Monday, October 15, 2007

My Beautiful Niece

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Cynthia is such a beautiful baby girl in the pictures, I can't imagine what she must be like in person. I'm totally in love with my niece....and I haven't even met her yet. I hope you enjoy the little slide show. My brother in law is a good photographer, don'cha think? AND -- I made that pink and purple striped afghan for Cynthia.

And to view more pictures of my GORGEOUS niece, click ---> HERE <-------

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!!'s my birthday today. For those of you who were wondering, I'm 28. It has been a really great weekend, too. Mark and I drove up to Fredericksburg so he could see Krystina (the fiance, of course) and I went on about 15 miles to Stafford, VA, to visit our cousin, Marilyn(she grew up with my dad), and her husband, Karl. It was great to re-connect with them....I've met Marilyn and Karl several times, but just briefly.

Sooo....I'm staying with them in their BEAUTIFUL home here, and they have really made me feel at home. Isn't it funny how family is always (ok...not ALWAYS, but usually) feels like family, no matter how long you've know them? I've felt so welcome and loved this weekend. It's been great.

Today, Marilyn and I went shopping. I ((heart)) shopping. AND I was able to get some good deals on some clothes that I need for work. That was a huge blessing, because you know how it is when you go shopping for something specific -- you can never find what you are looking for. I'll post some pics of the clothes later if I can, but I don't have a digital camera yet, so I'm not sure how that is going to work. We also got something for Cynthia. Yay for nieces!!

After shopping, Mark and Krystina and two of her sisters, Bethany and Rebekah, came over for dinner. Karl grilled some hamburgers (yummy!!) and the most awesome hot dogs that I have EVER had -- they were soooo good!! Then, we all watched a movie together. It was great family time....we really had a blast!!

As another added bonus, Karl and Mariln have this really wonderful Golden Retriever -- Sam. He is so sweet and loving and "petable". I miss Wonka LOTS, and was telling Mark on the way up here that I could really use some fur therapy...and I definately got that. YAY for furry family members, too!!

OH -- if you'd like to see more pictures of my BEAUTIFUL niece, Cynthia Esther Rose, check out Shannon's Blog. There is also a great narrative by Joshua about Cynthia's names.

Well, I'm off to bed. G'nite!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Welcome, Little one!!

Cynthia arrived today. Oh goody!! Here are the stats:

Cynthia Esther Smith
Born 10/2/07 7:10 pm
8 lbs 7 oz
20 inches
Dark, fuzzy hair
Chubby cheeks

Congratulations to Josh and Shannon -- I'm so happy for you!!!