Hollyhand House

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving with Riley's family

We got together with Riley's family for a small Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday.  I just love everything about t Thanksgiving and the holidays around it except the fact of the weight that I gain (especially at a time when I am trying to lose baby weight!)...but oh well!! :) The food was exceptional as always and spending time with family is the best!
We always attempt a picture for Mr. Doug to include in his Christmas cards.  This year he requested it to be he and Mimi (Riley's grandmother) and the grandkids.  Well, can you believe Anna Riley did not want to cooperate during picture time?! haha! She wanted me to hold her.   But, of course, Papa Doug said that was just fine, he thought it would be funny to have one with her crying!  I have a feeling we will not have good pictures of our family for a few more years!

Wesley and Amanda...and little Duncan (she is due in just a few weeks!!)

Burke/Hollyhand Family
Thanksgiving 2011

Brian (Riley's Brother), Leigh, Brilyn & Ainslee

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My little Roll Tide babies

This was actually a couple of weekends ago but I have been slow with the blogging this week! 

Anna Riley and Maggie all dressed i their uniforms...Bama and Georgia

Best Friends!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I have so many things to be thakful for but I am especially thankful for these two precious girls!!  God has really blessed our family with beautiful, healthy children and I can't thank him enough! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Disney on Ice

We took Anna Riley to see Disney on Ice on Sunday afternoon.  I have been waiting for this day for a while because I always loved going to Disney on Ice when I was little!!  I wasn't for sure how long it would entertain Anna Riley but she did better than I thought.  There were parts that she got bored in such as the segment with Lilo and Stitch since she has never seen that movie. After the $24 light up toy and $10 cotton candy, she was content for the mean time! Haha....they really make the money on that stuff!!  I can't imagine how it will be when both of the girls are going and asking for all that stuff!  She didl ove seeing Mickey and Minnie and really liked the Little Mermaid and Peter Pan.  We stayed for most of it, but we could tell she was getting tired so we left a little early. 

The cotton candy did come with this little flower that Anna Riley used as hat.

Playing with her toy before bed.

Watching airplanes

Last Saturday morning, we took Anna Riley to watch all the airplanes coming in for the LSU game.  Our airport is very small but wow there were a lot of airplanes that day!  Anna Riley and Fischer had the best time watching the planes fly in and land!  Fischer is also slightly obsessed with airplanes! 

Anna Riley kept saying, "Hear it, hear it...airpwane!"

They even got to sit in the Tuscaloosa Police helicopter! Anna Riley loved this since she loves playing and pretending to drive our cars!!

Bama v. LSU

Last weekend, Mom and Dad came and kept the girls so Riley and I could go the the Bama v. LSU game. This was supposed to be the biggest game of the decade since it was SEC's #1 and #2 playing. This was the one game we got to go to this season. Unfortunately, it wasn't the best game resulting in a loss for us! Even though it ended bad, we still had such a great time tailgaiting and seeing friends and going to the game together.

Friday, November 11, 2011

1 month old

On Sunday, November 6, Ava Kate turned a month old!  Where did this month go???  We are SO in love with her, she brings so much joy to our lives!
-I am not for sure how much she weighs but I am thinking over 9 lbs.

 -She has outgrown all her newborn clothes and is in 0-3 months. She wears a size 1 diaper.

-She definitely loves to eat!  This week, she started eating around 6 oz.  Now that she is eating that many ounces, she goes about 4 hours during the day and sometimes 5-6 hours at night.  I usually feed her before bed (if its not time for a feeding, I try to just give her a little anyway so she has a full belly) and then she usually eats sometime around 3am and then again around 7 or 7:30.

-She is a really good baby so far.  She is usually content for the most part.  She does have days where she wants to be held more. 

-She is still sleeping a good bit.  But her awake times are lasting a little bit longer.  She is awake for the longest stretch of time in the mornings and now she is starting to be awake more at night before bed.

-She is such a snuggle bug!  I could just snuggle with her all day. 

- She really loves to lay on your chest and her bottom to be patted!

-She prefers to sleep on her side rather than her back.  I am sure she she is able to roll over, she will be a stomach sleeper too! 

-She rarely cries but she grunts a lot! 

-She still has dark brown hair, blue eyes and a dark complection.  She has long fingers and the skinniest long legs!  She has pretty plump lips.

-She likes her pacie but I have noticed her thumb in her mouth a few times.  I just take it out and put the pacie in! 

-She really loves her bath time but she hates to be cold!!  So she is usually not a happy baby when she gets out of the tub.

She is such a great baby!  We love her so much! 

This is Anna Riley's one month picture (on the right) and Ava Kate's (on the left).
I think they look a lot alike but they each have their own special characteristics too!