We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Dallas is at an age where she is really starting to be able to interact with her cousins and it is so fun to watch! I can tell that she is going to worship the ground Emerson & Nicole walk on and Kyle and I are trying to figure out a way to get Matthew to move to Dallas and be her "Manny" (man nanny), she is totally in love with him. Not surprising she was a little too excited to help Grayson eat his puffs.
Matthew, Gary, Kelly & Christian
Emerson & Dallas loving on each other...
Aunt Kay, Nicole, Mom & Nonnie
Dallas eating Grayson's Food (what can I say, the girl likes to eat)
Thanksgiving coming up has me thinking of how many things I have to be thankful for. When I think about all of my many blessings I am truly overwhelmed.
I am thankful for everything little thing about this girl. Her laugh, her smile, her gap between the two front teeth coming in, her rowdy personality, her kisses, her hugs, her love for green beans and the shockingly fast rate she eats them, her chubby thighs and chubby cheeks, the way she screams if you try to take her out of her daddy's arms.
I am thankful that my new little girl is growing strong in my belly and being very active to let us know that she is happy.
I am thankful for my husband and the happiness he brings to my life.
Two Sunday's ago we celebrated Dallas' First Birthday. She is one very loved little girl with over 65 family members and friends coming out to celebrate her big day. It was a Cowgirl themed party and of course this meant we had to rent a pink pony. Over the top? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Thank you to everyone who came out to share in the big celebration.
Dallas loves to...Be held by anyone, especially strangers. The other day I had to pry her out of the hands of a lady at the grocery store, this is a regular occurrence. Give open mouth kisses, hopefully this isn't a look into her teen years ;). Run and hide from you and then jump out to "scare" you. Eat mashed potatoes, green peas, carrots and lemons! Climb on anything she can, even if it means a few bumps and bruises. Eat acorns. Seriously she is obsessed. Sesame Street and Cops (thanks to daddy). Play hard and love hard. Lay on Cooter's dog bed with him and pat his back. Say “WASsssTha” in a whisper. ride on Daddy’s shoulders. Put valuable things in the trash and then take it out and then put it back in. chew on her food and then try to feed it to you (she loves to share).Always have her tongue out (something she has done since 2 minutes after her birth… See 0:26 in video below). BE tickled and tickle you back. Play with daddy and cuddle with mommy. "Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would give my life for you. This is the miracle of life. ~ Maureen Hawkins"
To Our Dearest Dallas,
A year ago today the Lord made us mommy and daddy. It is a gift greater than we could have ever imagined or dreamed and are deserving of. You have changed our lives and we will never be the same. You make us strive to be a better people so that you are as proud of us as we are of you. Our love for you knows no bounds. We love when you wake us up with wet slobbery kisses, say momma and dadda, put your head on our shoulder, "chase" us, give us your big open mouthed smile, when you are just being you. Thank you for letting us share in your sweet, special and funny life.
With all the love in the world,
Mommy & Daddy