Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wonderful Weekend

Friday:  Our weekend started on Friday.  My parents came to visit us and the girls.  They offered to babysit so we could go out on a date.  It had been a while since we have gone out on a date.  So Friday night we went out to dinner and then we went to the Houston Texas Temple to celebrate our anniversary (a little late).  We were married in the Houston Texas Temple 5 years ago on January 12, 2007.  It was nice to go out and enjoy some alone time together and to spend some time together in the Temple.

Houston Texas Temple

Saturday:  We went to the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Houston.  It was such a beautiful day. The sun was shinning and the temperature outside was perfect (not hot or cold).  That's one of the advantages of living in Texas.  I love that the winters are usually mild.  We enjoyed walking around the garden and taking some pictures.  Haley and Rachel love going outside so they had a good time. 

Haley and Daddy

Rachel and Haley
A beautiful flower
Rachel, Daddy and Haley

Rachel, Mommy and Haley
Family picture
Me, my parents and the girls
Lilly pads in a pond

Me and my girls

Another beautiful flower

Fish in a pond

SundayThomas's parents came to visit us as well.  We, my parents and Thomas's parents all went to church together.  This was the first Sunday we took Kayla to church.  She didn't even notice since she was asleep the whole time.  The girls looked so cute all dressed in their matching dresses.  I love my little girls.  They are so adorable and beautiful!  We had a good time all together on the Lord's day.

Family picture before church

Grandpa Stansel relaxing with Kayla after church

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The past week

What has been going on the past week?  Well nothing too exciting.  Rachel and Haley have been battling yet another cold and now both have ear infections.  Poor girls!  We went to the ENT last week since Rachel has been having ear drainage for the past month or so.  Rachel has ear tubes so her Pediatrician said it was normal.  He also did an ear culture last month to make sure if wasn't infected.  Well the culture was negative then, but now both of her ears are infected.  One of her ears was even bleeding.  She has been on an oral antibiotic and antibiotic ear drops for the past week.  We saw the ENT again yesterday and her infection is 90% cleared.  We asked the ENT to check Haley's ears since she has been really fussy lately and tugging at her ear.  Well come to find out Haley also has an ear infection.  She was started on an antibiotic yesterday.  Also Haley will be getting her tonsils removed.  It has been a long battle with the ENT to allow them to be taken out.  Her tonsils are big and I feel they are causing problems with her swallowing when she eats.  She tends to gag and throw up easily when she has a cold.  So the doctor agreed to take them out.  She is scheduled to have them removed on February 24.  I really hope that by removing the tonsils that she will do better with her eating/swallowing.  I really don't like this time of the year when colds, ear infections and sickness is more prevalent.  Kayla has even gotten her first cold, but thank goodness it's very mild and she doesn't seem bothered by it at all.  She is a strong little girl.  Other than all the illnesses the girls are doing well.  Life just continues in the Stansel household. 

Amongst the craziness of the past week, Thomas and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on January 12.  We didn't get to go out and have dinner together, but Thomas did bring dinner and flowers home for me.  He is a very thoughtful husband and I appreciate all that he did for our anniversary.  We hope to go out for dinner next week when my parents come to visit.  They will watch the girls for us.  Thanks mom and dad!

Haley wearing daddy's shirt


Wide eyed Kayla


Monday, January 9, 2012

Kayla is 1 month old!

I can't believe how time flies and that my littlest girl is 1 month old already.  Kayla is growing.  She now weighs 8 lbs, 11 oz.  She eats 2-2 1/2 oz of breastmilk every 2-3 hours.  She loves to be held and cuddled.  We are getting to experience all the newborn stage has to offer.  It has been exhausting, but we are so grateful to have Kayla.  She is a a sweet little girl.

Big yawn
Sleepy Girl

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rachel is walking!!!

Rachel is walking!!!  Rachel started taking some steps by herself mid December, but not too long ago she started taking many steps by herself.  She still falls, but is gaining confidence with her walking everyday.  It has taken her a while and it has been a challenge to get her to walking, but I'm so proud of her for doing it.  Rachel is full of determination and persistence and that has gotten her to where she is now.  Way to go Rachel!

Here is a video of her walking: