Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dear Aniston: A Birthday Letter

Dear Aniston,
Happy birthday, sweet girl!  I simply cannot believe that you are one year old today!  It seems like just yesterday we were in the parking deck at the hospital calling everyone to tell them that you would be arriving soon.  The first year of your life has passed so quickly.  Time flies when you're having fun!  And, oh, we have had so much fun this year! 

This has been the best year of our lives, without a doubt.  You came into this world and changed everything for us. You made our little family complete.  You've taught us so much about life and love this year.  Sometimes when I look at you, I just want to cry over how much I love you.  You've filled our lives with so much joy!  We are so blessed to be your parents, and we thank God every day for allowing us this precious opportunity. 

Watching you grow and change over the last year has been amazing.  As I watched you play outside last night, I thought about how much you looked like a little girl...not a baby.  While that makes me a little sad, I can't help but think about the future.  Every day with you is an adventure, and I can't wait to experience so many things with you.  Life is so good, Aniston, and we are so blessed!

I love you so very much!


Friday, March 23, 2012

A Year in Pictures

First day at home.  Look how huge those newborn clothes were on her!

One Month

Two Months

Three Months.  First time at the beach!
Four Months
Five Months
Six Months

Seven Months

Eight Months.  First Thanksgiving.

Nine Months.  First Christmas.

Ten Months.  Boxes are much more fun than toys.

Eleven Months.  Such a big girl!

Twelve Months

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Our Weekend

Aniston is growing up way too fast.  Sometimes I miss the baby stage, but I love how much fun we're having right now.  This weekend has been wonderful. 

Yesterday we spent the morning playing.  Around lunchtime, Aniston went to Mamaw Sandy and Papaw Barry's while Bradley and I went shopping.  It's funny how we never shop for ourselves anymore.  :)  Even though she wasn't with us, she still managed to get more things than either of us.  We also picked up a few more things for her birthday party.  I can't believe it's only two weeks away!  After we got home, Bradley left for a gig and Aniston, my mom, and I went to Angela's to drop off tulle.  (Angela is really crafty and offered to make the tutu and cake for Aniston's cake smash pictures. :))  Aniston and Abigail were able to play for a little while.  They are so cute!

Time changed today, and I'm so excited!  I LOVE having extra daylight!  After staying up a little later than normal last night, having a mini playdate with Abigail, and the time change, Aniston slept until after ten this morning!  AMAZING!  I haven't slept late in months, and it was so nice!  We missed church, though, which was disappointing--I didn't set an alarm because Aniston works as my alarm every Sunday morning. 

This afternoon we went to a birthday party.  It was at a local park (the same park we'll host Aniston's first birthday party at in two weeks) and we had a great time!  Aniston loved watching the other kids play, and she had fun going down the slide (with Bradley's help).  After Aniston took a nap, Bradley ran some errands while Aniston and I played outside. 

Weekends like this--nice weather and long days--make me excited for summer.  :)