Friday, July 3, 2015

Leper Colony Trip

Drew, Eliana and I had the chance to go to the Leper Colony with some teammates on Thursday. It's the first time I've been in a really long time (the last time I went I carried Eliana in the carrier) and we don't get to do things like this as a family often so it was a special treat. We got to see a water tank and water wheel our group put in for the people there, see the new sewing center that has recently been set up and talk to some of the residents. Eliana also had fun throwing rocks in the river! It was a fun morning and a good reminder to me of how blessed I am!

Friday, June 26, 2015

This Week

Dentist appointments... 

 A late Mother's day present...

Sleeping in the floor...

 Friday fun day at the park...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day

We had a low-key Father's Day this year. We made a special breakfast for Drew Sunday morning that included both sausage and bacon, because according to Eliana we needed the bacon because "bacon has the crispies." Then in the evening we just relaxed and hung out together. It was a nice day!

I am so thankful for Drew and the great father he is. He loves Eliana and she knows it. He does fun things with her that are both girlie (dancing and playing mommy and daddy) and not so girlie (fixing things around the apartment and building stuff) and he works to discipline her and train her in the ways of the Lord. I am a blessed lady!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday Family Fun Day

We spent this week having a "staycation" here in our city. We had good times of rest and relaxation, while also getting some things done that are hard to do when Drew is at work. We ended the week with a fun day on Friday. We went out for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, went bowling after nap time and then hung out with some friends from dinner.

Our lunch was so delicious and Drew even set Eliana up with chopsticks that she could use. He is such a handy dad! The best part though was Eliana telling us about her plans to take Grandma and Grandpa to this restaurant when they come and then working through all the details to make it possible for the five of us to sit at tables with only four chairs. She is a planner and a problem solver! Now we just have to have some guests! :-)

What a fun week of hanging out together as a family!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Little Craftiness

Eliana has mentioned lately wanting a doll bed so Drew decided to make that making one himself! This morning he and Eliana scoped out materials we had on hand and made a really cute little doll bed out of cardboard and some leftover fabric. He is so crafty and creative! I'm glad one of us is! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Eliana's Style

 Sundress and sunglasses

Ballet princess bride 

Towel bathing suit monster 

Accessorizing with pearls and a turtle

Friday, June 5, 2015

Just because...

She won't always choose to wear plastic butterfly headbands to breakfast...


When we moved into our apartment a little over four years ago we thought the playground outside was a really nice feature. It's actually fairly decent equipment (though it has decayed some over the years) and is literally right outside our window. We thought it was a great perk of our apartment.

Now that Eliana is older we are realizing more and more what a huge blessing this playground is! She can go outside by herself and I can monitor her from our back porch. I just open the window and she can call out to me any time. It is fenced in and safe from cars. Lots of kids come out and play each day. And, most of all, we don't have to take care of it! Maintenance-free backyard! It's too hot to go out there in the mornings during the summer but it's perfect in the afternoon and evening. We hope this will help Eliana along with her language, as well as give her chances to be outside enjoying playing and giving us some free time. Also, if we lived in another other section of our building we wouldn't be able to do this. Amazing! What a blessing!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Eliana's School Performance

Eliana's preschool had their end-of-year performance this past Thursday. I actually ended up missing her group's performance because a good friend had an emergency I had to help with but thankfully Drew recorded it and I did make it to the party and brought our snacks, which was very important to Eliana. She actually noticed during their performance that I was not there and yelled out, "Daddy, where is mommy?" Yikes! Oh well, I had to be there for my friend and I asked forgiveness from Eliana and hopefully next time I will be there. Being a mom is a humbling endeavor!

Anyway, here is the video. The sound is not great towards the end but we did the best we could. Cute kids!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What we've been up to...

Walking our babies...

Having picnics...

Celebrating our anniversary...

And just some general silliness and fun...