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Our Family

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year

Even though I received the greatest gift of my life in 2010, I must say that I am looking forward to a new year and all that it brings. I'm praying that my life will become more settled and am praying for the wisdom to make some big decisions.

Our Christmas was wonderful. Christmas Eve, Joey, Karaline, and I were Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus in our church's service. When we were asked to do it, Joey and I of course said yes, but I had no idea how authentic our costumes would be. Joey was sooo funny as he dressed...he was super sweaty before we even began. I felt sorry for the Joseph of the next service :}

We woke up around 8ish on Christmas day. I let Joey sleep in a little because I'm sure this may be the last one where we have that luxury. Once Joey woke up, we exchanged gifts and as usual, Joey overdid himself. I was very spoiled. We then went to church. After church we decided to go home to visit family. Initially we stayed in Lakeland because I am worried about traveling 3 hours in a car with Karaline. However, the trip went well. Everyone was very excited to see us - as were we.

My parents got Karaline the cutest little rocking horse. Of course she can't ride it yet, but my mom said she couldn't pass it up :} Karaline has been enjoying her swing that Joey and I got her. She will swing and swing just watching the mobile.

In other news, today was Karaline's shot visit. I have been dreading it for weeks. Overall {so far}, she's been fine. Of course we both cried when she got the shots and Joey hid his face, but with a little extra love and cuddles she calmed down. She slept for 3 hours after and is now back in her swing. I pray that she continues to feel okay.

Next Monday I start back to work. I LOVE my job...every part of it...however, each time I think about leaving Karaline, I get a sick, sick feeling. We are more than fortunate to have a nice lady who will be keeping her and I know she will be more than fine but I don't want to be away from her. Please keep us in your prayers.

I pray that your Christmas and New Year will be blessed. Here's to 2011~

Friday, December 17, 2010

This and That...

I still can't believe how quickly time goes. We've settled nicely into our daily routines, and I'm loving every minute that I have with Karaline. It hit me the other day that I'm going to have to go back to work in less than a month, and while I love my job, I must admit that I am dreading that day. I am going to be a total wreck when it's time to leave her. I can easily spend the entire day holding her, looking at her, and playing with her. It's going to be tough. I keep telling myself that lots of people do this each and every day and it's going to be fine. I know that it will be a good experience for Karaline to get used to someone besides me caring for her. She's going to be well taken care of and loved I know.

We're getting ready for Christmas...kind of...I've only bought one gift so far. Major slacker this year but I think I have a good excuse :} Our church asked us to be Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Joey is excited because he was baby Jesus, too. Pictures to come.

I'll leave you with 2 pictures that I took on her 1 month birthday...tear...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Growing Like a Weed

Karaline is growing like a weed. I took her to the doctor today {because I was a worried mommy- but Karaline is perfectly fine}, and she weighed 11 lbs, 3 oz. I couldn't believe it. I knew her newborn clothes were getting too small, but part of me didn't want to face the reality...she's growing up. It's super sad for me.

I also can't believe she'll be 1 month old on Thursday. Time is really flying by. When I think back to the labor, it seems soooo long ago; but, when I think of how quickly she's growing, it seems soooo fast. Weird.

Off to clean out her closet and shed a few tears...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Karaline's Baptism

Yesterday was another special day for us. Karaline was Baptized. We were blessed to have many family and friends in attendance. In fact, we had over 15 people come to celebrate for her special day. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Our First Thanksgiving

This year, Thanksgiving had a much greater meaning. It was the first year that we did not head to my parents' house to be with our extended family, however, my parents did make the trip to see us. My sister and nephew came down on Wednesday night and stayed with us, and my parents made their journey on Thursday morning. I was a little bummed because Joey had to work, but his boss let him leave work early. He actually showed up just before we ate. It was a great surprise.

I am thankful for the many firsts we are about to experience.
Our First Thanksgiving as a family.

Love this picture of my parents with Karaline.