So our camera started acting up a while back...we took it in to get fixed and they sent it off to somewhere else. Well it is 5 weeks later and still no camera...I have been using my mom's off and on but I really am so bummed that it is taking that long. The silver lining in it all is that, thankfully, Tim and I bought new phones that have an ok camera phone, so I have been taking a lot of pictures on that. It's a good thing because yesterday I noticed Brooke's hair looked like it had grown quickly. I got out the little rubberbands I bought so long ago (hoping she would have some hair when she was born) but almost 15 months later I finally got this...
November 19th, Tim and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary! Somehow the time has flown by...We dated for 2 1/2 yrs and were engaged for 6 months, so we have been together for over 7 years and I have loved this adventure that we are on together! I love my husband more today than ever and it's crazy to think I will love him more on our 5 year anniversary than I do today! God has truly blessed me with a husband that is more wonderful than I could have ever imagined!
For our anniversary we were able to go to Napa, which has become one of my favorite places! We left Brooke overnight for the first time with my family, and headed to downtown Napa. We stayed at the AVIA hotel, and went to dinner at Cole's Chop House (AMAZING!). It was so great to have quality time to ourselves.
Our dinner was SOOO good! (even worth the cheesy pictures!)
A couple of weeks ago, our good friends from college, The Wyatt's, came up to Napa and we were able to schedule a day to take some family pictures. I love how they turned out! To see more click here. Thank you Max and Sarah!
We have had a great couple of weeks, busy, but so fun! We have been to 3 pumpkin patches, VCS' Country Fair, Halloween Parties, and Tim's brother Todd came to visit! So for Halloween this year we went to our church for their annual Fallapalooza, which is like a big carnival. Tim was was working the youth side with paint ball and bounce houses so Todd, Brooke and I walked around, played games, and got candy...I am not even going to try to lie...the candy was totally for me! It was such a fun night!
my little Alice
Brooke and Uncle Todd being silly
going on a hay ride
Brooke and her friend Abi giving each other a hug
Brooke and George...she loved his glasses!
The Queen of Hearts, Alice, and the Mad Hatter
Daddy and Brooke
Mommy and Brookie
The picture on the left was Brooke last year on Halloween as a ballerina at 6 weeks old. Now she is a big girl walking all over the place. I love being this little girl's mommy!
So, I am in a girls small group that meets on Tuesday nights. We have been meeting for the past 5 weeks. We were reading a book by an author from the Woman of Faith Conferences (who will remain nameless) and as it turns out, none of us where that excited about it once we got to reading it...and it only took us 4 weeks to speak up about it. I think the chapter about picnics and dogs sent us over the edge.
I know for me, being a part of a small group is an important part of my spiritual growth, as I tend to be a somewhat lazy person by nature. I need accountability and people to encourage me to grow. That is one of the reasons that I am so thankful for such a godly husband, who strives to be more like Christ each and every day. So our small group decided that we should switch books and go for something a little less "picnic and dogs" and a little more real. So we are starting Francis Chan's Crazy Love tonight. I just finished reading the intro/preface and I can't wait to get into the first chapter. In the preface this part really stood out to me,
"The core problem isn't the fact that we're lukewarm, halfhearted, or stagnant Christians. The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of God. We see Him as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into thier lives in some small way. We forget that God never had an identity crisis. He knows that He's great and deserves to be the center of our lives. Jesus came humbly as a servant, but he never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves. he commands everything from His followers."
I am praying that this book will challange me and shape me into the woman that God wants me to be: a fervent follower of Christ, a wife, passionate about wholeheartedly, serving the Lord
and a mother with an unquenchable hunger to seek after God.
So, we have a new favorite place! There is a place called Kids Gone Wild right around the corner from our house. It is basically a big warehouse with 5-6 bounce houses and a climbing/play area for younger kids. Tim and I have baby proofed our house as much as we can, but there is only so much you can do. We wanted to find a place where she can explore and play with whatever without being told "no". Tim found this place online (which is funny since it is around the corner from our house...) and we have been 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Brooke LOVES it! She has so much fun and is so tired out when we leave she always takes a long nap. Yesterday we went with some friends and had so much fun!
She LOVES the slides!
So much fun!
so much energy
Brooke with her friends Drew and Makayla
going through the tunnel with Abi following right behind
The girls: Abi, Brooke. Drew, and Makayla
Brooke thinks she is a big girl!
She LOVES the big slide!
The crew: Abi, baby Micah, Brooke, Drew, Gabe, and Makayla
We celebrated Brooke's birthday on October 3rd with some of her friends. We had a ladybug themed party, which seems fitting since we have always called Brooke our little "Brookie Bug." I channeled my creative side (which is extremely limited) and tried to "DIY" as much as I could. We went to Stonegate Park and had a fun lunch and play time. We had a great time! (Brooke always has a great time when there are food and boys around...I wonder where she got that from...) :) There are a ton of pictures, but I just love all the pictures from her party!
I made her invitations
Happy Birthday Brookie
my baby is 1!
Brooke walkin' with Grammy and Papa
Brookie and Auntie LeLe
us with Brooke's friend Kate and her mom Mary
Brooke and Mrs. Marie
Mitchell and Brooke (boy #1)
The Browns and the Galvins
us with Michele
John & Deej with Brooke
she can't walk on her own yet, but she thinks she can already run!