Our naming survey for Baby Number 2 is over. Sophia got the most votes, but we've decided on Elizabeth, which came in second. Sophia is still in the running for a middle name, though! We're really glad we did the survey, because it did help us sort through a few names (it was easier to eliminate Emily once we saw how few votes that name got, for example!) Thanks for helping name our new baby!
I finally decide to let Vanessa try out washable markers. If anything, I think they're slightly messier than paint! But she really does enjoy them. She especially likes to take the lids on and off (although, thank goodness, it's still pretty hard for her to take them off when they're on tightly).
Nana and Grampa also watched Vanessa while James and I took a trip to New York City this weekend. James and I saw "Curtains" and "Avenue Q" on Broadway. Aside from all the laughing we had while watching both these comedies, we had a fantastic time taking our time at meals and sleeping in late in the morning. Vanessa, we love you and we missed you, but we did really like the break!
We were also excited to see Aunt Heather and Uncle Terry yesterday. We went to a nature center to see some animals (mostly snakes, frogs, and fish) and to play outside on the playground. I've never seen such a steep slide -- Vanessa flew out of the bottom so fast that it was a little tricky to catch her! She absolutely loved it, and loved playing with her aunt and uncle.
Our thoughts and hearts have been much occupied with my sister-in-law, Jessa. She's been through surgery and a great ordeal this past week. If you happen to be one of the 4 or 5 people who read this blog but not hers, please do visit www.jessicakaylor.blogspot.com and add your prayers and support to help her recover faster.