Feb 27, 2011

Three Years! - Baltimore, MD - February 2011

Wow, I just realized that 3 years ago, after eating at Salt Grass Steak House, I posted my very first blog entry from a hotel room in Dallas, TX. And now, 162 posts later, it's really cool to look back and see the journey. The most I have ever posted in a month is 10 times and that happened twice, first in October 2008 and then again two months later in December 2008. The Longest I've gone without blogging in the last three years was 35 days, between November 20, 2009 "Most Girls Dream" to December 26, 2009 "So Much to Say".

I've seen a lot of bloggers come and go and sometimes I thought I might be one of them, but here I am. And although my content has changed a bit, I'm still here. There have also been a few fans that have faithfully followed my blog since the beginning and to you guys I say THANK YOU! Your comments have been AWESOME!

Just for fun, here are some of my favorite posts:

All the Hub Stories,
And looking back at my pregnancy is also fun.

I truly hope you've had as much fun reading as I have had writing, Here's to the next 3!

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

Feb 26, 2011

Swim classes Start Monday - Baltimore, MD - February 2010

This Monday our little Monkey starts swim classes!!! For the last several months, a good friend of ours has been raving about the "Get Wet" swim classes, which are part of the Michael Phelps Swim School here in Baltimore. So with summer approaching and having just received another 6 inches of snow, we're taking matters into our own hands and jump starting our summer a few months early.

Here's a little video of the musically geared program for kids 6 months - 3 years old.

Swim suit...

We're SUPER excited!

Till next time,
Bon Voyage

Feb 18, 2011

The Common Cold - Baltimore, MD - February 2011

About the middle of last week The Hub started showing signs of this rascal.
On Sunday he so lovingly passed it along to me. Then yesterday our little Monkey caught this...

Look a Little Closer...
Yep Her first Temperature, runny nose, watery eyes, only wants to snuggle with mommy, "common cold".

(Visual aides are courtesy of Giant Microbial.com and Aunt Lo)

This looks to be a 3 or 4 day bug, so hopefully she'll be feeling better in a couple of days. In the mean time I'm enjoying this cuddle bug and her "common cold".

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

Feb 15, 2011

Our LOVE DAY FEAST - Baltimore, MD - February 2011

Are you noticing a trend? Most of the important events in our lives are surrounded by food and when you think about it, really, is there any other way!? LOVE DAY is no exception!

After a disastrous Valentine's Day dinner about 4 years ago at a swanky restaurant in Memphis, we decided that there had to be a better way to celebrate "LOVE DAY". That night, on the way home from said disastrous dinner, we agreed that in the future we'd buy stakes, fancy salad fixings, and what ever else struck our fancy, and we'd celebrate at home in our p.js.

This year we had fillets
Corn on the cob
mashed potatoes
and yummy salad.
We had Fresh strawberries, bananas, and pineapple with fondue chocolate for dessert, but after stuffing ourselves on dinner, surprise of all surprises, there was no room for dessert.
Next year maybe we should start with dessert! Mmmmmmmmmmm!Another Love Day tradition is that The Hub makes my Valentine's Day Card.

Last year's card... (yep those are pink post-Its)
This year's card...
I think next year I may decorate.

Thanks to The Hub for another GREAT LOVE DAY!

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

Feb 3, 2011

8 Months... Already!!!??? - Baltimore, MD - January 2011

'm literally astonished that our tiny girl is already 8 months old. She is by far the coolest thing on Earth!

There's not an official doctor's visit so these stats were taken on our bathroom scale and a STANLY construction measuring tape. (My sewing measuring tape and sewing scissors must have eloped together because both are nowhere to be found.)
***6 month picture MIA***
Monkey 7 Months
Monkey 8 Months

Here are her new stats:
Weight: 14 lbs (5th %)
Length: 25 and 1/2 inches (5th %)
Head Circumference: 17 inches (25th %)

I know I say this every time, but it is truly AMAZING to watch this tiny person grow and change. She's eating two to three solid food meals a day with her 3 teeth (2 on the bottom & 1 on the top). Her favorites are yogurt and Bananas. For the most part she's not a fan of veggies, with peas and green beans at the bottom of the list. She's discovered that she can refuse to eat things, which isn't the most fun. but coupled with yogurt she'll eat at least a few bites of just about anything.

She is becoming a much more interactive and independent little thing and I'm not just talking about interaction with people. she is learning to play on her own with one of her new favorite toys the Playschool Bucket of Blocks which contains 10 brightly colored blocks that are in assorted shapes. The great part about the bucket is that with all the blocks in it it's only half full leaving lots of room for other treasures! So as of this morning her bucket contains: 2 pacifiers, 1 newborn sock, a teething ring stacking cups, a set of keys, an elephant (stuffed of course), a beaded necklace, and a rattle. I'm thinking big purses are in her future.

She's also getting pretty darn good with her hand and arm coordination which is teaching me that anything within her reach (which is rapidly expanding) is fare game. Last week she was on the kitchen counter in her bumbo seat watching me put away groceries (a favorite pass time) and as I was putting away the cold stuff in the refrigerator, with my back turned she proceeded to somehow reach out and throw on the floor 2 bags of chips, a box of cereal, a bag of splenda, a loaf of bread, hot dog buns and a bottle of ranch dressing. (Thank goodness the eggs were already put away and the bag of potatoes was too heavy!)

She's starting to develop a bit of a vocabulary, She says Mama and Dada with intent now, not just as random syllables, which is super fun! She also says bah bah, which, depending on the situation could be bottle, bouncing, or bath, ALL things she LOVES!!! There's also a lot of gibberish and excited girlish squealing. She is extremely ticklish and is learning the joy and fun of peek-a-boo.

She is sitting up completely on her own and when on her belly she can oscillate in a complete circle. The kitties can still safely watch her outside arms reach, but I don't think that will last much longer. Malcheck LOVES to sit and watch her play, and one of her favorite things is to turn in circles watching him as he walks around her. He'll even let her pet and hold his tail as long as she doesn't pull it. Best friends already.

The last few months have brought a few firsts for her on the traveling front. In November she took her first airplane ride to Boston and the end of December brought her first road trip to Tennessee which I'm excited to say went really well. Over 2,000 miles of driving over the course of 10 days and she did AMAZING!!!

On December 26th, surrounded by our friends and family, she was baptized by her Godfather. There is no feeling that can match that of watching your first child being welcomed into the community of God as everyone present makes a covenant to help us raise her to know, fear, and Love the Lord! It was an emotional day that brought my father to tears.
It was the first time all 4 of his grand children were under the same roof and he was definitely a proud Paw Paw. Below are a few more pictures of our time with family and friends.
Monkey and her Aunt Lo

Monkey with Dad's shades

Monkey with her God Parents
Her Baptism gown

Our little family

Til next time,
Bon Voyage