About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Finally some answers

Well, Natalie is improving, but I finally have some answers as to what was wrong with her. Turns out it was not pneumonia after all. She did end up having a positive test for strep, and the breathing issue, not sure what is causing that, perhaps just her drainage. She is much more energetic today than she has been, and her temperature is NORMAL! It looks like we will be able to visit grandma and grandpa after all at the end of the week.

Another excellent thing is that the van is not going to be expensive to fix, it looks like. We took it to a transmission shop, and they couldn't find anything wrong with the transmission. Tim did a little more research and it looks like it's a sensor, which is something he can fix. Praise the Lord! We certainly did not have the $1000+ to fix a transmission! I thoroughly believe God sent the transmission problems in order for us to come home and get Natalie some treatment and let her be home while she was so sick.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What a Weekend




Well, we have been having quite the adventure. Natalie's had been running a temp through all of the Christmas festivities. On friday morning before our family picture, I called her pediatrician and they said they've been seeing a lot of strep. There was no way to get her in there before the picture or after we left for Missouri, so I decided to take her to the walk in clinic at Walgreens before our trip. We had family pictures at 10, which turned out great. The large family picture with Tim's whole family is on facebook.

After lunch I took her to the walk-in. The Strep test was inconclusive - a bad strip. The lady said she had all of the symptoms so she prescribed the antibiotic. I was very happy, figuring Natalie would be well soon.

We left around 4 to head to KC. It was pretty foggy, but it was supposed to get better as we traveled. It did not. It got worse. Then, the van started having serious transmission problems. We got as far as the Iowa 80 truck stop and stopped for the night. It was very scary, not being able to see, and having the van start chugging every few miles like it was going to stop. Not exactly a good time to be broken down (when no one can see you as they approach

We got a hotel and that was an adventure. There are some cute pictures of that on facebook as well. Natalie was very scared, but she was a trooper. Her fever just kept getting higher and higher in spite of the medication and antibiotic.

We came home the next day. Tim's dad came down to meet us and follow us home. We are very thankful the van made it and we did not have to get towed. Natalie was doing a little better. When we got home, however, her fever was back with a vengence. She was just laying around and wanting to be held. it was pretty pathetic. She also was not eating, which worried me

This morning she woke up with a fairly high temp. I decided the antibiotics should have started making a difference. I called her ped and they asked us to take her to the convenient care to have the strep test redone. We arrived at noon when they opened, expecting to have the strep test repeated and be on our way.

Nope, instead, we had to have a chest x-ray, blood drawn, and try to get a urine sample. Natalie was extremely lethargic, sleeping on us, and burning up with fever. It was terrible. Getting blood drawn was the worst. I had to hide around the corner so natalie couldnt' see my tears. Tim held her and he started to tear up as well. She was a very brave little girl, but kept clinging to us saying "I don't like this, I want my mommy." It broke my heart.

After tons of waiting, a quick trip to the gas station for a snack (we had not eaten lunch), we finally had some results. Looks like she has pneumonia. She's very sick, but it's not a horrible case. We got some different antibiotics. The doctor also suspects that she has a urinary tract infection. I have to try to collect a urine sample tonight, since we did not succeed at the clinic. Natalie was too scared to go, especially after they put a bag on her to try to collect it.

It has been a tramatic weekend, our little girl is quite sick, our van is going to be expensive to fix, but I am thankful. I am thankful that we broke down less than three hours from home, got the van home safely, and are not in KC while Natalie is this sick. Praise the Lord for forcing us to go home, so she can be home in her own bed with her own doctor while she battles this infection.

I hope you all had better Christmases than we did. We did enjoy time with Tim's family in spite of Natalie being so out of it. Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cute!

Here's Natalie playing with daddy in our messy basement playroom. Silly me took the video vertically! Oh well, I thought grandmas and great-grandmas would want to see it anyway.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let It Snow!



We've been enjoying a very white December. We got 8 inches Thursday night and another 6 predicted tonight. Natalie made her very first snow angels. She thought the snow was "mmmm, tasty." Here are some pictures.




She picked this up and said "This is the Biggest Snowball in the whole wide world!"


Megan loved this wrapping paper - it was the foil kind and did not dissolve when wet, so I let her play with it for a while.


Natalie enjoyed a birthday party with friends at our local children's museum. Here are some pictures from that.



Those buildings are made out of Legos


Monday, December 15, 2008

Please Santa?

This morning Natalie told me "I really want my boogers to go away someday." Poor baby! I guess if we were doing Santa in our house that is what she would ask for!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Greetings from the Sick House

Yes, we are still alive. We're just all a little under the weather. Not sure why, but we seem to be continuing to pass a cold around. It started just after Thanksgiving with Natalie, then she seemed better, but I got it, now she seems a little sick again and Tim is starting to get it and Megan is congested at night. Fun fun!

No new pictures, but I am sure many will come as we enter our Christmas festivities. I am dreading Christmas week slightly - it's going to be so busy! On Tuesday we are getting together with Tim's extended family to celebrate his grandma's birthday (90th). That is occurring during nap time - yikes. Then Christmas day we do presents and food and such with Tim's sisters and parents. Then Friday we are doing a family picture with everyone (Tim's sisters and parents). Saturday we are leaving for Kansas City so we can see Joey before he leaves on Monday. I am praying we are healthy by then because if we aren't that is going to wipe out my kiddos (not to mention mommy and daddy).

We've made an executive decision to have our family Christmas when we return from KC. There just isn't time to do it before, unless we do it way before, and I would rather wait.

Natalie's had two birthday parties this month to attend and one more coming. She's really enjoying them, and I am proud of her for learning about giving presents. It's hard for little ones to see a toy and realize it is not for them, but she's helped me wrap the presents this year and seems to understand that they are for someone else. It helps, I think, that her birthday is still coming up, because I keep saying "You'll get presents on your birthday and on Christmas." Still, it's a start towards learning about giving.

I asked her what we should get daddy for Christmas and she said "I baby (doll)." I asked her what he would do with a baby and she said, "Hug it, feed it, rock it." Pretty funny.

Megan had her 4 month appointment. She is now 20lbs 14oz, and is 27 3/4 inches long. Everything is above the chart but she seems to be following her growth curve and is a healthy girl. She's also slowing down on her growth a bit, which I am thankful for. She is getting more and more active (rolling over and all), so that has probably slowed her growth down some.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by my friend Michelle, and have to follow the rules. Here they are:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I have unrational fears on a regular basis - thinks like my kids being stolen out of my house in the middle of the night.

2. I wanted to be a cheerleader, mom, and teacher when I grew up - two out of three ain't bad!

3. I've always wanted to visit Australia

4. I've traveled all over the world yet have never seen the Grand Canyon or Mt. Rushmore.

5. When my family moved to Massachusetts, I went to six schools in three years - yes, it was bad.

6. I was afraid of my husband when we first met. Guess he got me over that!

7. I'm a complete sci-fi buff. I love Heroes, Stargate (all versions), Star trek, and Star Wars movies, much to my husband's chagrin!

Ok, so I tag

Shari
Sarah
Sara
Laura
Sarah H - I sure know a lot of Sarah's
Melody
Ann-Marie

Monday, December 8, 2008

Stories by Natalie

Today we are staying home, yet again, due to sick Natalie. She's starting to feel better though, and we were putting up Christmas decorations and she found a bucket and stick. She put the bucket on her head and held the stick like a sword and proclaimed herself a "knight." Then she told me a story:


"Once upon a time there was a dragon named Brownie. He ate all the teddy bears in his mouth. Then he go to the castle and meet the good knight. The knight tried to find the bears but he chewed them all up in his tummy. The end."


here's Megan's first ponytail:


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has been able to spend time with loved ones over this holiday. I am beginning to enjoy it more and more. It is one of the few holidays that is not highly commercialized. We are visiting my family in KC, minus Joey, but plus one set of grandparents (my dad's parents). We did a quick trip to the KC zoo in spite of the cold on Black Friday. Natalie has been enjoying decorating Grandma's Christmas trees. This is her first year to really get into that. The decorations are a little low on the tree, however.

She has said many funny things but one sticks out particularly. She was putting an ornament on the tree, and she said, "I do this one by my self." It fell to the ground and she said, "Maybe not." Not quite as funny without the adorable squeaky voice, of course.

When we arrived we went potty first thing. She saw some wipes in the bathroom similar to what we use at home and said, "Grandma buy those blue wipes for me? That's very nice of her to do that!"

I am sure I will think of some other quotes to put up. Megan has also been enjoying all of the attention and sleeping even less than she does at home! She is more than willing to bestow spit up on anyone who wants it!

Here's a shot of Natalie decorating the tree. You can see other pics of our trip in my facebook album

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Last night when Tim got home I had Natalie say her verse for him (see video below). He was duly impressed and said, "That was a good job Boo Boo (her nickname)." She replied "You're Welcome. I'll be here all night."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Natalie's First Verse


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If You Have Kids, Hug Them Today

Like any mommy, I get frustrated with my children. Both Natalie and Megan have been off for a while, and I haven't been getting much sleep because of it. I have to confess I have been struggling to be patient with them! Turns out they (and I) were in dire need of a visit the chiropractor. We went yesterday and they both slept through the night. Anyways, I have been reminded through the struggles of others how precious the life of my children is. If you are reading this, hug your kids, and please pray for these little ones:

  • Macy - Macy is four years old and just went through exentsive open heart surgery. Her mommy and I went to college together. This is the second child they have had to put through the same surgery. She is in a lot of pain.
  • Zach - Zach is 9 or 10 (can't remember) and the friend of a friend. He was in an accident caused by a drunk driver and suffered a serious head trauma. After spending a week in a comatose like state, he is now doing well and at home, but has a long road to full recovery. Oh, and the driver, she will get off with paying a $1,000 fine.
  • Dustyn - Dustyn is the 10 year old son of a former co-worker from RBS. He is suffering some unexplained medical problems that could have some very serious problems. His twin sister is really struggling.

Sometimes it's easy to question why God would allow little ones to suffer. Each of these families have beautiful testimonies in spite of what they are going through. The mom of Zach has actually been able to forgive that drunk driver, which takes tremendous grace and strength. I praise the Lord for these children, some of whom I've never met, and their mommies, who are showing the world what strength through Christ is all about "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." Allyson, Michelle, and Beth, I have been praying for you and continue to do so.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't Eat Fruit That Tree!

My child amazes me! (What mommy doesn't say that :)) Anways, we were cleaning up and she came accross her Bible book, one that we have not read because it is too advanced for her. She was looking at the pics and saw Adam and Eve. Not sure how she knew it, but she pipes up "That's Adam and Eve in this book, Mommy!"

Mommy: That's right. How did you know that?
Natalie: Adam and Eve, Don't Eat Fruit That Tree! They disobey.
Daddy: Who did they disobey?
Natalie: They eat the fruit.
Mommy: Who told them not to eat the fruit?
Natalie: God
Mommy: What happened when they ate the fruit?
Natalie (thinking for a long time): They gets a time-out!

Soooo funny. I had no idea she knew that much of the story. It's been my turn to do junior church, and I have not told Adam and Eve's story. We do have a Bible book that has it in there that we read from time to time, but I didn't know that she was listening that well!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Heaven Is Very Far Away

I just had a very special conversation with Natalie. I had to discipline her because she did not obey what she was told. Afterward I gave her a hug and prayed with her. I told her she needed to obey her mommy and daddy because the Bible says "Children, Obey your parents." God wanted her to obey, and I wanted to teach her how.

Natalie: Where does God live?
Mommy: God lives in heaven.
Natalie: I wanna go to heaven. I love God.
Mommy: Well, if you ask Jesus to save you from your sins when you are older you can go to heaven.
Natalie: With mommy?
Mommy: Yes
Natalie: and Daddy?
Mommy: Yes

At this point I felt the overwhelming need to pray, so we prayed that Natalie would understand how to become a Christian when she is older.

Natalie: Goody goody goody, I love heaven.
Mommy: That's good.
Natalie: Is heaven very far away?
Mommy: yes, heaven is very far away.
Natalie: Ok, I watch a movie!

Too funny. (She gets to watch a movie when we take long car trips). So experienced mommies - did I do OK? I am finding myself floored by her sudden interest in God and her questions.

Here are a couple of videos. The first is Natalie doing her 'Favorite thing in the whole world' (which changes on a regular basis). The second is of Megan bouncing - her true favorite thing. natalie, of course, had to get in on the action on that one. The third is Natalie making her bed. She just decided to do it one day out of the blue.


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Well-Said, Cal

A facebook friend offered a link to an article by Cal Thomas that was published in his local paper (imagine!) The article is here. It is an excellent look at how Christians should view the changes occurring in our country, not just in our government, but in society as a whole.

I have struggled with this in light of recent election results. I am not thrilled with our new president's views on several moral issues. I am happy that Proposition 8 was passed in California. However, deep down inside I believe it is only a matter of time before gay marriage, abortion, and several other moral issues are a part of my daily life. Is it really the government's job to fix these problems? Is it possible to "legislate morality" as they always talk about? These are questions I have been wrestling with, and the article provides a fresh take on our responsibility. Does this mean I will not vote or encourage my congressmen and women to vote morally on legislation? No, but it does put life into perspective for me. Please, read it and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quotes by Natalie

I want to chronicle some of the funny things Natalie says so I can remember them later. On Friday we were coming home from story time at the library and she started singing "Jesus Loves Me" when out of the blue she said, "Jesus is mad at me." Floored, I didn't know what to say, so I said, "Jesus isn't mad at you, He loves you!" and she replied, "I'm just saying a silly thing."

She is very excited about winter. She said today "Penguins love cold weather mommy!" Not sure, but she might think penguins are going to show up when it snows.

She looked outside the other day and noticed that the trees are almost bare. She said, "The trees are almost done with their leaves, so it's almost snow time. Goody, goody, goody!"

We talked about creation in Children's Church this past week. When I asked her what God made first she said, "creations."

When she wants to ask why, she asks "why not?"

This morning she couldn't find her stuffed zebra. When we found it she said, "Thank you for finding it mommy. I was very worried about him!"

I am going to post a video later of her making her bed. Out of the blue the other day she says, "I am going to make my bed now," and sure enough, she did!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wow!

That's all I can say. look at these two pictures:

Do you know who is who? Top pic - Megan 3 months old. Bottom pic - Natalie 6 months old. Crazy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So

Megan got a nice bonk on her head today and I had to take her to the doctor. She now weights 19 lbs 10 oz. That was fully dressed, but still. Her carseat only holds 22 pounds. Time to start shopping for a new one. Sigh - taking a baby that cannot sit up in and out of places in the winter without an infant carrier is going to be a real challenge.

Never Too Old to Learn Part 2

Ok, back to what I was saying. I spend a lot of time online, visiting blogs and facebook, when I need a break from work (which is also online). I see many, many people that were kids when I was in high school (younger kids) and have gone far from what we believe. These are typically third or fourth generation Christians. I am not talking about questionable things, but things that are definitely black and white in the Bible. Some things are wrong, no matter how you look at them, in light of Scripture.

So I have been contemplating how this applies to me as a Christian mom. I must pray daily for guidance. I must work carefully to protect my small children from the negative influences I see out there. I must teach them about sin, what it is, how to discern it, and how to avoid it. I must be consistent in my loving discipline of them. The goal is not just to create well-rounded adults who fit in well to society. The goal is to create children who are settled and grounded in their faith and have answers for those who talk to them. That begins with pointing them towards a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I must begin praying now for their salvation. It is not a guarantee simply because they are being raised in a Christian home.

Now for the third thing (this one is far less deep).

3) I am the mom of a two-year-old. This means I am the mom of a temper-tantrum queen. I have been praying for wisdom here. Sometimes I feel it is best to discipline her because she is simply wanting something her flesh desires and is acting out of anger. However, I don't want to teach her to bottle up her emotions. Lately I feel we have had a real breakthrough with God's help. When she starts to get upset, I stop her and tell her to "don't cry. Use your words and tell mommy." Usually she can calm down and tell me what she wants. Often she is getting mad because I did not understand what she wanted. If it is safe, not going to make us late, and not something I have told her "no" about, I usually help her get what she is wanting. I want her to learn that staying calm and asking nicely rewards her with what she wants most of the time. I reserve discipline for those times when I have to say no about something and she has a royal fit (anger). I need to teach her how to control her anger, especially when it is about not getting her way. There are always times in life when we don't get our way! I am thrilled with the way the Lord has opened my eyes to Natalie's needs, helped me to find a way to meet them, and allowed our relationship to get closer as mother and daughter.

Never too Old to Learn

I have been learning some things lately. As a teacher, I know that no one is ever too old to learn, so I don't know why it comes as such a surprise to me when I am learning new things. I'm also a writer, so I am going to write my thoughts as a form of therapy.

1) Trust - This election did not go as i had hoped, although it did go as I expected. Being from Illinois, it did not seem as though there were anyone else who could possibly win other than Obama. It is interesting to me how quickly we have gotten over our racial issues in this country. The Jim Crow laws that were so horrible were not that long ago, and today we are on the brink of having a half-black man in the White House. My issues with Obama were nothing to do with the color of his skin. There are so many unknowns about the man, and I do fear his ties to Islam. We can hide our heads in the sand about this, but the Islamic nation wants to kill all "infidels," which would include me as a born again Christian. That scares me. I also cannot support a man who supports the slaughter of unborn (and successfully born) babies, nor can I support a man who will not protect the sanctity of marriage.

Last night I felt in despair over the election. I am still unhappy about it, but I realize that ultimately we answer to a higher power. My God is in control of all things. I need to pray for the strength to trust that and to have the faith necessary to withstand persecution, if and when it comes. I do fear for my children, not necessarily because of Obama, but simply because of the way I see this nation heading.

Which brings me to:

2) As Christians, we are losing our next generation. I think Christian parents have failed somehow to protect and shield their children from the world enough to keep them strong, while giving them enough exposure to keep them from falling the moment they are faced with confrontation. As a second-generation Christian, I am reminded daily about the need to keep my children strong. Speaking of children, the baby has awakened, so I will have to finish this post at a later time. I have much, much more I need to say, so stay tuned!

Friday, October 31, 2008

it's official

I am the mother of a thumb sucker!

She also has to have her hands in her hair to fall asleep, then wakes up because she pulls her own hair when she twitches!




Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Megan's New Toy

I picked up Megan's Christmas present early - she's not in need of anything "big" but loves to kick so I thought I woudl get her a kick gym. I knew she would be rolling by Christmas so I thought I would get it now. Here she is enjoying it. She loves to 'talk' to the bear. Too funny.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Costume Fun!

We enjoy dressing up, even if we do not enjoy all of the "extras" of this holiday. Anyways, here are my two favorite pictures of my girls in their outfits. To see the rest visit my facebook album at this link. I got some pictures of Natalie's little Friends, but for some reason I missed a few of them. Last night Natalie was up late and was quite grumpy. I had gone into her room to get her costume, and she saw me pull it out. She said, "Ballerina make me happy." We had to leave it in her room where she could see it.

Potty training is still going well. Natalie has had a few accidents, but for the most part she is trained. Not at night though. I am definately looking for suggestions.

megan is turning herself into a thumb-sucker. She pulled out her paci today and stuck her thumb in. Sigh - I was hoping not to have to cross that bridge!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Sweet Baby



Well, Megan is nearly three months old. Here is a picture of her sleeping. Yes. tummy sleeping is a big no-no, but I let her nap on her tummy next to me while I work. She sleeps on her back at night. I took her to get portraits done this morning. Those are posted below as well.




The video below doesn't do justice to how funny she was being last night. She figured out if she kicked her legs her bouncy seat would bounce. She was cooing up a storm and kicking and kicking and kicking, until I got the camera out. Natalie wanted in on the action at the end too! The mess in the background got picked up pronto after they went to bed, just so everyone knows!











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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

so Far, So Good

Well, potty training is going well after two days. So far she hasn't had one accident and tells me when she needs to go! We even took a little trip "out" yesterday and she did fine. I don't know what i was afraid of.

She's funny though - she gets a piece of candy if she goes #2 in the potty. That started when she was terrified to poo in the potty - on a side note to my mom readers who are ready to start potty training someday - candy is a bad idea because it's very hard to break that habit.

Anyways, sometimes she gets very upset when she can't poo because she wants the candy. yesterday she successfully went #2 in the potty and got up and turned around to look at her rear and said, 'Thank you very much bottom!" Very funny!

Megan is now entering 12 month clothing. I cannot believe it. For some reason it makes me sad that she is so big. She doesn't look like a little baby, but she's only 3 months old! She's very smiley though, especially in the morning. That's so fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Potty Training Begins

So, I have made the decision - no more diapers for Natalie! We will still put on a diaper at night because she doesn't wake up to go, but during the day, panties, here we come! Yesterday we bribed her to stay dry at church and she did, then this morning she was watching TV and came to tell me she needs to go, so I know she's ready! Wish me luck!

She's getting funnier and funnier! The other day we went on a wagon ride with some friends at an apple orchard nearby. I told her we were going on a hayride, and she said, "I LOVE hayrides! Mommy, what's a hayride?" Too funny. She's also getting VERY observant and listens to everything we say - hard to talk about Christmas presents these days! Which reminds me - anyone have a great idea for a little girl for christmas. We don't have room for the Rose Petal Cottage, but that seems to be a popular choice. Any other ideas? I need to upgrade her toys - she is outgrowing many of them it seems.

Megan is doing well too - she loves to coo and she rolled over for the first time the other day. Hasn't done it since and was a little startled when she did it. She can also lift her head and chest off the floor - the I'm going to crawl someday pose. I will be getting her three-month pics taken soon if I can ever decide on an outfit for her to wear - her sizes are a little goofy!

Well, here are some pics from the apple farm if you aren't on facebook.




No, she's not choking - she's telling me she can't take another bit because something's in her "mouf"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Megan's Latest Stats

I took Megan for a check up a week or so ago and just realized I forgot to post her stats. She's a moose:

Weight: 16 lbs 13 oz
Height: 24 1/2 inches long.

She's already wearing Natalie's six-nine month clothes, albeit inconsistently. Some things she can still wear 3-6 month, but not much. She seems to do best in one-piece outfits, because her torso is REALLY long and the shirt/pant sets seem to leave her tummy exposed. Other than that she is a healthy little girl!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Quick Video

Here is a video of the girls singing. well, Megan is actually cooing, but it's still cute!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

See How Much I've Grown!

Here are Natalie's pumpkin patch pictures from last year and then this year. She's sure growing! You can see my other pictures on Facebook. If you're not my Facebook friend post a comment and I will put the rest on here, but I think all my readers are my Facebook friends.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guess What I am Supposed to Be Doing?


Napping!


Yeah right, mom! I'd much rather be charming you with my bright eyes and smile!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This and That

We have had a busy weekend! It started actually on Thursday when Tim's sister and family were in town. Natalie loves her only cousin, and she had fun playing with Danelle. Not sure if Danelle had fun becuase she was very tired, but we did manage to capture a picture of the three girls, although it's not the best. Megan was hungry and the two older ones were tired!


Saturday morning we went to a Health and Safety fair at one of the local hospitals. It was free and fun, so you can't beat that! Natalie rode a bike for the first time, which was fun. She didn't quite "get it" but she had fun.


While we were there they had a big dressed up kangaroo character. Natalie was terrified of it. She literally tried to climb up my leg to get away from it. I felt bad because I couldn't pick her up because I was pushing the stroller.
Each booth had little prizes and activities for the kids. She got to put on a finger cast and play life-sized Operation. She even won a Barbie doll at one booth.

Saturday night Natalie had a blast helping us plant flowers. She was very tired, because she only napped for like 40 minutes on Saturday. She was a good girl regardless.


Well, I thought I would get to sleep in on Sunday since she was so tired, but no luck. She didn't eat dinner and so woke up at 6 because she was hungry, I think. We went to church Sunday morning, which she loves doing. This afternoon was the annual NICU reunion. We try to go every year because she gets prizes and it's a lot of fun. She really enjoyed it this year since she could participate in the crafts and games more. She walked away with two new stuffed animals, a little remote controlled car, a book, crayons, and magnetic letters.



It was very late when we got home, and Tim was putting Natalie to bed for nap time. I expected a fight because she tends to fight her nap when she's really tired. No fight. Tim said that he told her to lay down and go to sleep and she said, "I'm too tired to sleep Daddy." Pretty funny. She slept until 5:30, so needless to say we did not make it to church tonight.

In all of this excitement, we had another milestone. Megan started smiling this weekend. Here are some pictures of her.



Finally, here are a couple of videos. They aren't that thrilling. Megan stopped cooing the minute I got out the camera. But I thought grandparents might like to see a moving picture of the little munchkin. Everyone else can skip the vidoes and I won't be offended :)




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