Hollyhand House

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I just love these two girls!!

Trick or Treating on Sorority Row

Anna Riley has had a hard time adjusting the past couple of weeks it seems  (more on that in another post) so I thought it would be great to spend some one-on-one time together.  We met some friends on campus to trick or treat at the sorority houses.  Anna Riley was a little overwhelmed when we first started because all the girls are lined up and dressed in costumes to hand out candy.   

Little Bo Peep...She refused to wear the hat!

The group getting ready to go...

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the time!

Starting to get the hang of it...

Me and my Little Bo Peep
(sister is the sheep but we left her at home with Daddy)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Critter Creek Farms

One thing I love about fall, is all the fun activites.  This year we decided to do things low key since we had a newborn.  We went to a small pumpkin patch/petting farm on Sunday afternoon.  Next year, I really want to go to one of the big pumpkin patches but traveling to those just wasn't in the cards this year!!  We decided to go to Vance (30 minutes away) to Critter Creek Farms.   They had a petting zoo, a few wildlife animals (a bear and cougar!), a hayride, they got to pick a small pumpkin and a playground.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday on the quad with the Phillips family

Saturday, the Phillip's family came to visit and we took the kids on the quad to play and get Big Bad Wolves BBQ nachos and just walk around!!  The weather was perfect!! 
Our new family of four!

Anna Riley and Zoe had fun playing on the jumpy.

Isn't this the cutest little cheerleader?!


Ava Kate enjoyed her first visit on the quad...can you tell??

Once we got back home and had a nap, the girls played outside.

I am so sad that I didn't get a picture of Evan and Ava Kate or of Evan period! 

We had so much fun watching the game and catching up!  Spending time with them really makes me wish they lived closer!! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

2 weeks

My sweet girl is 2 weeks old and she is changing everyday!

-Ava Kate weighs 8lbs and 9oz. (up 6 ounces from birth) and is 21 inches long (up 1 inch). They forgot to tell me her percentages.
-She is still wearing a newborn diaper and newborn and a few 0-3 month clothes.
-Even though she is a bigger baby weight wise, she is still so petite and tiny.  She has the skinniest, long legs!
-She has been a great baby!!  She eats every 3-4 hours during the day and every 4-5 hours at night.  She is already up to about 4oz. and has both breast milk and formula but mainly breast milk.
-Her awake times are getting longer now.
-For the most part, she is rarely fussy.  But when she is, she lets it all out!!  We have had a few fussy moments and a couple of bad nights with a gassy tummy ache that left she and I sleeping in the recliner all night...not fun! Thank goodness for gas relief drops! 
-When she burps, it is usually very loud and long...sounds like a man! :)
-She has really dark brown hair, deep blue eyes and a dark complection and looks a lot like her big sister when she was a baby but has her own special features too!
-She loves to be held and to snuggle!!
-Dr. Roberts was very pleased with how well she was growing and said everything looks good.  She got her foot pricked but no shots until 2 months.  They will also check her hips at 2 months since she was breech.  I'm so thankful and blessed to have two healthy girls!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sisterly Love

"Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. 
You know whatever you do, they'll still be there."
~Amy Li

"You can kid the world.  But not our sister."
~Charlotte Gray

"In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips!"

"There's a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy.  Freedom to share innermost thoughts,
to ask a favor, to show their true feelings.  The freedom to simply be themselves!"

I can't wait to watch these two grow and be not only sisters, but best friends!! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ava Kate's first bath

We gave Ava Kate her first bath on Sunday night.  We decided to bathe the girls together and it worked out great.  Anna Riley didn't seem to mind having the company and Ava Kate liked her bath!

I think Anna Riley is warming up to this Big Sister thing! :)

Busy weekend (with lots of pictures!)

We had a busy weekend but to me October is always a busy month!  Mom had stayed with us all week and she left on Friday afternoon.  She ask if Anna Riley could go home with them for the weekend.  I thought it would give Riley some time to spend with Ava Kate and since they were going to have to come back and watch Anna Riley Saturday night, it worked out perfect. 
I had dressed the girls alike on Friday and they looked so cute. 

You can't really tell, but that is a pumpkin hat on Ava Kate (it kind of looks like the orange hunting hats in the picture..haha)

Finally a picture of my two girls without any tears!!

Saturday, Riley got some snuggle time in with Ava Kate while I met my friend, Frances Ann for lunch and some shopping! 

Saturday night, we went to a tailgaiting baby shower for my Sister-in-law, Amanda.  We pretty much brought gifts, ate, watched the game and socialized...that's my type of shower!! :)

She is due in December and we can't wait to meet James Duncan!!
I am so happy we will have babies close in age!

Back in Berry, Anna Riley was having the best time at Granna and PawPaw's house.
She LOVES going to the country and staying with them!!  Mom had sent me several text pictures while she was there.  She loves their dog, Lucky!!
The whole time she is there, she wants to be outside the entire time riding the 4wheeler or golfcart or playing with the dogs.  My Dad said everytime they would go in for a litte bit, she would bring him his hat and boots so they would go out again!

Mom put her hair in a ponytail for the first time...shes getting so big!

Anna Riley and Hailey pretending to drive the golf cart.

Anna Riley went to church with Mom and Dad on Sunday morning.  Mom teaches her age's Sunday School class.

When Mom and Dad brough Anna Riley back home, she had a friend to play with.  Kimberly, Cory, Carson and Collin had stopped by for a visit on their way home.

We got some quick hugs and kisses and it was off to our niece, Ainslee's, birthday party.

Anna Riley had a blast at the party.  I was afraid she would be whiny because it was during her nap time.  We left a little early and she fell asleep as soon as we got home! 
Papa Doug and Anna Riley at the birthday party

Ainslee at her Hello Kitty party...can't believe she is 3!

Ava Kate had fun too...she ate and slept and was held the whole time! :)

Riley and his brother, Brian and sister, Amanda at the birthday party
And one last picture of Miss Ava Kate...because I don't already have a ton of pictures on this post! :)