Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In 4 days

In just 4 short days I will have a one year old! Yikes! When did she stop being 6 months old? I think that's the age I stopped letting her grow...but it turns out she has a mind of her own. Oh she sure has a mind of her own. So yesterday Lauren and I took the kids for a quick walk to the park so I could take some pictures of Paige. It turns out it wasn't the best day for pictures; because besides the Mosquito's that were literally eating us alive, and besides Paige having battle wounds all over her face from a nasty wipe out last week, she is also teething and a bit sick. So I was constantly trying to wipe her nose and constantly trying to get her to open up her heavy lidded eyes. The poor girl is too congested right now. But I did manage to get a few cute pictures of the babe...and I was able to edit out her battle wounds too! So all is good.

A few things about Paige right now:

  • She has 8 1/2 teeth (the half being the molar that's almost through)

  • She doesn't talk at all - but grunts a LOT, she's really great at pointing to things and signing for what she wants. We don't technically have signs, but she's come up with a few on her own that we all understand. So it works for us

  • She adores her sister and also can't stand her

  • She Loves Loves Loves Loves her soother

  • She weaned herself from the bottle last month when we went to Vegas (speaking of which, she also weaned herself from Nursing a month earlier...she's just in a hurry to get things done I guess)

  • She eats...and eats...and eats...oh and she eats! Food is always a hit

  • She's slowly overcoming her aversion to anyone but me - I'm still the first on her list, dad's now a close second and a few other friends and family members are on the list now too! Thank goodness

  • She sleeps like a champ! Two naps a day and 13 hours at night. And (I don't mean to brag here), she sleeps in most days until 9am! I'm a lucky mom

  • She's crawling - not walking! But she has the skills. She can get into standing position on her own and stand for a LONG time. She can take 3 or 4 steps and balance herself. She can also walk behind her walker and then pick it up and readjust when she needs to...but she still will not walk exclusively. Soon enough though!

  • She is the cutest little cuddle bug and the most adventurous kid I've had to date. She's teaching Hailey all sorts of new tricks - things like how to disobey mom, how to climb out of the tub, how to jump on beds, how to get into cupboards and diaper cream and all that good stuff. Hailey up until now has been quiet the obedient little thing - and now Paige is here and she's learning just how much trouble they can get into together!

Anyway, that's my Paige. She's a lot of fun. She's a lot of work. But most importantly she's a lot of LOVE. And we just love her to pieces!!

p.s. I can't forget about my sweet Hailey too. She will be three soon, and I will have a post dedicated to her then, but here's a picture of the big sister from yesterdays Little 'photo shoot'. I think she's a keeper too!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We're LIVE!

That's right, we're live!

McCance Plumbing and Heating that is.

Check it out:


After years of getting by the old fashioned way, Ben and his Dad decided to start a website for the company. I'm extremely proud of them and all the work they've done in getting this business going these last 5 years. We've spent a lot of time getting the website to where it's at now, and it's by no means perfect yet. But it's up and running and it actually looks legit. And that's all that matters. Now we just have to figure Google out. How in the world do we get our name at the top of the Google search - or even on it? Any advice?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


June...oh June, you are busy!! In a good way of course. We've got our little calendar ("More Time Moms Family Organizer" of course) booked solid! Oh the fun we're going to have this summer. Oh the fun we've already had. This little blog entry is full of pictures and is VERY long. But I'm the creator, so I can do whatevah I want! Bwa ha ha ha ha.

So most importantly - Ben's sister (his little itty bitty baby sister) Ashley got married this last weekend!! We had so much fun! It was a beautiful day! Not hot by any means, but I think it was still just perfect. The bride was stunning, the groom passed our inspection, and everyone couldn't have been happier! Onto the pictures:

The happy couple

The girls and I

Ben and the Happy babe (for the moment at least)

This grandma LOVES her grandkids!

Hailey has been looking forward to this wedding FOREVER!! She had to give the Bride a big hug of congratulations!!

And then the hugs continued. These two little cousins LOVE each other like you wouldn't believe. Really, it's so cute.

Once the reception ended (i.e. the Bride and Groom had escaped, we found where Hailey and her cousins had disappeared , and Paige had met her crying quota for the evening) we took our trailer out to Writing on Stone to camp out with the Allred's and some other friends. It was our second trip ever in the new trailer and even though Paige was sick and woke up a TON at night, we still had fun. Speaking of camping...did I tell you that we bought a new trailer?? We sold our old one and bought this beauty:

Which has a fancy door in the back like this:

To hold this beauty:

Fun hey? Ben might just be a bit spoiled; which pretty much means I'm next in line for some spoiling right? One day.

So this is sort of out of order, but I can't mention the new trailer and not post a picture or two from the maiden voyage. So...here are some pics from our first trip to Little Bow.

Hailey in the Sand

Paige - not in the sand (for many many reasons...all involving her mouth - and the sand)

The gang hanging out at the Allred's site. We had so much fun that weekend.
And finally onto the point of this post. The trip we took this weekend to Writing on Stone.

The fam - 2010
Ben and Hailey - 2010

Are you having a little deja-vu moment right now? You should be...because exactly one year and one week earlier we took these two pictures in the same general location. I smell a tradition brewing.
Our fam just shy of two weeks before Paige was born (June 2009)

Hailey, the baby at the time, and her wonderfully photogenic dad (June 2009)

Back to 2010:
Paige really loves climbing things (notice her hoody? Notice Hailey's hoody from a year earlier?)

Hailey and her friend Kyla can now be trusted to sit still for a picture

One of the many reasons why we love the Allred's

What would a day at the Beach be without a kid buried in the sand. We ALL have one of these pics in our family. Here's ours:

END camping trip. Ok, we had fun, I was exhausted from the weekend (read: Paige was sick...didn't sleep well...cried a LOT). But it's always fun to be together as a family, and to have good friends nearby. I have never ever regretted buying a trailer. In fact, I think it's been one of the smartest and best purchases ever!
So...onto the rest of this post. Yesterday Ben had a Birthday. He's 30...shhhhhh. Oh wait, you already knew that. Anyway, he's already celebrated in so many ways (i.e. Vegas, new trailer, new quad, wonderful family, beautiful smart perfect wife....uh anyway), so yesterday all I did was make muffins! Poor guy didn't even get cake, or ice cream, or cupcakes, or anything Birthday like. Nope. He got muffins! This is how excited he was about it all:

You can tell his excitement was contagious hey?
At least they pulled it together enough to blow out the candles on the...mini muffins. he he he...I'm such a cool wife. So there ya go. Week one of June down. We have two more camping trips...with the start of a third one to look forward to. We have a FIRST Birthday for our littlest. And so many more fun things to keep us busy until July! Yay for summer!