No pictures to post here because, well, we don't take any pictures without Hazel in them. What consumed my picture-taking obsession prior to my daughter's birth is one of life's true mysteries. This Valentine's day was a success - C.J. and I went to our church's Enchanted Valentine Dinner for Married Couples (I love that they specified "married" in the title). Before you slap us with the "Major Dork" label, let me tell you - it was a perfect night! We had a delicious dinner in a beautiful, romantic setting with wine and hearts galore. We were super impressed. There was a speaker about marriage who was also excellent, and we even renewed our vows, so it looks like we're in it for the long haul. We took full advantage of a night out and stopped out for a margarita and guacamole after dinner. This was all Saturday, by the way, as the official Valentine's day hasn't even happened. The real Valentine's day might consist of a heart shaped pizza or something along those lines if C.J.'s lucky. Either way, we thoroughly enjoyed our little celebration. Happy Valentine's day everyone!
Apparently I only post these monthly updates. Poor you - must be a snooze to read. However, I know I will enjoy looking back at how my sweet girl has changed over the months, so here we go: At 10 months old, Hazel Leann: -Waves bye bye -Calls everything dadadada or dada or da. Even mama. Sweet. Girlfriend, I did NOT give birth to you naturally and nurse you for 10 months and counting to be called "dada". This stops now. -Loves sledding, playing with her baby doll, the toilet, magnets, eating tortillas, getting scared by her parents, playing peek a boo, crinkly toys, plastic bags, ripping paper and eating it, ripping napkins and eating them, snuggling, playing in daddy's closet, family dance parties, going for walks, playing at the mall, eating big girl food. -Claps, clasps her hands after we pray (timing isn't her strong suit), waves both arms to cheer, signs all done after eating. The last one might be a wave, but she also won't eat any more after she does it - so that's a sign to us. -Practically runs up the stairs. The girl is fast.
She's just the delight of our lives, if you can't tell.
After being crazy in love for a decade, we officially became a family on May 23, 2009. We are thrilled to be married and enjoying this exciting time in our lives! Ceej worked as a Journeyman plumber and is now bidding jobs for a local plumbing company, and Em graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2008 and is in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Minnesota to be completed in the Fall of 2011. Our sweet baby Hazel Leann arrived April 1, 2011 (no foolin'!) and is the biggest joy and blessing we didn't know we needed. Life isn't perfect, but it sure is wonderful - We're truly enjoying every new second of God's awesome plan for our lives!
Pictures credit to Forever Photography (family/baby) and McManigal Photography (wedding).