30 June 2010

A Picture Story

So, as promised, I have finally returned and have lots of pictures to share!

Our Lovebug is getting so big!  She is really beginning to pudge out and she simply LOVES food.  She is also somewhat mobile.  Yesterday I watched her roll to retrieve a toy and she gets very angry if something is still out of reach despite all her rolling.

Sylvia got a backpack from Grandma a few weeks ago.  She cracks me up because she will want it put on her and then she will leave it on all day if I let her.  She is still not speaking much but she is as sharp as a whip.  She can follow "if, then" commands and her problem solving is simply amazing, and terrifying!  She continues to mimic what I do but it has gotten to be more complex things.  She tried putting a pair of pants on Babydoll, and this morning she nearly put on her own t-shirt.  She is now a relatively clean eater, having basically mastered her spoon and fork.  And despite her lack of words, she manages to communicate nearly everything she needs/wants with us very effectively.

A couple of weeks ago Sylvia and I met Heather and Alexis to go strawberry picking.  It was such a fun day!  We took a hayride to the plants and then we picked to our hearts content until the tractor came back to retrieve us.  Upon our return we got ice cream and strawberry plants to take home.  Then we walked to the barn and fed and pet a number of animals.  Sylvia had the best time and was a total wreck when I told her we had to go home.
They were very yummy berries!  At first Sylvia was really good about helping me pick them and put them in our basket but then she noticed that Alexis was eating them.  Suddenly, picking didn't seem as much fun and she indulged on the fresh from the vine berries instead!

This was the day before Father's Day.  We had my family get together then and we all sat around my dad while he shared stories of his father.  It was really neat and it was something that I was actually planning on asking him to do in the near future.  We never knew my dad's dad, not even my mom, so it was nice to hear my own father share his love for the father he had.

This was Dave and the girls on Father's Day.  He was so excited to be reading to his girls while both of them sat in his lap.  It was right before church and he hollered at me to get the camera so I could capture his special moment forever.
A dear friend of mine got these hilarious glasses for Veda.  They have owls that flip up (which is what you are seeing).  I made some "mommy cards" using this picture as the front, I thought it was so cute.

And here is Sylvia enjoying some of the fun aspects of summer-- playing in the water!  She had the best time and even kept pretty calm whenever the spray would get her.

My grandfather's home hosted "Country Days" last week and Mom and I took the girls for about an hour or so.  It was simply too hot to be there for any longer!  Sylvia saw several animals again and loved petting them all.
And the other thing this crazy girl insisted on doing was hug the trees.  Wherever we go she needs to hug the trees!

Just a couple of cute pics of Veda.  (And Sylvia has no idea her little sister was using her chair so don't tell her!)

25 June 2010

Coming Soon

I realize I may need to reintroduce myself it has been so long since I have last updated.  We have not had internet lately.  My life can get quite crummy without internet as so much of my social being is connecting with people "virtually."  This week, other than my husband, I did not see another adult human for four days.  So, I am thankful for the technology we have that can allow me to "talk" with others even if I can't see them, but I can go rather nuts when I no longer have this access. 

We do have a connection at present, but now I am struggling to merge my old computer with my new computer (which is housing all my newest pictures but cannot connect to the internet for some unknown reason).

Anyway, all of this rambling can be summed up in a simple plea:  Stay tuned.  I will post again soon with many adorable pictures included.

06 June 2010

Weekend Photographed

Veda got a new friend named Bruce.  And she loves him very much.  Big sister is jealous of Veda's new toy.
This is a posed shot.  I said, "Do you want your picture taken?" and she immediately stood in place with a big ol' grin and waited until after she saw the flash and heard the "click."  Yikes.
A parent's dream:  When asked if she wanted a snack, Sylvia ran to the fridge and pulled out the bag of vegetables.  She loves broccoli.  Don't believe me?  Check out the closeup:
She is a girl after my own heart.  I also love the stuff raw.  Dave just finds the whole thing rather icky.
Lady Bissell?  I have mentioned previously that Sylvia loves to help me vacuum.  Yesterday she hopped out of her bath and came running to assist me in my chore, no clothes necessary!
Yesterday was Veda's first real go at solid food.  The doctor originally wanted to wait until she was six months, but given her "petiteness" we were told to go ahead and begin trying now.  Sylvia was six or seven months before she had any real interest in the stuff.  Veda took to it immediately.  She is currently eating sweet potatoes (and will be for the next several days because of that whole allergy concern thing), and this morning she actually began to cry and fuss every time Dave took the spoon away to refill it.
Yummers.  She was quite pleased with her meal!
But the whole ordeal tuckered her out.  We gave her a bath and a bottle and she was soon out, and I mean OUT.  But isn't this one of the cutest pictures you've ever seen?
This is some of my most favorite yarn in the world.  Ria, Dave's "aunt" from the Netherlands, brought it over for me.  (Yes, they were here for another visit a couple of weeks ago.  I have been waiting to receive their pictures to get the best selection to share with everyone before posting about our wonderful time together.)  Alpaca has got to be one of the best fibres in existence.  It is stronger than sheep wool, is both warmer and cooler than sheep wool, has no lanolin (no itchiness factor), and comes in 16 recognized natural shades.  The skein to the left is an all natural, undyed yarn.  And have I mentioned that this stuff is soft?  I mean, it is really soft.  I am in love.

04 June 2010

Veda at Four Months

Our wee member of the family is now four months old.  She had her wellness check this past Tuesday.  She looks very healthy and her stats were good:  24.25" and 11lbs. 4oz.  She grew well over three inches since her two month check!  She is now in the 50th percentile for her length and continues to remain in the 10th for her weight.  We are going to try and fatten her up a bit!

Discouragingly, it looks as though we may have an allergy kid.  She has a couple of body rashes and we are carefully watching what may be causing the irritation.  We have to introduce solids very slowly to establish whether it upsets her system or not.  Nothing was severe enough yet to warrant full allergy testing at this time, but the doctor did caution that we should not be too surprised if we find ourselves in this boat in the future.

I shared with a couple of people that I dread becoming "that" mom.  You know, the mom who every time she drops her kids off somewhere has to say, "Well, child A can't eat this or do that and be sure you do this with child B and be especially careful about x with child B as well . . ."  Between genetic diseases and allergies I am quickly headed down that path.

And what is this?  Could that be little Veda rolling over from back to front?  Why, yes, it could!  She suddenly began doing this last Friday.  It took Sylvia until about six months before she could do this and we spent several weeks watching her try and try and try to master the skill.  I remember cheering her on and telling her what to do with her arm and it was almost a full blown celebration once she finally managed to roll over.  Veda, on the other hand, gave us no warning.  We never saw her make any attempts or anything.  She just suddenly did it.  It was a total surprise.  This worries me a little.  I appreciate the lack of drama (which we get PLENTY of from her older sister), but I also like having a little notice about things.

This picture just cracks me up.  I don't know if Veda is getting instructions, a pep talk, a warning . . .