Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher


Dylan really loves chocolte pudding...


My liitle soldier. He did this all himself!


Hayden plaing his new gameboy, he's getting so good!


Bella in her sunday clothes

I think that pretty much sums up my year in a nutshell. A year ago I was living in Winchester Va not knowing I would end up in the middle (literally the geographical middle of WV) of nowhere...more commonly know as Flatwoods. In a year our family has moved to another state, then moved again to be closer to Nick's work, dealt with Nick's medical problems (kidney stones...such a FUN experience), all of those while I was preggo with our THIRD child...not exactly planned, but we are so happy now that she is here.

Bella Kay Keckley was born on Feb.2 at 1:43pm. She weighed 7 lbs and 4 oz and was 20 3/4 in long. We are enjoying our little girl immensely. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family. She is growing so quickly. At our first doctor appointment she was alreay 9lbs and 15oz. I am begining to realize she isn't going to be a tiny baby forever and I should treasure the time I have with her, even if I am sleep deprived and feel dead. She is quickly becoming a little drama queen. She wants to be held all night long....however, she has no problem sleeping during the day in her seat. Mommy is hoping that she will help bring some more femininity to our testosterone ruled world. However, the boys will probably just convert her and teach her how to burp, pass gas, and growl.

The boys absolutely adore their sister and love to help mommy bathe and dress her. Hayden loves to hold her and is very interested in her, except when she has a poopy diaper cause "she is so stinky!". They are both growing like weeds and its hard to believe that they were also once little babies. Hayden loves to get on the computer and publish comments on my FB profile, and Dylan is swiftly learning the computer is fun to play with.....

Some of the changes this year have been difficult but we have each other and that's really all that matters.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April Showers Bring May Flowers.....




Or at least I hope they do. Today I went over to my friend Ashley's house and we potted some veggies and herbs namely tomatoes, green peppers, sweet peas, cilantro, chives, oregano, parsley, and lavender. I have never planted anything or had LIVE things to take care of (except my children of course). I mean plant or pet wise. So here is to hoping that I will see the fruits of my labors and I mean that literally. Thank you Ashley for giving me a few of your pots too. I had such a great time. Although mine will probably never look as wonderful as the ones in this pic. I hope that we save a few bucks on groceries and enjoy home grown veggies soon!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Growing up


Dylan has grown sooo much in the last month! He is getting so big and cuter everyday. Recently I moved him into the nursery to sleep in his own room. I was worried at first about how he would do in there so far away from mommy and daddy. Truthfully I think I was more worried about how mommy would do...but it has turned out wonderfully! We have a little routine that we follow every night. I give him some rice cereal, give him a bath, nurse him, sing him a song and then he is off to his own bed in his own room. As long as he has his blanket and his thumb we do well. He is in bed at the latest around 8:30pm and then sleeps until 5 or 5:30 am. He is such a wonderful baby! I am so grateful!

Hayden is my WILD child. I could see in 10 years or something them saying in parenting books....Now if you have a Hayden Keckley for a child God help you! He is just going, going, going, gone like the energizer bunny but way more noisy. But, he is also such a sweet heart. He melts my heart so I can't stay mad by sayin "mommy I love you sooo much!" After that I don't care how mad I am. We have been working on potty training for a while but it has been slow going. He just loves his diaper. He has also been singing a lot lately. I make songs up for him (as we saw in a previous post) and he goes around the house singing and dancing. He loves any music with a good beat and puts CD's on for himself and just dances around the house..so cute! We went to our first movie this week Monsters VS Aliens and he loved it! We were worried he wouldn't want to sit through it and he did great. He is just growing up so fast!



I told him to put his pants on so we could go to the movie and he gets a shirt and tries to tell me it is his pants. You might be able to see it was a monster shirt. He wanted to wear it to the monster movie.





Going to the movie! He was so happy!

Amanda's 25th birthday

A few weeks before my b-day I told Nick my 25th birthday was a big deal and he had better get something good. Well I guess he took me seriously because he got me a beautiful garnet ring.




Isn't it beautiful? Anyway, I have had a hard time turning 25 for some reason. I know I am not old and I have a lot of life to live, but something about turning 25 is really disturbing for me. Not only did he get me that ring but then we went out for a nice dinner. We had planned to go to Outback because I love it there but we ended up finding this other steak house that was quieter and it was so nice! And yummy! It ended up being a very nice birthday.



Don and Brenda came up from Keyser to watch Hayden and Dylan. They brought an awsome ice cream cake. I was so yummy. Nick put my candles on the cake and I blew them all out....my wish should come true right?!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The BIG man




The other morning Hayden woke up and came into our room and while we were still laying in bed waking up he found a pair of daddy's socks and put them on. Then he proceeded to walk around the room saying he was a big man. It was to funny not to capture with pictures. He would raise his arms and say "big man". I don't know where it comes from but I think it is hilarious. He is such a funny boy! I think he takes after his dad!

Making breakfast with daddy


Every Saturday Hayden and Nick make breakfast together and let mommy sleep until it is ready (I know so nice!). Hayden loves to help in the kitchen and I love that Nick loves to have his help. I am so glad that Nick is sharing his love of cooking with his son. I am sure that we will have a another great cook in the family soon!

Hayden's Song

video


Ok so Hayden and I have been making up songs about sharks and dragons and really anything that he wants a song for. The other day he started singing them and I thought I should get it on tape. So here it is. I am sorry about all of the jumping around. I couldn't get him to stop...I'm sure anyone who has had or has little boys understands. The parts where he forgets the words is funny because he tries to make things up so he is just making sounds. haha