Growing Fast

Have you ever noticed how time moves faster and faster the older you get? I remember as a kid, Christmas took SO long to come. Thanksgiving to Christmas felt like ten years. Sawyer is 9 months on Friday, and I feel like we’ve only had him for a week, and yet I can’t remember life without him. Although I do remember many nights of staying out late, and using the bathroom without a little boy at my feet.

But I digress- I cannot believe how quickly Sawyer is growing and learning now! In the last month he has learned to crawl and pull up everywhere. In the last two weeks, he has learned how to shake his head no and does is every time he hears "no" or "don’t," is walking around the furniture, can clap his hands and does every time he hears someone say "yay" and waves hi while making a cute noise that sounds a lot like "hi." He even picked up a boy doll yesterday and held it up and said "dad dad dad." Does that count as a first word? No matter what, it was precious! I’ve been so busy watching him grow and playing with him lately that I haven’t taken many real pictures, but lots of video, so here are some still frames from the video camera.

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We have been loving this warm weather, and enjoying watching the rain from our porch. We can’t wait for Spring to come! I can’t help but already start planning the rest of his first everything and yet I don’t want him to be enough to have first birthdays or anything like that. I want my Sawyer boy to stay small forever!

Our Week

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1. Somebody has learned how to crawl and is quickly getting into everything!

2 & 3. Lunch with the beautiful ladies of Winsome Jones

4. His favorite Christmas present from Santa.

5. Learned to scrunch his nose. Precious.

Oh, and it was 75 degrees here last week. The second week of January. Love it!!!

Happy New Year!

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I haven’t take any pictures since Christmas!!! I am behind, or what? We’ve had so much fun since then, that I didn’t want to miss a moment- not even from behind a lens. We had Christmas Eve, Christmas, Family in town, our 2nd Anniversary, a Cousin’s wedding, New Years Eve at the Lake, Post-Christmas Shopping, and two babies born! Not to us- but one to my brother- Baby Jake, and one to two of our best friends- Baby Nolan! Holding Nolan for the first time I couldn’t believe how little he was and how light he felt! Either Sawyer weighed tons more (he didn’t), or my muscles have just gotten huge in the last seven months (definitely the latter). Babies are just such a happy, exciting thing, what a great way to start a new year.

We loved 2012; it was a journey into a totally new world: parenthood! Looking back:

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I can’t believe the year is over, but I feel like it was a good year. You know how sometimes time sees like it flies by and you feel like you missed so much? This year I feel like I really took the time to enjoy everything and make the most of things. It’s a great feeling to have. Here’s to hoping 2013 goes just as well!

Playing Santa

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This year was Sawyer’s first Christmas, and our first year playing Santa. We LOVED it! Although, like many new families, we could have easily saved our money and just bought Sawyer wrapping paper and boxes instead of presents. He had quite the good time ripping things open and dumping them out of the boxes then playing with the paper. Luckily, he still hasn’t begun sticking everything in his mouth. He got very, very spoiled and we are so grateful for all of the clothes and toys and fun things we all got! I think his favorite present is a Little Tykes Swing. We hung it in our play room since it is so cold and we spent almost all day on Wednesday out there playing.

We had the most wonderful week filled with lots and lots of family, and lots and lots of food. Today we got to go to the Temple, my first time since having Sawyer and it was amazing. I love the peace and happiness that is felt when you enter the Temple. Prior to going on bed rest while pregnant, we went all the time, and I know having a baby changes everything, but that is one thing I hope to be able to do more often. Yes, getting a baby sitter is hard, but we’ll make it work!

Tomorrow, we have a wedding reception for these two:MainStreet (24)MainStreet (114)Wedding (273)Wedding (291)

I photographed their wedding back in November and tomorrow we’re gonna celebrate Georgia style!

The Lake in Wintertime

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My family has been going to the lake ever since I was a baby, and in the summer we practically live there. My parents have property there and in the winters we like to go and let the kids play in the lake bed and then we four wheel and eat and play all day. The kids love playing in the lake bed; I think their favorite part is searching for "treasure" (i.e.- all the things that fell off peoples boats and docks that year). I love how children find the beauty in everything they see.

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Sawyer’s favorite part is riding the four wheelers. Here he is just playing on it for fun; when we go out, I put him in the Baby Bjorn facing me and he loves it.

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At the end of the day we went tromping through the woods looking for a Christmas Tree. Usually we get one from a Christmas Tree farm, but this year decided it would be fun to go find one in the woods since we see them in the woods so often. It was a little harder than I thought it be, and the tree does look pretty funny now that it’s in our living room, but we love it. I’ll post pictures of it soon!