Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kyndall Malynn...On Turning Eight.

Tomboy.  Animal lover.  Camouflage wearer.  At 10:20 a.m., eight years ago, Kyndall came into the world and made us parents for the first time.  You can find her birth story here.

A few things about Kyndall:
  • She is super smart.  She often surprises me with the things she knows or can do.
  • She is stubborn.
  • She excels at sports.  
  • She loves being outside, either playing sports or doing something with animals.  She is constantly catching frogs and lizards and bringing them to me.
  • Great sense of humor.
  • Very good at entertaining herself-either by drawing, creating something, or reading.
  • For her birthday, she chose to go indoor rock climbing with a few of her favorite people.

An interview with Kyndall, on her eighth birthday:

What is your name?  Kyndall Malynn West

What is your favorite color?  Green.

What is your favorite song?  Ho! Hey!

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A veterinarian or a zoologist.

What makes you happy?  Max.

What makes you feel most loved?  My family.

What are you afraid of?  Monsters!

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?  Three more wishes.

What makes you mad?  When people laugh at me.

What is something that is really hard for you to do?  Score a goal in soccer.

What is something that is really easy for you to do?  Rock climbing.

What is ONE thing you want us to know about you?  I love animals and soccer.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Libby Brooke...On Turning Six.

Big Hearted.  Lipstick Lover.  Diva.  Performer.  Six years ago today, at 12:47 p.m., Libby Brooke joined our family.  You can find her birth story here.

A few things about Libby:
  • She is super tender-hearted.  One stern look from her dad or I and she breaks down.
  • She still gets in the bed with us every single night.
  • Her favorite foods are steak, shrimp, and pancakes.  
  • She loves being read to, but not reading by herself.
  • She has a heart for other people--this summer she purchased supplies for the local children's home.
  • For her birthday, she wanted us to go the the "spa."  We had manicures and pedicures.

An interview with Libby, on her sixth birthday.

What is your name?  Libby Brooke West

What is your favorite color?  Green and Pink.

What is your favorite song?  10,000 Reasons

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A singer.

What makes you happy?  My family.

What makes you feel most loved?  When I'm with my Mommy.**

What are you afraid of?  Heights.

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?  A unicorn.

What makes you mad?  When Max bites my butt.

What is something that is really hard for you to do?  Put my lipstick on.

What is something that is really easy for you to do?  Ride my bike.

**Brownie points awarded for this answer.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 13 Weeks

It's Official!! Today, I am 13 weeks pregnant.  Officially past that first trimester mark.  (Photo above courtesy of only took 20 tries to get a non-blurry photo!)

Due Date:  February 3, 2015

Baby Size:  3 inches long, about the size of a peach

Sickness:  I am really lucky in that I generally have easy pregnancies.  I have been a little nauseous in the afternoons--somewhere between 3-6 p.m.  Not enough to complain about.  I did have a little bump in the road around 9 weeks where I passed out a few times (like, 3).  When I went to the doctor, my blood pressure was low.  The doctor also said I needed to eat more frequently to keep my blood sugar up, so nothing major.  And since then, I've been eating like a HORSE and I haven't had any more issues.

Energy:  Exhaustion has been my biggest issue this go 'round.  I'm normally pretty high-strung and go on little sleep.  Not now!  Thank goodness it's summertime--I've been going to sleep around 9 or 10 p.m. and sleeping until 9 or 10 a.m.  (My girls are late sleepers too, so it's worked in my favor.)  All that will change in about two weeks when school starts back.  I am happy to say that I can already tell I'm beginning to get some energy back.  Cheers to second trimester!

Cravings:  None really, but if I HAD to say something, I would say salt.  Straight up.  Any salty snacks are right up my alley, but I would love to be able to just pour salt into my hand and eat it that way.  Weird, right?

Phrases heard recently:
From Libby:  "Mama, this baby is making you feisty!"
From Justin, to the Kyndall:  "No honey, we aren't arguing.  Your mother is just pregnant."

Gender:  I know pregnant women say this ALL the time, and most of the time they don't mean it, but I TRULY do not care about the sex of the baby.  I don't even want to find out until he or she gets here.  However, I think I am going to be outvoted.  Even though they will definitely love a little girl--everyone else in my house is pulling for a baby boy.  (Don't tell them this, but based on my symptoms, I really think it's another girl!)  Either way, we should find out in about 3 more weeks!

Thank you of all your prayers and encouraging words about my pregnancy.  I was extremely nervous during the first trimester, and while I'm still a little nervous now, I do feel as if a huge weight was lifted after that 12 week doctors appointment!  Maybe now I can stop worrying Justin about each and every little twinge I feel (which are very numerous the third time around!).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I know I've done this twice before, but pregnancy is ex-haust-ing!! Even more so the third time around.  So please forgive my lack of posting--I've been doing lots of sitting around, eating, and sleeping....oh and, you know, growing a baby :)

We spent a few days around the 4th snuggling with this guy.  Kristi, Luke, and West came in to spend the long weekend at their parents and we all got in lots of loving from West.

It's amazing how quickly babies grow.  He had changed so much since the last time we saw him in May!

I know I still have plenty of time to get ready for the new baby, but the summer is my ideal time to do these things.  Because I have the time.  I spent several hours working in Libby's room, cleaning out.  That girl is a hoarder and you may see her one day on the tv show.  It's ridiculous.

Speaking of getting ready for the new baby,  am loving this twin bed for the girls' rooms.  Drawers underneath and a bookshelf as a headboard?  Perfect!

We went to Courtland to Justin's granddad's house.  Carried on the tradition of putting pennies on the railroad tracks.  

Blackberry jam.  YUM!

If you looked super closely, you could see that the girls are holding a baby lizard.  They insisted on a photo.

The girls spent the night with GraGra and learned how to sew.  Kyndall designed this dress and Libby came home with skirts for Cherry.

And most recently, Libby was diagnosed with strep throat :( .  Of course, Dr. Hull was on vacation so we had to go to the doc-in-a-box instead.  Thankfully, we were in and out within thirty minutes and she is feeling so much better now!

And that is what's been going on around here.  Again, forgive me for the lack of posts.  If memory serves, this exhaustion will go away soon and I can resume a regular posting schedule :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

About two weeks ago, the girls started talking about hosting a birthday party for their stuffed animal, Cherry.  Invitations were handmade.  They both spent several hours in K's room building a piƱata for the party.   After two weeks of planning and creating, Libby decided on a date.  And never being one to ignore imagination, I let it happen.

The girls spent their own money on silly string, party hats, and party horns.  The guests of honor were Tigress, Mr. Bunny, and Ghostie.

In attendance were Meme and Papa, Gra-Gra and Pops, Mal and Trey, the Thompson family and the Hodges family.  (I'm so very thankful for family and friends that will go along with my girls' imaginations!)

We had cake and homemade chocolate ice cream.

Note to self:  I hope I always go along with their imaginations, where it's possible.  Letting them do this was a great experience, for them as well as me and Justin!

Happy birthday Cherry! =)