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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Grandma

This post is in honor of my Grandma Townley. Today marks the third aniversary of Grandma's unexpected death. Grandma was a natural at showing people love. The mother of seven children and I'm not going to take the time to count all of the grandkids, but she always made you feel like you were the most special when you were with her. Never holding grudges or remembering the bad stuff you did, Grandma loved you no matter what. Grandma loved to laugh. It wasn't just a chuckle either, it was an entire body experience. I cherish the quilts that Grandma made over the years. It's hard for me to use them because it is such a wonderful memory. Grandma made memories and I cherish the times I got to spend with her. I'll never forget helping Grandma in the garden, the box of goodies at Christmas and the special bag at halloween. Unfortunately it was Grandma's time to go. None of us were ready, but thankfully she went fast and did not have to suffer here on earth. I know she is having a blast in heaven. When I think of Grandma in heaven dancing and singing, I know she's in a better place. I love you, Grandma. Thank you for always loving me and teaching me how to love others. I'll always remember your endless smile.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fun Times!

Well, I'm mainly writing this for myself I guess - blogging has become a way for me to remember things so when I finally do get to scrapbook I can look back here. Some of you may enjoy/appreciate this post - we'll see. Kate just cracks me up. The things she does and how she expresses herself is just downright hillarious! Yesterday Chris took her outside to play in her house - she loves the house! We moved it onto the porch and put some carpet underneath it and now mommy and daddy like the house much better - we're not bug, grass, outside people : ) I was cleaning up the kitchen from dinner and doing some housework while they were playing. Chris was dying from the heat and kept trying to convince Kate it was time to come in - she refused of course. Finally, it really was time. He came in with the dogs and thought she was following, but she wasn't. He went back outside and she ran to her house and slammed the door in his face - hard not to laugh at this one and we did - just where she couldn't see! We did get her inside, but she was not happy about it.

We went to play at a friends house today. Her husband is a surgery resident and we were catching up on things and letting her twins and Kate play together. We had so much fun and Kate had a blast. It was nice for Kate to get to play with kids closer to her own age. When we got ready to leave, she of course did not want to go and she was not going to leave all the necklaces and beads she had accumulated around her neck. I wish I would have had my camera with me. She wore those beads the entire time we were there and it wasn't just a few, it was a ton!! Thanks Trisha, Embry and Ellie for having us over and thanks for letting us take a string of beads with us - Kate loves them!

I am having surgery tomorrow, so keep me in your prayers. Nothing major, but it will probably take me a week or so to recover. I'll try to get some pictures up soon - I know they are more fun to look at than reading my endless entries!! Life is so much fun and brings challenges every day! I feel so blessed and am thankful for what God has given me.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Diaper Dilemma

It's been a while since my last blog entry, so I thought I would catch you all up on what's happening with the Robertson's. Unfortunately I don't have any new pictures - too lazy to upload them right now. I have lots of house cleaning to do and Chris is on call tonight so I should take advantage of him being gone! Anyway, this weekend my mom, dad, sister and Ava came to visit. The girls had so much fun together and Amy and I snuck away to return my purchases on Friday. Those of you who know me well know I have somewhat of a problem with buying items and then feeling the need to return them. It works out for me I guess. While we were out on Friday, my mom and dad put Kate down for a nap. After about 15 minutes they went to check on her and found her without a diaper on - oh know!! My dad brought her to the living room and mom died laughing. She had wet all over her sheets, so lucky for her she napped in the living room with Ava. She has become very annoyed with wet and messy diapers and if you don't remove them fast, she will.

Isn't parenthood a blast! Kate has offered me more challenges than college, teaching high school AP students, really anything else in life. God is teaching me so much through my little 15 month old. As you've heard me mention before, Kate is a very independent thinker and believes that her idea about how things should go is the right way. I love her more than life itself and the past few weeks she has taught me so many lessons. I love you my precious, Kate!

Chris is working in the NICU and he absolutely loves it. He is learning so much and finally I see him excited about being a doctor. The past 3 years have been rough and this last year will be no different, but it is so exciting to see him know what God has called him to be. To have the decision made and no longer wonder what specialty is refreshing. Chris will be an amazing pediatrician and who knows, maybe we have a Neonatologist on our hands!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kite


We decide to take a trip to the neighborhood playground so Chris could fly his kite. Our college town was the best for flying kites, where we live now, not so much. It actually worked this evening - Chris is just like a kid when it comes to kites. He was quietly excited! Kate had fun sliding and playing in the rocks. Of course I forgot my camera, but Daddy and Kate shared a popsicle when we got home.

Cooking with Mommy



Kate loves to do the things I do. Her newest thing is wanting a mixing spoon, spatula, any kitchen utensil with a bowl. Today I thought she needed something to mix, so I got out the chocolate sprinkles. We poured a few in her bowl and off she went to mixing - she had so much fun and so did I! Of course we had to do a taste test and it met our approval. We accidently spilled the bowl once, so we cleaned it up and started over. I wasn't sure how I would get her away without a fuss, but being the quick thinker that I am, I gave her a rag to help mommy clean up the mess and it worked. She was ready for nap and okay with leaving the fun behind. She is so creative and full of life. She gets more fun by the day. I can't wait for the next cooking opportunity!

Following Daddy's Footsteps




For all you medical school spouses/not far removed from medical school spouses, you can totally relate to this post. It seems that right now the bulk of Chris and my conversation pertains to where he is going to rotate, when he will be out of the state, where should we try to get a residency spot, etc, etc, etc... This week was board review for Chris, so he was home early a few days. On Thursday afternoon, he decided to finalize the last of his rotations, so we found ourselves in the office. He doesn't need me with him while he is talking to whomever, but I think he likes my support. Medical school is definitely a joint effort and a journey that we have taken together!! The poor kids that suffer through medical school - they don't know what a normal library looks like!! Kate decides she is going to read some of daddy's books while he makes phone calls and him and mommy discuss the pros and cons of different programs. I just watched her thumb through the books and babble words. I thought about the day that this chapter of our lives is over and honestly I don't have any idea what that might feel like. I can't imagine one of our children being a doctor because I know how hard it is, but I also know that good doctors are needed and therefore I hope one of our children, if not Kate, follows in Daddy's footsteps!

Swimming Lessons!




Okay, no comments on the whiteness of my skin!! Kate enjoyed the first two days of swimming lessons, but they were rained out on Wednesday and Thursday. I am so impressed with the instructor. She is excellent with the kiddos and really knows what she is doing. We stay busy the entire time. Here are a few shots from the first session.

Sleeping Beauty!


I am thankful to my friend Cheyenne for recommeding sleep sense to me before Kate was ever born. I feel confident I would have figured this out without the book, but it has definitely helped along the way. I'm not a religious follower of anything I read - I like to form my own opinions about things, but this program (my interpretation, I guess!) has given me many restful nights and allowed Chris and me time to maintain our marriage and romance!! In saying all of that, when Kate was about 7 weeks old we began to teach her to fall asleep on her own. I'm not one for many tears, so I really didn't let her cry much, but the goal was for her to fall asleep in her bed. This took a while, but it has paid off. We have a structured bedtime routine and typically she is off to bed without much fuss. Don't think that we haven't had our ups and downs because we have - lots of them!! Nothing you do with a child can be perfect - I had to learn that - and you must be comfortable with what you do. Kate typically sleeps from around 7:00/7:30pm to 6:30/7:00am - I feel so blessed! She naps about 2-3 hours per day which allows me to have some time to clean the house and relax - chasing a 15 month old is a full time job!! She sleeps with a bear all the time and has since she was about 4 months old - I know, I broke the rules of nothing being in her bed!! Recently she has gotten into one particular baby that she got from Grammy and Pops for Christmas. She now takes her bear, baby and blanket to bed with her. I snuck a picture of my sleeping beauty one afternoon and wanted to share it with you - isn't she precious. A true gift from God!!

1st Swimming Experience



Knowing that Kate was going to start swimming lessons when we got back, I wanted her to at least experience a big pool beforehand. My newest sister-in-law (we love you Katie!) offered her parents pool to us. We invaded the Wooldridge family and had lots of fun. Kate loved it and was fearless. I think she only dove in headfirst once!!

Grammy and Pops





Kate and I spent a week with my mom and dad. I always have so much fun spending time with them. My sister and her family live just a few minutes away, so I get to hang out with her while I'm there. I love getting to go shopping with her without the girls!!! Anyway, here are some pictures from our visit - my camera battery was dead, so I didn't get a lot. I'll have to still some from my sister and mom. The last couple are on the 4th of July. Chris drove down after being on call for 24 hours - what a great daddy!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hmm!

Well, it's been a week since my last post so I thought I would check in. I spent last week at my mom and dad's and didn't change a single diaper - aren't moms the best!! I got to spend some time with my best friend in the world, Cynthia. She has taught me so much in life and is such an encouragment to me. We lived together in college and have lots of great memories - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - remember that dance Cynthia!! We made a music video and it is hillarious. If anyone ever finds it, we're doomed.

Kate started swimming lessons today and she was so cute. I'll be sure to post some pictures of our visit with Grammy and Pops and the swimming lessons soon.

Have a blessed day!