Big announcement!

Sorry if I got some of you excited thinking this would truly be an exciting  announcement but I had to get your attention somehow right?

I have a new blog-so you followers out there make sure to go to the following link and follow me there instead now!

I just posted Libby’s first birthday check it out!

http://lana.thekates.us/

you should also go follow the hubs at:

http://justin.thekates.us

Where does time go?

Ok so I definitely fell off the blogging band-wagon…and honestly I keep thinking, “I should go blog!” and then…I just don’t feel like it! I will say part of that is because since school let out in May we have had stuff going on non-stop(all super fun things!) but even though it was all good and fun things I am happy to say that we don’t have anything coming up and since Libby is deciding to take an extra long nap today (thank you Jesus!) I will do a quick catch up post. I mean…blogging is way more important than actually getting  ALL the laundry and cleaning done, right???

SO the last post was Fathers day…wow. Since then we missed posts on Libby’s 11 month pictures, July 4th, our vacation and her birthday! Ahhhhhh. I will do my best not to bore you with pictures but part of the reason I blog is so that I won’t forget things!

At 11 months Libby did not want anything to do with taking a picture for me…she was mostly just rebelling (ok she is a curious 11 month old) again wearing the sticker…so it went to her back after she had crinkled it all up. Good thing she’s cute!

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The major events that happened during this month were…..

*Gaining FOUR new teeth on the top

*Discovering she could climb right on out of the crib on her own. Oh yes she did…and I had a heart attack.

*Took her first cute wobbly steps

*went to all solids-no more puree foods for this girl!

Next up was actually my birthday…and sadly I don’t have any pictures from this but that’s ok. It was a super fun weekend filled with lots of family time since my parents came down for it 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love it when they are here!

After that was July 4th! We went to stay with Justin’s parents the night before and spent all July 4th hanging out with them. We had a great time chatting, eating and swimming. That night some more family and friends came over for my birthday celebration/celebration of freedom. Super fun!

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That night  our cul-de-sac was having a July 4th get together and it was AWESOME! The boys all acted like little kids with fireworks and put on a great show for us. Libby-who I thought would freak out at the fireworks-actually LOVED them.

IMG_5663 IMG_5666Walking home to go to bed….I don’t know how she slept through the rest of the fireworks but she did! Hard little sleeper.

After July 4th our little family of 3 took a road trip to my families cabin in Cuchara, Colorado. (don’t worry we broke it up in 2 days!) Because this is already a VERY long post I won’t go into a lot of detail so here is a quick recap…

We finally arrive (big accomplishment with an 11 month old)-yay us! We hiked. Justin golfed. We hiked some more. Saw Gods amazing creation. Went to the Zoo.  Saw a bear. Drove…a lot. Worth it? YES!

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That’s all for today! Hopefully sooner rather than later I will get Libby’s birthday post up. I still can’t believe she is one!!! If you made it to the end of this without falling asleep I applaud you 🙂

Father’s Day 2013

Disclaimer: Long post ahead

Libby went all out for her daddy on his first Father’s Day…I mean what 10 month old doesn’t already plan these celebrations? ha!

The week prior she had gone to a few stores with me to help pick out some new tools at Lowes and a few things at Hobby Lobby needed to make a project for him…and she is so sweet and even helped me wrap his presents! (literally…couldn’t get her away from the wrapping paper…or tape…)

I wanted so badly for him to have a special first Father’s Day and to have a fun day. She slept in all the way to 6:30am so that she could help make some of his favorites for breakfast-blueberry muffins, burned bacon and A LOT of orange juice. After we had some breakfast, he opened his cards and gifts then it was off to church!

There is a driving range in our neighborhood that also has a grill that just opened up so we thought we would give it a try! We had a lot of fun-the burgers were AWESOME and it was super relaxed…Libby was able to be all over the place in the grass while Justin hit some golf balls and while I attempted to at least get one good shot in! Most pictures from that we are all super sweaty-especially Libs-poor thing is just a little hot body and has been since she was born.

After that we came home and watched some US open while napping.

Then we went to the backyard for some bubbles fun with Pepper. I originally bought the bubbles for Libby…but Pepper likes them even more than she does. It’s crazy! She runs around chasing and jumping for them….whatever works!

It was a fun day and hopefully a special one for Libby’s daddy. Watching him be a dad to her is seriously one of the biggest blessings…I could watch them for hours together.

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To end the post-I have to give a shout out to my sweet Daddy and also Justin’s dad. They are both men of God that we respect and love so much. The best part though is they love our sweet Libby fiercely, and because of that we feel loved. We love y’all!!

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