Sunday, December 9, 2012

What's In a Name?

The first year Mike and I were married we made a list of names that we liked and wrote them in a journal of mine. Every couple Sundays we would look at it and sometimes add a name or take one off. At the bottom of the page we made a list of the middle names we wanted to use. We decided that we wanted to use family names for middle names. Both Mike and I have family middle names and we thought it was important to do the same for our children. We believe that our children should honor their name and want to live up to the expectations that it holds. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted our first girl to have my mom's name as her middle name. Oh gosh I'm already starting to cry. Anyone who knows my mom will tell you she is one of the most generous, selfless and classy people you will ever meet. I think to most everyone she fits the category of super mom. She is not only this way to her children, but to so many others. She is a loyal friend and one of the hardest workers I have ever known. Her qualities are everything I hope to be as a mother and everything I hope that Violet will want to be.
My mom has never been a huge fan of her name. We hoped that by giving Violet this name that my mom would finally see how beautiful it is. There is no one else I would rather have as my mother. She is a perfect grandma and she loves her grandkids probably more then even her own kids. I know that Violet will love her grandma as much as I do and I hope that they will always be able to share a special bond because they share a name. 
I just wanted to express my love and gratitude for my mom. I am leaving for Utah in 2 days to spend a month with her and my family. I can't wait to see them and let Violet get to know them better. These are some pictures of my mom getting to meet Violet for the first time and a few pictures of me and my mom when I was a baby. I love you mom. Thank you for your example and everything that you are.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tubby Time

Violet loves the tub and when aunt Kate was here we did a little photo shoot of Vi in the big girl tub for her first time. She is honestly so happy in there and would stay in there all night if I let her. She only starts to cry when we take her out. Tub time has turned into a really fun part of my day with this special girl. I have a feeling she is going to love Grandma's pool this summer.