i’ve been meaning to update for a while, but life has gotten in the way. i’m not sure that’s a bad thing though. it’s nice to be so caught up in tiny princesses, home repairs, family gatherings, and small group meetings that everything else (blog included) becomes secondary. we had a busy february, and it looks like march is gearing up to be just as busy! these two little girls provide hours of enjoyment…and as our juice box grows up, she provides some frustration, too! last week i put her down for her nap, and after almost two hours of listening to her chatter about cinderella, tinkerbell, and ariel i went upstairs to get her up. i walked in the door and she said, “hi mommy! i’m done with my nap and i DON’T want to argue about it!” she says the funniest things!
lucy is enormous, and gets bigger every day. this is a great age…she’s happy and smiley most of the time, but she hasn’t figured out how to move yet. i know that when she starts crawling our life will become much more interesting! she had her first official cereal meal on valentine’s day, and she LOVES it! we’re only doing one cereal feeding right now, but i think next week we’ll start doing two. she’s hungry! this mommy is certainly looking forward to the decreased breastfeeding that comes with increased cereal feedings!
leslie is really getting into pretending. in fact, she is rarely herself anymore. the favorites are currently cinderella, sally (the porsche from ‘cars’), and june (from ‘little einsteins’). i spend my days not as mommy, but as prince charming, lightning mcqueen, or annie (june’s pal on ‘l.e.’). just this morning she wanted to be cinderella, so i fixed her a tiny bucket of soapy water, a bigger bucket for me, and we cleaned the wood floors in the entry hall, living room, and hallway. she even demanded that she use the toothbrush to clean the floors, and i had to say things like, “wash those floors! you can’t go to the ball until all your chores are finished! good job, cinderella!” she loved it, and i loved that my floors got cleaned in the process. maybe tomorrow we’ll work on cleaning the bathrooms!
sometimes cinderella washes dishes, and the mean stepsister looks on making sure she doesn’t miss a spot!
“wash those dishes, cinderella!”
the girls also took their first bath together. it was hilarious, and we took lots of pictures, but they don’t seem appropriate to post on this here internet! i think we’ll wait until lucy gets a little bigger to do it again, but they both loved it. leslie even washed lucy’s hair for her without causing her baby sister too much trauma!
michael and i have started a new study with our small group at church. in the past, we’ve met with a great group of 4-5 other couples, but for this study, we’ve split up into boys and girls. the boys are doing ‘the power of a praying husband’ and the girls are doing ‘the power of a praying wife.’ it’s been a great study so far, and it’s nice that we each get a night out without the girls. i feel so blessed to have such a great group of women to eat, talk, and pray with…and i’m glad michael has an equally great group of husbands!
next month, lucy is getting baptized at my grandmother’s church. it’s the church where i grew up and where michael and i were married and leslie was baptized. we’re having a gathering at our house after the service for everybody. lots of michael’s family is coming up from birmingham, and we’re looking forward to seeing them and spending time with them! lucy will wear the gown that michael’s aunt leah made. michael and his cousins all wore it, and leslie did, too. it’s beautiful, and i’m sure lucy will be beautiful in it!
the whole family at leslie’s baptism, june ’06
on the home front, michael finally painted the stairwell last week. it’s been bare since we got the wallpaper down last year. now it’s almost the same shade of blue as the entry hall. it feels good to finally have it finished! while he had all the painting supplies out, he decided to do the trim in the bathroom, too. it looks great, but during the process he kicked the paint can over and half a gallon of paint spilled all over the new bathtub! luckily, he was able to get all the paint out and everything is fine, but i was worried! michael was certainly not meant to be a painter!!
i think that’s a sufficient update for now. i’ll try to get back in the habit of updating more regularly. oh…and leslie has this to say to her favorite uncle:
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