Thursday, March 18, 2010
I caught Orien in a sweet moment with his puppy:
Every time Leah bothers me and I think of getting rid of her, I just remember how Orien adores her. I'm not sure I have the heart to give her away, especially since they're such good buddies now. Leah will let O crawl ALL over her. He pulls her jowls and ears and she lets out a tiny yelp, but doesn't move a muscle. I've always read that boxers are perfect dogs for families with kids, and it seems Leah fits in that category! I grew up with dogs and have a strong (and sometimes, obsessive lol) love for dogs! I want Orien to have that as well.
Is the photo above the sweetest thing you've ever seen? I think so!
at 3:02 PM
Sneeze. Sniff. Cough. Repeat.
With age, I seem to have worse and worse allergies. Houston, unfortunately, is probably the worst place for people with allergies. The pollen hit the air this week and I have been miserable! My head pounds, my throat itches, my eyes are dry and my sinuses are clogged. No over the counter meds work. So I'm thinking about visiting a allergy doctor soon. After Brett is fully recovered, I'm gonna head to the doc and see about long-term allergy care.
Orien seems to have the allergy gene too :( His nose starts running every time mine does. It would be nice to go out and enjoy this RARE rare Houston 70-degree weather, but it makes us sick sick! We sneak a trip outside for a few minutes here and there, but I keep them short. I hope everyone else in Houston isn't suffering like me! Count your blessings if you DON'T have allergies!
I'll check in soon...
at 2:56 PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is what it seems I have to deal with lately:
Orien's personality has really developed lately. Well part of this development stage is trantrums! Fun stuff! He doesn't quite get what "discipline" means, so it's tricky to get him to listen. When we say "no", get looks at us and giggles or just does what he's not supposed to anyway. So we've started saying "no" and removing him from the situation. Consistency is the key!
It really tests your patience though. Babyhood was difficult, but I can see how toddlerhood will bring an entire new set of challenges. Of course the positives out-weigh the hard times!
But some days, I really just want to punch something. Thank God for naptime :)
at 2:45 PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This week my dad is visiting from Colorado. When he learned about Brett having cancer, he wanted to fly down and see us for a few days. We're going to pick him up soon and he'll be here til Thursday. We don't have much planned, which is perfect. I want a relaxing week before next week's craziness begins...
This weekend we have Orien's friend Leah's 2nd birthday party!! We can't wait. Leah is the sweetest and cutest little girl. Sunday I look forward to seeing my mom and fam again. They're in JH all week for Spring Break! I always miss them when they're gone. I'm sure they're getting some good skiing and boarding in.
This Sunday we have church and I set up a massage for Brett before his big surgery. He deserves some relaxing time before next week. Keep us in your prayers please! Hopefully this weekend I'll have some photos to post!
at 11:45 AM
Last week we went to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - only the LARGEST rodeo in the world! We did the typical rodeo thing...ate cheesy nachos, cheered for cowboys, laughed at the kiddos riding the sheep, and sang to some good country music. Brad Paisley was the performer that night and he was AMAZING! We shared some good times with Kris, Laura and Kristina that night. I can't wait to bring O to his first rodeo next year!
at 11:42 AM
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Orien is off to Mother's Day Out this fall!
I am so excited for him (and me). We signed him up for preschool two days a week from 9:30am - 2pm. He will be 18 months when he starts this September. It will be an adjustment for him at first, but I know he will learn to LOVE it. He's already so social and enjoys interacting with other kids and babies. I will definitely enjoy having some Mom time. It will be incredibly nice to have time to organize, file, workout, run errands, go have lunch, clean, etc. ALONE! I never thought I could get so excited to file bills :)
Sugar Creek Baptist is the preschool he'll be attending. It's only 10 min away and RIGHT next to David's office! They are extremely welcoming over there. The entire facility is clean, bright and colorful. Orien's class will have a limit of 10 kids (age 12-23 months) with 2 teachers. We peaked in the class during our tour and they were utterly adorable!!! I love that age, from 1-2 years old. They seemed so sweet and cuddly. The lady giving the tour reminded us that the class does NOT quite look this serene and calm in the fall...the little ones have to adjust first to being left with their new teachers! I have no worries though about my little man.
Ok, off to get things done while he naps. Love to all!!
at 9:57 AM
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today was the first day we felt some real HEAT! It was humid, sticky and warm. Hmm Houston :) Despite the heat, I really can't wait for summer. SO many awesome things to look forward to.
Here's a few photos from this afternoon. Sorry I haven't had much time to write lately. Life is BUSY. Enjoy!
at 4:16 PM
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The ONE YEAR mark is just around the corner...I can't believe it! Here's a list of some of Orien's newest things he's doing to entertain mom and dad.
1. pretend like he's talking on the phone - says "hey" into the phone
2. babbles a lot more, adding new syllables
3. pulling up on everything
4. getting better at using a sippy cup
5. speed crawler!! not interested in walking yet
I know there's more but I can't think right now. He is crying in his crib and there are groceries waiting to be unloaded! I'll check in soon to upload a video.
at 10:17 AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The first two photos are Orien and I playing with our Mac camera on the computer. We look so much alike I love it.
The next batch is from our Kemah day trip two weekends ago. We went with some of our home team (church) group and it was a blast. Orien passed OUT on the way home. We all had fun and the weather was perfect.
The last photos are of Orien's first try at spaghetti!!! It was a mess of course but went over fairly well. A bath immediately followed :)
at 9:58 AM