Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring in Dallas

We have really been enjoying the last couple of months and have spent as much time as possible outside. One of our favorite places to hang out at is the Arboretum. It is also a great place to take pictures of Anna and all her little cousins.
A couple weeks ago, one of my mom's groups took a trip to Gnismer Farms to go strawberry picking. I envisioned myself picking buckets of stawberries with Anna happily strapped to my back like the babies we saw in the fields of Uganda. Well, little missy had other plans and did not want to be in the Beco. Instead, she wanted me to hold her hand to help her walk which made picking stawberries a bit harder. She also screamed much of the time because she wanted to eat the strawberries but couldn't because they had fertilizer on them. Oh well, it was still a fun experience and I am looking forward to taking her back next year.

Growing up in Central Texas, every spring we would see fields of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes and take pictures in them. So I was bound and determined to find a field in Dallas and start the tradition of taking pictures in the bluebonnnets with Anna. I kept my eye out and never saw more than a few flowers on the sides of busy highways. I turned to the internet and searched all over mom forums. I googled "bluebonnet fields in Dallas" and came up with a couple leads but they were on the other side of town (which could easily be an hour drive). Finally, I read about a field that wasn't too far away. When we got there, it was by no means a field but I called it good and snapped a couple of cute shots. If anyone in Dallas knows of a better field that I can go to next year, please let me know!


As the temperatures rise and spring slips into summer, we are looking forward to sunscreen and swimsuits!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

1 Year!

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Children by Jill Phillips

I know you better than anyone

I know that look in your eyes

The one where they say you are just like me

And that comes as no surprise

Cause you’re taking in everything I do

While I second-guess all I thought I knew

Oh, I love you so much

So how great is His love

That we should be called

We should be called

We should be called His children

I want to keep you from crying

I want to save you from pain

I’d lay down my life for your life to go on

But couldn’t let you do the same

So what kind of love would give selflessly

And take such joy in giving you to me

Oh, I love you so much

So how great is His love

That we should be called We should be called

We should be called His children

I know I’m not enough for you

And you know this at your young age

Even though my love will fail you

The love that He has will not change

Oh, I love you so much

So how great is His love

That we should be called

We should be called

We should be called His children

This song is by one of my favorite singer/songwriters and expresses my feelings so eloquently! We started a couple of birthday traditions with Anna today. I made her special birthday pancakes and we told the story of her birth. What an exciting day that was 1 year ago!

***At the end of the night, Anna decided to take her first steps. She was holding keys in her hands and walking towards her Daddy. She got up to 6 steps! It is funny because I have been telling her she had a deadline of May 6th to start walking :). It made her first birthday even more memorable!***

Her 12 Month stats:
Weight: 19.12 lbs ~25-50%
Height: 29.25 in ~50-75%
Head: 45 cm ~25-50%