*Reader Beware: this post contains several pictures. So many, that there might be a point where you think they may not end....they do, I promise. Continue at your own risk!*
As I said previously, just because I haven't been blogging does not mean it's due to lack of content. The Pruitt family has been super busy. I will get to that, but let me just get this out.....In 21 days, my little baby will be a year old. One question; how did his happen?!? I find myself talking to customers that are pregnant or that have a newborn with them, and I'm trying to relate. I feel like saying "oh yeah, last month when I had my daughter..." Except it wasn't last month, it was last year!! I stand behind my statement that every stage she has gone through has been my favorite. It's amazing to watch her little mind work when she's looking at something or trying to understand something. She's going to be a genius, I just know it =)
Okay, I'll get to the pictures.
So, a couple of weeks ago we went back home to celebrate Jesalyn's great-grandparent's 50 anniversary. 50!! Not too many couples can say that. It was a good time seeing everyone and Jesalyn, in true style, made lots of friends. When she wasn't being passed around meeting family she hadn't met before, she was chillin' with mom and dad.
Reading one of her favorite books with daddy.
Playing "peek-a-boo" with mommy
Since we were home, we had to take full advantage and visit Shreve's Pumpkin Patch. That weekend just happened to be the first weekend. Neither Jarrod nor I had ever been, but that's something you absolutely must do if you have child in Fairfield. I think she had a good time. I know, we did!
Holding still while Aunt Janel snapped her picture with the pumpkins
We played in the grass. She wasn't sure about it at first, but soon ventured out and got her toes in it.
Oh yeah...and tried to eat it too!
That was all in Illinois. But that hasn't stopped us since we've been back in Tennessee. Oh no, the weather has been too nice. There's something else we've learned of Jesalyn, besides her being a total socialite. She loves being outside. Days that it was too hot to go out, she would stand at the front door and press her hands and face to the window and just stare. So, if you happened to drive by our apartment and see this taking place, I promise we weren't holding her captive despite the desperate look on her face.
This weekend we took a little drive to a place called Leiper's Fork. We've heard how pretty the drive was and thought we would check it out on one of my days off work. The drive was pretty, all hour and a half of it (okay, so I might be exaggerating a bit on the time, but only by a little.) When we finally reached the half mile stretch of what looks to be an abandoned town filled with a cute little grocery and 4 or 5 artsy places, we stopped to take look around.
She still hates wearing her hat, but I was able to snap this photo mid-pull.
Today we went to the park to take a walk and on the way home, I wanted to stop at Hobby Lobby to pick up some ribbon to make her some head bands. Does she wear them? Nope! She can't stand them. I know what your thinking. "In the pictures of her at the pumpkin patch, she has a headband on." Yes, that was a one time thing. Seriously, I can't believe she had it on the entire day. I don't know if she just forgot about it due to all the excitment going on, but after seeing her in it, I'm determined to make her wear them. So we went and bought more =) My plan is to put one on her everyday. When she pulls it of in 2 seconds, I will put it back on and give her something to play with. I don't expect this to work immediately but maybe, just maybe, over time. I started this plan as soon as I could. We had to stop at the grocery store on the way home and I jumped at the chance. Isn't she adorable!!
And in case you need further proof that my child is a genuis, let me show you what she can do.
When you ask her the question "where is Jesalyn?" this is what she does:
....aaaannnnddd. done. Congratulations! You made it through!!