In case your hopes were soaring with the terribly advertised "new" season of Gilmore Girls airing on abc family in June, let me burst your bubble.....It is the abc family premier of Season 7. There is no Season 8. Read the truth here....

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New LK Video and Pics!

We've been really busy lately, but not too busy to have some fun! We just had LK's 12 month check up and she got A+'s on her "report card" she weights 20lbs and is 19 inches tall! We started real milk and she L-O-V-E-S it! FINALLY no more formula!

Kyle and I have been so excited about getting LK a swimming pool for the backyard and we decided today was the day! We found the Fun Froggie Swimming pool at Toys 'R US (Daddy had researched online to find the best one!). Scroll to the bottom of the post for the video (remember to turn the music off at the bottom of the blog!)

Here are few pictures of our fun!

Sookie is growing and growing......she loves playing with her sheep.

LK loves to stand at the back door and point (we don't really know what she points at, just points)

We got her a tunnel for her birthday because she loves crawling in small spaces!

This is us in her new pool! I had to get in with her at first because she was a little nervous and wasn't quite sure what to do.

Even when she's nervous she's still beautiful! (Look at those puppy dog eyes!!!)

After no time at all, she decided she liked it - a LOT!

The pool has a little sprinkler that sprays water! She loved that too!

Here is a video of LK in her pool! (don't forget to turn off the music at the bottom of the blog!!)

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Cardboard Testimonies

ok, I just saw the Carboard Testimonies Video from Turning Points Easter Service. It's powerful. I couldn't get the youtube video to work on my blog, but here's the link to the Turning Point blog to see it (I know it's more clicking, but you can do it and it's worth it!)

TPCC Cardboard Testimonies - Easter 2009
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IC Blog!

Check out my new blog for Imagination Creations, my mural painting business!
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Dear Laura Kate (12 Months)

Dear Laura Kate,
Here are a few highlights from the party on Saturday!

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Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day.....

A Mother's Footsteps
by David Langerfeld

It was a busy day in our Costa Mesa, California, home. But then, with 6 children and one on the way, every day was a bit hectic. On this particular day, however, I was having trouble doing even routine chores -- all because of one little boy. Len, who was three at the time, was on my heels no matter where I went. Whenever I stopped to do something and turned back around, I would trip over him. Several times, I patiently suggested fun activities to keep him occupied. "Wouldn't you like to play on the swing set?" I asked again.

But he simply smiled an innocent smile and said, "Oh, that's all right Mommy. I'd rather be in here with you." Then he continued to bounce happily along behind me.

After stepping on his toes for the fifth time, I began to lose my patience and insisted that he go outside and play with the other children. When I asked him why he was acting this way, he looked up at me with sweet green eyes and said, "Well, Mommy, in my Sunday School class my teacher told me to walk in Jesus' footsteps. But I can't see him, so I'm walking in yours."

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." (Deut. 6:4-9)
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One Fast Year

This time last year I was also miserable, although for an entirely more wonderful reason than a kidney stone.

In less than a week, my sweet girl will be one year old! I was just noticing the other day when Kyle was holding her, how much like a little girl and less like a baby she looks. I am having a hard time letting go of the baby time. While I'm reminiscing, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite memories from the past year:
  • The first things I noticed when I held Laura Kate for the first time, were her long eyelashes. I just never thought about babies having eyelashes, but hers are still especially long.
  • I remember being awake in the middle of the night in the hospital that first night holding Laura Kate and listening to Kyle snore. I don't know why that sticks out, but it does.
  • I cried all day the first day Kyle had to go back to work.
  • LK's second bath (the first one she screamed through) was so fun, she smiled and didn't cry!
  • I remember holding her late at night one night and crying happy tears and thinking about how blessed I was to have such a beautiful baby girl.
  • She first turned over from her back to her tummy when she was 2 1/2 months old. I remember waiting with my camera for her to do it again. She did only one more time until a couple months later!
  • I remember the day she really and truly discovered Lucy, our cat. She would laugh and laugh anytime Lucy would walk by.
  • She used to make this little bird face where she would scrunch her lips together and say "oooooooo" sweet
  • It was a monumental day when she could feed herself puffs (Thank you, Kyle, for teaching her!!!)
  • And who can forget her hairbows? SO SO cute! I know, a little ridiculous, but it showcased her personality!
  • Halloween was great, we loved our little pixie fairy!
  • When she first started "talking" (making sounds out loud) she make noise, and cooed all day long, every minute she was awake.
  • For a while, whenever we would play the song, "Mighty to Save", she would coo along. To this day, it is still one of her favorites.
  • I love when she first learned to clap.

**Do you have any favorite LK memories? Feel free to share in celebration of her birthday!
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Wiley's Sookie St. James

We found Sookie today, and lo and behold, she is NOT a Shih-tzu! She's a 9 week-old Toy Schnauzer. She has a very sweet and playful demeanor. I saw her and fell in love. I knew she was the puppy for us!

LK doesn't quite know what to do with her yet, but we know she will grow to love her! Here's a video of Sookie! (don't forget to scroll down and pause the music!)

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