A New Day
it's been a while since i've had a chance to update marley's blog! that doesn't mean that a lot hasn't been happening. the end of 2007 was filled with new beginnings (school), celebrations (halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas), big projects (house under construction; moving in with grandma and grandpa for two months) and wonderful surprises (jack!).
through it all, marley has amazed us with her ability to roll with the punches (with a few hurdles of course -- i mean we are talking about a two-year-old here) and maintain that amazing sense of humor that keeps her father and me in stitches.
september started off with school at st. luke's -- a local day school around the corner from our house. marley can't get enough of school, her teachers and all her new friends. when i say the kid goes running into class, i'm not exaggerating. we are keeping our fingers crossed that this love of school keeps up for at least another few years!
september also brought a new member to our family -- roslyn! with mommy's business partner off on bedrest/maternity leave and mommy needing to work more hours at circle boutique, we were lucky enough to get into a nanny-share setup with our wonderful neighbors. we already aren't sure what we did without roslyn!
finally, construction started on our house. we added a new bedroom, new family room, new powder room, and new screened-in porch. lots of banging, dust, etc. drove us out of house and home. luckily travis' mother and stepfather (beloved grandma and grandpa) welcomed us with open arms -- for two months!
anyone else need a balloon hat?
horsing around with grandma!
despite everything going on, we were able to escape to our beach place for some family qt. and, since the weather stayed relatively warm through november we were able to spend lots of time running around outside.
more beach pics here.
halloween was filled with lots of treats and even a pumpkin carving (thanks, daddy!)
we also returned to st. andrew's lane for the neighborhood halloween festivities and trick-or-treating. marley got to reconnect with our neighbors, eat lots of candy, jump on a moonbounce, and show off her very scary lion roar!
more halloween pics here and here.
before we knew what hit us, thanksgiving was upon us. we celebrated at the raisch household. lots of yummy turkey, stuffing, and marley's favorite -- grandpa's mashed potatoes.
the next couple of weeks were spent waiting to get back into our house and -- hip-hip-hooray -- we were back in the first weekend of december! even though there was still come construction going on (and a port-a-potty in our front yard), we were able to get our christmas tree up and into the holiday spirit. we even got snow!
marley also got to have one last christmas all to herself. she got a new bike from santa, a stuffed dragon from khun tah, a new easel from gg, a shelf made by grandpa...we could go on...boy does it pay to be the first child/grandchild on both sides!
more christmas pics here.
and, as if there wasn't enough excitement, at 1:53 a.m. on january 1, 2008, we welcomed jack denis vollmerhausen. marley is loving being a big sister. she wants nothing more than to hold, feed, and kiss jack. but, marley being marley (and a 2 1/2 year old) there is a fine line between affection and physical assault. so, there's been lots of coaching, some tears, but lots and lots of love for baby "wacky jacky."
for more on marley AND jack, please visit us at www.adventuresofmarleyandjack.blogspot.com.
happy new year!