Morgan's First Year

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Little Flower House

How very exciting yesterday was! We started off our day later than usual (thank you for letting Mommy sleep until 0740 this morning Sweet Girl!) and we woke up to gray cloudy skies and...RAIN! YEA! I can not remember the last time it rained and it was so nice to have the cool wet weather. It did not last long...today it is in the high 80's bright and sunny, but I digress.

The most important thing that happened today...
Morgan received a special package in the mail this afternoon, a book and DVD from Daddy. He bought an adorable lift-the-flap book while in port in Japan called, "The Little Flower House", at least that is what he thinks it is called. The book is written in Japanese which he had a friend, from back in his Black Knights days, translate.

Morgan was so excited to get her book in the mail and loves looking through the pages. We have watched Daddy reading the story more times that I can count now. It is amazing to see how excited she gets when the DVD starts, she loves watching and hearing her Daddy.

For those of you that do not know, Michael read ten different books on video for Morgan before he left on deployment. Actually, he did not read ten books, he read two books and SANG the rest. Watching those videos is as much a part of our daily routine as things like getting dressed, brushing teeth, and sitting on the potty.

I think having these videos for Morgan has helped a little dealing with the physical absence of her Daddy. They are certainly no replacement for the REAL thing, but in the mean time they have helped to fill an empty spot in her world. If for any reason, you or your spouse are away from your children for any length of time, I highly recommend video taping that parent reading books. I have seen first hand how very special they are to Morgan now and I know she will cherish them when she is older.

With out further ado...

The Little Flower House


A special package for Morgan from Daddy


Wow! This is tough to open.


Still working...


Success!

DVD and translations included...yea!


Checking out the pages


Here we go


Listening intently


Looking for Bitty Bee


Blowing kissy's to Daddy at the end of the video.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mental Note

Never leave coffee unattended in my house!

(good thing it takes me all morning to finish a cup...it was cold by the time this happened)


Oops! How did that happen? Must have been elves...or a toddler...


Definitely a toddler! Honest, it was an accident!


Mommy, are you sure it's not for painting?


OK, I will clean it up. Sorry, Mommy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Where Has the Time Gone?


Dearest Morgan Jo,

I can not believe the changes in you over the past few months. It is hard to believe you are twenty months old now and soon to be two years! You are growing into quite the little girl, so sweet and so much fun. You have such a zest for life and your smile is intoxicating and contagious. You have had your moments in the past few weeks. I can see that you are testing me, wondering how I will react to your less than perfect moments. Please know, I am new to all this Mommy stuff and I am learning the best I can.

I am having so much fun watching you learn and explore the world around you. You are so curious and I can not believe how quickly you learn new things. I am not sure where this love affair, with all things horse related came from, but it has been a lot of fun for me to see you get so excited when you see one. We will see where this love heads over the next few months and years. Maybe you will move onto something new, but for now I am loving every moment I watch as your excitement grows.

These next few months (well, really years) are going to be difficult with Daddy gone sometimes. I know you do not understand right now, but I will do my best to try and make things as normal as I can here at home. When you are a little older I know you will understand why Daddy has to be away from us for little while. One thing you must never forget, is no matter where in the world Daddy is, he is thinking about you all the time, loves you more than the whole wide world, and misses you more than he could ever explain.

Happy 20 Month Birthday Sweet Girl!

We Love You So Very Much!

Mommy



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Girl and Her Horses

Miss you Daddy!!

Mmmuah!


A little horse reading...


A little horse playing...


A little horse snuggling...


A little horse riding...


and more riding...


and riding...


and riding!