Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A little update...

My sister came over one day and took Christmas pictures of Mallory. Thanks, Julie!

This is Pawpaw and Nine with all their grandkids: Mallory, Landon & Patrick. We are so excited to have them back in the States for a little while.

Mallory loves having friends come over for play dates! Our friends David & Mandi came over with their little girl, Kylee.

This is Granny & Poppa (my parents) with all of their grandkids. From oldest to youngest: Cassidy, Cody, Madison, John Scott, Mallory.

Mallory dressed as a super cute kangaroo for the church's Hallow Him. She was so adorable!!

Mallory took two steps the other day, then decided it was better to keep crawling, ha! She still isn't brave enough to just take off walking, but we think it will be very soon. She is now 11 months old and has 5 teeth (2 on bottom, 3 on top). She will eat just about anything, which has made things easy for us so far. For a while there she was keeping runny noses and coughing, but it's been a long time since she's been sick and we are very thankful! She talks all the time!! Her favorite word is definitely "DaDa", but also says "DaDee" very loudly when she's ready to be picked up after a nap. I guess she knows how much he loves it when she calls for him when she wakes up. The other day in the car on the way to church, she said "NaNa" the entire 15-20 minute drive there!! Not quietly either, our child is very LOUD! She is so very social too, she loves other babies and will almost "attack" them to get close to them and play! Mallory loves playing peekaboo and will cover her face randomly and we say "Where's Mallory?" and she will fling her arms to the side and say "dereseeizz!" (there she is!). It is so very sweet! Her favorite thing to do is probably dance. If she hears any music at all, away she goes just a bouncing, swaying, or clapping. So, dance may be in her future if she is any better than her parents.

We have been enjoying the new home. Many of our projects are beginning to get completed...we have a fence up around the back yard, Warren has spread dirt with the tractor and is planting grass, and we finally cleaned out the carport (it still had lots of tupperware boxes, stuff we decided we didn't need anymore, etc. stored in it from the move). We have decorated for Christmas, but still haven't put up the tree. I am kind of nervous about doing that with Mallory at her crawling/pull up on everything/touch everything/put everything in her mouth stage. She usually listens when we say "No, ma'am!", but I know she will get it sometime while we're not looking!

We are also enjoying being members of the church that we grew up in again. It has grown and changed a lot since then, yet it still has all the wonderful people that we love so much (and new people that we enjoy getting to know!). We are involved with the College Ministry called Philly 101 and are actually having our Christmas Party tonight. Well, I guess that sums up what's been going on with us since the last post. I know we don't update often, but I'm a phone person, so if you ever want to know what's been going on, just call us! Talking is so much more fun than typing! Also, if any of you out-of-town friends ever pass through the Pineville/Alexandria area, please let us know, we'd love to catch up and hang out!