/> SLO in Arkansas: January 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Since today is Thursday and Ty goes to Mother's Day out on Thursday's, that is where he should be. But we had a rough night (he screamed for 3 hours straight from 1-4am) and we woke up to a combination of snow, sleet, and rain, so we decided to play hookey and stay home in our pj's today. These pictures are not from today, but I loved them and have been needing to get them up. I especially love the one with all the drool:)

This one is from our play date with Michelle and her little boy, Bryson. They are always so cute together and have a good time. Bryson is 3 months older than Ty, so he can do a little more playing though! I am looking forward to when they can both crawl, walk and talk...it should make for some fun times! Ty is jealous of all the hair Bryson has too!
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Sunday, January 27, 2008


Ty has been doing such a good job eating lately, and really seems to enjoy almost all food. He has loved everything we have given him, except the green peas. I have tried them on several different occasions and he will eat a few bites and then start spitting them back out. It is just really funny, since he can't seem to get enough of everything else! He had a saltine cracker crushed up for the first time last night after supper, and he had a great time trying to pick up the pieces and get them in his mouth. It kept him entertained long enough for Silas and I to actually sit down at the table and eat our own meal!!! The gigantic mess he made was so worth it though!!!
He went for his 6 month check-up on Friday and got a great report. He continues to grow well both physically and developmentally. He is up to 17 pounds and 26.5 inches tall. He has gone down to the 50th percentile in weight, but the doctor said it was just because he moves all the time and is burning more calories! He is going to have to eat like a horse to keep his weight up once he starts crawling and walking, since he can move so much when he isn't even mobile! He handled his shots well as usual and only had one fussy night. Thank goodness we get a break and he won't have to get more shots until he is a year old:) I know we will both enjoy that.
Well, that is about all for now. Hope you enjoy his messy faces as he was loving his green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes and squash!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008


We were asked yesterday at our MOPS group meeting what two of our goals were for this coming year. I used to be a faithful maker of New Year's resolutions most of my life, but have recently quit making them in the last few years. I realized I never kept them, so why bother. I got a little panicky as my turn was quickly approaching, but was able to come up with something at the last second. So now my mind has been processing what my real goals are for this year, and how to make them so that I actually might keep some of them.
I think where I keep failing is in making the typical resolutions, like losing weight, being a better person, etc. They are great goals, but very vague and therefore easy to ignore!! I have spent some time thinking about this year and all that it holds, and what I really would like to accomplish in several areas of my life. I am not going to post my list, but I just wanted to share an interesting insight that I reached while working through this process. I realized that most of my goals share a common denominator in making them work......self-control/discipline. Many of the things we would like to do to make ourselves better require this, yet few actually have a good grasp on it. So my overall goal for this year is to have more discipline in my life so that I may make actual progress towards what I would like to acheive. I need more discipline when it comes to prioritizing my time, so that I do the things that actually matter. I am also working on being more of a "Mary" than a "Martha," which is going to be very hard for me. I can always get the mundane tasks done, but taking the time for what really matters like cultivating relationships, giving to others, etc does not always take precedence in my schedule. Im sure some of you are smarter than me and have already figured this out, but it was a new thought to me this year and I just wanted to share it.

Monday, January 21, 2008


We are victorious! Tyson was 6 months old yesterday and we have all survived thus far!!! I'm feeling pretty good about that. A lot has happened in just 6 short months, and life is definitely different!! We have had a good time though, and I'm ready for the next 6:) I just wanted to take a minute to celebrate my victory of breastfeeding for 6 months too. This may seem like no big deal to some of you champion breast feeders out there, but it has been a battle in this house for sure. Little man has had trouble from the day he was born (he didn't suck right or something) and we have faced many obstacles on this nutritional journey to say the least! I originally wanted to breastfeed for a year, but quickly changed my mind to "one day at a time!" So reaching the 6 month point is a HUGE success for me and I am just really excited about it. We are still operating under the one day at a time idea, so we will see how long it lasts. Ty is such a good eater of baby food, and for that I am also thankful. He is also taking his bottle like a champ so going to Mother's Day Out has been no problem in that department either. Who knew there could be so many issues involved with feeding your kiddo?!?!? Anyway, he is doing great and we are happy. We have all just survived our first family illness too, and are feeling much better in that regards. Ty finishes up his antibiotics today for his ear infection and is still working on getting rid of the runny nose, congestion and cough. He is happy though, so I guess he feels OK.
Here are some things about Ty at 6 months.
1) He can almost sit up by himself....he does a great job, but those who know him know the kid rocks and moves like crazy all the time and he always ends up rocking and falling over backwards!!
2) He continues to love to stand and would rather stand or jump than sit any day
3) He eats green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and applesauce, as well as his oatmeal cereal. The only food he has tried and hated were the green peas
4) He is very vocal and likes to "talk" a lot
5) He is working on crawling, but gets very frustrated on his belly. He can get up on his arms and kicks his legs, but has not quite got the hang of working all his limbs together to get him moving. I have learned though....just because he cannot crawl does not mean he cannot move places!!
6) He takes a bath in the big tub and loves it. Since he can't sit on his own, he just lays down on his back and enjoys splashing and eating his bath toys.
7) His favorite song is "Take me out to the ball game"
8) He loves watching football on TV, as well as Veggie Tales
9) He is a hard core flirt with the girls at church
10) He still has no teeth
That is a pretty good summary of where we are right now. He goes to the doctor for his 6 month shots on Friday this week, so I will know how much he weighs, etc. I can't believe how much he has changed over these few months, and know that the next 6 will bring even more major milestones. I am looking forward to sharing them with you:)
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Here we go.....

Well, most of you probably have heard by now that we are finally moving to Jonesboro. This is something that has been coming for a very long time, and I have been dragging my feet long enough. My sweet husband has been driving 3 hours round trip a day to work for over three years now, and we just can't do that anymore. There are so many reasons why this is going to be a wonderful thing, and then so many reasons why I am so sad I don't even want to think about it. I guess it's one of those events in life that you call bittersweet. Our little family has been living in two different towns for too long though, and now that Tyson is here, we really need to be together in one place. I think the thing that comforts me the most about leaving Searcy is that J-town is not that far away and so I will be able to visit often and not have to "move off" and leave everything that has been so dear to me. I just want to thank Silas for waiting patiently for his stubborn wife to quit being selfish and decide to move willingly. This has been a very hard decision (for me) and one that will make a huge impact on our family. I have moved around a lot growing up and so moving is not new to me, but it is something I both dread and crave. I love new adventures, not knowing what the future holds, and the excitement of something different, but more than that, and those that know me well know, that I am a creature of habit and structure and routine, and I find security and comfort and safety in that. And because I have moved so much, I have always wanted to find a place to "settle down" and grow some roots. So choosing to leave a place where I feel truly happy and comfortable is more than hard for me. So this is one of those moments in my life where you have to have a faith bigger than your comfort zone, and you have to put your life in God's hands and know without a shadow of a doubt that He will bless this decision because it is what is best. Just because it is good doesn't mean it will be easy though. Am I scared....yes, am I sad....very, do I know it's going to be OK...of course! I don't know what the future holds, but I definitely know who holds the future, so I will put my comfort and faith and security in knowing that God will take care of us and go from there. I would really appreciate prayers though, to keep the shadows of doubt and fear far away from me, since that is where I am most vulnerable.
We met with the builder last night and put down a deposit on the house, so there is no turning back now!!! I am very excited about building though, and looking forward to getting to choose things for the new house. The plans should be in by the first of next week and then they can break ground as long as the weather cooperates. So while you are already praying for me, lets add on the additional requests of not losing my sanity trying to build a house in another town, and coping with the stress of having to get this one cleaned and sold soon, and then packed and moving with a little one. That should just about cover it for now!! I really am excited and now that the ball is rolling, I'm just going to try to enjoy the ride:)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Visiting the Whites

Just thought I would post a picture of Ty with his "uncle" Justin and "aunt" Nikki. This may be the first time Justin has ever held a baby!!! Ty seems to like him though! Ty absolutely loves Nikki and they had a good time playing together. It was really good to get to visit with Justin and Nikki over Christmas break and see their new house. We are so excited for them and are waiting for Tyson to have a little White "cousin" to play with in the future:) I guess for now we will let them enjoy being newly weds.
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Monday, January 14, 2008

Celebrating Silas

Today my wonderful husband turns 28 years old. And what did he do for his birthday?? First of all, he took off work today to stay home with me since I have a fever and can't be around the baby too much. Then he took the baby to the doctor when we woke up because I was too sick to go, he filled all the prescriptions, brought me back tons of Gatorade, cleaned the house, and did whatever else needed doing. And he did all of this with a smile. So for a minute I would just like to thank him for being the sweet guy that he always is, no matter what the circumstances. Silas makes my life so much easier, just by being around. I know I am biased, but I am pretty sure he is the greatest husband there is, not to mention father:) Tyson and I are so blessed to have him in our lives. I would write more great things about him, but my medicine is kicking in and my brain may not function much longer!!
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Years

Saturday, January 05, 2008

More Christmas Pictures

Here are some more pictures from our trip to Texas. The first one is of Ty with his cousin Tristen
Ty with cousin Hayden
Our family
Ty with his Aunt Stephanie. She is expecting a baby in June, so that will be Ty's cousin closest in age on the Orbison side!!! We are so excited!
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Tyson's First Christmas

I know I am a little late getting some of our christmas pictures up, but better late than never!! We spent Friday through Monday in Texas with the Orbison clan, and then did Christmas morning at our own house here in Searcy. Ty was so fun to watch, even though he wasn't quite sure what was going on!!! Silas helped him open his stocking, and we both helped him with the presents. I found this cute little Adidas visor while we were in Texas...its a little big, but should fit him well this summer:)
Here is the best picture I got of Ty with all of his cousins.
Posing with Mimi and Pap-pa, and cousins Tristen and Hayden
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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Random Cuteness

Some of these pictures may be a few weeks old, but I just haven't had time to post them yet. So here are some random pictures of Tyson being cute:)

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