Tuesday, May 13, 2003

May 13, 2003

Well we have some very exciting news to share with all of you.  As of May 19th, our house will officially be on the market.  I am sure many are saying, "wow but they just moved out there 2 years ago".  We sure did and found out real quick that our life was still in the Grand Rapids area.  With Joel traveling to Cascade everyday, which is close to a 45 minute drive and going to church in Rockford every Sunday.  We have found that we are really putting some miles on our cars and it makes for a long day for Joel.  We are either looking to buy or build in the Cedar Springs area.  This will bring us so much closer to all of the things that we do on a regular basis.  So as you can tell we are very busy. 

We forgot to mention in our last update that we had bought our first mini van.  Tina absolutely loves to drive the 2001 Chrysler Town and Country.  We think Maddie loves it too because she can see out much better.  Speaking of Maddie, her birthday is only a month and a half away.  We are going to have a huge bash for her on June 28th.  You are all invited to share in on the fun.  Maddie is also very close to walking now.  Just this week she was sitting on the floor in the middle of the room and decided to stand up.  She did this without the help of anything around her, and she is doing it all of the time.  Her new words are baby, puppy, Elmo (well sort of, it sounds pretty close), and we think she said her name a few weeks ago.  She also has two bottom front teeth now, that make for a great grin.  So that is really all there is for now.  As news comes up about the house we will let you know.  Until then God Bless all of you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

It's weird to look back at our previous updates and to see how much Maddie continues to change.  Since our last update Maddie has learned to crawl and really gets around now. She is into pulling on speaker wires and climbing the stairs and using her toys as jungle gyms, which of course is not what they were meant to be used as.  Maddie is also walking along furniture and getting into everything that she finds, especially what Mommy doesn't see.  She is really babbling up a storm now and says Mama, Dada, Bye bye (which sometimes includes a goodbye wave), Hi, Bob (we have no idea where that came from), and a word that sounds a bit like doggie.  Most of her time is spent trying to chase the cats around the house and climbing all over Kelsey, who tolerates it very well.  It's amazing how fast almost 9 months has gone. We are already talking about how we want to spend her 1st birthday.  We recently found out that Maddie's Uncle Brandon is moving home from California and this has made all three of us very happy.  Well that is all for now.  We will continue to try and update at least once every other month.  Maddie will have her 9 months pictures taken at the end of March so watch for those to be up very soon.  Until then God Bless.

Saturday, January 4, 2003

January 4, 2003

Hard to believe how time flies by.  It has been 6 months since we had Maddie but yet it seems just like yesterday.  Maddie is doing a ton of new things.  She is eating baby food and loving it.  Maddie has learned to roll over, sit by herself, and stand while holding onto an object, other than our fingers, all within the last 2 weeks or so.  So as you can guess things have been very exciting around here and not only because of her new accomplishments, but also it was her first Christmas and we were very busy.  Maddie made out like a bandit this year on Toys.  In fact, that room that use to be a den is no longer.  We now call it Maddie's playroom.  She will not be bored for a long time, for this new playroom of hers is filled to the brim with lots of cool toys. If you stop by you might even find Joel or Tina having just as much fun in there as Maddie does.  There isn't all that much more to talk about at this point.  We hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and that this new year brings you all much joy.