Thursday, April 26, 2018

Noin Leigh - Seven Years Old

How is it possible that my first baby girl is SEVEN years old?! Happy Birthday Nolin Leigh!

An interview with a seven year old:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Harris & Maya Puppy

Each weekend Harris' Pre-K teacher sends home a special classroom (stuffed) puppy & scrapbook with a student. This past weekend was Harris' weekend to bring home Maya Puppy! He was so excited to spend the weekend with Maya & share about their adventures with his class. Here is as little bit of the fun they had together...

Lunch with Maya Puppy

Doing a little grooming for sweet Maya

Cuddle Time with Maya Puppy

Family Trip to DC on the Metro with Maya

Good Friends even came along & met Maya Puppy

Maya enjoyed visiting the National Building Museum & building with Harris & his friend Jessica

It was such a fun weekend with Maya Puppy! Harris gets to share the scrapbook at school this week with his classmates.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018

This year I'm planning to learn a little bit about video. I hope to create a short video each month with little clips from our daily life. This is my first & it's not perfect by any means, but I'm excited to keep shooting & creating. Click below to see a little bit from our January.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Josie's Birthday Cupcakes

We celebrated Josie Lynn's 2nd birthday with a little party at home. Josie enjoyed her yummy cupcakes!

& I must also share the wonderful baker who made these special cupcakes. None other than big sissy, Nolin Leigh!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Josie Lynn - Two Years Old

Josephine Lynn is two years old!!

Josie is no longer a little baby. She's growing in to such a cute & funny little girl. It's crazy how much she is changing every day. 

Josie loves to talk. She has started using full sentences at times & she will repeat anything you ask her to. I think she has developmental leaps in the middle of the night. Several times when we have been sharing a room lately (traveling), she is wide awake in the middle of the night saying something. One night she saw me cuddling her blanket next to her in bed & she said, "This is my blanket Momma. This is my woof woof." It was the cutest & funniest thing because I hadn't heard her use a complete sentence like that before.

Some of my favorite things that Josie says/does:
  • Josephine loves her woof woof & will carry him around everywhere.
  • Josie calls herself JoJo most of the time since we often call her that.
  • Josie absolutely loves bandaids & stickers. She will use bandaids like stickers & place them all over herself. When she wants them, she runs to the drawer saying, "boo boo".
  • Josie's favorite song is "Werwolves of London".
  • She also loves Lady Gaga. She has been known to ask Alexis to play Gaga. "Exa, Gaga"
  • Josie absolutely loves to dance! If she hears music, she will stop & dance anywhere.
  • She has the funniest little evil laugh. 
  • Nolin was dressed up as "captured by an alien" for Halloween. Josie started imitating the way that Nolin acted. It was the funniest little thing!
  • She loves to count. I often hear her saying, "eight, nine, ten".'
  • She will say "bess you" if you sneeze.
  • When we pass light switches, she says, "press the light".
  • Josie loves to flush the toilet!
  • When she hears the conventional oven ding, she runs through the house yelling, "ready!" to tell everyone. Then she says, "hot".
  • I love how she says, "wash a hands" & "brush a teeth".
  • She loves deer & we often have them in our backyard. One day Paul found her looking at the back window saying, "I love you deer!"
  • She will whisper, "Josie, Josie, amazing" like in Moana when they say, "You're so amazing". It is super cute! She will insert everyone's name in & say it.
  • For a long time Josie called milk, "shoe". Sometimes she will say milk correctly when we tell her, but for now she has transitioned to calling it, "shilk". I have no idea where she ever got this.
  • Josie still uses some sign language, but mostly uses her words now to communicate. If she doesn't really know the words she will mumble a long something & it's too cute!
  • Josie loves baths & will run upstairs whenever it's time to take one.
  • She says "night night Bubba" at nap time, even through her fussing when she doesn't want to go to sleep.
  • She loves to look for everyone's belly button & also loves to give zerberts on our bellies.
  • Josie has great fine motor skills. She can open almost anything she gets her hands on.

Josie has gone pee pee in the potty a couple of times, but she has not officially potty trained yet. She takes a lot of interest in the potty & will sit on it often. She strips down & runs around the house naked most of the time! So we keep a potty out for her. When she does leave her diaper on, she will always take it off immediately after she pees & she will often tell us when she has pooped. So I imagine it won't be too long before she trains. Josie loves to watch Potty Time. It's the only thing she has really watched on TV so far & she will ask for it often, "watch Potty Time". If she thinks she is going to get to watch a show, she will run to the couch to sit down & say, "watch show".

She is such a loving little girl. She is the first to give hugs to bubba or sissy when they are sad or hurt. She also loves to give them kisses & cuddle. Every night at bedtime, she will run into one of their rooms, crawl into their bed, lay down & pull the cover up, & say, "night, night".

Josie is still sleeping in the crib. She doesn't mind being there at all. I usually only hold her for a few minutes at nap time & bed time before I put her in the crib. Then she lays down & talks/plays until she falls asleep. Some times she does protest nap time. Some times she doesn't fall asleep for nap at all. But she will stay in her crib & play for a couple of hours, so I'm not complaining! She always makes sure that she has woof woof first, but then several of her other stuffed animals & baby dolls. Most of the time when I come to get her after nap, he baby doll is naked & she asks me to put the clothes back on. Not only does she not mind sleeping in the crib, she is terrible at sleeping in the bed! I tried to share a bed with her on our visit to Kentucky & she is impossible to get to sleep that way. She just crawls around, climbs on top of me, kicks me. & more. LOL. I do love holding her in the rocker before bed though. Sometimes she wants to cuddle for a while & sometimes she is ready for the crib immediately. When she is ready, she will sit up, say, "kiss" & after I kiss her she says, "bed". Lately though, Josie has been wanting me to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or You are My Sunshine. She wants me to sing them over & over again. She will say either, "Twinkle Star Momma" or "Sunshine away Momma". When I finish she just keeps saying, "sing Momma". It's so sweet!

While Josie Lynn may be sweet, she is also a little wild child! She learns everything from her brother & sister. I have found her in the kitchen, on the counter, getting her Daddy's chocolate out of the cabinet. I have found her standing on the dining room table hanging onto the chandelier. She learned early how to push a chair/stool over to climb up wherever she wants! Josie also tends to get in the trash can quite often! She also still likes to throw food in the floor while eating. Momma's pretty much over that one! When Josie has something she shouldn't, she runs away & when I get close she throws it across the room. It's a super fun game! Haha. Josie's personality especially comes out in her funny little facial expressions!

Josephine is little miss independent. She likes to do everything she can by herself. She doesn't want to be carried up the stairs. She would rather go on her own & she wants to close the gate on her own. She does not want us to carry her to the car. She also does not want us to put her in the car or the car seat. She must do it on her own! Sometimes she throws quite the tantrum when I have to buckle her because we are in a hurry. Her tantrums are still funny at this age though. Makes me giggle when she throws herself on the ground & fusses! Josie also likes to put her shoes on by herself. Sometimes they get on the right feet! & just like she puts them on, she takes them off in the car, of course. A lot of the time they end up in the floor with her socks, but sometimes she takes her socks off & puts her shoes back on.

As well as being spunky & independent, Josie is super friendly to everyone. She loves saying hello. Even if she just saw me a few minutes ago, she will still get excited & say, "Hi Mommy" when I come back in the room. She does it to all of us & it's super cute. It's also funny when someone opens her door & she is in the crib she will say, "Hello Bubba!" or whoever it is coming in. Josie loves to say hello to people that she sees out in public. She also loves to say, "hello Arfur" to Nolin's fish.

Josie has all of her teeth except her two year molars. there is no sign of those coming in just yet though.

Christmas was a lot of fun with Josie this year. We had to put the ornaments up high on the tree so she wouldn't break them or throw them. I also had to put tags back on presents regularly & even tape up a few that she had gotten into! She was a little handful! But I loved that she was able to participate more in Christmas this year.

I love my baby girl & can't wait to continue to watch her grow!

Just for fun because I love her little voice...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Our Year in Review: 2017

This is always a favorite blog post of mine. It's so fun to look back on the year as we look forward to the new one. Make sure to click on the links to see what we did in 2017.


Josephine turned ONE on January 14th! We celebrated with a little family party at home & I took some one year birthday photos of my baby girl.

Nolin performed in her first talent show, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with some friends.


We celebrated Valentine's Day with a fun little photo session.

I completed my first Day in the Life photo series of our family.


Josie experienced snow for the first time!


We celebrated Easter with a fun little egg hunt with friends.

We enjoyed a visit with our best friends from Seattle.

Nolin & Harris got to take a special trip to Hershey Park & Hershey's Chocolate World with Daddy & our friends.

On April 26th, Nolin Leigh turned SIX! She celebrated with friends a fun trampoline party.

I went to an overnight photography retreat in Connecticut. I enjoyed learning, but the trip was super quick because Paul had hurt his back again. Poor guy had to endure several epidural shots & now the pain is under control.


Nolin presented her first big project at schools. She studied penguins.

We celebrated my sixth Mother's Day & all I wanted was one good photo with the kids!


I ran the Suds & Soles 5K with a good friend. It was my first 5K in years.

Nolin & Harris both joined the Swim team. Nolin even made the official team & swam in her first official meets!

Nolin & Harris spiced up our yard with a cute little Fairy Garden.

We celebrated Father's Day with the best Daddy in the world!


We celebrated the 4th of July with a neighborhood parade & party.

I captured some of my favorite photos of Josie with her lovies!

Josie developed a love for popsicles or as she called the "popsitititle".

Nolin & Harris received swim team awards for the year.

Nolin got her first pet - a fish named Arthur!


We celebrated Paul's birthday on August 9th, as well as mine on August 26th!

We had a visit from Nana, PopPop, & Aunt Wilma in DC.

This trip ended with us all returning to Kentucky to be with family. Paul's mother was diagnosed with cancer this month & started a long process of treatment, including chemo & surgery.

While in Kentucky the kids got to spend time with their cousins & grandparents. We were also able to experience the solar eclipse! It was such a neat experience.


We wrapped up swim season & I put together some photos from the pool. Nolin & Harris learned so much during the swim season. Harris even swam in his first mini meet!

Harris started Pre-K & Nolin entered First Grade! I blogged some cute first day photos.

I completed my first daily photography project - 100 Days of Summer.

Nolin had her first soccer game.

We took our yearly trip to the apple orchard.


We began the month with a fun trip to Pennsylvania with friends. We went to the Turkey Hill Experience to see how ice cream is made & we spent a day at the amusement park, Dutch Wonderland.

We took our yearly trip to the Pumpkin Patch to get our family pumpkins! I also got to enjoy Nolin & Harris' school field trips to a pumpkin patch.

We celebrated Halloween with super cool costumes & went trick-or-treating with our friends in the neighborhood.

We enjoyed carving pumpkins as a family & making a spooky house.

This month Paul also took a big leap & launched his own business with a friend - Sova.


We celebrated Thanksgiving with a relaxing day at home as a family of five.

Nolin lost her first tooth!

We took our yearly trip to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas Tree. The kiddos named her "Silly Lucy".


I enjoyed a much needed girl's trip to Williamsburg, VA with friends.


We celebrated Christmas at home as a family. We enjoyed many of our yearly traditions - Christmas pajamas, family gift, Christmas lights...

We headed to Kentucky to spend time with family. While in Kentucky I was able to spend a little time with my Grandmother before her passing. I'm super thankful that I was home to do this & be with family during the sad time.

Harris William turned FIVE on December 29th. We celebrated with a fun little family party.

There were many ups & downs in 2017, but overall I'm thankful for our blessings. Looking forward to what 2018 has in store for the Markham family!