Monday, December 26, 2011

Family Photos

Now, that MOST of you have probably gotten our Christmas card, I can finally post these. I was waiting, cause I didn't want it to be too repetitive. But we had some photos taken by a local photographer who I met through our church. Kim Angelo Photography.
She did a great job, and it helped me reminisce on
1. How cute Keaton is... and
2. How much he's already changed. (By that I meant how chunky he's gotten) :)
I hate getting photos taken, because I am so critical of myself and what I look like, but I do it because later on when I look back, I always love them, and love to remember that specific time in our lives.

You might be wondering why I've started posting my photos so small (actually probably not, but I'll tell you anyway) :). My blog layout was getting really messed up when I was posting them bigger and I don't know how to fix it and I'm really too lazy to figure it out. But if you click on them, you should get a better view.
I'm going to try and get in a 2011 remembrance post before the year passes. I can't believe it's 4 days away from 2012. Now, that we have Keaton the importance of photos and capturing who he is right now is so important. SO, here's to family photos, and capturing beautiful moments in time.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Baby's First...

Merry Christmas from Keaton and all his toys!

Since he won't remember this year at all, it will be really great when we rewrap all of them next year and take the same photo.
Peace, Love and Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

At 2 months

Keaton at 2 months you have changed so much.
You don't make as many faces as you used to, but you smile all the time, so that makes up for it. Getting a picture of your smile is slightly more difficult. :)

You have gotten so big, you finally started getting a few rolls around your skinny little legs (little rolls, but they're there).

You have always been a good sleeper, but alot of nights you'll sleep from 7-4 or 5 and mommy loves this!!

You are still a grunter, but you have become much more relaxed. Mommy totes you around everywhere and you just chill and go with it.

You do cry sometimes, but mostly only when you're hungry, if it's dark in the car or really close to your bedtime. One funny time you cry is if I am feeding you and take the boobie away and wait a minute- you'll wail out very loud- as if to say, "how dare you do that to me?"

You do like to be held, but you also really like to hang out on your play gym OR your swing.

Every night before bed we listen to music, if you are upset and I put music on- you start kicking your legs all around and flapping your arms a bit, mommy thinks it's very cute.

You having been cooing for a bit, but the last week or so, you've started a few little squeals too, they aren't very loud now, so I find them endearing, but I'm sure that will change.

You still have the most sensitive skin in the world... everyone talks about babies being soft and smooth, but not you- you're a scaly little fella. I look forward to all the winter dryness passing (though this won't happen anytime soon).

You still like to give people the brows and I definitely like this about you!

You love to stare at your mommy and I love to stare back at you!

"Mom, I'm already too long for this dumb basket"

Check out the differences at 1 month here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Jake's family. His brother (and my cousin) and their 2 kids started off our holidays with a bang. They came a few days before Thanksgiving and actually stayed until today as the brothers Christmas tree farmed together. Jake's parents also joined us for a few delightful days, and Nancy my mother in law has a few more pictures on her blog as well.
I hope to post more pics of all this craziness soon, but here are a few from Thanksgiving to jump start.

Standard Stall family photo

Table set all pretty... I somehow missed a picture of ALL the food because we scarfed it to pieces (and haven't stopped holiday scarfing since)

Little man's first turkey day... see turkey does make you sleepy. :)

Cousins: Main objective: Try to eat each other.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Baby Dedication

Keaton got dedicated at church last month. It was kind of sad not to have our family there. So many friends came to stand with us and represent as witnesses the life we want to live for Keaton as parents and the path we want him to take in following God. But that also made me sad because these friends are just a stop on our journey. Even though they came to stand behind us in that moment, the truth is they won't be there forever. Those are the moments when I remember that I'm a military wife. And this is my life for now...
Regardless, in "dedicating" him- I was reminded of the high calling of Christian parenthood, the many uphill battles we will fight against this world and the even bigger battles that Keaton will face. He's such a good baby, and so sweet and perfect. I can't imagine the future like that now, but I know it will come. So, I'm reminded to pray for him and of course to ask for more patience (cause one day I know I will need it).

Thursday, December 1, 2011


So, despite my blogging absence life has continued to move forward. In fact, it's been moving quite fast.
Somehow 27 years blew by, and I have a husband, a baby and a house.
And I love all 3.

I spent the evening with my girls, which I failed to take pictures of... Sad face. But I will give you a hint of what we did.

That's right, my hubby did a little babysitting. :) And we had a wonderful time!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

At 1 month

Keaton this month you are funny- They say newborns don't always have a lot of personality, but I think you for sure do. Here are some of the reasons why:

-You will only take your pacifier if you can hold it in by sucking or with your own hand, if I put my finger in there- it's a sure sign you won't take it.

- You make more faces than any baby I've ever seen. You made like 30 faces in one minute after you woke up from your nap yesterday. Your favorite face however is still the scowl.

-Anytime you are going down for a nap, for the first 5 minutes or so, you literally sleep with one eye open (you don't want to miss anything)-- until you get so sleepy it closes.

-Every morning when you wake up, you want to sit up and look around. You're only 5 weeks old, but I started putting you in your Bumbo, because I'm too tired to hold you in the sitting position.

-You show lots of love to mommy, if you're upset and dad puts you in the ERGO to soothe you- you cry, if I put you in it and hold you close you quiet right down. hehe

- You do a funny throat clearing thing ALL the time.

-And you like to sleep at night, from the time you were 2 weeks old you would sleep 6 or 7 hours nurse and go right back down for another round. Now the day is a different story, apparently in the day you are constantly starving, but at night you like to sleep (that's my boy!)

Look at those legs- long like daddy!
This is such a "Keaton" face with raised eyebrows. Pretty soon your nickname will be "brows"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Picture Recap

It seems I don't have quite enough time for long prosing blog posts. So, here are some pictures from our trip to TX... Enjoy.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Just to finish this thing off properly... Here were those last 2 dreaded weeks- 40 and 41. On week 41, I just look ginormous. I thought maybe I was going into labor that day because my Braxton Hicks contractions were 6 minutes apart for hours and hours, but that actually lasted for like 2 days before it meant anything. So, here we are little Keaton pre-arrival. I can't believe that baby was inside me. You can see those last two weeks, we had to switch to the good ole leggings too. :)

40 weeks- still hanging in there.
41 weeks
I think this was 41 weeks and 3 days, and I am crying, "why am I still pregnant? my stomach is a torpedo."
But it was all worth it in the end, for this little bugger who poses in his sleep.

Monday, October 10, 2011


So, here is a picture of my little man that completely sums him up. When he is awake this is the face he makes most often- and it definitely shows off his personality.
This is the face of Keaton, the face of curiousity, wonder, concentration, and of course just a little bit of a scowl. (But hey, I might be angry too after spending 2 weeks in the nicu, getting poked and prodded.)
We can't wait to see all that he brings- he's definitely rocked our world thus far. For a few more pics- check out Nani's (aka Grandma) blog about Keaton over here. P.s. I did not edit this photo and I just think it's too cute!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Little Man

12 days late- Keaton Stall finally made his arrival on September 26th at 2:53 am weighing 7 lbs and 8 oz.
7 days in the hospital and just a few more to go and we can take him home. Here is my little man, my baby burrito.
More pics and birth story to come.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


So, this funny thing happened. My child didn't come on his due date... last Wednesday incase you haven't heard. Or near his due date, he actually still hasn't come as of yet... it's Tuesday ( and since I pretty much have some contractions all the time, I just tell everyone I'm always in labor, though right now I'm having some pretty good ones, so you never know). :) However, the point of the story is nesting, so let me get there. See the thing is I'm a planner by nature-- I cannot always comment for the execution of my plans, but I have them. And on large issues (such as having a child, I usually finish them in a timely manner). So, as for being ready to have a baby- I was good and ready by about 39 weeks. And I can definitely now say, I am ready in areas I never even intended to be, since he's pretty much a week late.

But even though I'm good and ready, the nesting instinct will not go away... So, I've been baking (like a fat person) seriously.... I was baking around 39 weeks because I was starting to run out of things to do- I had made cakes, homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies, the list goes on. But last Wed/Thursday I had light timely contractions for like 16 straight hours and thought I might be on the edge of labor... so I of course decided to bake some more to take my mind off things and because I read a few blogs that say baked goods can help make the nurses be more friendly to you. So, I made cookies with full intentions of giving them to the nurses.

Needless to say my contractions failed to bring about a child, so I had a large batch of chocolate chip cookies, and after 3 days when I had yet to go into true labor- they went into the freezer, because noone likes stale CCC. However, since the cookies weren't technically for me, I decided I needed to make a recipe I found on pinterest. Dark chocolate orange coconut haystack things minus the almonds and yes these were for me. These are so right up my ally and they were easy to make and delicious.

But then I decided Jake really needed a dessert that I could freeze that he could he eat post baby. So, last night I made the thing he's been begging me to make. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Amish style. After we visited Amish country last month Jake has been talking about them, so I found a recipe and last night at like 9 pm I started baking them. I used a different filling recipe, one that seemed more true to the way they make them in Lancaster. And while I had a few licks last night as I made them, I did not have a whole pie. I asked Jake before he went to bed, how many he wanted me to keep out, and he said 2. So, I kept out 2 for him and 1 for me. I did not even set them all together.... and when I woke up this morning ALL 3 WERE GONE. He had taken them to work. I about freaked out, I text him right away and he just blew it off with the whole "oh I thought they were all for me routine". I somehow played it cool despite the fact that I am 10 months and 1 week pregnant and was definitely eating that for part of my breakfast (the unhealthy part), but the point of the story is not whoopie pies--- though Jake said he shared them at work and people said it was the best thing they'd ever tasted.
The point is nesting.... you can do it all or you can do nothing, and you will still HAVE to find something to do. I definitely have more things in my freezer than I've ever had before. I just think it's crazy how God made hormones and the body work to give such surges of energy to complete tasks. I just hope some of that carries over post baby.

And I hope this baby comes soon, because the last thing I need is another batch of dessert, but if he doesn't come soon- I know I'll start making something. So, here is to IMMINENT labor (please), amazing hormones, and whoopie pies.
And a tiny bit of belly, I couldn't quite get out of the photo. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011


I know my blog has suffered friends, but in addition to being crazy busy at work the past 2 weeks, I also have no pictures and therefore nothing to blog about... I mean not really nothing, I've been pregnant for 10 months tomorrow- I should have some things to say... but since I can't even think about what they are...
I leave you with this...
I know I look frazzled in the last photos, but I like it because it's true to my state of being... as I anxiously await the biggest change of my life ever. And yet I'm excited because these photos bring me one week closer to him.

P.S. can we talk about how huge my belly is from 38 on, seriously...
Click to enlarge the image- it's more fun that way. :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lancaster, PA

Last weekend, Jake had several days off and I asked him to take me on a short little jaunt over to Dutch-Amish country in Lancaster, PA for a babymoon. Jake scoffed at the idea and said no. However, the next morning he woke up with a greater sense of adventure and said if we could scratch the word babymoon, he wanted to go.
So, literally we're planning a day trip in like 10 minutes before we set off to go. It ended up being a great time together, and the local countryside was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I wish I had taken better pictures of their local life, but we didn't. It was so cool to see every single farm house with their laundry out drying on the line. The roads were literally filled with buggies, horse and poop along the sides, and Jake and I stopped for a few treats. Here are the few pictures I did take.

The town is very famous for Smorgasbord restaurants where you eat as much as you want, but you share it family style with people around you, maybe even people you don't know. But since it was lunch and I'm pregnant- we opted for a regular dine in, however at every table they had homemade butter and applebutter, and you can see that Jake here set no limit for his butter intake.

I ate their traditional shoofly pie, a pie that is made completely out of sugar- seriously...

And as you can see the baby and I liked it alot!

Later that day we drove by someone's farm and saw this sign... We just pulled right up to their house- I was slightly concerned about this scenario, but as we got closer to their farm- lots of other people were actually there too.

They had a little baby calf for people to pet.

And the most amazing fresh lemonade and rootbeer. The rootbeer wasn't exactly to my liking cause you could actually taste the root almost, but Jake loved it. They had their kids selling it out of the barn, and you could even buy it in half gallons, it was pretty cool.

We ate, shopped, walked, drove-- the area goes on for several towns, so you kind of have to drive to get around, but it was the best little impromtu babymoon day-trip we ever did have. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

36 weeks-- 9 months-- 3/4 a year--- a Long time.

So, I know I'm terribly untimely at these posts. But it's harder than you think to remember to take a picture within a specific week, (since I have to look half decent and Jake has to be home to snap the shot)-- and then upload the picture within that week and then post the picture within that week. However, I digress... this is me in all my pregnant glory. Somewhat sarcastically said. :)

Honestly, I still feel great and I know I look pretty good, but this belly is really something, much rounder from last month it's no joke
(Take a look)

... and I still have possibly 3 or more weeks to go, so we will just have to see how all this all turns out.
I am very excited, but I can't say that I am ready to be a mother either (in my heart yes, but not in the actual present). :) I am completely happy with this little booger just cookin' a way in there. He and I have spoken he knows he's not allowed to celebrate his birthday til at least September 11th and he agreed.
Isn't he sweet? I thought so too. :)
For now....
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