Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Luke's 1st Swim!

He loved it! All smiles! It's fun how buoyant little babies are; you hardly have to hold them up. I commented on that to Ellie, and said, "I wonder what Luke would do if I let go." Eliana FREAKED OUT! It was so funny. I hadn't actually let go, just mentioned the idea, and Ellie started screaming and crying, "No! No! Don't let go of Luke!!!" She's apparently a protective big sister. It was very sweet. Don't tell Stu, but I did later let go...Luke didn't mind. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Photo Shoot

I've always taken Eliana to JC Penny's portrait studio to have her picture taken, and every time, I say it'll be the last...they're always running late, the photographer often made very little effort, they don't take many pictures, the proofs on the computer are blurry and small, and you have to wait a long time to get your pictures. I kept going back because it's so cheap. But after a few recommendations, I've finally branched out and took the family to Portrait Innovations. We were the first appointment of the day, so they were ready when we were, the photographer was great, and if we wanted to spend very little money, we could have gotten plenty of pictures (one pose) for $9.95. They don't have any sitting fees, which is another plus, especially when you're bringing the whole family. This was our first family photo shoot since Eliana was Luke's age, so of course I couldn't go with just one pose! I now have more pictures then I know what to do with! Besides tons of pictures, another advantage to buying more than just the special package is they throw in the CD of all the pictures free. The CD is low resolution, so you really can't print any bigger than 4x6 yourself, but you have to have that CD if you want them to make more prints in the future. I think our pics came out so great! The pics of Luke in the last post are from our shoot, and here's some more... If you have a Portrait Innovations near you, I'd definitely recommend them.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Four Months Old

Luke had his four month check up today. Weighed in at 16lbs 4oz, 25 inches long, and doing great! It's hard to believe he's four months old already. And today he rolled over for the first time!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mary and Joseph

The other day Eliana's walking around the house with her blanket around her head, and when asked what she was doing responds with:

"I'm pretending I'm Mary, and Joseph is somewhere in the house."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eight Years!

Stuart and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week by taking a nice little get-a-way to a beautiful bed-and-breakfast in northern Virginia. L'Auberge Provencale is a French Country Inn in the Shenandoah Valley with a nationally acclaimed restaurant. We very much enjoyed our stay and dining and it was especially nice to get a way sans kids! (Thanks Oma (my mom)!!)

On our way home, we stopped in Fredricksburg to visit our Alma mater, have lunch at our old favorite, the Country Store, and of course stop by Carl's for an ice cream cone. We saw lots of changes at Mary Washington since we were last there. The most obvious of which is a bell tower in George Washington Circle. They have also redone Lee Hall, including a new, much fancier, bookstore. It's such a beautiful campus, and it was fun to reminisce.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Luke's 1st Trip to the Beach!

Eliana, Luke, and I enjoyed a great day at the beach with our good friends the Morgans. Maddie and Eliana are very close in age, as are Ami and Luke. It's so much fun spending time with friends!

Fun with Friends

I gave a baby shower this weekend with my MWC girls for our friend Melissa. Melissa and Elsie are both due in July-Melissa with a boy, and Elsie's having a girl. Last October Suzanne had Lily. Of course, Luke was born in February, Marie had Joshua in March...it's been so fun to watch six friends turn into...how many?! We had a lot of fun afterwards with our families.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Milestone

One that is particularly significant to me, and hopefully I'm not jumping the gun, but last night was Luke's third night in a row sleeping from about 8pm to 6:30am! Whohoo! Doesn't mean I slept that long, however, as this creates, of course, a new challenge for a nursing mom (and those of you that have been there know exactly what i'm talking about!). But it's amazing how our bodies can fairly quickly adapt to the needs of the baby. Only God could have thought that all up! :)