"Cousins are friends who will love you forever." ~Constance Richards
One of my most precious Christmas memories is getting together with my cousins every year. On the Parmer side there are thirteen of us (10 girls and 3 boys). We are spread out around the lone star state (with one studying in England) so we don't see one another often enough! Amanda is getting married in early August so we look forward to celebrating with her. Here are some priceless photos of us at Christmas in past years.
Somewhere around 1986:
Last night we got together and here is Memaw with all grandchildren (& spouses) in attendance and great grandchildren. What a fun bunch :)
Here is Memaw with her three great grandchildren (Owen 14 mos, Anaiah 5 mos & Emma 4 yrs). What a handful :)
We also got a few cute photos of Emma & Anaiah with their new matching Aggie overalls.
"A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." ~ Marion C. Garretty
Owen is 14 months old today! We are finally seeing a lot more of his cute personality. He is very cuddly, spunky, loving and playful. He loves to climb on chairs, couches, people, the bath tub, slides, etc. He is wearing size 4 diapers and still fits perfectly in size 12 month outfits. He is still facing backwards in his car seat and will stay that way for at least another few months. He still wakes up a few times during the night and briefly naps twice a day. His bedtime has moved back a little and he wants to be up by 6:30 each morning. Jarrod jokes that he is trying to make me a morning person (but I assure you it won't happen)! He has recently become especially fond of his daddy and I have a feeling will become extremely attached over the next couple of weeks while he is home! Owen loves giving and receiving high fives and waves all day long like he is in a parade. We make lots of new friends everywhere we go.
On occasion he can be found doing this fun party trick....maybe one day he will even do a summersault!
Pneumonia put a brief halt on his walking and talking. However, over the past couple of weeks he has really taken off! He grunts and points if he wants something but his vocabulary is pretty limited at this point (I suppose a talkative older sister has something to do with that)! He says 'Mama', 'Dada', 'light', 'dog' and 'duck'. He rarely crawls anymore and is a walking machine!! I'm sure he will be running and chasing Roxie very soon :)
Lasagna is still one of his favorite foods (as you can see in this photo)! Bath time is always immediately necessary after we have it for dinner. He also especially loves pancakes, poptarts, cupcakes, animal crackers, Gerber fruit snacks and goldfish.
Owen enjoys eating breakfast and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with his sister almost every morning!
My weekly Babycenter update read "If your toddler indulges in fits of screaming....you can take some solace in knowing that his development is right on track." Owen can throw quite impressive temper tantrums:
Owen loves playing during baths but doesn't so much care to get clean!
He doesn't sit still....even for photos! He wants to be up and away!
Owen prefers to ignore the word NO. He is fascinated by the Christmas tree and has left me no option but to relocate all ornaments to the top half of the tree. His sister even taught him how to plug the lights in.
"Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is." ~ Vince Lombardi
The quote above hangs on the wall in Owen's room. The mighty Yoemen played their hearts out until the very last minute. Unfortunately they came up short of winning the state title, but I am so very PROUD of them. This year's coaching staff was top notch and the team was such an amazing group of young men. It was so uplifting to be a part of such a supportive community, especially over the past several months. Nothing brings a small Texas town together like football playoffs :)
It was awesome to play football into mid December. What a memorable journey!
Thanks for following the Yoemen through my blog over the past fifteen weeks. The "seasons" are about to chage in the Smith household. Stay tuned for TRACK!!
On Satrday we ventured to UT stadium to watch our Yoemen stomp Lago Vista. It was so encouraging to see the spirit signs on the highway! The final score was 42-17 and we couldn't be more proud of the team!
The kids did so well this week! It wasn't near as cold and that may have had something to do with it :)
After the game Emma & I were allowed down on the field with some of the other coaching families. Emma knows every word of the school song and loves to sing it with the team.
So proud of Coach Smith! Here he is with Emma and Thomas Rinn (#4).
We are so blessed with supportive friends and family! Here are just a few members of our traveling fan club:
At lunch today Jarrod said "It's the week of the state championship.....and WE ARE STILL IN IT!!" I am thankful he is able to do something he loves for a living and he is having the time of his life this season!
We are officially STATE BOUND!!! On Saturday evening the Yoemen will take on the Daingerfield Tigers in Mansfield. We would love to see you there!