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Thursday, August 20, 2009

8 Months Old

Gracelyn and Ellie turned 8 months old yesterday. Instead of a long wordy post here are some recent photos....
Gracelyn LOVING her bubble bath!! Doesn't that face look like she is having so much fun!

Ellie thought it would be tasty to eat the bubbles.

Gracelyn sat up by herself a few days ago. She isn't crawling yet, but it will be any day! Ellie doesn't even seem interested in trying to crawl or sit up independently. I think she is just watching and learning from Gracelyn and then she will surprise us one day.

We got home late from church Sunday night so we just left the girls in their carseats watching Baby Einstein while I got their baths ready. That is part of our nightly routine--I put on a Baby Einstein video and the girls watch while I am giving baths. That is just about the only way I have found to keep them from getting too upset while they are waiting for their bath and bottle.

Gracelyn and Ellie sitting in their Bumbos looking out the door at the dogs. You can barely see Mae. She kept walking up to the door and licking it. She kept the girls entertained for a while.



Gracelyn and Ellie on their brand new swings. When we were in Denver, our friends that we stayed with had an infant swing in their backyard similar to these. The girls both had such a good time swinging that we had to get us a couple. It is a great way to keep them smiling at the end of the day when they are starting to get a little fussy.

Gracelyn after her bath last night.


Gracelyn playing in the pack and play this afternoon.

Ellie--Everything goes in their mouths these days!!
People often ask if we can see a difference in their personalities already. I always laugh a little when I get this question because Ellie and Gracelyn are soooo different. It is so much fun to just watch them and see how differently they react to things. Gracelyn is so sweet and easy going. She doesn't get worked up very often so when she does it always worries me a little. Ellie, on the other hand, is quite spunky. If she wants something, she is going to let you know!
They love each other so much already. I love watching them first thing in the morning or right after a nap when they see each other for the first time. They will look at each other and just get these big grins on their faces. They are starting to "play" together a little bit. That play usually involves stealing toys from each other, pushing each other in the face, or in Ellie's case, kicking each other. Gracelyn is such a good sport about it, though. She doesn't usually mind unless she is being kicked in the face.
I can't believe that another month has gone by so quickly! I am starting work in a couple of weeks. I am tutoring part time at the school where I taught kindergarten last year. I will only work about 9 hours a week and we have worked out my schedule so I will only tutor in the morning so Dave will be able to stay home with the girls. He will just go into work after I get off. It has worked out better than we could have hoped! I am a little sad that I won't be home with the girls all the time, but I am also looking forward to being able to get out of the house some. I am excited to see Dave and the girls spending more time together!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Airport Hassle

Just a quick story about the Denver airport that I can't believe I forgot to include in the previous post....

Dave and I were hoping our flights would not be completely booked so we decided to take the girls' carseats with us to the gate. Turns out they were booked so we just checked the seats at the gate in Dallas and were supposed to get them in Denver. They were not on the jetway with the stroller in Denver so we go ahead to baggage claim and get all of our bags and then have to find the carseats. Our flight landed at almost 7 (TX time--all times will be TX time in this post, otherwise I think we will all get confused!!!). Ellie and Gracelyn are usually going down for the night by at least 7 so we were pushing it. I was afraid it was just a matter of time before my sweet, happy girls were transformed into hungry, sleepy monsters. Dave still has to get the rental car so I tell him to go ahead. We were planning on the girls and I waiting at the airport for him anyway. So I wait in the area where car seats, skis, and the like come from the airplane. And I wait. Nothing is moving anymore so I asked an emplyee about it. He said it hasn't been very long since your flight arrived, just keep waiting, "They will be here." Well, I decided 30 minutes was plenty long since we had our other bags for about 15 already. I proceed to the missing baggage office only to find several others already looking for bags. None from our flight, though, so that gives me some hope. I wait, and I wait, and I wait some more. I don't think anyone realized the drama that was about to ensue if E and G don't get some food and sleep soon. At one point I am sitting, patiently waiting my turn, and this leggy blonde just walks in and steps right in front of the stroller, which was obviously waiting next in line. I wanted to say a few things to her, but I refrained. I figured the guy behind the desk saw that I was there first, he had even talked to me already, so surely he will help me before her. Turns out she stepped out for a second, rumor was more bags from her flight had arrived, so I got on my feet and made sure she knew I was next in line. By this time it is after 8. Ellie and Gracelyn are just soaking it all in, having a blast. They look at the people in the office, smile, talk to each other, no fussing what-so-ever. I can't believe it, but I was still awaiting the the inevitable. So, when I finally get some help they call around the airport and no one has seen our carseats. They decide to give us loaners for the night. Actually getting the loaners takes about half an hour. Our airline only had one infant seat so they had to borrow one from another airline. So, about 8:30 I am finally meeting up with Dave outside the airport. We had a slight malfunction with one of the carseats so I had to go back inside and wait to get another one. Well, security at the Denver airport is pretty tight. They wouldn't let Dave sit outside and wait for me for any amount of time, so I had to cart both girls in the stroller back into the airport. They are still as happy as can be, thankfully!! I exchanged the defective carseat and then head back out to meet Dave. It took us a while to get both carseats installed because they were probably the cheapest carseats on the market five years ago, but we manage eventually. We get both girls in the car and we are on our way, still NO fussing!!!! Ironically, when we are about 5 minutes from the airport, the airline called and said they had located our carseats and would have someone deliver them sometime during the night. We finally got to our friends' house at about 9, which is about 2 1/2 hours later than normal bedtime. I think Ellie and Gracelyn knew that I could not have handled them being fussy with all the other stress going on. They are such sweet little blessings and we are so thankful for these girls. When we bought our tickets for this trip, we thought we were flying with the airline that never lost bags....I guess their stellar reputation is for not LOSING bags completely??? Because they sure did "misplace" a bunch of baggage the night we were dealing with them. More pictures of Colorado coming soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Colorado Vacation--just the beginning

Dave and I took the girls to Colorado last week. We met my parents, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and family from California (aunt, uncle, cousins) in New Castle, CO. We had such a good time!! Before we met up with my family, we stayed with some friends in Denver for a couple of nights. It was so nice to catch up with friends that we haven't seen in YEARS!! Ellie and Gracelyn got to fly for the first time. They did really well getting from Dallas to Denver. We had a 3 hour layover in Amarillo. That is what we get for booking our tickets about 5 days in advance. We decided to fly at the last minute so we kind of got stuck with a not so great itinerary, but it got us there and home....

This is Ellie and Gracelyn hanging out in the Amarillo airport. They look excited, don't they???

Dave planned ahead and made sure to bring the laptop and some Baby Einstein videos. This kept them entertained for about half of our time in Amarillo.

Dave making shadow puppets on the floor at B & H's house. Gracelyn was mesmerized!!

She got tired of just watching and decided to play with that shadow dog!!

Gracelyn and A. A is 2 and just about the cutest thing ever!! She was so shy when we first got to B & H's house, but once the girls were awake, A just wanted to look at them and play with them.

This is C. B & H's oldest--he is 4 and full of energy. He, also, loved the girls!

This is Gracelyn with B & H's youngest, R. They liked playing together, looking at each other, and talking to each other. They were so cute.

You might be wondering where Ellie is....She was sleeping late so she missed out on pictures. We have some of her from later in the week.

H holding R and B sitting.

Kelly and B sitting on the patio.

Dave and Josh enjoying the nice Colorado weather.
B grilled buffalo burgers for us. They were delicious and I didn't even know they weren't beef until after dinner.

Gracelyn on the chair. Ellie on the floor with R.

I have lots more vacation pictures I will have to get posted later. This was just the first couple of days.