Two years without an update. I don't know what happened. Oh, I got engaged, got married, bought a house and now am pregnant with a second little Murphy. I've decided I want to keep up my block and post life updates for friends and family. So here is my first....some pictures of my little man over the last year.
Making easter eggs! 2010
Annual egg hunt at the Shelby's house! First time in the snow, Thanksgiving 2010 in Tahoe.
Yes...I know. It's way past November. But my computer was down and out for so long I didn't get to post my cute pictures. Shawn's grandparents were visiting from Montana and it was the first time they got to meet Elijah. So it was really special. We split the day between my family and Shawn's (tough thing to master). I was so busy by the time we made it to my house I didn't take any pictures. But here are some from Shawn's mom's and one from the morning after Thanksgiving.
Elijah, Uncle Steve, and Mav
Making some music with the spoon Great Grandpa showing me how to make some music Givin' Gramps some lovin' Playin' hide and seek with Auntie Lacey Grandma and Great Grandma tryin' to get me to dance My chubby lil hands...Mommy loves them My awesome family....I needed some rest Gettin' into some trouble
This time last year I was in the very painful and amazing process of giving birth to my son, Elijah. The past few days have been so emotional for me. When I look at him I still see that 6 lb 14 oz bundle of love that I met for the first time on this day, a year ago. He is getting to be such a big and independent little man. I love waking up to him and seeing the new things that he learns each day. Some of the things he does I wonder where he ever learned them. He never stops making me laugh or feel loved. When I am down he is right there to cuddle me or give me kisses.
I am so overwhelmed with gratefulness that God would entrust this precious and priceless life to me. I am humbled that I am the one He chose to bless with Elijah's presence.
So, on this day, January 15th, I want to say Happy 1st Birthday to my little monkey, Elijah. You have brought more joy and meaning to my life than you will ever know. I can't imagine my life without your giggles. And even though you still wake up every night, I wouldn't trade our quiet times together for a million sleep filled nights. I look forward to being a mommy that teaches you right from wrong. That teaches you to love Jesus and love others. To stand up for what is morally right and your convictions. To be a friend to those who others have rejected. To change the world and not apologize for it. To be a man who respects women and be an involved father. These are all the dreams I wish for you, my little one. You have many years to fulfill them...but I don't think it's ever too early to dream of your destiny.
Mama loves you peanut. Thank you for changing my life, a year ago, today.
P.S. you were worth every single painful contraction (that I threw up every single time with) back and front labor, 2 1/2 hours of pushing, and 36 hours of labor.
Last month my sister, my mother, and I made a day and went to House of Fashion in Sacramento. I was ready, and excited, to find my wedding dress! Of course, I had a budget to stay with. I love Reeme Acra, Eve of Milady, Kenneth Poole, Simone Carvalli and Priscilla of Boston . Those designers are NOT cheap. Deep down, I knew what I was in for. I decided to go straight to the Eve of Milady...and there,waiting on the rack, was the most beautiful dress. As soon as I saw the bodice work...I knew I HAD to try it on. However, a little birdie, or maybe a huge lion, kept telling me NOT to try it on because it was out of my budget. But I told that birdie/lion to hush because their dress was over their budget and no matter what, I was trying on that dress. I tried on a few other dresses I had picked out but, secretly, I couldn't wait to try on my dress. It looked exactly how I had always pictured my dress. As soon as I tried it on and looked into the mirror, I knew. It was my fairy tale, once-in-a-lifetime dress. Sure, it was over my budget. But to me, it didn't matter. I had found my dress! Everythine about it is what I have always wanted. It's perfect. I don't want to say anything about the details because Shawn reads this....but....I had to give detail about the first time me and my gorgeous dress met! Hahaha. Cheesy, I know!
It's time for hot tea by the fire, a good book and a warm blanket on the couch, holiday baking, traditions from when I was little and taking time to be with the ones you love.
I can't wait for Elijah to experience his first thanksgiving and Christmas. I have waited for this time since he was born. I am so excited to start new traditions with my family and carry on some old ones. Silent night on Christmas eve, yeah, I am stealing that one.
My family has been all about spending time together and making memories that will last forever. Tradition. And I am so happy my family has left us traditions and holidays that will always be in our hearts.
This is the time when I stop and look at the world around me and am so thankful for my life. I have a wonderful life and have been blessed with so much love and an amazing family. I am thankful for this season in my life.
It wouldn't let me post Elijah's cute new video! So...no update on his cute little habits now a days.
If he would have proposed with a ring pop instead of a diamond I still would have said yes. (I read that line the other day and thought it was hilarious, I love ring pops!)
My soon to be hubby....feeling manly so he ordered a steak Us at Pasquini's.....yum! A kiss at sunset at our bridge.... Shawn gave me a Willow Tree that says...You Will Always Have My Heart Surprise....will you marry me? Forever and Always LOVE IT!
sitting with mommy at Kaffe T Latta At the water park....taking a break from the water and swinging Sitting with his little buddy Jordyn,...the kleptomaniac! ha "Excuse me, Missy, I think that is MY sippy cup! But you are cute...so it's ok!"
Hi guys! I can pull myself up in my crib now!
I'm hiding something!
My little heart breaker in training! Sitting with Grandpa ...having some man time! Me and my Daddy make funny faces at each other! Mommy came in to get me from my nap and I suprised her by sitting up all by myself.My daddy and I have a special thing that I do only with him...we head butt! I am his billy goat! Everyone gathering around for my bath....I am so fun to give baths to. Mommy gave me my first taste of California Yogurt...Mango Tango...Yum! Hey! Where do you think you are taking that Mango Tango?
So....that is my photo update for the past few months! I lost my camera in May...I am now on my 3rd camera. I was making up for lost time.
In 2 weeks Elijah and I head to WA to visit Auntie Alie, see Carrie Underwood, So you think you can dance, and the Pyuallup fair.
Okay...so I totally feel cheeeesey when I tell people that I want to see. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2". I mean, come on, doesn't that name just make you want to start busting up laughing? Well, everytime I try to tell someone I want to see that movie I can not, for the life of me, keep a straight face.
Today my mother, sister, grandma and myself went to go see it. I have to say, with guilty pleasure, I loved it. Alexis Bledel is my favorite actress ever. And not because of Gilmore Girls. Okee, I lied it is because she was so amazing in that tv show.
Anyways, it has been amazing having my sister here so much! 3 times in the last month and a half. How did I get so lucky?
Ohhhh, and we are going to see Carrie Underwood AND So you think you can dance in WA next month for a late bday celebration! Waaaaaaaaa hooooo!!