Now We Are Four!

KW joined us on November 10, 2010. Thanks for following our journey as a family!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Für Elise

I was called out yesterday on how long it had been since I've posted an entry. Sorry! I took lots of pictures yesterday, then realized I had these cute ones from playing outside a couple of weeks ago. Whenever it is above 50 lately, we take a walk and/or play in the backyard. We've got cabin fever!!


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Reminded


Every year since we were married, Bryan and I have taken a "Marriage Retreat" in January.  This is a weekend for planning for the year - our budget, our vacations, our house projects.  We also have time set aside to talk about how we can be a better couple - and now, parents.  Plus, we are out of the house - no chores, no pet projects, and (sometimes) no tv!  This wasn't an original idea; one of the couples we met with before we got married suggested we do this, and we simply heeded their wise counsel.  This weekend is a non-negotiable in our marriage - we do everything we can to make sure nothing stands in the way of this time.

Last year, Lee went with us.  Logistically, we were not yet able to be away from him for two days and two nights (read:  I was still his primary food source).  This year, Lee had his first weekend away at Pawpaw and Mimi's house.  He loved it!  They loved it!  We loved it!

Yes, it felt strange to be in the house without him; we haven't been alone there for over a year and a half!  But, once we left and went to our retreat destination, I was reminded of what it was like to be without Lee.  We didn't look around the loft and wonder what needed to be baby-proofed.  We left things lying around.  We slept in!  We made a big yummy breakfast, hung around in our pajamas, held our sessions without interruption, and topped it off with a steak dinner.



One of the unexpected outcomes of the retreat this year was that I was reminded of myself.  I love to read, I have hobbies, I want to travel.  I love to hang out with Bryan!  Sure, Lee is a huge dream that came true, and we desire for God to increase the size of our family.  And, no, I didn't really forget who I am before this weekend.  But sometimes, it is hard to access the true personality of Amelia.  I am just thankful that I was reminded, so I can make a better effort of pulling her out of the woodwork of our home more often.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This Year's Christmas Pics

Favorite Christmas Memory #1


Lee's expression on Christmas morning.  He would not let go of our fingers.

Favorite Christmas Memory #2


Bowling!

Favorite Christmas Memory #3


Another great expression

Favorite Christmas Memory #4


Ok, so I wasn't actually there, but I think I know how the conversation went:
Patrick:  "Get out of my car."
Lee:  "I am NOT getting out of this car."

Favorite Christmas Memory #5


Lee almost fell over his own feet getting to his new tools and work bench.

Favorite Christmas Memory #6



Lee's smile as he played with... the tissue paper!

Favorite Christmas Memory #7


Lee waking Grandfather and KK