Family Visit

Hi Everyone!

Things have been pretty routine around here, with the exception of a recent visit from Caleb’s parents!

I didn’t take very many pictures, but I’ll share a few.  I forgot to take my camera the day we went to our children’s museum, but that is always fun.  We also got to see Caleb flying in formation; practicing for a flyover in San Antonio the following week.  Amazingly, in six years, this is the first time I’ve stood on the ground and watched a plane I knew he was flying.  And it was a first for Caleb’s parents, too, so that was fun.

Here’s what I got from Caleb’s flight. Not my best bit of cinematography.  One of those times where it was tough to see the screen and try to make sure the far-away objects stayed in the picture.  Anyway, hopefully you can get the idea.  Caleb is in the plane second closest to the camera in the first pass, or second from the right once the formation is past us.

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Thanksgiving

Immediately after yesterday’s post, I realized I completely skipped over the pictures I have from Thanksgiving!  Some of them were used for Christmas cards, so I was holding off until those went out, but no need to wait any more!

Since we were already in the south over Thanksgiving, we were excited to be able to drive up and spend it with Caleb’s family! The whole family was able to make it; the first time we’ve gathered since our niece was born in May.  I can’t believe I didn’t grab my camera when Cody and his young cousin were interacting!  Next time.  In addition to the big feast at a family friend’s house, we enjoyed time hiking, walking, and playing Ultimate in the great outdoors, and just relaxing and chatting and playing games with family!  We also took Cody through the Bristol Speedway in Lights, which is tough to explain if you’ve never done it, but basically you drive through their property and complex and on the speedway while admiring their elaborate light displays!  Fun for all.  And of course, I know at least I had fun with our big family photo shoot, the results of which are shared below.  Belated thanks for a great visit!

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December

Hello!

Apologies for our lengthy radio silence!  I’ve had these pictures sitting on my camera for weeks and weeks now.

Once we returned home from our Southern excursion, we were busy trying to cram an entire season of preparation into one week: hanging lights, selecting and decorating a tree and the rest of the house, baking for the office and the neighborhood, assembling Christmas cards, purchasing, wrapping, and shipping gifts, etc.  We had  lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services here and shared a Christmas Day brunch with some neighbors before preparing for a jaunt to Colorado to spend some time with my family.  After the Colorado trip, I did a little math and found in 7 weeks we’d spent about 70 hours and 4300 miles on the highways and interstates of 8 states.  I think I’d nearly recovered from the exhaustion of all that when I became completely paralyzed by the cold weather (it gets or at least feels colder than you might think here!!); unable to tear myself out from under the blankets on the couch.

So that’s why we’re now seeing pictures from December! Also, I think I’ve been procrastinating because now that these photos are done, there’s nothing to prevent me from doing our annual family photo yearbook.  I love having the results, but it takes forever to create!

 

 

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Memphis/Destin

Lots of pictures to share real quick today before we head off to Tennessee to spend Thanksgiving with Caleb’s family and, undoubtedly, take more pictures!

The first few are from when we got to stay with Caleb’s brother Josiah and his wife Ashley and Cody’s one and only cousin, Sophia.  Thanks again for hosting us, guys!  Great to get that little extra tim win to catch up and see where you live!

The rest are from our little weekend trip down to Destin.  Caleb’s cousin Adam lives in the area and graciously agreed to watch Cody for us so we could go out to dinner to celebrate our 6th anniversary.  😀 Thanks, Adam! This was Cody’s first trip to the beach, and my first trip to the beach with a DSLR camera and the knowledge I’ve accumulated with it.  The good news is we got some beautiful pictures of this beautiful area.  The bad news is the experience has ruined all other photo locations for me: I just want to take pictures at sunset on the beach forever and ever!

Hope you all enjoy and hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

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September/October

Nearly caught up now.

And here’s a video I had the urge to make a while ago.  Kind of long, but guaranteed to make you smile! Please ignore the ridiculous things we do and noises we make in order to get this footage and focus on the results 🙂

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Visit from CO Grandparents

Alright, working my way backward in time!

The week before Halloween, we enjoyed a nice visit from my parents.  In addition to the activities pictured, they got to go trick-or-treating through the courthouse with Cody, which was that week’s library story time group activity, attend “Zumbini”, a kids’ music and dance class we go to sometimes, and on the first day, my mom took Cody out on a long walk so I could finish his Halloween costume! 😀 After Cody’s bedtime, the adults had viewings of “Inside Out” (my recommendation), “Bridge of Spies” (everyone else’s pick, though I enjoyed it as well), and the older adults trounced the younger adults in an intense match of Trivial Pursuit.  Thanks for making the trek; we all enjoyed having you here!

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Halloween 2016

Hi!  I know I’m very behind with sharing pictures and anecdotes from our little lives, and I promise I have some things in store for upcoming posts, but real quick, wanted to talk about Halloween!

First: here is why we dressed our child as a UPS driver this year:

In case you can’t decipher from the video: the couch fort is Cody’s UPS truck, and the entry way rug is both the pick up and drop off spot for the UPS man to bring chocolate, an airplane, and pizza.  He also prompts us to say “thank you, UPS man.”  I’ll add that before I turned on the recording device, Cody just kept saying he was bringing boxes or other things that have come to our house in the past, so my surprised tone when he announced the pizza and chocolate is quite sincere!  Especially since we pretty much never have chocolate or pizza here! (Not trying to be nutritionally self-righteous: we definitely have other treats around, but never chocolate nor pizza!) I thought it was pretty cute, and I thought it would be easy to get brown clothes and make some little UPS logos to put on there.

Pictures:

 

We took Cody around while it was still light, as you can see, then sat on our porch–swatting mosquitoes, no less!  A far cry from my childhood Halloweens of sub freezing temps and snow blowing in the face–for about an hour handing out candy.  I think there were fewer trick or treaters this year than last, probably because it was a Monday, but still managed to clean us out of the candy we bought, and selections we didn’t really want from Cody’s collection.

More to come soon from September and October!  I think most of you follow me on FB or IG or both anyway, which have the highlights, but I’ll share a few more here.

Hope you all had a fun Halloween!

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2 Years

Well Cody had his second birthday over the weekend!  For the most part he will answer “Two!” if you ask how old he is.  I made some ice cream on Wednesday, I believe, and  this icebox cake on Thursday, so he spent several days saying “cake! want some!” so we had a lot of opportunities to say he’d be getting some for his birthday on Saturday.  Then when the big moment came, he didn’t seem to care for the bite we coaxed him to take (mom guilt for not making a cake he’d like) but then he’s been having a couple bites of the same piece in the days since.  You could say he takes after his father in this demonstration of self-moderation with dessert.  I also made a no-churn cookies and cream ice cream from Martha Stewart which I liked about ten times better than the cake.  It is incredibly simple, quick, delicious, and my new obsession.

Anyway, we let Cody open his presents at his own pace throughout the day: one with breakfast, one before we left for the Children’s Museum, a couple with lunch, one after nap, one with dinner.  After some initial coaching he got the hang of it and really dove in to the gift opening and said “Another present! Another present!” for a while even after the last one was opened.  As a lifelong gleeful gift-opener and giver, this was fun for me to see.  And a far cry from last birthday and Christmas, ha ha.

We took this day to finally go check out our local children’s museum, which underwent a major renovation last winter.  It did not fail to impress!  Cody loved the big train tables, this big peg board where you’d plug in these plastic colored pegs and they’d light up, and the animal room with turtles, lizards, snakes, a tarantula, fish, guinea pigs, a small hedgehog, a ferret, and several chinchillas.  I was really intrigued by this little play hospital, play kitchen and grocery store, dress-up area, Lego table, and art area.  They also had a little kind of tool shop where the kids can build little things.  It was really neat and I think something we’ll be doing more in the future, as Cody grows into some of the exhibits.

We had a little birthday dinner with some friends.  We did smoked and crock pot ribs, with roasted broccoli, watermelon, and the cake and ice cream.

That’s about it!  A few pictures from the day are below.  Thanks to everyone who sent gifts, cards, and well-wishes for our little guy on his big day!

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Little Catch-Up

I’ve been meaning to do a little catch-up post for a while now!  I know people especially love seeing and hearing what Cody is up to these days, but every time I start to formulate a post in my head, it just sounds like parents bragging about their kid.  But it’s hard not to.  😀  It’s just an exciting time right now as Cody is becoming more and more verbal, more of a thinker, more imaginative.  Which is not to say our house is exempt from those terrible toddler fits, cause we definitely have at least a couple of those every. single. day.

Some of the more fun things: we frequently catch Cody playing with little stuffed animals or toy people saying, “Macy walks.  Macy is eating.  Macy sleeping,” and pantomiming those activities.  He also offers drinks from his sippy cup to stuffed animals.  It’s pretty adorable.

A week ago Friday, Caleb finished up one class of students, and simultaneously started another, whoo-hoo.  Cody and I went in for the festivities and spent some time walking around the squadron afterward where Cody loudly and excitedly pointed out each and every poster, picture, model, and mural with an airplane in it.

“Another! Airplane! T-6!”

“No…”

“38!”

“Yep”

“Another 38!”

“Yep”

“Another 38! T-1! Ohhh!”

And so on for about 20 minutes.  You’ve probably never noticed exactly how many depictions of aircraft there are in an established squadron.  But I have.  It was pretty cute.  Cody’s also been trying his hand at nodding his head lately.  He’s got the main concept down but does it in this kind of jerky, tilted way sometimes, and sometimes he does it to preemptively get an affirmation from you before you’ve given it, just like he sometimes says “yes, Cody!” at the end of a request such as “Cody have raisin? Yes, Cody!” *Cody nods* and I think, oh, he’s so cute right now and he’s going to be so mad when I tell him no…

What’s most fun and exciting is how we can see his memory and speech taking off.  Cody’s got several phrases and sentences from us and favorite books stored in his little mental bank and it still makes me smile when he repeats them, and he is starting to form his own little sentences, too.  Even though there are dozens of examples, the only one coming to mind right now and when we got some oranges at the grocery store and I said, “Daddy will love these!” and he’s been saying “Daddy will love these!” or “Daddy would love that!” about unrelated situations since then.  🙂

Here  are a couple pics from the past month or so, and at the very bottom, a couple videos from a while ago I’ve been meaning to share.

These are longer than our usual clips, but I thought they were funny.  🙂

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St. Louis Reunion

Just yesterday we returned from the annual reunion of Caleb’s side of the family!  We had a great time visiting with everyone, and had a handful of fun excursions.  My personal highlight, which is not pictured, was seeing the Cardinals beat the Dodgers with a 16th inning walk off home run.  In the future, I’d prefer for them to win in 2 or 3 hours instead of 5.5, but a win is a win and it was great to see them play in person and up close!  Also not pictured were a couple game sessions, which were lots of fun.  Other notable moments included:

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