Joelle started walking

A couple days ago, Joelle took her first series of "real" steps - intentional, controlled, and purposeful steps. She took about 6 steps once, then 4-5 steps multiple times that night. Sorry we kept all the fun to ourselves. I was so caught up in the fun of watching her, I didn't get the camera involved soon enough to capture the moment. By the time I got around to video-taping, she was worn out from all the excitement. All she had left to share with you was this:

Big Sister helper

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Better late than never...

Auntie Kendra and Uncle Jeremy came for a visit late in June, but we neglected to take any photos of them with our camera. Today they emailed me some photos from the trip, so I thought I'd show you all their gorgeous smiles and tell you we had a wonderful time during their visit.

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Yes, there's still more

For those of you who are not overwhelmed by the 5 posts that I added and 2 that I fixed (4th of july, and zoo) today, there are still a few more pictures to be seen in the July Picasa Web Album.

And don't miss the videos in the July Video album.

Also see the Eliana's Head album for detailed captions about that.

Countdown Calendar

Abigail and I have also been doing some projects together. Today we made a calendar counting down until the day we leave for our family reunion. We learned about days of the week, counting, and recognizing numerals. Then, we glued on pictures about our trip.

Artistic endeavors

Abigail is beginning to really enjoy art projects and writing/drawing.

She assembled the pieces of this rhinocerous puppet by herself to make a very recognizable face, complete with nostrils on the nose!

She says this is a fish swimming under lots and lots of water. Looks like it to me, too.

One time I tried to help Abigail learn to write some letters by showing her how to "connect the dots" on an outline I drew. Now, she likes to make her own "dots" and draw lines connecting them.
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Garden of Good Eatin'

Our garden is well on its way toward producing lots of yumminess this year. In addition to the grapes, tomatoes and zucchini that you see below, we have enjoyed home-grown strawberries, and an abundance of basil, rosemary, and sage. Mmmmmmm.

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Eliana's Head

We had a bit of a health mystery with Eliana this week. She developed a sudden fever and pink spot on her head, and then started swelling on her forehead. The Doctors don't know what's causing it, but prescribed antibiotics in the hopes that it would help. Today is day 4 of the antibiotic treatment, and she is looking MUCH better. Pretty much back to normal. Praise God! Pray with us that whatever this was is completely gone from her system and never comes back!

For some photos with captions that tell more detail, check out the "Eliana's Head" picasa web album.

Happy 4th of July!

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July Album

July's album is up in Picasa. (click here)

Twins' first zoo trip