May 28, 2014

memorial weekend camping trip

this past weekend, we went camping in theodosia, missouri to celebrate memorial day. each year, we spend the weekend together with the Ellison family, which is Ben's Mom's side. the family. it's fun to look back through the archives of my little blog at the past years of our camping trip: here is 2013, and 2011, not sure what happened to 2012 though.

this year we had extra fun due to ruby kay's addition, and a surprise visit from two good college friends (katie and michael eichner!). we played cards, enjoyed a plethora of flavored wings and popsicles, and enjoyed the lake. ruby kay did great the whole camping trip, and we are so thrilled to have such an easy-going baby. she got to sleep in her poppa and mimi's camper, and we slept in a tent. 
not too sure about the sand. but looking extra cute in her sun hat. 
we are already excited for next year!

May 21, 2014

an afternoon at the strawberry patch!

today we went to the strawberry farm with ellanora and aunt bethany. we had such a good time, and the girls loved the sweet berries. us mama's decided that taking babies to pick strawberries is hard work- especially at their ages. we started off carrying the babies on our backs, but got tired of standing up and leaning down to get the berries. our end solution was to let the babies play at the end of the row on a blanket, and take turns picking. by the time we left, the girls were covered in berry juice, but i think we all had a good time.

thanks aunt bethany and cousie for the great memory!

May 10, 2014

10 months with ruby kay

dearest sweet girl,

happy 10 months to you! i can hardly believe how fast time is flying, and i'm in disbelief that you will be one full year old in two short months. you are such a joy to be around. your da-da and i can't get enough of your sweet smiles and giggles, your adorable mannerisms, and your curious personality. 

this past month we found ourselves in a big transition, moving out of apartment and packing almost everything we own up for storage for the next few months. you were a great baby, and made the most of our situation, climbing on boxes and providing opportunities for me to re-pack a box after you unpacked them :) 

some sweet things to remember from our tenth month with you are:
-you are now taking steps! your balance is still a little shaky, but soon we know that you will be a walking machine. you are very fast at walking around the coffee table, and have good balance when you have one hand resting on something. 
-you love to blow bubbles with your lips, and make the silliest face while doing so
-you are now nursing just twice a day, when you wake up and go to sleep
-you are a good little eater, and love blueberries, bananas, chicken, noodles, yogurt, and whatever mama is eating
-you are starting to drink really well out of your straw sippy cup, and your favorite choice is juice.
-you crawled up steps for the first time at mimi and poppa's house. you were slow the first time, but by the second you were pretty speedy.
-you love your cousin, ellanora and have been best buds with her for the past two weeks while we are their house guests. after being apart, you two crawl towards each other with excitement. you two play so well with each other, and love sharing pacis.

oh girl, we love you so much. we can hardly wait to see who you grow into, and pray that you continue to be a sweet girl who is kind to others, and loves the Lord with your whole heart.