Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Nothing brings out impeccable manners like ice cream. Steven practically shouts "more ice cream please" as soon as he knows it's around, and then says "more please" for another bite as soon as it's in his mouth. It's a vice for me as well. I wonder if you can pass that kind of thing on because I did eat a lot of ice cream when I was pregnant.
Friday, July 11, 2008
NOOOOO!! Oh, wonderful, Nap time, please don't go away! You are my only guaranteed time to get stuff done! I do so love your peace and quiet. And you are the only time I can have the dishwasher open, mop the floor, be on the computer, read a book..... I could always count on you when I'm having a rough day to reboot. And now you're gone! Please don't go away.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Monday was Charlton’s first day at his new job. He has been on vacation for the two weeks before that and it was wonderful! We didn’t go anywhere but did plenty around Houston. It might sound kind of boring but we really were just in need of some time together at home.
After three years of working at a law firm, Charlton has made the move in-house at a large energy company. He enjoyed the work and people at his firm but (thankfully) felt that the hours were too demanding to be able to have a good quality of life for our family. For that reason he started looking at in-house positions because he felt that the work and environment would still be interesting and challenging but definitely more “family-friendly.” His new group has been very welcoming and invited us to their Memorial Day BBQ that was days after his acceptance. It is especially nice that I was included and they are eager to get to know our whole family (no, we were not brave enough to take Steven along but they were disappointed which was kind).
I am so overwhelmed at God’s goodness in providing Charlton (and us) with this new opportunity and phase of life. We have been praying for some time that the timing and opportunity would be in His timing and it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. Charlton's hours will be shorter and much more consistent, plus he gets every other Friday off! When we found that out I told him it sounded like a fantasy world that was too good to be true! I’m so thankful for a husband that puts our family before everything else on this earth—even his career. For me to say that I am lucky would be a gross understatement—I am blessed beyond measure by such a husband!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Watch out, kids, there's a new crawler in town! Meadow will be 8 months next week and is very happy to be on the move. Cheryl and I get a kick out of comparing her to Steven-- we think she's going to be busy like her older cousin and the fact that she started crawling at the same age Steven did (to the week now that I looked it up) reinforces that theory. She's growing so fast!
Steven loves Meadow but is still working on saying her name. He usually settles for "Baby," but he doesn't skimp on the hugs and kisses. Meadow gets lots of love from Steven. He does pretty well being gentle but every once in a while with get on top of her for a smothering hug- she takes it in stride though. Yesterday was really the first time I've seen him try to play with her; he is showing her how to stack the cups. Steven and Saige also share a love for Elmo and were happy to share a seat in "Elmo Chair." We are so blessed to live around so much of our family. The girls are more like sisters to Steven than cousins, and we're adding another baby to the bunch. Charlton's sister, Jenn, is due the beginning of February and we are excited to add one more to the family next year. Although Steven loves the girls, he wants to put in a request that Aunt Jenn have a boy because he's starting to feel a little out numbered! Hi to Mimi, Popo, Aunt Jenn, and Uncle Evan who are on vacation!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Steven turned 22 months yesterday on my birthday. I forgot to mention in his last monthly update that he loves cars and trucks now-- actually everything is a truck because he loves saying the word. He points them out on the road now when we're in the car (for example..."Wow, big truck!"). He has also started pointing out airplanes which is pretty often since we live very close to the airport. He is just now starting to enjoy more activities which require sitting still and more attention. He has added Play-Doh to his love of puzzles, books, and Legos. I mentioned that I bought some a few weeks ago but wasn't sure if we'd actually try it for a while. Charlton was the one that pulled it out one day and Steven did really well with it (meaning he didn't try to eat it). He doesn't actually make anything himself yet; he likes for us to make something and then squeeze apart. He also likes to put it in and take it out of the can-- that provides entertainment for a while. It's not hours of fun or anything but I'm sure that he'll play with it longer as he gets older. I like it because I think it fills some of his need for experimentation and curiosity.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Today is my birthday-- my 28th. We've actually been celebrating my birthday for about a week- Friday night with Charlton's family and Saturday with mine. Then Mimi and Popo kept Steven Sunday night so that Charlton and I could have some time together for my birthday. We went to the Museum of Fine Arts, a movie, and dinner before returning home to a long night of sleep-- I love sleeping in. =)
You're not awake. It's 6 o'clock.You hear a ring. You hear a knock knock.You hear the door come crashing down-The Birthday Monsters are in town!Five Birthday Monsters barge right inand yell, "It's morning, let's begin!"They rush you down before you're readyand use your breakfast as confetti."Oh Look!" They shout, "It's 6:08! "Your present opening can't wait!"They've brought the presents they like best.You get the wrap.They keep the rest."And now," they say, "It's Hide-and-Seek!You go and hide, and we won't peek!"You find a hiding place that's great.You wait, and wait,And wait, and wait.You realize 20 minutes later they're raiding the refrigerator.