Morgan's First Year

Friday, January 8, 2010


Morgan with Sugar
(Santa left Sugar for Morgan as a trade for her paci's. Morgan happily traded her paci's for Sugar who she named after the real Sugar she got to ride in early November.)

Dearest Morgan Jo,

It is hard to believe you are two years old already! Where has the time gone? You have grown so much in the last year and have become such a beautiful, sweet, and caring little girl. You continue to amaze us every day with your vocabulary, skills, and how quickly you learn new things. How exciting it is to watch you grow and mature into such a loving little girl. Every day you bring joy to our lives with your sweet and funny ways. Your love of all things horsey related continues to amuse us. Watching your sheer joy and excitement when playing with your horses is fascinating.

Daddy and I are so proud of how kind and loving and how very smart you are! We both love you more than words can say and we look forward to watching you continue grow. We are so blessed God chose us to be your parents, what an honor it is!

Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

All Our Love,
Mommy and Daddy

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

First Christmas Present this year.

I decided to do things a little differently this year. Instead of opening all of our family gifts in the evening we spread it out and opened half the presents in the afternoon and half of them after church and dinner. This seemed to work well for our little girl, who started out opening her gifts very delicately and methodically. Morgan was adorable and hysterical throughout the process! This first gift she insisted on removing each shred of paper a piece at a time and taking each to the trash can before removing another piece. We quickly decided to bring a trash bag into the living room so she would not keep leaving and going to the kitchen to throw each piece away. This first present was from Grandma and Grandpa Simpson, a Fisher Price Little People Castle complete with horse, and as you can see from her reaction, a HUGE hit! I was glad I decided to break all the gifts up into segments to open. It gave Morgan a chance to enjoy her gifts a little more since she wasn't too overwhelmed all at once.
Hopefully, we can do the same thing next year... WITH Daddy present!

More pictures to come of Christmas Eve and day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

For The Love Of Horses

On a very chilly Wednesday afternoon a few weeks ago Morgan, Meme, and I went to watch the daughter of a friend during her riding lesson. Since Morgan loves horses and all we thought it would be something really fun for her to watch.

Not only did Morgan love watching Tabitha ride Sugar, Morgan got to ride Sugar herself!
She went two and a half times around the ring and enjoyed every minute of it. While sitting up in the saddle Morgan, at one point, leaned over and grabbed the reigns all on her own. The riding instructor was so impressed. She said normally she does not start children with riding lessons until they are four, but thought Morgan would be ready for lessons at three. If Morgan continues with her affinity for horses we may have lessons in the future. She seems to be a natural born equestrian!

Morgan getting on Sugar

(Tabitha is in front in the riding gear,
her Mom is in the black jacket,
and the riding instructor is in the blue sweater,
& Sugar the horse)

Posing for a pic
(Morgan, Mommy, Tabitha & Sugar)

Riding around the ring


Just Some Pics

Halloween Pics

Morgan is obsessed with horses so it was only appropriate for her to be a horse for Halloween. This was her first year actually going trick-or-treating, but she picked up the concept immediately! She has her daddy's sweet-tooth and has been enjoying getting the occasional treat. Mostly she love chocolate of any kind, but had a particular affinity for M&M's which she calls "emenies".

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 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...


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 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!