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Thursday, June 21, 2012

On the move

Caroline is officially walking - has been for several weeks now.  She started taking steps by herself the first of May and by Mother's Day was able to cruise really well from object to object and walk two to three steps alone.  By Memorial Day she was walking 10 to 15 steps and once she had that down pat she never looked back! 

She started walking with her arms high above her head and it was precious.  Now she waddles and it's even cuter.  I love, love, love the first stages of walking - it's not only precious to watch, but so much fun to see how proud they are of accomplishing this huge feat.  It has changed Caroline's life - she is much less whiney and needy because she can get to where she wants to go - if she wants Mommy she just follows me around until she reaches me, same with her sister, Daddy or toys.  Cain and Emma have embraced it - speaking of which I'm pretty sure Emma is ready to be adopted.  Bless her heart.  Two walking children is almost more than our girl can handle.  We're proud of her because she lets Caroline, who of course adores her, waddle over to her every morning and give her a big, fall in your face hug.  Sweet Emma.  Sweet Caroline.

So here's a little chronicle of the beginning stages of Caroline's new walking skills.  I'm way behind on the blog - we're living life and having a great time and I promise I will catch up soon.  The longer days mean more time to play after work/school and lots more fun things to do on the weekends!

Happy Friday everyone!

Starting to walk before Mother's Day

Li Mei is near and dear to the Cain family.  She's loved both Catherine Ellis and Caroline as if they were her own. She's from China and is a member of the YW staff - we love her dearly.  The girls probably wouldn't have walked as early as they did without coaching from Mei Mei.

More Mei Mei coaching!

Getting the hang of it!

And here she is walking this morning!  We have an official walker! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Caroline - 1 year

Time flies when you're having fun - and we've been having a lot of fun with the warmer and longer days of summer here.  This is by far my favorite time of year.  Summer is for dreaming, soaking life up, taking advantage of what feels like more time with more daylight and slowing down (ha!) - even if it is only a "feeling" it's still great to have it from time to time!

Caroline turned one on Tuesday, May 15th!  We can't believe that a year has already passed.  What a joy you are to our sweet family, dear one.  We've been so blessed by you and all that you have taught us in your short life.  We've learned so much and hope that you have too!  You've changed more in this first year than you will (physically) at any other time in your life.  It's amazing to watch the first year of life right before our very eyes. Thank you for allowing us to watch you grow - God knew what he was doing when he brought you into our lives.  You've taught us more patience than this Mama ever thought was possible for her to have, you've taught us that life is full of seasons, some are great, some not so much, but in the end it's a season and we're happy to have lived through another one, you've taught us to throw our heads back and laugh out loud, you've taught us that rising early can be a good thing - you get a lot accomplished on those early morning days, you've taught us just how strong a bond can be between siblings especially sisters - we can't wait to watch you and Catherine Ellis grow and love each other even more, you've taught us that there is nothing in this world that will cure an upset baby like her mama (you've made this mama feel more loved and needed than she ever has in her life), you've taught us that if things don't always go our way, to keep on going - nothing holds you back - determination is something we've all gained from you and you've taught us that our hearts can indeed love another child - more than this mama ever thought was possible - our hearts explode with love and joy for you our precious, tenacious and loving second born baby girl.  Our cup runneth over.

Your birthday party was a one year anniversary of the low country boil we had the night you were born - you loved being here for this one - you bounced in the bouncy, played in the water table, played in the ball pit, the sandbox and ate cake for the very first time!  You loved the party - your family, dear friends and loved ones surrounded you to celebrate this special first year.  Thank you all for coming and making Sweet C's first birthday so special.  She loves you all to the moon and back (and we do too!).

 Little bouncy bounce with one of my besties, Archer man!

     Hamming it up for the camera!

Me and Godmama Amanda!

Loved the bouncy

 Water table fun ....

 Claire, Caroline and Allie

Sweet friends

Criddy and Allie playing in the popular sandbox

The big birthday cake that Cain quality tested for us before the party

Not fond of the hat ... no accessorizing for this little lady

 Gearing up to get my cake on

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet C (love how she is ready for some cake!!)

Not quite sure about it ...

 What the heck, I'll dig on in ...

 Hum, this is interesting ....

 Have a bite mama - always such a great sharer!

 Family pic - Sissy was too busy to pause for a photo

 Aunt Kim and Sweet C

 Allie bug and Sweet C - Allie came to visit all the way from Sunny Callie!

 CE and Zach - melts my heart - she loves Z!!

Thank you for coming to my party everybody - I had a blast turning one!

"For we are God's masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things
He planned for us long ago."
Ephesians 2:10