Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Zella Lynne!

Our baby turns one today! It's hard to believe she is already a year old. Time has gone so fast.

Zella is an absolute joy and we are so thankful she is part of our family. She greets the world each day with a smile and a squeal. She is very easy going unless Madeline takes a toy away (then watch out!! She doesn't back down!) or if she's hungry and waiting on mama to bring her food.

She is walking everywhere (took her first steps at 9 mo. and is practically running now). She loves to "read" books by herself and is obsessed with our Christmas tree.

She jabbers constantly. Hmm...wonder where she gets that from? :) She loves to point at the Christmas tree and say "Look at that." In fact, she has said 9 new words in the past 4 days. She now says 25 words. If I don't answer to mama she calls me Lori. That usually gets my attention! She also likes to say please and thank you. It's hilarious.

Okay, enough bragging.

Besides her normal fast-paced development she has dealt with her vision problems/glasses in stride. We go back to her pediatric opthamologist on Jan. 10th and will learn if she needs surgery or not. Her eye alignment and vision has improved greatly with glasses although she does not use her eyes together with her glasses off. She still picks one eye to look out of and shuts vision off to the other. She has had her glasses for 5 months already. She pulls them off now more than ever but I just keep putting them back on. We are anxious for the eye appointment to get more information.

Madeline, Zella and I are going to McDonald's PlayPlace for lunch, then to the store for a balloon and other decorations for her party with Grandma. We are having a small party with Aunt Gayle, Uncle Louie, Cousin Sarah and Jayson at our house tonight (mom and dad are in Scotland so they can't come). Then we are headed to Milo when Travis gets off work on Saturday. We're having a party for Zee on Sunday and will celebrate Christmas with Trav's family on New Year's Eve. We are excited!

I'll post pictures when we return.

We are so blessed with this beautiful child. Happy Birthday Zee!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Pictures from Christmas

Here are some photos from the holidays. There are more in the online album (click on the "Our Online Photos" link to the right) I'm trying to fix the photos that are sideways...

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Hello all! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas. We have been missing in action lately due to illness (first the flu, then colds, then Zee got ear infections in both ears) but are finally feeling better.

We have had a wonderful Christmas but are missing family and friends. Gods blessings to you all.

I'll post pictures a little later.

Merry Christmas!
Lori, Travis, Madeline, Zella, Josie and Sabrina ;)

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Flu

Hello all. I still have pics of Travis with his deer to post and would also like to tell you all about our trip to Dubuque. Travis went to a managerial training and the girls and I went along because it was at a hotel that had a water park. It was awesome! Then Zella got the flu on the way home and the rest of us got it this weekend.

So I only have a minute but just wanted to send a quick update. When we're feeling better I'll post pics.

Hope all is well.

Love, Lori

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Deer Hunting

Hello all. This week has flown by. We went to the VandeLune home last weekend for Travis to deer hunt. He got a deer the first morning they went...his first shot! This was the first time he has ever gone deer hunting and he was excited. He got a large doe. He also shot a buck the second day but they couldn't find it. I will post pics once I get a chance.

We had such a good time. My nieces and nephews kept us busy playing and having fun. Madeline and Zella had a great time with their cousins. We went sledding and had a blast. We also played a lot of Guitar Hero. :)

The girls have been sick this week with colds. Zella was up for three hours last night so I'm hoping tonight will be better.

We are going to Dubuque next week with Travis. He has a managerial training all week that his company is sending him to. We are staying at a hotel with a water park (Grand Harbor) so we are excited! Can't wait.

Hope all is well.
More later,