Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Random Pictures from July

Girls' Night Out

Thanks, Will, Ben, Philip, and Jason, for staying home with our children so we could have one last girls' night together!

Chocoholics' paradise...the Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square. (Photo courtesy of Anna.)

The fountain on the square.
Thanks for such a fun night, ladies! We miss each of you and your families!
Sleeping Beauty
Will and I absolutely love to peek in at Caitlyn before we go to bed at night. Occasionally we can't resist the urge to take a picture of how adorable she is. I know, we're ridiculous.

We love how she sleeps with her fingers intertwined in her special blanket (made by Marmee). She's been doing this since she was tiny.
Caitlyn at 10 months...
Caitlyn at 8 weeks...

One night we found her with her little feet through the bars. She turns herself around and around in the crib and ends up in the strangest positions.

Caitlyn and Ella

Caitlyn loves her friend Ella. We even think she sometimes says Ella's name when we talk about going to see her. We're probably just hearing what we want to, but isn't that what first-time parents are supposed to do?

Caitlyn and Ella playing together at Ella's new house!

Ella likes to show her affection for Caitlyn by sitting in her lap (which is hilarious).

We miss you, Ella, and we can't wait to meet your little brother!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sweet Time with the Hall Family

We recently had the privilege of spending an evening with the Hall family in their home. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by three excited little ones, ready to play with Caitlyn before it was time for bed. McKenzie is especially fond of Caitlyn. I can't wait to see how their friendship grows over the years.

Kirby read a goodnight story before the kids were off to bed. As you can see, we were all captivated by her storytelling ability.

After the kids were in bed, we enjoyed Dewey's pizza (for the last time in St. Louis - sad!). We really appreciated our conversation with Michael and Kirby over dinner. They were very encouraging to us as we were wrestling through the job search process. Their wisdom and advice were invaluable to us...Thanks, friends! We are thankful that the Lord brought us to St. Louis together, and we will miss you dearly as we move on from here. We look forward to the next time our families will hang out together.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Skonesies (pronounced "skwunzees")

Ah, the skonesie - a classic (?) staple of the infant girl's wardrobe. Skirt in the front, onesie in the's sort of like a mullet, only better, because with a skonesie, the party is in the front.

Caitlyn and our neighbor Anabel have matching skonesies and they even cooperated long enough for us to get a couple of pictures while they modeled them.

More fun pictures of Caitlyn and of the last times they "played" together in St. Louis.
Caitlyn is watching Anabel and thinking, "Hmm...she is five months younger than I am and she can do the same things as I can. I wonder if she can crawl yet. I wish I knew how!"

We miss you, Sweet Anabel. You are getting so big!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

St. Louis 4th of July Parade!

We celebrated the Fourth with our great friends the Schuberts, Jensens, and Porters by going downtown to the St. Louis 4th of July parade.

We took the Metro to avoid the traffic. It was Caitlyn's first Metro ride since her birth. She enjoyed riding in the baby carrier. She gets a kick out of seeing the world from that perspective, we think.

We got off the Metro at Union Station where the parade would end. We had time to look around before making our way out to the street. There is a great little "pond" with paddle boats and ducks under the old train station.

We found a great spot in the shade to watch the parade. The weather was perfect. It was in the low 80's with very little humidity. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. This is a shot of the old Union Station from where we stood.

We took turns putting Caitlyn on our shoulders so she could see over the crowd. I think she enjoyed being on our shoulders more than seeing the parade itself.

Several shots of our little patriotic baby:
She had a blast with the little American flags they handed out to the spectators.

Great friends: Anna Porter, Me, Lindsey Schubert, Missy Jensen (and Anabel)
I am going to miss these girls more than I can express when we move from St. Louis. Thank goodness for cell phones, facebook, and blogs, right?

The excitement was just too much for Caitlyn. Before the parade was over, she passed out in Will's arms. She had missed her morning nap, so we knew she would be tired, but we never expected this! She hasn't fallen asleep in our arms in a long was such a treat.
So sweet, our precious little angel. Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Go Cards!

Last Wednesday we cashed in some free tickets and took Caitlyn to her first Cardinals game (outside the womb). Here she's all strapped in for the hike from the parking lot - she's got her game face on - no messing around!

The Cards were playing the Mets, and this is a shot from our left-field seats in Big Mac Land of Pedro Martinez preparing to pitch to Albert Pujols (the only one of the first 5 Cardinals he faced not to score!). Troy Glaus hit a home run in the first inning, which was very exciting to Caitlyn until they set off fireworks. Then, she reached up and held Christy's hands over her ears ... so cute!

Here we are, and yes, you could see some of the players without binoculars!

There was a 45-minute rain delay in the third inning, which we took as an opportunity to get Caitlyn home and in bed since we were only going to stay a few more minutes anyway. Leaving early, however, meant we missed Glaus's walk-off home run in the ninth to win it for the Cards. They're undefeated with Caitlyn in the stands!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lake Vacation with the Spinks!

It was like a dream. Beautiful Lake Martin, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Laura's amazing lakehouse, the cool blue pool, a hammock in the shade, the boat and skis and tube and Sea-Doo, and relaxing and catching up with family. This is my idea of a perfect vacation, and we are so thankful that Bruce, Laura, Nana, Billy, Marsha, Kristen, and Mary Taylor let us join them for a few days at Lake Martin, AL. If only we could have stayed longer!

Caitlyn and Will enjoyed the pool on our first morning there. Where are Aunt Mary Taylor and Aunt Kristen? (I don't think their alarm clocks had gone off yet.)

Granddad was up in time to enjoy the pool with Caitlyn. He and Marmee brought her a fun mama turtle with babies to play with in the water. She is still enjoying them in the bathtub at home.

After her morning nap and some lunch, Caitlyn enjoyed the shade on the deck with Nana. The weather was absolutely perfect for the few days we were there. The breeze coming off the lake felt great on the back deck.

An afternoon swim with Marmee. Caitlyn surprised us by kicking her legs while Marmee "motor-boated" around the pool with her.

Caitlyn and I relaxed in the hammock after her swim. She didn't quite know what to think of the hammock.

The well-rested aunts and I enjoyed riding in the boat, tubing, and even some skiing in the afternoon.

We were watching Will attempt to ski. He didn't have much success, which surprised me since he is such a natural athlete. At least he tried...which is more than I can say for myself!

Mary Taylor, on the other hand, did quite well.

That night, the sunset was spectacular. We enjoyed a sunset cruise in the boat and got home in time to get Caitlyn in bed.

The next day Caitlyn had a great time with Aunt Kristen in the pool. One of them is wearing lots of sunscreen. The other was working on her tan before heading to Orlando for a basketball tournament.

Will and I got to take the Sea-Doo out while Caitlyn was down for a nap. I was quite the hesitant driver. I think I disappointed Will at first, but I got a little more confident after a while.

A drowsy Caitlyn hanging out with Mary Taylor and Nana. I was so thankful for all the extra help I had with Caitlyn. I was able to enjoy myself on the lake while everyone else entertained and cared for her. What a treat!

We had a great time at the lake and truly wished we could have stayed longer. Thanks again to the Spink family for a wonderful vacation!