Finally.

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We have actually been back from our week long trip for two weeks now, but I am finally feeling up to blogging again.
Our trip was wonderful! We were able to see a lot of my family, and spent two days on the Georgia coast.

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April

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Its April! I would shout for joy that it is Spring, but it has been spring since January here! I took Penelope’s Easter pictures the other day, just incase I am far too busy to think about it on Easter day.
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This week I will be packing and double—make that triple checking to make sure we have everything. I’m not too far off when I say everything, looking at my list, I am packing just about everything we own-at least for Penelope—including three different types of diapers! Regular for the nighttime- pull-ups for the daytime- and “little swimmers” for the beach! 
Yesterday Penelope and I had pajama day, and she eventually gave up even wearing pants. We have been stuck inside the past few days-Zack has been using the van, and it has been either too hot or raining, so we’ve got  nudge of cabin fever, but we are making the most of it.
Next week we will be on our road trip to the southeast. We leave this Friday!
Well I better get back to packing…

Friday Round-up

The past few days have been pretty long ones for me. Zack has worked the last two nights and worked at his uncle’s doing some landscaping for a few hours each of those days. We tried to squeeze every ounce of time we had together, which was about three hours a day.

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Yesterday we took a walk by St. Charles Riverfront. Penelope was sure to let us know about each bird (“Bur!”) she saw and each puppy that strolled by got an enthusiastic squeal and a point of her itty-bitty finger!
We stopped by a covered stage, to let Penelope run around for a bit while some rain decided to pass by.
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Today our time together was spent at a produce stand and a late lunch at Culvers.

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Penelope brought along her shopping cart, and could not have been happier to enjoy the freedom of the open isles.

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She helped us out by pointing out things we just had to get- tomatoes, plums, and oranges. Girl knows what she likes! If they had had blueberries, she would’ve wanted them all!
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We might be going to the circus tomorrow with my sister and her kids, and eating shrimp with fried rice and pineapple on the side for supper!
Happy Weekend!
The week in photos: : :

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Spontaneous Saturday

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Yesterday, Zack and I had plans to go to the zoo with my sister but decided the night before that we had a lot to get done and it was Zack’s last day off for the week, so we cancelled.

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Around 11 o’clock we had cleaned the car and straighten some things up, it was a beautiful day, and was not meant for any living creature to remain indoors. So we began our adventure!
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First stop- Lion’s Choice. They have the healthiest and cheapest kids meals around!
Afterwards, we made a stop at the Delmar Loop. My favorite stop there was at City Sprouts. One of my favorite places to shop. Penelope enjoyed a tea party with Daddy while I browsed, and played with the wooden play-kitchen.

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My favorite part of the day was still to come! We took a two minute drive over to Forest Park for a family bike ride.
Zack’s brother gave us their “baby bike cart?”, which we will be using a lot! Yesterday was our first time using it- we’re hooked!
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As you can see, Penelope is fond of it too. She laughed at every bump. We made some stops along the way to take some photos, imagine that.
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There were red tulips all over the park-these were taken at The Jewel Box, where a wedding had just ended. Beautiful!
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Our last stop at the park was at the fountain across from the boat house (you know, the one that is full of people swimming on hot days…). For example-yesterday there was a 12 year old boy in “whitey-tighties” roaming the waters. It was only 75o
Anyway… Penelope took some easing into the cool waters. Once adjusted she couldn’t get enough of splashing her cute baby feet in the water. She fussed when we had to leave, but was peachy-keen once placed back in the “baby bike cart.”
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I hope everyone else had a wonderful Saturday!
Off to church!

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Our Week

This past week I have been getting back to the routine Penelope and I had previously arranged. It is amazing how things can change in three days, when you’re used to routine. I am simply speaking from the things and changes I noticed in Penelope when I arrived home Sunday afternoon from my trip to Alabama. First of all, baby girl wanted nothing to do with her Mama! Grandma was the bee’s knees, and Mama was the leftover pollen on the bottom of that Bee’s foot. I am glad they are finally on a closer level than they were before, but my heart was disappointed.
By Monday at lunchtime Penelope was back to her old loving, curious, playful, snuggle bug self. I am doing a post on Penelope in about two weeks, but for now I will say, she is expressing her need to be independent, and girl knows what she wants!
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Zack and I received a picture of Penelope’s brother, Brian, earlier this week! I can’t believe he is 14! We began sponsoring him when we were just 18 and he was 8! He is an amazing young man, and has quite a bit in common with Zack. The both enjoy art, and the same subjects in school. Brian loves Jesus, and makes it very apparent in each of his letters to us! He is such a hard worker, good student, and devoted Lamb of God.
If you are wanting to “adopt” a child through an organization, I have to suggest Compassion International. We get a yearly magazine from them (for free), but aside from that we only receive our letter from Brian. They do not try to sell you anything, call you, or bug you in any other way.
We have been able to help with AIDS vaccinations (a few dollars from each months donations go towards that), supply him with farm animals, like a goat for milking, crops, school uniforms, plenty of other things, but most importantly we are able to help out his family and in turn his village, while helping him to experience God’s love through us-just one of the many ways he sees it each day.
He is a beautiful young man.
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Yesterday, I babysat my niece, Sadie. It was a lot of fun-the house is still messy evidence of it! Penelope was there also, of course. We watched Lady and the Tramp, went out to lunch with Zack, played with babies and the bassinet, took a walk around the neighborhood, played with bubbles, and sidewalk chalk! Oh, and “picked flowers”- [a.k.a. pulled weeds for Grandma.]
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Tomorrow we are going to the zoo again, but I assure you there will be no post about it!
Over the weekend in my free time, I will be working on the design of the blog and of the posts. For anyone that knows me, I change my mind constantly- something I inherited from my Mom, and something Penelope also has built in, hence our need to constantly rearrange furniture. I noticed this in Penelope before she was even one! It won’t be anything too drastic. The “header” will remain the same, it will just be details.

> > > This week in photos : : :
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One of my two favorite moments in life are the times when Zack, Penelope and I are spending quality time together. Second only to watching Penelope in a peaceful state, playing and figuring things out independently – I’m going to squeeze Penelope’s independent decisions to give me a hug or kiss in between my two favorite things! Okay okay, so I can think of several things I love about my family!
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She was not in the mood for having her picture taken at this point. She wasn’t cranky, just not thrilled. Still cute though!
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She wanted to swim with the waterfalls. She loves water!
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I had videos ready to be blended into a “picture in motion”, but pushed the dreaded DELETE, when I had no intention of doing so. Oh, well. Maybe next time. I plan on making short videos of daily life. Let me know what you think, as far as what you would like to see more of on this blog.
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Does anything beat a sweaty sleeping baby, floppy as a rag doll? I can’t think of anything…
Part One    Part Two   Part Three

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