Monday, April 27, 2009

Getting Settled

Easter was our first weekend in our new house. We only had our new bedroom furniture we had purchased so the house looks pretty empty. Madeleine was so excited that the Easter Bunny was able to find our new house.

We've had so much fun moving in. It was great to be carried over the threshold after waiting 7 years.

We have discovered a wonderful place known as Braums. Their ice cream is great and we try to go once a week for a treat.

We found this enormous mailbox at Lowe's and thought it would be just the right size to mail Maddie to her grandparents when she starts one of her tantrums. She thought it was a great idea and climbed into the mailbox on the shelf at Lowe's. We noticed a couple behind us that nearly died of laughter watching us stuff our child into a mailbox and take pictures of the event.

We have also visited the zoo here in OKC and the gorillas seemed to enjoy Madeleine.

Chelsea and Stacy came for a visit the past weekend. It was a great time! We took them downtown to the Art Festival and Botanical Gardens. Then Matthew watched Madeleine while I went out with Stacy and Chelsea for a night on the town.

I promise to post some pics of the house in the next couple of weeks when we get all the finishing touches done.


March Madness of Our Own

March was such a busy month for us. We celebrated Madeleine's birthday and moved. During our last weeks in Fl, we commissioned a work of art for Madd's new room. Maddie and her best friends created a texture art with drywall mud that an artist went back over and painted and sealed in beautiful colors to match her new room. Its a really special piece of art for our new house. Its also a reminder of the great friends we made in Florida.

I tried to make each day without Matthew there and adventure so Madeleine wouldn't be too sad. One of our fave spots was the beach down from our house. It was still a little cool for bathing suits, but we enjoyed playing in the sand.

During the move, we decided to take some time and visit along the drive to Oklahoma. Our first stop was Nanny's in Louisiana. Maddie and her cousin Blake always have the best time together.

Our next stop was "Great Peggy and Popop" in Orange. We visited Shangri La with them and had a wonderful time. The gardens were breathtaking. Madeleine even decided to cooperate for a few nice photos.

We were then onto our last stop in Houston. We visited with Granny, Pop, Grandma Rita and Papa Ron. We also got to see Aunt Mickey (mickey mouse as Maddie calls her) and help Grandma make meatloaf for dinner. We did make time to meet at the zoo with my sorority sisters. I haven't seen these girls since my wedding nearly 7 years ago. It was so much fun to see them and meet their "little people".

It was a great month and we were happy to be on our way to OKLAHOMA already!


Madeleine's 3rd Birthday

I wanted the day to be really special since Matthew was away, so I decorated the living area and set out all her gifts while she slept. She was so excited about all the balloons.

Her fave gift by far is her new Bitty Baby. We celebrated Maddie's birthday with Cookie Monster cupcakes at the park with friends, followed by an evening out with special friends- The Robbins Family. Daddy was in Oklahoma already so we were very blessed to spend some time with great friends. We went out for dinner, a ferris wheel ride, and Build-a-Bear. Madeleine had a wonderful birthday thanks to some very special people in our lives.