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Another Fun Trip to the Park

This past Saturday the whole family needed to get out and get some fresh air.  So we decided to go to one of our favorite places – the park! The park is a perfect place to take little kids because they can run and play on the playground and have so much fun in a safe environment.

Hannah’s favorite activity on the playground has always been the swings.  She wants us to push her “higher, higher!” She gets so excited that she often squeals, screams, and giggles uncontrollably! It is tons of fun for her and gets out all of that pent up energy.

Aleah was able to enjoy the swings this time, and although a little unsure at first, after a few pushes she was smiling and enjoying herself.

Hannah’s second favorite activity at the park is giving the ducks in the pond duck food.  We never miss an opportunity to do this each time we visit the park. This time Aleah got involved, sitting close with her big sister and enjoying feeling a part of things. Hannah was having so much fun and about the time her food bag was almost empty a big, white swan came right up and grabbed the bag right out of her hands! How rude!

Matt and I love getting the girls outside, and we love watching them have fun enjoying each other and the beautiful day. It will be so nice when the warmer weather and sunshine come again and we can stay out longer. I am so thankful for a healthy family and time to be together.

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A Coiner Christmas 2014

This Christmas we continued our tradition of all the grandparents coming to our home on Christmas morning to open presents and have brunch.  This year we had a special surprise because Grammy and Poppy Coiner came Christmas Eve and spent the night!

Everyone was awake and ready for presents around 9 am.  We commenced to open many presents!  My most exciting gift was a new camera! Hannah got a new kitchen play set, a Cinderella’s carriage, a Minnie Mouse vacuum cleaner, clothes, some candy, and some other toys.  Aleah got a stuffed bear, a picture frame with her name engraved on it, clothes, a few toys, and baby food! Daddy got a new coat, new boots, sunglasses, and some spending money.

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Aleah and Hannah did very well but were a little overwhelmed with all the excitement. By the end of the morning everyone was ready for a nap and we all slept most of the afternoon!  It was a wonderful time, a great tradition, and a blessing to be with family for Christmas!

We praise and thank God for His MANY blessings and we wish you all and very blessed, happy, and healthy New Year!

Aleah Coiner 4 Months Old

Today I got some ADORABLE shots of our 4 month old.  I look at her and I feel so full of love and joy.  She is so amazing to me.  I wish I could hold her and protect her forever.

Matt and I have so enjoyed these last four months, and we know we are very BLESSED to have two healthy girls.  Our hearts are full to overflowing with love for them.  They truly are a precious gift.

I often whisper prayers of thanks to the Lord at times when I am so overcome with love, amazement, and wonder at these sweet little lasses.  I wonder sometimes how I will ever be able to train them right, keep them safe, and love them enough.

I feel so incredibly blessed to have experienced a perfect moment in time when. . . it’s 3 am, again, and I am sitting up rocking a sleeping child. Her soft, sweet baby’s breath on my neck. Her warm, delicate, chubby fingers wrapped around my thumb.  The familiar, sour smell of dried milk on her pajamas.  The soft glow of her butterfly nightlight casting shadows on her wall. I am so tired but so in love that I don’t want to put her down.  Can’t I just hold her a little longer? How about forever?

These are the moments when I talk to God and thank Him for this gift. This sweet, chubby, fussy, bubbly, smiley, spit-uppy, wonder-when-I-will-sleep-through-the-night-again-beautiful little angel. Thanks God!

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A Fall Visit to Sherando Lake

I have ALWAYS enjoyed taking pictures, and I have taken many pictures since I was a young girl.  As an adult, I had several different cameras.  My first camera was film, my second a digital point and shoot, and most recently a DSLR.  I have really wanted to expand my knowledge in photography.  I really want to use the medium of photography to express myself creatively and maybe even start my own business.  SO, after a recent opportunity to do my FIRST senior portrait session, I have become even more passionate about becoming a better photographer.

The first steps in doing this include learning how to shoot in manual mode and learning how to use Photoshop CS6.  I have attempted to figure out manual mode in the past with no success, but with some determination and practice I am slowly starting to get it.  So as you can imagine with this new passion and knowledge swimming around in my head I am craving opportunities to practice my new skills.

So, this afternoon Matt took me and the girls to Sherando Lake to shoot the girls and the beautiful fall foliage.  I have been doing a lot of shooting in A-Aperture Priority and some in M-Manual.  I have discovered that my lenses aren’t as fast as I would like, especially chasing after a two year old! I am hoping to get a faster lens soon and maybe a new camera as well.

Some of these pics are a little out of focus, not quite as sharp as I would like, and some I’m not sure if the color is right, but I’m just proud of myself for trying and succeeding at shooting my camera manually!  All of these photos are shot in JPEG and have had NO editing!

You can see that we all had a wonderful time, especially Hannah.  She got to run around and explore outside which is one of her favorite things to do.  We met a nice family from Brazil there as well and Hannah got to run around and play with their little boy.  Aleah was a little on the sleepy side but she was content to hang with daddy.  Hope you enjoy!

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A New Sunday School Year and Picnic at VBC

 

The new Sunday school year has started at Vesuvius Baptist Church and our annual Sunday School picnic was a great success!

Hannah made a bee line for the cupcakes at the picnic. She crawled up on the table and put her face right down in the icing! She then spent the afternoon with a Cookie Monster blue icing beard!
Hannah made a bee line for the cupcakes at the picnic. She crawled up on the table and put her face right down in the icing! She then spent the afternoon with a Cookie Monster blue icing beard!

 

Hannah really had fun playing with a hula hoop at the picnic
Hannah really had fun playing with a hula hoop at the picnic

 

Matt had his first class with the youth. He taught them about The Kingdom of God as evidenced through God's Creation. Psalm 148
Matt had his first class with the youth. He taught them about The Kingdom of God as evidenced through God’s Creation. Psalm 148

 

Kamren Berkstresser was SO excited to see Aleah at our Sunday School picnic and wanted to hold her. When we came to Vesuvius Kamren was about Hannah's age. Now she is so grown up!
Kamren Berkstresser was SO excited to see Aleah at our Sunday School picnic and wanted to hold her. When we came to Vesuvius Kamren was about Hannah’s age. Now she is so grown up!

 

Hannah enjoying being the center of attention!
Hannah enjoying being the center of attention!

 

Hannah was more than happy to sit on daddy's lap during the lesson.
Hannah was more than happy to sit on daddy’s lap during the lesson.

 

One of our young men, Josh Thomas, loves kids and babies and was really enjoying being able to hold Aleah.
One of our young men, Josh Thomas, loves kids and babies and was really enjoying being able to hold Aleah.

A Visit to Grandma and Grampas

On Wednesday we had to take Aleah to the doctor in Waynesboro because I thought she was starting to get thrush.  Turns out we caught it early and got a prescription for nystatin.  While in Waynesboro I decided to take the girls over to my mom and dad’s house for a visit.  We ended up spending most of the day there and going with them to the Mexican restaurant for dinner.  It was a great fun time, although by the end of the day I was really tired.  We are so thankful to have our parents so close!

Hannah loves to watch Veggie Tales Silly Songs on the computer!
Hannah loves to watch Veggie Tales Silly Songs on the computer!

 

This day Hannah was very rambunctious and resisting a nap, but Grandma rocked her in the glider and she slept like this for an hour.
This day Hannah was very rambunctious and resisting a nap, but Grandma rocked her in the glider and she slept like this for an hour.

 

Aleah looks so tiny on the big bed!
Aleah looks so tiny on the big bed!

 

I worried most of my pregnancy about how Hannah was going to accept her new sibling. The first couple weeks with Aleah and Hannah together were very rocky, but Hannah is slowly warming up to Aleah. We usually have to really encourage her to touch Aleah and she has no interest in holding her, but today I asked her to give Aleah a kiss and she went right over and did it. This makes me so happy!
I worried most of my pregnancy about how Hannah was going to accept her new sibling. The first couple weeks with Aleah and Hannah together were very rocky, but Hannah is slowly warming up to Aleah. We usually have to really encourage her to touch Aleah and she has no interest in holding her, but today I asked her to give Aleah a kiss and she went right over and did it. This makes me so happy!

 

Sleepy time gal!
Sleepy time gal!

 

It's hard to get Hannah to sit still of any pictures let alone a group shot like this, so I was thrilled to get a pic of Grandma and her girls together!
It’s hard to get Hannah to sit still for any picture let alone a group shot like this, so I was thrilled to get a pic of Grandma and her girls together!

 

Dad enjoyed dangling a silver necklace in front of Aleah for her to look at. She was really focused on it!
Dad enjoyed dangling a silver necklace in front of Aleah for her to look at. She was really focused on it!

 

 

An Afternoon at the Park

On Saturday, we went to the park with the girls.  We rode the train and fed the ducks in the duck pond.  This was Hannah’s second time on the train and Aleah’s first.  It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day.  Matt had a wedding in the evening so we didn’t stay too long, but we really had fun!

Matt said someone once asked him why the Staunton park is called Gypsy Hill Park.  Matt told them that according to his parents, a group of traveling gypsies frequently came through this area and had a standing agreement with the city that they could set up camp where the park is located.  The gypsies haven’t been there for many, many years but the name has stuck!

Here we are waiting in line for our turn to ride the train. Matt tells me he rode this little train at the Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton when he was little.
Here we are waiting in line for our turn to ride the train. Matt tells me he rode this same train with his mom and dad at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton when he was little.

 

Aleah and I waiting for the train to stop.
Aleah and I waiting for the train to stop.

 

A very nice couple we met offered to take our picture.
A very nice couple we met offered to take our picture. The picture turned out a little dark, but at least we were able to get a shot of all four of us.

 

The last time we rode the train Daddy held Hannah (because I was very pregnant with Aleah), so this time I suggested that I hold Hannah and he hold Aleah.
The last time we rode the train Daddy held Hannah (because I was very pregnant with Aleah), so this time I suggested that I hold Hannah and he hold Aleah.

 

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Sweet girl looking around.

 

Hannah and Mommy getting ready to go.
Hannah and Mommy getting ready to go. There is a tradition that when riding this train little kiddos must scream as loud as they can when going through the tunnels.  Hannah was excited about this but only got out a couple quiet, “Whoo-Whoos!” Funny how she can scream about nothing all day long and then when she is supposed to scream she doesn’t take advantage! Oh, the joys of parenthood. . .

 

Hannah looked around and commented on the bright sun and the green trees.
Hannah looked around and commented on the bright sun and the green trees. We even saw a squirrel which she was very excited about.

 

Sweetie Pie!
Sweetie Pie!

 

After the ride was over, the engineer let the little kids honk the horn!
After the ride was over, the engineer let the little kids honk the horn!

 

Here we are after our train ride.
Here we are after our train ride.

 

Hannah loves to feed the ducks in the pond.  You can buy a bag of duck food at the Kwik Mart for 75 cents.  Hannah and a bunch of other little kids used it all!
Hannah loves to feed the ducks in the pond. You can buy a bag of duck food at the Kwik Mart for 75 cents. Hannah and a bunch of other little kids used 2 or 3 bags! Those were some happy ducks! It was really funny, though, Hannah kept throwing duck food onto one swan’s back and it just made a nice little pile there. Poor swan.

 

Daddy held Aleah while Hannah and Mommy fed the ducks.
Daddy held Aleah while Hannah and Mommy fed the ducks.

 

I guess the train ride wore her out!
I guess the train ride wore her out!

 

Love my little Hannah Girl!  So beautiful!
Love my little Hannah Girl! So beautiful!

 

Love my little sweet Aleah Girl!
Love my little sweet Aleah Girl!

 

Got her to pose for a picture (but she still won't look at the camera!) Love my little family!
Got her to pose for a picture (but she still won’t look at the camera!) Love my little family! We are so blessed to enjoy moments like these! Praise God!!

Our Lake Vacation 2014

This August we were blessed to be able to have a fun lake vacation at our parent’s camper.  It was a relaxing time and our first time taking two kids on a trip.  Both girls did very well and we enjoyed each other immensely. We went out to eat a few times, for a paddle boat ride and a swim in the lake, and on a trip to the mall and the playground. We also went to church, did some shopping, and rested and napped a lot. We are excited to go back soon and will treasure our memories!!

We went with the best laid plans to potty train Hannah but it didn't go well.  We quickly realized we would be able to go anywhere or do anything but put her on and off the potty, so we decided to put it back on hold until we got home.
We went with the best laid plans to potty train Hannah but it didn’t go well. We quickly realized we wouldn’t be able to go anywhere or do anything but put her on and off the potty, so we decided to put it back on hold until we got home.

 

Hannah really enjoyed playing with her water table.  Matt and Aunt Summer had a bit of trouble getting it put together, but once they did she really enjoyed it.  She had a motorized clown fish that swam around the pool in figure eights!
Hannah really enjoyed playing with her water table. Matt and Aunt Summer had a bit of trouble getting it put together, but once they did she really enjoyed it! She had a motorized clown fish that swam around the pool in figure eights!

 

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Pouring water onto the patio!

 

Aleah spent a lot of time lounging in her swing. She was only 7 weeks old here, so she was still sleeping quite a bit.
Aleah spent a lot of time lounging in her swing. She was only 7 weeks old here, so she was still sleeping quite a bit.

 

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Yawn!

 

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Daddy’s Snuggle Bug

 

Loves to swing already!
Loves to swing already!

 

Hannah has ALWAYS loved going to the playground.  She has been making strides in climbing and going to the slide all by herself.  She climbed these stairs and went down the slide about 20 times and had the best time!
Hannah has ALWAYS loved going to the playground. She has been making strides in climbing and going down the slide all by herself. She climbed these stairs and went down the slide about 20 times and had the best time!

 

Going down the slide ALL by Myself
Going down the slide ALL by Myself

 

Hannah loves to swing!
Hannah loves to swing!

 

On Sunday morning we got up and took the girls to church.  Hannah enjoyed playing the the nursery and remembered the "black monkey" they had from our last visit in October.  Aleah slept on her daddy's chest the whole service.  We had a wonderful time and Matt said how much he enjoys just being able to sit and listen to a sermon once in a while instead of preaching one.
On Sunday morning we got up and took the girls to church. Hannah enjoyed playing in the nursery and remembered the “black monkey” they had from our last visit in October. Aleah slept on her daddy’s chest the whole service. We had a wonderful time and Matt said how much he enjoyed just being able to sit and listen to a sermon once in a while instead of preaching one.

 

Hannah absolutely loves to have books read to her and her daddy loves to hold her each night and read to her.  These are the best moments!
Hannah absolutely loves to have books read to her and her daddy loves to hold her each night and read to her. These are the best moments!

 

Aleah had just had a bath and we were giving her tummy time.  She was so relaxed after her bath that she fell asleep!
Aleah had just had a bath and we were giving her tummy time. She was so relaxed after her bath that she fell asleep!

 

We spent the day in Lynchburg this day and took Hannah to the mall.  She loved riding the the motorized cars!
We spent the day in Lynchburg and took Hannah to the mall. She loved riding the motorized cars!

 

While in Lynchburg we stopped at a park to let Hannah play.  Here daddy is taking a rest and holding his other little sweetie.
While in Lynchburg, we stopped at a park to let Hannah play. Here daddy is taking a rest and holding his other little sweetie.

 

Hannah was completely off of her binky before Aleah was born, but since the baby has come and uses a binky, Hannah has delighted in 'borrowing" it from her on many occasions.  We are not too thrilled about this but we aren't too worried about it either.
Hannah was completely off of her binky before Aleah was born, but since the baby has come and uses a binky, Hannah has delighted in ‘borrowing” it from her on many occasions. We are not too thrilled about this but we aren’t too worried about it either.

 

Our campground has a very nice beach area, and Hannah really enjoyed getting into the water!  She pretty much stayed at the water's edge, but loved splashing around in it.  We even took the girls out in a paddle boat!
Our campground has a very nice beach area, and Hannah really enjoyed getting into the water! She pretty much stayed at the water’s edge but loved splashing around in it. We even took the girls out in a paddle boat!

 

Putting our toes in the lake.
Putting our toes in the lake.

 

There was another little girl down at the beach while we were there.  She was about 2 and fascinated with Aleah! She kept wanting to pick her up and put her in the lake!  I was not very happy about it to say the least!
There was another little girl down at the beach while we were there. She was about 2 and fascinated with Aleah! She kept wanting to pick her up and put her in the lake! I was not very happy about it to say the least!

 

Matt's cousin Summer came to visit us a lot and really enjoyed holding Aleah! We all enjoyed steaks on the grill one night.
Matt’s cousin Summer came to visit us a lot and really enjoyed holding Aleah and playing with Hannah! We all enjoyed steaks on the grill one night. Matt grilled them to perfection. Delicious!

 

Hannah’s 2 1/2 Year Old Check Up

Today Matt and I took Hannah for her 2 1/2 year old check up.  She did very well standing for her height and weight, with a few squirms and wiggles thrown in.  Hannah continues to blossom into a sweet and smart little girl.  She has a wonderful vocabulary that is growing each day with words like “stethoscope” “weed-wacker”  “gentlemen” and “obviously.” We are so proud of how far she’s come and thank The Lord for her every day!

Getting my height measured!  Now I'm 2 1/2 and almost 36 inches tall!
Getting my height measured! Now I’m 2 1/2 and almost 36 inches tall!

 

Growing, growing, growing! Now I weigh 26 pounds. I'm a little on the "small" side but Dr. Devries says I'm healthy!
Growing, growing, growing! Now I weigh 26 pounds. I’m a little on the “small” side but Dr. Devries says I’m healthy.