I may be jumping the gun, but I think Ethan took a few first steps today! Granted, he fell right after the first steps, but at least he ventured to let go of the furniture and go for it for a second. He's been standing on his own now for about 2 weeks. He'll grab a toy, stand up and play with it for a while, and then once he realizes that he's not holding onto anything he'll sit back down or grab something to hold onto. He's really coming along, and we can't wait for him to really take his first step!
Andy is a diesel mechanic at Kennecott. I taught middle school science for ten years, and am now an evidence-based learning specialist for a school district.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Andy had to work graveyards this entire week, so I decided I'd take advantage of the time to take down Christmas since I want the house back in order before I have to go back to work. I took down most last night, and then while Ethan napped today I took down the tree. I can't help but sing "I cry the day that I take the tree down" by Michael McLean every year! I hate taking the tree down. It officially means the holidays are over. The Christmas spirit that is so wonderful has left, the pretty decorations are gone, and life goes back to normal. It also means 4 more months of school without any kind of decent break to look forward too! Yikes!
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
We gave Grandma an ipod for Christmas, and I loaded it up for her today. Ethan LOVED listening to the Ipod and dancing to the tunes!
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We have had a ton of snow in the past few days, and here is the proof! Colby, I hope you like these pictures since you don't have any snow of your own. It's all the way up to our porch! It's covered all the bushes that we put cute christmas lights on, but oh well! Glad we had ourselves a snow blower to get us out of this mess!
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Friday, December 26, 2008
Once we were ready for the day, we headed down to my mom and dad's house! We opened up presents and had a nice lunch. Mom and Dad gave me a really neat trunk for my living room, and Andy got Itunes gift cards. They also gave us a sandwhich maker/waffle iron! Our last one blew up! Yes, you read correctly, it blew up!
Then it was Ethan's turn. Grandma and Grandpa gave him a few books, a few outfits, and a really neat grow chart that Grandma made.
This is Grandma trying to measure him! It's not working too well though.
All in all, it was a really nice day! We enjoyed spending time with both families, and spending time with our own little family!
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Christmas morning was so much fun this year with Ethan! We are so happy to have him in our lives! We didn't wake up too early this Christmas because Andy has been feeling under the weather and took Nyquil before he went to bed. Needless to say, he slept in for quite some time! When he did wake up, it was great!
Ethan and I got Andy some garage cabinets, and instead of wrapping them all up, I printed off the pictures of them online and wrapped them up. Here he is looking at what we got him!
Ethan had fun with all the wrapping paper and the boxes, but he also really like playing with his new toys! He got a really cute little Handy Manny truck. The bed of the truck turns into a tool bench, and there are a bunch of tools, and it talks and tells you what to fix on the truck. Ethan really liked this! Santa also brought him an Elmo, a shirt, hat and mittens, Pirtates of the Tub toys, and a shake 'n go car.
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We spent Christmas Eve at my family's Christmas Eve Party! There were a million people there, but it is always so much fun. We have dinner, play games, and open presents from each other, and from Grandma and Grandpa.
I was in charge of games this year, in order to keep the kids entertained after dinner. This is the unwrapping game. The kids had to put on gloves if they rolled a 1 and then they could unwrap the present until someone else rolled a one, and then it was their turn. When it was completely unwrapped, that person got to keep the present! The kids loved this one!
We also played pin the nose on the snowman! This was also a hit!
Here is Ethan unwrapping his very first Christmas present from Jarrod & Emily. It is a darling little race track with 3 cute little cars. He loves it!
Ethan also got a coat and hat from Grandma and Grandpa. They gave us a muffin and jam gift basket, and food for our food storage. From the drawing, Andy and I both got $15 Itunes gift cards! Thanks Em!!
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Monday, December 22, 2008
My next door neighbors had a baby a few days ago, and so I dropped by today to see the new little one. Boy, does time ever change a person. Holding him almost brought tears to my eyes as I reflected back on the day that Ethan was born, and what a joy a new little baby is. In my sleep deprived moments, I remember thinking that I couldn't wait for him to be a few months older so that I could get some sleep. Oh how I wish I could go back and not wish away those precious moments when I could hold my brand new baby for hours on end! It's hard to believe how fast they grow. In the past 11 months, Ethan has gained 13 pounds, has learned how to say dog, dada, mama, has learned to sit, to crawl, to pick up food, to hold the phone to his ear, to walk along the furniture, to open the dog door, and soooo much more. Time sure does go by quickly. It's almost hard to remember Ethan being a newborn baby. When I look at him, I see who he is now, and how big he is now, and holding this new born allowed me to really go back to when he was so small, so precious, and so close to God. He has filled our world with such happiness. He claps when Andy walks in the door from work, and my little heart melts as he reaches out to go see his daddy. He is so precious, and such a wonderful gift. I just need to make sure that I enjoy every minute with him, and not wish away any time, because before I know it he'll be asking if he can borrow the car!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
The most wonderful time of the year TAG!
1. Favorite Holiday Movie?
Christmas Vacation of course, I have the entire movie memorized
2. Favorite Holiday Candy?
Mom's English Toffee
3. Favorite Holiday Food?
Cheeseballs and Crackers
4. Favorite Holiday CD?
Michael McLean's Forgotten Carols (it always makes me cry)
Josh Groban's Noel
5. Favorite Holiday Scent?
Welcome Home Scentsy
6. Favorite Holiday Decoration?
My Christmas Village
7. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
Getting Pajamas on Christmas Eve from Mom and Dad
8. Favorite Activity during the Holidays?
Looking at all the Christmas Lights
9. Are you finished with your holiday shopping?
nope, but close!
10. Holiday Pet Peeve
When the Christmas lights aren't straight on houses! Come on people, they have those clips now to hook them in perfectly!!!
11. What time do you get up on Christmas morning?
This year, as soon as Ethan gets up!
12. Favorite Christmas song to sing?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
13. Did you go to any Christmas concerts?
Trans Siberian Orchestra - we normally go to Kurt Bestor, but this year we thought we'd try something new. I'll be honest and say that I'll be going to Kurt Bestor next year. I love the Trans Siberian orchestra Christmas CD, but I didn't really like their concert.
14. How many Christmas trees do you have decorated in your house?
3 - one in the front room, one in Ethan's room, and one in my room!
15. What food can be found on your dinner table on Christmas night?
Ham, Turkey, cheeseballs, crackers, celery sticks with cheese, rolls, candied yams, and yummy candy and cookies!
I TAG Summer, Lindsey, Tiffany, Heather, and Beth
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Ethan sure loves Norma. She's not quite fond of him yet, howeve, his new trick is most certainly going to improve their friendship! Check it out!
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He also just loved looking at all the presents! These are all the white elephant gifts for the game the adults play, but Ethan assumed that all were for him!
As for the white elephant gift exchange from the adults, I ended up with pickled pigs feet! YUCK!! I sent them home with Ricky, who believe it or not said he liked them. Andy got a Soprano's cookbook, which is full of Italian Recipes, and I think we'll try some of them!
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Friday, December 5, 2008
Ethan's first word was for sure DOG. Sad huh? He points to Norma and says DOG, so he even knows what that word means. He has said dadadada since about 6 months, but I'm not sure he associates dada with Andy. A few weeks ago he finally started saying mama, but once again, I'm not sure he knows that mama is me.
Standing by himself . . . Ethan pulls himself up on everything. The other day he pulled himself up to the couch, and scooted along it until he could reach the toy he wanted. Once he got it, he picked it up with both hands and started playing. He stood there for about 20 seconds all by himself before he realize that he wasn't holding onto anything. Then he quickly panicked and sat down! I think he'll be walking pretty soon!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Suzanne's Grandpa lives in Leisure World in Arizona, which is a big retirement community! We went on a little walk around their lake after Thanksgiving dinner and learned that there was going to be a big garage sale.
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We went to the Mesa Temple the day after Thanksgiving to see them turn on their
Christmas lights! It was weird to see palm trees with lights, but it was fun. Brooke White from American Idol gave a little speech before they turned the lights on, but considering she's still under contract from American Idol she couldnt' sing!
If you look closely in the background, you can see all the protestors who are STILL mad about proposition 8! Get over it people!Here are the pictures of the fam at the temple! Everyone had fun except for Ethan, who slept through the entire experience!
Andy & Julia
Andy & Les
Colby & Suzanne
Barbara & Blake
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This is us gettin dinner ready to go!
And this is Ethan's first taste of Turkey! He LOVED it!
Ethan after having a taste of some Pumpkin Pie! Don't worry, he didn't waste a drop of that whipped cream, he licked every bit off it off his lips!
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