That's why I started this thing. To keep in touch with everyone we love across the country.
I'm hoping it will be easy for everyone to check at random, for Jeff & I to post pictures and updates, and not too complicated for anyone. We shall see. Only time will tell.
Rhiannon is 17 months old, climbing like a monkey, loves to be outside, and a very very good kid. She's taught me a lot over the past year, about patience and being genuinely excited about things. I love that about her. She has no reason to hide her true feelings about anything because she has yet to experience self-consciousness or embarrassment. Lord help us, I hope it stays that way for a long time. She loves fruit, ladybugs (or maybe its just bugs in general), Elmo & (ugh!) Barney, dogs, Old McDonald, shoes (ha!), being outside, and her "people." Every day is exciting to her. She definitely has that typical toddler characteristic where she feels everything at extremes, but for the most part, she is just curious about it all and happy to discover it exists. We are so incredibly blessed to have her in our lives, because she really does remind everyone to find and focus on the good things, no matter how silly or small.
New Baby Roscoe is due May 21st, 2010. I know what the sex is, but Jeff does not, so for his enjoyment, we are keeping the secret till the baby makes its debut. I am excited about having another living combination of the two of us, but a little concerned about the whole "two under two" thing. I've heard from other parents that it's very intense and tiring, but totally worth (so.... just like most worthwhile things!). I am hoping, also, that the Navy keeps Jeff stateside for a few months so he can experience this new person and our new family dynamic to the fullest, before they send him out again. I am trying to re-familiarize myself with the things and routines a little baby needs, as we have been away from them for quite some time. I also have to remind myself that Rhi was (and still is) a very easy child, and this one may not be that way.
Xeus & Lunabell are much the same as they have always been: good dogs. They have flourished in their year at Grandma & Grandpa Roscoe's and I know that it is going to be hard on all involved parties when we go home in July.
As for Allison (that's me), I'm about to graduate with my cosmetology license here in the next few days, about to embark on the crazy journey of dual motherhood in a couple weeks, and ready to have my little family be whole again in VB in a few months. Changes are a'coming, and in big ways. I am realizing more all the time that I am going to have to lean on The Power bigger than me to get through any of them with my sanity.
And Jeffery...... he's just Jeffery. :) He's made it through a long year by himself at home and he's been incredible through the whole thing.
We are all excited to be together again soon.