Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rainy Labor Day

Pretty in pink and ready to play in the rain (Don't worry, she received a pair of rain boots for her birthday. Next time we play in the rain, she'll be more properly dressed.)

Allie washed her hands before going to play in the rain...because she LOVES washing her hands

Sisters and rainy day playmates

Twirling with the umbrella...what a princess does in the rain, right?

Giggles...nothing is more fun than getting soaked!

Allie had a rough few days involving several falls and leaving her forehead with some lovely bruises.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

First Days of School

It's hard to believe that August is here and school has started. Caitlyn is in the 3's Class at her preschool now, and she is loving her new teacher, Ms. Denise. She is becoming so much more independent as she now gets out of the car with excitement and walks down the sidewalk with confidence. It's really hard to believe she will be four years old next month!
Ready for Preschool Orientation

Allie is 19 months old now and learning new things every day. This is such a fun age and stage (my personal favorite), and I love to watch her vocabulary and skills grow. She is just as verbal as Caitlyn was at this age, and she will do anything to get a laugh. She loves to swing, play hide and seek, swim, and watch movies (well, the first five minutes, anyway). While Caitlyn is in preschool, Allie gets to stay home with me - lucky her! I'm enjoying having some one-on-one time with her and getting to know her without anyone else vying for my attention.

Such a ham!

Sweet Sisters

First Day of School

 Caitlyn has been asking for a while now to take ballet classes, and we have found a class that is just right for her. She is beyond excited...the class doesn't start until the end of August, and she asks me every day how many more weeks until it starts. We bought her required outfit, and she wants to wear it every day. I'll be sure to post more pictures once she gets started. 
Excited ballerina
 I noticed that Allie is not wearing shoes in any of the pictures above. That seems about right.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Highlights

Here's a quick view of our summer in pictures:

My wonderful grandparents came to visit in May. They helped us replace all the interior doors in our house! (And when I say "helped us," I mean that they did most of the work while we learned a lot.)

I got to help out with Southwood's VBS again this year...Pandamania!

We did lots of swimming, in our kiddie pool in the backyard and at community pools that our friends graciously invited us to. This picture just cracks me up.

The girls played "Princesses" a lot, too. Allie is learning to tolerate Caitlyn dressing her up.

We read lots of books and laughed a lot, too. These two sisters really love each other!

Allie's hair is long enough to put up in pigtails now. Pretty cute, right?

Will and I celebrated our 7th anniversary this year. We are so thankful for all the ways God has blessed us and our family.

We got to take a much-needed vacation to NYC while the girls stayed with my parents. We had a wonderful time - the highlights were seeing Wicked on Broadway and biking through Central Park.

We got to spend some time with the Creedle family to celebrate Great-Granddad's 90th birthday and Great Grandmom and Granddad's 60th wedding anniversary. Pretty special!

We also went to Lake Martin with the entire Spink family, but somehow I managed not to get any good pictures...

Summer 2011 was wonderful! The Lord has blessed us with wonderful friends and families, and we are thankful to have spent time with many of them in the last few months. We look forward to what the next year holds!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Story of the Little Pink Cast

It was Presidents' Day.  Caitlyn had the day off from preschool, and the weather was unseasonably warm.  I thought perhaps we would call some friends and go to the park to play late morning.  After cleaning up the kitchen and picking up the toys downstairs, I headed up the stairs with Allie to get her dressed for the day.

And that's when it happened.  I tripped on the next to last step and flung myself and Allie down. My first thought was a relieved, "Thank goodness she didn't hit her head!" She had a scratch on her face - I think it was from my own hand grazing her cheek as I tried to break our fall.  She was crying pretty hard and seemed to be in pain.  I put ice on her cheek, gave her some ibuprofen, and tried to calm her down, but she was inconsolable (and I was pretty torn up myself).

That's when I stripped off her pajamas to check for any signs of bruising or bleeding.  Everything looked fine except her right foot.  It was red and quite warm, but not swollen.  She wouldn't let me touch it, even to put ice on it.  As she began to calm down I noticed she wouldn't put weight on that foot or even crawl on that leg.  And I knew something must have been broken (cue second round of tears for mom).

Shortly after it happened Allie fell asleep in my arms. She hasn't done that since she was tiny.    

Fast forward several hours and doctor's appointments (and tears) later, and it was confirmed.  She had two small fractures in her ankle and a bright pink cast from her toes up to her mid-thigh.  She was surprisingly brave through most of the day, but she stayed snuggled close as we went to each appointment (which is unlike her).  We had a follow-up appointment after a week, and the x-rays showed another crack in her tibia closer to her knee (just when I thought the tears were behind us).  Thankfully, her original cast was protecting it just fine and it was aligned correctly and healing appropriately.

An exhausted Allie is sporting her newest pink accessory.

She is handling life with a cast really well.  The first few days were hard.  She had trouble sleeping and didn't use the leg much.  But over time, she adjusted to the extra weight and is now crawling with ease and even pulling up and "cruising" around the furniture.  We have been so blessed by all the family and friends who have called, prayed, visited, brought us meals and flowers and balloons, and offered words of encouragement.  We are doing so much better and hope that the cast will come off in just a couple of weeks.

One of Daddy's socks keeps her toes warm (and protects the floors).
After a few days she was already able to pull up and put weight on the cast.  She'll do whatever it takes to "share" some goldfish with her big sister.