Saturday, April 10, 2010

18 months

Happy 18 month birthday baby girl! Where has 18 months gone? You make me laugh everyday!Here are some things you have learned over the last 6 months

- learned to eat by yourself with a fork & spoon although every once in a while you still want mommy's help
- eating more table food than baby food
- you know what sounds a cow, horse,sheep, cat, monkey, dog & cat make
- your favorite meal of the day is breakfast - you love pancakes and french toast
- you love to cuddle with Oma
- you love to play with your babies
- you love to be outside
- you love to feed Uncle Jeff's fish with Papa
- you have learned how to go up and down stairs
- you know sign lanugage for "more" "i love you" "milk" "please" and "help" and Auntie Ju Ju has been trying to teach you more
- your favorite TV show by far is The Wonder Pets
- you love to dance to music
- you have all of your teeth in and your 2 yr molars are coming in already
- you watch races with grandpa
- you love to hug and kiss
- you know where your eyes, nose, mouth, hair , head, arms, legs and ears are
- you have attempted, and almost succeeded in getting out of your crib
- you love to pretend to talk on the phone
- your vocabulary consists of
bob (this is what you call grandpa)
Ju Ju (this is Auntie Julie)
i don't know
nite nite

I'm sure there are more that I'm missing, but I think that is a good list

Samantha you have been such a trooper over these last 18 months. We have moved once and we have traveled many times back and forth from Tenneessee to Chicago. You do great in the car. Although sleeping hasn't been your thing for the last few months, its ok. I love waking up to you kissing me and saying "up mama". You are such a lovie. You have been going to bed about 8:30 pm and waking at 3:00 am to come in bed with me and then sleeping until 7:30. You also are taking a 2 hour nap still in the afternoon (please don't stop this...mommy LOVES this time).

What more can I say Samantha, you are the center of our world and we love every minute of it. You have so much love. These next 6 months are going to be so much fun. You are learning something new everyday. Samantha we love you more than words can say! Happy 18 month birthday baby girl!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


He is Risen...He is Risen Indeed!!
This Easter was different than the others. It was Samantha and I up in Chicago. Jim had just finished a rotation and couldn't come up becuase the next one started on Monday. So I wasn't sure what Easter was going to entail for me. I usually go to Good Friday service, but this year I opted out. I didn't want to put Samantha in nursery, as she doesn't do very well in there, and I stayed and spent time with my brother, Jeff and his girlfriend Allison and we made the desserts for Easter. I did go Easter morning with Samantha. It was a wonderful service. I always feel uplifted everytime I leave. The rest of the day consisted of being at my in-laws and everyone was over for dinner and then we had the annual Easter Egg Hunt with the entire Kiers family! What a blast that is. Since Jim wasn't there, Auntie Ju Ju helped Samantha find eggs. There were hundreds of eggs. Some with candy and some with notes to get prizes that didn't fit. Samantha got, bubbles, princess pillow, Easter beenie baby, some DVD's & books.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spring is in the Air

The weather over the last week has been great! Samantha has enjoyed the outdoors all week and has had so much fun. We have spent time outside by Oma & Papa's, she has gone for many walks in her wagon, she has gone to the pond to feed the fish, and has watched many of Uncle Alec's baseball games. We have enjoyed the last 2 months in Chicago so much. Here are a few pictures of this past week
Uncle Alec playing baseball

Thursday, April 1, 2010

3rd Year Almost Complete!!

As we continue on with this wonderful journey called medical school, I can't believe Jim's 3rd year is almost complete. Only 2 more months and it's done! Jim just has 2 months of IM left of his cores and then he moves on. Over the last few months Jim has completed OB/GYN, Surgery, Psych, and Peds. He has enjoyed all of them, but he still continues to want to do either Cardiology or Emergency Medicine. He is actually looking into getting certified in both since he can't decide what he wants to do.
He has almost all of his 4th year rotations scheduled. Almost all of them are in Chicago with a couple of them in Michigan. Jim is taking STEP II of COMLEX and the PE exam in July and then he can start applying for residency. I'm so excited for the next year in our lives. We are hoping that he can get residency in Chicago so we can be back with all our famiy and friends again!