Emma 15 Months

15 Months Old!
2 ft 7.25 in 71%
25 lbs 7 oz 92%
19.3 in head cir. 99%
- 8 shiny white teeth
- Saying "dada"
- Loves to eat spaghetti, cheese, popsicles, and cuties
-Goes to bed between 7-8 and wake time has yet to be consistent
- Loves watching her brother and sister
- Wearing size 18-24 months
- Still taking 2 naps a day
- Loves to be given kisses
- Loves chairs
- Loves the slide at the park
- Loves to play in her play kitchen
- Has taken steps, but not consistently 

Emma's First Birthday Party

In our house the first birthday is a pretty big deal. Michael and I always tell each other that if we make it to the first year we have "survived". There are a lot of changes that happen the first year after the addition of a new baby. 

Miss Emma or also known to her brother and sister as DoDa is the sweetest baby. She loves kisses, being held, her big brother and sister, anything to do with outside, and her daddy. Emma has been the perfect addition to our little family. 

On Emma's birthday she partied with family and friends. Her party was pretty early in the day, because lets face it babies are just happier in the morning. We had brunch which included: 3 egg casseroles, pancakes, fruit, cupcakes, and all the sprinkles for this little girl!

She cried when everyone was looking at her and singing to her (she comes by that honest). Her big sister and brother tried to make her feel better and help her eat her cake, but unfortunately that day cake was not her thing.

Sweet Emma your daddy and mommy love you to the moon and back. We can not wait to see what the Lord has in your future.  You have been exactly what our family needed.

Thank you Gentle Capture for the priceless photographs!

Emma 12 Months Old

12 Months Old!
2 ft 5.5 in 62%
22 lbs 6 oz 84%
19 in head cir. 99%
- 4 shiny white teeth
- Saying "dada" & "baba"
- Loves to eat spaghetti, peaches, green beans, all pouches
- Nursing morning and night
-Goes to bed between 7-8 and wake time has yet to be consistent
- Loves watching her brother and sister
- Wearing size 12-18 months
- Still taking 2 naps a day
- Loves to be given kisses

David Michael 12 Months
Grace 12 Months

Pictures courtesy Gentle Capture Photography

Pinterest Recipe Reviews

As a busy mom and someone who has to stick to a budget, I have to meal plan. I usually try a new recipe every week, because lets be honest... I need a little variety. I recently asked some friends via social media what some of their family's favorite recipes included. I really appreciate all of my wonderful friends for their ideas!! I love trying new recipes that people I know have tried. I use Pinterest most of the time, but sometimes it just doesn't turn out. More than anything I hate wasting food! 

I want to share some of the Pinterest recipes that I have tried recently that were oh so yummy and a few that did not go over well with my family.

Oh so Yummy recipe #1- Squash Chips
We love squash in our house and this was an easy and quick recipe to put on the table. This recipe is even better when the squash comes straight from the garden!

Won't Make Again #1-  Fajita Chicken Casserole
My family is not wild about casseroles and this recipe will definitely not be repeated in our house. The picture looks so good and I love all the veggies in it, but it turned out pretty dry.

OH so Yummy recipe #2- Breakfast Casserole
I seriously make this dinner at least once a week! Sometimes we have it for dinner, sometimes we have it for breakfast and this recipe is definitely an excellent recipe to take to anyone!

Won't Make Again #2- Philly Cheese steak Sandwiches
Sometimes on Fridays, ok not just on Fridays, but I crave something completely unhealthy and greasy. This is definitely all of those things, but really have zero flavor.

Oh so Yummy recipe #3- Honey Garlic Chicken
Everyone in my family loves this delicious chicken! This is pretty much beef stew, just replace the beef with chicken. Lots of yummy veggies and the best part it is cooks in just one pot!

Won't Make Again #3- Corn Chowder
This recipe was a total disappointment! The end result looked nothing like the picture and I ended up having to chunk it. 

I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes! I would love to give them a try! In the meantime please follow me on Pinterest. I have a board of "Things I have made", that might help you the next time you need a new recipe.

Emma 11 Months Old

We are 11 months old!

- Learned to take out her bow
- Climbing and pulling up on everything
- Loves to eat green beans, bananas, puffs, spaghetti & pureed food 
- Waves at everyone
- Wants to do whatever her big sister and brother are doing
- Loves being outside
- 3 teeth
- Nursing 3 times a day (7 am, 12:30pm & 7pm)
- Eats three solid food meals a day
-Still spitting up all the time
- Wearing 12-18 month size clothes
- Babbles dadda and momma
- Naps at 9am and 1pm

David Michael 11 Months Old
Grace 11 Months Old

My Top 5 Favorite Posts

I began this blogging adventure over four years ago. I really started blogging to have a place to keep track of my kid's milestones. It rapidly became a place where I found community. I had just moved to a new town and started a new job of being mommy. 

Over the past four years and almost four hundred posts, I have put together a list of what I would consider my personal favorites:

1. This first post was how we decided to reveal the gender of our first child, Grace, to our families. I remember that day like it was yesterday! I was so convinced that we were going to have a boy, I even wore a blue shirt that day. In our backyard we set up the self timer on the camera and had so much fun! I will always look back on that day with a smile and fond memories!

2. This next post is a rather lengthy list of things that I want Grace to know. But... even though there are some good things on this list, ultimately as long as Grace knows our Savior and Lord then my job is complete. As I have grown and now have more children and have been married longer there are some things that I might change and add or take away from this list, but overall a good list of things to remember.

3. This next post actually drew some positive and really more negative attention. I never really intended those feelings and disagreements from my reader, but as a first time mom I was truly sharing my feelings. There are a lot of changes that new moms go through.

4. David Michael is such a blessing to our family! It is so neat to look back and see how far he has come. God is truly amazing and we thank Him everyday for our little "Hunkster".

5. I wrote this last post not too long ago. I tend to share a lot of my woes on the blog, but I really struggle with not seeing all the blessings that the Lord has given me. The day I wrote this post I was really feeling down. I needed to change my mindset and this post helped me do that.

I hope you have enjoyed my little walk down memory lane. I always love looking back and seeing what the Lord has done!
Hi! I'm Katie. Wife to Michael. Mom to Grace, David Michael & Emma. Christ Follower. Runner. Stay at home mommy.

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