Monday, December 2, 2013

October Happenings

 The kids had school pictures in October.  How adorable are they?  You might think, "Ashley, you are amazing in your color coordinating and planning for such events as picture day."  I hate to disappoint but no, I forgot it was picture day until that morning.  The Bowtie was an obvious choice for Mr Levi but what about Miss Gracie?  I found this dress in a box of hand me downs and gave her the choice between this and a pink dress.  She was the one with a vision of sibling cuteness.
 Then we made our first trip as just a family of 4.  We had an amazing time!  We stayed in a cabin in Helen/Cleveland, GA.  This was our first and only HomeExchange swap and what a fun way to travel!  THis cabin had an amazing view that drew us to the porch for hours at a time.  We enjoyed Oktoberfest in Helen, Babyland in Cleveland where Gracie adopted a new Cabbage Patch baby, wineries and mills.  There was so much to do!  We even spent the day at a private zoo near the cabin.

And then there was the time that I tried to pan fry a fish and pan fried my face, chest and hand instead...

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Sweet Levi has started to get a little irritated with us when we eat in front of him.  Last week when Blake brought the kids by after school (Gracie's daily request) the 3 of us with teeth had ice cream cones.  Levi was fussy and reaching for the cone so Blake gave him a taste.  Levi had never tried anything as good as that.  Yummy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August 2013

A lot has happened in August 2013.  We have started Gracie's last and Levi's first year at Noah's Ark, Levi turned 6 months and has started doing lots of new things, Gracie is learning how to write, I am redecorating the house, and Blake is learning to be the "keeper of the keys and grounds" and the Gill home.  We have embarked on a fun new journey this year that is both exciting and scary.  More on that later.  Check our month end review:

Levi had his 6 month photos done.  He is sitting up, eating, and trying to crawl.  Levi is alway moving- active, active.  He will be thrilled when he starts to crawl.  i will be a nervous wreck.

First day of school together!  Gracie really loves being in the 4 year old class.  She is doing exceptionally well and looks forward to going to school.  last night she told me that her least favorite part of the day is nap time. "But if I nap I will have energy"

We had a big Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A the Saturday before the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.  Gracie loved the cheerleaders and even stood beside them and started to dance during their routine.  Levi just wanted to eat the pom poms and Big Al's hand.

Levi is learning to be gentle.  He adores the dogs.  I will find ChaCha nestled up next to him like this.  

Welcome September!  May you bring cooler temperatures, less colds, teeth for Levi, and potty pooping for Gracie!

Friday, June 21, 2013

4 month check up

Levi had his 4 month check up! The little squirt did good. 
25.5 inches long. 50th percentile
16lb4oz. 75th percentile
17 inch head

They were happy with how healthy he is and how nice his incision looks. He got 3 shots and has suffered more from that than he did surgery! Poor kid has had a fever for 24 hours and is not as happy as usual. We are getting extra snuggles :) 


Levi did great with his surgery. Such a tough little fella. Here are pictures from the day:

He came back from recovery with a big smile. He was so sweet all day and has not been the least fussy since the surgery. I am in awe of this blessing. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gymnastics 2013

At school, Gracie is taking gymnastics through Tumbling Tides.  She had an end of the year program on Wednesday and she was remarkable!  It was a vast difference between this year and last.  Gracie was confident in what she could do and amazed me with her courage.  Last year she was afraid to do a front roll, but this year, she even flipped over the high bar!  Great job sweetie!