May 28, 2009

The Walker

Isabelle is walking now. At first it was just a few steps here and there and now she gets around mainly by walking with and without support. She does still crawl when she wants to get somewhere quickly, but I've noticed over the last week that she is really perfecting her walking skills. It's hard to believe! Be sure to turn your volume up to hear her excited breathing. Too funny! =)

Memories on Memorial Day Weekend

All the plans were made, the food was purchased, the gear was packed, and we were all so excited for the three day weekend! We headed out Friday after work (and after taking rushing around to get Isabelle to the doctor for her 9 month check up) to Heyburn State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene for a nice long weekend of camping... er, at least that is what we were expecting.



The kids were such great little travelers.



We arrived at the park and found our campsite mud hole. I should have taken a picture of it and of Ty's face because both were hilarious. How were we supposed to set up one, let alone three, tents on this muddy mess? And you should have seen the fire pit compared to all the others we had seen driving up to our spot. This was going to take some major innovation and some major troopers to make this work.

...to take you back, Paul had called in advance and reserved a campsite. He was so happy as there were only two sites left and from the looks of the map this site was in the perfect location. The Ranger assured Paul that it was a nice site, just as all the others. Ahem, excuse me? Nice, maybe if your a pig. =)

We all tried to stay positive and knew we could make it work if need be, but Ty and Erin decided to run to the Ranger Station to see if there were any other options. It was our lucky day -- site # 118 was open and perfect! Plenty of room, a nice fire pit, flat ground, three great shady trees... ahh, this was perfect!

So we got all set up...

Let the kids run/crawl around...

Dillon was in heaven...

Chopped some wood...Got a fire started...

"See the fire Aunt Tate?"


This was going to be a great weekend. Isabelle fell asleep shortly after getting all set up and slept like an angel the rest of the night. Yep, she's a camping girl!

It was time to roast some marshmallows and make S'mores! These pictures are PRICELESS! =)




I think it's easy to say Dillon enjoyed this, just a little. =)

The next morning we all woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

The guys went fishing and when they got back Tim was missing. He was dropped off at the bathrooms on their way back and was not feeling well. He was a trooper and tried sleeping it off. Paul decided to lay down to take a nap with Izzy and by the time we got back from a walk around 11:00am Isabelle was now throwing up. Great. We decided it was best to load up and head home because Erin Thompson wasn't feeling well either. So while Ty, Paul, and Erin Carol loaded our three days worth of goods Tim was vomiting in a bush, Isabelle was throwing up every 5 minutes, and Erin and Dill were laying down in the truck. Things weren't looking good. So to make this long very long story short (if that's possible) 7 out of the 8 of us ended up getting sick with the flu. Dillon had gotten sick on Wednesday night before heading we left camping, but was fine Thursday and Friday. Apparently the bug was still around and the "plague" spread through our camp like a wild fire (no pun intended). Paul and both Erins were sick by Saturday evening and I woke up with it Monday morning. There was a case of the swine flu in Whitman County reported today, but not to worry, we're all feeling much better and back to our normal selves.

The night and half day we got to spend camping were great. It was a bummer to be cooped up sick all weekend with such gorgeous weather, but now we've found a new camping spot and will have to plan our next trip soon.

May 24, 2009

9 months old! UPDATED

Isabelle had her 9 month (plus a week and a half) check up on Friday afternoon. She is growing perfectly and is healthy as can be... well until Saturday morning that was, but I'll be posting about that soon.
Here are her stats:
18 lbs. 2 oz - 50%
28 1/2 inches - 80%
There you have it. =)
Now here is the original post of our little cutie!
Hehe, look at me! I can stand on my own!


And have two cute front teeth!

I'm a dancing girl!

And I can wave hi and bye bye!

Can you believe Isabelle is 9 months old already?! We sure can't!!! It seems like this month her development has skyrocketed. She is crawling all over the place, pulls herself up onto everything, stands without support, is taking 2-3 steps at a time (she took 8 in a row one day!), she is saying a few more words (or at least we like to think she is), is perfecting clapping and has started eating more 'real' food. I had to postpone her 9 month check up so we won't know all her stats until the 22nd. Luckily she doesn't have to get any shots this time.

May 14, 2009

Quick Update

I'll be done with my fourth week at my new job tomorrow. I can't belive it's almost been a month already! Tomorrow is my last afternoon at Statistics (remember I was helping them finish out the academic year by going there MWF afternoons) and I am so glad. Not that I didn't like it there or that I was wanting to leave, but these past four weeks have been extremely busy and I'm ready to have just one job. Well, I guess if you count being a mom and a wife... oh nevermind, that's besides the point. =)

Anyways, I am LOVING my new job! I've never had a position like this that I absolutely love going to every day. It has made the transition to being back to work full time and having Isabelle in daycare four days a week very easy. My boss is wonderful, my co-workers are great, and there is never a dull moment. It's such a great feeling to love what you're doing.

I love being a mom. I love being a wife. I love my job. I love my life!

May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

I was thrilled to be celebrating my first year as a mommy on Mother's Day this year! I am so blessed and thankful to have such an amazing little girl in my life. Growing up I remember always hearing parents say things like, "My kids are my pride and joy!"... "It goes by so fast!"... "Don't take it for granted because before you know it your kids will be all grown up."... "I never knew I could love someone this much!"... and the list goes on and on. Well, as a parent now I can say each and every one of these statements are oh so true! I can't believe how fast the last 9 months have gone by. This time last year I was just starting to show a baby bump and could feel Isabelle kicking and wiggling inside of me. It's hard to believe how fast the time really has gone, but I am enjoying every single minute of it! I always knew I was meant to be a mommy, but never dreamt it would be half as amazing as this!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

And here's the little cutie pie playing in the grass. =)
Please note the hat -- It says, "my mom rocks".
Too cute!And here is what Paul did for me for my Mother's Day gift... a gorgeous new front yard!
And to close out this post, a few more of little miss Belle.