Sunday, August 26, 2007

Count My Blessings

This has been a week filled with things gone awry. Now considering what is going on in the world, I know these are nothing, but in my little world, they have caused great angst. It kind of all started when our computer got a jerk from our curious toddler. The computer was an expense that we were not planning on and was rather costly to be fixed. We have been having all sorts of car problems too. Early in the week we thought it was all taken care of and maybe we were over the car issues. On Wednesday Daddy went to visit a friend and the car started acting funny and smelling horrible. Thankfully he was right by Sears and had it looked at and then repaired. How is it that a little car part can cost just a few dollars but the labor costs a fortune? So this was another big (to us) and unexpected expense.

Then it has rained and rained all week which caused our finished basement to leak. The room it leaks in had about an inch of standing water. Daddy borrowed Dobbie and Papa's wet vac and tried to keep it dry but with all the rain and storms it was tough. Thankfully it didn't flood! We have been thinking of our family who live in the flooded areas of Ohio. What a loss many of the residents of that area are experiencing.

Then Friday morning I attempted to make a pot of coffee only to find that our coffee maker is broken!!!! Thankfully we do a coffee press, so we've been using that.

Saturday night my hubby called to tell me that the same car that had just been repaired now was sitting in the parking lot at work with a completely flat tire!!!!!!

OK....what gives? Things are just falling apart around here. Do these objects not realize that they do not fit into our budget all at once!!!!

BUTTTTTTT....things fall into place when I look at the following thing:


She is healthy, happy and gorgeous! Our cars and coffee pot and basement may be sickly but who cares when I know that my baby girl is healthy and she is happy. I would rather have a broken down car anyday over an ill little girl. Thank you Lord for her health! Those other things will get fixed in time. They may make things pretty tight for awhile, but when I can snuggle up to the best little girl in the world, it's ok!




-Mindy

Saturday, August 25, 2007

"Joy"-ful Day


Today I had the privilege of introducing Cora to a very special friend of mine. We don't see each other very often but have some incredible memories together. In fact the last time we saw each other was at my baby shower before Cora was born and her precious little boy was only 4 months old. Too LONG! Joy is one of those people with whom there is never a dull moment. She is so much fun and always has those around here in stitches...from laughing. She even has a complete choreographed routine to the song "Stand" by Susan Ashton which I haven't seen since my senior year in college. Joy and I met in college. She and her good buddy were in need of two more room-mates as were I and my good buddy, so we all connected and spent a year living together. We had a blast together that year. Between all of the clothes swapping, singing, dancing, saran wrapping cars.....what a year! Now just a few year later (HA!) we both are married and have beautiful little babies...well toddlers! I guess we're all grown up now.

We had a fun day reconnecting, eating pizza (Papa John's too...just like in college), watching Veggie Tales and an Everybody Loves Raymond episode (her fave show). The best part of the day was watching our kids play together. They played more side by side, but still were together. Cora was caught kissing on Dawson at one point...or maybe she was just eating his hair...hmmm....not too sure. They even went swimming together. It was such a fun time together. Joy is an amazing gal! (I miss hanging out with you girl!)

Joy and her family only live an hour and a half away, yet I found myself very nervous about this journey. Kevin and I are very blessed to have two cars that run well and are paid for....but they are older cars and have many, many miles on them. This also is the farthest away that I have taken Cora all by myself. (Motherhood has certainly changed me in some ways!) Pre-Cora, I wouldn't have thought a minute about jumping in the car to go much farther away by myself, but now Post-Cora, I think long and hard. Cora and I started our journey by praying for a safe trip and no car problems. The Lord did in fact do just that. Cora did wonderful on the way there, napping most of the way. The way home was filled with many more tears and a meltdown 30 minutes from home. BUT we made it and it was worth it! I have another "Joy"-ful memory!




Cora was so happy to have made a new friend today.



-Mindy

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wonderfully Made


Cora has started walking! She has been able to stand without holding onto anything for just shy 2 months now. A few weeks ago she started taking a couple steps before plopping down and not really having an idea as to what she was doing.

Monday she really started going at it and showing pride for what she was doing. It is so cute to see her toddle about. She does this really cute side step too....it looks like when she would walk along the couch. She truly is fearfully and wonderfully made!





So big!!!

-Mindy

Monday, August 20, 2007

Is She OK?

This morning I woke to the sound of pouring rain and looked at the clock. It was 6:30 a.m. Wait...it's 6:30???? It can't be. Cora has been waking up at 2:30-3:30 a.m. every night for the past week. Did she finally sleep through a night again? Or wait...did something happen? Is she ok? Isn't it funny how when your child wakes up during the night all you can think about is, SLEEP... I need a full night of sleep? Then when they do sleep through a night all you can think about is are they ok? Well, she was ok. In fact she slept a full 12 hours! Wow!!! Thank you blessed sleep fairies! Can you come again tonight?
-Mindy

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gymnast

This evening I flipped on the TV while Cora was playing with her toys. The Visa Gymnastics Championship was on and one of the girls was doing a floor routine. Cora stopped what she was doing and started watching the girl. She was standing by a chair and holding on to keep her balance. She let go and got this grin on her face. She started lifting her hands above her head just like the girl was doing. She kept doing it over and over while watching the girl spin and flip around. It was so cute. I started laughing because it was so cute and she grinned even bigger. She was quite the little gymnast for 12 months old! Watch out 2024 Olympics...Cora is already in training and her Mommy gave her a perfect 10 score!

(I tried to get a pic of her but she plopped to the floor as soon as I pulled out the camera.)
-Mindy

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Harebrained Mom

Funny Story....sometimes I wonder if I am fit to be a mom! Haha! I know I'm not alone out there. While our computer was in the shop, I had a funny episode happen. Cora and I had spent our normal Wednesday at Grandpa and Grandma Danner's and were on our way home. I had to make a stop at Wal-Mart to get our b-day party supplies. We took the back way to get there. I had noticed there was a jeepish vehicle behind us at a stop sign. After we turned, it turned. Then I noticed that this person started flashing his headlights at us. At first I just thought it was an accident or something. Well he kept flashing his lights. We had been having trouble with our brake lights, so I thought maybe they were out again. The jeep was far enough behind that I could tap on my brakes and I saw the reflection from the light in our back window, so I knew my lights were fine. At this point the person was close enough that I could see it was a young man talking on his cell phone and he was still flashing his lights. I can be a bit neurotic at times, (yes, Honey, I admit that I am, but only at times!) and began to remember those numerous forwards from well meaning friends telling of people pulling over after someone flashed their lights at them only to be attacked or taken!!! I was getting a bit nervous and wondered what in the world I should do. This person was close enough to see my beautiful baby girl in the backseat who was giggling and blowing raspberries, no clue in the world that we were in the grips of danger. I got to the Wal-Mart entrance and turned in, knowing that I would be followed....but I wasn't. HMPHHHH...I showed Mr. Up to No Good! Everyone in the world is at Wal-Mart and would not be a discreet locale for his bad intentions. I pulled into a parking spot thankful to be safe at Wal-Mart. I hopped out of the car and opened the back door to get my happy baby girl out, ready to hold her tight. As I opened the door, I realized that I was the freak! Mr. Up to No Good had obviously seen what I hadn't. When putting the car seat base in the last time, the straps did not get tightened and so as I had made a turn somewhere on my way to Wal-Mart, my daughter's carseat had tipped halfway over and it was dangling over! No wonder she was so happy, she had never ridden in a car like that before. So moral of the story...Not everyone in the world is out to get you...there are still some well meaning people left. I wonder what he was telling the person on the other end of his cell phone..."There is this harebrained Mom in front of me!!!!!"

Friday, August 17, 2007

Catching Up

I'm so excited to be able to write a blog again! I have missed it. If you don't know why I haven't written lately, check out the previous blog. I had 120 pics to upload from our camera to our computer. Ha! We had alot going on while our computer was getting fixed.

Cora went to two weddings. The first one was held here in our town at a park. It was a hot, very muggy day, but it was nice. The groom had been in our youth group when Kevin was a youth pastor. Now he's all grown up and married. We've seen quite a few get married and some have babies! Wow!


The second wedding was in Indianapolis at the White River Garden which is connected with the Indianapolis Zoo. The bride at this wedding was a member of our youth group too. She looked beautiful.


Speaking of former youth group kids...we had a special visit from another girl and her family. We hadn't seen them in quite some time as they live out of town, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them. Their little boy and Cora have the same birthday. He was born exactly one year before Cora. It was fun to watch him and imagine Cora doing the same things in one year. It's amazing!



(It's a good thing Daddy wasn't home when they were here because I don't know if he would have approved of an older man kissing his little girl. Haha!)

Cora had her one year pics taken also during the past few weeks. A very good friend of mine from California sent some very cute outfits for Cora's birthday and a beautiful dress. I was so excited to have her wear it for her pics. She looked like a princess! (Thanks Christi!!!!! We miss you!)





We also had a birthday party at our home for Cora. We invited some close family friends and family members. (I know, I know....you're thinking how many birthdays did this kid have? It just happened this year. We weren't going to do the big party thing, but then her birthday was here and we decided to. She will only turn 1 once. Why not?)

I was on the hunt for a 3-D panda bear cake pan set. When I turned one that is the kind of cake that I had. No one has this pan set and I just couldn't bring myself to go out and spend $30 for one, so I found this really cute cake idea for the party. I think it turned out really cute. I was surprised at how well it turned out and how easily it went. It's been ages since I've really decorated a cake...in fact, I'm thinking it was way bake in 4-H cake decorating! I didn't even regret not having the panda bear cake. Maybe I can find one this next year and do it for her 2nd birthday.


I made a small round cake with the number 1 on top for Cora to smash her face into. She did not do this! She was very dainty about eating her cake and picked at it. It was very cute. She had quite a crowd watching her so maybe that is why.




As you can see from below she didn't get very messy!



Cora had fun opening her presents and playing with whatever she found inside. She got some cute clothes and fun toys! Thank you to all of our friends and family who helped make her first birthday so special!








Thank you to Daddy for making the precious video of Cora's first year for her party. If you haven't watched it, you will find it just below in a recent post. He did a fantastic job. It makes me cry when I watch it.

These are the big events from our past few weeks, with many other special things and normal days.

Cora is going through the teething process. The bottom front teeth are still working their way through her ouchy little gums. She has been very clingy and weepy the past few days. ANDDDDDDD...she is not sleeping through the night. The past 3 nights she has woken up and been put in bed with us. Last night she woke up at 1:30 a.m. then decided to stay up till 3:30 a.m.!!!!! Does she not know that Mommy isn't in college anymore? Today I have been in a daze and my mind feels like mush. It has made me all the more thankful for her excellent sleeping habits this past year.

We also had our one year Dr. appointment. I was told by our doctor that she is....PERFECT! Well, of course we know that. Haha! She now weighs in at 18 lbs. 8 oz. and is 29 3/4 in. She has gone from the 5th percentile in weight to the 25th. Yeah!

Walking? Cora has become more brave over the past couple of days. We have watched her take steps here and there. She has been standing unassisted for some time now, but taking steps hasn't been. It is so fun to watch her. She has no idea what she is capable of or of what she really is doing when she does it. It's only a matter of time! We're so proud of her!

She now says, "Uh-uh-oooooo." It is the cutest thing in the world to me! And she has learned how to growl, so the three of us have growling matches. It doesn't take much to make our hearts soar when it comes to Cora!

Thanks for your patience. We're still here and so thankful we're up and running again. The computer is now a big No-no!

(There are more pics on our flickr site. You can find the link on the left side of this page.)
-Mindy

No, No, NO!!!!

Some of you may have noticed that we haven't put up a new blog in quite some time. There is a good explanation!!!! A few weeks ago I was checking email on our laptop and Cora was inching close to the computer screen. She grabbed hold and before I could loosen her death grip, she yanked the screen. To my dismay some very strange message came up on the screen. Uh-oh..after a call to Daddy who was at work, I realized we probably had a problem. When Cora yanked the screen, she shorted the computer! So we had to send it in to Apple (who has the best customer service by the way). It came back today so we will be back up and running! Sorry for the long, suspenseful wait!!!
-Mindy

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Cora's First Year

We put together a video/slide show celebrating Cora's first year. Enjoy!



Music used in the video:
Umbrellas by Sleeping at Last
Moon River by The Innocence Mission
Songbird by Rosie Thomas


And here is a video/slide show of Cora's first few hours:



Music used in the video:
Happy Birthday by The Innocence Mission