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Easter

We had a wonderful, relaxing Easter this year. Sawyer got lots of fun Easter things and I didn’t eat a single piece of candy. Psych! Here’s a few thousand pictures from our weekend. We had a fun Saturday at our church Easter egg hunt. Our church’s Sunday morning service was a beautiful testament to Christ and his mission. After church, we relaxed and then had a big dinner with family. My parents do a big Easter egg hunt for the entire family, adults and kids, which is one of my favorite things about Easter. The hunt for the IBC root beers and the Reeses Eggs gets pretty intense, but this year, I got to go first and help Sawyer instead. He did get a few rootbeers and skittles, all by himself too ;)

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Needless to say, we all got our share of candy and sugar, and hopefully you got your fill of Sawyer pictures!

Our Week

We moved last weekend, so our week has been mostly filled with emptying boxes, putting things away, and playing lots. Sawyer has finally started putting food in his mouth, which is so nice to be able to give him some graham crackers and he’ll entertain himself eating some and throwing some on the ground, of course.

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1. Walks with Dad
2. Spring sprung (and then it got cold again)
3 & 4. Sitting on the steps of the porch
5. Writing letters. I’m a big fan of keeping up with snail mail.
6. Replacing my own laptops screen. I feel like a pro!

Growing Up

Sawyer took his first steps yesterday, and then got in the truck and drove away. Just kidding- he’s helping his Dad drive, I love seeing him grow up and can’t wait for every other ‘first’ he has yet to experience. We have two more months until his first birthday and I’m already planning all of the silly things I want to do/get that he won’t notice and won’t remember, but first birthday parties are really for the parents, right?

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The weather here has been amazing lately. Windows down, short sleeves, no shoes kind of weather. The pear trees lining our street have bloomed and the azaleas are starting to bud, the birds are back and building nest in every tree. March/April might just be my favorite time of year, it is beautiful!

The Snow Storm of 2013

I went downstairs today to make a bottle for Sawyer, and out of the corner of my eye noticed that something looked strange on the back porch.

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It snowed! I think a total of .0001 inches- nonetheless, we were excited! I went and got Sawyer and let him experience a little bit of snow for the first time- he wasn’t so sure about it, but let me take some cute pictures anyways.

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On Monday, we had a little hospital scare and had to take him to the E.R. and then he got an ambulance ride up to the children’s hospital in Atlanta. He had severe Bronchiolitis and was having trouble breathing. The doctors at Scottish Rite were amazing and got him back up to breathing and feeling better. He’s back home happy to be away from all of the poking and prodding and treatments he had done. He has been so good through the whole thing and is finally getting back to his normal self- which is lots and lots of playing.DSC_7030DSC_7048

Summer in Winter

Mom win: hanging a swing in our playroom. It has been nothing but rain for about a week now, and really cold! Okay, okay, really cold to me is the high 50’s, but even in the low 60’s, I’m cuddled up under a blanket. Definitely a girl from the Deep South. Santa gave Sawyer a swing for Christmas and I had the brilliant idea of hanging it inside so we could swing him anytime of day and no matter what the weather was like. He loves it. He crawls underneath it and reaches up for it and fusses until I swing him for a little bit. In the spring it will probably move outside, but I’m leaving the hooks up so I can bring it back in if it rains. It’s so nice to have a touch of outdoor fun inside our house and Sawyer loves the activity!Indoor Swing

The flowers got a little confused here when it got so warm for a few weeks, and the tree by our front door all started blooming in January. Isn’t living in Georgia the best? I love love love the warm winters.

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Growing Fast

Have you ever noticed how time moves faster and faster the older you get? I remember as a kid, Christmas took SO long to come. Thanksgiving to Christmas felt like ten years. Sawyer is 9 months on Friday, and I feel like we’ve only had him for a week, and yet I can’t remember life without him. Although I do remember many nights of staying out late, and using the bathroom without a little boy at my feet.

But I digress- I cannot believe how quickly Sawyer is growing and learning now! In the last month he has learned to crawl and pull up everywhere. In the last two weeks, he has learned how to shake his head no and does is every time he hears "no" or "don’t," is walking around the furniture, can clap his hands and does every time he hears someone say "yay" and waves hi while making a cute noise that sounds a lot like "hi." He even picked up a boy doll yesterday and held it up and said "dad dad dad." Does that count as a first word? No matter what, it was precious! I’ve been so busy watching him grow and playing with him lately that I haven’t taken many real pictures, but lots of video, so here are some still frames from the video camera.

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We have been loving this warm weather, and enjoying watching the rain from our porch. We can’t wait for Spring to come! I can’t help but already start planning the rest of his first everything and yet I don’t want him to be enough to have first birthdays or anything like that. I want my Sawyer boy to stay small forever!

Our Week

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1. Somebody has learned how to crawl and is quickly getting into everything!

2 & 3. Lunch with the beautiful ladies of Winsome Jones

4. His favorite Christmas present from Santa.

5. Learned to scrunch his nose. Precious.

Oh, and it was 75 degrees here last week. The second week of January. Love it!!!

Happy New Year!

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I haven’t take any pictures since Christmas!!! I am behind, or what? We’ve had so much fun since then, that I didn’t want to miss a moment- not even from behind a lens. We had Christmas Eve, Christmas, Family in town, our 2nd Anniversary, a Cousin’s wedding, New Years Eve at the Lake, Post-Christmas Shopping, and two babies born! Not to us- but one to my brother- Baby Jake, and one to two of our best friends- Baby Nolan! Holding Nolan for the first time I couldn’t believe how little he was and how light he felt! Either Sawyer weighed tons more (he didn’t), or my muscles have just gotten huge in the last seven months (definitely the latter). Babies are just such a happy, exciting thing, what a great way to start a new year.

We loved 2012; it was a journey into a totally new world: parenthood! Looking back:

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I can’t believe the year is over, but I feel like it was a good year. You know how sometimes time sees like it flies by and you feel like you missed so much? This year I feel like I really took the time to enjoy everything and make the most of things. It’s a great feeling to have. Here’s to hoping 2013 goes just as well!

Playing Santa

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This year was Sawyer’s first Christmas, and our first year playing Santa. We LOVED it! Although, like many new families, we could have easily saved our money and just bought Sawyer wrapping paper and boxes instead of presents. He had quite the good time ripping things open and dumping them out of the boxes then playing with the paper. Luckily, he still hasn’t begun sticking everything in his mouth. He got very, very spoiled and we are so grateful for all of the clothes and toys and fun things we all got! I think his favorite present is a Little Tykes Swing. We hung it in our play room since it is so cold and we spent almost all day on Wednesday out there playing.

We had the most wonderful week filled with lots and lots of family, and lots and lots of food. Today we got to go to the Temple, my first time since having Sawyer and it was amazing. I love the peace and happiness that is felt when you enter the Temple. Prior to going on bed rest while pregnant, we went all the time, and I know having a baby changes everything, but that is one thing I hope to be able to do more often. Yes, getting a baby sitter is hard, but we’ll make it work!

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I photographed their wedding back in November and tomorrow we’re gonna celebrate Georgia style!