Monday, April 27, 2009

At About 5:30 this Morning...

...I saw this video. I like it for a couple of reasons.

One, it takes place in Chicago.

Two, although arguably a bit cheesy, I like the concept.

Who doesn't need a little love to start off their week?

Today I am thankful that for the past two nights Addie has gotten up only once. Yes, that's right, once.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lake Chaney

A couple of weeks ago we received quite a bit of rain. When it rains around here, it floods. It can be a bit sad, as some people really receive a beating if they live close to the river, but whether or not you live close to a water source when it rains as much as it did, the water comes to you. Check out our front lawn:

It didn't just rain cats and dogs, it poured down rhinos and hippos. In the past I know certain students who have taken advantage of the sudden lake and skim boarded across the yard. It was tempting.

A disclaimer to my last post. I mentioned that Addie wasn't much of a crier, which is true, but that's not to say that she doesn't cry. She does, and she has her moments, as any baby does, but generally she does pretty well and is consolable when she is fussy. She can also be distracted, as we have found out, by certain things.

I do hope she enjoys reading as I did when I was a kid and as her dad does now. I do like to read now, I just don't have as much time. However, since moving to Wewa I have been able to read a little more.

Just one more picture. A shot of me and my girl enjoying the weather on Easter. Now that we have "clearance" to get out and get some exercise, I look forward to taking her on some walks. I'm hoping to get her to the beach this weekend!

Today I am thankful that we don't have to wait too much longer before we're able to make a trip home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The title of this post says it all - that's how being a parent makes me feel. Even at almost six weeks, Addie has a power that no one else is my life has had. She tears at my heartstrings with her cries and her smiles alike. She is a pretty awesome kid and the reason why I haven't posted in so long.

Despite the learning curve and a few less hours of sleep, we're doing pretty well. She's not up too often, so I shouldn't complain and she's not a big crier, so I really shouldn't complain. It is hard to believe that she has been here almost six weeks. The time really does fly. She is growing in leaps and bounds, a long little girl with big, bright eyes. Things on her favorites list? Lights and ceiling fans. She also gets a wondering look on her face when Sabian hands her off to me, as if to say, "Where's he going?" It is pretty endearing. Another thing on her favorites list - being held. She's a big fan of sleeping for hours at a time if you hold her. Putting her down to sleep? Not so much. But, even when I hear, "Don't start that habit! You'll spoil her!" It takes about a split second for me to remember that she's this small only once - a little holding never hurt anyone.

Other than the daily adventures of living with Addie, we had someone in our household roll over into a new decade. Since I've already had the pleasure of living in the 30s, this can only mean that Sabian had a birthday.

He spent his actual birthday on a youth retreat with our youth group, so our family celebration will take place this weekend, but we did enjoy cake the Wednesday before his birthday and when he came home on Saturday. Really, you can never have enough cake.

Sabian spending the weekend with the youth kids meant that Addie and I spent our first night without Daddy. We did pretty well, but I quickly realized that I don't "dig" the single parenting thing. We were happy to see him walk through that door, even if he did smell like sun, salt, and sunscreen.

Addie's first Easter also came upon us a couple of weeks ago. We watched as Dad played dual roles as disciple and angel in the Easter play at church and then headed home for a rest before going out to dinner.

Addie was pretty tuckered out after church and all of the photos.

I don't have too many Wewa happenings to report at the moment. The schools are winding down, about five more weeks to go, and we are looking forward to summer. Friends and family will be in the area throughout the summer and we are hoping to visit home for Addie to make her Illinois/Missouri debut next month. We're also looking forward to spending time with the kids from church and watching Addie grow. Well, I'm a little conflicted about that last part, but it is pretty cool to watch someone learn and discover day after day.

Today I am thankful that our Wal-mart is finally carrying Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie FroYo. I could eat the whole pint in one sitting.