So we finally got family pictures done. The last time we had some taken was when Caleb was 6 months old....I figured it was about time and Morgan came to the rescue! I know I have said it before but I LOVE her. Not only is she my best friend but she is so talented and I'm so grateful for her. Every day I look at all the pictures on my walls in my home and love that she captures my kiddos so well. We love you Morgan! A big thanks to Auntie Coco as well. She came to help keep the boys smiling and happy! Best decision ever to have someone come help us out! Fair warning: This is a LOT of pictures! This picture makes me laugh...Morgan told Matt to do something funny that my mother would be embarrassed about and then Morgan would blow it up and send it to her, hence the big smile from Matt. Lovely. My sweet baby girl. I realized after I came home from the hospital that I didn't get a picture with her and me there. I was so sad because it is one of my things that I like to do after the baby is born. Just one of me and the baby to remember how special it was. Needless to say I made sure that we did pictures of just her and I and I think they turned out pretty good. This boy never takes a bad picture. I LOVE his sweet smile in this one. Caleb was fun to try and take pictures of. He did really well he just moved a little too fast. Thank goodness Morgan understands :) Cute boy. Beautiful blue eyed girl. She did really good during these pictures. This is by far one of my favorite pictures of her. And if everyone will notice...There is not one shade of pink on her :) She is so funny. She can turn on the water works so fast. One minute she was being all cute the next minute this is what she felt like... I LOVE that lip! This picture is exactly them. I laughed when I saw this but I totally LOVE it! This is my favorite picture of Matt and Emmalyn. It wasn't even a staged picture. Emmalyn was crying and Matt was trying to calm her down and Morgan caught it. She looks so tiny in his arms. It shows exactly how much Matt loves his baby girl. I'm so glad we went to Bartly Ranch and did pictures. Jonah did his two year pictures there on the tractors when Caleb was brand new and it made me think about how much they have both grown. It was so fun to look at these pictures of both my boys on the tractors and then look back at the ones Jonah did when he was two. Caleb and Jonah really do look alike when I look back. I love these guys so much! This was the ony one of all three of them that we could get. I love it. It is just perfect. I can't wait to get these pictures up on my walls! Thank you Morgan you are the BEST!
I can't believe that 5 years ago today my sweet Jonah was born! I don't feel old enough to have a 5 year old already! Any ways, this sweet boy has brightened up our lives so much! We LOVE him and are grateful everyday that he is here with us! He is such an amazing big brother and both Caleb and Emmalyn love him so much! I have my own sort of tradition every year on here that on each of my kiddo's birthdays I post pictures of them from the time they were little till now. Something to show how much they have grown up and changed over the years so enjoy my cute boy! Happy 5th birthday Jonah Matthew! We love you!
We were able to bless cute little Emmalyn this past Sunday. We had a pretty good amount of family and friends in town for the weekend that came out just for her so that made the day even more special. Matt gave a wonderful blessing to his first daughter. It was very special for him and me as well. Matt said that each time he looked at her during the blessing to make sure she was okay she was sleeping soundly but had a cheek to cheek grin on her pretty little face! I loved that! We were also able to get both sides of our families together after the blessing to have a fun dinner. All in all the day was fabulous and sweet little Emmalyn did great! Here are some pictures of her in her beautiful blessing dress. I took one of the pictures and had to laugh because all you see is a tiny little head surrounded by LOTS of dress! She looked beautiful any ways though! My friend gave me this cute little bracelet at my baby shower and I was so sad because I didn't think I would get to use it since my babies were always so big. To my surprise it was too big for her little wrist! But I made her wear it anyways! I LOVED it! Our first picture as a family of 5! CRAZY!!! (I was sleep deprived the night before so don't look too close!)
My handsome little man :) Jonah loves his baby sister so much words can't even describe! I also had to add in these two pictures :) This is the first one of Caleb I could get of him close to her. In previous attempts he would run away too fast!
My fabulous friend Morgan is so talented. She is able to capture the best moments of my children in her pictures. I'm so grateful we have been friends for so long and we are able to share these times together! I love you Morgan and thanks for all that you do for me and my growing family! Enjoy her fabulous pictures! I LOVE them!!! She was 12 days old when we took these pictures and now shes 1 month old and I can't believe how much she has changed! Love my sweet baby girl but she needs to stop growing so fast!
Emmalyn Annette is finally here! She was born August 28th, 2011 at 12:58 a.m. She weighed 8lbs. 1oz and was 19 inches long...My SMALLEST baby yet!!! I was so excited to finally have a little baby! Her head was tiny too :) Not like my boys! So here is the labor story....I was getting incredibly uncomfortable and getting very mad at my doctor because at the beginning of my pregnancy he told me he didn't want me to go into labor like I did with Caleb. He said he was going to take me early. Then once it hit August he changed his mind even though I was measuring bigger than I should have been. So by the end of August I was completely done because I had been having contractions for over a month with nothing happening! So I decided to take matters into my own hands :) I made some scrambled eggs and put in an ounce and a half of Castor oil. Let me tell you THAT WORKS! Within about 3 hours my contractions were like nothing I have ever felt before. They were less than 5 minutes apart and they were VERY strong. So Matt and I went into labor and delivery and I told him if they didn't take her tonight I was going to throw a fit until this baby came out of me :) Once we got there they hooked me up to the monitors and my contractions were peaking off the charts and coming less than a minute apart. I fell in love with the on call doctor that night. He came in right as I was hooked up, watched my contractions and me for about 10 minutes, and said there is no way I was going to make it to my c-section date and he wanted to take the baby tonight. I could have kissed that man! So within a hour of getting to the hospital I was in the OR having a baby! It was fabulous! My recovery on the other hand was far worse than the boys. I had a horrible anesthesiologist and was poked four times before my spinal took. When I woke up the next morning I had a spinal headache! HORRIBLE! I ended up having to get two blood patches in the back before the headache went away. So I got poked in the back a total 6 times! Next time I am requesting an anesthesiologist! Any ways now onto my sweet baby girl! She is perfect! She is a very easy baby which has made my life great. She does have acid reflux but we are working on getting her better. She is just so happy and has such a different personality and temperament then the boys did. I know this is funny but she sounded so different from the boys when I first heard her cry in the OR that my worries of having a boy come out instead of a girl totally went away! Jonah and Caleb are both in love and always want to help. Sometimes too much but what more could I ask for?! We are so happy this sweet little girl is here with our family. Enjoy all of the many pictures of the newest addition to our family! Grandpa and Grandma Martindale. Little Miss Emmalyn's namesake Grandma Annette :)
Matt and I were set up on a blind date by Matt's brother Mike, and sister-in-law Meagan.We went out together and had a GREAT time.But at the end of the night when Matt dropped me back at my house, he told me that if he didn't call me it was because he was dating someone else!Needless to say I never wanted to see him again!But I eventually got over that and a month later we went out on our SECOND FIRST date....I love that! We got married on July 15th, 2005 and we are still happily in love!
Matt and Jen
Jonah is our handsome little man that we love so much! He was born November 3rd, 2006. He loves being a big brother to Caleb and Emmalyn. We are so glad that he is our little boy. He is so loving and caring and has such a sweet personality. We love you Jonah!
Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers
Caleb was born April 26th, 2009. He is a very active little guy and loves to talk even if we can't understand everything he says :) He loves his big brother and his little sister and has become very protective over her very quickly. We love you Caleb and are so glad you are a part of our family!
Our sweet baby girl was born on August 28th, 2011 at 12:58 a.m. She was 8lbs 1oz and measured 19 inches. She already loves to watch her big brothers and listen to everything they talk to her about. She loves her Daddy and Mommy lots and is one special little girl. We love you Emmalyn and are so happy you are finally here with us!