4th of July

Like I said, we are over 3 months behind. But I am working on it, I swear. I know, I know, I say it all the time. I have a list of the pictures I plan to use for each post, it is just a matter of editing the pictures and typing the posts. So I have a couple ready...

We left off with our visit and 2nd birthday celebration with Grandma and Grandpa Charlie. Shortly after that trip, we were on the 14 hour ride to Buffalo. This wasn't Payton's first time making this trip, but she is older now and doesn't sleep nearly as much. In all honesty, I don't remember how she was on the ride up (or back for that matter) but it isn't important. What is important is that we made it there. And just in time to celebrate the 4th of July with our Silver Creek family.

We went to a carnival and Payton enjoyed a hot dog first (because by the time we decided where we were going, she was hungry).

We got some tickets and were on our way to take Payton on some rides. There wasn't much she could do, but the things she did, she loved. We did the big slide quite a few times...

And then I took her on the kiddie coaster. And taught her how to lift her hands. This was a difficult ride because they do NOT make it easy for mamas to sit with their babies in this car. And after a while, Payton was done. She didn't have a meltdown or anything, but it was not a comfy ride.

It was finally time to watch the fireworks. We weren't sure how Payton was going to handle them since it was her first time, but she did really good.

It was a nice start to our trip to Buffalo and a fun time celebrating the 4th of July!
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3+ months behind...

I know... it has been forever since I posted. And I am three months behind as it is. I haven't even taken my camera out in forever. I can't even remember the last pictures I took. Things have been super stressful with work and the times I am not doing work, we are busy playing outside, reading books, and having fun that doesn't involve the computer. I am off work today and plan to get a couple things done for work, then I am going to do a huge picture editing session and get some blogs set up here, then back to doing more things for work... Some day off huh? I have 12 posts planned to write... it is just a matter of getting the pictures ready, and that takes me a while. So let's see how far I can really get today...
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Birthday part 2

On June 28 we traveled to visit Tim's mom and step-dad. His aunt and grandma had made the long trip from Buffalo to visit too so it was perfect timing. Payton was able to visit with family for a couple days and celebrate her birthday again! Payton had lots of presents to open but I think her favorite was

 her new backpack. She wears this thing all the time. As soon as she sees us grab it to go somewhere she comes running to put it on. And seriously... she just looks so adorable wearing it!
 We got to go swimming a couple times...
 Rode the rocking horse (notice the backpack is on...)
 And got to visit!
 Being this social can really wear a lady out!
Payton had a great time! She loves going to visit. We didn't take many pictures this trip (I'm not really sure why.. I guess Payton was just too busy going all over the place), but she had a blast!

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Trying to find the balance..

I swear I have a lot of things to blog about... we are almost 3 months behind here but I just can't find the balance between working, momming, hobbying, and blogging. (And it is completely acceptable to make up words here.) But until I can find the balance, I will do the best I can to get us caught up on the blog, especially because Payton has done some really awesome things the past month and I can't wait to share them with everyone! But... I post things in the order they happen and so I can not post about them until I get there. So for now, I will show you (finally) what Tim's father's day gift from Payton was.

My friend Becca and I went out to her grandfather's house one day for a day of "swimming" (that is what Tim and Becca's husband thought anyways). Well... we really did swim. After we used the open land for some awesome pictures. I saw the idea on pinterest and knew she just had to to this for Tim. And since Becca thought this was a good idea and I have a nice camera, I told her I would gladly take pictures of her son for the same gift. He had some REALLLLLLY cute ones too!

Here are some of the pictures we shot...
First J

I guess he was over this whole photo op thing
The rocks were a really cute spot for pictures... unfortunately I didn't trust Payton to sit there without trying to climb around in them and hurting herself before we even snapped a shot. So she went in the grass.

The pictures that I ended up using for his frame are...

Of course I can't get them right next to each other on blogger but hopefully you can get the idea.

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Payton turns 1... (yea over 2 months ago, I know)...

Happy Birthday Sign I made
I know we are late, but we have been so busy I haven't had a chance to get the pictures on the computer and ready for the blog. So we are going to combine her birthday party post with her 12 month stats. We didn't do a separate 12 month photo shoot because we took her to get her pictures done. This post took forever because I spent my summer keeping busy and working to prepare for this year. Since school started, I haven't even had time to do anything that wasn't for school. I finally finished editing pictures and can post this update.
Monthly pictures...thank you Pinterest for these ideas
Sleep- Bed time is around 8:30 and you sleep usually until around 7, sometimes later. I wish you weren't a morning person but no matter how hard we try, you just don't want to sleep in. You take one morning nap at around 1030 until lunch time at 1230 and then an after lunch nap usually around 130 until about 3. Sometimes they are longer, sometimes you skip one. 
"I want this big present mommy!"
Feeding- You have all regular foods now. Three cups of milk throughout the day, meals, snacks, and water/juice in between. 
Cake pops are not as easy as they should be... but they taste amazing
birth- 6lbs 8oz
2 weeks- 7lbs 8oz
1 month- 8lbs 15oz
2 months- 10lbs 5oz
3 months- mommy's guess is 11lbs 13oz... I was close this time! 11lbs 11oz
4 months- mommy's guess is 14lbs 3oz (we will find out Thursday) I was close again! 13lbs 13oz
5 months- 
our at home estimate is 15lbs  due to a yucky cough we found out you weigh about 15lbs 10oz (dressed and diapered still)
6 months- 
at home guess 16 lbs 10oz but we will see on Dec 27 15lbs 12oz
7 months- our at home estimate is 17lbs 3oz
8 months- 17lbs 6oz so I guess our at home estimate last month was wrong because I don't think there was only a 3oz gain in a month
9 months- we haven't gotten on the scale this month so my guess would be 19lbs
10 months- 19lbs even
11 months- at home estimate is 20lbs 6oz
12 months- 21lbs 4oz
Uncle Sean
birth- 20 inches
2 weeks- 20 1/4 inches
1 month- 21inches
2 months- 23 inches
3 months- 24 inches
4 months- mommy's guess is 25 inches
5 months- we haven't busted out the tape measure but based on the past few months I would guess 26 inches. I will have to check one of these days
6 months- 
hmm I will guess 26.5 inches until Tuesday 27 inches!!
7 months- it doesn't seem like your height has changed much so I will guess 27.5
8 months- I was wrong last month... you are 27.5 this month
9 months- You seem to have gotten taller so I am going to guess 28.5
10 months- according to the Dr you haven't grown in 2 months! Still 27.5 
11 months- I have no idea but I sure hope you grew some!
12 months- 29 inches
Opening one of her favorite gifts- from Nadia
Diaper size- still size 3s (at 12mos old). I think (at the time I am typing this in mid July) we will be switching to 4s soon. 
This was the gift... we had to fight to get her away!
Clothing size- Depends on the outfit. All of your summer clothes are 12 months so whether they are too big or not, you wear them. You have a lot of 9 month stuff that you can wear and a few 6 month things that fit (this is due to you having no tush!)
See what I mean
Hair color-
birth- brown and a lot of it
1 month- brown but it seems to be lightening and even getting mommy's natural red highlights (you can see them in the sun)- still a lot of it- but it seems she is losing some
2 months- it is looking a little more red in the sun and is thinning out- a lot. She has two bald spots in the back of her head now, instead of just the one she was born with.
3 months- looking brown again and the bald spot in the back is just a hot mess. It looks like we took scissors and cut a straight line clear across the middle. The dr is guessing most of the hair will fall out and grow in a different color.
4 months- oh Payton we are so sorry for this genetic letdown. Your hair is a beautiful color brown with natural red in it, however it is thinning and what isn't gone is a wavy, frizzy mess. I sure hope that changes!
5 months- Still brown with red highlights and seems to be curling a little bit. Nothing too drastic yet but it looks like you may have some curls, at least in your younger years.
6 months- brown and the bald spot in the back is finally starting to fill in
7 months- same as last month and that bald spot is almost gone. The top layer in the back is really long and looks kinda funny but it's cute.
8 months- brown hair, lots of it, no more bald spot!
9 months- wow you did not win the hair dna lottery. But you are beautiful regardless. There is lots of hair up there and it is semi curly when humid. In the sun you have natural red like mommy and sometimes you can even see some blonder spots.
10 months- light brown and you have one layer in the back that is longer than the rest. Your hair is getting lighter and you even have some natural red in it like I did when I was little. 
11 months- its lighter than it used to be I think but still pretty brown
12 months- light brown
Another favorite.. her very own quad
Eye color-
birth- brown/green with a blue outline
1 month- it appears she will have eyes like her daddy- some days they look green, other days brown, other days hazel, and even once or twice they have looked blueish gray.
2 months- they are more brown than green so I am guessing she will have big brown eyes.
3 months- still brown but they have their green days.
4 months- mostly brown but the green/hazel comes out every now and again
5 months- brown eyed girl
6 months- brown (lighter than mommy's)
7 months- I think it is safe to say we have a brown eyed girl
8 months- big and brown
9 months- beautifully brown
10 months- brown but not dark brown like mommy... just your own color brown
11 months- brown
12 months- brown
Her cake
Smash cake
We loved her cakes!
Favorite toy/entertainment- Oh wow... you got so many great gifts for your birthday that you are always busy. You love your smart trike from Uncle Sean, the Lil Quad from nonny and papa, the stroller from Nonny and Papa (you love pushing your real one so much we knew you wanted a little one for your birthday), and your basketball net from Daddy. But still... no toy left behind here! You still play with every single toy that you have. 
Getting ready to dig in... 
Nicknames- Payt 
Yep. this seems like a good idea
Funniest /Favorite moments- This whole past year has been full of favorite moments and I can no longer pick just one. I love them all. I love when you get excited to see one of us. I love when you bring me a book to read to you. I love watching you dance around the house to any and every type of music. As frustrated as we can get sometimes, I wouldn't trade this past year for anything!

8 teeth
problem solver supreme

Carnival and carnival ride
trip to the Pink Palace
time to the Splash Park

whew your favorite words are goggie (doggie), mama (everyone gets called mama now), and guck (duck)
Showing how much she dug into the cake
I know it seems like not a lot has happened this past month, but it really has. She hit her big milestone early and now we are just growing up. I haven't quite figured out how I will do Payton's stats' updates yet. I am thinking that I will maybe do a post at every doctor appointment interval. All the big stuff gets posted in its own post anyways. We will see. Maybe I will put an end to the regular stats posts and randomly do them... who knows. (As of mid August when this is posting, I still haven't figured it out. I think I will just stick to random posts and if something big happens, post about it. I can't keep up with monthly posts anymore, as you can see. And not a lot of BIG milestones are coming anymore.)

We love you baby girl! The past year has been amazing! Happy 1st birthday!
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