Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Time!






It's fall! Autumn is my FAVORITE time of year. I love the colors, the weather, and pumpkins! Today we went to a wonderful pumpkin patch. We went quite early and no one else was there. It was really nice - especially for me just to sit in a chair in the cool air and watch my baby girl pick out pumpkins. She had a blast running around! Almost all of the pumpkins we bought in our wheelbarrow were ones she chose.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pregnancy is Beautiful!




We went last Saturday to take some photos of Brie and me. There were two locations downtown that I wanted to go, but neither worked out. Matt suggested we go to Community Medical Center downtown where they have a gazebo and garden. As soon as we got there, Brie fell down and scraped her knee. So, she was not a happy lady. We got a few neat pictures, but with Brie's knee bleeding everywhere, it wasn't the most successful photo shoot. I am hoping for a couple more next weekend at my baby shower.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Things I Love About Brie

My daughter is so funny. She is just like her daddy. She knows what gets a laugh out of us and looks from one of us back to the other to get "approval" for her funny acts. Last night she was holding the spoon in her mouth and making some strange sound. We were laughing, so she just kept doing it, smiling at the praise. She also does this funny thing - whenever we say "crying," Brie scrunches her face and makes a fake crying sound. Where did she get this?

Brie is sweet. This she might not get from me! When someone is hurt or crying, she gets really concerned and acts very gentle. She rubs my belly and says "baby brother" and "I love baby brother." She always wants to tell him bye when she leaves. She loves to share with us. Brie loves to pet the kitties and loves dogs too.

Brie is WILD! This she gets from me (and Matt too I'm sure). Her hair is wild - wispy and flighty. She shakes her head rapidly, spins in circles, runs without care, and climbs!! She loves escaping after her bath and running wild around the house naked as the day she was born.

She is smart! She loves books and words. Her most favorite independent activity is to sit in her Tinkerbell chair and read her books. She must read a couple of books while she drinks some milk before bed. She has her favorites and knows many of the words, which she loves to say when we read them. She loves her alphabet cards and recognizes almost all of the letters. Her memory is better than mine! She remembers people's houses, what happened days ago, and things we say. She repeats everything and likes learning new words. She likes to get them right, so she'll listen several times and then try it when she thinks she has it.

Brie has been observant since the second she came out of the womb. She is so alert and notices everything. She loves small little things. She will find the smallest crumb and bring it to me. She will say a word and we'll think she made a mistake because we haven't seen something, but then finally we notice and realize she is light years ahead of us. She loves learning how things work. Since she was able, Brie likes to turn toys over and see how they work rather than actually playing with them. Her fine motor skills are wonderful - she just loves small things! She is quite the little scavenger and she loves to throw things away!

Brie is very intentional. She is very clear where she wants stickers to be placed or where she wants us to sit.

The best thing about Brie is how affectionate she is. She loves to cuddle, hug, and kiss. Nothing makes my day like having her give me a hug!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Remembering Adam




On August 11, my cousin Adam was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. We had just seen him and his wife and children a month earlier when they came to California for a visit. It is still so unbelievably shocking and devastating. He was in his last year of residency in Omaha, Nebraska. Two of his young boys were in the car and were injured. I was so proud of his accomplishments and of his lovely family. Adam will be missed greatly by so many who loved him!!

Summer











Summer flew by this year. We did a lot of fun things, but I had to be limited quite a bit due to my pregnancy issues. The heat really affected me this summer. Energy exertion just shut me down each day. I needed a lot of help. It was frustrating (and still is) to not be able to play with Brie the way I would like. Luckily, though, my best friend is also a teacher, so she literally spent every day of her summer at my house. Most of the summer I experienced dizziness, headaches, and fatigue every day. I couldn't run errands - I was basically bed/couch ridden. With my Dr.'s help, I made the decision to stay home for the fall semester. This was really hard for me because I love to work and I love to teach. I also love to be in control - and the control was being taken from me!!! I did do swim lessons with Brie, which was very tiring, but being in the pool really helped on those hot days. Brie ended up loving swim lessons. She would talk about swimming every day. She would even wear her flippers around the house. We also went to Pismo for our family vacation this year. It was nice and cool there, which was a welcome relief for me! Brie absolutely loved the ocean and the sand. We had a blast watching her explore. We also went to Avila Barn where Brie got to see lots of farm animals.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Matt's Master's Graduation


Matt and his adviser Scott


Matt and his dad and mom





What a special day for Matt! He officially has a Master's Degree!!



January Thru May

Oops! I guess I haven't really been on top of the blog situation. The first part of this year was very challenging. I became pregnant in February and had a rough dose of sickness. So I missed tons of work and just overall felt bad for the first 3 1/2 months! Things seem to be looking up now. Plus it is summer break! Brie and I have already done many nice things together and I am really enjoying my time off from school! Here are some pictures from the last six months...







































Sunday, January 10, 2010

Back to Work

I am headed back to work tomorrow. I am excited about it!! Staying home for three weeks sure had its challenges. I am not used to being with Brie 24/7, so half of the time I was tearing out my hair. She is absolutely wonderful, but her energy level is about mine times 1000. I don't know how my mom does it. I feel like I have to pay attention to her non-stop...maybe that's the problem. I know she has to learn how to play by herself too, but then I feel like I'm neglecting her! AHH! Well, I won't have to think about that for another 5 months :). I am excited about the stuff I'm teaching this semester and I have a lot of other responsibilities at school as well, which are just the right amount of challenging. This working mama is ready to hang up her "stay-at-home" gloves. I don't know how you all do it (all of my WONDERFUL stay-at-home moms). You are terrific and I wish I could be more like you.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Matt's Trip to St. Louis




Matt took the college students from our church again to Urbana, a missions conference sponsored by Intervarsity. He was gone for a week and spent New Year's Eve there. The group got a dose of snow and freezing temperatures. Overall he had an enjoyable time with the students.

Christmas


We had a great Christmas! Brie sort of got into the opening of gifts. It was too much fun to buy things for her and wrap them up. She received lots of nice gifts from all of our family. Matt and I were also blessed greatly by our families. I am currently enjoying spending all of my gift cards :).

Brie and her cousin!

Happy Birthday Brie!






Hard to believe my little girl is already one. She is such a little bundle of energy. We have had quite a year with her. Since the day she was born, she has been a joy to have around. Matt is always amazed at how "human" she is. We are so blessed to have her!!! Brie's birthday party was lots of fun. We had a kitty cat party, since that is her favorite thing on the planet. The party was at my parents' house - lots of family came to celebrate with us. She had her first cupcake and loved it!

Halloween




Our little sweetie was a doctor for Halloween. She enjoyed dressing up in her baby scrubs and toting around her little doctor bag. We went over to my mom and dad's house and went to a few of their neighbor's houses for trick-or-treating (for posterity).