Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving in the Smokies

We spent Thanksgiving in the Smokies with Jamie's family this year. It was a Thanksgiving/Birthday Celebration for his grandmother. In the picture above, we had spent the morning watching the Macy's Parade. Lily loved it! She loved it last year, too. However, this year she kept telling us how much she really wants to go see it next year. We are considering this for a future family outing because we do love New York. We can't wait to share that trip with her.
This picture is from the night before at Jamie's grandmother's birthday dinner. We stayed at the Park Vista Hotel which was really nice. We had a great time spending time with family.
This was the view we woke up to on the first morning we were there. Check out what was underneath the smokiness...
Pretty cool, huh! We were surprised at our view from our hotel balcony.
We enjoyed the weekend! Plus, we ended up spending some time going to see TANGLED which was the best Disney movie ever! We loved it. Jamie still loves Princess & the Frog the most, but Tangled is now my new favorite. I think it is Lily's too since she had to have the Rapunzel doll at the Disney Store today after church!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We love Sundays!

We have started going to a new church which is 45 minutes from our house. We are cherishing these moments together. That much time in the car every weekend has been wonderful for talking, singing, and just spending time together. So, today, I took the camera with me. I taped a lot of things. So, I hope you have time to enjoy a few minutes of Lily-entertainment.

I am sorry! I am having a horrible time getting these videos to upload. I have one of her singing her ABCs, the "Tinkle Tinkle" song, telling a made-up story, and just talking in the car. I will try again sometime this week.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Remembering...and Catching Up

Sometimes it seems like yesterday that we were in China.... but Lily is 3 1/2 now! I just cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. I haven't posted in awhile because work is so busy this year for Jamie and me. Of course, having a 3-year-old makes my computer time absolutely pointless. Besides, I would much rather be playing with Lily!

Lily is doing great. She is growing and growing. She amazes me every day with the conversations that we have. She has a major obssession with cleaning now- but she is just like her OCD Mama. So, I can't really fuss too much about that. She is really into telling stories and making up her own songs. She has been making up songs for awhile, but these actually make sense. She loves to do school work of any kind- writing her letters, coloring, figuring out patterns. Her new favorite tv shows are Team Umizoomi and Wonder Pets. She is learning a lot about math and the world from these shows. I really like them, too. She enjoys shopping probably a little too much, and she loves going out to eat. Her favorite meal at the moment is steak, but she also loves anything that has to do with pasta.

Right now, she is extremely excited about Christmas since we put our tree up last weekend. She has 6 presents under the tree- 3 from Aunt Suzette and 3 from us. (Since Jesus only got 3 presents- she says.) I had no idea that she would remember every ornament and where they came from. I told her stories last year, but I had no idea she was paying that much attention. Getting the ornaments out, she would gasp and happily hug each one, telling me where they came from or who they belonged to before she gently hung them on the tree. I think Jamie and I were responsible for about 10 ornaments, but the tree has been redecorated a few times since the original hangings.

I will try to post some pictures this weekend, and I will try to get a little video for you to see.