Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun with cousins!

Yohanna had a great time going to Papaw and Nana's house. She was able to spend time with her cousins. We went to a waterpark and zoo! She can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Travel, travel, and more travel

It has been a long time since my last posting....a lot has happened and Yohanna has been on quite the adventure! She continues to adjust well but Mommy and Daddy sure are tired! This has been the month of trips. We found out that she is a pretty good traveler, loves to be with friends and family, continues to LOVE swimming, and continues to need help to fall asleep. Here are some pictures and summaries of our recent adventures.

Trip #1 Meeting Great grandma (Nan)! We spent a day with Nan (on her 88th birthday) and Yohanna had a great time playing, shopping, and eating. Of course, she found an "Arni" look-a-like at Nan's house that she loved! What a joy it was to watch Nan play with a new great grandchild!
Trip #2 We had the privilege to take the seniors from the youth group on a trip to a surprise destination. We traveled with 7 teenagers and several other youth leaders to Gatlinburg, TN. We stayed in an awesome 3 story cabin and had lots of fun in the Smokey Mountains. Yohanna liked hiking so much that she fell asleep in the backpack carrier on Scott's back. It was a joy to be with friends and some of the most awesome teenagers we know!

Trip #3 Family gathering in Michigan for 4th of July. Yohanna had a wonderful time playing with her 5 cousins! She met 4 of them for the first time! Yohanna went to the beach for the first time and loved negotiating the waves head first! Celebrating the 4th of July with family - what a joy!

Trip #4 Camping! Again we got to hang out with cool teenagers. Despite a lot of nighttime rain, it was a blast! We did a bit of hiking (Yohanna fell asleep again while hiking), mountain biking, cooking over the fire, swimming, boating, fishing, and worship/fellowship around the campfire. Yohanna is just like her mommy - loves popcorn!

Well, the next trip is a visit to Nana and Papa's house to visit cousins Dakota, Grace, and Mikayla and Aunt Carla. Thank you Lord for all the fun stuff of summer!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meeting Great Grandma!

Yohanna was finally able to meet one of her three living great grandmas this past weekend. Grandma didn't really get a chance to hold Yohanna as she was VERY active exploring her surroundings at our cousin's house, playing with baby Dean, and teasing a very large lab.

Yohanna is talking like crazy! She says so many words and phrases in English now - her brain is a little sponge soaking up everything it can. She says "I love you" but it actually comes out "I lo lu." A few of her other cute words are "Amen," "Good Girl," and "Puppy No."

Nap time remains preceded by a ride home in the car from a strategically scheduled errand or a stroller ride down the street. The other day I decided I was going to get her to sleep without the car or stoller.....well....over 1.5 later I gave up. I put her in the stroller and she was asleep by the time I got 6 houses away from my house! Bedtime is improving....usually she is asleep within 30 minutes now and resists much less!