Friday, April 24, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

Daddy took Rachel for an Easter Egg Hunt! These are two pictures he managed to get of her before and after all the activity. They had a really special time together!

Easter Pictures

Rachel's Oma & Opa gave her a beautiful Easter dress (and a matching one for her baby doll!) so we just had to have her pictures taken in it! She looks so sweet!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What can I say? No new pics...

I have been having the worst "morning" sickness - I believe it should be titled "all day long" sickness - and I have not been feeling up to doing much more than is required of me. Sometimes even that is too much! So this post is just a quick update to let you all know that I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I am just "sick!"
As poorly as I feel, I must say that it is a really good thing... it just means that the pregnancy is healthy and going the way it's supposed to. I have our 6 week ultrasound picture of my refrigerator right now to remind me of that!!! And I know that this will pass soon - maybe another 4-5 weeks? That's not horrible and the end result will be so worth it!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Snuggle Buddies!

Rachel's friend Carolyn came over today to play and we had so much fun together! In fact, Rachel was so excited to have her here, she woke up early from her nap and proceeded to knock on Carolyn's door and wake her up, too! Poor Carolyn did not seem as eager to see Rachel, so Rachel asked to "snuggle" with her in the crib. I happily obliged and let them have some quiet time together before getting them up for snacks. I had a flash forward of what it'll be like when they are old enough to have sleep-overs and slumber parties!!! Ahhh, they are growing up so fast...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sharing Our Special News!!!

We just found out on Thursday the 8th that we are PREGNANT!!! We were so excited that we announced the news to everyone that very same day by sending out e-mails with Rachel wearing her "Big Sister" shirt. It was a fun way to announce the Wonderful news! Then Rich came home from work tonight with these gorgeous red roses and an adorable card that said, "Congratulations on your Bun in the Oven!" It was really sweet of him and a lovely surprise!!!

Princess Rachel!

Rachel received some pretty Disney Princess play gear from our friend Mindy Levin and had so much fun playing dress up with it. I could hardly believe she let me put the earrings on! She looked so adorable that I just had to post these!!!

A Merry Little Christmas at Home

We had a very Merry Christmas at our house this year! It was really nice to stay home and be all snuggled in with the three of us and Oma & Opa. Rachel got lots of nice things from Santa. She must have been a very good girl this past year!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Time is Near!

Rich, Rachel and I went to the Frederik Meijer Gardens together on Saturday and had a fun filled day! We started off by looking at all the beautiful Christmas trees from around the world. Rachel truly loves looking at all the ornaments on the trees. A cute family shot...

Rachel LOVES trains and there are several on display. Here, she followed the train as it made its rounds.

I love this picture of Rachel, you can see the wonderment in her eyes as she is taking it all in!

Rachel stops at the Dutch tree every time! She adores the delft wooden shoes.

Holding hands with Daddy...

The highlight of Rachel's day was getting the chance to meet two of Santa's Reindeer! (We told her that Santa lent them for us to look at, but they would not be flying because they were saving their energy for pulling Santa's sleigh and delivering gifts.) She thought that they were wonderful, but she chose to admire them from afar and did not want to pet them.

They are such beautiful creatures, aren't they?!?!

This one was a baby - only 6 months old! She still had fuzz on her little antlers.

We jumped in the sleigh for a quick family picture before leaving. What an awesome day!!!

Making Christmas Cookies

We made spritz cookies with Nana on Friday and had lots of fun! Rachel was really interested in how we made the cookie dough. Putting on sprinkles was the best part!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Playing in the leaves!

It's always so much fun to play in the leaves! Rachel is infatuated with them and wants to stomp on them and play with them whenever she sees them! It's pretty darn cute. We were playing in the backyard with her bestest little friend Alessandra, and they had a ball jumping in the leaves, throwing them at eachother, and being silly little girls. What a fun November day!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Choo, Choo! All Aboard!!!

We went for a wonderful train ride last week with Anna. Rachel had not gotten to spent much time with Nana due to Nana & Papa's traveling, so this was an outing she and Mommy were really looking forward to. We took the train from Coopersville to Marne and back again. The inside of the train was decorated in cute fall decor, and the weather matched. It was fun to learn about the history of the train and the cities. We enjoyed Rachel's expressions when she saw new things. What a fun time we had! Choo, Choo!!!