Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Europe, Daily Walk, and August

Hello blogger friends! I should totally be ironing the big stack of clothes on my dryer right now, but instead I am choosing to procrastinate and blog!

So, my parents are vacationing in Europe right now for TWENTY ONE DAYS!!! How jealous is everyone after reading that? They are touring Brussels, Amsterdam, France, Austria and Switzerland. A few highlights of their trip will be touring the location of Sound of Music and a riverboat cruise down the Rhine River! Doesn't that sound nice? Retirement is working out well for them!

Back at the ranch, William and I have been doing the same ol, same ol: zoo, pool, playgroup and playroom. A new highlight of my day is walking with William after I have my morning cup of coffee. Before I thought he would fall asleep in the stroller since it's right before his morning nap, but it really hasn't been a problem. The birds chirping, dumptrucks going by and the landmower sounds keep him awake and interested! Plus, I get a little exercise too!

This weekend we will be attending little miss Rylee Banta's one year birthday party! She is just the sweetest little thing in the world and I cannot wait to celebrate her first year of life with the Bantas.

Preparations have begun for the month of August at our house. August is big for us- Andrew's 28th birthday is on the 10th and our four year anniversary falls on the 19th. I am planning on making Andrew a two layer vanilla cake with chocolate icing- his favorite! Don't worry, I can totally write this on here because he never reads it, ha!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fourth of July Recap

Well, there's been lots going on around here lately. We packed up and drove to Reliance, TN to visit Andrew's family over the Fourth of July holiday. His aunt and uncle just renovated a mountain cabin on the Hiwassee River.


We thoroughly enjoyed it! I think it was beneficial for William to get to be around his older cousins.


I think they enjoyed it too.


One afternoon, Andrew, myself and Gracie paired up with his cousin Matt and his wife Casey and decided to go rafting down the Hiwasee River! Picture the Ocoee, but at half strength. The rapids were a bit mild, but it was fun to get away from responsibility and enjoy the outdoors.

Gracie, Andrew's 9 year old neice, came back home to Birmingham with us and stayed a week. We were busy when she was here! We went to the zoo, the pool, the playground, and everywhere in between!


William is just growing and growing. He's 10.5 months now and closing in fast on the one year mark! He is crawling, crawling, crawling and in to everything! We've had to buy cabinet locks, electrical socket plugs and gates! What a change from the baby stage, my how I wish sometimes he would just be still and lie down for a second. Ha! Yeah right.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! I'll be back soon with more pictures of our summer.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kindermusik



William attended his first summer camp last week- Kindermusik!



Kindermusik is a program that provides an environment of singing, playing and dancing for children. It encourages learning through music and play. Our instructor, Jill, was fabulous! She is so wonderful with kids and she taught me lots of things that I can use that will (hopefully) help promote William's development.

Things like really making an effort to describe my actions to William, like "I am putting the toys away" and "roll the ball." Also, implementing some "quiet time" in the house to relax and play in silence. Apparently babies need silence once in a while to process everything that has been happening. We also got to take home a CD and we've been listening to it non-stop!



I loved seeing all the interaction between babies!



William was such a trooper- he actually got sick mid-week but was better a day later.

He really enjoyed playing with all the new shakers, bells, balls, drums, bubbles, ribbons, scarves and many many other toys Ms. Jill brought with her!



I also enjoyed it- any excuse to get out of the house is a good one!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Catch Up

Dear patient blog readers,

I need to play catch up. I'm such a bad blogger and I'm sorry!
As usual updating the ol' blog has taken a backseat to other necessary tasks of the day such as feeding William, cooking dinner and maintaining a clean house. Since I've last written, we've been to the beach, seen both sets of grandparents, traveled to Nashville, and played in the lake!

Shew!

Now to get down to the important business at hand...William is such a happy boy! He loves to play with his toys. And then throw them. And then crawl to get them. And then put them in his mouth and drool all over them.


Side note: in case you didn't recognize, the lady above is me. I got my hair CHOPPED. Way short. It was a new hair lady and now I know I've got to tell her to cut two inches, all the while knowing she'll cut four.

William is now crawling like crazy. He is everywhere! And in to everything.



Naturally, I have moved the Tupperware down to a cabinet that he can reach : )

So far this summer we've been doing some of this:



And this:



This summer has been going really, really well! We are just enjoying being outside and playing with neighborhood friends!

I'll be back soon with pics from Kindermusik!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Warm Weather

Good morning blogger friends!

William and I are just loving this balmy weather outside! Every time I'm holding William and get near the back door he gets all excited and starts kicking his legs. Yesterday we went out back and played. He had a blast. I think I will start doing it more often! Especially before it gets blazing hot. I guess we will then move to the backyard with a baby pool :)







Monday, April 5, 2010

Lovely Little Easter


Mommy and William


Sweet boy...


Daddy and William



We had a lovely little Easter! Church was great, William received a good report from the nursery, and we ate a big, fancy lunch when we got home! It was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Six Month Checkup, Baby!!

Well we made it! We all made it to William's six month birthday! William is alive, Andrew and I are tired and Sadie is neglected.

To commemorate, I'd like to record a few things at this halfway mark:

Stats: He weighs 16 lbs. (30th percentile) and is 26.25" long (50th percentile).

Naps: He takes two naps a day- once in the morning and the other in the afternoon. He sleeps for about 2.5 - 3.5 hours total each day. He goes down pretty easily for naps (thank you Jesus!).

Foods: We're still nursing 4x a day, with solids offered 3x a day. He is still not too keen on eating solids, but he will put away some rice cereal and oatmeal.

Favorite Activities: Putting everything in his mouth, playing with anything that makes noise, watching Sadie, pulling hair, reading books, going for walks, "testing" his voice, getting tickled by his daddy, and splashing in the bathtub

Hated Activities: Getting out of the bathtub, trying new baby foods (you'd think we're torturing him by the sounds he makes), changing clothes, dealing with sore gums, and shopping

I think that's about all for now! I can't believe it's been six months! Where has the time gone?!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sick

Hello friends,

I've been sick the past few days- NOT FUN!!! Maybe it was food poising, stomach bug, who knows?! I just hope William doesn't get it!

I'll be back when I'm feeling 100% again!