Watching Ivalee play with her favorite toys — currently Pooh and Camden Thaddeus, her CPK aka “Baby” — is quite a treat these days. The way she shows love to those toys so closely mimicks the way Kyle and I show her love. Hugs and back rubs. Constant kisses. (Her first almost-sentences were, “Mommy, kiss Pooh? Mommy kiss Baby?”) It’s pretty awesome to see her learning how to show love to her dolls from us. I hope we can be object lessons for other such worthy virtues in her lifetime.
The PolksThis is my family. And, even though we didn't know (s)he was with us at the time, this is all four of us! :) (Photographer/Friend Sydney swears she knew it on the day of the photo shoot.) :) Kyle is my hubby. He's a musician and a strong provider for our family. He is loyal, selfless, endlessly creative, driven, hopeful, and a great drummer, father, and husband. He loves music more than anything -- and playing music is his favorite. We are high school sweethearts who have been married since 2004. Ivalee is our firstborn - born in August 2009. She is spunky, smart, opinionated, sweet, hard-headed, charming, and loves to play dress-up in anything from Princesses to Pirates to Farmers. She loves reading and Disney movies. And we are excited to be able to add to the brood in November of this year!