Friday, November 19, 2010

Vegas, Baby!

This week Steve and I took our first vacation without Claire.  She stayed at MiMi and PopPop’s this week while Steve and I headed to Vegas.  (I must admit to shedding a few tears at the airport and again aboard the plane.  I’ve never been apart from her for more than a couple of hours at a time.  But I finally managed to get my emotions under control and have immensely enjoyed my vacation!)  But I can’t wait to get back to Claire later today!

Claire is having a wonderful time.  We’ve talked to her on the phone several times, and she’s having a blast with MiMi and PopPop.  She even got to spend the day with Analise yesterday.  Sounds like fun!

They say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  In keeping with that, this post will be short and to the point without any details that would give too much away.

We’ve had a great time here in Vegas.  We’ve eaten a little (or a lot).  We signed up for the all-day buffet.  Steven loved it!003

We’ve played some games.  We won some.  We lost some.  We’re going home happy.004

We had a great time just hanging out as husband and wife.005

Just for fun:  Steve highlighting some of the unique architecture of Las Vegas.006

It’s been a wonderful vacation!  Thank you, Steve, for planning this trip for our anniversary.  The past six years have been wonderful wedded bliss.  I love you so very much!  Thank you for marrying me!  Happy Anniversary!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ready for Church

We took these this morning before we left for church.  She’s just too cute!003


Total sweetness!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I love the zoo!

Steve took off early today.  Claire and I picked him up and took him to the zoo.  It was a perfect afternoon.017

I love the zoo.  I love fall.  I love fall at the zoo.032 And I love spending a fall afternoon with my hubby and baby at the zoo!030

Claire pet a cow today.026

Claire loved the panda.039

We had a great time today and enjoyed the fall weather.

The zoo is preparing for their zoolightful celebration which begins next week.  We will post some pictures of that soon.

My Monkey Loves Bananas!



I LOVE this girl!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sea World and Packing

MiMi and PopPop met us in Houston on Thursday to help us pack up the house.  We accomplished a lot and celebrated with a trip to Sea World.

Prior to Sea World, we stopped for lunch at Taco Bueno.  Yummy!004

Claire checking out the fish in the coral reef015

Sea World has a great playground.  Claire, of course, wanted to slide.  This slide was very big and very fast.  Claire had to slide on it many times.  “Whee!”016

Steve rode Journey to Atlantis017



my lovelies031

Watching a show at Sea World with PopPop and MiMi053


It was a perfect day!072

We grabbed dinner to go and ate in the car on the way home.  Claire fell asleep right in the middle of dinner.  She had a really big day.080

Current pics of the house after a weekend of packing.

the gallery without the family pictures087

Claire’s room without her monogram and most of her things.  (I admit to shedding a few tears while removing her monogram and packing things up in here.)082

All of the pictures have been taken down.  The bric-a-brac has been packed.  And the Fostoria has been packed.092



The Wilton Armetale has been packed, along with the apothecary jars.096

the guest room is no longer welcoming but is full of boxes100


We accomplished a lot in a very short period of time.  Thanks, MiMi and PopPop for coming down to help us pack it up.  We had a great time with you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love completes each other

“This ‘completing’ aspect of love was revealed to mankind from the beginning.  God originated the human race with a male and a female – two similar but complementary designs meant to function in harmony.  Our bodies are made for each other.  Our natures and temperaments provide balance, enabling us to more effectively complete the tasks at hand.  Our oneness can produce children, and our teamwork can best raise them to health and maturity.  Where one is weak, the other is strong.  When one needs building up, the other is equipped to enhance and encourage.  We multiply one another’s joys and divide one another’s sorrows.  When we learn to accept the distinctions in our mate, we can bypass criticism and go straight to helping and appreciating one another.  The effectiveness of your marriage is dependent upon both of you working together.  Don’t try doing all the analysis yourself.  Don’t disqualify his or her right to voice an opinion on matters that affect both of you.  Love realizes that God has put you together on purpose.  And though you may wind up disagreeing with your spouse’s perspectives, you should still give their views respect and strong consideration.  This honors God’s design for your relationship and guards the oneness He intends.  Joined together, you are greater than your independent parts.  You need each other.  You complete each other.”

Today’s Dare:  Recognize that your spouse is integral to your future success.  Let them know today that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions and that you need their perspective and counsel.  If you have ignored their input in the past, admit your oversight and ask them to forgive you.

Steve and I have had a lot of decisions to make recently regarding our future plans.  Many of these decisions involve Steve’s career.  He has listened to my opinions and concerns about his possible decisions, and I believe that together we have reached the correct one.  There are many upcoming changes in our very near future, but I am excited to continue on this adventure with my husband and daughter.  The best is yet to come!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Boo!! …Ha! Ha! Ha!

Our church hosted a Pumpkin Festival on Saturday.

Claire bouncing with Caroline009


Steve savoring a water ice – yummy!015

my loves022

Saturday night, we went to Steve boss’s house for a fall party.  It was so much fun!081

Claire loved sliding down the tree slide into the pile of leaves below025


Claire and her pumpkin040

Our hostess had a lot of activities planned for the kids.  They made sock pumpkins, had a scavenger hunt, played kick ball and baseball, went trick-or-treating, roasted marshmallows, went on a hayride, etc.  It was great!  Here are some pictures of Claire trick-or-treating.  (They had stations set up under each tree in the backyard, and the older kids had to answer trivia questions to get candy.  Some of the questions were very difficult.  Some were funny.  The kids were even funnier.  The best one – Question:  “Which state is closest to where we are now?”  No answer.  Hint:  “It begins with an ‘M’ and ends with ‘ississippi.’”  Answer:  “Maine!”  Kids are hilarious!)066


Claire learned a new word during this activity - “CANDY!”072


Claire’s first marshmallow roast096

first taste098

ready for more100




Claire’s candy135

Yesterday after church we went to lunch with some friends at Osaka.  It was Claire’s first hibachi experience.  She loved it!  She kept plugging her ears when the fire got hot. We’re not sure what that was about, but it was funny!

Have a great week!