Zoe swims!

This has been a pretty eventful couple of weeks. Zoe turned five months old and had her first swim.

Lately, Zoe has been the queen of play dates. She has a weekly play date with her friend Collin, who was featured in a previous post. She has also had several play dates with Titus Drefs. Matt and Katie Drefs both work at St. Paul with Nate. Katie is the music teacher in the school and Matt is the youth director. They are good friends of ours. One day, Katie needed someone to watch Titus during a faculty meeting, so I volunteered. The babies did well. Titus is a year old so he is very mobile, but he was really sleepy. I got him to come sit on the couch with me and within 10 minutes I had both babies asleep. There are certain days that make me feel like I have succeeded with this mom thing. This was one of those days.

This is how Nate found me. 

Zoe has become a belly sleeper. She had been pretty content on her back until now. Since she learned how to roll both back to front and front to back she is waking up on her belly. Nate and I are both belly sleepers, so this doesn't surprise me.

Speaking of Zoe rolling. We have finally reached the days where now when I want to take a bathroom break or grab something from another room, I can't just leave her on the floor for a second. When she should only roll from back to front she couldn't make it that far. Now I put her on the floor and she rolls across the room. I have to strap her into something now. I can never be out of the room for more than 1 minute when we are home alone because she notices and starts yelling. Sometimes she won't even be facing me and I leave the room and she automatically knows. I think she's the one who has eyes in the back of her head.

Nate and I went on an official date a couple of weeks ago without the Bug. Pastor and Stephanie Lorenz were kind enough to watch Zoe for us. A date for us usually means going to P.F. Chang's and maybe an activity of some sort. We love P.F. Chang's way too much. We are too cheap to eat there all the time so we only go there for special occasions. It is usually our anniversary spot. This time I had a coupon, so we went there for this date. If you have never been to P.F. Chang's, stop what you are doing and go now. I don't care if it is closed. Leave your house and sit outside until they open. You will want the first table they have. Okay, that may have been an overreaction, but it is seriously good food.

After dinner, we were going to attend the play "Pippin", that one of the youth from church was in. We had some extra time so we stopped by the new Wal-Mart marketplace to pick up a few things and see what it was all about. Now, when new stores open there is usually something that they do that is unique to commemorate their "Grand Opening". When you live 10 miles from Mexico, the clear choice is to higher a Mariachi band. Bucket List: See Mariachi band play in Wal-Mart. Man, I'm glad I got that one out of the way. I was really worried I wouldn't get to see that. We went to the play, it was very nice. Then, we went home to our lovely little Bug. I missed her so.

This past Sunday, Matt and Katie Drefs invited us over to swim. We had a lovely evening with the Drefs and our friends Alan and Gina. The Drefs barbecued and Zoe swam for the first time! I had gone on a quest the week before to get her all of the swimming equipment she may need. I scoured eBay for great prices on swim diapers and swim shirts. I went to different Targets in McAllen looking for clearance swim items. I ended up getting some great deals with the help of eBay, Target clearance racks and the Target Cartwheel app. Thanks to Cartwheel I saved $6 on her raft with the canopy. I love a good deal. So, it was finally time for her to give swimming a try. We waited until it was about 6:30 at night so the sun wasn't quite as strong. It was great! I don't think Zoe knew what to think about it, but she didn't cry. Her hat made her look so stinking cute. I couldn't even handle it. Thanks to our friends Alan and Gina, we got some great pics!

Bonus Picture! Below is a picture of me as a baby and her side by side. I think we look at least a little be alike.

That's all for now! God is good!

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