Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cards, Stargazing, and Jesus spotting!

I know it has been quite some time since I wrote last. It has been really busy around the Hamblin house. Chris' job is going well. He should be in town for a while-which is always good. My job is starting to really get busy. There are a lot of things in the works which requires doing some major planning and preparing. It's a good thing that I love what I do or else I would be stressed to the max!

We had a good Valentine's Day. I got to spend some time with Chris before he left for the weekend to go to Boston. We went out to dinner and then had plans on walking around the lake. It is something we do quite a bit when we go out by ourselves. Probably one of my most favorite things to do. I know it would sound boring to most, but I love it. A cold front came in and put a damper on that plan though. I was disappointed, but we had a good time anyway. Aleeyah and I made Chris a Valentine's Day card. She had a good time stickering it up and Chris really enjoyed it.

Before the weather got yucky, I had been going running in the evening after we put Aleeyah to bed. It was kind of my treat. I'd throw on my ipod and blare it as loud as I could (and still be able to hear enough to know if there was someone around me). Once I got to the other side of our neighborhood on my second lap, I would lay down on the grass by the pond and look up at the stars. That's where my treat comes in. I wont go into detail about what I think about while I'm out there, but I will say-I'm always amazed by the stars, the one who created them, and how incredibly small we are in comparison. Anyways-I took Aleeyah with me last night. She rode in the jogging stroller and pointed out everything in our path. From every car that drove by and airplane in the sky to someones yard sign. She noticed the stars and sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and on the way home she sang her ABC's over and over. It was nice to have some company. I let her in on my little treat. We laid down under the stars and sang Twinkle, Twinkle and even tried to count them. It was so nice to share my time with her. I want her to grow up understanding that these little moments are what make life what it is. How can you have hope without ever sitting back in amazement of God's great works?

So I would say we had a pretty good evening. Then this morning I was reading some email and came across this picture...
Without prompt or anything-as soon as Aleeyah saw it she happily yelled JESUS! It's not like we sit around and look at pictures of Jesus in the manger. So I was shocked, but pretty proud too! I'm always amazed at the things she retains. She opened up a piece of candy in church the other day and said "oval". Oval isnt my most favorite shape ever so we rarely bring up this shape, and I dont normally point our her candy as shapes. But she recognized it as being an oval. She is counting to 15 all on her own and can recognize most of all the letters. There are still a couple that trip her up. If you couldn't tell-we are so proud of her!

Well, I need to figure out some lunch and get the girl down for a nap! I hope everyone is having a good week! Dont forget to do some stargazing!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

More park time and pictures this time!

The weather here in Oklahoma is about to drive us all crazy. Between all the weather changes and the Oklahoma allergens we are all just trying to keep from getting sick. We have had a couple of nice days that allowed us to spend some more time outside. Lately, we have been cherishing these days. We get a good day and then rumors of flurries the next couple of days to follow. I am just ready for it to get warm and STAY warm!!!

Like I said, we have been taking advantage of the warm sun when we can. Friday we went to the park with a friend. We took a much needed walk first. Growing up my dad and I would take walks around our neighborhood. I always enjoyed any time that we had a chance to really talk, but walks always just seemed special. So to do this day, I still find walks very therapeutic. Anyway-so we went walking and then decided to let the kids play for awhile. You know those times when you wish you had your camera? Well, we had one of those. Aleeyah and Trey (my friend's son) were playing in a metal frame truck of sorts. They are "driving" along and Trey proceeded to put his arm around Aleeyah, but on the back of the seat like they were on their first date. It was so adorable.

Well, Saturday was actually a little bit warmer than Friday so we decided to have a picnic at the park. As we were leaving, Chris had asked if Aleeyah if she was ready to go to the park and play-without hesitation she asked if Trey was going to be there. I guess they may have something more going on than we first thought. ha ha. We decided to try a different park, but ended up being a little disappointed by the equipment. We had a good time anyway. Aleeyah, of course, didn't want to eat because she wanted to go play and had no intention on letting Chris and I eat our lunch either. We talked about it and she realized that she wasn't going to get out of eating something and then she patiently waited for us to finish up. The pictures below are her at the park. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and spending time together.

Sunday was a pretty busy day as usual. By time we got home from church and lunch, laid Aleeyah down for a nap, and got changed out of our church clothes, I didn't have me a whole lot of time before I had to leave to go back up to the church for our monthly X-cite Nite. After I got home, we played Mario Kart (which Aleeyah loved), put the girl to bed, and then ended our night with a movie.

All in all, it was a pretty relaxing weekend. Hope your weekend was just as relaxing! Here are the pics....

Monday, February 4, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood....

Well, things have been going well at the Hamblin house. Aleeyah hasn't asked about Tony since my last post. I guess somethings-she just doesnt notice or remember. Speaking of remembering-Aleeyah is continuing to amaze us. Her words are coming together more than ever and she can recognize almost all the letters in the alphabet. Just the other day, I asked her what sound a S makes. She said, "sssssssss" and I asked "Are you sure it doesn't go guh (sound of a G) and she said "No, guh is G, G-guh". I can hold up different letters and she will tell me what most of them are and she can pick the rest out when I ask her where they are. But the little stinker has her moments where she doesn't want to cooperate and then she acts like she doesn't know them. Sometimes I think she just doesn't want to slow down to think about it. We were driving home from watching the super bowl yesterday and she kept reading the letters off the dash. She would say, "there is an O, there is a F, there is a F" (on the dash it said off). We were proud of her, but she continuted to read the letters on the dash the ENTIRE way home! I see it driving me crazy in the near future.

Thankfully, we have had some nice weather the last few days, BUT tomorrow brings more cold weather. We have really been enjoying the warmer weather though. The day before yesterday we took Aleeyah outside to ride her bike, 4 wheeler, and Jeep. (pictures below) She had a blast. She did a great job riding her bike. She has the pedaling down, but she definately needs to work on her steering. She is finally enjoying riding in her Jeep with Bear(she use to be scared of it when she pushed the pedal). Watching her put Bear in his seatbelt and getting him situated before she got in, was absolutely adorable and I later realized that I should have brought the video camera out. Maybe on the next warm day we will do that and I can share. She would get herself and Bear belted in, turn on the radio, and then yell back at us, "I love you, be back in a bit, byyeeee" then take off steering like a crazy lady! It gave me a little glimpse of the future and it was rather scary!

Today, Aleeyah and I went to the park with my friend, Kandi and her son, Trey. The weather was in the mid 70s-a beautiful day to go. It seemed like everyone had the idea to go because the park was packed. The kids had fun (sorry I didnt bring my camera) and I always enjoy talking to Kandi. Adult conversation is always enjoyable! When I talk to her-it does make me think twice about complaining about Chris' job and the fact that he has to travel all the time and isn't home to help me. She is pregnant with their second baby and her husband is in the Airforce. He has to travel for weeks at a time, but most of all-he isn't scheduled to be home when the baby is due. I can't even imagine the emotional stress this is putting on both of them. At least, when Chris is gone-he is typically home for the weekend AND we aren't pregnant! So it makes me thankful for Chris' current job and even more thankful for his past job that didn't require traveling-an 8 to 5 job so he was home in the evening to be with us. Be praying for them-if you will.

Alright-it's getting late and we are going to have a long day tomorrow. I hope everyone is doing well! Enjoy the pics!

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