1.31.2015

January 2015

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We spent most of this January in TX with my family.  We were so happy to skip out on some of the winter and enjoy much nice/fallish weather.  
Annie has had a bit of a mental "growth spurt" in January...over the course of a few days she seemed to start making sentences much more often and even started playing different, much more advanced pretend play.  Its been fun!  She can be a bit more descriptive about things she notices and how she feels.  She has started to pray all by herself sometimes...she starts out really strong, naming people that she knows and asking for God to keep them safe and she ends with any words that pop into her head, we've heard phrases like "Ikea hotdog" "nighttime, daytime" and just any random word you can think of. 
Calvin is just so sweet.  He is definitely an easy-going baby and is ok with anyone holding him, as long as he is being held.  :)  Still working on getting those naps longer than half an hour each (which can easily become 4 naps a day) and waking up less than 5 times in a night.  I didn't worry too much about all the crazy wake-ups while being in Texas, but since we've been home we've managed to get that number down to about 2 wake-ups per night. (usually!) And his naps are actually improving a ton as well...up to 1 hour and even 1 1/2 hours for each. He is 5 months old, rolling over back to front and front to back and he has discovered those toes!!  He loves Sophie and LOVES his sister.  They make each other laugh a lot now.  
Michael is on parental-leave this month and has been able to get so much school done.  And we have been so spoiled having him home with us...its been a dream!!  I'm dreading the day he goes back to work, but so thankful that he has a job and that he is so hard-working. 
And I have been so happy to be back home.  I've been taking an online course called "Marriage for Mothers" by Rachel Jankovich and I have been reading some wonderful books too.  I have been challenged and encouraged in my calling as a wife and mom.  
Well, that's us, and that was January.  
xoxo

12.31.2014

December 2014

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Well, these pictures from December aren't organized at all...some random from our first service for Resurrection Church Ottawa, some from our time in Texas, some at home before Christmas.  
We are currently still in TX, enjoying time with my family and loving that we are missing a bit of that difficult Ottawa winter.  But of course, we miss home.  I love home.  



12.02.2014

Calvin--3 months

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Calvin Michael is 3 months old.  (almost 4 months now that I'm writing this!) 
He smiles and laughs so much.
He struggles a bit to sleep for long periods of time.  (hoping this one is just a phase...)
He can roll from his stomach to his back and almost back over on his stomach.  
He has lost almost all of that beautiful dark hair he had when he was born.  
He is so chunky and wonderful.


oh, and also...
Annie at the top, Calvin at the bottom, both at 3 months! #siblings
annie and calvin, 3 months. 

11.30.2014

November

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november was full and fun. 
we celebrated annie turning 2.  
we went to toronto with our church for some church-planting training.
we went to weddings, hung out with friends, shopped at the mall, played at the park (even in the snow!), got Calvin's passport for Texas, decorated for Christmas...
these babies are growing like crazy.
we are looking forward to seeing my family next month and maybe a little more sleep from mr. Calvin.  :)  and Christmas, of course!  
xoxo