Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
creeping cat, unsuspecting baby
listen up, santa....
I think we're done here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Happy 3 months, Mister Anderson! You're the sweetest thing in our world, barf and all! It seems impossible that a quarter of a year has already passed since your arrival. I remind myself every single day to enjoy each distinct moment- the funny ones, the messy ones, the tiring ones, the sweet giggly evening ones with J. Even the smelly ones, the ones where I'm not sure whether the poop on my hand or the pee on his belly is a more urgent matter. And especially the sleepy, snuggly ones. They're all beautiful because this boy, so spirited, so happy, is the ultimate blessing. They're passing all too quickly and I'm so thankful for our sunshiny little man!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
A's fantastic as ever. He did spit up all over my chin, neck and chest this morning, that wasn't so fantastic. But that's what I get for feeding him then immediately attempting "the airplane" in a lame attempt to entertain the baby while doing a few sit ups. My bad. He's got a full on giggle now, a sound SO instinctively happy that I tear up in adoration nearly ever time he does it. But A's a coy boy. We'll be playing and giggling and having a ball....then we attempt to get the giggle on film, and he takes one look at the camera and turns stoic. That's what happened last night when J and I tried to capture some of the fun to share. Not even a visit from his weird buddy Tickle Monster nor another round of Jingle Bells could shake loose one of those precious giggles. Watch and behold A's stage fright. (Apologies in advance for my singing "skills". "Skills" meaning...."sounds like a deranged, dying, irritating chipmunk".)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
He's also discovered that those chubby little arms and legs are good for something fun- splashing! He loves to kick furiously and grins when he soaks his face with water. We start with a full tub, and ten minutes later, he's got half the water out and covering the bath mat, the floor, his parents, and once, the cat. Ralph learned his lesson about getting too close to Michael Phelps Jr. and now stays a safe distance away monitoring the activity, as you'll see in the video.
In news unrelated to Anderson, it SNOWED last night! It was 81 degrees and muggy at 1pm. When we went out again around 4pm, there was a chill in the air and we needed light jackets. By 9pm we could hear sleet hitting the windows and turned the heat on. And as we headed to bed at midnight- SNOW! The rooftops were actually white this morning. No snow day for J, though. Boo!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sara, Megan, Sarah, Mandie, Katie, Jenny
Buca di Beppo, Minneapolis, October 2004This is a "before" shot of me with my very best friends. The after shots are much less flattering, so I'm glad this was #4, because this blog wouldn't be the appropriate place for a photo of us after the 6 or 7 bottles of wine downed at our table that night (I'm gagging at the memory). So many big life changes since this night- marriages, two sweet baby boys, Megan's baby due in less than 4 weeks, Jenny's baby girl due in April, moves all over the country and back again, new houses, new jobs, new business ventures. But at heart, we're still "Rivs, Forks, and Falls", North Dakota girls, Alpha Phis, Sioux, and most importantly- dear lifelong friends. I'm so blessed to know and love these women!
All right......CRYSTAL, you're it!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Last night, Anderson met his new friend, the very adorable Will. Will was in town with his parents, our friends Cari & Jason. The little guys hit it off immediately, just like their mamas did while working the stockroom in our Pottery Barning days. Will had a chance to practice his baby-tending skills....good thing, since he's going to have a baby sister this spring! While I really wish they were still living here in Austin, we can't wait to spend more time with this fun family during our many California visits.
A's saying...."dude, let me out of here and we can have some FUN!"
A's not wearing shorts. His bibs are just all hiked up, and pretty close to outgrown. On to 6 month outfits for Mister Ginormous.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Okay, now that they're gone: It's COLD! And I LOVE the (Texas) cold! It makes me crave chili and warrants Ugg-wearing! A and I attempted our morning walk, and trotted about 4 houses down the sidewalk before I turned on my heels and jogged us right back home. We headed back out this afternoon around 4:00 (because someone thought having two peanut butter cookies for lunch was a good idea, then someone obsessed over how her muffin top is NEVER EVER going to go away if she doesn't quit eating peanut butter cookies for lunch and get her big mombutt out on a walk, prompting someone to bundle her baby in every fleecy warm item of clothing he owns to go for a very long walk). Monkey and I will be headed out tomorrow in search of baby mittens, a baby hat, and a ridiculously puffy baby jacket. The flimsy Carters jacket he's wearing above, the one I thought would be sufficient winter gear for a Texan baby, just isn't going to cut it.
In other news: the dreaded inflatables are upon us. Ugh. We've got snowmen and snow globes and reindeer and Santas littering the 'hood. Most assaulting to my eyes.....the six foot Pooh. What does POOH have to do with Christmas? Or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or ANY holiday for that matter?? I wish a big gusty wind would come through and blow Pooh and his giant inflatable candy cane right on out of here.