new boops, etc

this little booger is SO MUCH FUN these days. what did i find entertaining before she came along?

laurel got some new pink "boops" last week and she's obsessed with them. mommy thinks they're pretty cute, too!

laurel loves pushing her baby in her stroller and loves to carry around her purses. she looks so big in these pictures!

playing with play-doh, helping mommy cook, and just being silly!

there are so many things that this little girl does everyday to make us smile. here are a few that i can think of at the moment:

+ when pat gets her up in the morning, she immediately asks for her micky (milk) and repeats this 3 times during the day. she LOVES milk.

+ she says "okay" as much as she says "no." which one do you think we like to hear?

+ she has switched from "mama" and "dada" to "mommy" and "daddy." i love hearing her call me, usually...

+ she loves to talk about "abbi-bops" and "tissy-buh-dee." how blessed is she to have 2 sets of grandparents who love her to pieces?!

+ she loves to say "pop goes da WEE-ZEE." don't know where this came from...

+ sometimes when we're out and about, she'll look up at me and say "home. daddy."

+ she is a terrific nose-blower

+ she can (sometimes) feed herself with her spoon without making a huge mess

+ she LOVES cheese. wants it all the time.

+ i can't believe i haven't written this one yet. she spends most of her day opening and closing doors. i don't understand the fascination. she has gotten in trouble a few times for slamming doors in our faces.

+ she still loves her books. her favorite book AND video is "Goodnight Moon" also known around our house as "moo moo."

+ she loves apache - from a distance. she'll soon have to get used to him being around more when he becomes more of an inside dog in colorado. i hope they'll be big buddies!

+ she can tell which of her books are bibles. she'll bring one to us and say "bibee!" and every baby right now is "babee jeezee"

that's all for now. i need to go squeeze and tickle a precious little girl. i cannot get enough of her laugh. thank you, Lord, for this gift, this miracle, this blessing.


new toy

BLUTTER - BLY!!! still my favorite word...

nursery duty. this is one of laurel's boyfriends, eli bowling.


our house hunting weekend was long and had several ups and downs, but we found the one! i think it's really quite funny that the neighborhood is called charleston place - you have to turn onto hampton park drive to get to our house. (for those of you who don't know, the last house we owned was one block from hampton park in charleston, sc.) ha!

the view from the kitchen window/master bedroom. hello pikes peak!

camp tupelo

while we were in colorado, laurel got to spend time with both sets of grandparents. my mom sent some pics...

she got to hang out with her tupelo cousins (maury, lucy, and rebecca), too. what a treat!

hangin out with "bops"

big week!

a couple of weeks ago, pat successfully defended his thesis. way to go, p!

he did a great job. you can tell by the smile on that face!

hmm, i'm a little under-dressed... but VERY proud. :)

these pictures are a little better. the day after pat's defense, we flew to colorado springs, our soon-to-be new home, for the weekend. i was blown away by the beauty of the academy and its surroundings. it made me start to get excited about the move. by the way, isn't p handsome in his uniform?!?!