Sunday, April 8, 2012

because He lives...

Easter weekend 2012 started out with the traditional egg dying experience. It doesn't seem quite as huge as I remember from when I was growing up and all four of us kids each had a dozen eggs to color....I just boiled one dozen for the whole fam. But I'm sure as the girls get older they will get their own dozen was still plenty fun this year!
Zoe got to participate too......knawing on that hard egg felt good on two little teeth that cut through yesterday!
Checking out their Easter baskets this morning....Vince said "You could have at least put Zoe's dress on first!" Ha, oh well. They were both excited, regardless of the wardrobe.
And speaking of wardrobe, this was the best shot we got of Ziva and Zoe together in their Easter dresses. Mimi bought them these adorable matching dresses and brought them by on Ziva's actual birthday so she'd have something to open then (sweet!). They looked precious....I think I'll keep dressing them alike as long as I can possibly get away with it.
And here is our little family, celebrating the best day in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today I am grateful for the hope found in that empty tomb, and the knowledge that "the same power that conquered the grave lives in me." What a good God, to give us not just the cross and forgiveness, but also the hope of eternal life in Him one day, and the presence of His spirit today and every day. Thank you, Lord. Let Your kingdom come in our lives.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Zoe is 10 months old!

Zoe is quickly approaching the one year mark....where has the time gone? Just last night I was sorting through baby clothes to give some away to a girl our small group wanted to bless, and I couldn't believe she actually fit in some of those.....or that they were too big at one point!

Zoe keeps growing and she continues to be a delightful little girl. She is happy 95% of the time, and is developing such a fun little personality. She loves to have you chase her....especially if you're crawling with her, then she zips off and laughs like crazy. She is pulling up on just about everything now, but no steps yet. One thing that seems unique about Zoe is that she loves tight spaces....she crawls under the dining room chairs, through the bottom of our little accent table in the living room, behind the chairs under the window, through and around the legs....she is a climber and loves getting in and out of those tight spots. She's still got just 4 teeth, but she's expanding her eating repertoire slowly to include some table foods. Today she had grilled cheese with the rest of us at lunch, and she's pretty content to munch on crackers if she can't eat what the rest of us are eating. The other newest thing she's doing is waving. At first she waved backwards, toward herself, in the same direction she saw us doing it. Now she waves her whole arm, and she says "Hi," "bah-bah," "da-da," and every once in a while, "mama." She's got plenty to say to herself and runs a pretty steady stream of baby babble. She is usually content to play on her own, but she loves playing with Ziva still. SHe's also developed a real affinity for doors. If they're open, she closes them. If they're almost closed, she opens them. If I leave the front door open even a crack when I take things out the car in the mornings, she's coming out after me grinning. She's a sweet girl and we sure do love her!

These were the best shots I could get with the's a good thing I'm only planning on doing this through her 1st birthday. It's just too hard to get her to sit still!
Roly-poly Zoe!
Zoe likes the new trampoline almost as much as Ziva does! She loves to just sit while Ziva's jumping and get bounced around. I usually have a hard time getting her to crawl back to the opening to get her out!

Party #2

After party #1 ended, Ziva spent the afternoon playing with her new toys. She and Zoe had a sidewalk tea party, and spent lots of time on the trampoline.

Saturday evening, Mimi and Papa and Uncle Mitch and Aunt Rachel came over for round two. Ziva opened MORE presents (including a pink radio for her room she's been wanting, so now she can listen to music at night; and her most favorite, a set of little Disney princesses that go everywhere with her)
And of course, more cake. We had lots of princess cupcakes left over, but Ziva wanted a chocolate cake with sprinkles, so we made a new one. She was princess for the day, after all. :) This picture looks an awful lot like her first birthday, ha!
It was a good day and a great birthday! We are so blessed to have Ziva as our daughter, and we thank God every day for entrusting her to us. She makes us laugh and teaches us things every day. We love you Ziva!!

Birthday Business - Party #1

Spring break was a rainy affair, but it ended with a big bang--TWO birthday parties in one day! First came the friend party, and it was a princess's dream. We had 5 little girls from Ziva's preschool come, and they jumped on Ziva's new trampoline, decorated princess crowns, spoke not a word as they inhaled princess cupcakes, and screamed the rest of the time. What fun!