Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2010 has come and gone in a blur! I was off work on Tues, Wed., and Thurs for Thanksgiving, but was unlucky this year on the holiday weekends for work. I got stuck working the whole Thanksgiving weekend Fri., Sat., Sun. AND Monday. I am so happy to be home today with my little family! It has been rainy and cold, so we haven't gone anywhere. I've been more than busy with catching up on all the laundry and taking care of Emily. We went to BG this year on Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving. We had a nice visit, but it was very short as usual.

Mom found a used toddler table and chairs set and in a matter of days had them cleaned up, painted, and covered with new fabric cushions. It was so cute to see Hunter and Emily eating at their new table! We pulled the table and chairs into the living room and Emily watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade while clutching her bear and eating her morning snack. Is there anything cuter? That afternoon, we had lunch at Memommy Meisel's with the usual gang of extended family. We were able to get another photo-op with with the great grandbabies--6 of them all across the couch with Memommy proudly looking over them. During the afternoon, we visited the Lee side of the family. We had a casual Thanksgiving left-over meal at Doug and Cindy's new home. They graciously allowed the whole gang to come over just weeks after moving in! Emily and Hunter had fun climbing up/down their stairs. Hunter climbed non-stop! I find it so amusing to watch the little personality differences between Hunter and Emily. Cooper is growing and changing, too. He is a total sweetie. At the rate he is going, he will be walking in a few months! He's 7 mon. old now.) He has to keep up with the older cousins so he has plenty of motivation.

This year I am thankful:

21. for continued work for Jeremy that keeps him very busy. (He just finished a project with Leapfrog Interactive.)
22. that I have grown as a PT since challenging myself with a new outpatient setting (changed jobs a year ago.)
23. that Emily is almost 16 mon. old and has not had to go to daycare because of my wonderful in-laws!
24. finding a wonderful babysitter that watches Emily on Mondays/Fridays since Poppy went back to work in November.
25. good health for our family.
26. another opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with my grandmothers.
27. that Ed and Jen will be parents in a few months!
28. a warm, cozy fire to snuggle by at night.
29. a precious daughter that makes me smile every day.
30. that St. Matthews Baptist has a new pastor after over a year of searching for the right man.

Will try to add photos soon, but I'm getting busy with Christmas cards and shopping...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Blessings

I am thankful for:

11. God was with me in the car and kept me calm and in control in a crazy situation.
12. having money to be able to buy my loved ones Christmas gifts.
13. days off from work for Thanksgiving!
14. a new series of discussions in Sunday School on Timothy Keller's book, "The Reason for God."
15. quiet time while Emily naps.
16. pleasant November days.
17. Memommy Meisel is home from the hospital.
18. Memommy Lee is home after spending a month in rehab at the nursing home.
19. a good talk with Mom this morning.
20. a wonderful children's ministry at our church.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thankfulness




For weeks, I've been reading up on Amber's blog, especially on Mondays when every week she counts her blessings (literally). I have decided to join her by intentionally setting aside one day a week to write about that which I am thankful. Tuesdays will be the day as this will work best with my work schedule.

1. I am thankful that at an early age, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
2. I am thankful that my mother and father love me unconditionally and provided a warm, nurturing environment for my siblings and me.
3. I am thankful for my dear hubby, Jeremy.
4. I am thankful for the Christian home he grew up in and for his loving parents.
5. I am thankful for my grandparents.
6. I am thankful that I am not an only child. My brother and sister are two of my best friends.
7. I am thankful for my health--to wake up, feel good, and have no pain.
8. I am thankful for my house that provides shelter for me on this cold, rainy day.
9. I an thankful that Emily now sleeps 11-12 hrs. at night so Jeremy and I can get rest.
10. I am thankful for my baby, Emily. She is beautiful, healthy, and strong.

Wow. That was easy and I'm just getting started. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Special Quilt

After bath play time

Ticklish Baby


Emily received a very special homemade quilt from Aunt Jen for her birthday this year. I've been meaning to post some photos of Emily playing on her quilt so here they are! Thank you so much Aunt Jen! It is beautiful.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Emily learns to use a spoon

video

October

My little EK legacy at Homecoming 2010

Happy Baby Bennett!

Bath Time! After a full day of travel, Bennett was ready to for a good bath.

Hanging out with Bennett

Emmy and Jeremy: Homecoming 2010



My favorite...



I love fall in KY! I don't know if I would ever want to live somewhere without seasons (although I do think I could live without 3 months of winter.) After a hot summer, the milder temperatures are a relief! I can finally enjoy long walks and trips to the park with sweet Emmy! We spent the first part of the month with Jeremy's parents in Hilton Head. When we got back, it was time to show off Emily at Georgetown's Homecoming festivities! It is hard to believe that I graduated from Georgetown ten years ago, but then so much has happened since then...PT school, first jobs, engagement, wedding, new house, and BABY!

We hosted the Cullum family for a couple of days during their whirlwind KY trip. It was wonderful to finally meet Amber and Sam's little boy, Bennett. I miss them very much. I'm hoping we will be able to visit them this winter or spring in Florida. We had dinner at our home one night, a late night of girl talk on the couch, and a trip to the park and then it was time to say good-bye. (They headed to Lexington to see more family and friends there.)

Last weekend, we went to Bowling Green to visit our family. We finally got to make a trip to the pumpkin patch at Jackson's Orchard. (Well, we made it to the orchard, but bypassed the actual pumpkin patch!) This is a family tradition that I can not miss! Sometimes we go to Huber's in Indiana, but one way or another, I have to go every fall! Last fall Emily was only 2-3 mon. old and not able to sit up unsupported yet. This fall, she was walking around everywhere and we could barely get a photo! Jeremy tried forever to get a shot of her, but she is always in perpetual motion unless she is asleep or in our laps with a book. We were finally able to hold her attention long enough for a few shots in the orchard.

Jeremy and I enjoyed a few hours of hiking in the Mammoth Cave National Park while mom and dad kept Emily for us. I love to hike and unfortunately I only go a few times a year. The trails were well marked, the weather was perfect, and the trees were beautiful. I was so happy to get to spend a few hours with Jeremy all to myself!

Cooper and Hunter are growing up so fast. Cooper is now 6 mon. old. He's doing his own special "crawl" which is kind of an army crawl combined with lunging for whatever he wants. The 7 week difference between Hunter and Emily has all but disappeared. They are into the same stuff and both of them love to walk, run, and climb. Hunter started saying "uhh, oh" when he drops something or gets into trouble which is SO cute. Mom and Dad bought a fire pit for the outdoor patio. We got to break that in and make some s'mores, except Dad ate most of the graham crackers before we had a chance so it was mostly just marshmallows and chocolate! lol.