My Little Talking Boy

Antonio has really taken off with his vocabulary. He surprises me every day with new words, and is starting to put sentences together. His enunciation is impressive, too! I can’t believe my little baby is talking!

Some recents:

This morning, he picked up a dime and said, “Money!” (Yeah, he was a little overly excited about it, too.)
The other day, he was standing on the back porch, waving to all the cars, and saying, “Hi, cars! (tars)” and when he came inside, he waved and said, “Bye, cars!” and shut the door.
Last week, going to Auntie Bekah’s house, he said, “Bekah’s house!” (sounded like Betah’s house.)
One of his favorite things to ask is “Is this Papa’s?” or “Is this Mama’s?” Or, “Is this Kyrie’s?” when holding up an object like car keys or a toy. Awhile back, he looked at our old Buick before we sold it but after it broke down, and very slowly but surely got out the sentence, “Is this Papa’s car?”
He’s also enthralled with animals and will shout “Bird!” at the seagulls and “Puppies” at any furry creature that walks by. He loves pointing out everyone’s nose, and very clearly says “button” for his belly button (which he was calling a nose, too, until I corrected him).

I don’t know if I could even write an exhaustive list of all the words he uses because he adds onto them every single day. He loves to ask to play at the park (“Play park?”) and to go outside (“Side?”). He also asks politely to nurse now…sometimes. He knows how to, anyway. Four of his favorite things are balloons, puppies, babies, and balls, so I hear those words a lot. He’s well on his way to being chatty just like his sister! I’m in for an earful from both sides pretty soon!

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Our House

I love our house! It’s in such a beautiful location, is spacious, and has big windows that let lots of light in. I feel like I’m in a fresh, warm environment here. If we ever were to buy it, I could very much see myself feeling at home here for a long time. I think the top ten things I love about our house are (and not necessarily in order):

10. The hardwood floors. I think they’re practical for kids, and have timeless beauty. And they look clean longer than carpet, in my opinion.
9. The large windows in the living area. They let so much light in, and I have a great view of the park from the front living room.
8. The layout. Even though there are a couple things I would change if I could, overall, I’m happy with how the rooms are set up. The living rooms are open and spacious, the dining room opens right up to the kitchen, and the two main floor bedrooms are conveniently on either side of the bathroom.
7. The big ol’ backyard. There’s so much room to stretch out and just run around and play with the kids. And there’s lots of landscaping potential.
6. The architecture. It’s old-fashioned, unique, and beautiful. It gives our house some character, and makes it so much more interesting than boring rectangular rooms that you might have in a newer model.
5. The size. It’s not too big or too small even for a growing family. I never feel cramped, nor do I feel lost in too much space.
4. The location. It’s right across the street from a great park, complete with a sprinkler park, playground, swings, lots of shady areas with picnic tables, a baseball stadium, soccer fields, and tennis courts. It’s also a quick walk to the mall, and nearby the hospital and stores.
3. The front porch. I’d love to put a sitting swing or some rocking chairs on it to be able to sit out there in the summer evenings with my family.
2. The walls. As renters, we feel lucky that we didn’t end up with a house with white walls. I love that there’s color to the walls. Even though I would probably choose more vibrant colors for some of the rooms if it was up to me, I love that there’s an element of warmth to the rooms because of this.
1. The kitchen. I love the countertops and the cabinets. Mostly because the last kitchen we had was just. not. good.

And just because I must, the 10 things I don’t like about our house:

10. The bathroom. It’s very small, and there’s only one of them.
9. The fact that there is no dishwasher.
8. The fact that there is no privacy fence, which would be especially nice since we are on a corner lot.
7. The fact that it’s difficult to regulate the temperature in the upstairs. It’s either boiling hot in the summer or freezing cold in the winter.
6. The unfinished, half-basement, and the fact that this is where our laundry hook-ups are.
5. It’s not very well-insulated.
4. There are only two bedrooms on the main floor.
3. Those bedrooms aren’t very big.
2. The street next to our house is a little bit busier than I’d ideally like.
1. There are no shade trees in the backyard.


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A survey on marriage I’m sure I’ve already done

(I stole this from my favorite person to steal surveys from.)

1. What are your middle names?
Hannah and Anthony

2. How long have you been together?
7½ years

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Officially, almost a year, not counting the time we knew each other online before that.

4. Who asked who out?
Rick asked me…well, he didn’t actually “ask me out,” but he pursued me.

5. Whose siblings do you see the most?
Mine, since they live closer.

6. Do you have any children together?
Yes, 2.

7. What about pets?
Nope.

8. Did you go to the same school?
Not even close! lol

9. Who is the most sensitive?
Me.

10. Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Now that we’re in Spokane, I’m not sure. We went to Chile Verde a lot down in Monroe. Here, it’s mostly fast food. We don’t go out to sit-down places all that much anymore. I kind of miss that.

11. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
We’ve traveled across the country together quite a few times.

12. Who has the craziest exes?
Probably me. I used to like losers before Rick, quite honestly. Haha. And Rick’s exes are really sweet, godly women. So yeah.

13. Who has the worst temper?
Me.

14. Who does the cooking?
I do most of it, but Rick is pretty capable and does help out from time to time.

15. Who is more social?
We’re pretty equal on that.

16. Who is the neat freak?
Me. He appreciates that I keep things clean, but wouldn’t be upset if I was a bit more laid-back in that department.

17. Who is the most stubborn?
We’re both stubborn. He’d probably say I am, but I think we’re pretty equal on that.

18. Who hogs the bed?
The kids!

19. Who wakes up earlier?
Rick, because he gets up pretty early for work (well, early as far as I’m concerned, anyway).

20. Where was your first date?
Hmm. I don’t know where I would count as our first “date.” Our relationship kind of grew in a different way.

21. Do you get flowers often?
Compared to most wives, I think so.

22. How long did it take to get serious?
I knew I wanted to marry him after a week of getting to know him in person. I am pretty sure he felt just as strongly about me within that time frame.

23. Who eats more?
I’m pretty sure he does.

24. Who sings better?
Weeell, I dunno. We both can carry a tune.

25. Who does the laundry?
I do. Rick is afraid of the washer and dryer. He thinks they’re monsters.

26. Who’s better with the computer?
I’m guessing he is. But I know what I need to know to do what I want.

27. Who drives when you are together?
He does. I don’t even think I’ve filled up the gas tank since I got married. Yes, I know I’m spoiled!

28. Who picks where you go to dinner?
We both pick a place together.

29. Who wears the pants?
I guess he does? I dunno. Our marriage has never really felt like a hierarchy as much as an equal partnership. I don’t know if that’s bad, but that’s just kind of how we work.

31. Who has the better sense of humor?
We both have a good sense of humor. I love laughing at him, and he loves laughing at himself, so…

32. Who eats more sweets?
LOL! No contest there. Me.

33. Who cries more?
Me, by a long shot. I cry like every week. Although he cries at most movies, including Ratatouille.

34. What’s your favorite TV show together?
LOST

Our Trip to Florida

It has been embarrassingly long since I’ve updated the ol’ blog. Facebook is to blame, I’m afraid. But I’ll try to do better in the future.

We recently took a trip to Florida and had a wonderful time. Rick has been attending Robbert E. Webber’s Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL for the past 3 years, spending the past year working on his doctoral thesis, and finishing it up last winter, earning the title of Dr. Capezza. The official graduation ceremony was 8 days ago in Florida, so we decided to plan a family vacation around that time so we could kill two birds with one stone.

We arrived on Wednesday, June 10th, in time for the convocation. The worship was beautiful, and the enthusiasm and love for God was felt in everyone around me as we sang our praises to God without reserve or hesitation. After the service, we drove down to Daytona Beach, where we’d spend the next three days soaking up sun, splashing in the waves, building sandcastles, and relaxing in the pool. We had an oceanfront hotel, which was really just perfect for us. We were able to spend lots of time on the beach, which is mostly what I wanted to do. The kids absolutely loved the pool, and were very brave and confident in the water. Antonio was too afraid of the waves at the beach to get near the water, but liked digging in the sand. Kyrie was thrilled with the waves and also loved looking for pretty seashells along the shore.

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On Saturday morning, we left Daytona and drove back into Jacksonville to pick up Rick’s mom from the airport. We spent some time at the mall until our hotel was ready for us to check-in. We had a nice evening at the home of the Creeches, the couple that hosted Rick every time he traveled to Florida for classes throughout his schooling.

The next morning we attended a Russian Orthodox Church in the area. I would have probably enjoyed it more if Antonio hadn’t decided to be a screamer that day. The singing was beautiful. There are definitely aspects of Orthodox worship that I would love to see recovered in Western liturgy. There were other things about the service that I didn’t find particularly appealing, but overall I thought it was a lovely service.

We had to kill some time before the graduation, so we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese’s to get some energy out (the beach wasn’t an option because we had already checked out of our hotel and didn’t want to come to the ceremony all sandy and salty). They had fun, and to our surprise, we killed all the time we needed and were ready to head over to the church. Rick went to rehearsal and Rick’s mom and I spent some time with the kids in the nursery. I also had the chance to take a few pictures of Rick before the ceremony.

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The ceremony was great. Some of the music was a little weird for my taste, but some of it was just beautiful. And the people sang with all their hearts, so the sanctuary was filled with noises of praise to God. After taking lots of pictures following the ceremony (visible on facebook if you’re my friend), we headed to Palm Coast, where we’d spend the remainder of our vacation in a 2-bedroom condo along with Rick’s mom.

It was really cute, spacious, and relaxing. The pool there was huge, and we made sure to get plenty of use out of it. We also managed to make it to the beach, although sadly, the beach there wasn’t as nice as Daytona beach. We had lots of fun anyway, though.

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On Wednesday morning, we packed up and headed back to Jacksonville. No trip to the South is complete without a visit to the Cracker Barrel, so that was where we ate lunch. Soon after, we dropped Rick’s mom off at the airport, and then went to a few stores to kill some time before our flight. It was beastly hot, so we found a Chick-fil-A with an indoor play place and let the kids get some energy out before the long flight home. We stayed there until it was time to get to the airport, return the rental car, and check-in for our flight. Other than the long, 4 hour flight in the middle, it was all relatively smooth travel on the way back. Our vacation was just what we needed, but it was really good to be home.

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