It is so hard to imagine, but our baby is a year old! I do not know where the year has gone, but my 5 lb, 10 oz bundle of sleeping sweetness is now a 21 lb bundle of into-everything-you-can-think-of energy. He is still awfully sweet, though! We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made this last year so special for Owen, and, in turn, for us. We are so glad that so many of our sweet friends and family were able to celebrate Owen’s birthday with us. We are especially grateful for those who traveled to be with us including GiGi, Pappy, Annie, Da, MacMommy, Granddaddy, Aunt Betty, Aunt B, Uncle Tyler, Abby, and Denise.
Before I start in on the pictures, I need to say a big thank you to Denise Skelton for taking such awesome pictures at Owen’s party. Denise, you are a great friend and wonderful photographer. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy Owen’s special day with the confidence that you were capturing all of the wonderful memories for me.
The pictures below are just a few of my favorites. To see the entire slideshow, click here.
I have debated for weeks over whether or not Owen needed a haircut. He had these cute little curls on the back of his neck, and his bed head was so cute! But I ultimately decided that the majority of the time his hair looked scraggly, fuzzy, and like he had never seen a brush. With the support of several friends, Andy, and my mom, I came to the conclusion that he needed to have his hair cleaned up. Here are some pictures of Owen’s messy hair…
We took him to Kim at Beck’s yesterday, and she was awesome with him. He sat in Andy’s lap, and my mom fed him puffs and cheerios. I was busy taking pictures. Kim cut the fuzz off the back, but she left the top and his bangs just how they were.
Kim doing her magic…
It is true that a haircut makes little boys look more grown up, but he still looks like my little boy (especially from the front!). Now he will look like a little clean-cut one year old for his birthday tomorrow and his party on Saturday!
I know it has been a while, but things have been so busy at the Sneed household, there has been little time for pictures and even less time for blogging. Anyway, now I will hit the highlights from the past month…
- On July 23, while I was out of town at a quilt show in Knoxville, Owen crawled for the first time. He started out slow, but now he is FAST and in to everything!
- The next day, Owen started pulling up. He is getting too big, too fast!
- I am still plugging away on my quilt. I have completed more than half of my quilt blocks! Pictures to come soon!
- While grocery shopping the other day, I looked at the “year to date” savings on my receipts from 3 stores (CVS, Food Lion, and Bi-Lo) from those three stores alone, I have saved $975.00 in 2009.
- I got a new sewing machine! I am so excited about this. It sews and embroiders. I also got free classes for buying it. Once I figure out what I am doing, I will be posting pictures of what I have learned to make.
- This week, Owen got to switch from formula to whole milk. This is a BIG deal for us. His special formula was $27.99 a can! Because of his protein intolerance, we had to phase milk in slowly over the course of the week, and his doctor has to evaluate him next week to be sure that he is not reacting to the milk. Please pray that we are over the intolerance and Owen can have a normal diet!
- In two weeks, Owen will be a year old. This is impossible for me to wrap my mind around! How can he have been here that long? On the other hand, I cannot even remember life without him! I wouldn’t trade him for the world!
Ok, so that is all I can think of for now, and I will try to leave more frequent updates. Thanks for keeping up with the Sneeds!
GiGi was not going to be satisfied unless Owen had his very own swimming pool this summer. We found some on clearance, and we bought him a blow-up pool to splash around in. I blew it up today, and Owen splashed and played for a while. He LOVED it! And that may be an understatement!
Yesterday, July 26, was Nana’s Birthday. We went to the Mexican place to have a fiesta. Nana in the sombrero was the highlight, but Owen eating a lemon was a close, close second!
On the Fourth, we spent the afternoon at Joe and Jonie’s pool. Then we went to Tommy and Brittany’s house to watch fireworks.
Since just about all of our friends are competitive, we see lots of competitions when we are at the pool…especially diving. Kyle and Joe have perfected their “gainer” dives. This is a dive where you face the water, jump in the air, and do a back flip before going into the water. Kyle wasn’t there yet when I had my camera out, so Joe decided to challenge Cody.
These pictures are the funniest, but by the end of the day, Cody was much improved.
After a while, we headed home for Owen to nap before we went to the Richmond’s for fireworks. We all pitched in and one person went and got the fireworks. They were AWESOME! Definitely the best non-professional fireworks I have seen. Some were a little scary, but I am blaming that on my “mommy nerves.” The whole time I was devising ways to shield Owen in case of a wayward firework! I couldn’t get any good pictures of the fireworks, but I did get a couple of Owen. I was afraid that he would hate the fireworks because he startles so easily. I was surprised, though, because he actually liked them. He was pretty enthralled by the first few, but then the glow sticks the older kids had caught his attention!
Joe and Jonie, thank you so much for sharing your pool with us. Tommy and Britt, we really appreciate you guys having us out for fireworks. We really enjoyed our day!
When we were in Murfreesboro, Pappy had a home show at the Rutherford County Association of Realtors. Someone had decided to get farm animals as an attraction, so we took Owen to see them. There was a camel, two ponies, a goat, and a couple of sheep. I’m not sure if Owen would make it as a farm baby!
We all know that Matt Nathanson can rock the Faux Hawk. Tyler can even pull it off. Now we know that Owen can, too!
I cannot believe that my baby is 9 months old. He has been with us for longer that I carried him! Denise got to spend some time in Cleveland in June, and she came to take some more pictures of Owen. This was the first time she has taken pictures of him since his newborn session. He has grown so much!
Denise, I don’t even know where to begin trying to thank you for these pictures. They are absolutely precious to me!
I have picked out a few favorites to post on here, but you will have to go to Denise’s website to see them all. If you see one that you would like a print of, please let me know and I will get it printed for you.
A few weeks ago, we went to Pigeon Forge for a long weekend with the Gobbles, Womacs, and Hinsons. We had an awesome time and an incredible cabin. Check out the gallery below to see some of the good times we had.