Monday, June 29, 2009


On Friday I took the kids to Penney's to get their pictures taken, and I absolutely love how they turned out. The photographer was amazing and spent over an hour with us. One child was less cooperative than the other, so we ordered more pictures of Baby Sis than of him. It was the first time that we got her pictures taken, so that was part of it as well.

I had an amazing coupon (one that even the photograper couldn't believe!), so it didn't cost nearly as much as it could have. I did have to really limit what I bought, which was incredibly hard, but I got a nice assortment of pictures and made sure that I had enough to go around. I ordered one of the pictures esp. for Auntie E since she loves close ups of their eyes. I'm sure you can guess which one that is :)

P.S. Could God have possibly blessed us with cuter kids?! I seriously don't think so :)
P.P.S. If you're interested in the coupon, let me know, and I'll forward to your e-mail address!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Checking In

Well, it's been almost two weeks, but I am still here :) We drove out to PA almost two weeks ago and spent last week hanging out with Mark's family. Mark and I went up to New York City for a couple days, without the kids. We did just about everything there is to do except Central Park. We saw the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, took a bus tour of Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as both uptown and downtown tours, hung out in Times Square, and even went to Phantom of the Opera. (We bought same day tickets for front row orchestra seats for only $35 each!!)

Mark went home on Sunday, and I've been taking a grad. class for a second master's degree that I started years ago. The class is going well so far, but I haven't had a 7:30 a.m. class for years. I am not a morning person, so it is rather tortuous. It helps that I have five babysitters in the house to help out. Steven is absolutely LOVING his time with Grandpa Hal and Nanny, Uncle Andy, Aunt Beth, and Auntie L.

The kids and I will be here until the 5th, and Mark will be flying out to join us on the 3rd, and then we'll all drive home together. It's hard being away from home for this long, but things are still going well here. I'll try to upload pictures sometime soon. I have some cute ones of Steven blowing bubbles, at Chuck E. Cheese's, and finger painting. Can you tell he's having fun?!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trying Out the Jumparoo

Michelle LOVES her jumparoo and will spend hours in it. I love it too :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pooped Out

This is what happens when you spend a fun-filled day at the zoo with Grandma instead of taking a nap.

Rediscovering the Jumparoo

As soon as I pull up Steven's old baby things, he has to play with them. The jumparoo was no exception. It worked out well, though, because I hadn't gotten the seat in it yet. He enjoyed playing in it, and Mark and I were laughing so hard because he kept trying to lean against it and didn't catch on that it just wasn't working out too well :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

West Virginia

Sorry for the lack of posting--I'm working a temp job M-F nights (in addition to Saturdays at the college). It'll be over just in time for us to go to PA for 3+ weeks. I'll try not to disappear completely :)

Anyway, my parents are in West Virginia this weekend for my dad to candidate at a church there. They're meeting with a variety of people as well as speaking at the church Sunday morning and having a Q & A session that night. The church will then vote on the 14th and let them know the results at the end of the service. Please pray for them and for this trip and that God's will will be very clear.

They are coming home Tuesday evening and are closing on their house on Wednesday. They have to move out by the end of the month, so things are really up in the air right now. If they end up going to WV, they'll move straight there. Otherwise, they may camp out at our house for a little while. (The kids and I will be in CS when they're moving out.)

Thank you so much for your prayers. This is a difficult, but important, time for all of us.