Sunday, January 30, 2011


Sorry for the amatuer film footage, but wanted to share!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I exist.

I was very sad that last week when I realized I had no pictures of me and my itty bitty on her first birthday. I was too busy taking everyone else's pictures as well as nursing Brett and Ms. Itty Bitty back to health. I would have never ever thought that this would bother me, but a few days after as I was going through the pictures of the blessed event and I didn't see a single picture of me and my baby.....until yesterday.

Thankfully I had friends that were thoughtful enough, snapped a couple pics, and shared it on Facebook. I can't thank you enough Amy for really made my day! One day when Alexis looks back at her pictures I want her to be able to see me there and present too. I know sounds crazy, but maybe we'll be able to share a good laugh at how crazy I looked, or what was I thinking wearing that outfit or even wearing my hair like that? (I really hope deep down that it's Brett's new years resolution to take the camera from my hand, and snap pictures of me and the girls....just a suttle hint....)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Down on the farm.

Guest of HONOR!

In no particular order, here are some pictures of last weekends Birthday party at Marley Farms...

MInus the illness it was a great first Birthday party. I loved having it at the farm and the Kids had a ball there too. Who else can say they celebrated their 1st Birthday with her Mommy, Daddy, Sissy, Memaw, Pepaw, Friends, and a Zebra/Mule.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let her eat CAKE!

Alexis attacking her first birthday cake....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Battling the bugs...

For the past week we've been dealing with one nasty viral bug that started with Sheasus and she graciously shared with the rest of us.

As you can see I think Brooklyn took it the hardest. Poor girl was out of commission all day yesterday. Since she turns about 2.5 months Brooklyn has routinely always slept in her bed. Brett and I never budged on that even when she went through her hissy fit stage of transitioning her to her big girl bed. Last night she was soo sick that we caved and with huge open arms let her sleep with us. Didn't help that I wasn't feeling the best either. Brett and Alexis seem to be on the tail end. PLEASE nasty sicky bugs...go away.

Alexis turns 1!

On Sunday our baby girl turned one. Just by a quick glance you would never ever guess that she's one. She's still itty bitty and during her one year check up she measured in at 16 # 9 oz. All is healthy and given the petite frame of her Mommy and her not so Big and Tall Daddy we aren't too concerned. Alexis rang in her first birthday, battling fever cough and runny nose. That didn't stop us from celebrating with the animals! We invited our family, friends, and the local farm animals totake part in her birthday festivities. Alexis was indeed the trooper and partied like an animal! It's hard to imagine life without Alexis even though she joined our family barely a year ago. This year has brought us many many cherished memories.

In the past year our baby girl...

-Traveled to California, North Dakota, Minnesota, and, Chicago (x2)
-Taken 3 round trip plane trips.
-Has taken the "mellow" approach to life and has proven to be the most laid back of our family.
-has very straight dark brown/not quite black hair
-generally wears 6-9 month clothing. Size 2 shoes.
-in a size 3 diaper
-Babbles a ton while throwing in Mama, Dada, and uh oh in the mix.
-Can sign "more" "milk" and occasionally "all done"
-Will clap with excitment when the moment is right
-will give you a high five, but only use one finger.
-Known for her beautiful big brown eyes.
-Has 6 teeth and is proud to show you.
-Loves to stick her tongue out when she's deep in concentration...or any other time.
-She's managed to take 2-3 steps at a time, but would much rather crawl to you and then raise her arms up and plead with you to pick her up using her big brown, give me anything I want, eyes
-Seems to have a fascination with anything Sesame Street and Elmo.
-Sleeps with a monkey binkie, but her must have bedtime item is her White bear with pink heart....I've names Bubba. She's nearly cucked the tag of it.
-Only uses her binkie during sleep time.
-Love her Big sister and tries desperately to keep up with her.
-Has been renamed "Sheasus" and I'd do an official name change if it weren't for Daddy's very permanent tattoo across his side saying "Alexis"
-Has very little complaints and I can truly honestly say she is the most easy going baby I know.
-She's down to 2 naps a day
-Just like her sister she loves her Blueberries.
-She'll eat just about anything you put in front of her....just not when she's under the weather which we've learned the last few days,
-has eaten more then her big sister for many meals, don't doubt her petite size!
-Still trying to master the sippy cup but manages to snags big sisters all th
e time and has no problem sucking quickly before she gets caught.
-Can climb up the stairs....very quickly...if it's quiet and you are looking for her, odds are she managed to make her way upstairs.
-has figued out how to climb down the steps.
-loves to play in the kitchen cupboards, and has figured out exactly which one's child proof locks are broke.
-loves to play with the stuff in the fridge makes a mad crawling dash for it when it's open.
-Is probably the only 1 year old that can comfortably fit in her infant car seat and I can still carry around.
-If we're singing a song she'll be sure to keep singing even when the rest of us has stopped.
-Did I mention how easy going, laid back and mellow she is?!
-She can pull her self up on the toddler chairs or big sis's bed with no problem.
-loves playing in momma's jewelry armoire.
-her momma and daddy constantly stare at her and are awed at how beautiful she is.
-She has the luckiest Momma, Daddy and Big Sister EVER!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Busy Bees!!!!!!

As the girls get older we get busier and busier....

we're still here and I have meaning to do alot of blogging, but haven't gotten a free moment til right this second. And the freedom only came because the parent's are in town visiting us and keeping the girls occupied.

Thank Heaven for Grandparents. The biggest subejct at hand right now is that our lil miss Sheasus turns 1 tomorrow!!!

We are doing birthday party at a local farm (petting zoo, hay rides, and pony rides!) for the kids and can't wait to share the pictures and stories of the fabulous day. Unfortunately Miss Sheasus is battling a minor cold, but her spirits are still high and she buzzing around like the true busy bee that she is. So stay tuned for highlights of Alexis' 1st Birthday celebration as well as tidbits of the last 2 weeks in the Stephneson household!

Oh and news flash!!! Alexis finally started taking steps on her own....not officially a walker, but can say she was at least taking steps before she turned one!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ellie turns 3!

Time to PARTY!....and look who is most excited....

We went to the Pump it Up bounce house in Tempe for her birthday celebration.

Afterwards there was pizza and cake.

Brooklyn is literally drooling over Ellie's piece of cake...waiting patiently for her piece.

All better now, two Besties enjoying their cake...

Happy Birthday Miss Ellie! I can't believe it was 3 years ago that I was cuddling with you in the NICU!