Saturday, February 28, 2009

Something Fishy...

Too funny not to share!

And, of course, sister needed a turn.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mommy's Dream

From Mommy:

I'm living my dream.

When I was young and couldn't sleep at night, I'd lose myself in fantasy worlds. I didn't dream of being a princess or a ballerina. I didn't want to be a rock star. I wanted to be a mommy. I'd lay awake at night, dreaming of the day I could hold my very own little ones in my arms.

Several times a week, I catch myself with a silly grin (often with a tear as well), just soaking in these moments that are so fleeting and so very precious. The way that Avery says "Mama", the way that Kate stares at her daddy when he walks in a room, the days full of learning and playing and cuddling... it's all a dream come true. I'll take the dishes and laundry and constant clutter. With it comes the most blessed moments I've lived through yet.

This week, Katie Bear turns four months old, and Avery Bean turns two and a half, so I'm indulging myself and "taking over" the weekly update.

Kate entered the world issuing forth sweetness and continues to steal our hearts with her tiny, 11 pound 2 ounce body. Jordan and I think the best descriptive word for her is unassuming. When we lavish love upon her, she grins at us with such surprise and joy - as if to say, "aw, gee - you're really here for me?" She rolls front to back and sits proudly in the Bumbo, but is too content laying on her back to roll onto her tummy yet. She coos and chirps with big bright eyes and absolutely fills our lives in completely opposite but complementary ways to her sister.

I wondered when Avery was born how people could tell me it only got better from there. She was so small and so precious and a part of me never wanted those days to end, so I couldn't imagine it being even better than that. Now, I understand. That child is so full of life and spunk and "stinkerness" and I absolutely adore her as a two and a half year old. Watching her figure out her world and explore communication is like seeing it all again myself. I love hearing her ask me, "w-w-w-w-whah choo do-een, Mama?" (What you doing, Mama?) She told Jordan the other day, "You can go to work, Daddy. I can handle it." Neither one of us knew exactly where she had heard that before, much like many of the things she says these days. I don't ever want to forget the way she looks as a two and a half year old girl, running around our backyard or splashing in the tub or hunched over her sister, sharing toys, singing, or giving kisses.

Happy 4 months today, Katie and 2 and a half years later in the week, Avery.
And thank you, God, for this dream come true. These days are just too precious.

Click here for pictures from our routine, but precious, week! (Some of them are too precious to miss!)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Three Cheers for Kate!

Mommy says:

Last night Kate slept from 9 pm until 5 am, ate, and slept again until 8! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

In other news, Kate's 4 month checkup went well yesterday. She's 11 pounds, 2 ounces and still in the 10th percentile for height, weight, and head size. Our little sweet pea!

Here's hoping the full night's sleep doesn't have anything to do with the shots she got and is just a new routine. Time will tell!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ours was wonderful, complete with a different Vday outfit every day of the week, a school party, a playgroup party (with AMAZING matching dresses for the girls... thanks to the talented Miss Audrey!), and special family traditions.
I got fun packages in the mail, and a heart cup and plate from Daddy (he said that seemed more my speed than a rose or box of chocolates). I also got to participate in a family tradition for the first time this year. Every year Mommy and Daddy request acts of service from each other rather than the traditional gifts, and this year on each of their lists was, "A meaningful or homemade gift from Avery". For Mommy, I made bookmarks with Daddy, but since there were 2 of them, I was sure they were supposed to be phones and have been trying to "call" Mommy all weekend.

For Daddy, I made pudding and strawberry parfaits for dessert.

Happy Valentine's Day from Your Funny Little Valentine!
Click here for more pictures from the week.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Cold and flu season may be on its way out, but it isn't going down without a fight. Daddy got hit hard this week, and Mommy, Kate, and I are all working hard to fight off the yuckies right now. Mommy says we're having a fat party on March 1st to say goodbye to sickness for the year (since the doctor says cold and flu season lasts October-February, we're counting on it)! :)

Mommy also keeps making this comment - about how she can't blink anymore or else we'll be grown and gone - and I don't really know what's so wrong with blinking. She talks also about how Kate and I are "ever-evolving" - how we never stay the same for 2 days in a row. I don't know how blinking, growing, and evolving are related, but she talks a lot about those three topics in combination... especially this week.

I noticed her talking about those three words this week at many different times:
*When we weighed Kate and noticed her precious fat rolls - 10 pounds, 10 ounces!
*When Kate changed the way she sleeps - from wanting to be on her tummy, to sleeping on her back with her arms covering her face
*When I learned all of my letters and their sounds in a matter of 2 weeks (thanks to Miss Auburn for the Leap Frog Video!)
*When I interact with other people in totally new ways (I ran to the fence when I heard kids playing in their back yard and yelled, "People! People? Want play?" And I found new friends EVERYWHERE I went this week...)
*Anytime she sees me doing things I've always done - sliding, swinging, dancing - only in this new, big girl body.

Click here for pictures of the week

Washing "Singarewwa's" hands - how obsessive about cold and flu season does Mommy have to be for me to learn to "play" hand-washing?

Monday, February 2, 2009


From Kate:
This weekend we visited my Great-Grandma and Grandpa in Nacogodoches, Texas. We left after Daddy got home from work and drove for a few hours. Sister was being very well behaved, so I took the reins and cried for a good portion of the trip and for a good bit when we first arrived.

While we were in Nac, we went to the zoo. The Lufkin Zoo is so small that we were one of 3 families there and the animals were so close that Avery got to really check them out. She enjoyed the enormous gila monster, the leopards, the toucan, and many more animals. I enjoyed staring through the top of my stroller into the sky.
Grandpa also took Avery fishing. She enjoyed watching the orange ball bounce up and down. I enjoyed looking through the top of my stroller into the sky.
While we were at Grandma and Grandpa's house, Avery was busy playing princesses, reading, and coloring with Grandma and Grandpa. I didn't mind if she got a lot of attention: when she went down for naptime every day, I got to sit and rock with Grandma for hours. I loved watching out the window and listening to Grandma's voice.

The weather was perfect and so was the company. Three cheers for Nac!

Click here for the full slideshow of the weekend

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Best 60 Minutes I've Spent All Month

Parts 1 and 2 of the sermons titled "2009". Podcast it and I promise you won't be disappointed.