One Year AND Nine Months

One year ago today we moved our life to Louisiana.

Tim left a couple of days before and then I packed the boys in the car, left our good friends’ house, picked up my MIL and we drove away. Me, the boys, my MIL and the sweet baby in my belly.

You know, the same baby, who is now nine months old, as of yesterday.

You could say a lot has changed in the last year.

And of course you would be correct.

We’ve made new friends.

Explored new places.

Even lived without Pei Wei (God how I miss my honey-seared chicken!)

We became a family of five.

I think I even grew some thicker emotional skin.

I still miss ‘home’ at times.

But for me, I can’t live my life that way.

I try to make the most of it.

One of my friends here said to me the other day, “You all just moved right in here and made yourselves at home!”

And she’s right, because what else should we do but LIVE where we are?

As far as I’m concerned that is THE best plan.

And of course, as time passes so does my baby grow…

She still only has two teeth, says “Mama” on occasion, is pulling up on anything she can and has the most beautiful smile on the planet. Her favorite food is anything (she has yet to turn any away), she still has crazy hair and she STILL wakes up too early every morning to eat.

And also? It’s almost impossible to change her diaper or clothes these days. She’s always on the move! Wriggling her way up and out and trying to ‘eat’ one of the lotions on the changing table.

It doesn’t matter though, she’s always my angel. My “Katie, K, K,” and “Tweetle Bird!” :)

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And for now, where she was born, is our home…



  1. I love this!

    Happy 9 months Baby K!

  2. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I stopped by on my way to Houston! Seriously, it’s been a YEAR????

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE that top left corner pick, with her tilted little smile. So cute!

    I’m glad that you have made it your home, it will never be your old place, but to your kids this is their old place. I know you are making it special.

  4. She’s such a sweetheart… soooo cute. And I can’t believe she is ALMOST one years old. OH BOY!

  5. Happy 9 Months Beautiful! So Elaine, Have you started planning the BIG party yet? I can’t wait to hear all about your great ideas and see pictures. :)

  6. She keeps growing and getting cuter everyday! Such a sweetie pie!!

  7. um yeah…that bow in the hair is adorable.
    One whole year. lots of changes!! You sound like you are settling in…home is always where your family is…

  8. Oh my goodness, the cuteness is just too much.

  9. Nine months – no way! This post makes me feel that time is flying by. What a little cutie pie your darling girl is.

  10. SO precious! And I’m glad you’re “home.”


  11. It’s scary to move so far but it worked out for us too. :) We moved to TX, from MO, didn’t like there and moved all the way up from Corpus Christi to WI! Long drive! But now 4 of the 5 teenagers have moved out and on to lives of their own and we still like it here. :) But I miss my Cashew Chicken, lol.

  12. Nice blog – will visit again. Cute kids and gotta give you credit on that whole move thing! It’s hard to leave things and people behind, but looks like you did it just fine. That says a lot about you. :)

  13. Oh, she is so beautiful! Great post and great pictures!