Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful

It's so easy to say "I'm thankful for my family and my friends" but sometimes I think they might like to hear why I am thankful for them.

I am thankful for my family, for Justin and Wyatt. They bring meaning and light to every one of my days. I am thankful for Justin's support and letting me be a full time student and a stay at home Mom. And thankful for his constant support and companionship as a parent and as a husband. I am thankful for Wyatt's smile and wonderful sense of humor. His lighthearted easy-going-ness makes him always a pleasure to be around and I am proud that he is my son.

I am thankful for friends that have stuck with me through the thick and thin. Most of them have been around since elementary school and I am always grateful and thankful to have such loyal friends.

I am thankful for my family, my parents, and siblings. Thankful that my parent's set such a good example for me of how to live my life. And thankful that they always have an open home, and always welcome Wyatt with open arms and take such an interest in his life. I appreciate all the hard work that they put into everything, especially holidays. I am thankful that as my brothers and I have grown up, we have grown closer. And even though now we may be spread across the country(or world at the moment) they are always just a phone call away. I am thankful for such a large extended family who even though I may not see often, always welcome me and include me like I am there all of the time.

And lastly I am thankful for little miracles growing inside... :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Morning Snippets

Since Dad was gone at work this morning, Wyatt and I sat in the living room and enjoyed breakfast together. He chowed down on a banana and grapes and shared my oatmeal with me. You should see how many grapes this kid can fit in his mouth at once!






Wyatt always wants to copy his Daddy. One of his new favorite things to do is walk around with Dad's gloves on.





I love this picture! It's his moody actor head shot, what a ham!

Friday, November 20, 2009

No Help Required

Wyatt is very independent, and...an acrobat. For having such short legs he can get himself to some pretty high heights. This afternoon I was putting away clothes in his room while he played in the living room, when I heard a loud crash that was undoubtedly glass shattering. I dash in to the living room to see Wyatt standing on the arm of the bench in our living room. Proud as can be of himself for getting up there obviously. I peer over the ledge that separates the dining room from the living room and see the remnants of the picture frame that used to occupy that ledge. I was a little mad at Wyatt but he had such a look of accomplishment on his face that it was hard to stay mad. I guess that bench will be finding a new home elsewhere in the house.

I had never seen Wyatt climb up here by himself before so I had to see how it was done.


Step 1: Pull off cushion and lift leg on to bench


Step 2: Use amazing strength to pull body on to bench


Step 3: Throw body on to bench
Step 4: Climb on to the arm

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Port-fo-lio

Since I absolutlely love taking pictures and have been doing it more often lately. I've started to put together a portfolio of sorts..well more of a mash of photos hah. Take a look by clicking on the links below. It is definitely something I consider to be a passion of mine and something I hope to pursue further in the future! Next up, newborn pictures!! Hopefully soon, especially for Courtney's sake!

It will ask you for a password to view the album, it is: otness



maternity

family

engagement

Us

Dance Dance Dance

You'll have to rotate your head 90 degrees to view this, but it's awfully cute!

Wyatt rocking out while sitting on Daddy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Read To Me!


Every chance that Wyatt gets, he has a book in his hand, or is handing one to Justin and I asking us to read to him. After reading Go Dog Go or No David for the tenth time that day, I sometimes wonder don't you just want to sit in front of the TV like a zombie? But luckily, Wyatt is not a TV watcher. Even when it is on, he would much rather read or play. My brothers and I were read to a lot as children and it instilled in me a life long love of reading. I hope that by my reading to Wyatt, he will grow to have that same passion for reading and be able to get lost in a book on any given night instead of watching the prime time lineup. As Wyatt grows and I find myself knee deep in parenthood, I appreciate more the effort that my parents put into raising us. I realize now that to have enthusiasm and creativity when you are doing the same thing time after time because your child loves it, is not always easy. I've realized that the best toys, are not the ones you find on the toy shelf at the store, yet are the couch cushions, or the pots and pans, or the bubbles in the bath tub. I remember many hours of playing from when I was a kid. Yet the times that I enjoyed the most were times without traditional toys. Playing Bear and Wolf with my Dad and brothers, or pillow and blanket. I remember my Mom helping us build forts and playing zoo in them for hours. I remember at night laying in bed and My Dad telling us stories of his adventures camping, or about the pilot who ate the bad hot dog. My memories are not those of sitting and watching cartoons for hours, or spending all day watching movies. They are of the creativity of my parents and are a strong reflection of the effort that they put into being our parents, and not just our care takers. They encouraged us to learn, explore and grow. They laid out a great framework for me to follow as a parent, and no matter how many times as a teen you swear you will never do what your parents did, I hope I turn out to be just like them.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween

Halloween has never topped my chart as far as favorite holidays go. I don't enjoy picking out a costume and I don't enjoy dressing up. Yet, ever since Justin and I have been together there is one thing that I now look forward to every Halloween, homemade clam chowder made by his Grandma.


October 31st is not only Halloween but Justin's Grandpa's birthday as well. This year was his 75th, so we had a lot to celebrate. Justin, Wyatt and I all dressed up to go over to his Grandparent's house and my friend Audrey accompanied us. Justin and I pondered for weeks, trying to come up with a costume for him. He wanted something creative, yet had no ideas. Since I had settled on a simple un-original surgeon, I put my focus into Justin's costume. Well one day when we were out looking for costume supplies Justin showed me a little jockey that was meant to strap on to a dogs back...well I figured Justin's almost as big as a horse...so why not make him a horse! So a horse he was.




Momma Surgeon, Wyatt skeleton




Audrey was a 50's housewife


Grandpa as a gondola drive and Grandma as the tooth fairy


A little sticky finger piano playing



Enjoying halloween treats


Lilli as a butterfly



The quilt that Jeannie made for Grandpa's Birthday, all hand stitched!
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