Thursday, July 31, 2008

32 Years!


Happy Anniversary mom and dad! We love you! ;)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

He's here!

Brody John Ness was born on Tuesday July 29th at 11:58pm. 6 pounds 8 ounces. Congratulations Andrea and Tim! We can't wait to meet him.

Monday, July 28, 2008

a surprise, a reunion and more

Hello! Another weekend has come and gone. Another weekend full of visiting family and friends. Friday evening we greeted dad with a surprise birthday visit. We enjoyed some yummy burgers and lots of laughs until Miss Morgan let us know it was way past her bedtime. On this evening though, her fussiness was happily followed by 9.5 hours of sleep. We had to wake her up! I don't mean to brag about her sleep habits, but ever since she was born, I was expecting way worse. As Mark says, this is natures way of tricking us into having more kids. Mmm...not yet babe!

Saturday we headed over to Lansing (well actually, Eagle) for the Reaves family reunion. Mark's grandpa has 13 brothers and sisters, so their get-togethers are quite impressive! The photo above is only part of his immediate family, including 4 children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren and their spouses, and 8 great-grandchildren! We met lots of new family, caught up with the ones we haven't seen since Christmas (!), showed off the newest little Reaves and enjoyed some great food.

On our way out of town, we stopped to see Tim and Andrea. Their little boy, Brody, should be here any day now and we can't wait to meet him. His nursery is ready (and adorable...I'm so jealous!) and his mommy and daddy are pretty anxious for his arrival. It's an amazing time - and soon it'll be hard to remember what life was like without all these little ones in our lives. Morgan already has so many instant friends!
It's going to be a blast watching them grow up together.

We also made a stop at Grandma and Grandpa Goulding's. They gave us a catalog of foreclosed homes in Michigan that are going up for auction in a couple weeks and Mark and I have found several that we are interested in. Right now, we have it narrowed down to at least two homes that we plan on visiting during an open house this weekend. I think this is going to be a great opportunity to purchase a nice home for a steal and get out of this condo (and more importantly, get Morgan her very own bedroom!). Well, of course we still have to sell our condo. It's not the ideal situation (and one I was hoping to avoid) but maybe we can afford both for a little while. Maybe.

Sunday was a get stuff done day. Depending on Morgan's mood, some days are easier than others to run errands, do laundry, clean...but it's a lot easier when Mark is around. So that's when I run around like a chicken with it's head cut off, going through my to do list with the intention of checking things off. Yesterday was one of those days, but today I ended up adding a lot more to that list. Not all of it is 'I've gotta do this right now' important, but I'm learning very quickly that if I don't write everything down that I will forget. Plus, that's just what I do - make lists. You could say I'm a list freak!

Today was our last weekly lunch date with Mark. :( Tomorrow we are planning to visit Aunty K at her place and Wednesday she will be here to see us. I'm hoping for a nice and slow week as this is the last week I get to enjoy my days with Morgan, then its back to work. We won't talk about that right now.

Until next time, here's a little group photo. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Papa!

and Happy Birthday Dad! It was nice seeing you on Friday (surprise!). I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing day!!

Not too much relaxing going on here today. I'll have more on our weekend later.

Friday, July 25, 2008

7 Weeks Ago

and seven weeks old...Isn't she the cutest? She seems to grow and change every single day. From what I hear, that's what babies do ;)

This week flew by at lightning speed, probably since we are keeping ourselves busy busy busy. Running errands, visiting with friends, taking walks and a nice dose of napping. This weekend we are going to be part of a little surprise and we'll also be back in Lansing for the Reaves family reunion.


Keeping it short today. Grandma Frahm is going to be over shortly and I've gotta get a move on...have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Anatomy of a Nap

P.S. Note the position of Morgan's feet. Can you see why we couldn't find out if she was a boy or a girl? :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

another Monday

These weeks are just flying by. I can hardly believe in two short weeks I am going to be back at work. Sigh. It's not going to be easy leaving this little face every morning.

We had a nice long weekend here. On Friday, we braved the 90 degree weather and the three of us, along with Grandma Goulding, Aunt Nancy and Aunt Kristin, went to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Morgan was great and continued her normal eat-sleep-eat-sleep routine in her Quinny stroller. We didn't find anything even close to mobile-like for Morgan, but I did come home with a stainless steel bracelet from her.

Saturday, we walked downtown and enjoyed the Founders Festival and parade. On our way, we even ran into Lynn, Frank and sweet little Tessa! Mark and I got to go on a date too ;) and saw The Dark Knight. If you didn't contribute to the $155.34M the movie took in last weekend - GO SEE IT! We loved it!

Sunday we went to Lansing for a long overdue visit. We finally got to meet Dave and Angie's little boy, Boden, who was born on April 29th. He is so cute, super sweet and full of smiles. Good work guys! He's a keeper.

Today Morgan and I are going to venture downtown to run a couple errands and get mama some exercise. Hopefully we can toss in a couple decent naps, some tummy time and pictures!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's gettin' hot in here

Phew! I sure hope everyone is staying cool this week. Apparently the rest of the week is supposed to be quite toasty! We've been keeping the air cranked around here, but have also spent our fair share outside too, enjoying the blue skies and fresh air.

Today was our weekly lunch date with daddy and when we got home, Morgan and I walked to downtown Farmington for a chai frappuccino for mommy and chilled out in the shade of the pavillion. Next time, I'm going to have to try one of these. This weekend is the Farmington Founders Festival (which we always go to) but this weekend, we are also going to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I haven't gone in like 10 years, so I'm really looking forward to that. We actually have something to look for too - we are on the lookout for a really cool, modern (of course) black and white mobile for Morgan. Yes, I know, boring black and white...but at this stage, that's about all Morgan can distinguish is high contrast colors. Everything else just looks kind of muddy to them. Plus, well, Mark and I are partial to black and white. So there.

Nothing too exciting here - other than lots of baby talk, gummy smiles and heads held high. Unfortunately I don't have a ton of pictures yet. I can do just about anything now with just one hand, except for focus the camera and take the perfect picture. I'm working on that. I promise!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

8 hours straight!

Believe it! Our little girl, who just happens to be 5 weeks old today, slept through the night last night. AND she is napping right now! Seriously, I didn't think we were going to pull it off - but I actually got to shower AND eat breakfast already. And it's not even 9am. Sweet, huh? This is going to be a great day :)

And it's been a pretty great week. Lots of baby talk and smiles. Lots of out and about. With and (much to my dismay) without Morgan. Because I can already foresee some emotional turmoil when I drop her off for her first day at daycare, Mark suggested that I get out of the house, without Morgan, to get used to being away from her. HA, easier said than done, right? So, Monday Mark played stay at home dad while I went out shopping with Kristin. Good thing it's a 45 minute drive to her place, because it took that long to compose myself. We had a great time though! Sis, you really know how to keep a girl distracted and have fun.

Tonight, Mark is playing softball and we are going to venture out to our first game this summer. Fingers crossed we can both enjoy the evening with minimal fussing.

Now I'm off to do something productive while I still have both hands free! Later.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Whooped!

We've had quite a long and eventful holiday weekend and now that we are home, all this baby girl wants to do is sleep.

We spent Independence Day at my parents house - visiting, lovin' on Morgan and the BEST news ever! Aunt Kristin and Troy got back from their road trip out west early Thursday morning and on Friday they shared their pictures and stories with us. Kristin was particularly anxious to share the scrapbook she already made of Top 10 memories from their trip. Among the pictures of Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, she was able to sneak in the MARRIAGE PROPOSAL that she said YES to!!! Yippee! OMG, I am so excited for them. Congratulations again sister and UNCLE Troy! I can't wait.

On Saturday, Morgan was one month old (already!?!). We set out on an adventure and spent the day in Lansing visiting Mark's family and showing off Morgan to those who haven't seen her in real life yet. We stopped at Great-Grandma and Grandpa Reaves house,
then Grandma and Grandpa Reaves house, (here is Morgan with her 11 week old cousin, Selah)
and then to Grandma and Grandpa Goulding's for dinner.
Lots of new faces for Morgan to soak in and we even had our first sleepover(!) She truly was quite a trooper considering all the activity and driving.
That's it for us, for now! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable weekend too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Adventures

We've been busy busy and this week has been a bit challenging. Luckily we've had a several bright spots that I want to share. Monday night we had a really nice visit with our friends, Tim and Andrea, who are expecting their first baby at the end of this month. They got to meet Morgan and get a little taste of how our lives have changed in the last few weeks. I can't wait for their little guy to arrive! It's an exciting time for our whole group of friends - lots of babies are making their appearance this year.
Last night was packed with new experiences too. Morgan is learning how to copy what we do, especially facial expressions. When I stick my tongue out at her, she sticks her tongue out at me!
Plus she enjoyed her first real tub bath. She loved the water and didn't fuss at all. I was beyond happy - I really didn't know how she'd take to it.
We're pretty excited about the long weekend coming up. I hope it goes nice.and.slow. Peace out!