Thursday, August 28, 2008

Caroline Bree Kraus

In my short time of blogging, I realized that I have failed to mention one of the newest and most important people in my life! Clayton's older sister, Lisa, had her second child, Caroline Bree Kraus, on May 24, 2008. She was 8 lbs 13 oz! She has been such a blessing to our family and is really a great addition! Clay and I have only gotten to be with her three times because they live in Enterprise, Al. But in those three times, we have fallen very much in love with our new niece. Her older sister, Cecilia Grace, has been a great help and is a great big sister! Cecilia is 6 and is in the 1st grade! She constantly gives her kisses and talks "baby talk" to her. I am so blessed to have these two wonderful nieces (and the fact that they are preparing me to be a mommy one day!) Here are some pictures of Caroline during the three times we have been with her!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Last update on my grandfather

To keep everyone updated on my grandfather, I decided to make one last post about his rehab. He is doing so much better than we really thought he would get to! He is still at Brookwood Hospital, but has been transferred to the inpatient rehab unit there, which was great progress. As of right now, he will be released on Friday! YAY! Unfortunately, he will not be able to go back to his apartment, so my dad has made arrangements for him to move to an assisted living facility in Hoover. Both my grandfather and my parents are happy about this arrangement because he will be close to them and it is a nice facility. Thank you all for the many prayers for him throughout these weeks. We are very grateful! =)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Our 2008 Summer Vacay!

Clayton and I took a MUCH NEEDED vacation to Destin, FL from August 9-14. We had planned this trip for a really long time, so we were able to rent a condo (our first time to rent our own condo!) and be able to go out to eat/do some fun things (shopping!) while we were there. We stayed at Luau, which is in the same gated area as the Hilton and the Sandestin Resort. It was nice to be close to the Hilton because they had live bands play poolside everyday, which could be heard from the beach! Overall, it was a very relaxing trip that allowed both of us to forget about work or school stressors, and be able to focus completely on our marriage. Sometimes, it's easy to put life events and obligations before your husband/wife, which unfortunately, Clayton and I both do sometimes. During this trip, we regained a new focus on our relationship, which we DEFINITELY will continue to do during our normal routines. Here are some pictures for everyone to enjoy of our trip!

This is our first night at our condo before we went to dinner at the Crab Trap.

This is dinner at the Crab Trap while we were sitting at the beachside bar! It was so relaxing, and I wish I was still there!

Dinner at the Fisherman's Wharf. As you can see, a storm is brewing in the background! It hit as we were playing mini golf a little while later!

Before we went to dinner and to spend time at Baytowne Wharf. Although I'm sure most people have been there, I will emphasize how much fun you can have there! There are a lot of different restaurants, shops, bars, and fun family activities at Baytowne! This was definitely the night that we had the most fun while we were there!

The big chair at Baytowne!

Dinner at the Red Bar... Once again, I'm sure most people have been here, but this is a restaurant that we recommend! It has such a fun atmosphere and the food is GREAT! However, there is only 5-6 items on the menu, so for the picky eaters, you might not be able to be picky for one night! =)

This was the result of the trip. I'm not sure if you can see this, but I acquired a red, itchy rash all overy my body after the 2nd day at the beach. I'm pretty sure it wasn't sun poisoning because I really didn't get sunburned. Maybe an allergy? I never figured out what it was, but it was nothing that a little Benadryl couldn't cure! Any ideas?

Now a chance for you to be involved! If you have any other fun restaurants or things to do in Destin, FL, I would LOVE to hear for our next beach trip!

Friday, August 15, 2008

USA Gymnastics

Has anyone been as obsessed with USA gymnastics as me? Even while we were on vacation (which will be another post) I made sure that we didn't miss the women's team finals. Although there were a few mistakes by Alicia Sacramone, I still thought they did great! And as of last night, we have both a gold and a silver in gymnastics thanks to Nastia and Shawn! Yay for USA! I think I should have been a gymnast instead of a dancer when I was growing up. When I have children, I am definitely going to enroll them in a gymnastics class, which I wish my mom did for me!

Update on my grandfather

I know a lot of people have been asking how my grandfather is doing, and I am so sorry I haven't been keeping everyone updated! He is doing so much better! He is still at Brookwood hospital, but has moved from ICU to the 6th floor rehab unit. That is such good news for him because he is basically in the clear! A lot will be going on with plans for after he gets out of the hospital (if he will move to assisted living or skilled nursing), but the hard part if definitely over for him! Thank you all so much for your prayers! God is good!