Tuesday, August 29, 2006

We're back in Pennsylvania

Saturday morning, we loaded up our car and took the big trip out east. After a yummy breakfast with my parents and sister, we were on the road by 8:30am. Isabella did really well on the long car ride. We probably made about four stops and arrived in the driveway of our building around 12:15am. We were beat. Sunday was spent unpacking and trying to settle back in. Somehow, this apartment seems to get smaller and smaller everytime we come back. Frustration settled in as I looked for a place to put Isabella's new clothes. It didn't help that Isabella and I had both come down with colds. This is Isabella's first. No fun. After some unpacking, I decided that I should take a shower. As I pulled the lever to redirect the water from the faucet to the shower head, something snapped and the water stopped coming out the top. It came out fine from the faucet, but not the showerhead. This forced me into a bath, which was probably a good thing since it forced me to relax, but I was about to boil at this point. Thankfully, we can just put in a service call to get this fixed (one of the perks of living in an apartment). After the bath, I managed to calm down and have been fine since. Isabella and I are still dealing with our colds, but we're starting to get better. She hasn't been sleeping well because of hers, but last night went a lot better than Sunday night, so we're hoping that she's on the up and up.

OK, time for some good news. Isabella is officially crawling. She has been scooting around for some time now, but only if she's really motivated to get somewhere or something such as Andy's plate of food or a cell phone. Now, she seems to be suddenly crawling. She's really enjoying her newfound mobility.

Last days in Wisconsin

We crammed in as much family time as we could during our last few days in Wisconsin because we won't be back until Christmas time. On Friday, we visited with the Kilps family at Andy's Uncle Charles and Aunt Linda's house. His cousin, Dianna, and her daughter, Elena, also stopped by for a visit. We were glad to see everyone one more time before the trip back to Pennsylvania.
Grandma & Grandpa Kilps & the Grandkids
Mommies and Babies
Isabella had so much fun with Auntie Kristen
Isabella with Grandma & Grandpa Benetti

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Scrapbook pages

I already posted this page, but I redid it.
Papers - Spring Collection by Stephanie Whetsel
Flowers - Scrap Kitchen
7 tag and stitching - Shabby princess Spring Breeze kit

Simplicity kit by Daniela Puess

Clash kit by Tiff Brady Font - Melanie

Journaling reads: "My precious girl. I'm trying to find the right words to describe to you how much I love you. But I have come to find that there are no words that can come close to expressing how much you mean to me. I thank God every day for bringing you into my life. One of the greatest joys in my life is being your mommy."

Papers - Love Is by Scrapartist
Swirls - Scrapartist
Font - Loriah
Journaling reads: "You are growing and changing so fast. It occurred to me that the Isabella I see today will take on a completely new look down the road. Someday, long brown hair will flow from your head. Someday, pearly white teeth will brighten your smile. So, today I will treasure your {somewhat} bald head and toothless grin because I know that "someday" is rapidly approaching."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I'm 26 now!

Yesterday was my 26th birthday. Andy surprised me with a night away at the hotel we stayed at on our wedding night. 26 was the theme of the evening:
26 roses
26 things Andy loves about me - a list he created
26 tea lights around the room
Grandma, Grandpa, and Auntie Jodi watched Isabella for us. It was my first night away from Isabella, but I knew that she was in good hands.
In the morning, we brought Isabella to the hotel to take her swimming in the hotel pool. To her though, the king size bed was way more fun. Her routine on the bed went: scoot, fall on her face, laugh hysterically, repeat. She was so giggly and she totally cracked us up. I guess all of that activity must have worn her out because after a while, she grabbed her paci and then snuggled into the soft bed for a nap. I don't think she has ever fallen asleep so fast and easily.

We recently had Isabella's pictures taken at JC Penney. I thought I'd try to post them on here once they were available online, but I'm not able to do that. If you'd like to see her pics, click on the link: https://www.smilesbywire.com/home.asp?AC=LTP24501005026JCP and type in "Karen Kilps"

Fun Times!

Sunday afternoon, we had family over for a picnic in our backyard. Isabella had fun playing with and seeing everyone!
Isabella and Great Grandma Rose

GG(Great Grandma Helen) bought Isabella a new toy. Isabella absolutely loves it! When you press different areas of the dog, it says different things or plays music. Whenever the music starts, Isabella wiggles her body like she's dancing or she claps her hands. It's so cute!

After the picnic, we headed with my sister, Jodi, and her boyfriend, Aaron to the county fair. We saw lots of animals and went on some fun rides. What a great time!
Jodi and Aaron
Isabella had fun watching them on the ride!

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Andy has kept pretty busy this summer with the CPE program. We basically describe it to people as a chaplaincy internship. He spent 10 weeks this summer at the University of Illinois Medical Center - Chicago exploring his role as a chaplain while also learning more about himself. It's a pretty intense program, but so beneficial for Andy as a person and as a future pastor. In addition, Andy also spent much of his time this summer commuting. Each morning, he caught the 6:17am train to make it to downtown Chicago by 8:05am, only to catch a bus that brought him to the hospital by 8:30am. In the evenings, he generally walked in the door around 7pm. I know that he is grateful for that long commute to be coming to an end.

The whole group
Andy's work area

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Weekend in La Crosse

We took a trip back to our college town to visit with friends. We stayed with the Golackson's and had a great time reconnecting with them as well as some other friends. It was so refreshing to be back in this town that we really enjoy and to spend time with people who we really enjoy. One weekend was definitely not enough to do and see all that we wanted to, but we are grateful that we were able to make it out for the time that we did. Isabella had a blast with Lily and Caedmon Golackson. Saturday morning, we decided to take the kids for a walk. We didn't get too far, but it was still a lot of fun for everyone. Later in the day, we took them swimming at another couple's house. We fit all three carseats in one car - the little ones seemed to think that was pretty cool. One Sunday, the Golackson's had a bunch of friends over to their house. It was such a great time. The weekend went very fast, but it was filled with a ton of fun.
Isabella's first ride in a wagon
Lily took her doll for a walk too!The kids played so nicely together
Two babes in the backseat
How about three kiddos?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

We went to the zoo!

My mom took the past few days off of work and we had some fun with Isabella. Monday, Isabella had her picture taken at JC Penney. They turned out so cute. I'll post them on the blog once they are available online. Yesterday, we took Isabella to the zoo. The monkeys were her favorite animal to watch. This picture is of her, totally mesmerized by these silly animals. The weather was beautiful - the perfect day for a trip to the zoo. Today, Isabella's second tooth pooped through. No wonder she's been chomping on things like crazy!

My mom, Lori, and Isabella at the zoo.
Isabella had fun petting some of the farm animals. She even let a goat lick her hand.
Auntie Lori playing peek-a-boo with Isabella

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

8 months old and we have a tooth!

Isabella is now 8 months old! This summer is just flying by! We also discovered that she is getting her first tooth (bottom right). We haven't been able to get a good look at it, but we can definitely feel it. For the most part, she is doing OK with the new tooth; although there have been some intense moments of fussiness. Today is going much better than yesterday, so hopefully we're in the clear until the next tooth decides to break through.

Isabella also started babbling a lot more this week. She has gotten pretty talkative before, but it was usually just vowel sounds. Now she's starting to add the consonants. The most common sound we hear from her is "ba ba ba ba" but once in a while she will throw in a "ga" or "fa" or "da" or "ma", though those are still more rare at this point.

My sister, Kristen, turned 21 this past week. Here are all the sisters at her birthday party.

Isabella is trying hard to crawl. One of these days, she's going to get it!

Check out the mohawk! (Oops, I forgot to remove the red eye). Slowly, but surely, our baldie is growing some hair!

With this whole teething process, Isabella has an increased desire to chew on things. Unfortunately, some of the hard toys that she puts in her mouth end up bumping her tooth area, causing more pain. So, I gave her a big bagel piece to chew on. She gummed it until it was one soggy piece of bread, but she really liked it.