Monday, July 23, 2007


announcements, aNNOUNcements! Shhh! (am I the only one who used to sing that song?)

I want to share a big congratulations to my brother Doug and sister-in-law Maggie They are due 12/23/07 with their first baby. They found out last week that they are having a BOY! We are very happy for you and can't wait to meet him! How exciting to have another baby in the family! You are about to receive one of God's greatest blessings. It is humbling to know that He is entrusting you with the life of Chase. He is God's gift to you. Amazing love.

I am counting down the days until Cory comes home. He will be flying in on Thursday afternoon. The parental unit is picking him up, then Natalie and I, and heading back to JC. We'll be there for 6 days, which (I think) is the longest time I'll be away from Mike since we've been married. I am looking forward to spending some time with old friends while home, and most of all, family. I have a feeling that "Grandma" and "Grandpa" can't wait to get their hands on Natalie.

Speaking of Natalie, (when do we not?) she has gotten herself into a little bad habit of waking up around 7AM every morning lately. Which is not a terrible hour, but considering she is my consistant 9pm-9am baby, it has thrown me for a loop! This morning, she decided to go back to sleep after she filled her tummy with milk. So I laid back down as well, only for the doorbell to ring (followed by the vicious-sounds of Cole barking) Apparently, the city employees for the forestry dept. start their day early to cut down trees. Specifically, one right in front of our house.

As if I wasn't surprised enough that Natalie slept through Cole's barking, she also slept through sounds of chainsaws, trees falling near our house, neighbor dogs barking close to her window, and the (active) woodchipper parked in front of our house. All at the hour of 7:15AM. I think all of our neighbors were ticked, well, atleast the ones that had to stumble out into the daylight (in their pajamas) to move their cars. After all the excitement I try to go back to sleep. Just as I was dozing off, Natalie wakes up for the day. All of this before 8AM. To think someone just asked me if being a stay-at-home-mom got boring! HA!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Day at the pool

We joined Randy and Dorie at the pool Friday afternoon. The weather was nice, the water temp was perfect, and I think we all had a great time!
Natalie walking around
Watching the lazy river

Mommy and Natalie in the river! (Thank you Dorie for jumping out and taking these! I appreciate it!)

All of us floating along...

Natalie took the "lazy" river very seriously!

She just about fell asleep

Playing with Pop's goggles

Fast asleep in only a few minutes
Here is another picture I took of these two a couple days ago (she's giggling)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Just a few more

This is one of my favorite (funny) pictures of Natalie. The expression on her face cracks us up!

Here she is watching tv and petting Cole. It's just impossible to separate these two!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Catching Up

This past year has gone by so quickly! Natalie is now 14mos and her favorite buddy is Cole. (Our 2.5 yr old labrador) He withstands the rough "petting" and tugging, and hates to be in a different room than her. He is our "gentle giant"
We have even witnessed him try to keep her out of trouble. Although he had some shortcomings at first...

We celebrated Natalie's first birthday on May 8th. We had a small gathering here at our home. It is very hard for me to believe that our baby is ONE! How did that happen? Didn't we JUST bring her home from the hospital? It has been a wonderful year, she has the most wonderful temperament and I am blessed to call myself her mommy. Here is a picture of her in the birthday dress.

We have recently become members of a church down in south county. We enjoy it there, and Natalie seems to enjoy the nursery. (no crying yet) I used to feel guilty about leaving her there, but quickly got over that. I think it's good for her to have more interaction with toddlers her age...esp. with me being a stay-at-home-mom.

Mike has been on the job search lately. Although he really enjoys his work here, it requires us to live within city limits. It never really bothered us until Natalie came along. Now we long for something quieter, and less crowded. So we've been fixing up the house, trying to get it ready to go on the market.
Perhaps our biggest news yet is that Natalie has started walking!! She took her first steps on July 5th. Daddy, Mommy, and Uncle Brad were all here to witness it. Now she's getting brave and walking 10-15 steps at a time! Good job big girl!! She also has 4 teeth (and more on the way)

Here are some more recent pictures:

Grandma Byam, Natalie, and Mommy on Mother's Day

Natalie and her friend Charlotte. Charlotte is having eye surgery on the 27th of this month. Please keep her (and her mommy and daddy) in your prayers as they go through this uneasy time.

Daddy and Natalie on Father's Day

Natalie's first piano lesson. Mommy learned from a very special teacher.

I will close for now. Thanks for reading!


Welcome everyone to our blog-world! I will be posting later today (during Natalie's nap) to update everyone on the happenings in our household. I hope we can use this tool to keep in better touch with friends and family that are both near and far.