~this is my blog. i originally created it as a way for friends and family to follow my travels. now it's just a way to keep in touch. i'm sure it'll mostly be about baby now! enjoy!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

children's museum

in july we discovered the children's museum. it's actually less of a museum and more of a giant indoor playground. lilyanna loved it and we had a great time.

 sliding! her favorite.....
 playing with big shapes.....
 catching catfish.....
 "L" is for lilyanna!
 doing food puzzles with daddy.....
 feeding balls into this thing that twisted them up to a shoot where they fell back down.....
 trains! lilyanna loves trains!
it is definitely a fun place, especially when it is a bazillion degrees outside! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

random photos from early july

we spent more than a few days in the splash fountains this summer. it was lilyanna's favorite way to cool off.

here's lilyanna learning to bake with momma. she loves to dump things in the bowl and try to mix. 
lilyanna loves shoes.....anyone's shoes. these ones are a bit too big, i think!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


lilyanna loves blowing bubbles in the tub. what better a place for it, i say!

you gotta blow right there:
 like this:

such a happy bubble blower!

Monday, October 14, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

not bad for deciding this morning that we would have turkey dinner! on the menu was turkey breast and smoked turkey legs, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots and roasted acorn squash with butter, brown sugar, raisins and pecans. somehow in the crazyness of grocery shopping with a screaming 2 yr old.....i forgot about dessert. thank heavens we mckays love everything pumpkin and i had some in the i made pumpkin cookies! it was all so yummy. i need to make turkey dinner much more often. happy thanksgiving!
happy girl about to eat turkey dinner!
she said "horray!" when i put her plate in front of her. i was thinking the same thing!
 lilyanna got a treat (m&ms) for finishing all of her food. she LOVES m&ms!
 m&m colored face! 

Friday, October 11, 2013


these pictures were taken from the beginning of july. lilyanna loves grapes. she would eat her weight in grapes everyday, if we let her! she loves pulling them off the vine. her most excited moment is finding an "itty-bitty" one. she loves the tiny ones!

searching for the best grape....
pulling it off the vine.....
 horray! i got it! yummy grapes!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

bath time fun!

lilyanna has always loved bath time. one of our favorite things to do in the bath is blow bubbles. here is our bubble head girl!:
 you blow right here:
 like this:
 and this:
and this:
 what a happy bubble blowing girl!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

it has been a long time since i've updated my blog. my last post was on the day mom passed away. she was my blog's biggest fan and dearly loved my posts and photos of lilyanna. i have wanted to get back at the blog sooner than this but never found the energy. lilyanna is a very busy girl and at the end of the day, i just haven't found the energy. today seems like a fitting day to get back at it, though. today would have been mom's birthday and was lilyanna's birthday. birthdays were important occasions for mom. she always wanted people to feel special on "their" day. she always made sure to make our birthdays (those in my mom's immediate family) special, to ensure we felt special or recognized. that is something i have loved and i want that for lilyanna, as well. we had a fun day and i spoiled lilyanna.......'cause after all, isn't that what birthdays are for?! here are some photos from our day: 

all ready for a 2 yr old girl in the morning!
cake is ready too!
seeing her birthday decor this morning....."it's so fancy", she said!
hugging her Minnie doll
ripping into the presents.....
yea! clothes! and there was also some Lego, art supplies, puzzles, window stickers, a disc shooting thingy.......
happy 2nd birthday!
having a snack at the playground
yummy cookie!

a fun bumpy slide
walking over the bridge thing...
and for lunch.....a happy meal!
decorating Papa's birthday card.....
showing Daddy her new Lego
after dinner at Mimi and Papa's.....we got ready for the song and cake!
happy girl about to eat cake!
getting ready to blow out the candles with Papa
good job!

happy girl!
not only cake---but ice-cream too!
all in all......a great day! happy birthday sweet lilyanna! we love you so much!

the fact that lilyanna was born on mom's birthday made today extra special.