Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A: Mommy, I don't like Philistines.
A: Do you like Philistines, Mommy?
Me: I don't know. I've never met any.
A: Well, I did, and I don't like them.
Me: Why not?
A: Because they're mean and they don't like little girls...But they let me live.
Posted by Susanna Joy at 4:18 PM
"Mommy, bow down to the queens."~ A. Joy
A rather unconventional napping spot.
Posted by Susanna Joy at 1:22 PM
Monday, August 27, 2007
Twenty-eight weeks down, twleve to go... Little Man Royal is set to make his debut on November 17. And who wouldn't want to go ahead and be born into the arms of such a beautiful mama?
We were very blessed from a visit from Renee and her belly over the weekend, and though it was brief, it was excellent and theraputic to sit around with a wonderful friend and talk about the past, present and future. Annabella was very excited, and definitely tried to monopolize Renee's time playing "store" among other things. Jake very wisely concluded that Saturday was an excellent day for he and Annabella to have a nice long date that included fishing, visiting a Christian music festival at one of the downtown parks, and an entire Lugnuts (minor league baseball team) game, complete with fireworks. So, some much-needed girlfriend time was available, and I was so grateful that my friend was able to meet my youngest, who showed off her beautiful, quiet personality. I can't wait to meet her little guy!
..."Because of your father's God who blesses you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb. Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills."
Posted by Susanna Joy at 6:42 AM
Thursday, August 23, 2007
When I came in to check on her a few minutes later, this is what I found.
...Obviously, I got the camera to document the whole thing. And finally, when I returned from putting on my makeup:
Posted by Susanna Joy at 6:18 AM
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last Wednesday, we attended a Member's Only Picnic at the local zoo. My mom was kind enough to buy our family an annual membership, and it is the only "club" we're members of in our new home, as well as our first bonafide invitation of any kind since moving. So, of course we went. Here are the Joy girls right before leaving.
Annabella had the pleasure of her first pony ride. Here she is astride Peanut, a little Palomino gelding. In the interest of discretion, I will only elaborate on the funny-kid-story involved if you request me to by e-mail. (It's worth it.)
Penelope and Mama looking at some animal or other.... Oryx, I think.
On Saturday we attended the annual Danish Festival in Greenville, Michigan. Queen Annabella made a crown and got a balloon-sceptre.
The beans are straight from the garden--haven't even been washed.
And finally, Annabella proudly holding our little growing machine, Penelope, who, as of yesterday, had gained 2 lb. in the last month to weigh in at 12 lb. and 6 oz.-- 95th percentile in height (23 and 3/4 ''), weight, and head circumference. That little brain is growing! She continues to be a precious, cooperative baby as she tries to roll over by herself and communicate. She loves to play and hear fun songs.
Posted by Susanna Joy at 10:25 AM
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Annabella planted a bed of flower seeds when we moved here in June. Until we returned from our recent travels, they hadn't really bloomed. But when we came back, the bed was really blooming. Here's her first real bouquet
Posted by Susanna Joy at 6:07 AM
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
We did enjoy a beautiful stay in Cheboygan and a day trip by ferry to Mackinac Island. I told Jake that the place reminded me of an idealized version of New England. Automobiles are forbidden on the island. The only way to get around is by bicycle, carriage-taxi, or horseback. Everything is beautiful and pristine there, and the flowers were stunning. We enjoyed a woodland picnic out on a hiking trail that consisted of delicious smoked whitefish from the lake, goat cheese and a bottle of wine. We also ran into the Governor's husband and son who were enchanted by our children.
We had to travel off the island by ferry, so we took a one-hour and forty-five-minute voyage to Tobermory, Ontario to head toward Detroit and out of the country. Annabella loved riding the ferry, and loved hearing that our van was riding in the ship's belly.
Annabella in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Huron. The bottom of the Lake near Cheboygan had a super soft sandy bottom, and was suprisingly shallow. You could go out 300 yards and still the water was only up to your thigh.
Jake reserved a tee-pee our first night at the campground. Needless to say, Annabella was quite excited. Here's Penelope sleeping in her little basket near the camp fire. Our weather was very comfortable the whole week.
Posted by Susanna Joy at 9:30 PM
Monday, August 6, 2007
Now, joy is born of parents poor,
Posted by Susanna Joy at 3:59 PM