Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gull Lake 2014 (so far).

Reyna's first time at Gull Lake has been fun so far! 
She is quite the adventurer.
Boat rides, swimming, and even a little shopping!

 Lewie loves the lake, too.
 Toes in the water.

  Fun in the kiddie pool.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

While we are missing the lake and everyone there, we are celebrating at home with Reyna. 

thanks for my little sailor outfit, Megan!
Hope you all have a great holiday!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Meet and Greet.

This past weekend we headed down to San Antonio for the first time.
We had a little meet and greet with some of the family.

 Lilly loved her! She wanted to take her home...literally.
Her baby sister is due in November, so it was good practice.
She will be a great helper.

 Cousin Adam Jr. and Reyna met for the first time!
Adam is 6 months old. Hopefully, they will be good playmates for each other.

 Most importantly, Reyna got to meet Grandmother Reyna, whom she was named after. 
I must say, they hit it off! Reyna loved her. Just look at that smile.

 Four generations.

So many people came out to meet her and she was a big flirt. 
She had her smile on, never cried, and kept a clean diaper!

Friday, June 27, 2014

2 months.

Two months with Reyna.
We are learning so much about you. 
We are so blessed to spend all our days with you. 
You have grown so much this month. You are outgrowing your clothes faster than you can wear them! 


You are still eating well. We are doing our best to soothe your belly aches :(
We cheer for dirty diapers and have mastered the "blow-out" that occurs daily.
 You had so many visitors this month. Grandma and Grandpa came down from Iowa and you had your first trip to San Antonio!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Because she's too cute.

Our baby bear.
Had to get some pictures in her little uniform before she out grows it..which is very soon!

 These make me smile.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The making of a Father.

So far, (one of) my favorite part of motherhood is...fatherhood.
Seeing this new father love on his baby, melts my heart.
Seeing him get wrapped around her little finger so fluidly, is priceless.
He adores her and I, him.
He is so patient and gentle with her.
Always the protector.

 She thinks he is pretty awesome too!

She loves when he:
reads to her
sings to her
dances with her
makes silly faces

To say thank you Reyna and I worked on a little gift.
For Valentine's Day, Neil wrote her a book about how we met.
We decided to publish that book into a hardback so Daddy could read it to her any time!

Only 50 days as a Daddy and he is catching on quickly!
I really couldn't do it without him.

The art of investing.

The best gift by dad ever gave me was his time.
When I think back on my childhood, it seems that all my memories are wrapped up in him.
It felt like he was there EVERY DAY after school....cause he was.
He was not a teacher, and in fact, spent his workday with other "kids" but he found a way to be there as a coach. It started when I was in first grade and went through my high school graduation.
For basketball and softball. Practice, games, traveling teams, and at home. That is A LOT of time. I wonder how many hours of my life he was actually there. 
2100 days of school ...two hours a day...4200 least!
 And to be honest, I can't think of a single time that I wished he wasn't. Even through my teenage years, it was kind of a relief to see him in the gym with that whistle in his sneakers. I loved that he tied my shoes before EVERY game until I graduated. He always took that piece of gum out of his pocket to give me just before game time. 

His time was more than enough. I gave me a sense of security and freedom.
Thanks for the lesson on investing, Dad!
Hopefully, your investment is starting to see some return :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

The (almost) forgotten anniversary.

Today we celebrate 5 years of marriage!
We woke up and it took us a couple of hours to remember it.
We talked about it earlier in the week but it kinda snuck up on us.
In years past, we spent our anniversary on vacation. 
Mexico in year one, Colorado in year two, Minnesota in year three, and Thailand in year four.
This year is a little bit different. We are in our town, our home, our couch....and it feels great!
Our family, and our marriage has just changed drastically.
As we get used to our new roles, it is so nice to have a partner that is so PRESENT!
Literally and figuratively. We always joked that we spent more time together than anyone we know but that is more true now. 
More than that, he is always worked hard and made me a priority. 
We have fun and he is still my very best friend!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1 month.

Reyna is 1 month today! 
Its gone by fast and slow. 30 days seems like a lot and she has grown so much but she is still so little. Everyday I remind myself that she will never be this little again :(


For a point of reference, Mickey will help us out.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My first Mother's Day.

My first Mother's Day was perfect. Having Reyna in my arms all day was just what I wanted.
I dressed her up in a cute dress, we took pictures together, watched Frozen and took nice naps together.

As I start my motherhood journey, I can't help but think about how great moms are. Especially my mom. With our new arrival, both my moms pitched in to help around the house. I probably would not have asked for it so I am so glad for the offer to help. They did everything from washing windows to washing clothes to making every dessert I could want and freezing my favorite enchiladas.

My mom loves me and I have never doubted it. i hope that Reyna knows my love for her and that it makes her feel secure in life. Secure enough to make the right decisions even when they are unpopular. Secure enough to believe in herself, the way I was able to.  I hope I can have the confidence my mom seemed to have in raising me. She always knew what to say and how to say it. when to laugh and when to be serious. Most of all, I am thankful that I still have my mom to be a friend. Our daily phone calls will never be enough!

Love you mom!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

What's in a name.

Reyna Roxane Shanks

I decided on two names pretty early on.
We asked Reyna which she wanted and she chose Reyna.

Reyna is my mother's maiden name. It pays homage to my mother but also her mother (Grandma Reyna), a mother of 12!

Roxane is the name of Neil's mom. We wanted to give a shout out to the ladies who gave us life!

In case you are wondering, the other name was Violet. I have always liked that name so if we ever have another girl, that's what I'm going with. So consider it taken!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Birth Day.

I won't bore (or gross you out) with details but here are a few things I want to remember about Reyna's birthday.

- My water (kinda) broke at 8:05am
- My water really broke in the elevator at the hospital
- Contractions did not start on their own
- We wanted to avoid Pitocin so we walked around the ward for one hour - we got nothing.
- Neil had all the snacks he could ever want
- The medicine ball worked the best for labor pains
- Hospital visitors included: My Mom, dad, Marquie, Coach Rod, Little Joe, Kendall, and Tiffani
- I went till 8 cm dialated and then asked for the Epidural
- He tried to put in the Epidural 3 times
- It worked wonderfully! It definately helped me enjoy the experience
- No one told me if it was a boy or girl for like two minutes!
- We asked Reyna which of two names she preferred and she had a strong dislike for the second choice
- One of my favorite moments was singing "Happy Birthday" to Reyna.