I’m back!

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.

Backtracking

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…

Packing boxes

Packing boxes

I Heart You GOBS!

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!!

First shot was a good one!

First shot was a good one!

Sweet baby

Sweet baby

Happy girl!

Happy girl!

Bubbles

Bubbles

Really, Mom?

Really, Mom?

Love this one!.

Love this one!

Happy girl!

Bright eyes : )

We loved you even before you were born.

We loved you even before you were born.

Yes we did.

Yes we did.

P.S. Thanks, Papa, for the fun idea a few months ago! I tucked it away for just the perfect day…TODAY!

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Month 4

  • 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.

 

Month 4 Mishmash

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!

Roll baby roll

Roll baby roll

Praying she makes it over, haha

Praying she makes it over, haha

Playtime with Daddy

Playtime with Daddy

Bundled and ready for a ride

Bundled and ready for a ride

Chariot ride

Chariot ride

Toy in one hand, paci in the other... #bestsleepever

Toy in one hand, paci in the other… #bestsleepever

Logging her length in the glider

Logging her length in the glider

Rollin'

Rollin’

Petting the pups

Petting the pups

And then...Adelyn grabbed Asia's hair. She wasn't super excited about it.

And then…Adelyn grabbed Asia’s hair. She wasn’t super excited about it.

Jack's turn

Jack’s turn

Learning about glass windows

Learning about glass windows

She has started reaching for our faces.

She has started reaching for our faces.

Isn't this the cutest little hat?! Thanks, Orozcos!!

Isn’t this the cutest little hat?! Thanks, Orozcos!!

Perfect for her ears!

Perfect for her ears!

I think we've just about outgrown the bath pillow.

I think we’ve just about outgrown the bath pillow.

Bathtime

Bathtime

Size 3...and Dad laughed because they go all the way up to her shoulder blades.

Size 3…and Dad laughed because they go all the way up to her shoulder blades.

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.

Look at this sweet hand!

Look at this sweet hand!

That sweet little hand was attached to this sweet Little Miss. This is what you call O.U.T.

That sweet little hand was attached to this sweet Little Miss. This is what you call O.U.T.

Holding on to Mom while listening to upbeat music, trying to make it the last few miles.

Holding on to Mom while listening to upbeat music, trying to make it the last few miles.

Great Grandmother Mums with Adelyn

Great Grandmother Mums with Adelyn

Aren't they sweet?

Aren’t they sweet?

Playtime with Mums

Playtime with Mums

LOVE!

LOVE!

Riding on Papa's shoulders

Riding on Papa’s shoulders

So curious about all she sees

So curious about all she sees

Papa's dog

Papa’s dog

Bathtime w/ Granny

Bathtime w/ Granny

Cups make awesome toys

Cups make awesome toys

Pink little smurg

Pink little smurf

Drying off

Drying off

Lovin' here friend in the mirror : )

Lovin’ her friend in the mirror : )

HA!

HA!

CJ and Charles Coulston sharing about Made in the Streets with East Side

CJ and Charles Coulston sharing about Made in the Streets with East Side

Reading books on the way back to Aggieland

Reading books on the way back to Aggieland

What to all the children see?

What to all the children see?

Dad checking for teeth

Dad checking for teeth

Gnawing on a toy

Gnawing on a toy

She likes hanging out on her side

She likes hanging out on her side

Relaxing in her swing

Relaxing in her swing

So sweet

So sweet

Reading books with Mom

Reading books with Mom

TOES...YUM!

TOES…YUM!

Foot for supper

Foot for supper

Adelyn is the only baby I know who puts herself to sleep by doing leg lifts. One of these days I'll post a video...hysterical!

Adelyn is the only baby I know who puts herself to sleep by doing leg lifts. One of these days I’ll post a video…hysterical!

Sleeping babies are precious!

Sleeping babies are precious!

YAY, another wagon ride!

YAY, another wagon ride!

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

Hmmmm...what's down there??

Hmmmm…what’s down there??

Curious about concrete

Curious about concrete

Ok, I'll stop posting cute wagon pics. :)

Ok, I’ll stop posting cute wagon pics. 🙂

Bedtime, and we're still doing leg lifts...

Bedtime, and we’re still doing leg lifts…

A Kentucky Holiday, Wilson-style

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:

 

Adelyn, Heather and Ethan

Adelyn, Heather and Ethan

Aunt Traci reading to the girls

Aunt Traci reading to the girls

Uncle CJ and all the kiddos

Uncle CJ and all the kiddos

Aunt Rachel and Bethany with Adelyn

Aunt Rachel and Bethany with Adelyn

Lovin' on HollyGram

Lovin’ on HollyGram

Cousin pic!

Cousin pic!

The kids loved getting to know Adelyn...and vice versa!

The kids loved getting to know Adelyn…and vice versa!

HollyGram teaching her grandkids how to play solitaire.

HollyGram teaching her grandkids how to play solitaire.

Skyping with the Cranes

Skyping with the Cranes

ALL the cousins! :)

ALL the cousins! 🙂

On the other side of the webcam

On the other side of the webcam

Playtime

Playtime

Look Mom, it's a foot!

Look Mom, it’s a foot!

YUM

YUM

Legomania with Dad and Ethan

Legomania with Dad and Ethan

So curious

So curious

My turn, she says...

My turn, she says…

The bouncer HollyGram had ready for Adelyn to use. She enjoyed sitting and watching all the other kids play. Then, the last day we were there, she learned to bounce. She loved it so much, she nearly bounced right out of it! (not really, just saying she really, really enjoyed herself...so much so, that when we got home, Dad bought her a hanging bouncer within the next week!)

The bouncer HollyGram had ready for Adelyn to use. She enjoyed sitting and watching all the other kids play. Then, the last day we were there, she learned to bounce. She loved it so much, she nearly bounced right out of it! (not really, just saying she really, really enjoyed herself…so much so, that when we got home, Dad bought her a hanging bouncer within the week!)

Adelyn’s First Flight

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.

Naturally, our first flight was delayed. Better get used to that Little Miss! Delays are part of the package.

Our first flight was delayed. Better get used to that Little Miss! Delays are part of the package.

On the plane, YAY!

On the plane, YAY!

Adelyn loved flying so much that she became a pilot and bought her own plane before we even made it back to Texas.

Miss Pilot Wilson

Miss Pilot Wilson

My first wings

My first wings

Wilson 1st Christmas o’ Fun

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:

Wilson Christmas o' Fun 2012

Wilson Christmas o’ Fun 2012

A Gaylor Christmas

A Gaylord Christmas

In Santa's sleigh

In Santa’s sleigh

ICE this way

ICE this way

Bundled for the -9 F weather inside the convention center

Bundled for the -9 F weather inside the convention center

Dreamworks presents...

Dreamworks presents…

Merry Madagascar!

Merry Madagascar!

Our favorite friends

Our favorite friends

Mischievous penguins

Mischievous penguins

Fam pic

Fam pic

Sliiides!

Sliiides!

Brrr-dizzle. Time to get Little Miss out of the cold. I stayed to finish the exhibit.

Brrr-dizzle. Time to get Little Miss out of the cold. I stayed to finish the exhibit.

Amazing ice sculptures created from tons of colored ice.

The detail created by the ice artists really is amazing.

One last pic

One last pic

Last section of the tour, honoring the arrival of the Savior of the world.

Last section of the tour, honoring the arrival of the Savior of the world.

That boot must belong to a GIANT, TEXAS-SIZE Santa!

That boot must belong to a GIANT, TEXAS-SIZE Santa!

Gingerbread house that sold all sorts of candies

Gingerbread house that sold all sorts of candies and sweets

Tuckered out from all the fun

Tuckered out from all the fun

Christmas w/ the Eicke Fam

My sister's house all decked out for Christmas

My sister’s house all decked out for Christmas

We always start the official Christmas celebration with stories on Christmas Eve…which is whatever day we say it is. : )

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Listening intently

Listening intently

More stories

More stories

Since the time they were little bitty, the girls have shared their talents with us!

Natalie performs

Natalie performs

CJ tries

CJ tries

Karamie's performance

Karamie’s performance

Emily's turn

Emily’s showchoir number

Time for presents…

We get to open one present on Christmas Eve!

We get to open one present on Christmas Eve!

Yay presents!

Yay presents!

Game time

Game time

Papa creates his own baby carrier out of scarves

Papa creates his own baby carrier out of scarves

Hangin' w/ Papa

Hangin’ w/ Papa

PRESENTS!!

PRESENTS!!

A big Christmas lunch, YUM.

A big Christmas lunch, YUM.

The girls make gingerbread trees

The girls make gingerbread trees

Masterpieces

Masterpieces

Movie time

Movie time

Adelyn is so intrigued with Granny's white hair

Adelyn loves talking with Granny

More games

More games

Swinging

Swinging

I think I like this!!

I think I like this!!

Stockings are the best!

Stockings are the best!

First stocking

First stocking

Mom showing CJ his new luggage for Kenya...it was too big to fit in the car.

Mom showing CJ his new luggage for Kenya…it was too big to fit in the car.