Friday, July 27, 2007


The end is quickly approaching and we decided to get Finley in on the fun! She makes everything more fun... even packing!!!

"HEY....Are ya'll planning on packing me too?"

Some of Daddy's friends from work gave me this t-shirt. Mom and I don't really understand it but daddy sure thinks it's funny. Must be geek humor!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Not only is it Finley's 4-month Birthday but......
1 month

2 month

3 month

4 month

She can sit up... but staying up is the problem

Exactly one year ago today Richard and I found out that we were going to have Miss Finley Grace. Oh yes, a day that will live in infamy..... July 19th 2006.

For those who don't know the story, Richard and I were not trying to get pregnant, so needless to say we were in complete shock! I bought a pregnancy test at the drug store when I was there picking up a prescription and came home and took it for peace of mind- (this was not an unusual thing at our house because I am a worrier ;-)) So when the double line showed up I rubbed my eyes immediately and looked again.... still same result. So I called for Richard to come upstairs for a sec- "I'll be up in a few minutes... I'm in the middle of something" I thought to myself... "oh, you have no idea!!!"

So with tears in my eyes I came down the stairs, stopped halfway, sat down, and buried my head in my hands. Somehow I managed to get out.... "We're Pregnant??!?!?!" and I don't even know if Richard knew I was there as he was so buried in his work. I think it took a good 10 seconds for him to put it in the buffer and then a very delayed "say what???" came out and I don't think that deer in the headlights left his face for most of the next 9 months.

But oh what a blessing these last 4 months have been. I fall more and more in love with Finley and Richard every day. There is just something about seeing the man you love get on the floor and blow spit bubbles with your child! She is such a good girl and we feel like we are the luckiest!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007


This weekend
by: Finley Grace Vanhook

I had so much fun hanging out with my mommy and daddy this weekend. Friday night we went and walked around and ate downtown. The weather was so nice and cool. On Saturday mommy and I got up real early... well actually I got up real early and made mom get up too, and we went downstairs and ate breakfast and played. Then we took daddy his coffee in bed and made him get up too. Later that day mommy and daddy kept putting all our stuff in these big boxes??? I don't know why they are doing that cause I really liked where everything was. Oh well, then Sunday we got up and went and ate brunch with Uncle MJ and Aunt Kelly. It was so much fun watching everyone else eat while I only get a stinkin bottle... NOT!!!! Now mommy and daddy are upstairs taking naps before we go to church so I thought I would sneak downstairs to jot down my thoughts ..... I think daddy might get mad if he knew i was munching on this bottle over his new IBOOK. I know my secret is safe with ya'll- shhhhhh! I hope everyone else had a great weekend too.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Moving Home


Hey Ya'll!

(yes she has very good balance...unlike her mother!)

Well, the time has come for us to leave our metro DC life and move to a slower pace!

About 2 1/2 years ago Richard and I, on a whem, just decided we wanted to move away for a bit while we still didn't have kids. He found a job in DC so here we came, us 2, our dog Oliver, and a giant U-haul filled to the max ready to quickly fill up our tiny apartment. It has been a great adventure and we will never regret the time we have spent up here.

We will be leaving much different people than when we came... we are now a mommy and daddy and we have a much greater responsibility than our wants and needs.So many wonderful memories have been made in just the short time we have spent here.This place will always be special... afterall it is the birthplace of our baby girl and the first place we were a complete family!

Although we are excited to move back home and we know it's time, it will be hard to leave the great friends and relationships we have made up here. The Lord placed these people in our lives for a reason and we are so grateful.
Now for a kinda new adventure..... back to the land of sweet tea, southern accents, SONIC, and 10:00 news!!!