Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Here are some examples of pieces of Lydia singing and doing motions.

For all of these she will spontaneously break out into song at times. Getting to do it on command is a bit challenging, but I think you'll get the idea... :)

For "Twinkle Twinkle" she is looking at her "Twinkle Twinkle" book, obviously distracted.

She learned "Ring around the Rosey" and "Head Shoulders" at school and her Aunt Vic taught her the "Teddy Bear" song. I think it's cute how she puts her hands on her hips when she says "shoulders."



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Big Girl

Some of these photos just crack me up. She is more and more like a little girl each day.

New favorite sentences include, “I find it.” “Want some?” “It fell down.” “I’ll get it.” “Where did _____ go?” “I hear a plane” (for any noise sounding like a motor).

Well, Lydia has successfully made the transition to her "big girl" room. We finally have moved all of her decorations, books, and most of her clothes over too. She doesn't even seem to miss her crib (but she does miss the Snoopies in there!) Lydie likes to show everyone her new room. Here are some photos of her and Avery during their play-date - only 3 weeks apart in age and just like little peas in a pod with their blond locks.

Her first try at corn-on-the-cob. She was in heaven.

When daddy wanted to help her finish it, she clutched it to her chest like this and said, "Mine!" :)

So she finally figured out how to crawl up onto chairs (thus far she hasn't been much of a climber). She loves to be like mommy and daddy and "work" on the computer. These are priceless. Her intensity is a riot!

Washing her hair

Mommy having a little fun with the hair she has - remembering photos of my brother and I with the same "do" about this age.

Psalm 8

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children;
You have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.
When I consider the work of your fingers, the mood and the stars you have set in their courses,
What are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them, human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you have made them little less than divine; with glory and honor you crown them.
You have made them rule over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet:
All flocks and cattle, even the wild beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Prior to hearing this morning’s Psalm, I was thinking about what to write in a new blog entry… Lydia has become enthralled with nature – basically anything involving “outside.” I guess the new life of springtime will bring about this joy. She comments on every “birdie” she sees and has recently become focused on “waters” (puddles, rain, streams, swimming pools). She even pretends she’s “swimming!” in the bathtub by getting on her tummy and kicking her legs. She also is now able to name pretty much all of the animals for which she knows the “noises” We go through an Eric Carle book (“The Very Busy Spider”) and she can say, “Cow says Moo” and “Dog says Woof”. During our brief coloring sessions she consistently asks me to draw a “sun, moon, and stars.” When I summarized all these new developments in my mind, I realized that they relate directly to God’s wonderful creation. Although interested in cars, the computer, planes, and school buses, her priorities and main topics of conversation are clearly related to LIFE. Our pastor encouraged us, as we’re driving around or taking a walk, to take notice of the trees, flowers, animals, and rejoice, for “This is God’s sign of how much He loves me.” Lydia certainly facilitates this realization, thankfulness, and joy in her exuberance. God’s “glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children…” (Psalm 8:2)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Picnics and Play Group

Here are some photos of Lydia's friends and family at some recent playgroups and picnics. Enjoy!

We are THRILLED to have our dear friends return from the West Coast. Lydie loves playing with Hayden and I love watching him grow. What a blessing to be part of their lives.

Lydie and Lukey: What a pair! (I couldn't capture little Owen or the preschoolers this time - they were on the move!)

Maeve has entered toddlerhood. What a joy to see her and Lydia play.

Of course Lydia continues to enjoying playing with "Maevey's" big bro, Owen. He's so good with her!

A picnic at "Untle Jahn" and "Ant Lesie"'s

Like mother, like daughter: Ice cream officianatos

Playing with her cous' Gabby

Daddy's Girls

Lovin' Springtime

Miss Boogles LOVES to be "outside" - she often throws little (and sometimes big) temper tantrums when it's time to come in for dinner. She entertains herself by carrying around, splashing in, shoveling a bucket of water and chasing Guinney. She's also into pushing her stroller around the yard like a wheelbarrow. She's a keen observer of her parents' mulching technique.

Teasing Guinness with the stick she repeatedly dipped into the water.

While Mommy fixes dinner, Daddy often takes Lydia to the "slide" or for a wagon ride. Aren't they the coolest?

Lydie has become our little helper. Here she is showing daddy how to reinstall the dishwasher after our tiling project. Take note of her facial expression - so intent!

Leave it to "Uncle John" to teach Lydia how to squat and poop.