Sunday, September 28, 2008

A couple of firsts and one repeat.

So in case you didn't know, recently it was my birthday. As I am sure most of you do, I received some cash. Usually I am totally money conscious and I apply it toward bills and what not. But this year, I really wanted to do something fun with my money. After hohuming about a couple of different options (A day at Catalina, a short weekend trip away with the men in my life) I decided on the gift that will last throughout the year. Tuesday the 23rd Sam experienced Disneyland for the first time. We had such a good time, but note to parents, 14 month year olds are still too young for Peter Pan and really any ride that is kinda dark on the inside. He did okay on the Storybook Land tour and the Ferris Wheel at California Adventure, but beyond that, it was a tough time for Sam. But he enjoyed Pluto! ;)Another first we experienced is below. I decided it was time for Sam to get a haircut. I thought about this one too and though I wanted a wonderful memory in a cute little shop somewhere, I thought it would be less traumatic if I did it myself. Sam was such a good boy. The only thing I might have done differently is to have done a number 3 instead of a number 1. I am getting "chemo baby" comments from the fam. Here is the before...
And the after....
Friday night we had the opportunity to go to the LA County Fair. Now, as I stated in the title of this blog, this is not Sam's first time at the fair. We got to go last year when Sam was 2 months old. Daddy and son got this cute little picture together. Quite funny if I do say so myself.
So, try as he might, Matt could not find the same cut out board for this year's picture. So we had to settle for this one:
Still pretty cute if I do say so myself. Well, I have to go get Sam some dinner. Hope all is going well in all of your lives!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Breaking News!

So I don't expect to post this often, but I had to come on and share this with the world. I knew Sam would be getting close, but this is about as good as it gets. I am so proud of Sam.

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Mind you, it is just a few steps, but seeing as he just started standing a couple of weeks ago, I am so proud of his accomplishment. I can seriously credit his tractor in helping him go. This is the John Deere Sit and Scoot Activity Tractor made by Learning Curve and given to him for his birthday by his Uncle Rob, Aunt Angela, and cousins Ryan and Aidan. He absolutely loves pushing around this thing.

This was probably a video shot in late August. At this point, as shown in the video, it was pushing it until he ran into something, then getting on the other end and pushing again. Sorry for the length of it, feel free to stop it. A couple of weeks ago, he turned pro and started steering the thing around the house. Pretty soon it will no longer be used to push, but instead to sit on. How quickly they grow up. (insert sad face here, lol.)

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Gosh, he is napping now, but I am on cloud nine! My little boy can walk!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Day at the Park

Today Matt finally had a day off from his full time job so we could spend some time together as a family. After a great lunch at Hometown Buffet, I had him swing by Slauson Park in Azusa so we could play with Sam for a while. I also wanted to get some pics of the weather per my dad's request. It is a cute little park that also has a pool attached to it. The pool is awesome. It has a large slide available to kids and a little splash zone, but sadly, it is now closed for the season.

Of course, our first stop with a baby almost toddler is the infant swings. Sam for the first time truly loved it. He smiled and laughed.

Matt and Sam had a good old time playing on the swing.
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Here is a still I just love...
Then, it was my turn to get in on the fun.
Thank goodness for timers on the camera. Had we known we were taking pictures, I think we may have dressed a bit differently, but hey, I am representing (though they are as rotten as rotten eggs) and Matt is still in work clothes from doing a part time shift earlier. Sam looks great thanks to some snazzy clothes from Becky and shoes from Grandma Judy.
Sam poking Matt's eye out.
Ahhh bab bab bab bab bab. Sam and I making noises on our hands.

It was such a nice day. Not too hot, so jeans were an option to wear... finally! I LOVE autumn. Welcome Fall, good riddance Summer! Until next time...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sick of it all

I am sure I am not the only one, but I am going crazy with all of the political crap being inundated on us. The sad thing is, it is only September. How did it ever get like this? You know, I am really too young to know any different, but my guess is that it was not like this 20 years ago. There were no "I approve this message" commercials, only what mattered: debates. I could be sadly mistaken, but it seems counterproductive what they do. The sad thing is, it's not! People judge their votes by commercials because we don't have the time or will to do the research. I am not criticizing this approach; I totally understand it. I for one am so sick of hearing all the politics that I really don't want to make the effort. Not to mention that I feel like my vote totally does not count. IMO, unless you live in one of those swing states, it is pretty obvious what your vote is going to do. On the other hand, if everyone felt the way I do, our electoral system would not work. So, let's all get ready to endure another 7 or so weeks of hell. Just get this dang election over so we can return to worrying about the economy, war, natural disasters, and all the other wonderful stories waiting to be reported on.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Can I possibly be doing this?

Ok, so being inspired by my friend Brienne (I hope she doesn't mind me connecting to her here), whose blog I read faithfully, I have decided to try this out on my own and see if anyone thinks my life, well, Matt and I's lives, are very interesting. I seriously hope that this is not a waste of time as a few of my other ventures, namely facebook, so I will try to update this weekly. Since I spend a lot of time on the computer, I think I should be able to keep it up.

So what has been going on recently? What else? My big boy Sam. Look what he can do!
So I realize this probably isn't the best picture, but you have to remember that A) I have about 10 seconds to get the picture and B) My mom is not a great photographer. Despite giving her the camera and standing Sam up and getting out of the way, I either got a finger or a blur when my mom was on the other side of the camera. Oh and btw, I thought this shirt looked kinda big on him. When I saw the tag said 4T, I busted up laughing. Sam should be wearing 18 months at the largest... usually 12 months. This is what you get for having WAY too many clothes from cousins at your house.

I guess I will wrap this up, of course with more to come.