Monday, June 30, 2008

Family Time

Last week we spent some time down in Georgia visiting my parents with the girls. We had a nice time, it was very relaxing. Since it was hot, and I am 8 months pregnant, we didn't go far from home. My mom offered to have Emily sleep in their room, in the pack and play, and Chloe has her own room, so Mike and I could sleep in! On top of that, we were able to find a quiet part of the house and read for part of the day while my parents entertained Chloe and Emily. The girls had a lot of fun too. They went swimming (in their kiddie pool), went on walks to pick blackberries, and played outside on the screened in porch. Chloe learned how to play croquet and how to throw a frisbee. Mike and I were able to go to the movies, and we even went to Barnes and Noble by ourselves! It was nice to browse the aisles at my leisure without having to chase, shush, or bribe anyone. We left for home on Friday, and drove the whole way through, without stopping for the night. (Which we usually do) It was a quiet weekend for us, especially since Chloe stayed down in Georgia with my parents. Since she was 3, she would visit with my parents twice a year for a couple of weeks. She always has a fun time with them, but towards the end of the 2nd week, she starts to miss us and is ready to come home. My mom will fly her home next week and stay for a couple days. Emily has noticed that Chloe is gone, every once in a while she will call for her. It's sweet to see her missing her big sister, what a joyous homecoming it will be!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Almost....

I woke up this morning thinking about the blog that I was going to post today. Something about how very little sleep I got since Emily was up every half hour last night getting sick. Then my thoughts drifted back to Baby Jeremy (who I have been thinking about all week). If you don't know the story, then read this. How can I complain about one rough night of hardly any sleep, when this family went through two months of rough nights? I started to feel ashamed of myself, and I spent the next few minutes in prayer. This family has taught me so much about Love and Faith in God, and I don't even know them. I started to get into a routine and would get caught up in the day to day stuff, that I felt like I was starting to take things for granted. Especially the little things. I have been giving my girls (and my belly) extra hugs these last couple of months, and thanking God that they are healthy. 

Monday, June 9, 2008

Dance Recital


Yesterday was Chloe's ballet dance recital at Carroll Community College. They did a rendition of Swan Lake, and they did a great job! Chloe was so excited about being on stage in her costume. She didn't get scared at all, she looked so cute! She was also excited that she was able to wear makeup, Daddy wasn't too thrilled about that though. He wasn't ready to see her coming down the stairs in red lipstick! Since I wasn't allowed to take pictures during the show, here are some before we left:



And this one is my favorite:






Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 8th Wedding Anniversary, and I can't believe how fast the time goes! I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane, and give the story of "us". 


Mike and I met at church when I was 12 and he was 13. He just moved here and was getting a lot of attention being the new cute boy in youth group! We became friends, he had his girlfriends, I had my boyfriends. But as we got older, we started becoming closer. In high school, he invited me to a couple of dances, just as friends,  but I was beginning to notice a different feeling toward him. I was beginning to think that he felt the same way, but we were both a little shy on the subject. Finally, my senior year of high school, he asked me out on our first date. We went to the movies and saw "Forrest Gump". 


4 years later, he picked me up to go out to dinner one night in January. He was opening the car door for me, and then dropped to the ground. I thought that he dropped the keys, so I bent down to pick them up for him. Half way down, I realized that he was on one knee with a ring! I was completely speechless, and I just began to scream "Yes!" I figured that one day we would get married, but had no idea when. A year later we had a beautiful wedding, and a terrific honeymoon in St. Lucia. 


In these past 8 years, we bought our first house, had a beautiful baby girl, bought our second house, had another baby girl, awaiting the arrival of a baby boy, and made some wonderful friends. It hasn't all been easy, but as long as we focus on God and keep Him first in our marriage, we will get through the tough times. 



Here is one of Mike's favorite pictures of our wedding day. A friend of ours works on cars, and he built an Austin Heeley. (sp?) We drove it away from the ceremony to the reception. So here I was, on 695, holding onto my veil and telling Mike not to go too fast or I'll lose it! I have another picture I wanted to post of the two of us, but I can't get my scanner to work right now.