Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Campbell Family Band

video

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thanksgiving....a month later

Whoops. I just realized I never posted Thanksgiving pictures! We went up to Indiana this year with my mom's side of the family and rented out a log cabin for a few days. It was REALLY cold (especially to us southerners) but we had a blast. I didn't really take that many pictures because we were pretty busy playing games and catching up...plus we like to hang out in our sweats most of the time :) Here are a few I took on Thanksgiving Day:


A round of loaded questions

Most of the cousins...we're actually missing quite a few now that I think about it

Uncle Jake and crazy Lucy

Lucy and Annabelle. They loved each other.

The three sisters! My mom is in the middle.

My Aunt Dawn showing Lucy the deer. For the rest of the trip, Lucy would run up to Aunt Dawn and ask to see the "deee".

Me and Brit. We go way back :)

Me and my crazy mom

So there are actually 5 great granchildren now, with two more on the way...and they are all really close in age. It was fun letting them play together. Family gatherings are definitely different with the little ones around. Lucy and Allison (below) are 3 months apart.

Lucy, where is Allison's belly button?

There it is!!


Happy Thanksgiving!!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

15 month check up

Lucy had her 15 month check up last week, even though she's technically 16 months. We're a little behind :) She was 24 lbs and 32 inches for those of you who are interested. She couldn't be growing more beautifully. Here are a few words she's picked up lately:

"mo mo" - snow man. Hilarious. My Christmas decorations mainly consists of snowmen bc I love them, and so she goes around the house pointing to them all saying, "Mo Mo....Mo mo". Its so cute.

"wa wa" - water. What's up with the double naming?

"li" - light (this used to be la la but now its actually sounding more like light)

"yeah" - I'm trying to break this and turn it into yes maam.

"no" - that's right. She is saying no. She almost always says it " no no". Maybe I say that? I'm not sure. She doesn't always say it in context though. She'll say it and then I'll say, "Lucy did you just say no?" and she'll go "no no" and grin really big. Oh geez.

I was grumbling and whining to Mark the night after her check up about some things we've been going through lately when suddenly it hit me that I had gone all day without thanking the Lord for not encountering any problems at Lucy's check up that day. I just expected her to be perfect and healthy and wasn't necessarily thankful or surprised by the fact that she was. I was definitely humbled that night. I was reminded of so many families who have children with chronic medical conditions. I'm a nurse, I should know these things, I've seen this children. We are so thankful to have a happy, healthy little girl. On top of that she happens to be beautiful and smart too. What a blessing! Thank you Lord for this precious gift.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

photo shoot

The long awaited pictures from Lucy's photo shoot.... sorry it took me so long to upload them. Believe it or not, Lucy was in a TERRIBLE mood the morning we had the pictures done. Fortunately our photographer is great and managed to get some good shots without the meltdowns :) This is the same girl who took the pictures for Lucy's birth announcement, if you remember those. Enjoy!










Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We are officially.....

NOT moving to Birmingham. In case you were wondering, that's what that last post was about. Looks like we're home to stay. It's bittersweet, but its the right decision for our family. Oh and sorry, I don't have any pictures of Lucy right now. BUT her one year pictures we had taken will be in soon, so you have that to look forward to :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Here's what we've been up to lately...

It's been a very busy and very stressful couple of weeks for the Campbell household. Mark and I are in the middle of making some very big decisions for our family, and with those decisions will come many changes. I like structure, routine, and really am not a big fan of change. Mark loves change. He would rearrange all the furniture in our house once a month if it didn't make me so crazy. But I'm learning that change can be good, and in the midst of it all, God is good. Whether this next big step in our life is difficult or easy, God is still good. Mark has been such an encouragement to me, constantly reminding me that God is good, even if our circumstances aren't. Keep us in your prayers these next few weeks.

Life goes on, and we are immensely blessed. I cry so many times thinking about how truly blessed we are. Lucy is beautiful, growing, healthy, and so smart. So many people never get to experience parenthood, and I don't know why the Lord chose us to raise this feisty girl but we are loving every minute of it. She's 15 months old now!! That sounds so strange. She is like an educational sponge. Seriously. She learns SO fast now. New words, new motions, and she just loves to mimic Mommy and Daddy.

Here are a few thing she's doing at 15 months:

- running. yes, RUNNING.
- moving from two naps a day down to one. I think it's going to be a weaning process. She definitely does well with just one nap, but there are some days that she still needs two. (like today)
- is really into whining and letting us know when she's not happy. She does not hide her emotions well at all (wonder where she got that from??) We're working on the whining and learning the ignoring it is usually the best approach for her, as she loves attention
- she is quick to anger. This has probably when one of the hardest things for me to handle, because I am very quick to anger. Or rather, my selfish reaction is to be quick to anger. This has been a constant struggle in my life, and is something I have to work on every day. It's hard to see it in her, because I know she got that from me. We are really trying to discipline her heart and not just her head. Lucy and I are learning this together :)
- she LOVES music and loves to sing and dance. She does almost all the motions to Itsy Bitsy Spider
- despite what I said above about her attitude and whining, she really is very obedient for being so young. People are often surprised at how well she obeys.
- she has four teeth on top and two on the bottom. And still has VERY little hair :)
- she continues to be a great eater, although she is definitely starting to slow down on the amount she eats at each meal. So far, I can't think of a food she won't eat.
- she LOVES Heidi. Like seriously, annoyingly, LOVES her.
- she said "boo boo" the other day! She fell and busted her chin open the other day and was fighting me to put a bandaid on, so I explained to her that the bandaid was to help her boo boo, and she pointed to her chin and said, "boo boo". The bandaid lasted a whole hour.
- she is obessed with Elmo, or "la la"
- she is still using sign language for "more" (which has really turned into "please" or when she wants something), "milk" (though she can say this too), "eat" or "hungry" and "all done". Her verbal skills are great, but I've found that the words she can sign she rarely says. Is that weird?

Here are a some pictures from the past few weeks.

doing Itsy Bitsy spider. She will sign "more" and then do this if she wants you to sing it.


Lilly came to play one morning. This is them watching Sesame Street.


Best Buds


Having a snack after naptime


Lovin on her Heidi


Mark and I both had to work on Halloween, so we didn't get to do any trick or treating or dressing up, but the weekend before Halloween, Lucy's BFF Lilly turned one, and her party was a costume party! So Lucy got to put her Halloween costume to good use...





Lilly loved her cake!


Lilly and her pretty mama.


Our best attempt at a picture.


I'm sure there will be more exciting updates to come! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas Idea

I shared this with my sister in laws the other day...thought it was a great idea for a nice, simple Christmas. You make a list for something you want, something you need, something you wear, and something you read. Love it.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

I love grilled cheese!!

Lucy enjoying one of her favorite things to have for lunch...







Thursday, October 22, 2009

Translation

Lucy is quite the little chatter box these days. I, being the gloating parent, think she is VERY advanced in her verbal ability for her age. But don't all parents say that?

Here are the words Lucy says with perfect clarity:

Mama (my personal fave)
Dada
Book
Duck
Ball
Dog (with a very southern drawl I might add)
Hi
Bye Bye
Uh oh
Dee Dee (my mom's super hip grandma name)

And here are some words that are still lost in translation:

hyeeeee!! - Heidi
La la - Elmo
Eee (with a little note change in between the ees) - Ear
Mih mih - Milk
Biba - Bible (not to be confused with "bye bye" or bubbles)
Bibbub - Bubbles

Bye Bye, Bubbles, and Bible all sound very alike, but she says them perfectly in context, and I can pick out the subtle difference.

And whenever I ask her to say something she can't pronounce yet (like, "yes ma'am" or "thank you") she simply says...."Na na....aahh!!" and then starts cracking up laughing. I wish I knew what was going on in that little head of hers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hmmm....

This is what I found when I went to open up a new tube of toothpaste this morning...



I wonder how long that's been there :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mr. Frog

Lucy has never had any sort of attachment or "security" item. I took the paci away from her when she was 2 months old (I know...I'm so cruel!), she's never showed any interest in a blankie or a stuffed animal. I just always thought, well, that's a bit strange, but figured she would attach to something if she needed. Enter Frog.




This cute little purple and green frog that matches Lucy's room so well has been sitting on top of her crib for decoration since before she was born. Lucy never paid much attention to it. Mark and I noticed a few weeks ago that whenever we would go in to get her up from a nap, Lucy would stand up, go and grab the frog, kiss it, and THEN would let you get her out of the crib. Not before. That turned into her pulling the frog down into the crib with her, but still keeping it a safe distance away, no snuggling or kissing involved. She just wanted it IN the crib with her. Now, all of a sudden, she loves that stupid frog. She kisses it, cuddles it, snuggles with it, and sweetly tucks it under her arm when she sleeps. Its the cutest stinkin thing I think either of us has ever seen.



Don't get me wrong. She does not drag this frog everywhere with her and scream when it is taken away. We don't have to worry about the frog being covered in food, dirt, and whatever else she manages to get into for the day. Frog stays in the crib. Period. However, she was being SO cute and lovey with it the other day after her nap I had to snap a few pictures.





So sweet. She just walked around her room hugging it like this.


Snuggling during naptime.


It's so funny to see little things like this that show us how much Lucy is growing up. What a sweet, precious girl we have. I thank the Lord every day for allowing me to be her mom.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Old post

These pictures are from about 3 weeks ago when Molly and James came down for a long weekend. I meant to put them up awhile ago but its been really busy lately. Just thought these pics of the two cousins were blog worthy...


seeing each other for the first time since....I can't even remember. May maybe?





goin in for the kiss


They had the whole playground to run around but they insisted on playing on/near/around the golf cart


Me and my sweet girl


The four of us. We love our visits with ya'll!

Congratulations to Meredith and Tim, who got married this weekend! It was a crazy weekend full of wedding activities and we really had a blast. Meredith looked gorgeous, the wedding was amazing, and I can't believe it's over already. Welcome to the family, Tim!



Monday, September 28, 2009

My Favorite Beach Shots

Here are a few of my favorites from the trip