Saturday, May 30, 2009

My 11-month old

Sanaa is 11 months old today. Yipee! Now the count down begins until her 1st birthday. A year ago I remember being quite uncomfortable, extremely warm, and wondering what type of personality my little girl would have. And now we're a month away from celebrating her 1st birthday. Do all the years go by this quickly?

Today was a warm day and perfect for swimming. Last week I bought a kiddie pool from Walmart and this morning I inflated it and put some water in it. I wanted to give the water time to warm up and we get the morning sun in our backyard. By the time Sanaa is up from her afternoon nap part of our backyard is shaded.

Sanaa modeling one of her many swim suits. She got a bunch of hand-me-downs from Dylan plus some new ones as gifts when she was born.

Our pool. It's great! It's nice and long. The water felt great and the best part is that we have a shallow end and a deep end! (Our yard slopes and I couldn't find a level spot.) I don't have any pictures of us in the pool because Nate was at work and I wasn't about to leave Sanaa in the pool by herself. Maybe next time we'll have a picture of us playing.
I found some alphabet letters in Sanaa's closet that are for the bath tub. I pulled a handful out for Sanaa to look at and the next thing I know she's crawling all over our house with the letter N hanging out of her mouth.
Did you know that penguins are not necessarily cold climate animals? (We're watching Baby Einstein and the penguins just came on, which reminded me about this.) We saw penguins at the Fort Worth zoo and discovered that only a few species of penguins actually live in cold climates. If I remember correctly the info at the zoo said that only 4 of the 17 species live in cold climates. The remaining species live in more temperate climates. The ones we saw were actually from Africa. Penguins from Africa? I had no idea.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Nate!

Growing up my mom would let my brother and I choose our birthday dinner and favorite dessert. So, I decided that would be fun to start doing in our family. Nate chose lasagna and an ice cream cake. Yum! This was Sanaa's first time to have lasagna and she loved it. She loved it so much that I just remembered I need to go start a load of laundry so the stains aren't permanent....
"That looks good. Can I have some?"
"Actually, I'll just help myself, thank you."
A shot of Nate's ice cream cake. I found a recipe that was very easy to make and was really good. We'll definitely be having this again.

Trip to the zoo

Today we took a trip to the Fort Worth zoo. Nate and I have been to the Dallas zoo and since it was Nate's birthday he decided he wanted to check out the Fort Worth zoo. Ironically, we ended up going on the one day several schools in the area also decided a visit to the zoo would be fun. So, the zoo was quite busy, but despite all the children we had to weave around we had a great time and Sanaa loved seeing the different animals. The best part was the tiger that came right up to the viewing window and paced back and forth. The tiger even jumped at the window startling the other kids around us.

Taking a little break in the shade.
Sanaa would point at the animals she was interested in. In this case, she was pointing at some kangaroos chillin' in the shade.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some pictures

I was going to make a post updating you all on what has been going on but that is easily summed up by me just saying all three of us were sick over the weekend. It wasn't much fun. I think we were battling allergies or a cold. It all feels the same to me.

Sanaa kissing the baby in the mirror. She did this several times. Must be one cute baby she's kissing!
Who knew a box could entertain both a cat and a baby!
Monday and Tuesday Sanaa and I spent time with Cole and Dylan. It was fun, but completely exhausted Sanaa. She made up for it today by taking a 3 hour afternoon nap.

Tinkerbell (aka Dylan) and Sanaa. I couldn't get either girl to look at me.
Cole and Sanaa. Once again, Sanaa loved Cole. She would just giggle at him and that of course made him act even sillier.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mystery solved

For the past couple of weeks Nate and I have heard banging noises coming from Sanaa's room after we lay her down. We didn't know what she was doing (we just assumed she was kicking her legs against the sides). Then one night after Nate put her down I went in to check on her and found a book in her crib. I didn't think anything about it because I figured Nate had left it for her. A couple of nights later Nate went in to check on Sanaa and found a book in her crib, but didn't mention it to me.

Then, two nights ago Sanaa woke up around 1:30am and wouldn't go back to sleep (she was up until about 3:15am). Around 2:30am I checked on her a second time and found a book in her crib. I hadn't left it there when I checked on her the first time and I knew Nate hadn't left it because he was sound asleep. I finally realized what was going on. Sanaa was reaching out through her crib and grabbing books off of her night stand. The banging we had been hearing was Sanaa trying to get a book back through the crib.

This morning Nate caught Sanaa in the act. She had woken up from her nap and was doing her usual talking and banging. Nate opened the door to get her and saw her reaching through her crib trying to get a book. He also found a couple of books on the floor. Sanaa continues to amaze me and I love watching her as she figures things out and discovers the world around her.

Some pictures from Sanaa's new favorite pastime.....looking out our windows.

Seriously, that is what she was screaming at the top of her lungs.
I want that curtain but mommy moved it out of my reach. Maybe if I stretch a little farther.
In deep thought.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fun with water

Yesterday I babysat Cole and Dylan. I hadn't planned on watching them, but their mom called me Sunday and I rarely pass up an opportunity to hang out with them. This is Cole's last week of school and guess what . . . . he was "sick" again yesterday. His mom called yesterday morning to give me a heads up, but once again he was miraculously healed by the time I arrived. I'll be watching them again next week and since Cole will be on summer break I won't have to worry about him being "sick."

When Sanaa and I arrived home it was nearly dinner time and I was tired. I typically don't let Sanaa play in the cats water dish, but it was one of those evenings where I just didn't care (Nate was working late, otherwise I would have asked him to watch her). I'm sure all you moms out there will understand. My counter top was covered with junk and I only had enough room to make dinner, which left no room for the cats water dish. I didn't want to carry Sanaa while I made dinner and I had already chased her away from the water a couple of times. So I gave in. I put a towel under the dish and let her splash away to her hearts content. Sanaa was soaked and the towel was soaked by the time I had our food ready. Oh, well. At least she had fun. I did order a small kiddie pool this morning and once it arrives we'll move our water play outside.

"Cool. Look what I pulled off."

Silver wanting in on the action.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

It wasn't me!

"But mommy, I promise that it wasn't me that made the mess! It was the cat."
(Taken just after I swept and mopped our floor.)

More weekend pictures

Here are some more pictures from our weekend in Arkansas.

Chillin' in the driver's seat during one of our rest stops.
Sanaa learned quick that Sadie would eat whatever she dropped. So Sanaa learned to drop the pieces of food she didn't want to eat (like her peas.)
Center of attention.
Story time with uncle Caleb.
Enjoying some whipped cream.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Uncle Caleb's graduation weekend, part 1

Here are a few pictures from our weekend in Arkansas celebrating uncle Caleb's graduation (a Master's in Music). Way to go uncle Caleb! We're proud of you.

Gramma Carol, uncle Caleb, aunt Sarah, and Papa Gene after the ceremony. The ceremony was quite long so Nate, Sanaa, and I left after watching Caleb receive his diploma so that Sanaa could get a nap before we went out for lunch.
Aunt Sarah's family is on the left. This was taken after our very yummy lunch.
Before we left on Sunday, Caleb put his graduation gear on so that we could be in a few pictures with him since we missed picture time after the ceremony.
Laughing at uncle Caleb.
More weekend pictures to come later. Sanaa is "calling" for my attention.

Monday, May 11, 2009

God is our Protector

This spring I had been attending the women's Bible study on Tuesday mornings. We did Beth Moore's study "Stepping Up a journey through the Psalms of Ascent." It was a wonderful study, but after yesterday Psalm 121 (which may be very familiar to many of you) became much more meaningful to me.

Yesterday Nate, Sanaa, and I drove back from a short weekend in Arkansas. We were there to attend uncle Caleb's graduation. (We had a great time and I'll do another post with pictures at some point this week).

I was driving and we had just entered the city limits of Sherman, TX, which is roughly an hour north from where we live. When I went to push on the gas to speed up a little, nothing happened. Our car revved up but didn't do anything. We were just reaching the second exit to Sherman so I immediately got in the exit lane and coasted down the exit, around a corner, and into the parking lot of an eye doctor. I popped the hood as Nate jumped out of the car. I jumped out too and leaned down to look under the car. I saw fluid leaking out! My first thought was that we have a bad oil leak, but as more fluid flowed out we saw that the color of the fluid was red. It wasn't oil. Nate called his dad and I called my dad. It was transmission fluid that was flowing out of the car.

We were stuck. Nate's parents were about 3 hours behind us. It was roughly 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and we didn't know what to do. Nate began calling towing companies, but most were closed. All the auto shops were definitely closed. To make a very long story short, we called one of friends from Dallas who was able to call a towing company he knew to come get our car and tow it back to Dallas to a shop that we trust. I called another friend to see if they could come pick up me and Sanaa. During this an older gentleman stopped and asked if he could help. He even offered to drive me and Sanaa to Dallas, but my friend was already going to head up. So, we met half way. Nate stayed with the car until the tow truck came.

Sanaa and I made it home around 7pm and Nate was home around 8pm. As I think back to yesterday I am so thankful for God's faithfulness and His protection.

I am thankful:
- that our car didn't break down somewhere in Oklahoma on a long stretch of highway where there was nothing
-that it wasn't raining (because it had been pouring earlier)
-that it wasn't really hot
-that Sanaa was in a great mood and saw it as an adventure. She really enjoyed the extra playtime outside
-that we were able to get off the highway and into a parking lot
-that we pulled off on one of the main exits for Sherman and were only 6 blocks from the police station
-for a lady named Carol who stopped by 3 times to check on us and was going to keep coming by until we were no longer there
-for the young couple (who was expecting a baby) that stopped and offered to take us to the husband's mothers house until a ride came to pick us up
-for the very first lady who stopped and gave us her pastor's phone number in case we needed some help
-for John who drove Sanaa and I to McKinney to meet our friend Heath
-for Heath who drove up to get us and also brought Nate home after he was back in Dallas with our car
-for Chad who contacted a towing company that could come get our car
-for Nate's parents who are letting us borrow one of their cars until we can get our car back

..... but most of all I'm thankful for the Lord as He watched over us! Right now as I type this all of the "what ifs" are going through my head and that is enough to freak me out. So, I'll stop thinking about the "what ifs" and just thank God for His faithfulness.

Psalm 121:5-8 (HCSB version from Beth Moore's study)
The Lord protects you;
the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
The sun will not strike you by day,
or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm;
He will protect your life.
The Lord will protect your coming and going
both now and forever.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Busy little bee

Sanaa doesn't stop moving. After dinner we often let her watch a Baby Einstein DVD so that we (or often times I if Nate is working late) can have a break. But now that she's crawling she doesn't even sit still to watch tv. She is constantly on the move.

On Sunday we had two rather entertaining things happen. The first occurred before church. It was very nice and cool outside, so we had the back sliding door open (it leads into our kitchen). Unfortunately we don't have a screen door. Both of our cats were outside enjoying the cool weather as well. We sat down for breakfast and a couple bites into our food I heard Aria meow. I turned and looked at the door as Aria trotted up carrying a baby bunny in her mouth. I didn't make it to the door in time and Aria brought her prize into our kitchen. My first reaction was to pick Aria up and toss her outside with the bunny. However, Aria dropped the bunny when I picked her up and the bunny made a run for it. Only problem was the bunny ran away from the open door, not towards it. I put Aria down while Nate started chasing the bunny towards the door and we both tried to get Aria to catch it again. Silver heard all the commotion and came into the kitchen as well and tried to "help." So the poor bunny was trying to escape from two cats and two humans. We were finally able to shoo it out the back door where Silver proceeded to chase it and then catch it. Sanaa found all the commotion to be rather entertaining as she laughed at us.

The second event occurred after church. Nate put Sanaa down for a nap and after an hour and fifteen minutes Sanaa started fussing. She hadn't napped at all that morning so I really thought she'd sleep longer. When she started crying I decided to make a small bottle for her and see if I could get her back to sleep. I opened her door and walked in the room. What I saw was Sanaa sitting up in her crib at one end and Silver sitting next to her. How in the world did he get in her room?!?! Nate had seen Silver leave her room as he put Sanaa down, so when did Silver sneak back in? We have no idea. Sanaa smiled and laughed when she saw me and Silver started purring. I went ahead and fed Sanaa her bottle, but nap time was over thanks to Silver. So much for Sunday being relaxing and restful. Maybe next week . . . .