Monday, December 30, 2013

And Then We Had Christmas

Christmas Eve Night
We experienced a Christmas like no other this year.  Just days after bringing our new baby home, Christmas was upon us!  We kept with tradition by having chili and tamales at our house on Christmas Eve and by spending Christmas Day at Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa's house.  We had a sweet holiday, made even sweeter by the addition of one sweet baby!
We spent Christmas Eve day lounging around and caring for Baby Ellie.
We spent Christmas Eve night with Ma-Mas, Pa-Pa, Uncle Clint, and Libby and Bill.  Cooper and Penny each got to open a gift from Libby and Bill.

Santa visited us!
Santa left a bike and Legos for Cooper and lots of pink things and pigs for Penny.  She was happy with her doll stroller, pig clock and pig umbrella.  Both kids just couldn't stop playing with the Legos, Little Mermaid Duplos and the Christmas smash, the Castle Quest Thomas the Train set.
Ellie's first Christmas!  (She slept through most of it.)
Here she sleeps with the four gifts that Santa for each day of her life so far!
Asleep again at Ma-Mas' house.  The din of Graham/Kirk present opening didn't phase her.
Drive-by Christmas dinner.
The best part of the day?  Pa-Pa heated the pool!
As the kids have been begging to swim since October, swimming on Christmas was purely magical!
We are so grateful to have had such a wonderful Christmas, as we received the best gift of all, our Baby Ellie.  Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to all of our family and friends!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Introducing....Eleanor Jane Kirk!

Ellie is here!
Born December 21, 2013, 10:38 a.m.
7lbs, 15 oz., 20 1/4 inches long
Right after delivery...Mama happy beyond words. 
A little baby girl happy with a thumb in her mouth and in her Daddy's arms.
Mama was so happy to have Cooper and Penny visit us in the hospital...she hadn't seen them since Thursday night...a whole 36+ hours!
We had several visitors in the hospital.  Nonnie, Aunt Amanda, and cousin Brianna drove in from Houston for the day.  Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa came too!  
Our new family of five!
One day old and ready to go home!
Cooper and Penny were glad to have us home on that first afternoon.
Cooper loves, loves, loves his new baby sister!  It warms our hearts to see him with her.  Now that our whole family is here in the world, let the games begin!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saying Goodbye To an Old Friend

We are very sorry to report that this week we had to say goodbye to an old friend.  Our nearly 13-year-old dog Dooley fell ill and passed away.  Dooley has been my comfort and buddy since college and it was hard to say goodbye.  We are glad, however, that she is no longer suffering and thankful for the over 12 years we had her in our lives.  She had an eager-to-please soul, a bit of a nervous yet loving personality, and she hated things that flew (namely frisbees and kites).   She loved me, David, and Ralph, our black lab, more than anything else.  On that summer day in College Station back in 2001 I went to an animal shelter because I wanted a dog.  She chose me.

Samantha Doolittle Graham Kirk
aka "Dooley"
February 1, 2001-December 16, 2013
Dooley at one of her favorite spots, the beach.
With her best friend, Christmas 2006.
Dooley in her role as crab alerter, August 2012.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Time is Coming...

Christmas is getting closer and so is having our new baby join our family.  We are opting out of a lot of the hustle and bustle this year, as Mama attempts not to "over do it." The weather has been strangely cold since Thanksgiving which makes these Texans a little on the antsy/grouchy side and the final countdown to baby time seems long (Three weeks!) but we are trying to squeeze in some holiday cheer...
Our 2013 photo with Santa...
On a happier note...we made a gingerbread house!
Both kids mostly just begged to eat the candy instead of putting it on the house, but they were proud of their work. (Picture taken after being de-frosted in the bath.)
What better way to spend a cold day than at the movies watching "Frozen?" (And eating two giant bags of popcorn?)

Holiday cheer accomplished!  We hope this holiday season finds you as well and blessed as we feel.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Few Scenes of Gratitude

Over Thanksgiving week we found a lot to be thankful for...

A break in the cold, wet weather so restless kids could play outside and a holiday for Daddy so we could spend some time together as a family.
A beautiful view.
A masterpiece created by Cooper.
Great weather, food, family and BIKES on Thanksgiving Day.
Reaching 35 weeks in pregnancy without any problems.
A resurgence in train playing (and kids playing NICELY together).
Peace of mind...we are READY for our baby!
Getting ready for Christmas!!