Sunday, April 30, 2006


Our WalkAmerica fundraising effort was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who so generously donated, we were able to raise $2,613.00 for the March of Dimes to help in the fight against prematurity.

We had perfect weather, in the 60s and mostly sunny. The girls were absolute angels and didn't complain once. They loved being out in the fresh air with so much to look at and listen to. All in all, it was a wonderful day and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Friday, April 21, 2006

Happy Easter and Happy Birthday Kate!

The girls participated in their very first Easter Egg hunt on Saturday at Grandma Gladys' house. The weather was perfect and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Eden LOVED the basket, and wanted to carry it herself the whole time. You couldn't pry that basket out of her fingers. I would pick up each egg and she would take it in her other hand and put it in the basket. She was very serious about her job of putting eggs in the basket. Holland was more interested in discovering what was inside the eggs, and chewed on each piece of candy with the wrapper still on. They were very cute.

We welcomed another cousin into the world! Kate Isabel was born on April 20th at 12:27am, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces, 20 inches long. That brings the grand total to 9 grandkids for my parents. I say the more the merrier, but don't look at me for number 10!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Calling All Walkers

Have you checked out how much we have raised so far for WalkAmerica?

We are cruising along, not far off from our new goal of $2,000. The walk is coming up soon now. For all of you who plan on walking with our team (or the St. Joe's team)...we are meeting at my house on Monday the 17th, at 2:00, to make t-shirts and signs to carry with us on the walk. If you are interested, bring a white t-shirt and come on over. We are planning to put pics of the girls on our shirts. I have photo transfer paper and some supplies (fabric markers and patches), but if you have any clever ideas of your own, feel free to be creative and bring your own supplies. I will have stuff for sandwiches. My mom is bringing chips and dip. Email me or call if you think you'd like to stop by, so I know how many to plan for.

If you can't make it, but would like us to make you a shirt, drop off a white tee to my house. We'll decorate it and bring it to the walk.

Oh, and by the way, if you are in any way offended by a messy house, call me, and we'll do it at your place instead! Cause I doubt I'll be cleaning...much...

One more thing, as usual, please don't come if you are sick, or have kids who are sick. No stuffy noses, coughs, vomiting, etc...even if you are sure it's just allergies. We can't handle ANY MORE sickness! But we still love you!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A Cute Day

The girls were just so cute today. I couldn't decide which picture to post, so I thought I'd just post all of them. I love this age.

Holland learned the sign for water yesterday, and today said Tigger, block, and clap. She is almost to a point of trying to repeat whatever word we say. I'd say that it has been within the last month that she has really started this language explosion. Before that, she just had the basics, like mama, dada, zippo, and kisses. Eden gets speech twice a week, and we do a LOT of talking in our house to help with Eden's language development, so I am sure that Holland has picked up on that. I honestly think that it has more to do with her than with anything special we are doing. Every child develops at their own pace, and the range of "normal" is huge. Some kids say their first word at 6 months while others don't talk at all until age three. Of course, even though I know all of this, I admit that I am very glad Holly is doing so well and I don't have to worry too much about her language development. At least there is one thing I don't have to worry about.

We went out to breakfast this morning, then to Target to pick up some new toys. John and I saw the commercial for the Aquadoodle Mat, and had to have it. For the girls of course. They are really into drawing lately. And eating crayons. So anyway, while we were there we also picked up some Mega Blocks. Eden is really interested in stacking and sorting, but her motor skills aren't quite good enough for her to stack blocks. We thought the Mega Blocks would be good for her because they stack easily. They were a HUGE hit. Holland lost interest kind of quickly, but Eden worked on building with those blocks for a good half hour, with intense concentration. The Aquadoodle Mat was fun too, but they are still a little bit young. A couple more months and I am sure they will love it.