Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ellie is 10 months old!

Ellie turned 10 months old on Friday. How time flies! She has a 3rd tooth-her top middle right one. She started what I would call really crawling yesterday. She had done it a little bit earlier but was doing it with much more consistency yesterday. She has started a habit of squealing (some might call it screaming) in the car. :( It's getting better! :) She loves to sit and look out the windows in the living room. She is eating lots of table food. She is a total & complete joy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

our sweet Ellie

I took a few pictures of Ellie today that I thought were particularly cute!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


On the 9th, Gracie had Field Day at school. She had a lot of fun, of course. I didn't get to watch her do a lot because I was helping at a specific station but was able to get a few pictures.
Last weekend, we traveled to Dallas for Gracie to participate in LTC (Leadership Training for Christ). We had a really fun time, and Gracie did well. We are thankful to our church's LTC coordinator and her coaches for all the time & effortthey put into getting the kids at church ready. Gracie participated in Bible Bowl, scrapbook, Children's Book, and drama. She got a "gold" in team & individual Bible Bowl, Children's Book, & drama and a "silver" in scrapbook. We are proud of her!
We were excited to get to meet our good friends, Bret & Krista, and their kids for lunch once we got to Dallas. They were also participating in LTC but at a different hotel, so we met for lunch beforehand. We always love to spend time with them! Another wonderful thing was meeting my "blogger friend," Elizabeth! She & I have been friends via blogging for 3-4 years, and it was so neat to meet her in person! We spent one night in the hotel for LTC and then went over to Burleson to spend Saturday night with Chris's brother & his family and were able to attend church with them on Easter. The girls had fun playing with their cousin, Sara Jane, and we were thrilled to see some "old" friends from Uvalde. Bob & Kathy were 'surrogate grandparents' to Gracie when she was first born, and they hadn't seen her since 2001! I hadn't seen them since then either, although Chris had seen them once. They have grandbabies of their own now (twins!) who go to the same church as Chris's brother's family, and we were so excited that they were there that weekend!
On the way to Dallas, we kept seeing beautiful fields of bluebonnets, so we stopped to take some more pictures. They are so pretty! Ellie wasn't exactly thrilled with being plopped down on the ground for yet more pictures, but she managed to give a few smiles.

We had TONS of rain yesterday during which our street & yard started flooding!We were a bit nervous about it getting into the house, but it soon started draining thankfully. We enjoyed a birthday party last night then spent today at church and relaxing.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Kindergarten Orientation

We had Kindergarten Orientation for Katie. *sniff sniff* This was hard on me. Sending her to K will be hard on me. I think she will do great....after an initial couple of meltdowns. Seriously, I think she will have a hard time for a day or two, but eventually she will love it and do great. After some problems getting her shot records straightened out (miscommunication b/w her Aiken doctor & her doctor here) we got her registered, so she is good to go come this August.

We are having some struggles with her these days. She gets so wound up at the drop of a hat, and it is hard to get her to calm down and listen and OBEY. ugh She will be finding a cute little video in her Easter basket that teaches about "obedience" and "self control." :) Hopefully, it will be an entertaining-yet educational-video! She really is such a neat kid...but a bit difficult at times.

We had a great time Friday going on a tour of HEB with a playgroup from church (minus Gracie who was in school) and then all of us enjoyed a fun Easter egg hunt/cook-out that evening with friends. Yesterday was full of church and LTC preparations. We are heading to LTC this weekend. After many weeks of preparation, I know the kids are looking forward to performing. Gracie will be doing Bible Bowl and drama. We had dress rehearsal yesterday for drama, puppets, chorus, etc. yesterday, and the kids all did great. We are looking forward to taking a little weekend trip and seeing some family for Easter Sunday and seeing some "old" friends (the Bronnimans!)The girls were introduced to "cascarones"-eggs filled with confetti that you crack on people's heads. They enjoyed those!