Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Like I said, Carter is all over the place these days. Put him down and turn around and he's gone. While we were cooking lunch he chased the dogs and us around the island. Mike gave in and gave him a pot and lid to play with. Who knew this would provide such entertainment. He was completely enthralled with the lid and I believe it held his attention and kept him in one spot for nearly half an hour. It's so neat to see him explore things and I always wonder what he's thinking. It must be so exciting to see everything for the first time. This phase of exploration is also keeping me on my toes. I'm constantly chasing after him and racing him to pick up something that the dogs dragged into the house before he manages to put it in his mouth. What he really loves is the door to the dog kennel. It is just his size and perfect for him to pull up on and stand. This makes me nervous the kennel door swings and isn't very sturdy for our little guy to attempt to stand with. And for the most part he is prone to bumping his head so he really needs to be hanging onto the ottoman and coach where if he falls there's less likelihood of a bruise developing on his forehead.
It was a beautiful Sunday, the sun was shining and it was a perfect 70 degrees. I don't think we could have ordered a more perfect day. I remind myself why I love Houston, I love the winter months and therefore tolerate the summer. Since we had stake conference we were home all afternoon and took our little family on a walk. It had been a while since we took the dogs out. Mike has been working such long hours and to take both dogs and the stroller would be too much for me. It would take just one squirrel or another dog to entice our dogs to pull too hard and I'm sure I would topple over with the stroller. So here is a picture of Carter before our walk. He kept his hat on the entire time we were out. Thank you Tara and Jon for the baby baseball cap to keep us in touch with my Northern Virginia/DC roots.
We're looking forward to the week. Mike should also be more available after Wednesday so that I am also excited about. Carter loves to spend time with Mike and I know Mike loves to play with him too. During the week when he gets home Carter is already asleep and when he leaves in the morning Carter is usually still asleep. He works so hard and we really appreciate him!
My mom gets into town on Wednesday and I am so excited to spend time with her and show off Carter. Last time she saw him was Thanksgiving and he's grown so much since then. I'm also excited to have some girl time with her. She's the best shopping partner a girl could ask for and when we shop there is always a trip out to lunch which I always love. I don't know why it's so much fun to go out to eat, but I love it. Something about fountain coke that puts a smile on my face. :)
Friday, February 15, 2008
Celebrating Valentine's Day
We celebrated Valentines Day as a family last night. This was the first time in four years (since moving to Houston) that Mike and I actually saw each other on Valentine’s Day. This is Mike’s busy season at work and his client usually files right around this time so he is constantly working crazy hours. In the years before, he would hide something in the house for me and then call me that night and tell me where to find it... pretty cute, huh? Last night, the three of us went to Chipotle for dinner. Nothing fancy, just fast casual and an atmosphere conducive to having a baby jibber jabber at the top of his lungs. :) Here Carter is waiting in line with us. He was a little flirt, smiling at all the ladies in line. When we came home Mike was great and gave Carter a bath for me and then we made home made sugar cookies in the shape of hearts with pink frosting. I have to admit we out did ourselves- they are heavenly! Thank you Charlotte for the great frosting recipe.
To my surprise Mike got me red tulips. I was so excited! He's not much into buying flowers. In college he would pick them for me and leave them in my car. The first time he "bought" me flowers was when we got engaged and he splurged on red roses. I think the tulips are a great change from the Valentines norm of roses and hopefully they'll last longer. How can you not look at tulips and be happy. It meant a lot to me that he even thought about getting me flowers when he has been working so much. Thanks Mike!
I'm usually the one behind the camera but last night Mike took some time to snatch a few of just Carter and I. We had a great Valentines Day. It's not everday that you get to spend time with your two favorite guys.
I feel so blessed in my life right now. Is every day perfect? No. Do we have our own trials? Yes. But through it all, I feel like we are at such a good point in our lives, right now, at this very moment. It's amazing how much things have changed for me. I love being home. I use to be such a high strung person, always too anxious and driven by fast approaching deadlines. That's not too say I'm still not anxious or a little high strung, :) but being a mom has been such a blessing and a much needed to change to who I am. I feel happy in my own skin, with whom I am and who I hope to become. I feel more complete, like this is the role I was meant to be in. To be a supportive and loving wife and mother. I know I may not always feel this way, but today I was thinking about the Lord's hand in my life and in doing so I have felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and joy. I hope this feeling never leaves.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Today is Mike's dad, Vals birthday. Cute story, Val was born on Valentines Day at St. Valentines Hospital. So it was only fitting that he was named Val. :) We hope you have a wonderful birthday and get a small break from taxes to enjoy it! We wish we were closer to help you celebrate. We miss you and love you too!
HaPpY VaLeNtiNes DaY!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I feel like there must have been more exciting things happening in our little family this week, but for the most part it's the same old same old. Mike is still super busy at work and hasn't had a Saturday off since Decemeber. Carter and I are getting a lot of time together and Mike spends quality time with him Saturday night and on Sundays. The weather has been perfect in Houston, in the 70's and bright and sunny. It's days like today that remind us why we moved south. Here's to another perfect week. :)
Monday, February 4, 2008
- Bananas, applesauce, pears, mixed fruits, squash, sweet potatoes and corn.
- Gerber Finger Foods. The little cheerio things that melt in your mouth, I can't remember the name.
- Yellow Ducks. He loves them in and out of the bath. They even had one at the photo studio that he loved today.
- The gym. He loves everything about it, the kids club and watching all of the crazy people run on the treadmills. Oh, and the monstrous ceiling fan at the gym.
- Wind. The real kind or just when you blow in his face. He immediately opens his mouth into a big smile and closes his eyes. It's pretty cute.
- Paper. See post below.
- Tags and Straps on anything! Bags, boppy, high chair and car seat... You get the point.
- Raspberries. Not the fruit, the ones you make with your mouth. He loves them on his tummy and cheeks.
- Other kiddos. He loves to watch other babies and little kids. He's a social butterfly already. I believe this is why he loves the gym so much and going over to the Ramages.
- Tickles. On his tummy and under his arms.
- Pacifiers. He can spot them from a mile away. He only gets them in his crib, at the gym and at church. Last night I put two in his crib because his new thing is to throw them in the morning, he immediately crawled to the other end of the crib, grabbed the second pacifier and tried to shove it in his mouth, mind you he was already sucking on the other one. :)
- Spaghettios, Carrots... pretty much anything to eat that's dark orange or red.
- Getting out of the bath.
- This week, he doesn't like going to bed. Normally, he doesn't mind. Go figure.
- Rolling over and over and over.
- Sitting by himself and being able to go from crawling to sitting and vice versa.
- Pulling up and standing on his knees.
- Sleeping through the night.
- Feeding himself finger foods.
- Two bottom teeth.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
We have been accumulating a large pile of "shred" papers and haven't had a chance to take care of them yet. Carter was very helpful in getting a headstart on the pile....
After he tackled paper shredding, Carter moved onto helping clean out Mike's work bag. Usually he is so fascinated with the straps to this bag he doesn't make it "inside" of the bag, but yesterday he found something that sparked his interest...