Monday, January 30, 2012

Spring in Winter

It was a beautiful day and I took Aty outside. We were able to go out and enjoy the day.
Our smiley girl!

Discovering leaves!

They taste good too!

We experienced grass as well. Though we didn't like to crawl in it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Growing Up

Atalisa is getting bigger every day and trying all kinds of new things! We have discovered mobility! There is so much to get into and discover. Oh the amazing things there are to learn!

Such a big world to investigate!

"I can sit by myself now!"
Doing laundry with Mommy.

She is a constant source of joy to us! What a wonder a baby is! It is amazing how God can take two different people and put a little of each into a beautiful new little person! God is so good! It's hard to imagine life without our bundle of joy!!

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”

                                                               "A baby is a little bit of heaven on earth.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Baby's First Christmas!

Special firsts!
Hello there!
First Christmas spoon ornament from her Great Grandma Riffle!

Our cutie pie!

 Miss Personality! Can you tell she's my favorite subject to shot pictures of?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas in North Carolina...

This Christmas season we will be on the road for about 40 hours! Thank God for a baby who doesn't mind traveling. Though by the time we neared the end of our journey she was quite done with it. We left way too early in the morning, much before the crack of dawn and headed the 16 hours to NC where Stephen's brothers and their families live. It was such a fun time!

On the way to NC... stopping for a break. Atalisa thought the front was so much more exciting than her car seat. She thought it would be a good idea for her to take the next shift driving!

Aty with her Aunt Nikki

Aty got to meet her cousins, Garrett and Graham, for the first time.

Group shot.

Aty enjoyed unwrapping presents for the first time! It didn't take long for her to figure out what to do; though she thought the wrappings were the best part. The simple delights of a baby!

 On the way to my family in IL...some of the gorgeous countryside along the way as we drove through West Virginia and Virginia.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 We had a wonderful Christmas vacation! It has been great to relax and spend time with our families! It truly is my favorite time of year for so many reasons!

I love the smell of pine needles, relaxing with those we love, warm fires, hot chocolate, playing games, a white Christmas (though not this year), giving gifts, candles, and most importantly the reason we celebrate-Jesus Christ who came as a humble babe to be our Savior!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:11-14 

May we thank Him and praise Him this year as we remember why He came! 

Family picture time!
The whole clan!
~Seven Sisters
Aty enjoyed all the attention from her Aunts and Uncles.
Everyone was so generous and thoughtful with the gifts they gave!
Aty is all excited about Daddy's mountain dew!
Uncle Josh knows how much we like phones and got us one for Christmas! First thing to do is make sure it passes the mouth test :)
She is definitely the highlight and gets lots of love!!

You can see more pictures from the time with my family at the Walsh family blog.