Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas comes but once a year

Thankfully! We had a great time with family and friends in Oregon, but I'll admit I was completely wiped out by the time we got home. At the same time, I know I needed to be back and just soak up the rain and family time for a week. :) Colorado has been dry this year! That said, I always leave feeling like we didn't get to see everyone we wanted to. It's hard to only go once a year! We've already decided to stay here next year (especially since we'll have two little ones!) and I know it will be sad to not experience the Christmas traditions that we've always been there for. We're both really excited to wake up at home on Christmas morning and start creating our own traditions for Christmas. That's part of growing up, right?

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's a........

We were so excited to find out today that our next little bean is a girl!!! She looks perfectly healthy and was very busy bouncing around during the ultrasound. 20 weeks can't go by fast enough....or maybe it can. I'm a little nervous thinking about how I'm going to manage two but I know I'm not the first person in the world to go through it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

8 months later...

Ok, I confess. I've been avoiding this blog like the plague. It isn't that I don't want to post stuff, it's just that I have this overwhelming desire to catch the blog up with the last eight months of our life and THAT I don't have time for. And, of course, the longer I put it off....the more there is that I'm missing! So, I'm giving myself a break and just starting with where we are right now. Maybe later I'll fill in the missing time, but probably not. :)

So where are we today? I did quit my job with Edward Jones in June to stay home full-time with Jack. That has been such a wonderful decision! I'll admit, it's scarier to live on one income and I definitely have to budget way more than I ever did before, but it's worth it. It's worth it because I get to spend all day with my little guy. We go to play groups on Wednesdays and Thursdays, singing time on Fridays, picnics with friends, fieldtrips to the park and the farm, it's great! There are so many things I've gotten to experience with him that I would have never gotten to do if I was still working. There are still some days I get online and just look at jobs because I'm a little nervous about being out of the workforce for an extended period of time. I'm still considering starting my own financial coaching business...but for now it's all about Jack!

Speaking of Jack, he's such a little character. I remember being pregnant and daydreaming about who this little person would be. Never could I have imagined just how much entertainment he'd provide. Jack is so social. He loves being around other children, especially if they're older than him. If I could just find a 5 yr old boy for him to stare at all day, I'd be in business. It's like he thinks he's the same age! We were at play group a few weeks ago and there were two 4 yr old boys playing with blocks. Jack walked up to them, sat down, started playing with their blocks and talking (in Jackanese, of course) then laughing like he told a joke. I just love his confidence and hope it stays!
Jack keeps me very, very busy. He likes to rearrange everything in the house. I constantly find things like puzzle pieces in the kitchen drawers, his socks in my mixing bowls, measuring spoons in his bedroom, remote controls in his laundry basket, etc. He has his own idea of organization, evidently.
Our next big adventure is baby #2 who will make his/her arrival at the beginning of April! We're so excited to add to our family, but I'll admit I'm a little nervous. I'm just not sure how I'll be able to get everything done, but I know we'll figure it out. It will be so much fun to see Jack as a big brother. They'll be around 20 months apart, so I hope no matter what they'll be good friends.
Well, that's all for now. I can sleep well tonight knowing I finally faced the blog. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Such a SAP!

Last night Chris came home from work while I was cooking dinner and Jack was exploring the house in his walker. As soon as Jack saw Chris, his face lit up and he started laughing and squealing. He trucked his little walker over to his daddy so he could say hi. I'm such a sap, it got me a little teary-eyed. Such a big boy!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jack and his walker


Facebook is an evil thing for a blog. I put everything on there and know most of you see it there so it feels like wasted effort to add it to the blog. BUT, I keep reminding myself that this is chronological and I'll regret it if I don't keep track of everything on here. 
A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend who had a Fisher Price jumperoo (we had a Baby Einstein jumperoo....little details I didn't know existed before Jack) and Jack LOVED their jumperoo. He doesn't love the one we got and never wanted to be in it for more than 5 minutes. So, I decided we needed to get the Fisher Price jumperoo and then he'd want to play in it longer. (which of course means that I would have longer to get dinner made in the evenings before Chris gets home!). The problem was I couldn't justify buying a new one (for $99) when I know in a matter of months he won't want to be in a jumperoo. So, I looked on Craigslist, but couldn't find anyone selling the Fisher Price version at a price I could justify. My solution? Get a walker! I think he'll be in a walker longer than he would be in a jumperoo and we have hardwood floors = perfect! I did some research and found this Chicco walker at diapers.com. Armed with a coupon and free 1-2 day delivery, I made my decision and ordered the walker as soon as I sold our jumperoo on Craigslist.
It was delivered on Saturday and on Sunday we put Jack in it for the first time. I was getting nervous because he didn't have a clue what to do in it and I was second guessing my decision to get rid of our jumperoo for this toy he wasn't going to like. He just sat there and played with the toys. Can I blame him? No. So, Chris and I pushed him back and forth between us on Sunday and Monday so he could get the idea. By Tuesday he was scooting himself around the house! It's a lot of fun to watch because he hasn't gotten the turning or backing up down. He'll get himself cornered and yell for us to turn him around. It's just amazing to see him get around in that thing. And even more amazing to think of how fast babies develop. It's so hard to believe he's just over 5 months old. So many changes. Enjoy the video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixeM9GKsP4

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

He's a SITTER!

Jack sat for the first time by himself on Jan 11th. Here's a little video I took to commemorate the big event.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u22k8Fq_ZxM

So long since I've been on here!

I'll admit, time has gotten away from me. I think I spend too much time on FB so don't want to post the same photos and stories on the blog. But, I know I'll regret not capturing more memories here later. Here's a quick recap:

We had a great Christmas in Oregon. We weren't sure how Jack would do in the car for 18 hours each way, but he was fantastic! We decided to leave Fort Collins at 7pm and drive all night. I'll rephrase that: Chris drove all night. Truth be told, I only drove for about an hour. Jack was amazing for the first 14 hours, but the last four he got a little fussy. Who can blame him! I was getting fussy.
I always think we'll have more time than we do when we go home. There were so many friends I wanted to see that we never got to meet up with. I think next time we need to plan a longer trip, but it's hard to get away for more than a week.
We did get to go to Corvallis while we were there. We had lunch with Aaron and Erik and checked out the campus which was like a little trip down memory lane. I think after living there for 8 years it really feels like home. It's still hard to believe we haven't lived in Portland for 10 years!!
Jack turned 4 months old on Christmas. He was such a little chatter box while we were at home. He had so much to say! Here's a video that Grandma Diane took of him a few days before Christmas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qj0YHM1jTM

It was really great to see him with his little cousins, Gwen and Jon. It really makes me wish we lived closer so they could grow up together, but I guess for now they'll have to settle for holidays!