Monday, September 1, 2014

Hanging Lake

This past weekend, we did our first hike with Tracey Ann.

We had a great time, and Tracey Ann was such a trooper riding in the baby backpack for the first time.

Here are some shots from the hike:

In the backpack for the first time

We're ready...

And we're off...

Aunts Sharon and Nancy wondered what we had gotten them into...

Eventually we swapped the sun hat for the sun shade

... And eventually, she conked out

We made it to the top

Love this picture, Tracey Ann's in the backpack

Aunt Sharon at Spouting Rock telling the world she's about to turn 60


Sharon and Nance agreed that the hike was worth it

Tracey Ann woke up to see the top

She's such a little trooper

The whole group

And bundled up for the hike down, in the rain

Back at the bottom, Sharon and Nance are saying,
"WE DID IT!"


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's BA-ACK!

I am SOOO excited!!!

GO MICHIGAN!!!



Thus begins one of my FAVORITE seasons of the year!!!
And this year, I get to share it with this Little Miss, the cutest Wolverine on the planet!



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Warms My Heart...

Sights like this absolutely warms my heart...


Lexie and Lloyd, side-by-side resting at the foot of our bed.  They're not cuddling yet... but three years after becoming siblings, this warms my heart.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Treasuring the Present: Stars and Rain


Hubby and I took Lloyd and Tracey Ann camping for the first time this past weekend.  Lloyd had been before, but it was Tracey Ann's first time... and the first time we had gone as a family of four (Lexie got to stay home).




There were several wonderful memories, but specifically, I want to remember the Stars and Rain.


After Tracey Ann had fallen asleep in the tent with Lloyd (adorable!), Hubby and I had campfire dinner, and then we just laid on the grass, near the fire, under a blanket out under the stars.  The stars were innumerable.  We just talked and looked at God's glorious heavens above us.  It was so romantic, and such a wonderful time for us as husband and wife.


Cozy in the two-man tent (Tracey Ann and me sharing a sleeping bag), the night was 45* and 4:00am brought a big rain storm.  When I awoke with the rain at 4:00am, life was so perfect.  The rain was pelting our tent, but my wonderful Hubby had set it up so well that we stayed completely dry and warm in the little tent.  I got to lay in the dark, listening to the rain on the tent, with Lloyd by my feet, Tracey Ann right next to me -- taking up most of the sleeping bag with her arms outstretched, with my Hubby on the other side of Tracey Ann.  We were all safe and warm and dry out in nature together.




It was so special.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Tracey Ann -- 7 Months

SEVEN MONTHS!  
Our baby girl is growing SO fast and changing, literally, everyday.
 


Weight:
  Approximately 16.5 pounds -- the perfect size


Length:
I'm not entirely sure... she's still wearing her six month sleepers, so her length/height might have stayed constant this month.

Clothing size:
She wears mostly six-month clothes, but I've pulled out a few nine-month clothes.  Most of the nine-month clothes I put her in are more because they are summer clothes and I want her to wear them while the weather is nice.
 
Eating: 
Breast milk and lots of fruits and veggies.  She likes a variety of food tastes and textures -- the food that is her favorite one day, she won't like the next day.  So far she has tasted avocado, banana, tomatoes, butternut squash, pickles, applesauce, carrots, blueberries, corn, tuna, chicken, peaches, watermelon, melon, pineapple and pears... maybe more, but that's what I can remember.  She is gaining such hand-eye coordination, and grip-strength by our encouraging her to feed herself.  We are LOVING the baby-led weaning we're doing.

Sleeping: 
She's officially been in her nursery for about three weeks, and she is doing really well.  It has been a great month for us sleep-wise -- she is sleeping about nine-hours at night, then, after a feeding, she will sleep for another two hours.  We nave a really nice night time routine, and we're feeling good about sleeping this month.  During the day, she takes about three naps, each about an hour a piece.  We are all more rested this month.  Praise God!
New Accomplishments: 
  • CRAWLING!!!
  • Reaching and leaning for whatever she wants
  • Rolling over and over and over -- stomach to back, back to stomach
  • Spinning around on her stomach like a bottle
  • Basically, she moves anyway she needs to to get what she wants
  • She has started shrieking this month to get our attention -- we don't love it
  • She's starting to begin to pull herself up, with help
  • Staying home with our nanny a few days each week
  • She's getting better and better at sitting up -- she still falls over occasionally, but she's getting steadier and steadier

Likes: 
  •  Bath time -- bath time is a great time for us each evening and we have a blast
  • Trying new food
  • Blowing raspberries with her mouth
  • Mama and Daddy
  • Lloyd and Lexie
  • Helping Mama and Daddy -- basically being wherever we are and included in whatever we are doing
 
Dislikes:
  • Not much this month... she is such a happy easy-going baby girl
    Places She Went:
    •  Mount Rushmore
    •  Camping for the first time

    Special Memories:
    • Camping for the first time -- Lloyd, Tracey Ann, Hubby and me all in a little two-man tent.  It was awesome!

    Nicknames:
    • Tracey Ann
    • Tracey
    • Baby Girl
    • Beautiful
    • Pumpkin (pronounced Punkin)
    • Punky
    • Fuss-o (when she's fussy)
    • Munchkers
    • Pretty Girl
    • Little Crawler
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