Friday, September 16, 2011

So Long Summer!

The past few weeks have been very busy.  Jeff has been out of town for the most part, as he is working up in the East Coast with people affected by Hurricane Irene.  Normally I'd be really stressed out that he'd be gone for so long, but Olivia is so easy to manage now.  She is such a happy baby and I love spending time with her.  It helps that I've been on several play-dates and have family close by.  And Jeff was able to join us on our little trip to Galveston. 

Here's Olivia with two of her future Baylor Theta Sorority sisters, Caroline & Savannah.
Sporting her adorable leg warmers.  Thanks Jennifer & Caroline Howard!

Olivia is accomplishing many things.  We started her on solids and she now eats rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, and squash.  She did not really like bananas but we will try them again later.  She just discovered how to blow raspberries and she makes this noise all the time.  It is so funny!  And now I can no longer wear earrings or my hair down, as she immediately grabs hold of them and will yank real hard. 

 We took a trip down to the family condo in Galveston with some great friends; Kyle, Cece, & Max Scott, Thomas & Caroline Horner, and Keelan Scott.  It was a nice, relaxing trip.  We went swimming, floated the lazy river, and had fun people-watching on the balcony.  Olivia had a play mate and it was a lot of fun to see them interact.  Max just loves Olivia, and I think the feeling is mutual.  Maybe we will be planning their wedding in 25 years. 

One of my favorite pictures of Jeff & Olivia.

See what I mean about these two?  They're just too cute!

We have many exciting things going on here.  Since I'm a stay-home-mom, I have to find activities to keep us busy.  I just joined a MOPS group that meets at Fellowship Dallas.  I had to miss the first meeting because I was out of town, but I am looking forward to meeting other moms, gaining some friends, and getting together with other Christian women.  I've also decided to take Miss O to the library every week for story time.  Yes, they even have story time for infants!  I went with my friend Robin and her two kids, Aspen and Landon, to her library, and it was a lot of fun for the toddlers.  Robin and I meet up every two weeks for play-dates, so we always try to find a fun activity for the kiddos.  

Mama & her little munchkin

It's been a wonderful first summer for Olivia, but I am so glad fall is just around the corner.  I am looking forward to cooking chili, taking walks in the cool weather, football games (Go Baylor!), pumpkin patches, the smell of leaves, and making new memories with our family!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet the Stone's

So here is my attempt to capture our lives in a weekly blog...we'll see how successful I am.  As more and more of my friends have blogs, it has inspired me to start one for our family.  So here it goes...

Jeff works and I stay at home, and I love this arrangement.  Here are some things we love: the Dallas Stars, Houlihan's, Hibiscus, The Office, spending time with other couples, traveling, and date nights (though the last is pretty rare because of our little munchkin). Jeff enjoys: Harley Davidson motorcycles, hunting, collecting guns, World of Warcraft, and typical guy tv shows.  I enjoy: reading, making photo books, scrapbooking (though I'm a newbie at this), trashy tv shows (I know it's pathetic), and anything that has to do with Olivia.  Staying home isn't always easy-peasy, but I love taking care of Olivia and being there for many of her milestones.

Jeff and I welcomed Olivia into our lives in March.  She is an absolute doll and we are so happy to be her parents.  She can definitely be a challenge at times, but we are finally getting the hang of things.  Her newest accomplishments include sleeping through the night, laughing, rolling over, and eating rice cereal.  We treat each accomplishment like it's the coolest thing we have ever seen!  

So far this summer she has been to the Fort Worth Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, and Moody Gardens.  Olivia has also had numerous play-dates and met new friends.  We have taken her swimming and she loves the water, especially her Nana's pool.  We are looking forward to her getting older so we can take her on some fun outings.  

So that's us!  I'll try posting again next week!