Dave is a wonderful father! He is exactly the kind of father that I always dreamed my child would have. Dave and I are both blessed to have wonderful fathers who set great examples of what a Daddy should be. And Katelyn adores her Daddy. He can make her laugh like no one else. She loves sitting on his shoulders or in his lap. When he walks into a room, her eyes light up with a playful, mischievous look and she grins from ear to ear. She wants to eat whatever he is eating and loves sharing a bowl of applesauce with him. Watching them together is one of my greatest joys as a wife and mother.
My sister, Christy, speaks only Spanish to Katelyn, just as she does with her own daughter. Katelyn thinks it's hilarious! When Christy speaks to Katelyn, Katelyn responds with laughter. I guess she likes the expressive rhythm/sound of the language, and she finds it amusing that Christy is speaking differently than us. Since Dave and I are not strong Spanish speakers, we figure Christy is Katelyn's best shot for getting ahead linguistically-- and maybe we can learn something along the way, too! We figure at some point Katelyn will see Christy as a more than a comedian and will start to understand the words.
laughing with/at Tia Christy
Annabelle and Katelyn rubbing their heads together.
It was a group effort getting Katelyn to smile for this picture. The rest of the family is behind the camera singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." I said, "Sing a song!" and everyone immediately starting singing that song in unison, with hand motions, like a choir. It was really funny. Katelyn seems to be enjoying the show.
With Granddad in his TX State Guard uniform. As Chaplain, he spearheads a toy drive that benefits children's hospitals. One of those hospitals happens to be Scottish Rite, Katelyn's arm hospital! The toy drive has been an enormous success and has grown to reach children's hospitals all across Texas. When the project started several years ago, we had no idea that his future granddaughter would be a patient at one of the benefitting hospitals!