Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anna Really Likes to Sing

Here's a little video of Anna singing. Her favorites right now are still "Frosty the Snowman" and "Go Tell It On the Mountain." Christmas lives on!

And I promise we are working on teaching Hope to sit like a lady.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Last Thursday, January 20th, all four of us sat excitedly in the Dr.'s office waiting to find out what gender our new little baby is. It seems that the ultrasound tech usually checks a bizillion things (which I am thankful for, mind you) before they get to the gender area. And then, she said, "looks like you have another little girl!" Then the Dr. came in and confirmed the technician's thoughts that it was a girl. I guess our little girl wasn't being shy or lady-like.

We all had smiles on our faces for quite a while. 3 girls! What fun girlie times we will have. And what a softy Mark will become! The teenage years may be filled with a lot of ups and downs (and seasoned parents have told us we have no idea... very encouraging, I know :), but we're praying they'll be filled with much blessing as well as we get to watch our little girls grow up to be God-fearing, loving and serving women.

But for now, we will enjoy all of the dress-up clothes, baby doll dressing (and undressing), baking, thinking mommy and daddy are the greatest, crafting, finger nail painting, nursery playing, friend-loving, passionate and dramatic moments that make up our little girls.

We're looking forward to May 27th!!!

Here's some recent pictures of the big girls :)

EVERYDAY is dress-up day. I never know what combination she'll emerge from her room in. And then she likes to brush her teeth and put on chap-stick.

Here's our sweet little Anna. She's picking up from Hopey just how fun dress-up is, although she needs help putting it all on. This one she accomplished by herself. And somehow I got a picture of her without her silly camera smile. She's at a super-cute and fun 2 year old stage right now.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Top Ten of 2010

Here's a list of things I'm thankful for this past year. God helped us meet some goals, grow, learn, serve, and love each other.

10. We learned how to garden. We successfully grew: strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, romaine, carrots, onions, broccoli, pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, and cherries. It was a great summer in that way. We learned that you shouldn't plant all of the romaine at one time, or you'll end up with 9 heads of romaine ready all at once. We also saw what would happen to broccoli if you let it get to ripe - beautiful yellow flowers! I have a feeling this next year we will not be so ambitious with the baby coming - it is a lot of work.

9. Mark finished his comprehensive exams, and began writing his dissertation, the final phase in his schooling journey. He now holds the status of ABD (all but dissertation).

8. Hope and Anna's first trip to Disneyland in February. It was magical! I'll never forget my little girl in her blue Cinderella dress prancing around the park. It was also the first time Mark and I had been to Dland since moving away.

7. Going to California for 2 weeks in February. It was such a great trip and winter respite. It WAS hard to come back to the frigid cold, though.

6. Lots and lots of company. We had 7 sets of overnight guests. We stay-cationed all summer, saw lots of family, and explored Chicago.

5. I ran my first 5K! Not that much in the running world, but a goal that was met, nevertheless.

4. Anna beginning to talk a lot and play with her sister. Their little relationship has really blossomed the last few months and we love it! They like to hold hands when they walk, play babies, and giggle.

3. Mark getting to see the Giants win the World Series in Texas. It was a random chain of events that allowed for him to go. We still can't believe he was there.

2. A very special Christmas with 2 little girls who were very in to it, and loved having their Nannie and Papa here.

1. Finding out in September that we'll be having a new little one join us in May. The wonder of it all never gets old!