Friday, September 23, 2016

9 Months

Another delightful month spent with Charlotte has passed.  Each time I think this little girl can't be more pleasant, there she is warming our hearts again.

During the past month, Charlotte has gotten to be a chatty girl (finally)!  She babbles with /d/ and /g/ sounds, and we are thrilled!  She isn't breaking any speech records, but we don't care.  Patient growth we can do.

Charlotte has also learned to crawl, fast, and decided that maybe she will be a standing girl, too.  She's slowly (and now the last few days not so slowly) pulling up and not tumbling down immediately.  She continues to enjoy trying new foods, lightly toasted bread with cream cheese or peanut butter are current favorites.  Other favorites right now are all things Forrest is doing, swinging in the garage, licking and munching everything in sight, and throwing fits when it's time to change her diaper.

What a little sweetie she is!

In other news, I just arrived back from Orlando after three days and four nights.  What!?  I can't believe I just typed that!  Joshua had, and is still attending, a medical conference, and I joined him for a vacation at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Resort.  Oh my, that place is amazing!  Great weather, fantastic pool, lots of delicious food.  We so enjoyed our time!  A huge thank you to my mom for caring for Forrest and Charlotte.  What a blessing to vacation and know they are being so well-cared for.  I missed them but didn't worry a bit.  Another thank you to Charlotte for being a good little sleeper.  Quite often these days she will do an 11 hour stretch with barely a peep.  We never could have imagined that with Forrest at 8 or 9 months!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Four Years and Eight Months

Yesterday was a big day for our family.  Forrest Edward turned four years old!  Doesn't that sound like a big step?  It felt like a big step.  As is the tradition, we had a family party at Poppy and Gigi's.  Four year olds like traditions it seems.  A party in Peoria would not do.  The theme this year was letters, numbers, and snakes.  Oh, this little boy is passionate about his interests!

While Forrest turned four, Charlotte turned eight months.  She's a growing girl!  During the past weeks, she has learned to scoot around (not crawling, but getting where she wants!), has started eating so many things (muffins, yogurt, and ice cream are favorites), enjoys screaming for pleasure, and wants to do whatever Forrest is doing (if only Forrest wanted the company).  

What a happy family we are.  We love our children and look forward to seeing them grow and learn!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


We're getting ready for Forrest's birthday and the first day of school, so it seems that summer is drawing to a close.  It has been a memorable one, our first with a vacation home.  That still seems funny to me.  Joshua and Forrest spent over three weeks in Wisconsin; Charlotte and I were there about two.  Here are some picture highlights.

We did enjoy our trips to Wisconsin.  It's always nice to spend time with Grandma, and her beach setup is so fun.  This year we had the added bonus of our own kitchen, laundry, and bathroom.  Looking forward to many more years at Whitefish and Bond Lakes.  

Other highlights from this summer include time at home with my growing little people, a couple of trips to the neighborhood pool before the baby pool was closed, the arrival of baby Will, and time spent with Poppy and Gigi.  

Goodbye summer, it's been a delight.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Seven Months!

Yes, indeed, Letty Rose is seven months old.  That sounds old!  It was another delightful month with this sweet little girl.  Has there ever been such a happy baby?  Seriously, her little smiling face just asks to be kissed about a hundred times a day.

Notables from the past month:

Spending over a week with just me.  Joshua and Forrest headed to Wisconsin on their own.  I was really looking forward to some time with just Charlotte.  While it was great to have some time with her (and not cooking anything but TV dinners was awesome!), I missed Forrest and Joshua a lot.  Also, the Heart of Illinois Fair going on just past my backyard was awful.  Overall, not the greatest ten days.

Getting ready to crawl!  Charlotte is getting her tummy up off the floor and wanting to go, go, go.  Unfortunately, she only manages to slide backwards.  She'll get it one of these days.

Trying a few foods.  She's not too excited about it so far.  I'm hoping for a girl who will like to share some macaroni and cheese with her mama one day.

Sleeping!  A handful of nights, she has slept eleven or twelve hours without a peep.  Oh my!  Sleep is amazing, for Charlotte and for me.

We love you Charlotte!

Monday, June 27, 2016

6 Months!

We have a half-birthday-girl at our house!  Wow!  I would say, "Where did the time go?" but Charlotte Rose is such a part of our family now, it seems she's been with us forever.  Highlights of the past month:

-Charlotte has become quite mobile, rolling wherever she pleases.  Time to get the baby gate up at the top of the stairs!

-She still has smiles for all, especially Forrest.

-She hasn't started to babble yet.  (Goodness, are we going to have another late-talker around here?)

-She went on her first vacation to Wisconsin, enjoying the destination if not the ride to get there.  What a long ride that was!

A quilt gifted from Grandma Rosemary.  Her mother embroidered the donkeys and pieced the top.  Then Grandma had it quilted in Champaign recently.  What a special thing!

Moved on to the big girl seat in the stroller.  Yep, Forrest is walking or riding his bike.  After the initial protests, he seems to not mind.  

In other news, Baby Will was born last week.  What a long-awaited blessing!  Can't believe I don't have a picture of him.  He's tiny with fuzzy yellow hair!  Looking forward to getting to know that little boy.  

Monday, May 30, 2016


The past weekend was full of family celebrations.  On Saturday, we joined together in honor of Grandma and Grandpa G's 60th wedding anniversary.  What an accomplishment!  Most were present for a lovely brunch in Annawan.  Why didn't we take any pictures?!

Sunday was back to Peoria to celebrate Baby William.  He will be joining Shaun and Bill's family in about four weeks, and we couldn't be more excited.  Shaun and Bill have been waiting for such a long time to welcome a new little person!  For this occasion, I did manage to take a few pictures.
We fit about 25 people into my house.  We were cozy, but it worked.  

What a blessed family we are!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5 Months Old!

The good times keep rolling here at our house!  Yes, Charlotte is a rolling girl, which is always fun to see.  She enjoys things that make crunching sounds.  If only plastic bags were appropriate baby toys...  She still loves her Daddy and Forrest the best, although she has smiles for just about everyone.  What a happy girl!  She is beginning to take naps longer than 30 minutes, and nighttime sleep is going fine, just up once or twice.

Celebrating Charlotte's baptism.  She wore the gown Grandma Gryp made for me, Shaun, and Kati and slept through almost the entire service. 

Yes, we're happy people here, and starting summer break today.  Love it!