Monday, February 25, 2013

boy or girl

When I was pregnant with Auburn we thought it would be a girl because of my little niece.  She was four at the time and before we knew that we were expecting a baby, she did.  At a family reunion she repeatedly told me that there was a baby in my belly.  I laughed, and told her she was confusing me with her Mom, who was expecting a baby girl.  She was persistent and told me that it was a baby girl.  Well a few days later, we took a test and she was right - a baby!  We were thrilled!  We figured if she was right about the baby then she was probably right about gender.

I had a strong feeling before I was pregnant with Conley that we were going to have another girl.  When I became pregnant with Conley I just knew that it was a boy.  I told Simon that my feeling had changed and this was for sure a boy.  When the doctor told us that we would be having a little boy I wasn't surprised at all.

As for this baby, I have felt from the beginning that it is going to be a girl.  Maybe this might be the little girl that I have felt would come to our family.  Conley wanted a boy and Auburn wanted a girl, Simon just maintained that there is a 50/50 chance.  Well today we went for the ultrasound and..... it's a girl!  She is healthy and strong and we are so excited to meet her this summer!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

kid updates

It's been a while since I did an update on these two little sweethearts.  They both are very excited to have a little brother or sister.  They are also very excited to go on our upcoming trip.  They pretend they are going on trips all of the time.  They play very well together and come up with some very imaginative games on their own.  I find myself thanking the Lord throughout the day at random times for these sweet little kids.

Auburn - almost 4 and a half

loves to read, and is doing very well in English and is starting with Spanish
takes a ballet class in German and dances around the house
has developed her very own style of drawing and will sit for long periods of time drawing and coloring
she draws pictures for her friends
can write her own name, all of the letters and is starting to spell other words on her own
loves playing with her baby and stuffed animals
is very compassionate
loves all things "princess"
would prefer to live in the US
favorite colors are still purple and pink
at her request she folds and puts away her own clothes
loves to pick out her outfits
can do 50 piece puzzles on her own
she already loves to travel

Conley - 2 and 9 months

loves cars, trucks and trains
he has to hold my hand on the side that is closest to cars so he can see them
is learning his letters and numbers
his favorite songs are "Everybody Talks" by the Neon Trees and Bob the Builder 
he has an awesome vocabulary and is starting to speak more Spanish
can dribble a soccer ball across the park and throw like a pro
he will still let us snuggle with him occasionally
has been potty trained for seven months
he likes the colors blue and brown (because it is the same color of poop)
 he doesn't really nap anymore
can do 25 piece puzzles on his own
loves to read and to be read to, even by his sister
he has a very good imagination
will share just about anything if you ask nicely

Sunday, February 10, 2013

 What do you do with weeks and weeks of snow?  
Go sledding of course.  Oh, and make snowmen, snow angels and snow balls.

Monday, February 4, 2013

BCS bowl game and Key Biscayne

Those of you who follow college football know that this year there was a BCS bowl game along with the National Championship game in Miami.  Simon looked at tickets for the BCS bowl game thinking that they would be ridiculous and guess what, they were super cheap so we took the whole family.  It was FSU vs. Northern Illinois.  We were kind of hoping for Northern Illinois, but they couldn't get it together.  It was a late night for the kids, but they loved it.  They cheered when either team scored and loved finding the blimp.  Simon went the night of the National Championship just to see if he could get a ticket.  He could of if we were willing to spend around a thousand dollars so... he came home and watched the game with our neighbor. 

 At the end of the game, Auburn was a little tired and I got a few snuggles.

Conley's view of the game

Simon's parents came to visit before we headed back to Germany.  We headed out to Key Biscayne.  It was a perfect day to play in the water.  The water is shallow and perfect for the kids to play in.

I think this may have been the first time this little just fell asleep on his own.  He was so tired from the fun that he pulled out his blanket and teddy to "rest" and ended up falling asleep.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Christmas Eve we had hot chocolate and cookies.

Santa managed to find us in Miami

Auburn and Conley exchanged gifts this year.  It was so fun to take them shopping and let them pick something out for each other.  Conley gave Auburn a My Little Pony, she gave him a football.

Conley loved his Thomas train set from Santa.

The weather was so nice on Christmas that we took the kids to the park and beach.  We apparently were not the only ones with that idea, it was packed.  The kids had a great day!

The next day my parents and sister joined us.  We had a second Christmas.  I don't know if anyone got pictures we were all to excited to see each other.  We spent some more time at the beach and exploring the city.  We hope you all had a Merry Christmas!