Sunday, July 15, 2012


I've been wanting to get some new pictures of Parker and I for awhile now, but we had some crazy hot weather here for awhile and this past week it cooled down so we were finally able to get some. I may be a little picture crazy, but I never want to forget how it felt to hold and cuddle my baby boy, to laugh over his silly behavior, and to kiss his little cheek.

He really is the light of my life, and I wouldn't trade any moment with him for the world.

One happy little boy...

Parker is officially in a big boy bed, no more crib! For real this time, ;). I got him a race car bed and he loves it, from the first night he has slept it in wonderfully and even sleeps in. I am super happy about it, considering he figured out how to climb out of the crib.

In other news, since Parker named our car "Lightning McQueen," I decided to make it fact...

And although I'm a little overprotective of Lightning McQueen, we went out for ice cream the other night and Tim convinced me to let Parker have an ice cream cone IN THE CAR. Surprisingly, Parker did awesome and didn't spill any of it.

Summer is almost over and I feel like it just began. In another month, kids will be going back to school and soon after football games with start and the fall air will kick in. Of course, with the wacky weather around here it might be 90 degrees in the fall!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Parker has newfound Independence in so many things lately. His speech has improved greatly, while he isn't saying many sentences, he is able to express exactly what he wants (for the most part) and he is loving it. So am I... most of the time.

The picture above of him looking so innocent and sweet was only moments before a major fit. We were out to eat with my mom and her friend Lynn, when we got to the restaurant he wanted to sit in booster seat in the booth with nana. We had never sat in a booster seat, but I told him if he would sit there and be good he could. That lasted about 5 minutes. He then wanted to get up, I told him if he got up he would have to sit in a highchair. After 3 warnings, I got a highchair and put him in it... oh my. We were that family with the ridiculously screaming child, flailing arms and legs and screaming "my chair, my chair, my chair!" I am not sure if I have ever been that embarrassed. I told Parker to either stop crying, or I was taking him home. He would not stop crying so we left... even more embarrassing. Luckily we hadn't ordered  yet. He cried for about 10 minutes on the way home and I tried to explain to him why we left, but I'm not sure if he quite understood. All I know is, I hope this never happens again!

In more exciting news, we had a great 4th of July. Tim and I went to my friend Brandy's pool party during the day (was way too hot for Parker at 106 degrees!)

Miss Lennon

That evening, we went to Tim's brother's house for a barbeque and Parker had so much fun. He got to swim with Tim's niece and nephew and he thought he was so big. This is the first time he has gone swimming without his puddle jumper, just a little ring and I was so proud of him.

Parker and Bella

Parker, Bella, and Matthew

Mommy's Boy!

Tim and I
We have had quite an eventful few weeks, it has been so hot here but that hasn't slowed us down too much. We are supposed to get a break from the heat next week, and I think everyone is more than ready. We haven't had this long of a heat wave in Southern Illinois since 1936!

Time with Chase

I got to spend a few days with my sister, brother-in-law, and new nephew a couple of weeks ago and I was in heaven! I missed my own baby boy, but he was with nana and pawpaw so he didn't mind at all. Mostly my sister, Chase, and I just lounged around the house and it was great. I did a few different little photo sessions, and here are a few of  my favorites... sorry, it's hard to narrow them down!

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to spend a few days with them, they live 6.5 hours away so it is a little rough on me being that far away from my first nephew, but I will be taking Parker to meet Chase next month and then they will be coming here to visit in September so that makes it a lot easier!