Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye, 2010 ...
and Hello, 2011!

The year of our Lord Two Thousand Ten bestowed many blessings on my humble family - not the least of which being that bouncing baby boy we all can't seem to get enough of [or is that get away from?]. We've had quite an exciting year, one some might even call crazy - but I won't go quite that far. I will say that it hasn't been boring - not in the slightest. But I'm ready to say goodbye now, for Two Thousand Eleven promises more adventures.

Things we're looking forward to in 2011:
  • Auntie K's 80's musical - a weekend trip to Texas in February
  • Baby Cousin's birth - she's due April 20th
  • Little Man's 1st Birthday - also in April
  • Daddy's last birthday in his 20's - mid May
  • The end of training and a move to Kansas - sometime in June?
  • Our 4th Anniversary - early August
  • My next birthday - late September
  • and, of course, Thankgiving & Christmas all over again!

2010 was fun while it lasted - lets see what 2011 has to offer.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fling & Flop

In our house, there is no crawling. At least, not yet. Instead, we have a little boy who flings himself forward and flops on the ground, eventually making his way to his target. His knees cooperate with mobility; his arms, however, haven't quite figured it out yet. This adorable attempt at moving himself around has us pretty excited (and nervous!) about the next stage!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Hello, Grandpa"

Currently in Madison visiting his parents, my Dad asked for a quick video of Little Man to show them. We tried to get him to say hello, but his incessant babbling was all he would give us.
About 4 seconds after we stopped recording we clearly heard "hello grandpa" - next time we'll leave the camera running a little longer!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bath Time Fun

For his first Christmas, Husby and I presented Little Man with new bath toys. Getting a bath is one of his favorite parts of the evening - and it's now even more fun with the addition of floating, scooping, and squirting fish & friends. We couldn't resist recording him and his fun:

Monday, December 27, 2010

~Christmas Letter~

We wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, 
our family and friends far and near!

2010 has been a year of many changes for us. 
It was a wild ride (one we're sure is not over yet!):

When we started out in January, I was 5 months pregnant and standing as a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding. We were living in an apartment in Plano, Texas, and preparing for the arrival of our firstborn in May. Husby had been looking for full-time work for a while, and finally found a position at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. His start date was to be May 10, very near our due date, so our doctor agreed to do an induction at 38 weeks.

Little Man was born at 5:15pm on April 26th - 7lbs 5oz & 19in of beautiful baby boy! He turned our lives upside-down, and we couldn't be happier! Little Man was baptized on May 2nd at Faith Lutheran Church, and by the end of the week Husby was off to Utah to start his new job. Little Man & I stayed behind until the first week of June, waiting to ensure everyone was healthy enough for the trip. June 10th we all moved to Utah, and were living in Temporary Base Housing, waiting for a house to come available so that we could move our belongings in and get settled. Being a stay-at-home mother, and so far from family, I began keeping a daily blog of our activities and adventures in July (the beginning).

By the grace of God, a house never did come available for us, but we were shown another path He wanted us to take. With thoughtful prayer and a leap of faith, Husby left behind aircraft maintenance and transfered to an Air National Guard unit in Wichita, Kansas on August 14th and we readied ourselves to head to training in Satellite Communications. Schooling was expected to begin in September, but was pushed back to November - meaning we were going to be 'in-between' for a matter of months. Thankfully, my parents were kind enough to allow us to stay with them until we were back on our way again, and Husby was able to find work in the stock room at our local Macy's to make ends meet until his schooling started.

From August until November, we lived with the Brownes, enjoying the extra time with Grandma & Grandpa and soaking up the Texas sun. During that time, we also made a visit to Iowa for Husby's brother's wedding. We were both asked to stand with them; Little Man was not too happy about being away from his parents during the ceremony, but he did enjoy dancing with Nana & Opa at the reception. We are incredibly grateful for the time we had to spend with family in those months.

Orders finally came through for Husby to begin his training in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 15th, and we packed ourselves up and moved to Keesler Air Force Base. The move itself was rather eventful, and those who are interested can read the adventures starting here.

We are now settled into our home on the Mississippi gulf coast, and celebrating our first Christmas as a family of three. Husby's classes will finish up in June, at which time we'll be headed to Kansas to work with his unit at McConnell Air Force Base.

Our adventures continue, and we thank the Lord for His blessings. May He grant each of you the peace of assured salvation through the birth, death, and resurrection of His Son, without whom there would be no Christmas.

With Love,
M&K, w/R

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Eight Months Old

Just over six months ago, I shared this photo of my little boy, all dressed up in his sweater vest. The outfit was a little too big at the time, but I assumed he would grow into [and out of] it quickly. Little did I know, we would stumble upon some growth issues in the next months, and only now be on the way to bigger things. After a bit of a hiccup, Little Man is growing strong [and fast!], and I fear that we will no longer be able to fit into this particular ensemble. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Every mother wants their child to grow, but do we ever really want them to grow up? To commemorate both his passage into the next clothing size and the next month of life, a photo session was surely in order.
My darling boy,
Eight months ago, you were our brand-new baby - tiny and fragile, but with great potential. Every day we see you growing and learning, perfecting the skills you'll need to become a 'big boy'. While your crawling still needs a little more practice [those arms just won't cooperate!], you've become a master sitter and chewer of many things. Daddy's name still escapes you, but you know to call for "mama" when you're in need. We're having such fun helping you explore your world, and we pray that the next months are increasingly entertaining. Keep growing, my son, as our love for you grows.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baby's First Christmas

This morning, we awoke to a cooing baby and pouring rain - so much for a white Christmas. I guess Mississippi isn't much for snow. We took a rain check on our plans to take Little Man to the beach on his first Christmas, and enjoyed our day inside instead.

Giddy like children ourselves, Husby and I were anxious to get downstairs for the opening of presents. We had gifts to and from each other, of course, but we were really more excited about the things for Little Man. At first, he was more interested in the tearing of the paper, but once he saw the goodies inside the packages he was anxious to try out his new toys.

Miscellaneous gifts from Great-Aunt Sal
Stacking cups - that fit together to form balls - from Grandma & Grandpa
Bath time toys from Momma & Daddy
A Lambie made with love from Nana & Opa

Thank you to everyone who sent their love this Christmas.
Your kindness has warmed our home,
and your recipes have filled our bellies.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is filled with many things this year: the anticipation of tomorrow, the saddness of sending Auntie K back home, the realization that she'll be back next week for New Years, the baking of the Christmas treats, the preparation for tomorrow's big meal, and the meaning of Christmas - Little Man style.

Little Man's Christmas Greeting:
There's even a bit about the wisemen 
(who apparently fell to the floor).

This year's Christmas treat:
FunFetti Cake & Holiday Icing
Hand piped by yours truly.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beach Visit

A visit to our home in Mississippi isn't complete
without a trip down to the beach:

Sadly, we were too early to catch the sun setting ...
perhaps we'll visit again tomorrow ....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baby-Friendly Books

Auntie K is here for a visit! Our next few days will be a combination of Christmas preparation and playtime with the Auntie. Little Man welcomed her to our home wearing the onesie she personalized for him before he was even born.
Along with her presence, she also brought us presents: 
a soft Christmas Counting book for Little Man ...
... and some books from Momma's childhood, for him to enjoy as well.
[Let's just say that I was a little excited.]
Story time has never been so much fun!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Anticipation

This house is getting pretty excited for Little Man's first Christmas! 
The gifts are all wrapped and under the tree, the meal is planned, 
the boys are scheming, and Momma is drinking it all in.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jammies

Husby's been feeling a little under the weather this morning [I wonder if it could have anything to do with the incredible amount of sugar he ingested yesterday?], so we're staying home from church and lounging in our PJ's until we feel like getting dressed - which may be tomorrow morning. 

Little Man & Momma have been playing downstairs while Daddy rests. After breakfast, I usually distract him with a toy or two in his high chair so that I have time to clean up. Lately, he's been fond of our Veggie Tales Nativity - playing particular favorite to the& gourds-in-a-cow [Jimmy & Jerry Gourd dressed up in a cow costume]. At least he thinks veggies are tasty ...
Oh, and that tag on his jammies? 
It says "Hello, my name is Future Mr. Right". 
Yes, ladies, he'll be a heart-breaker.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Goodies

The holiday season begs the baker in me to get to work, and I've been putting it off for far too long. My boys and their pouty faces finally got the best of me this afternoon, and I quickly knocked out some lemon cupcakes [Husby's favorite!]. Little Man was content to watch from his high chair just as long as I was moving - but don't you sit down, Momma! All two-dozen cupcakes were mixed, baked, and frosted before he had a major melt-down, a success by any standards!
While our cupcakes cooled, we took a walk down to the mailbox to see what Christmas packages awaited us. Wouldn't you know it, the day I decide to bake sweets, some more show up in the mail. A dear friend in Iowa sent us some CakeBalls she made this week so we wouldn't miss out on the holdiay cheer. Thanks, Jenny!
Our home is officially on a sugar rush, and we're doing our best to keep from finishing off the goodies tonight. We'll see just how much will-power two 'grown ups' have once the baby goes to bed ...