Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

June 28, 2013

4 months!

Anna is now 4 months old!
Milestones for this past month include getting baptized, traveling to Atlanta for RUF Orientation & staying in the nursery for 3 full days, traveling to Jacksonville to raise support for RUF and then the BIG move to Indiana.  She is teething and placing whatever she can find in her mouth.  She really likes to be held upright so it looks like she is standing.  She also started coughing recently and we think she just likes to know that she can make a new sound.  She also had a birthmark show up on her left thigh.

Here's the photo shoot with her buddy:

June 27, 2013

We've moved!

We left our beautiful home in Savannah on June 18 to begin our journey to West Lafayette that would end on June 19.  Curtis drove the moving truck with Lion-O.  I took our little Civic with Anna and Grandma.  Grandma helped out so much, she was a lifesaver!

On both sides of the trip, we had people helping us move out/in.  It was very hard to say goodbye to so many sweet people that we've come to love over the past 4 years in Savannah.  It was encouraging to see how many people in Indiana (from our new church family or from RUF at Purdue) were willing to help us out, even though they may not have even met us yet!

Here's Anna's take on the whole thing (with the help of Grandma):

We are really excited about our new house!  
Outside (angle 1)
Outside (angle 2)

We think that it's going to be very practical for our plans in RUF.  We wanted to have large, open common areas so that we are able to invite students over to our home.  We also wanted to have a basement where Curtis could work from home.  We still have some work to do around the house, but here's a picture of most of the rooms:
Master bedroom (angle 1)
 Master bedroom (angle 2) - you can see our full bath and walk-in closet
 Anna's Nursery (angle 1)
 Anna's Nursery (angle 2)
 Anna's Nursery (angle 3) - she has a large walk-in closet and it is completely filled with all her clothes
 Guest Bathroom
 Stairs leading to main floor
 Living Room I (angle 1) - we still need to buy a TV!
Living Room I (angle 2)
 Living Room I & II (angle 1)
Living Room I & II (angle 2)
 Living Room II (angle 1)
Living Room II (angle 2) - you can see the Dining Room in the background and the Basement door
 Dining Room
Screened-in Porch - pond view! 
Kitchen (angle 1) 
Kitchen (angle 2) - Dining Room in background
 Stairs leading to Basement
 Laundry Room and Full Bath (in Basement)
 College Hangout (in Basement) - we hope to get a futon and eventually a TV
 Curtis' Office (yes, he's got a pretty good setup)
 And of course, I had to add in Anna.  She waited so patiently for me to finish taking all these pictures! :)

5 Years of Marriage

This year was very different from our previous anniversaries.  Since we were a couple of weeks away form moving and we have little Anna, we decided to stay in Savannah and have a nice date.  No crazy vacation trip this year.  Some of our friends (that also recently became our property managers) babysat Anna while we explored downtown.
We decided to go to the Olde Pink House!  We both hadn't ever been there before.
 Here was our view from our seats.
 Close-up of the chandelier
 I tried this amazing pork chop and Curtis had flounder (which he said was tasty).
 They surprised us by bringing out this little special dish for our anniversary. :)  It was delicious!
I got Curtis a new Purdue watch since his old watch broke. 
We finished the night with some yummy dessert at Lulu's Chocolate Bar.  This was a chocolate peanut butter pie.

Anna's Baptism

On May 26, Anna was baptized at Grace Church of the Islands.  She wore a special dress given by one of her relatives, Sheila Brammer.

Both sets of grandparents were able to join in for the special occasion.

In fact, both grandfathers were involved in the baptism process.

 Curt baptized Anna in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Ghost.
This doesn't mean that she is saved or that she has a personal relationship with Jesus (although we hope she does at some point), but it does mean that her parents will be raising her in the fear and admonition of the Lord. :)

It is a vow that the parents make before the congregation.

Curtis was so proud of her.  She looked like she was taking it all in because of how alert she was.

She was exhausted when it was over!!

Until she got her second wind...

  Too bad she wasn't able to eat any of her yummy cake!

Grandma took her swimming in the pool afterwards too.