Back in the Groove

Friday, January 30, 2009

I've been behind on posting to the blog lately. It seems like one illness after another has taken over our household over the past few weeks. BUT, I'm back! So, needless to say, I've got to play catchup!

Grace decided that we needed to pull out one of the boxes in her closet a few weeks ago... and much to her surprise (and elation) the contents of the box were dress up clothes! So, being the eclectic personality that she is, she began donning all kinds of garb. And this is what she came up with!

A few days later, were were having nap time except my little one wasn't doing much napping. Instead, she was exploring her book shelf. Now, don't get me wrong, normally I would encourage such behavior, but in this case, her exploration turned more into a tour of demolition! I do believe she had EVERY book off the shelves. Needless to say, we had "a talk" about how we treat our books.

Grace also had her first piggy-back ride. It might seem odd that she's having her first piggy back ride at almost 2 1/2 but it's true. She's had many shoulder rides - just no piggy back rides.

Grace also got a new toy... all because of the Walmart clearance aisle. I'm a bargain addict, so I can never pass up taking a stroll down the clearance aisles at the stores. Well, I found a bath toy at Walmart for $15 that has brought more joy to this little girl than any other bath toy she owns! If you ever see the Mommy and Me Waterslide toy in the clearance aisle at Walmart, I HIGHLY recommend buying it!

And our last update is our little round of ice/sleet/and snow that we had down here. It was fun though. We did finally get to trek out and enjoy some snow time in spite of all the illnesses. We live next to a cemetary on a hill (the neighbors are quiet...), and had some fun over there. Hope you all had a chance to enjoy the snow too. We don't get it a lot here in southern Missouri!

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Recap of Christmas Day!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


We did our own Christmas celebration at home this year on Christmas morning. We opened presents, ate breakfast, got dressed, and then headed into Papa's house in Springfield. Grace liked her Mr. Potato Head... well, she liked his glasses at least! We discovered that Grace is quite a meticulous present opener... she likes to keep everything neat and clean! She ended up with stuff from Mickey Mouse and Dora the Explorer... some of her favorites.

That day we ended up at Papa's house and geared up for ANOTHER Christmas there! Grace was spoiled rotten... but she really does love her presents. She immediately went to riding her pony from aunt Sherry... and the tricycle Papa got her was THE BEST! And Mommy agrees. It has a handle for me to push her and steer her while she learns the ropes on how to ride the tricycle. What a wonderful invention... not to mention a real back saver for a pregnant mommy!
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Christmas Programs and Silver Dollar City


I'm definitely a little late posting these pictures, but we had a little performer this year for Christmas. Grace was in her first church Christmas program! The 2-year old group sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. It was quite sweet. I added a video below for anyone that wants to see her professional debut...

Grace also got to go to Silver Dollar City with her friends Jemma and Maci and Beth this past year. Wow, was that a load of fun or what!? We managed to pick the coldest of the year, but we bundled up tight and trekked out into the frozen land of "Dollar City" as the girls call it. We saw Frosty the Snowman, the saloon girls' Follies show, we went on a Christmas-lighted train, and even saw Santa. video

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Due Date is In!

Friday, January 2, 2009

I just wanted to let those of you that have been following me know that I now have an official due date! July 28th. Of course, since Miss Grace was a C-section, my doctor is adamant that I have another C-section due to the high risks... so, what I'm really saying is that this due date is somewhat irrelevant. Since we'll know I'm having a C-section, we'll be scheduling the whole thing in advance... no waters breaking, no panicking (well, maybe a little still...). I'll let you know later when we get much closer as to when I will go under the knife. In the meantime, Courtney would like you to be cheering for a boy. Men.

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