Thursday, August 30, 2007

Growing Up

Hannah is growing up. I know that sounds like such an obvious statement. All kids grow up. But I'm so aware of it right now as I watch her. I can actually carry on a decent conversation with her. She has her own opinion about things, and she's not shy about expressing it! She asks me questions like, "How was your day?" and tells me, "Let me know if you need me" as she goes to another room to play.

Just today our friend Naomi came home with us from preschool and the two of them were carrying on the most adult-like conversation. It began something like this:

N: Hannah, do you remember we saw the fireworks? (I'm assuming she was referring to July 4th)
H: Wow! The fireworks! Yes, we did!....

She began going to preschool choir at church last night and had so much fun. She had about 10 minutes to eat her dinner at church before going off to Cubbies, the preschool version of Awana. (I will eventually remember to take my camera and actually take a picture of her. She looks so cute in her vest!) She took it all in stride.

Now if we can just get the potty training down, all will seem well in our world.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Last night we finally started Kaitlyn on cereal. She really could have started a month ago and I think she's been ready, but with all our travels and craziness here we waited. So, here she is. It didn't take her long to figure out what to do and she ate the entire bowl!

Today Hannah began attending her new preschool at Parkway Baptist. Here she is just before going in. She had a great day! We are all excited about this new year in preschool.

This doesn't really go with the theme of "Firsts", but it's a cute picture I recently took so I thought I'd include it. Hannah and Kaitlyn are really having fun together now since Kaitlyn can respond to Hannah. Hannah loves making her little sister laugh!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Scootin' Around

I may soon have a crawler in my house!! Yikes! Kaitlyn has gotten quite fond of rolling over and can scoot on her backside quite well. Well, today she scooted at least a foot on her belly. She can't wait to be all over the place like big sis!

And just look at that pretty girl holding herself up!

P.S. Okay, I have to admit that after reading what I just wrote I had to go back and change Kaitlyn's name to Kaitlyn b/c I wrote Hannah. Is anyone with me on the second child potentially having an identity crisis b/c you tend to refer to them using the first child's name or am I the only dysfunctional mother doing that?! A friend informed me last week that I actually signed Kaitlyn in at the nursery as Hannah. The sad thing is I didn't ever catch it and couldn't remember doing it. Could I just blame it on sleep deprivation?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Random Happenings

Here are some random pictures from the last few weeks....

Hannah posing amongst the bamboo at the zoo

Kaitlyn's famous "deer-in-the-headlights" look, as our friend Amy adequately described it.

(Okay Beth, here is a swimming picture! :)) I would have preferred to post one of just the girls, but we don't have one. :( This is momentous though as this is Kaitlyn's first time in a pool. We were at the Waller's, good friends of ours who bless us often by providing free child care!

It's a bit dark, but unfortunately this is the best one I have from our awesome day at Fundom Kids last week. Most of them are blurry due to the fact that I was either holding Kaitlyn or the kids were in constant motion! Hannah and Naomi are dressed up as princesses posing in front of a 2-story castle equipped with child-sized furniture and a slide. And yes, the dress-up clothes are provided. This place is awesome! It is in an old skating rink....They have a tricycle track, a pedal-car track, a couple of inflatables, and all kinds of other hands-on activities to keep the kids busy and having fun. At one point they even gathered everyone under the disco ball as they turned out the main lights and got some strobe lights and dance music going. The kids were so fun to watch!

A sweet sister moment. Hannah is enjoying her big-sister role more and more and I can already tell Kaitlyn loves her so much!

Kaitlyn trying out the jumpster a friend loaned us for the first time today. She really liked it. Now she can get a good leg workout!

And a-one, and a-two.......

What a joy it is to have Kaitlyn in our lives! She is 5 months old today. She has definitely discovered her voice and is beginning to find her feet now too. I am eager to know the ways her personality will resemble Hannah's and the ways it will be unique, but I'm not eager to pass through this sweet phase we're in......

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

I'm Back

I've been out of pocket for awhile, but I am back now. It's a little overwhelming to look back and see how incredibly busy our summer has been. They're always busy, but this one tops the rest I think! There's no way to quickly recap the last couple of weeks, so maybe I'll tell stories here and there later.

So far this week we've tried to relax and hang out at the house. We're not going out much with 100 degree heat all week! Tomorrow we've got a play date planned with friends at Fundom Kids, a 16,000 ft indoor play "kingdom". This will be our first time there and we're looking forward to it!

Some highlights of Hannah's day were: 1) seeing "the dudes" - what Hannah calls Dale's interns, Caleb, Patrick & Stephen. It also may refer to any other guy who may happen to be hanging out with "the dudes". 2) helping Mommy build a castle/space ship with her Mega Fort pieces she got for her b-day and visiting Saturn. All she had to sustain her on her long journey were Goldfish, almonds & apple juice. 3) seeing 2 bunny rabbits in our backyard this evening 4) watching a Transformers cartoon episode with Daddy. Yes, he's created a monster. She knows the names of many of the characters. He loves it.

Some highlights of Kaitlyn's day were: 1) getting to ride in Hannah's space ship 2) trying to sit up to see her kicking toy 3) taking a bath - she LOVES bath time!