Sunday, February 28, 2010

Avenlea at 8 months...I know I am behind. I am incredibly late with this a month. This week she will be 9 months old...but this way I can tell you everything she began doing in her 8 month right. Plus we have been fighting a severe head cold in all of us and our furnace decided to stop running, perfect timing. Great way to get your kids healthy. Freeze them out. Anywho...without further ado...Avenlea's 8 month pictures by Darcy Holsopple Photography.


these are the pillowcase dresses that I have been making with some flowers and headbands from Brittney's Bowtique.. You gotta love all of us trying to help make ends meet by coming up with crafty, creative ways to make some money.

then we got this awesome shot....I keep telling people she is screaming look at my chub. Cuz seriously look at those arms. Not many people can pull off those arm creases but Avenlea sports them amazingly well. She was so interested in the furry rug...we had a hard time getting a picture without having her pulling it everywhere. Then we had to have a hat....(which we also sell online)

then we got this one...absolutely love it. who knew that my house would be so coordinated to these pictures. love how her hat worked so purfectly with the outfit. on a side note...we learned last night the best way to market our hats for J. Lea Designs and that i need bussiness cards. Take your adorable children out shoppong and bowling in theur cute hats. we had four random strangers ask where i got it or if i made it. two asked for the site. Not bad.

the tutu pictures were something i was looking forward to for quite a while and i gotta say they were cute but not my favs. She was not willing to pose the way I was thinking in my head. that will teach me. Seriously what mom thinks their 8 month old is going to pose in a certain position. she is not having her senior pictures taken. Regardless I am absolutely elated about how they turned out.

Of a mom with one child that has a developmental delay...I am very aware of watching for development in Avenlea. She is doing great and for the most part we don't have any worries. However we pretty much skipped rolling over. So i decided to ask Jackson's phyiscal therapist if she could check her out for me. Completely not what is suppose to happen, but it doesn't hurt to ask right? So she watched her for a while during Jackson's therapy. She was thinking that there were a few things not in the right order and some protective reactions that she doesn't have yet, but all in all she didn't think she was delayed enough for therapy. So fast forward a day to morning nap time. I laid her down on her back and an hour later went in to get her and she was on her tummy. I was shocked but happy. Fast forward again to afternoon nap time and I had laid her on our bed do to having a big evening and not wanting the screaming to interfer with Jackson's nap or tramatize him (this is another story for another day). I was shocked when over an hour and a half went by and there was still no noise from back there. SO I decided to go check it out. she was in a new place with not much near her...but if she was rolling she could roll off (even though I know that would have caused a lot of screaming). I peaked through the door to find her propped up on her belly, happy as can be, just looking around. I was so happy. I went in with her and she rolled right over in front of me. She still won't roll over on the floor and hates her belly on the floor, but likes to sleep on her tummy and loves laying on the bed on her tummy. From what I have been told rolling on a soft service is harder, so I am no longer worried. She will get it in her time.

here is her list of likes:
loves books, watching her brother, her exersaucer, her highchair, throwing things on the floor, grabbing anything in site and she will find a way to get to things that you think are out of reach, pulled herself up in a laundry basket once Conrad and Jenna's, giggles while Jackson pushes her in the laundry basket, chews on everything and everything goes in her mouth, loves every food we have tried except Sweet potatoes. She is DEFINITELY not a fan. I have made most of my own baby food and she is still not a big fan of the baby mill stuff. She started meats this month and loves them. She has had her first ear infection and a nasty cold that has lasted about three months now. She sits up by herself and does this but scooting thing to get what she wants to get. Has started saying things like nanana, bababa, dada, I am sure the noise level will increase around her soon. I have also learned that it is so true that all kids are different. WE now understand. Nap time has been a struggle...but we are working on it. WE have a really good schedule she sleeps great at night, but 30 minutes isn't good for her or mama for a nap all day. She has also started exploring how much she can annoy Macy before she gets up and moves. she is facinated when Macy licks her and with her fur. (the fur thing could be dangerous, but Macy is great with it). Loves to cuddle, with mama, dada, or her hippo blanket. usually still like things over her face when she sleeps. Loves music, bounces to dance and will try to stand all the time.  I am sure there are more things that I can't remember right now.  But we can always add to the list when we scrap the pictures.  WE have thoroughly enjoyed Avenlea's first 8 months. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our Purdue babies.....

We have been having a blast this year watching Purdue basketball...and I was at Meijer in indy on our trip getting diapers for Jackson, cuz in a period of two hours we went through 7 diapers, but that is another story.  I don't shop at Meijer all that often because we don't have one close....but when I do I love that they have super duper sales on their kids clothes.  And this time I scored. 

I got a purdue cheerleader outfit for avenlea next fall-4.00, a purdue sweatshirt- 3.00, two t-shirts for 6.00 (that was a splurge but they are matching, and two pairs of pj's for the kids for 4.00 a piece.  So if you do the math 21.00 oh I I missed the sweatshirt for Jackson for 4.00 too.  That is 25.00 and 7 items.  that is an average cost of 3.50 .  Not bad if I do say so myself. 

Not only that but College stuff is usually a lot more expensive.  who could pass us these two adorable Purdue babies!!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

The latest of the Schrock's and the J. Lea Design Drawing...

I absolutely love that my kiddos play together well.  Jackson simply adores his sister and Avenlea just cracks up with Jackson does anything.  I tried to post a video but of course blogger has eliminated my video upload button so I don't know how to do it anymore.  that is what I get for updating...oh well.  I am sure there is a way and I just can't figure it out.  It was so funny and half way through Jackson just chuckles and looks up at the camera and says, " Abie...funny mama"  too stinkin' cute.

Last night to of my friends went out with me for my birthday...we ate a quick dinner at DQ, saw a movie and went for a Margarita at Hacienda.  I gotta tell you I had a really great night.  I was reminded of how good it is to just get out, relax and laugh.  WE even made it to the end of the evening before we talked about our that is impressive.  :)

When I got home I couldn't sleep so I started watching Private Practice on my DVR.  Yeah not what this mama needed.  I did not need to watch an episode where parents were deciding between two children which one to save.  To make a long story short..Jackson woke up during the show and I decided to go back and lay down with him...(ridicule me later) i just rubbed his head and said I love you buddy and he whispered back....half asleep...."I lub ewe mommy".  That was totally worth me laying down with him last night.  I will do it as long as he needs me too.  There will come a time way to soon, when he won't want anything to do with me.  Until then I will love on him anytime of the day.  this was a priceless moment and I would have missed it if I would chosen to walk away.
I am not sure that either of my children will ever be able to where sun glasses...I got these the other day for Avenela I thought they would be cute for the summer...but neither of them had a nose big enough...oh well.  it was cute to try them on. 

Oh well, maybe if I got some that were not quite so Jackie O...but seriously these were funny.  I should have known by the way I look in these kind that Chubby cheeked people just can' t pull them off.

Jackson has also been in to playing with his syringes of late.  He has been giving himself shots and know it has expanded to the I am not sure people Surgeon or Veterinarian?  Either way he would love it.  That is off course if Professional Baseball player doesn't pan out. 

He has just been through too much...I make fun of these events, but they do really make me sad. 

 Adrian has been gone. So you ask, how do you do it?  Well,  We invite over our close friends...

 It is wonderful to me that Jackson has two friends that care about him as much as these two.  He couldn't ask for better boys to hang with..  It is fun to watch how their very different personalities blend.  

Avenlea is here too...She is just as much of a highlight when they get together. Cole gives her hugs and kisses.   She is sitting independantly watch  out boys...there is soon going to be an invasion headed your way. 
One that will take, destroy and want to be in on everything you do. 

that is about all we have for now.  We have some good stuff coming up I am sure I will get pictures and share them too. ;)

On to the Give Away!!!
I decided to give away a boy or girl beanie choose the colors.  you tell me the size.  Please email me @ with you addresses and you choices for your hat...You all of a 25 % chance with this random generator...since there were only 4 comments.

wait for it.......

Random number was 2...ERIN..  What a great time to come check out my blog and leave a comment!!!