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Visit to Nana and Papa’s in MS

Here are some pics from our visits to Nana and Papa Switzer’s house in Mississippi, along with pics of Riley at our Kiddie WaterPark. And be on the lookout for major changes coming to the blog soon! Stay Tuned!!

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Our last few moments in Mississippi were the sweetest, in my opinion…
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A few videos, daily life..

Gonna have to watch my water bill…

Nodding is, apparently, funny!

Biting my Nose!!

Father’s Day!

Today was my first Father’s Day that I got to spend with my daughter. Last year, I landed in India one day after Father’s Day. I spent today at home, quietly, except for a quick trip to New Braunfels for some kolaches from Naeglin’s Bakery, the oldest bakery in Texas. Good stuff, but they screwed up my order and I wasn’t driving 20 miles back up there to fix it. Anyhoo..here are some new pics of Riley. We are working on her walking, I figure another 3 weeks or so. And Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Especially my Dad, who I think I just might be making it to being half the father he was, and if so, Riley and I are going to just fine!

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Peekin around a door..
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Sneakin under the kitchen table..
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Till next time..

Brian

1st Birthday!!

Well Friends, it has been a whole year since our girls were born. A year of incredible happiness and horrible sorrow. A year that has seen it share of smiles and more than its share of tears. Kelsey is not here to celebrate this wonderful milestone in her life, but we feel she is here none-the-less. We wished her a happy birthday and gave her a kiss. I still talk to her daily and tell her how much I love and miss her. I ask her to help us watch over Riley and keep her safe. And I think she does.

Riley has grown so much this year and has really developed a wonderful personality. She just loves to smile and laugh and really isn’t much of a cranky baby at, save for when she is fighting sleep.

For her first birthday we took her to a picnic in the park and then returned home for a private little party with cake. You can see the havok below. It was wonderful and only wish we still had the “double trouble” factor at work here. Happy Birthday to you Riley! We Love you. And Kelsey, my Angel, Happy Birthday to You! We Love You and Miss You so much!

Mommy and Riley
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Scarfin the Cake!

Riley had a cake at her Baptism and thanks to Uncle Paul, we have video!
So here she is, in her first attempt at horkin some cake, Is Riley Jane…

Mother’s Day

Wow, I have waited for this day for what seems like an eternity. Not just Mother’s Day but this Mother’s Day.

Last year at this time I got Mother’s Day cards, the twins were on their way but I didn’t feel like a “Mom”. It was all just too surreal, there was no tummy to feel, no kicks to jump at, no morning sickness, no false starts to the hospital. I was just this woman waiting to have her babies delivered halfway around the world.

Last year at this time I was clueless, I didnt know if it was boys or girls. I didn’t know if I would be a good Mom. I didn’t know what I would go through in India. I didn’t know that returning to work would be so hard. I didnt know what it was like to go through months without a decent nights sleep. I didn’t know that I could love someone so much it hurt when I wasn’t with them. I didn’t know what it was like to lose a child. I didn’t know how much I could handle that life would throw at me. There was so much I thought I knew and I was wrong. It wasn’t that I thought I knew it all, there was just so much more to learn.

Last year at this time I was on a mission. I wanted to spread the news to people around the world that parenthood was possible for many of us that had given up hope. I thought by this time this year my mission would be fufilled. I now realize that there is so much more to do to get the word out and I have been lax in my efforts over the last few months.

Last year at this time I did not feel even close to 40, now I feel like 41 has kicked my backside.

Last year at this time, I wanted to say, “I am a Mother!” and now:

To all our friends and family out there, I am a Mother. In the last year I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was, not as smart as I thought I was, full of more emotion than I every thought possible and happier than I ever thought I could be.

I know some of you have taken this journey with us and are either in the middle or waiting for your journey to begin, and to you I say with all my heart, GO FOR IT! Be ready for the challenges and never give up or give in. Do not accept the status quo, let no one tell you no. You, my friends, my girls, my mothers to be, are worthy of this. Through the last year, even with its challenges and new realities, I am thankful everyday for my babies. Thier lives made me new, made me realize who I was in one short year. I wish this for all of you. Happy Mother’s Day.

Oh and this is for the Mikes too but they have to read this again in June~

Lisa