Sunday, April 29, 2012

Playing in the Rain

Lexi's soccer game was cancelled due to rain, but she was already so excited about playing in the rain.  So, she put her Winter coat and boots on and ran around splashing in puddles.  Jayvan and I watched from the garage and porch. 

 Jayvan wasn't so sure what all the fuss was about.
 I think she had a blast.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Deanna Rose

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful Spring day and meet up with some friends at Deanna Rose.  It sprinkled on us a bit, but other than that it was perfect.

 Here is Jayvan showing off his latest skill: standing alone!  Still no steps, but we can wait little man.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jayvan's First Royals Game

We decided to take Jayvan to his first Royals game.  It was so fun to watch his reaction to everything.  When people around us clapped, he joined in.  Even though it was a little chilly, we all had a blast.

Lexi's favorite part of the Royals games is the outfield experience.  Go figure.
 I remember a few years ago when I had to hold her hand while she climbed on this equipment.  Now she is off on her own.  Our girl is getting so big.

 We rode the carousel and a friend of ours snapped a picture for us.
 Lexi and Jayvan at The K.
 Papa Bo, Daddy, Lexi and Jayvan.
 Lexi is modeling with her churro.
 Then she pretended to take a bite out of this big cone.
The Royals lost (no surprise).


Aunt Ashley and Kyle went to prom and we went out to document the occasion.  We met up at the square along with half of the town.  The kiddos had some fun on the playground equipment.

 We took some photos around the square.
 Then we did some shots with the old Chevelle.  This is the car that I drove in high school.  It used to be red back in the day (I'm so old), but my dad has since painted it baby blue.
 Lexi recreated one of my old senior pictures.

 Jayvan set his sights on some high school girls while we were waiting at the red carpet. 
 Ashley and Kyle arrived in Kyle's brother's boat and they were dancing! I couldn't believe it.  Kyle is typically pretty shy, so this caught us all by surprise.
 I hear they had a great time at prom.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ten Lessons From a Mobile Baby

1.  If you think you have cleaned up every little thing I could possibly put in my mouth, you're wrong.  I'll find something to put in my mouth. Then I'll make a gagging sound that spikes your adrenaline.  Then I'll gag and throw up a bit when you try to fish it out of my mouth.  Have fun cleaning that up.

2.  If I hear water, it's for me.  Shower, glass of water, water bottle, running sink, flushing toilet - They're all mine.  Thank you for your understanding.

3.  A clean room is an invitation for me to get all of my toys out.  Thanks for the area to explore my creativity.

4.  An open door is an invitation to see what is on the other side.  The pantry door is of particular interest, because I've discovered there are tons of things I can pull down off the shelves.  It's fun.  I think we should change the name to "Jayvan's playroom."

5.  I will not stay on my back while you change my diaper.  You need to get better at hitting a moving target.  Also, you really shouldn't trust me without a diaper on.  Even if you leave me on the tile and "run really quick" to go get a diaper, I will crawl into your carpeted closet and pee.  Just be thankful that it wasn't poop.

6.  If there is a cord attached to anything, I will find it.  I will also put it in my mouth, and I don't understand this "potential electrical shock" you speak of.  Cords = good stuff in my book.  I will crawl under furniture to get to them.  I'm sure that is some kind of developmental milestone you should record.

7.  Your attempts to put stuff in the middle of the coffee table are really cute.  I can reach that now.  I'm sure you're aware.

8.  You need to figure out some anti-gravity thing with my bottles.  I would like to be able to crawl and drink my bottle at the same time.  Work on it.

9.  I don't care what you say, toilets, bathroom trashcans, and toilet brushes ((((shudder)))) are awesome.  I cannot understand why you keep closing the bathroom doors.  You know that just means that the one time someone accidentally leaves the door open, I will make my way into this awesome room and have my way with these treasured items. Plus, I get the bonus of an extra bath or shower after these incidents and you know how I love that water! Win, win!

10  When I crawl toward you saying "Mama!" I'm pretty sure that the sappy smiling face you make means that all of the nine previous lessons are all worth it.  You're welcome.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

9 Months Old

It seems that I totally skipped an eight month update, but I blame that on a seizure.  Thankfully, there have been no more seizures since that one. 

At nine months old, our sweet boy is crawling, pulling up, cruising, eating more varieties of baby food, still gagging on any solid pieces of food, laughing, singing, jabbering and saying a few intelligible words.

His current vocabulary includes baba (bottle), wawa (water), Mama, Nana, and Dada (started on April 9).  

He still weighs 23 pounds.  He is such a joy to be around and while he has his fussy moments, he is overall a happy little boy.

These pictures were taken on April 7th.

 Hi everybody!
 I'm outta here.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


On Saturday night, I was getting Lexi ready for bed, and I told her that I would have to go back downstairs for a while after I read her a story.  She said, "OK Mom. Don't forget to hide my Easter basket."  We never pushed the Easter Bunny thing one way or the other, but it's obvious now that she knows who is behind the Easter baskets.   So I hit her goodies under the desk and she promptly found them on Easter morning. 

 This year, we hosted Easter at our house.   We had about thirty people total with nine kids to hunt for eggs in the backyard.  It was so much fun.  I love having a bunch of kids around on the holidays.

 Jayvan fell asleep just before the Easter Egg hunt, and our policy is "never wake a sleeping baby."  So he took a nap while the other kids ran around the back yard collecting eggs.
 Taking a butt picture is a family tradition that we resurrected this year.  I think my time on the StairMaster is showing, thank you very much. ;)
 Then of course, we took more family pictures.

 (And friend pictures:)

 Since Jayvan was awake from his nap, we gave his some eggs and took some pictures.

It was a wonderful Ressurection Sunday to celebrate with friends and family.  God is so good.