Saturday, August 30, 2008

A year ago...

What a difference a year makes! These pictures were taken around this time last year when Karsynn attended her very first UK football game. The top picture is her most recent trip to Camden Park. She has gotten so big! Mama and Daddy's baby girl is growing up. God is so good. He has given us the most beautiful gift anyone could ever receive. I don't know that Karsynn will ever know how very much she was wanted and is loved. Words cannot express the love we have for her. She's amazing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mama's Smart Girl!

Karsynn is 21 months old, and this past weekend she started counting to 10 on her own and she can spell her entire first name. It has been a ritual at the diaper changing station to stand up when we're done and touch each letter of her name on the wall and say it. I wasn't sure how much she was taking in, but obviously more than I realized. I'd love to say it's all the hard work Troy and I put in working with her, but I'm afraid I have to admit that it's probably genetic...and not our genetics! Ha! Ha! She is the most amazing little creature in the whole world. I'm constantly amazed with her. She has now graduated to a "big girl bed," that rests right up against our bed. We went to Wal-mart in search of bedding and she just had to have the Elmo set. We let her help us make up her bed, and she is resting quite well in it. Since our hearts are being tugged toward China again for a little sister for her, we figured we needed to try to get her out of our bed for good. I must admit that I do miss snuggling with the little snuggle bug, though. I love to hold her close and listen to her breathe. It's one of my favorite things to do. God has been so good to us. We are the luckiest people in the world.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Daycare and Camden Park

Yesterday, we went with Aunt Tonya, Whitney and Dylan to Camden Park in Huntington, WV. This amusement park is over 100 years old. Troy and I both use to visit this park with our families and church youth groups when we were young. Boy did it bring back a lot of great memories. I was so happy to share this wonderful family experience with Karsynn and my niece and nephew. Karsynn rode everything, including the Big Dipper, which is a wooden roller coaster. She wasn't scared of any of the rides. She really had a blast.

Karsynn loves her new Dora backpack and her new pink carseat that Daddy bought her for his car.

For the Cobb Family!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Things are FINALLY settling down...I think!

I am so proud of my brave girl. She has adapted quite well to daycare. She still has moments where she's uncertain if she really wants to go, but she's fine once she gets there. We've only had one day of drama since she started. She came home one day with two bite marks on her arm. This is to be expected occasionally, but Mama won't stand for it too often. She's now to the point where she'll stand and wave to Daddy in the window as he leaves her at daycare, which is a far cry from her crying, "Dada, Dada!" She still cries when I pick her up in the afternoon, but it's such a strange cry. It's almost a meltdown cry after not seeing me all day. When we get in the car, she holds her hands in the air and says, "Yeah, Mama!" as if I'm the super hero of the day for coming to pick her up. It's so cute. Troy is quite satisfied in his new job. He just loves teaching P.E. to the little ones. He's such a goober! He has more fun than they do. That's all for now. I PROMISE to post pictures soon!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

We survived Back to School!

Well, summer is finally OVER, or at least summer break is anyway. UGGHHHH!!! Lots of changes have taken place in our lives as of lately, so we're all pretty stressed out.

1. Troy and I are back to work
2. Karsynn is in daycare full time and is doing fine
3. Troy switched jobs and is now an elementary PE teacher
4. We had to go to his old school and clean out 5 years worth of health junk
5. Our family drama seems to be never ending
6. Troy's mom has had a house full of company in from FL, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio
7. Karsynn has been sick and can't seem to get rid of it

Overall, I have to say things with daycare have gone more smoothly than I anticipated and for that I'm thankful. Now, if we can get a routine going again at home, then I think we'll all survive. I'll try to post pictures soon...when I find a spare minute.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Daycare, etc.

Well, today was Karsynn's first official time alone at daycare and it went GREAT! They said she was so good. She played, ate her lunch, and even went down for her noon nap, after a short walk around the building with one of her caregivers and getting to choose where to put her nap mat, of course. She is quite the little DIVA. She's figuring out that her "cuteness" can get her almost anything...OH NO!!! I keep reminding them that yes she's cute, but she needs to be disciplined. They assure me that they will, if needed????? We're getting ready for an exciting introduction today. Karsynn will meet two of her cousins, a new aunt and her great-grandmother (Troy's mom's mom) later today. They are so anxious to meet her, so I hope she's good. I'll keep you posted on the daycare chronicles. Keep praying!!!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Life seems to have gotten very busy...

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. Life has been so crazy that I can't even begin to explain. I have a sick girl on my hands again. She has a terrible sinus infection, which she has so kindly passed on to mommy, so we visited Dr. Thornberry today. She's on meds now, so she should feel better soon. She's doing great attending daycare. She really likes playing with the "kids," as she so sweetly refers to them. Daddy and mommy are both swamped with Professional Development meetings, Open House, getting rooms ready, etc., so I think she knows changes are coming soon...and she doesn't like it one bit.

Monday, August 04, 2008

She's a Big Girl Now!

Well, my baby started daycare today. Well, sorta! Daddy took her for her first two hour visit with him staying there with her. She looked so cute. Yesterday, we bought her a Dora and Boots rolling cute. She also had to have her own crib sheet to put over the mat during nap time. Of course I found the perfect one at Babies R Us. Hopefully it will send subliminal messages to her throughout the day...all over it reads, "Mommy loves you, Daddy loves you." I know, I'm losing it. She looked so grown up rolling that little backpack out to the car today. It makes mommy very sad, though. I just know she's going to love it. She says, "Daycare...snack...babies." She'll have a great time playing with the other children, that is once she stops screaming and crying! Please pray that her transition is smooth and that she adapts well to the new caregivers and environment. Tomorrow is mommy's two hour visit with her! I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Fun with Family and Friends

Here is a hodgepodge of pictures from the last few days. Nila, John and CJ...we had a great time getting together!

My first time holding a "Titty Tat"

Dancing with my Cousin, Mackenzie!

My Gotcha Day Cake!

Mama's Pretty Girl

Happy Gotcha Day Family

My first dress up outfit from Daddy...Cinderella

CJ Bei and Me

I love my China Sister!!!