Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tilly Brooke is One Month Old

Today (Friday, September 19) we are celebrating Tilly's one month birthday! It has hard to believe that it has been a month since we welcomed this precious baby girl into our family. At her one month check up, she weighed 9lbs 13oz and was 21 1/2 inches long - still smaller than Carter when he was born I might add! She got a great report from the doctor and we are so thankful for a happy and healthy baby girl. Dr. G was amazed by how calm and mellow Tilly was during the exam. I told him we believe the Lord knows what we as parents can handle in our children! We are taking Tilly later this month to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital to have an ultrasound done. This is precautionary more than anything to make sure that the cystic structure found before her birth has resolved itself. Please join us in praying for complete healing in Tilly's little body. Pray that the ultrasound will reveal everything is gone! Tilly is such a sweet sweet baby. She loves to snuggle up under your neck,especially with her daddy! She is already sleeping in her crib in her room and doing really well at night - Mommy and Daddy are thankful! Carter and Summer just love her and shower her with kisses daily! They are both adjusting well to life with their baby sister. Carter started preschool this month, got his hair cut, and is going to the potty like a big boy! Summer is walking AND climbing everywhere - she has no fear! She is talking a lot too! I was unable to upload the slideshow I created for some reason, so below are a few pictures taken over the last few weeks. Sorry for the long scroll! Enjoy!

Before and after shots of Carter's new hair cut! (Yes, that is a cucumber he is eating - he loves them!) I lost the battle of the curls to David! He looks so grown up now with his big boy hair cut! They even put "product" in his hair. David was like ma'am, he's two!
Tilly loves to take naps on her tummy! I think she is laughing at me sneaking to take her picture!

She is wide awake here. Such a pretty baby girl!

Tilly's bathtime. She does not mind it too much, especially if the water is nice and warm! Look at those big blue eyes!

Carter and Tilly playing on her mat! He loves his little sister!

Carter helping to wash the dishes! Summer trying to help or pull the stool out from under him - I am not sure which! He loves to get on his stool and help in the kitchen. Last night, he put the stool in front of the microwave and said I'm cooking! David was rolling - how sad for me that my child already understands how Mommy cooks best! Oh my!
Summer playing on our bed in the morning! She is such a happy little girl and add so much joy and laughter to our home!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Summer Story

Well, for the last few weeks I have been home with just the girls and it has been so much fun! Carter has been at preschool and David has been at work. Don't get me wrong, we miss the boys - but girl time is the most fun, especially since Summer's little personality has really blossomed in the last couple of months! Well, today, Summer was taking her nap in her pack and play in the far back bedroom. Tilly and I were in the play room which is located on the other far side of our house. I had just gotten Tilly up from her nap to feed her. While I was feeding Tilly, I had the washer going and the television was on, but I thought I heard footsteps coming down the hallway which completely freaked me out because I was home alone! I thought surely not, it must be the washing machine. Then, all of a sudden my little fearless Summer appeared in the playroom like she belonged there and was worried we were having a party without her! I about jumped out of my skin! Somehow, she climbed out of her pack and play, climbed over the bed, opened all 3 doors and made her way to the playroom! I guess I will have to figure out somewhere else for her to nap now! Tomorrow we take Tilly for her one month check up. I can't believe it, but she turns one month old on Friday! I will have another update in a couple of days of how we are adjusting to our party of five and oh what a party we are having!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Carter's First Day of Preschool

I can't believe it, but Carter starts preschool today! He will be in Miss Page's two year old class at the Heiskell School! If you get a minute, then check out our school's website We are so excited that he will have this wonderful opportunity to learn in such an incredible environment! We all got up this morning to see Carter off, except for Tilly who was finally sleeping after being up very late last night!! David drove Carter to school and Summer and I waved until the car was out of sight! David sent me a message to say that Carter fell asleep on the way to school - poor fella! It was an early morning for him! We are hoping that Carter's first day is absolutely wonderful! Here are some pictures of us walking out to the car this morning! We are so proud of you, Carter!

Happy Anniversary

Eleven years ago today, David answered God's call on his life into the ministry! I am so thankful that he did. We would not be where we are today, married for almost 7 years with 3 gorgeous children and serving at a wonderful church had David not been obedient. I have so enjoyed being along for the ride of part of this journey and I look forward to seeing how God is going to use David to further His kingdom in the years to come. As you read this post marking David's anniversary of surrender to the ministry, will you pray for him? Pray that he would continue to be faithful to what God has called him to do. Pray that God would continue to equip David with all that he needs to continue to serve Him! Praise God for David!

Happy Birthday, Haleigh!

Today is my niece's 6th birthday! Happy birthday, Haleigh! We love you!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Labor Day Weekend 2008

All is well in the O'Dell house. In case you were hiding under a rock this past weekend and missed the opening of college football season, let us be the first to welcome you! We were definitely excited around our house: the dawgs won, the hogs won, and astate won (can't remember their new mascot since they are no longer the indians - it's David's alma mater)! The O'Dell clan donned our game day attire of red and black to cheer on our favorite teams! Lucky for us they all wear red!
We also had some special visitors at our house for the weekend. David's sister, Cari, and her husband, Cory, came to meet baby Tilly and help Mommy and Daddy entertain Carter and Summer - no small feat! They flew all the way to Atlanta from Arkansas! We had a wonderful time visiting with them and were very sad to see them leave us yesterday! Here are a few pictures from our weekend of fun! Thank you Cari and Cory for coming to see us! We hope to see you again very soon!