Friday, July 25, 2014


So apparently it doesn't snow in the south...could have fooled us! On February 11th it started snowing and just didn't stop. School was canceled midway through the day and thankfully Jeremy was able to catch the last bus home. Several of our friends weren't as lucky and got stuck on the freeway in a complete standstill. Needless to say the next several days of life were canceled and declared SNOW DAYS! We were beyond excited!
Some people were complaining but not us! Snow is a lot more fun when you can just stay home and play!
Leila was loving looking at all the snow out the window but we couldn't just stay inside so we bundled up and headed out.
I was surprised at how much snow actually did fall and yet I still can't believe it was enough to cancel school for so long. But hey I'll take it!
We really bundled up but were pleasantly surprised to not have it be as cold as Rexburg snows. Who knew snow could be such a treat?!
We played a lot both outside and in but my favorite thing by far about these few days of snow was getting to have all this extra time with my hubby. I never thought I would be so thankful for a "Snow-Maggedon"!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The difference of nine months

Let's be honest, these past nine months that I have had Leila have been so much better than the nine months that she was inside of me. For the last half of my pregnancy or so Leila just jammed herself right under my right rib which wasn't the most comfortable thing. Now snuggling her right up close (when she'll let me) is one of my favorite things. I can't believe how much can change in nine months!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nine Months

February 9, 2014
Leila is already nine months old! She looks like such a big girl these days. And her weight is finally catching up to her height so she is looking chunkier!
Weight: 18lbs 11oz
Height: 27.5 inches
She is talking more and more everyday. This month Jeremy was pleased to finally hear her say his name: "Dada". She also introduced "baba" into her vocabulary. It is cool to hear her language develop as she starts using more and more sounds.
Leila's newest trick: waving. I'm such a sap but it seriously is the sweetest thing. She really has it down but will only wave to Daddy. So every morning when he leaves for school we wave goodbye to him. It's reserved just for him...for now. :)
Leila had her first snow day this month. She liked to watch the snow through the window but was more curious about it once we actually went outside. (Blog post to come :)

Leila is not as easy to take pictures of anymore. She has become a lot more active and won't sit still like she used. While she hasn't quite figured out crawling yet, she wiggles her body and can get around just fine.
(This photo shoot was technically a couple weeks late. I wish I would have done it early and maybe I would have had one more shoot with her being somewhat still. Instead the following was the majority of the pictures that I got. 
She pushes herself up into a plank or on all fours but just isn't sure where to go from there.
And so the chase beings. Love my little stinker!

52 Project: 7/52

February 11
I really need to get better at deciding on just one picture but I took a bunch all on the same day and these two really capture what Leila is like right now.  First off, her Tarheel outfit is the most adorable thing ever. But aside from that this is how Leila spends her days. Her favorite toy is her Carolina basketball (which makes Daddy very happy) and she could spend forever just reading her books (which makes Mama really happy). It is fun to see how she is a little bit of both Jeremy and I. Just perfect!

52 Project: 6/52

February 6
Leila loves music. Since she was an infant she would always be so still and attentive when music was playing. Now she gets to excited and happy to hear it. It was very fitting that Gram Rox (the music queen) got Leila her first "ipod" so she can take her music with her.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Calhoun Cousins

So I didn't really have cousins my age growing up. I remember tagging along with some older cousins and just wishing I was their age. But even then I only saw them every so often. As I did get older and saw all my siblings have cousin friends I always wanted to have that kind of relationship. There is something special about cousins. When we decided to move to NC I was so relieved to know that we would have he Calhouns close and that Leila would be able to be near at least a few of her cousins. It has been such a blessing to me but also such a treat to see Leila with her cousins. They are all so good to her and she loves them more than they even know. She is so happy whenever she sees them and can even keep up with those wild wrestling boys.
These pictures are from one of our days at the Calhoun house the end of this month. (January)
Leila never lacks for entertainment.
Sometimes she's he fifth wheel but she even digs that!
This is by far my favorite picture sequence. I took so many and just died going through them. I only included the two best ones though.
I snapped a couple pictures as we were leaving. Always my favorite that they are so excited to see each other when we arrive and have to have an extended goodbye before we leave.  
Love these cousins!

Snow Day

So much for a southern winter. We have had more snow that anyone ever expected. I feel somewhat responsible like we brought it with us or something. Oops! But snow out her is a lot more fun than in Idaho because life stops! Ha! Honestly it is not a lot of snow but school was canceled non the less. Jeremy only got a half day off this time around but better than we ever got in the 5 years we lived in Rexburg.
Of course Jeremy had to take Leila out to play in the snow and I went a little picture crazy. Leila was a little unsure at first but warmed up pretty quick.