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Zoe’s 2nd Birthday!

29 Mar

Zoe turned 2 a couple weeks ago!  She is definitely a toddler now.  Running is one of her absolute favorite things.  Pretty much all her words are real words now.  She’s even begun saying “My shoes” instead of “Zoe’s shoes”, and “I would like some crackers” instead of “Zoe would like some crackers”  🙂   She’s been playing pretty well with her friends, but as all toddlers do, she does suffer a bit from the “that’s mine” syndrome! haha.   This month was a major birthday month!   The first week, our friend’s baby was born, that same week was Gage’s brother’s 12th birthday,  the next week was Zoe’s birthday, 4 days later was my mother-in-law Jenny’s birthday, and the next week was Zoe’s best friend Kjersten’s birthday!  There were 3 birthday parties this month, and many more birthdays I didn’t list.   Zoe certainly got her fill of birthday cake!

The skirt she is wearing in the picture was made by Jenny! Isn’t it adorable? It was the perfect thing for her to wear on her birthday.  Jenny also made her a Winnie the Pooh dress to wear at her birthday party!

Zoe’s party was fun.  She “played” the Wii, opened presents, stared at her birthday candle, ate cake, and looked cute.   Unfortunately the only one of her little friends that could make it to the party was Evan! We’re so thankful that Evan was there 🙂   Everyone else at the party was an adult.  We still had a great time though!

Zoe was blessed with so many amazing gifts this year.  A magna doodle, her first skates, adorable clothing, a little keyboard, an overnight bag that looks like a stuffed animal (so cute!), fridge phonics (she LOVES this!), her first barbie, a new Veggie Tales DVD and many many more.  I used some of her birthday money to buy her some new books, as well as a bunch of adorable spring/summer clothes so she’s almost set for the warmer months!

Thank you to all who came to the party and/or provided her with a gift!  She now has everything she could ever need, and then some.


The Terrible/Terrific Two’s, already?

21 Jan

Ohh the joys of having a toddler!  Most of the time she’s the cutest and sweetest little girl in the world, but when she wants something or dislikes something, boy does she ever let you know, and not in a nice way!!  Thankfully God has granted me with an ever-increasing amount of patience these past few months.  I still need a lot of prayer though, there are still times where I feel like giving up on patience.  I begin to yell…and before I know it, I am completely overwhelmed and  dreading the thought of ever having more children.

This age (22 months) is very fun and very difficult.

She is saying short sentences now, learning hundreds of new things every day, she’s a little joker – she loves to entertain us, she loves people – she’ll say Hi to just about anyone, she gives wonderful hugs and kisses, she loves to dance and sing, but she also knows the words, “No”, and as of a few days ago… “Why?”.   She’s a huge fan of tantrums and disobedience, and she only wants to play with Mom & Dad’s things, or with trash & recycling, never her own toys.  She enjoys ripping paper apart and biting her crayons.

This is just proof that we are all born sinners and we all need Jesus.  I just need to encourage her in the ways of God and pray for her salvation daily! 🙂

She’s got Style

16 Nov

I love this little girl so much 🙂

Zoe: “Mama!  Want Cookie, please?”

Mommy: “Oh, you want a cookie?”

Zoe: “Okay!”

Our 1st Professional Family Portrait

9 Nov

Our Family - Oct 09

I’m a photographer and I take a LOT of pictures.   Because of this we have only had professional “studio” pictures taken of Zoe one time, it was when she was 6 months old and it was a local photographer, total cost was  $35.    This time we were going to take pictures for our church’s first color directory and the photos were taken by Olan Mills (Ooo lala!).   I’m very happy with how our photos turned out! We received one free 8X10 and we ended up buying  a couple more because we know we won’t be getting more family photos for a while.   I did hear from my cousin that Portrait Innovations takes great photos and they are reasonably priced, so I think we may try them out for Zoe’s 2nd birthday.

Taking it Easy

13 Oct

“How are we going to find a tree with all of these woods around here?” – Tigger

I’m not a huge fan of television these days but I love the smile that Zoe gets on her face when My Friends Tigger and Pooh comes on.  Right now she is enjoying a “nack” (snack) and watching “Pooh”.   We’re having somewhat of a lazy day.  I’ve been sick for the past week and my house is a mess.  It started off as abdominal pain that got progressively worse, on the 3rd day I came to a point where I was in constant pain that was comparable to labor pains, it went on for over 5 hrs so we went to the hospital.  I had an ultrasound, a CT scan, and multiple other tests and the end result was that it is most likely a virus.  Sooo, I’ve been “waiting it out” at home.  The pain that I had on Saturday is gone but I’m still ill.   I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to clean up the house little by little and resting as much as possible.

What an interesting month we’ve had!  Hopefully this next month is a little less crazy.

Upcoming Events:

October 16 & 17 –   I’m going to the Women of Faith Conference in Minneapolis, MN with my friend Anna.  I don’t know anything about any of the speakers so I’m a little nervous about it but I’m sure it’ll be a fun experience.

October 30 – November 3 –  Gage, Zoe, and I are going to drive down to Tulsa, OK to visit my cousin Wendy and her family.  We’ll be celebrating her daughter’s 2nd birthday as well as Halloween.

Zoe – Singing at 18 Months

11 Oct

Laying Foundations for Homeschooling (and for Life)

6 Oct

Our daughter is only 18 months old.   She’s still my sweet little baby, still in diapers, still uses a binky, still sits in a high chair…so why am I already thinking about homeschooling?  We still have about 2 more years until she’ll be nearing preschool age.  However, with Zoe’s sudden increase in words and understanding basic concepts, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to teach her and how I want to go about teaching  these things to her.

A few days ago I decided to search for some basic things I can begin teaching Zoe now that will help her to develop some good skills that will help her once she begins homeschooling.

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