Friday, August 31, 2007

Ready for the loo?

Lately Anna has taken a serious interest in using the potty. She has a lot of the cognitive and behavioral habits down, but I'm not sure she's physically ready. She usually tells me after she's filled her diaper. I got her a training potty and she only wants to sit on it if the little seat is on the real potty. And she likes to just sit there. I don't think she quite gets that she's supposed to expel something. Any advice?

Besides hanging out in the bathroom, which we did a lot of this week, we've been having fun. Last weekend Granny and Anna's cousin Haley-anne came and stayed till Monday. It was adorable to watch Anna wanting to copy everything her big cousin did. Anna thinks being 7 is the coolest thing and can't wait till she's there. Here's a photo of the 2 of them. One funny thing about Anna and Haley is that it seems like since Anna started getting teeth, Haley has started losing them. They've been on about the same track. Anna just got up to 12 and Haley lost 2 more. It's cute stuff.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bye, Bye Caleb

Last Wednesday the Toths departed this area for bigger and better things in the Special Forces world. This was a sad day for Anna and me. You see, we've been living near (sometimes with) the Toths for nearly 4 years now. For John, the pleasure of Kevin's presence was even longer, going all the way back to days at USMA. We've experienced a lot together: deployments, field times, fun travels about Europe, Kristen and I found out we were pregnant the SAME day (though she held out on me when I told her :), anniversary celebrations sans husbands, the glories of pregnancy and crazy life with newborns, infants, and now toddlers, I could go on.... We'll really miss them. Anna and Caleb were each others' first friends. Caleb even helped welcome Anna home from the hospital back at Ft. Benning.

Last summer we had fun watching our babies grow and develop, and helped each other grow and develop as mommies.

But all good times must end, thankfully friendships do not and I have no doubt we'll be seeing these folks again somewhere down the road, hopefully sooner rather than later. And hopefully Kevin will find it in his heart to forgive John for ignoring him the past 7 months. (Can anyone blame him, really?) So, farewell Toths, and we pray that God will bless you in this new season of life.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

7 Months Down...6 Teeth to Go

Today marks 7 month's since Daddy's departure and, according to the Donut of Misery, that means we are 47% done, assuming he returns exactly 15 months from the day he departed. We know that's not likely, but you gotta have something to look to! Yep, 7 months. At times it seems like it's gone by quickly, and at others I feel every minute of it. By God's grace, we keep going. This day also coincides with Anna's decision to sprout 6 teeth at once! I was starting to think she'd only have 6 teeth forever, but no, 6 more are currently erupting through her little swollen gums. We all know that teething is never good for Anna...or Mommy! So, pray for us and enjoy this photo of Anna proudly presenting the number 7 on the fridge today.

This post was brought to you by the letter "T" and the number 7.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cousin Time!

Anna couldn't think of a better way to celebrate her 17-month day this past Tuesday than to have her cousins visit! Auntie Mary, Jacob, Hannah, and Sam came for a couple of days and we had a blast doing laps around the house, going to the "zeeum" (Jacob's word for a local children's museum), running around in the sprinkler outside, having donuts for breakfast, and just being a little crazy!

Here's a photo from a year ago when they visited when Anna was still a bit too small to keep up with them.

But now she's the life of the party!

She was particularly sweet on Sam.

Thanks for coming, guys! I'm always amazed at how well-behaved these kids are and am now convinced their parents have bribed them with the promise of Corvettes when they turn 16. Or for Sam, it will probably be a "wocket."

Come back soon!

Monday, August 06, 2007

A Community Service Message

Anna wants all her friends to be safe. Please check this link to see if you have any of these recalled toys.

Almost as good as Daddy

This past weekend Anna and I welcomed some very special visitors. We've had a lot of them lately, and we're so thankful. On Thursday Uncle Mike and Aunt Faith came from Ft. Hood to spend some time with us and to see Aunt Faith's brother marry his true love. was such a sweet wedding. And we had a great time playing with Uncle Mike and Aunt Faith, too. I think at first Anna really wondered if Uncle Mike might be Daddy, but she soon realized the difference: you have to lean your head back higher to see Uncle Mike because he's a little taller than Daddy. She loved them just the same, and I think they like her too. This morning she pointed at the guest room and was looking for them and put up her hands in her way that says, "Where'd they go?" We miss you guys, but can't wait for the next one. We love our family!