Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Halloween Pics...a couple months too late...sorry Mimi

Proud of her ladybug costume:

Pictures from the Harvest Hay Day at Southwood:
She loved the blow-up bouncing thing:

With her fellow bumble bee, Winnie!

Pictures from Trick-or-Treating in our new neighborhood:
In the wagon and ready to go:

Daddy was more excited about the candy than Caitlyn:

Here is part of the group we went around with. It's so great to be in a neighborhood with new friends!
Caitlyn and Daddy at a neighbor's door:
Up next: Pictures from the Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Baby Steps: Long, long, long overdue, I know

Let me start by apologizing for not updating this thing in a long time. I'm so sorry. I am hoping that will change soon. They are coming to set up our internet connection on Tuesday, Dec. 16, and I promise to be more consistent after that. You have it in writing now.

Thank you to everyone who continues to check our blog in hopes of finding something other than the little red wagon. I hope you haven't all stopped checking since it's been so long! I owe you lots of pictures and videos, and they'll be up soon.

In the meantime, here is the video that everyone (well, at least the grandparents) is waiting for...Caitlyn is WALKING! Finally (as of Dec. 10)! This is in the "few steps at a time" stage. She is moving much more confidently now.

And here is the video of the beginnings of a fit she threw because she was tired of performing for Mama and the camera. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Little Red Wagon

My parents gave Caitlyn a wagon for her birthday, and she is having a great time with it. We have been going for evening walks around our neighborhood with her several nights a week. She hangs on to the sides as we go over bumps and says, "Whoa!" when Will pulls her fast. Will likes the fact that people smile and wave and slow down as they drive by...apparently a toddler in a wagon is much cuter than one in a stroller.
Here she is trying it out (inside our home) for the first time after we put it together...

Daddy pulling the wagon in the backyard ...

Asking for "more" wagon rides ...
Thanks, Mimi and Pops, for this fun gift. We are all enjoying it and hope to do so for many years to come!

Friday, October 3, 2008

The people on the bus go up and down...

We found the old alphabet bus in a box recently. Caitlyn hadn't seen it in a few months, so it was like getting a new toy. This video shows just how excited she was to have it back.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy First Birthday!

I can't believe it's been a year already. What an amazing and incredible adventure it has been. God has been so good to us every step of the way. It has been such a joy to watch Caitlyn grow and develop and learn. It is such a daunting task and yet a great privilege to be responsible for loving, teaching, and raising her. She is a tremendous blessing to us!

My parents and grandparents made the trip to Huntsville from South Carolina for Caitlyn's birthday weekend. We had a small cookout in her honor on Saturday evening, the highlight of which was watching Caitlyn eat cake for the first time.

Just getting started ...

Going for fistfuls...
Really digging in ...

I think she liked it ...

The sugar is hitting ...

Quite pleased with herself ...

All done ...

Waiting for her guests to arrive ...

Playing with her new activity table ...

Enjoying special time with her great grandparents (and her new phone!)...

Opening presents at her party ...

Such a big girl, with a bow in her hair and drinking milk!

Happy birthday, Caitlyn! We love you!

Friday, August 29, 2008

So much has changed!

Since the end of July, we've had lots of changes in our family. The first and most exciting to us is that we finally have a job!! Will is now the Director of Pastoral Care and Assimilation at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. Praise the Lord! When we first heard about this job, we both described it as our "dream job." The job description includes so many of the things Will has been gifted by God to do (and enjoys doing), and the church fits the needs of our family in so many ways. We never imagined that we would get this "dream job," but the Lord has once again blessed us beyond what we could ask or imagine. So...we now live in Huntsville and are currently renting a house while we look to buy a house of our own.

Some big changes for Caitlyn:

She is finally crawling!!! We were beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. She started off hesitantly at first, but now she has great confidence and is all over the place. We have finally had to "baby-proof" the house. Here is some footage from one of the first few attempts:

She also now has four teeth. She had no teeth until she was almost eleven months old, and then within a month she had four. She loves to smile and show them off! Here they are, two on the bottom and two on the top:
Her "vocabulary" is expanding and now includes "dada," "mama" (sort of...and only when she's fussing, of course), "doggie," "bye-bye," "no-no," "yum yum," "all done," and occasionally something resembling "thank you." I am really enjoying the stage she is in now. She is learning so many new things and I am constantly amazed at the things she understands and responds to even though we haven't intentionally taught them to her.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and encouragement as our family has gone through this job search process and transition to a new place. God has been so good to us and we are so excited to see what the future holds for us here in Huntsville.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Beach Baby

Caitlyn's first trip to the beach

While in SC, we took a little family vacation to Charleston/Isle of Palms so Caitlyn could see the ocean for the first time. So far, she has really enjoyed water of all sorts, so we figured she would have a blast at the beach as well, and she did.

We stopped in Charleston on our way to Isle of Palms. Here we are at the pier at Waterfront Park (with the new bridge in the background):

I have always loved the swings on the pier. I could have stayed here all day.

Caitlyn at the market downtown:

The Beach!!!

Before heading down to the beach we attempted to have Caitlyn take a nap in her pack 'n' play (which she usually does quite well). However, this time, she finally discovered that she could sit up from lying down...a new trick she was quite proud of. I couldn't help but laugh when I came around the corner and saw her sitting up on her own, so of course, she thought her new ability was quite funny. After 30 minutes of trying to get her to lie down and take a nap, we gave up and headed down to the shore.

Caitlyn didn't quite know what to think of the sand. She tried to pick it up and then shake it off when it stuck to her fingers.

When she couldn't figure out how to get the sand off, she tried to hand it to me.

Will dug a hole for Caitlyn to sit in:
She enjoyed sitting in it for a few minutes before getting restless:
Movie star pose for Mimi:

Will thought it would be funny to "bury" Caitlyn in the sand:

We didn't take any pictures of Caitlyn in the water (oops), so I can only write about it. Will took her into the water at the very edge where it was only a few inches deep. She got excited every time the little "waves" would roll in and splash over her feet. She reached for the waves and clapped as they got was so cute. She loved picking up the mud and putting it on my leg and then having me splash it off. Will took her out a little deeper and they jumped over the waves together. She had an absolute blast. Thanks, Marmee and Granddad, for enabling us to take this fun vacation!

Monday, August 18, 2008

In the meantime...

After moving out of our apartment in St. Louis, we traveled to Lexington, SC, to visit my family. Below are some highlights:

Making grape jelly with my Grandma and Pop-pop:

My grandmother has been making delicious grape jelly for years, and I really wanted to learn how to make it. They have grapevines in their backyard, so we picked the grapes and turned them into jelly within a matter of hours. Here we are picking the grapes off of the bunches:

Cooking the grape juice:

Pouring the completed jelly into jars...yummy:

Swinging in the new swing at Grandma and Pop-pop's house (Caitlyn's great-grandparents):
Four generations on one swing:

Playing at Mimi and Pops' house:

She is standing up and holding on to furniture more and more. We wonder how long it will be before she is walking. She is still pretty timid, so we're guessing it will be a while.
Laundry basket races down the hallway:
Caitlyn just loved it. She held on tight and laughed the entire time. I wish I had a video!

Trip to the Riverbanks Zoo with Mimi and Pops:

This was Caitlyn's second visit to Riverbanks Zoo. I think she enjoyed this visit more than the last one. She could actually see the animals and attempted to interact with some of them.

At the "farm," Caitlyn was delighted by the goats:

She also enjoyed standing by the glass in the penguin house.

She tried to touch them as they swam past her in the tank:

Another ride on the carousel (on the tiger, of course!):