Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Priya!

Today was a special day for little Priya - she turned 2! We celebrated with a small birthday party at a great park in our area. Priya had a blast and we loved watching her enjoy herself.

Happy Birthday sweet girl! We love you!

In the afternoon after Priya's nap we enjoyed a bit more time with Grammy & Pappa at their house. They will be heading back up to Canada tomorrow so we wanted to get in some extra time before their departure. Below Priya performs her new favorite song as she tears through Grammy's book collection.

Priya has also been enjoying the table set that Grammy and Pappa got her for her birthday. She also showed off her growing knowledge of colors. Well, it's hit and miss but she's getting there... :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Long Overdue Update

Yes, yes, I know. I am usually so good about keeping this blog updated quite regularly. Well, I have a good excuse. I've been working like a mad woman! Today is the first day I've had off in 3 solid weeks and I am rejoicing! We survived 2 weeks of intensive training with our student leaders and are now one week into the fall semester.

The overall tone of this new year is extremely positive and I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for Simpson this year! I personally have gotten a running start with my new position (Residence Life Coordinator/Student Conduct Administrator) and have found myself neck deep in a rather intense and serious disciplinary situation with one of our students. But the pressure to resolve the situation has resulted in an acceleration of the development of our new discipline program. I am feeling much more prepared to work with the situations that will continue to arise throughout the school year. So despite the craziness I'm thankful.

My parents have been in town and have been our personal heroes during this busy time. They have given so much of their time and energy to watch Priya and have given me great peace of mind knowing that she was safe in their care. Thank you SOOO much Grammy & Papa for being such a tremendous help to us these past few weeks!!

Priya is just a week away from her 2nd birthday. She continues to amaze us with her rapid growth and development. Our baby is gone and in her place is a lively, fun-loving, intelligent, & loving little girl. Her favorite things these days are going outside anytime she can, singing songs (ABC's and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star are two of her favorites), counting to 13, swimming, snuggling, reading, climbing stairs, swinging and sliding at the park and playing with friends. She hugs everyone and everything she meets and is thrilled to have our campus full of students again. There is never a dull moment with little Priya around. Here are a few pictures that capture her ever-emerging personality.

By the way, the first two pics are of Priya in an outfit that she received as an anonymous gift in the mail this week. We have no idea who sent it (and the other adorable items that came with it), but if the giver is reading this, THANK YOU!!

This last photo was taken on Tuesday evening at Simpson's Annual Toga Party. I used one of Priya's baby blankets to make a toga. She had a blast, as always.