Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Our last "first" holiday!

This is our last of the "firsts!" That is a hard realization for Mommy to come to! My baby is growing big. It is hard to believe, as big as Rachel is, that this is her first Halloween! A friend of mine who just had a baby and I were talking today about how neat it is that our children both share the same first Halloween...the only difference is that Rachel is 2 weeks shy of a year old and Josiah is 3 weeks old. I do remember how miserable I was last Halloween though...who would have known at the time that I would have given birth only 2 weeks later!!

Rachel was Eeyore for Halloween this year. It was a no brainer, really. I received an 18 month size Eeyore costume at one of my baby showers so we always knew that she would be Eeyore for her first Halloween...glad she is a big girl or else it would have fallen off of her!!! She wasn't a happy little trick or treater tonight...she was cranky from the time she woke up from her afternoon nap until she got her first sucker! She then wasn't happy because she couldn't be let loose to play, so we put her in the trunk of the car!! It was Trunk or Treat! She loved playing in the trunk....sounds great coming from a social worker, huh?

She just cut her 6th tooth today and biggest news thus far....SHE'S WALKING!!! Everywhere and anywhere! She loves to walk. She really started exploring and testing her boundaries last Friday (a week and a half after her first unassisted step) and then Monday, she just went to town. I picked her up from Parent's Day Out on Monday and she walked to me! I wanted her to walk by Halloween...and she did...such an obedient child! Ha! =)

Our party is in a week and a half....stay tuned for tons of pictures!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Time flies when you're having fun.... this statement ever understated! Our little girl is growing up WAY too fast for her momma! 11 months old...can you believe it??? It is just amazing all of the new things that she says and does from the time she was born. Everyone always told me that she would grow up really fast, but this fast???!!! It's insane! I can see daily how she is becoming a little girl and less a baby. She is more independent and growing more and more so everyday. Soon she won't need Mommy anymore, though I would hope that she would need me always...for something.

Rachel is doing so good right now. It seemed that the entire 10th month was filled with some type of illness, but we started 11 months off pretty well. She had a little tummy troubles this past week but nothing major. She is just as happy and healthy as we could ask for. Praise God!

Mommy and Daddy are doing well! Daddy is still working and Mommy just quit her job! The decision to quit was based on several factors and honestly, even though it has been something that has been coming for quite some time, it was hard but I feel at complete peace with my decision. I have applied for a job at a children's hospital in the area and would LOVE to get this job but ONLY if it is what God wants me to do. It is a part time job which means that I would have to leave Rachel on a regular basis. Just pray for wisdom in this decision and that I would not make a decision until I hear God's CLEAR voice and affirmation of the decision. Besides, they haven't called me yet......

Stay tuned for LOTS of 1st birthday pictures!!!! Rachel's party is coming up quickly! I am so excited about it! Until next time.....

Monday, October 8, 2007

Well, we took a little trip to Arkansas the latter part of this last week and weekend. We had such a good time!!! We are tired and I know that Rachel needs to get back into her routine....she already has...taking a nap as I type this!

We got to visit with The Riddles and with Lori on Thursday...that's always a lot of fun. We also got to see Meeemee for just a minute then we went on to GP and Mama Nette's house in Little Rock. We stayed there for a few days and visited people in Little Rock and North Little Rock. We got to visit with Great Granny for a little bit and loved that...especially her big panda bear!!! We even took time out for some pictures in our Razorback stuff! GO HOGS!! GP and Mama Nette loved on Rachel like they always do and she had fun with them and with Adolf. He still isn't too sure about her yet!

We went back to Hope on Saturday and got to see more family and spent the night and went to Unity Baptist Church yesterday morning. Rachel got to visit with Julie and Ms. Carol....who is gonna be a grandma to twins soon!!!! =) Then we went to Anita's baby shower and got to see Aunt Christy, Adi and all of her family. Then we made the long drive back home. It was a fun trip but quick. I wish that we could take about 2 weeks and just visit...there are so many people to see in such a short period of time.

We came back to a busy busy little life back here in Texas. One of my best friends, Heather is being induced today and we will get to see little Josiah before too much longer. Our Christmas rehearsals are going to pick up to a fast pace starting this week and I am still taking shifts at the hospital once a week this month. Rachel is trying to walk and I couldn't be more excited and exhausted just thinking about it!! In the next few months we have a ladies' retreat, a progressive dinner, bowling outing with Sunday school, Halloween and Trunk or Treat, Rachel's 1st birthday and party (equipped with family and friends from out of town), Thanksgiving, my birthday and then Christmas!!!! Whew! We are busy but really I wouldn't want it any other way!!!

Here is a slideshow of pictures from our trip....

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