Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 starts

Well here I am again! I've come to accept the fact that I suck at keeping up with this blog on a weekly or even monthly basis. Oops! :)

Alex has been gone since September. It's been a long deployment already..and not an easy one either but we're still hanging in there and anxiously awaiting the reuniting of our family. Alex and his unit are doing great work over there and I know they are a powerful presence. We're so proud. Please continue to send your thoughts, prayers and encouraging words to Alex and his team. It's needed and appreciated!

Spencer will be 18 months in a few weeks. I cannot believe our little baby is almost a year and a half. Her BIG personality is becoming more and more apparent with each passing day. She loves the word "no". In fact, she likes to answer all of Dora and Mickey's questions with no and she doesn't look entirely convinced when they disagree with her! HA! She has mastered the use of a fork and gets the idea of using a spoon for the most part but not all of the spoonable foods make the long trek from the bowl to her mouth..we lose a lot lol. She's learning though and LOVES using all utensils! She is constantly talking. Every day she likes to hug her puppies and tell me their names. She talks about her Mimi- pointing her out in family photos (as if the rest of us aren't in them too). She has been able to Skype with Alex on several occasions and she knows that's "Dada" even though he now has a full blown Amish beard. She loves showing him all her toys and makes sure to hug all her favorites with a big "awwww" while he's watching. I can't wait to have those two back together.

She is very busy. If she's conscious, she's moving, running and exploring. She is a big hugger and loves to point. Her YMCA "teacher" said she was really great at communicating. (duh, have I mentioned she's a superior human?) ;). She (and I) have been warming up to some childcare. She goes to the Y childcare and will now be going to Sunday school at church. Which brings me to another exciting bit of news...Spencer and I found a church that I'm pretty sure her daddy will enjoy! It reminds me a lot of the church I attended back in Kansas, Life Church. I already feel really connected and welcomed there and cannot wait to get more involved. It's really a beautiful thing finding a church that I feel so drawn to so quickly. I look forward to this new part of our life. I've honestly fallen off track with regard to my spiritual side so this is a huge deal to me.

Anita will be visiting us this upcoming month. She'll be babysitting Spencer (and me) while I get my wisdom teeth taken out. We can't wait to have her!

Life is very busy for the Burdge's. We're ready to have Alex back with us and to spend some quality family time together. Again, I cannot say when he's coming home or much of anything about the deployment so please respect that. But we do appreciate your concern and know you're just worried! He's doing well and is happy to be doing something good over there! I'll leave you with some pictures from the last months. :)


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