Life Lately

Life is so sweet!
Ivy had her 1 year check up & is growing like a champ!
She has gotten a little taller to 29.5 inches! We're glad! We were starting to wonder where her genes came from since Weston & I have both been tall since babyhood!

We love having her around, she is such a happy toddler.

She LOVES to read books.
This is one of her favorite books.
We got it for her birthday & she reads it non-stop & she has her animal noises down pat!
She loves time with Uncle Chase!
He saves the day with me, too, since I'm pretty beat by the time night rolls around & no hubby around to ask for assistance on days where I feel totally beat!
She LIVES to play outside!
She loves picking up everything she sees & then sticks it all on her mouth.
I loved being back in TN for the entire Christmas season.
This charming town has so many awesome traditions.
This year Ivy got to experience the Christmas parade.. she loved it, except the temperature dropped significantly from the time we left the house to the time the parade started.. we froze..& she wished she was napping (It started at her afternoon nap time)
But she still really enjoyed it!
Afterwards we subjected her to more exhaustion by taking a trip to Sam's. Patient, patient baby.
Here she is on a Sunday night waiting patiently for Daddy to make her a bottle before bed.
We laughed over our wrapping jobs. Each year Weston & I compete for worst wrapping job. I always win. Seriously, I'm terrible.
Just lovingly poking her baby in the eye.
She's had another round of teething. Luckily it didn't last that long & her fourth upper tooth popped through, but she had a couple of not very good sleep during it!  I played games with my family while Weston worked & Ivy loved getting back out of bed for games!
She was pretty good with the Christmas tree! She wanted to touch everything, but was pretty gentle with it all!
Watching Christmas lights!
Sweet girl always has a smile on her face!
I will never love anything as much as my sweet baby bundled up in footie jammies!
She started walking at 10.5 months & has lately been really loving holding her hand out for us to walk with her. It is so sweet.
This day she looked up at Weston & smiled with such affection & reached for my hand & all three of us walked. She looked at him & looked at me with the most content & pleased face to be there walking with Mommy & Daddy. It completely melted my heart.
The binkie has been making more of an appearance the past couple of days... teething hasn't been fun, but it's a nice thing to chew on at all times!
She mimics everything I do & here she was "drying" her hands off on the towel.
Those are just some of the daily ins & outs & I thought I'd share a few.
Life is so very good & we are doing really well & are so blessed!


Christian Lloyd Kent

Guys, ten days ago my sister had her beautiful baby boy.

I couldn't be more in love with him or be more dying to get to Arizona to hold his little self!

Anyway, here he is. I am a very proud aunt!


One Year!

Our Ivy girl turned 1 year on the 21st and what an AWESOME day it was!

We had a lot of fun at our family birthday party!

Ivy is the sweetest baby and we are so blessed to have her.

Here's some pictures from our celebration!
That morning we started with pancakes for breakfast!

We went out on the town to run birthday errands!
Weston even took work off so he could be home for her party that afternoon!

She loves Nana & Poppop!

Coming down from her afternoon nap to a party!
A little unsure about everything!
The amazing birthday banner my mom made!

She was sick & a little wiped out, but she was still completely happy, which I was glad about! 
No tears were shed on her birthday!
She wore her party hat the entire night!

She was not even interested in her cupcake! Huh?

These are the cupcakes I made for everyone else.
Not the prettiest, but oh my gosh, they were delicious.
"Dad, seriously, please put me down, I have presents to open!"
Making a break for her gifts again!

Her & all her gifts!
We got her a lot of books!
Nana & Pop Pop got her a baby doll (The MVP) and clothes!
Gigi got her cute clothes, a couple books, & a little ball toy!
Her Grandma & Grandpa Brinkerhoff got her a ride-on zebra toy that she also loves
and my friend Gretchen got her an amazing Little People princess cottage.

She looks all shy...but she loves attention... She was a little shy about all the gifts and standing by herself in the center of the room!

Here's the party hat I made her!
Her strawberry cupcake from Ivey Cakes.
I love that place.
With a gold glittery 1 made by Nana!
The gift pile!
She got a lot of generous gifts!

Her cute headwrap from Jenna!

We had such a fun day & she definitely did, too!
She wants to have a birthday party every day!

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