Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weeks Thirty-One through Thirty-Four?!

I have never let the blog get away from me like this before. FOUR weeks? I guess between "pregnancy brain" and "back to school brain", time has just flown by. So, here is an update on what the Lyle family has been up to since my last entry.

Around the time that I took an unintended hiatus, Grandpa took a fall in the back yard and hurt his leg pretty badly. He's slowly making his way around, having more good days than bad. Lea recommended that he do some therapy in the pool, so here is a rare shot of Sam and Patsy in the pool together. This may be my first time witnessing this in the 11 years I have been a Lyle!

I don't think Grandpa has been faithful with his pool therapy, but it was fun seeing him in the water, begrudingly as it may have been.

Another big Lyle family event of the past few weeks happened when Brad finally had to accept that his faithful friend, the '98 Honda CRV, needed to be put to rest.

This car had over 223,000 miles on it. She'd made a handful of trips to Canada back when she was just a baby, and she was our trusted family vehicle ever since. Lots of great memories were made in this car on countless road trips around the south east. Not to mention, this is the car that brought Nora very carefully home (and maybe more slowly than she had ever traveled in her life.)

Here is Nora enjoying some final moments with her first car.

Brad had the tough decision of choosing a new car for our growing family. He went back and forth between a newer model CRV (what I thought was going to be the obvious choice) and a 2005 Toyota Sienna. I was honestly shocked when he chose the mini van over the SUV!  I definitely poked some fun at him over the Dad-mobile, but I have to admit it was a really good choice.

Somewhere in-between Sam's injury and the new car, I started a new school year! This is my 3rd year at Austin-East, and right now, there is nowhere else I'd rather be. I've moved on up from 9th to 10th grade, which means I have a lot of the same students I had last year. I have to admit (and hope I don't jinx myself) that it's one of the best starts to a school year that I've ever had. I love my students, I love my class room, I love my job!

Behold, 1st day classroom. It will never look this good again-- until August of next year.

This classroom runs on love, laughter, and Diet Coke. Yes, yes it does.

This week, we celebrated Naomi's first birthday. I can not believe that she is a year old!  It is truly amazing how much she has grown in the past year from a 3 lb 32 weeker to the beautiful, thriving, healthy little girl that she is today. Nora adores her, and we love every minute that we get to spend with her. She has the sweetest little disposition, and I'm excited to see what the next year has in store for her.

Classic Naomi face.
Someone passed out after partying a little too hard!
It was the perfect day for a pool party.

Oh, and our house is still for sale. 6 months and counting. Sigh...

Some updated pictures for our online profile. Someone PLEASE buy our house!

... and I'm now 18 weeks pregnant. Almost half-way there!

Nora has been talking a lot about baby sister and seems excited, though I can sense some hesitation, too. A sweet moment yesterday was when she was rubbing my belly and she said, "Hi baby sister. It's me, Nora. I'm going to rescue you!" Then she kissed my belly. I'm not sure how she plans to execute this "rescue" or what she thinks she is rescuing the baby from, but it cute.

Ok, all caught up! I need to not repeat this 4 week break again.