19 months

Ruthie was 19 months on Sept. 8! She has become so much more active this month! It's taking a lot more distractions in the house to keep her entertained. Her vocabulary has gotten a lot better, and she can now say repeat several words back to us, like the names of our family. She is very engaging, loves books, and loves playing outside. She is getting a little picky about food, but is overall a good eater. She still sleeps through the night, but has dropped her morning nap!


18 months!

Wow! This is the fastest year and a half I've ever had! Ruthie's personality is coming out more and more these days (see evidence below). She is talking a lot more, a tiny bit of which we can understand. We're hoping that going to Mother's Morning Outs some will help with language development. She is starting to imitate us, especially our hand motions. We have just started having to discipline her, which is hard because she still seems so little to me! We've only had a few tantrums so far! She is still sleeping through the night, taking two naps, and eating more of a variety of non-jarred foods. She loves to laugh and gets along with everyone!


checking in on my 2017 new year's resolutions

1. Look at my phone less and play with my daughter more. Eh, still working on this. 

2. Run more. Train for a half marathon (I signed up for one in June! Eeek!). Going well! I did my marathon and I'm running twice a week.

3. Cook more and start eating dinner at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV. Going well! I've been using Hello Fresh and love it! Because the meals are more "fancy" than what I was cooking before, we sit at the kitchen table.

4. Make a profit from Merry Prints. Not there yet. Dang taxes. :-(

5. Stop talking negative about my appearance. Doing better. Trying to get in the habit before Ruthie can understand what I'm saying.

6. Meditate every day. See if this helps my insomnia. I am reading the Bible every day and sitting still for 10 minutes. But sometimes I miss a day here and there.

7. Offer prayer (out loud) for more people. Doing better on this. Practice makes perfect!


colleen's wedding recap!

My sister Colleen got married in Whistler, Canada over Memorial Day weekend. It was such a fun time and I'm so happy for her and her husband Sanjay!

I dropped Ruthie off in Helen, Ga with Matt's parents on the Monday before the wedding. On Tuesday we flew to Vancouver after a layover in Toronto. We stayed at an Airbnb that I booked for all of us. I have never stayed in one but it was a good experience over all. On Wednesday morning we drove in a rental car two hours to Whistler. Whistler is a cute ski village in British Columbia. Colleen and Sanjay picked that destination because they have always had fun skiing there. You can also walk everywhere, which was convenient with all the wedding events we attended (six events!).

Wednesday night we had dinner with Sanjay's immediate family. It was good to bond with them before everyone else arrived for the wedding. On Thursday night we attended the Mendhi, which is sort of an Indian "stag" party but the whole family and wedding party was there. We got Henna tattoos on our hands, ate Indian food, and listened to Indian music.

Sanjay grew up in Pennsylvania, but his parents are from India, so on Friday there was a Hindu ceremony. I've never been to one, so it was neat to see how other religions do marriage ceremonies. Friday night was the Welcome Dinner. It was fun to see everyone in what was sort of a "prequel" wedding reception.

The wedding ceremony and reception Saturday was beautiful! The weather was great, and the dancing was so fun! My nephew Myer walked down the aisle with the rings, and my mom, Matt and my brother-in-law Chris all did a reading. Colleen's best friend Kelly officiated the wedding, which was a surprise to everyone (including her parents) so that was really special.

The last event we had was the brunch on Sunday at a park nearby. I was so exhausted at that point, but it was good to say goodbye to everyone. It was a great week, but I was happy to pick up Ruthie when we got home! She was at Matt's parents for eight whole days!!

I think the wedding weekend was exactly what Colleen and Sanjay were wanting, and it was perfect!


17 months :-)

Our little girl is growing up so tall -- she is all legs! She is eating more and more varieties of food, still sleeping through the night, and talking more! We love to play outside on our water table, and walking around (but not really swimming) at Lolly's pool. She is learning to socialize because she is going to a daycare once a week where there are kids her age and a little older. We're hoping she will also learn to share her food there! She still loves to read, and is more interested in books than toys. We love our little pumpkin so much!


16 months!

Sweet Ruthie's personality is really coming alive! She says about five words, and learned to dance! She can usually climb down stairs safely, but had one accident so we still use baby gates! She got roseola this month, and had a whole week with a fever. She has gotten more snuggly, which Matt and I are loving. Still sleeping through the night, doing two naps a day, and eats really well!