Saturday, May 31, 2008

What I do these days!

I thought I would post a few things that Kylie is doing now that she is 2 years old. I wish I would have started doing this earlier as a reminder for the future, but better late than never! I can't imagine all the things that go thru her mind on a daily basis, but these are the things that she shares with us.

Some spanish words that she knows:
agua = water
leche = milk
ojos = eyes
frescas = strawberries
boca = mouth
narajanas = oranges

A funny story: For several days in a row last week, Kylie woke up in the morning yelling "agua, agua, agua" at the top of her lungs. I guess she must be dreaming bi-lingually!

Kylie can also sing her ABC's now and she loves to listen to "more Jesus." Our bedtime routine is to drink her milk, brush her teeth, and then we sit in the rocking chair to sing Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children. She knows all the words now and will sing along with mommy or daddy. Then she says "pray" and we list off all her friends by name. It's so fun watching her grow her vocabulary and understand more and more each day.

We've just started learning our funny faces so here are a few that she is trying.

Along with turning 2, Kylie has definitely started to assert herself and what she wants. She will tell us "NO" whenever she wants to, she will throw tantrums when she doesn't get what she want, she hates having her picture taken and wants to immediately see herself after the flash goes off, she is delaying bedtime as long as possible with the endless "more Jesus song, more milk, more pray" etc, and everything else that comes along with this age. I can't wait to see what this next year holds for us. In the midst of so many tragedies in this day, I thank the Lord everyday for just one more day that I am able to be a mommy to this precious creation that He has given us. Being a parent puts it more and more into perspective how much God loves us and gave us His child as Jesus to be a sacrifice for our salvation. Praise God for His amazing loving-kindness.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Daddy's girl

Wow, check out these amazing pictures that our friend, Chris, took at our pool. I know that every parent thinks this way, but is it possible to ever not think that your own child is the cutest thing in the entire world!!! Thanks for capturing these amazing moments Chris!

Memorial Day Party

Every year, our friends' parents throw an amazing Memorial Day party that is anticipated for months to come! The hosts are true Italians and the food that they provide is exactly that. It's a full spread of cheese & bruschetta & grilled veggies & spicy sausage & more and more and more if you catch my drift! After being discharged from the hospital with direct instructions to eat as many calories and as much protein in your days as possible, I was in the right place :) Even though Eric was on shift this year, he was still there in spirit! Here are some fun pics of our growing kids, bursting prego bellies, and some of the best friends a family could ask for! The D's, the Riley's, The Price's, and Brit. We cherish you guys!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hey, I'm 2 Years Old!

Once again, I find myself in awe that only 2 years ago, our life was so different without Kylie. It's hard to imagine what we did during the day and on the weekends without a child, but I can only help but imagine what the rest of our lives with kids will bring. Kylie has brought so much joy and happiness and smiles to our lives and to those that she comes in contact with. She will light up a room with her laughter and I thank our amazing God each and every day that He has chosen me to be her mother, to love her and teach her and guide her, for all the days of her life. I have never wanted anything more than to be a mom and I can't imagine a more wonderful little girl to start this journey with! Happy 2nd birthday Kylie Raine!

70 Degrees in May!!!

I've lived in Arizona for 20 some years and I can't ever remember this time of the year that it's actually been cold! The past few days have been in the low 70's and I've been comparing it to San Diego coastal weather. It drizzled on and off all day long on Thursday and Friday and the rest of the weekend has been amazing!!!We've enjoyed it so much along with having our finished backyard. Kylie especially loves playing "getchi" aka "catch me" with anyone or Buster!

Elmo's World Live!

It's been several weeks since our last post due to a long hospital stay, but hopefully this won't be too long and will catch everyone up on what's been going on in the Holt household. First, Kylie has been learning her favorite characters more and more recently and we decided it would be fun to take her to see Sesame Street Live with Elmo here in town. We went with Wendy & Austin and the kids had a great time I think. We'll probably wait another year or so for any more concerts, but Kylie had a great time and I have some good memories of the event. And a praise God because this was one of the rare mornings that I was able to get out and feel good before the hospital!