I know, I know, you thought I abandoned this blog altogether. Nope. I just finally met my match of how many plates I could keep spinning at once. But, I’m now on the other side of the world and it seems the earth spins a little slower here….or perhaps I finally have all my bags unpacked, fridge stocked with groceries, and a nice routine with the Little Lady. So, very soon you will be able to enjoy a bit more activity on this blog. In the meantime, visit our ministry blog: streetcarekenya.org.
When I took Adelyn’s valentine photos, I decided they were just too cute not to post immediately. : ) But that means that I got ahead of myself month-wise. So I have now gone back and added Month 4 pics and Favorite things. You’ll find them posted before her Valentine pics. Enjoy!
If you didn’t know, my favorite NP is currently in Kenya meeting with the MITS staff about our future with them. He’s had a really great time and will soon be home. I think he’s even more excited about moving than he was before! (Who’s surprised??) Check out our ministry blog to read about his experiences: lifeatmits.wordpress.com.
While he was gallivanting around Kamulu, this is what I’ve been doing…
Pecan cinnamon swirl pancakes with my favorite NP are a great way to start ANY day! Then, once the Little Miss woke up, we played around with the camera and some long-lasting lipstick that I’m still trying to clean off my little lady. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!
P.S. Thanks, Papa, for the fun idea a few months ago! I tucked it away for just the perfect day…TODAY!
- What a curious little girl you are!
- Not only are you on a roll…you’re on a DOUBLE roll!
- I love listening to bathtime play as you and Dad sing and screech and laugh.
- Dad loves that you just chill on his arm, especially in the evenings when he tinkers in the kitchen.
- Squealer. Wow, have you got some lungs! So fun that you found your voice. Also glad that you have since toned it down a notch or two.
- You started hugging us a little this month. LOVE!
- It is hysterical when you grit your gums. Your cheeks bulge, your lips purse, and you’re just too cute.
- You like to gnaw on our shoulders, haha.
- When you eat you tuck your left hand in with your elbow up in the air, like a chicken wing…but your right hand reaches for my chin or mouth. Or sometimes, it just dangles straight up in the air, to which I ask, “Adelyn, do you have a question?”
- Your hand control is really developing. You reach for toys — and anything fun within your reach — easily.
- You are getting used your tummy, and if you could figure out how to pull up your gut, you’d be crawling! Sometimes your little legs go to town, trying to get you on the move.
- We crack up at your BURST of energy just before bed.
- Speaking of bed, thanks for being such a great nighttime sleeper!! You’ve been sleeping 10pm-9am with a quick, sleepy feed at 5:30am (more for Mom than for you) for about two months now.
- I see hair!
- Your fake laugh is too funny!
- Stare, stare, booger bear…I believe you might be ready to start solids soon.
- You love your jumper! So glad we learned that little skill of yours at HollyGram’s house.
Life with a wee one is, well, full! Add to that Kenya prep, house renovations (to get it ready to put on the market), my regular job and a part-time teaching gig I enjoy, and the hours in each day seem to evaporate into thin air. So I’m going to share Month 4 the way I shared Month 3…in a mishmash of pics. Enjoy!
My home church, East Side Church of Christ, in Snyder invited us to participate in their Missions Month to share about our plans to move to Kenya. So we enjoyed another roadtrip.
As you saw from the previous post, we packed our bags and boarded a flight to Nashville. Holly was there to pick us up and drive us the hour and a half to Bowling Green, KY where she lives. CJ’s sister, Rachel, and her fam drove up from Searcy and we all enjoyed the week together. What I love about hanging out with CJ’s family is that we all. just. relax. : )
Here are a few pics:
This Christmas was all about showing off Little Miss, naturally, so Christmas Part II was a trip to Kentucky to visit CJ’s family. I would live on an airplane if I could — which yes, would mean I owned my own tarmac — so it’s important to me that Adelyn learn to enjoy flying too. That, and the whole Africa thing.
Adelyn loved flying so much that she became a pilot and bought her own plane before we even made it back to Texas.
When my favorite NP and I took the Love Languages survey early in our marriage, gift-giving ranked numero cinco for both of us. In other words, dead last. We’re not that great at choosing gifts for other people, and really, we’re not that great at receiving gifts either. I mean, it can be fun, but it isn’t our favorite cup of tea, if you know what I mean. (If you’re wondering…his #1 is quality time and mine is acts of service. #2 for both of us is words of affirmation.) So when it came to deciding what Christmas traditions we want to start now that we have a wee one gifts didn’t come first on our radar.
Enter Wilson Chrismas o’ Fun.
I love doing new things and storing up positive memories to be remembered forever after. I love saying, ‘remember when we…’ and we all remember. And if it was a funny thing we did, we all laugh, remembering how silly a moment it was. That sort of thing is my cup of tea. So instead of gifts, my favorite NP and I decided — okay just me because he really just wants me to be happy — that we want to enjoy a new experience each Christmas. Our gift is family fun. It fills all of us up: my favorite NP gets his quality time, I feel served because, I dunno, I just do, and some day we’ll get to say, ‘remember when we…?’, and we’ll all remember.
For our first ever Wilson Christmas o’ Fun, we enjoyed the festivities at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine including the Madagascar ICE sculptures carved by artisans from Harbin, China, the home town of my dear friend, Cheryl. She tells me they have a month-long OUTDOOR ice festival that covers the city in ice sculptures! A winter trip to Harbin is definitely on the bucket list.
Without further ado, here are a few pics of our Christmas adventure:
We always start the official Christmas celebration with stories on Christmas Eve…which is whatever day we say it is. : )
Since the time they were little bitty, the girls have shared their talents with us!
Time for presents…