Sunday, August 30, 2009

Family Pics

We took a few pictures before church this morning. Ryan's not really looking at the camera, but they turned out pretty cute! I LOVE the last 2 of Taylor. That litle girl is adorable! She told me the other day that she needed to do some "lunches" so that her legs would get stronger (she meant lunges). HA HA! She's constantly saying funny things like that! I love my two sweet kiddos so much!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All Smiles at 7 Weeks

Ryan has started smiling and cooing so much when I talk to him, and his eye contact is great! I THINK we are starting to develop a bit of a schedule, and I must say, it's working quite nice. He takes his last bottle about 8 or 9, goes to sleep about 10, then wakes up for his next bottle about 5. He'll usually go back to sleep until 8, then stays a wake a few hours. Taylor continues to be a great big sister and loves on her brother all the time. Enjoy these sweet smiles...hope they brighten your day. :-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ryan at 6 Weeks

I've been seeing a lot more smiles and catching more "smirks" on camera. What a sweet boy he is! Dustin said this onsie Ryan had on today is cruel...I thought it was adorable! Notice the back of it in the last picture!

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Sweet Taylor

So, I've written a lot lately about Ryan, but a lot of neat and fun things have been going on with Taylor, too. I've been trying to remember all the funny things she's been saying so I can blog about them. This is my way of remembering all these great moments because her baby book only goes through her first year. So, here are some fun stories about my sweet baby (well, not so baby anymore) girl.

**The other day, we were saying prayers before supper, and instead of saying, "In Jesus name, Amen" my silly little girl said "In princess name, Amen." The next day, she thanked God for putting princesses on cups (we had just bought her 2 new sippy cups with Disney princess on them). I LOVE the sweet and innocent prayers of children. Usually, she thanks God for her mommy, daddy, and baby Ryan. Grandparents and friends are often prayed for too.

**As we all know, Taylor is very fond of dressing up, purses, jewelry, make-up, etc. In other words, she can be quite the little priss! The thing I find funny, though, is she can be quite the tom-boy, too! She loves to jump in puddles or play in the mud. We went out the other day and I was pushing Ryan around our street and the side street because he was fussy. I wasn't really paying attention to Taylor. I looked up and she was laying down in her clothes on the sidewalk in a huge rain puddle. She was soaked head to toe. She also LOVES much that she freaks out the neighborhood girls with all the bugs she catches. The other day, she picked up a HUGE cicada and brought it to me. See the picture below...nothing scares her! She was given a bug locket...a plastic jar you wear around your neck. She went outside the other day in her Cinderella dress to catch bugs. See, she's my prissy tom-boy!!

**Taylor has grown quite fond of Dora and Diego in the last 6 months or so. She's learning lots of spanish because of it. She can count to 10 in spanish, which is too cute! I pushed Taylor to the post office the other day in her stroller. On our way, she smelled a skunk. She said we needed to get out our "noculars" to look for the skunk. She said, "If we see the skunk, we will yell, 'Espeda, skunk'." I asked her what that means and she said it means wait. She learned that completely on her own! So, she's looking through her "noculars" and says, "Is that a skunk? No, that's an old shoe." I looked in the parking lot and sure enough, there was an old shoe! She's too cute!

**Taylor continues to surprise us with her vocabulary. Lately, she's been using really big words. Taylor wanted to climb on Dustin's back to play horsey. It took her a while to get up there. Once she did, she said, "Eventually, I got up there." What...eventually??!! That's just one example that I can think of her using a big vocabulary.

We've really been enjoying summer and having daddy home! Last Friday, we packed a picnic and headed to the park in Lamesa. We ate under the trees then played on their playground. Taylor had lots of fun! Here are a few pics from our picnic fun!

Ryan slept through most of the picnic

Here are a couple pics I took recently. I just love this soft sweet smile!!

She got some dress-up clothes our neighbor outgrew. Here she is showing off her new Cinderella dress.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I've come across a new and awesome website called (in)courage. It's a blog site meant to (in)courage christian women created my Dayspring (the Christian equivalent of Hallmark). I love it! They have (in)couraged all bloggers to write about what courage means to them. I'm not the greatest writer, but I will give it a try.

I see courage through the eyes of an 8-year old little girl. An 8-eight year old girl that was diagnosed with cancer. After hearing her diagnosis, this little girl (might I remind you again...she's EIGHT) says, "I'm gonna be okay. With God and my great doctors, I'll get through this." Oh, the courage and faith of a child. Throughout a surgery, chemo treatments, shots, losing hair, feeding tubes and throwing up, I NEVER saw this little girls courage waiver. I never heard her complain. In fact, most of my visits to see her involved laughter and jokes. She taught me how to fart with a bendy straw and my armpit (a trick she learned from the nurses on her floor at the hospital). If people looked at her differently, she had the courage to tell them what was wrong with her, before they would even ask.

An 8-year old girl taught me what courage really is! I don't think courage is necessarily about being brave. I think it is about a CHOICE. In life, we will all be faced with hardships at some time or other. Some peoples tough times will be tougher than others. I think the choice you make can make these hardships easier or more difficult. I also think courage is about FAITH in God. He tells us to have courage and He will not leave us or forsake us. Will you have the courage of the 8-year old girl?

Most of you know that this girl is my cousin, Kristin. She is now 10 plus years cancer free. Praise God! This sweet girl, her sister and mom and dad are wonderful people. In fact, her sister Kelcee was just baptized this past Sunday. Congrats you girl!

I know I am not the most eloquent writer, but that is what courage is to's about making a choice and having faith. I (in)courage you to check out this new website and blog about what courage is to you. I have been blessed and hope you will, too.

Friday, August 07, 2009

1 Month

Ryan turned 1 month old yesterday! Boy, how time is flying!! I think he's starting to get into a schedule. He's eating 4 oz at each feeding right now. He takes his night bottle at about 9:30 or 10, then sleeps anywhere from 5-7 hours. That's right...7 hours already!!! After the middle of the night feeding, he'll usually sleep 3 more hours. Life is great when you get sleep! He's also started smiling more. He's smiling enough that I'm catching some smirks with my camera. He's such a sweetheart and brings so much joy to our lives!

Monday, August 03, 2009

More Family Time

All the Lewis' got together at Pop Pop's house yesterday for some food and fun. The big kids played with the water hose most of the evening. Britten and Taylor didn't have swimsuits, so they just played in their panties. All my aunts and uncles got lots of cuddle time with Ellie and Ryan. We had lots of fun! Of course, most of my pictures are of the kids, but they're most important anyway, right?!