Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Snow Day

Enduring the last couple months of cold days finally earned us some significant snow. A few inches had fallen by mid-morning, so after breakfast and sending Daddy off to school (Georgetown, assured of their importance, doesn't give snow days), we bundled up and headed outside. This was Anna's first time actually playing with snow. She'd seen it as a baby at Nanny and Papa's, but was pretty passive about it then. This time, she was pumped! Never one to risk life or limb, she wasn't too rambunctious, but had a great time sweeping it, catching flakes on her tongue, kicking it, digging in it, and knocking it off trees. It was a very powdery consistency (the kind we love on the slopes!), so it didn't make good snowballs. I considered teaching her how to make snow angels, but at 32 weeks now, I feared the beached whale effect, and we took a walk instead.

Imitating me with the camera:



Catching a taste. (I doubt the skies over DC produce the cleanest snowflakes!)



We wouldn't want the car to be cold.



We lasted the good part of an hour outside before a mitten malfunction, cold toes, and snow down the boots and sleeves began to take their toll and sent us inside for warmth.

Enjoying her apr├Ęs-snow hot-chocolate.



I don't know how long this snow will last, but we'll enjoy it while we can. Hope you're having fun wherever you are, too!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Anna's Namesake

Can't even remember the last time I posted video on here, but we wanted to share something we're excited about. For several months now, we've been reading Luke 2:36-38 every night before bed to Anna, because it mentions her namesake - the woman who was waiting for the birth of Jesus. So, here she is, sharing what she's learned with the world. (Little minds are amazing!) We pray these words will go to her heart, and she'll desire to be like that Anna.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Funniest things I've heard today...

We walked out of the hair salon with Anna freshly coiffed into a blowing snow shower. She exclaimed, "It's snowing on my yollipop!"

As I type, she's calling me from her bed to let me know she's ready to be up from her nap. John often calls me by my first name, Cynthia. Anna's trying out her version to beckon me to her room: "Cyntoowaa! Cyntoowaa!"

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Keeping the Joy of Christmas

We're back home now and settling back into life. Our time with family was wonderful and many great memories were made. We're excited about 2009 and are looking forward to: the arrival of the boy (we only know his last name), turning 30, getting John three-quarters to his Master's, and seeing what Anna will be like at 3! Meanwhile, we have a few more days till the semester begins again and it's nice to have some more time to relax. As John contemplates how much we could profit for our 2 guest rooms for the Inauguration, Anna enjoys mommying her 2 new baby dolls and pushing them around in their stroller. She's also loving the barn Nanny and Papa got her. It's a great set complete with animals, a tractor, people, even a hay baler and hay bales.

I guess Christmas is over, but isn't it wonderful how we can walk on in the joy of Christmas, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Cor. 8:9

I don't have many photos to share. This year we got a lot of video because it's so fun to watch Anna in action, interacting and talking about what she's doing. I'll just share some of my favorite memories - simple gifts in and of themselves:

  • Making the gingerbread house at Grammie's with the cousins. Always a fun tradition!
  • Grammie reading Christmas stories to her 4 little ones spread about her in sleeping bags on the living room floor.
  • Harvesting the fresh cedar with Papa in the back field, loading it in the truck and setting it up at Nanny and Papa's house, then decking it with the same ornaments I put on the tree as a kid.
  • Star-gazing with Anna on the clear, cold Christmas night in the country. The stars were in abundance! It looked like someone had thrown tons and tons of glitter up in the sky and it got stuck. Anna was reaching up for them and said to Nanny, "Can I have them?"
  • Visiting the Transportation Museum with Granny Jeanne, Go Gran, and Nanny. Anna loved the trains, the indoor set and the big, real ones outside.
What are your favorite memories?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

After a merry Christmas time in Roanoke with the family, this first day of 2009 finds us in Raleigh, NC visiting meeting sweet Lily! She's a darling. We'll go home tomorrow, so we'll follow up later with more festive details. We pray you all have a wonderful and blessed 2009!