Monday, March 31, 2008

A week of Firsts for Sarah

1) Monday- Sarah turned one and had her first taste of chocolate cake

2) Middle of the week- Sarah walked for the first time with the walker

3) Friday- Sarah pulled herself up on the couch for the first time (she has been pushing herself standing to her feet for a couple weeks)

4) Saturday- Sarah went up a few stairs at my parents' house (we don't have stairs) and then went up two flights of stairs (7 each, one flight of carpeted stairs, one flight of hardwood) completely at my sister and brother-in-law's house.

5) Sunday- Sarah fell down a full flight of stairs (carpeted, 15 or so) from the first floor of my parents' house to the basement. She thought that she could go down the same way she goes up. She heard the kids playing down stairs and wanted to get down there. The kids (Dylan, Ethan, and Bekah) started screaming when she fell and she just lay at the bottom on her belly crying. She's fine except for a small bruis on her right cheek.

Birthday Day with extended family

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Visitors from Indiana

Our friends the Swans stopped by last weekend (Thursday night) on their way to Florida. Their daughter, Katy, is almost 1 year younger than Bekah, and their son, Caleb, is a bit more than a month younger than Sarah. It was fun to hang out with them for about 12 hours or so.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More to Come

I have a lot to post about, but it will have to wait for later. I have my choral festival tomorrow and then I have to make an Elmo cake for Sarah's birthday celebration this weekend, so it will have to wait for another day!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Sarah!!!

Sarah, you are beautiful, delightful, wonderful daughter that came into this world very, very fast 1 year ago today. Since that unbelievable fast morning, where you arrived 3 hours into labor, the days have flown by. We love you very much and you complete our family!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

New Pictures

Bath time bundle

Mommy and the girls

New Favorite Dinner

Pizza Roll:

1/2 Pillbury refrigerated pizza crust, rolled out

(any of your favorite fillings, but these are our favorites)
1/2 tblsp. olive oil
raw baby spinach
turkey pepperoni
fresh mushrooms
mozzarella cheese

Place filling on crust on 1/3 of crust closest to you, start rolling
Tuck in ends, sprinkle with cheese

400 degrees, 15-18 minutes

cut in sections (pinwheels)

Warm up your favorite spaghetti sauce and dip pieces in the sauce.


Sunday, March 16, 2008


This beautiful, big girl hasn't had a mimi (pacifier) for over three weeks!! Way to go Bekah!!

Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, our church hosts an Easter egg hunt in a park in the neighborhood adjacent to the church. For the first time, this year we took Bekah to it. Sarah slept through the whole thing. They had an area sectioned off on the playground for the 3 and 4 year olds, and then the rest of the park was free reign for the 5-8 year olds. It was a lot of fun to watch Bekah get the eggs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Snow Angels

This past weekend, when we got home from the retreat, Bobby took Bekah outside to play in the snow. They were going to wait till Sunday afternoon, but I convinced Bobby to take her out Saturday evening. It's a good thing because there was so much sun and most of the snow was melted by Sunday afternoon.
After they'd been out for a while, Bekah just laid down on the ground and started making snow angels. No one has ever taught her it before, and we thought it was really cute!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Pictures of us at retreat

Seminary Marriage Retreat

Bobby and I had the privilege of attending the Seminary couples retreat this weekend. It ran from 6:30 pm Friday through 4 pm Saturday at a VERY NICE hotel!!! We had a wonderful time. My parents came down Thursday night to stay with the girls while we were gone.
I got out of school 2 hours early because of the impending storm. (which ending up giving us 4 inches and Columbus 20 inches, so my parents didn't leave to go home until after church today) Because of this, we were able to leave home around 3:45 pm and went out to dinner. We arrived at the hotel around 5:30 pm. Signed up for a picture slot and went up to our room to relax and change for the ballroom dancing lessons. Yep, ballroom dancing lessons at a retreat for seminary students and their spouses. It was so much fun!! When we got up to our room, we were pleasantly surprised!! A large suite with a king sized bed, a separate living room with couch, desk, another TV, refrigerator, and coffee maker, and a very large bathroom with a GIGANTIC whirlpool tub/shower combo. Wow!! This made up for the fact that the hotel only had an outdoor pool.
At 6:30 pm, we ventured down to the ballroom for the group dancing lesson. It was a lot of fun. At 7:30 we had our picture taken by a grand piano in the courtyard and then ventured into the dance. The band was amazing. A bit big for the room, in other words, very loud, but very, very good!! We danced a few times, but mostly talked, enjoyed the band, and ate the fondue.
At 8:30 we headed back upstairs to enjoy time together with no children. At 10:30 pm, I was falling asleep watching the end of "Hitch," so we turned it off and went to sleep. I later found out that Bobby took a lot longer to fall asleep. He smelled the paint fumes from the renovations that were happening in the hotel.
We woke up around 7:45 am (I got over 9 hours of sleep, can't remember the last time that happened!!) We put on work out clothes and headed to work out for a bit. Not as long as I would have liked though because it was sooooo hot in the work out room.
We came back to the room and got ready for breakfast. Breakfast was originally from 10-11, but people started trickling down around 9:40, so they started the buffet early. We ate breakfast, checked out, and then headed back inside the hotel for the first session. The wife of our pastor is the "chaplain" for Spouse and Family Ministries at the seminary, so they lead the sessions on Saturday. They are wonderful, wonderful people, and we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their church. Listening to them this weekend does make me look at them differently though :~).
After lunch we had another session that ending in a renewing of our vows. It was a very special time, and I am very glad that we were able to attend. The last 2 years it has been the same weekend of my Solo and Ensemble and this year they moved it back a little so we were able to go. Thanks Mom and Dad for coming and watching Bekah and Sarah!!! They had a lot of fun with you and we are very thankful that you could come!!