baby family

Happy to Be Back

September 1, 2008
Hana Kate pointing to WV on her globe while we were waiting for Daddy to get off work.

Hana Kate pointing to WV on her globe while we were waiting for Daddy to get off work. ;)

We enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day weekend with my parents in West Virginia.  We’re thankful for their gracious hosting of us; and as always, our time was too short.  Thanks to the Monday holiday, we were especially thankful to be able to stay longer than the Sunday morning church service–something we hadn’t been able to do since we’ve been married.

Stroller Ride with Grandma

Stroller Ride with Grandma

Hana Kate seems to develop a “new skill” whenever we go on a long trip.  This trip’s skill was in the area of language skills.  She began saying “da-da-da” a few days before we left, but really came out of her shell with her grandparents.  Actually, it was my childhood 2 foot toy bear that she seemed to enjoy conversing with the most! 🙂  There were also a lot of things at Grandma’s house that were right at her height, and she enjoyed climbing and using them to help her attempt to walk (holding on, of course!).  Here’s a funny video of Hana Kate playing with her Grandpa (My dad is going through another round of cancer treatments, which makes him very tired!):

Last week both Daniel and I were sick for most of the week with some odd sort of illness that kept us feeling super tired and achy for over a week.  The last time I remember being that tired was when I was expecting Hana Kate, but when Daniel developed the same symptoms a few days later, it ruled out that possibility.  When our sicky feeling finally broke with a fever and sore throat and our energy returned, we were also thankful to know what was causing us to be so exhausted (and go to bed before 9p.m.!!).  However, it kept me going to bed early and rising late, and a very mobile daughter kept me away from the computer most of the daytime (I don’t know what I’ll do once she starts walking ;))! So hopefully I’ll be back to the computer a bit more, too!

Bandana Baby

I didn’t even check my e-mail while we were away.  Although I took my laptop with great aspirations of writing while we traveled, I couldn’t seem to pry myself away from having 7 hours of uninterupted time with my husband, both there and back. 🙂  It was a nice break (but I have LOTS of e-mailing to catch up on!).

Hana Kate traveled well for the most part, but 7 nearly continuous hours in a car seat twice in one week might make me cry a little bit, too.  And of course, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for some free Chicken strips!

Temporary Steelers Fans for Free Chicken!

Temporary Steelers Fans for Free Chicken!

Hana Kate helping Daddy check in

Hana Kate helping Daddy check in

Backtracking a bit in this story, we stopped by BJU on our way home just in time for Daniel to check in for classes.  By God’s grace, he’ll be returning to Seminary to take one class this semester.  He is really excited about getting back into classes.

A Short Stop on the Way Home

A Sunny Stop on the Way Home!

It’s always good to come home, but it’s even better when you make sure it’s clean before you leave!.

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  • Rebecca Kelly Goernandt September 2, 2008 at 3:14 am

    How cute!!! She is sooo verbal!!! Wow! Wouldn’t be surprised if you have an early talker! =)

  • AmyG September 2, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Loved the video, she is so cute.

  • morn September 3, 2008 at 12:15 am

    She is a very cute baby!I love this.

  • Kasey September 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

    A friend of mine just showed me your post on the $5 cart of bread. 🙂 I was just looking around your blog. My husband is a student at Bob Jones too. Thanks for sharing money saving deals.

  • Keren September 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Kasey, thanks for sharing on your blog, too! Just checked them out! I always enjoy reading blogs of folks in the area! Maybe our husbands are in class together. 🙂