Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hilton Head, Part 1

We had the opportunity to travel to Hilton Head, and here are some of our pictures. :)

Savannah and Emma checking out the flowers...

Gina and Emma...

Savannah ran off and left us...

When we hit the beach, there was all kinds of excitement!!!

The girls thought this beam looked like a toddler sized bench.

The girls needed a bath after all of that sand...

Hilton Head sure is a fun place!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I bought Savannah a box of crayons today and when she was coloring I was captivated by her adorable expressions of concentration and enjoyment. So, I got out our camera and decided to play around with the photo settings. I think the shots turned out pretty cute (although I think she could pass for a boy in these pictures). Maybe we were both exploring our artsy sides!

Is this lipstick, Mom?

She is a mirror image of Ben in this one. Not that he still eats crayons. But that he looked EXACTLY like this when he was a baby.

Crayons seem to fit perfectly up the nose. Hmmmm.

I can do it MYSELF

In an effort to get Savannah more interested in eating, we've recently let her feed herself with a spoon. So, this morning, when I went to feed her some yogurt for breakfast, she insisted that she had no need for any help from me, and she could do it by herself.

Its a little messy, but she ate a lot when she did it herself! She is getting so big!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

17 Months Old

My baby will be 17 months old at the end of the week. (Oh my word...seriously?!) For a while, I thought that she was getting so big that I wanted another baby. Now I think I'm not quite sure how I keep up with her some days! She is sooo busy!

Our biggest trial this month has been teething. Savannah is getting her little canine molars and the process has been absolutely horrible. Usually I try to make these posts upbeat and cheerful, but there is no disguising the major struggle we've had with these teeth! She has been up at night, crying during the day, biting on EVERYTHING in sight, and just generally very irritable. For a while, I thought it was a phase, but I've noticed right before she gets cranky, she usually starts rubbing her gums, biting on things, and then cranks up the volume. Needless to say, we have been doping up on the Tylenol as needed and will be having a "Welcome, Teeth!" party when this is all said and done!

Here is my sweetie chomping on a box of raisins. The box, not the raisins.

Elmo is still our daily friend. You have no idea how many days he has saved my sanity, and I will forever be grateful to dear old Elmo for calming and entertaining my cranky toddler on the crazy days. :) And, he is educational! Savannah can now count to three thanks to our buddy Elmo. (I don't normally let her stand this close to the tv, by the way.)

This next picture so describes Savannah's favorite parts of life - her books, and her milk. She is still drinking soymilk due to her allergy to cows' milk, but we've started to cut back some so that she will eat other foods. She does not like eat anything really, so we've had to start making her eat before she gets any milk. The foods she likes are few and far between, but they are raisins, banana, mandrin oranges, french fries, peanut butter, bread, spaghetti, spaghettios (woman after my own heart), macaroni and cheese, cheese slices, crackers, ice cream, and sometimes mashed potatoes. Other than that, you better not try to feed her anything, because its coming right back at ya. :)

She loves to read her books, and is always bringing me a book and then wanting to climb up in my lap. We've started to read her Bible stories out of her first little Bible, and she sits pretty still for them. I love the cuddling that goes along with reading to my girl!

Savannah is also quite the explorer. Anything that opens, shuts, pulls out, rolls, pops, etc... it will be explored to its full potential. Now that she knows how drawers, cabinets, curtains, etc, work, you would not believe the household items we have found in odd places. (Tennis shoes in the bathtub, anyone? How about cups in the trashcan? Or toilet paper in my purse?) Luckily she hasn't smashed very many fingers in the process.

And this last one is just perfect. The elliptical, which we have gone over several times as being off limits, and she has gotten like 10539749 spankings for climbing on... is being stood upon... and she has her hands on her hips, no less. And spaghettios on her face. What in the world do I do with this?! I've decided there are days you just have to laugh and give them a kiss. Because in a few years, she'll be texting and wanting to go to the movies (but not with BOYS!) and I won't be able to kiss her cute little spaghettio-covered mouth while she grins at me like I'm the coolest person in the world for letting her stand on the elliptical.

I can't believe she's already 17 months old!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


This is what I heard this morning.

"Savannah, are you going to help Daddy chop wood for the fire today?" - Daddy
"Yes." - Savannah
"Can you run a chainsaw?" - Daddy
"No." -Savannah
"Can you use an axe?" - Daddy
"No." - Savannah
"Can you load wood into the truck?" - Daddy
"No." - Savannah
"Then I don't really think you'd be much help!" - Daddy
"Thank you." - Savannah

Another funny one...
A few days ago, Savannah carried her hairbrush in to her Daddy, who was getting dressed, and consequently didn't have a shirt on. He bent down, and said, "Do you want to brush Daddy's hair?" Savannah nodded yes and took her brush, and brushed his chest hair. :)

One more...
"Savannah, no maam." - Daddy
"Yes." - Savannah
"Do you need a spanking?" - Daddy
"No, please." - Savannah

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Funniest Thing I've Seen Lately...

I was folding laundry and turned around to see my sweet girl dancing with this around her neck. Any guesses as to what it is?! Life with a toddler never has a dull moment!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday to Auntie Em!

Auntie Em turned a big 19 years old this week, and of course we went out to celebrate!

Em is always teaching Savannah new things... like how to turn her hat sideways and do the peace sign. :)

Savannah with Aunt Lizzy and Auntie Em, saying cheese, but looking the wrong way.

Auntie Em got flowers... and let Savannah have one. But Savannah had to make everyone smell the flower.

Seriously. Everyone.

Auntie Em doesn't like cake (insane, I know!) so we had a cookie cake.

Apparently, the cookie store cake decorator was pressed for time, so she just wrote "Emily" on the cake and skipped the whole decoration and happy birthday nonsense. I was a little irritated because that created a serious lack of icing to eat.

Savannah entertained everyone by playing with Gram-B, feeding Gram-B, and yelling "bye!" to everyone that left the restaurant while we were there. Thats her new thing... saying bye to everyone is sight that looks like they might just be considering going somewhere.
And of course, there were presents. Happy Birthday, Auntie Em! We love you!
And then Savannah passed out in the car on the way home. All that partying can be exhausting!

Her Nose Is Sick

Savannah and I have shared a cold this week (and she is teething too - anyone want to adopt a toddler?!) and as a result, she has learned to "blow" her nose. :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

You Know You're a Redneck If...

You put on your fuzzy slippers, grab a book, and go sit on the toilet... not because you're using the bathroom, but because you think its pretty comfy. :)

Queen Bee

I finally got a few minutes to edit the pictures from the other day. Here are the closeups we managed to get. :) What a ham!