Monday, May 19, 2008


Lilly now has her first cousin. We drove to Abilene this last weekend to meet the newest member of our family, Christopher Wade Purcell (they're going to call him Wade). Beth and Ty adopted him and brought him home on Saturday...He was born on Wednesday...They actually got to keep him in the hospital until he was released and the papers were all signed on Friday night. He's so cute! Lilly didn't pay too much attention to him except when she was eyeing his pacifier and when he was crying...then she kept looking around kind of worried-like. But they did enjoy a nice nap together as you can see in the picture.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Long time, no blog

I know, I's been a long time since I've posted. But I'll make it up today with a lot of pictures.

Lilly and her Easter basket upon waking up...

Beth did a little photo shoot on Easter Sunday in the kitchen...I think she's so beautiful!

The Easter Egg "Hunt"

My mom did a 2 piano recital last night with a multi-country theme. The other pianist bought Lilly this dress because she thought we'd be in town for we took pictures instead.

Helping Daddy with Homework

(I think they're doing more playing than working...)

These are a few of my favorite things....

Lilly is discovering her lips this week...she especially likes to hide her bottom lip with the top lip.

Lilly loves her new high chair from Ikea...she spreads her baby food around with her hand and sometime even licks it off the tray...yummy!

She really would rather eat that money instead of putting it in her piggy bank!

Doing a little late night practicing...

This is Lilly's new favorite place to be...we got this from my school shower back in September.

I'm not always happy...

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday Six

I saw several other bloggers do a "Friday Five" but I think Saturday will work just as well!

Saturday Six: Favorite Things for New Parents

6. Night Nurse
- Oh wait, we don't have one!

5. Platex Drop-In's Bottles
- So easy to clean!

4. Sound Machine/Hair Dryer
- This was recommended by the doctor on the DVD listed on number 1. The hair dryer actually works best, but I already blew out one hair dryer. With the sound machine, we put in on the "white noise" setting and alseep she goes!

3. The swing
- When Lilly is fighting her sleep, the swing is usually the way to go. BUT--we don't recommend getting a swing (like ours) that is only run on batteries. It's getting expensive!

2. "Swaddle Designs" Swaddle Blanket
- If Lilly is not swaddled, she will wake her self up by hitting herself in the face with her arms or even just moving her arms...she startles herself. Hooray for swaddle blankets!

- After watching the DVD listed below, we searched and searched for the perfect swaddle blanket...most were too small. Then I found this one. Pretty expensive for one blanket, but worth EVERY penny! Lilly did outgrow this one it doesn't go all the way around her. We have found the perfect replacement:

- These blankets are also nice because they're cooler than the Swaddle designs blankets. We love both of them though!

1. "Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD
- Lilly would not sleep in her crib, the bassinet, or anywhere...basically just laying on top of one of us. Then my sister recommended this DVD...immediate results! There is a book also, but I've heard that the DVD is sufficient.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Adventures with Lilly

A Trip to Cindy's (Kay-Kay and Aunt Beth got their hair done...)

I wanna get my hair done too!!!

Hangin' at Grandma Culwell's

You talkin' to me?

Home at last!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Christmas in New York

We've been in New York almost 2 weeks now....This is Lilly's first trip out of state, first plane ride, first Christmas, first New Year's, and even more important...the first time to meet her new family (expect for Grandma Sprague who came to see her in Texas)! I've become an obsessive parent when it comes to the's a few for your viewing pleasure!

My first airplane ride...I slept the entire two flights and got compliments from all the other passengers!

Me and Uncle Glenn

Aren't we cute?

Me and Grandpa Norm

My Uncle Dylan

Aunt Michelle and Uncle Doug

I love playing with Uncle Glenn and Uncle Dylan

My Great-Uncle Jim comforts me on Christmas Eve

Me and Daddy on Christmas morning

I love my new lion from Santa!

My uncles love me! (Dylan, Doug, and Glenn)

Mommy, Daddy, and I on Christmas morning

I'm ready for Round 2!

I have the biggest pile of presents...must be 'cause I'm the cutest!

I got a pink camo hat

My Papa and Nana Ciardi got me this fishing hat!

Opening all these presents is exhausting!!!

Maybe I should wake up and check out these presents...

Great-Grandpa Sonny and Great-Grandma Shirley

Papa and Nana Ciardi

Cuddling with Great-Grandpa Sonny

I love my Papa Ciardi

Visiting Papa at work

I love my new teddy bear from Great-Grandma and Grandpa Sprague!

My Grandma with her Mommy and Daddy!

Look at the beautiful blanket my Great-Grandma Sprague made for me!

My aunt Wendy snuck over for a quick cuddle!

Bath time with my cousin Sam and Aunt Tasha

Cousin Sam takes good care of me!

Hangin' out in my new robe!

I love to smile at my cousin Tony!