Easter Seester!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of Aurora in her Easter dress… but I am going to put her back in it so I can get one. She looked absolutely adorable. Easter Sunday was great. Church was fantastic and it was a very happy, blessed day.

Life is going by at a quick speed these days, and we’re both realizing we’ll be leaving for Oklahoma in less than two months. It puts a lot on our plate and we need to get all of our belongings in order to make the move as seamless as possible. With Alex still in school and working full time it makes it difficult. I just want the move to be over with, honestly. I am praying that Aurora does well on the journey there. I’m such a worrier. When we were pregnant, we worried about money and how we were going to be parents and everything else you can imagine. All I wanted was to have her here and just start. That is how I’m feeling about this, too. For me, anticipating the change is worse than the change itself. :)

The weather has been BEAUTIFUL. I went for a run last night and it was even a little warm. I am loving it. Finally we can take Aurora out without stuffing blankets around her and warming up the car so she doesn’t get too cold. She can wear her cute little sundresses and enjoy the outdoors. The other night, we sat in the grass and she just sat there content, enjoying sensations that are completely new to her. I love watching her little brain work!

She still is drooling like a maniac, and she is getting more and more vocal every day. I think we’re going to be working with her on volume control when she’s older…. man that girl has lungs! It gradually gets louder and louder until you realize it’s at a deafening volume and you have to pick her up. Normally, I’m fine with it – but it’s usually when I’m making dinner, so it can be a bit frustrating. I’m finding her attachment time is early evening… she wants/needs/demands to be held. And not just held, but held standing up. Aye.

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Happy New Years!

We somehow survived a month with the little one. It has been a month full of ups and downs – but the most common emotion we feel is elation. We LOVE Miss Aurora!

For Christmas this year – we had the opportunity (thanks to the siblings/mother/grandparents) to fly to home sweet Oklahoma for Christmas. It was the first time in 4 years all of the siblings were together for Christmas. My cousins were there as well, which was wonderful. There aren’t many words to describe it.. other than heaven on earth. In 4 years, our family has expanded with 3 new spouses, and 6 new children. I LOVE my nieces and nephews and I was excited to spend time with everyone. Aurora was a rockstar on the flight there and back.

(Aurora in her new Christmas jammies – courtesy of my dear sister-in-law -Shelbee Russell)

We all gathered at my grandparents house in Stillwater. It is always a perfect gathering place. The older I get, the more I cherish the moments when everyone has the opportunity to come together. We all truly enjoy each others company. I have a pretty great life.

(An outdoor shot of my grandparents house)

(A current family shot minus my mother)

It has taken a full month – and though I am still far from being an expert, I am finally starting to ‘get the hang of’ this parenting thing. Aurora and I are starting to really understand each other, which makes things MUCH easier. Hearing your child cry and having no idea why they are is pretty awful. Of course we still have moments like that, but they are far and few between.

The pictures from when Miss A was in the hospital compared to now is amazing. She has already changed so much! I try not to think about it because it makes me a bit emotional. I didn’t think that I would be one of those parents who wishes time would stop, but I really do. I love this lady and I don’t want to miss a thing! She melts my heart.

2011 was a great year, and I can only imagine how amazing 2012 will be. For a resolution, I really want to focus on one thing: Joy in Motherhood. I want to immerse myself as a mother and really try to enjoy every single minute of it. It is such a blessing and I am eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father for entrusting her in our care. Alex and I couldn’t be happier with our lives.