Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Mike!

I love you.

Natalie's 2 year picture

I think I forgot to post these! They were taken 6 weeks ago:

The Best!

I have awesome friends. I really am blessed, even if many of them are miles and miles away. One of these great friends sent Natalie a box in the mail last week. When Natalie saw me pull these Care Bears out, she threw down the toy she had in her hands, came running over screaming "BEAR BEARS!!!! BEAR BEARS MONNIE!!!"

So thank you for the Care Bears, and for the pure joy that followed. They go with her everywhere...even on the wagon ride around the neighborhood tonight!


More kisses:


We celebrated many occasions (birthdays, anniversary, and father's day) with Mike's family with a night of bowling, and wild wings! We all had a blast!

This is a picture of Nani and Pop from crazy bowl:

Abbey and Brad:

Natalie with her bowling contraption:

Apparently our little girl has some moves! They turned on the music and black lights for cosmic bowl, and she got into it. (don't forget to turn off the music at the bottom of the page first)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!

I hope you have a wonderful day! We love you!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


We went to a BBQ this afternoon with friends and had a great time visiting, as always! Natalie was particularly interested in a 3 month old Tate, sleeping in his car seat. I didn't realize what she was up to until I noticed Tim (Tate's daddy) was taking pictures of her. He said it was too precious a moment to stop her from waking him up. Here is my little girl patting Tate's arm and watching over him.
Shortly after this was taken, she leaned over and kissed his cheek.
**thank you Tim for forwarding the pictures on to us!!**

Bye-bye Sassy!!

Last night we snipped the tips from all of Natalie's pacifiers. She was upset and wanted to throw them away, so we did. Sleeping has been tough the last two nights for her, but it will get better. I'm so proud of her! This is big girl stuff!!

We're back!

Mike and I got away for a week at Branson. Mom and Dad were able to stay for a weekend with us, but then had to return to work. I can't say I've ever vacationed for a whole week in Branson, but we wanted something that wasn't far away b/c our 2 year old, and long car trips don't mix!

One of the things I loved about our condo was the balcony was very kid-safe. Natalie was trying to clean by picking up little pebbles.

Our day at Silver Dollar City wasn't very long. Natalie didn't nap that day, and was crabby. The only 2 rides she could go on were the balloons (which she loved) and the carousel pictured below. It was worth it just to see the excitement on her face.

We love this picture:

Our girl vacations seriously:

Mike and I went to the Titanic museum one afternoon. It was interesting to see all the artifacts. Some of my favorite were: a deck chair, life vests, a pocket watch with the time stopped shortly after the ship sank, and a tank of water kept a 28 degrees (the temp of the ocean that night) I could only keep my finger in for 12 seconds before it went numb and burned.

The afternoon we took Natalie miniature golfing was the best! She was hilarious to watch. After the ball was hit, she'd go running after it, pick it up and throw it. She was so distracted by all the decorations, and had fun running down the greens and pathways.


Natalie and Daddy posing underneath the waterfall:

Natalie and Monnie:

The resort had a kiddie swimming pool that was about 2' deep all the way around. Natalie liked walking around with her ring...she gained a lot of confidence when she realized she could catch herself on it if she stumbled.

We always had to stop by the playground if we passed it while walking. Even in swim clothes!

Natalie brushing her new turtle in the build-a-bear shop:

Watching the fish being fed in Bass Pro:

I'm just now getting back in the swing of things, so if you've called or emailed in the past week and haven't heard from me yet, I'll be getting back to you soon! I promise!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Cocoa puffs meets peek-a-boo.


I couldn't find any toddler bedding that I liked for Natalie, so I decided to buy fabric and make it myself. I was excited when I found a Care Bear pattern (her favorite!!!)

It took her 2 hours to fall asleep the first night. She was too busy talking to her "bear bears"


Throw blanket:

Sound Asleep

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Old Pictures

Does anyone recognize these two?
Cory and I, probably Dec. '84. (He was 5, I was 18 months)
Doug, Cory, and Sarah:


As Natalie learns new words, she says most of them very well. If not, it takes no time at all for her to correctly say them. However, there are a few "Natalie words" that we have noticed are here to stay awhile.

"Ah-man-na-na" is how she says banana.

"Monnie" is how she says Mommy. This one is dear to my if you hear her say it, please don't correct her. It is her word for me. I can't help but smile when I hear it, even 100 times a day!

Clock is a new word for her, and anytime she sees one, she shouts "clock!" and talks on and on about the "clock!" Only, she can't pronounce her "L's", so instead of substituting that letter with an easier one, she completely omits it. Thus, leaving her parents the object of stares and giggles, while trying to correct her. I have to admit, when she leaves the room, we can't help but shake our heads and laugh too. :D