. 

We had a little surprise waiting for us back in Virginia!

Our little bush beside our garage had bloomed while we were gone! It is still full of those pretty pink flowers. I was very surprised since it has been so cold!


And now that December is here we've been making cookies! These were sugar cookies that turned out very yummy. 

We went to a farm to pick out a Christmas tree and ended up at the petting farm area. Lydia said "look a little horse!" 

Then we told her it was a donkey and she thought that was the funniest thing ever. 

Really not sure if this is a llama or an alpaca (don't judge lol) but Lydia is in love with the Llama Llama books right now. So it was neat for her to see a real one. 

 And this….is why I will never own a goat. Enough said. 

So MOST everyone knows the movie Frozen, we know it a little too well since we have watched it 1,000,000,000,000 times. Lydia was invited to a Frozen themed birthday party where Elsa and Anna came too! All the little girls were so amazed.

Lydia wants a Frozen birthday party too, she has been telling me this for over a month now. We will see how that goes. 
So we didn't get a Christmas tree from the farm I mentioned above since NONE of them looked right to me. All the branches went up not out. So after the birthday party, we were driving home at 8:30 at night and drive by a small tree lot. Low and behold we found a tree within minutes of being there!


Yes, it's huge. It was about 3 inches from our ceiling. But it is so nice and full and round! And heavy. Poor Russ had to haul it inside by himself. We waited till the next day to decorate it since it was so late. 

I'm the official light putter on-er. lol


Lydia was a big helper though! We made it through 100+ glass ball ornaments and only broke one. That's success in my book.

She liked putting the hangers on the ornaments. 

So pretty! Lydia dances around the tree singing her version of "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bells".  I put two of Russ' presents under the tree and she is having a hard time leaving them alone. She says she needs to help daddy open his presents. 

Had to spruce up the dining room too! 

While we were home in KY, Tiffany graciously took some family pictures for us! I'm so happy with the ones we got. I wont give too many away since they are also on our Christmas cards (coming soon, I promise!)



Have a great week!!!
Love you all!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Where did I put that? (Plus, It's A...)

Happy Tuesday!

How has everyone been enjoying the Fall weather?! I love it and love the fresh air coming in the windows everyday! Such a blessing!


So without further rambling...


Woohoo! 2 princesses are better than one, right?! Although this one better be a tough one because big sister is already having a hard time being "easy with mommy's belly".


Short legged like her momma :)


We will see who's feet she gets haha


I have a feeling she's gonna look very similar to big sister, but that's OK with me. She was (and still is) a pretty cute baby! 

Lydia came to the appointment with us and did very well sitting still and looking at the screen. She hasn't comprehended that "it's a girl" means a little sister. She still thinks Mickey Mouse can borrow Minnie's dress if he wants, because sharing is nice ya know!



So,  you ever have something laying around, and you keep moving it out of your way only to find it again a few days later? And it keeps turning up no matter how many times you put it away (I think i know who the precious little culprit is)?

 One day, out of the blue, you NEED it! Finally a use for it, Hallelujah! You know just where it is too...

AND YOU CAN'T FIND IT?!?!

Happened to me just minutes ago. I was walking on the treadmill and the belt keeps slipping to the right. So I turned it off, found the manual to the treadmill, found the specific page on what i needed to do.
Very easy fix, just take an Alan wrench and move a screw this way and the other screw goes the other way. 

Well I've been seeing that Alan wrench laying around for a month now and now its disappeared! POOF, up and vanished. *gives the treadmill the stink eye* you just wait till Russell gets home....



Just wook at dat cute wittle bebe...

Its been too long since since she was that little, but i love her at her wonderful toddler age now!

We took a fishing trip with Russell's brother, Mark and his fiancee. I was nervous on how Lydia would do since she is in love with worms. Yes, "they're so cute mommy" wasn't gonna cut it on a fishing trip when cute little worm is being impaled by a hook and thrown into the water to fight off the hungry fish.


But she loved it! Especially after she caught a fish!


Serious about this.


Gotta jerk it in!



We had to have a little help from Daddy


I love this face! :)


Not so sure about this one. "what is that thing?!"


It was a pretty good day for a first fishing trip though. She wants to go back so that's a good sign!
We will just have to leave the worm mauling to daddy and mommy ;)

Well, nap time is over! (it goes too fast)

I love you all and hope you enjoy!
Have a Blessed Week!!!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Aquarium Trip and Finding Mr. Turtle


Hello everyone!

We have been out and about here lately with a promotion ceremony, khaki ball, a trip to the aquarium, lots of playground time, and some antique shopping.

First things first, we had our 17 week appointment on Monday and everything sounded great! Baby's heartbeat was in the 150's. The bump IS growing, I've already had to resort to using hair ties on my pants to keep them up. Its a tough life haha.

So Russell is officially Chief Petty Officer Dykman!

We are SO very proud of him and his hard work! This is from the Pinning Ceremony. It was a nice ceremony, all the "new" chiefs came in marching and singing. Then they called them one by one and got pinned with their new rank. 


Lydia was good through the ceremony but when the "Amen" was said, off she took to daddy!

The Khaki Ball is a night out after the ceremony for all the new Chiefs and old Chiefs. They give them plaques and do door prizes, have a nice meal, music and dancing.


There is a bump in that pic :)


So proud of him!!!

The cake, I went with apple pie though.

And then we took a trip here!


I think they were watching sea lions. We all had so much fun here!


There was a turtle in the sunny spot in the leaves. She LOVES turtles!

"Come here fishy fishy"...



So many to see! She liked pointing out the different colored ones.


And touching them! I happily took pictures :)

We even found "Mr. Turtle!"


Our little cutie pie! She was good with walking most of the way, but she did get tired and had to have daddy pack her on the way back through.


CHEESE!

After a quick nap ( and not wanting our fun to end) we went to the play ground on base. It is definitely one of her favorite places. Russell takes her there when I have Dr. appointments so she stays occupied.


Oh me, she makes my heart smile.

Lydia and I went to the mall today in search for some tights since Fall weather is sneaking upon us. Since Gymboree is having a good sale I thought we would go there. I should know better, I really should. Me going to Gymboree is like sending Lydia into the bakery. It never ends well. I DID get tights....and maybe a few other things :)

Then I let her play in the kids zone for about an hour. She had 2 breakdowns. First she was on a slide and a little boy kept getting in front of her, sliding down, then standing at the bottom of the slide. Lydia will not slide if someone is standing there. He climbed back up, and Lydia hit her hand on the slide (she was frustrated) and the little boy starting hitting her. Poor girl cried, and of course boy's parents weren't watching. I gave him the stink eye though.

But she had fun and is passed out in her bed now.


At lunch today :)

Well, we find out if baby will be a girl or boy in about 2 more weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement! We don't mind either way and will love whatever God blesses us with.

We love you all and hope you have a great weekend!!!