Monday, December 28, 2009

Silence Broken!

Ok, sorry for the LONG silence, it has been too long, but I am back at it! Luke is growing and changing daily! I will add a ton of pictures and videos as I can. Luke is an active 3 year old boy as boys should be! He has taken a liking to Thomas the Train! He was so excited to get them for his birthday and Christmas.
More coming very soon! this picture is from 10-15-09! He has grown so much!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

1st Circus April 5th

Our first circus experience was not bad considering Luke is 2 1/2 years old. I had no idea that by getting to fair park 30 minutes before it was supposed to start would mean sitting in line with hundreds of people because the doors didn't open until the time it was supposed to start. Once we were able to begin filing in, we quickly realized they had one set of double doors open for this massive crowd of people to come in. I quickly felt like a herd of cattle rushing through the gate. We finally made it inside and were finally directed to our section, which was on the floor. And by on the floor I mean about 20 feet from the rings. I also did not know that kids were allowed to ride on ponies and the elephants. I decided Luke was to little and could not go, that and he had been screaming since we got out of the car. Finally got Luke calmed down and in a seat and he had a pop tart in hand. Finally everything was right with the world.How is it the 2 1/2 year old can look at the camera, but the person operating the camera can't?

Luke was in awe from the moment the lights went down. The ringmaster was presented first with a little dance number and then the first animal act...The Tigers! I am glad the were in the ring furthest from us because even though Luke liked them, but they were about 50 yards away.
After a few other acts was the Elephant. This act was in the center ring and close to us. Luke loved it!! The elephant was very talented.



We also watched a dog act, but I didn't get any picture of it. At one point during the act the dogs slid down a tube like a slide and Luke wanted to go slide. But I was able to convince him that the slide was for dogs only.
We made it through a few more acts of dancing and such, but Luke was getting very restless. It was 8:30 after all and he was tired. When Luke has had enough he will start to ask to go home, and he asked to go home. We had seen the two main events I figured he would watch so we left.
I can't wait for the next opportunity to take him to the circus!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Weekend at Trish's (take 2)

Here are the videos:

This is Luke playing with his letters. When Gramma came to visit about a month ago she discovered that Luke could name most of his letters, so I saw the opportunity to showcase his knowledge.
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This one shows how most of the weekend went for Cambry and Luke. She would think of something to do and h would follow right along! She will e a great big sister one day (hint hint Trish). Luke had so much fun with Cambry, even though he kept calling her Lainey.
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This is the toddler edition of american idol! I don't have a clue what he is saying, but it is so darn cute. keep watching until he sings the second time. I might be biased but I think he has the "it" factor. Just kidding, but he does take after his daddy.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weekend at Trish's

This past weekend I took Luke to go spend the weekend with Trish (my college roommate) and her daughter, Cambry. We had a wonderful time! Here is Luke on the ride there, needless to say it was a quiet ride! Even Rudy go in the picture, but he looks bored!
Here we are sliding!! One of our favorite past times!
Even Cambry got in on the sliding. She originally wanted someone to catch her at the end due to a past bad experience, but after seeing fearless Luke slide a few times she decided to go without the help at the end! I promise she was happy in this picture! The whole weekend Luke called Cambry, Lainey. Which is his cousin's name. It was cute!
Here is the calf I go to feed! Luke really liked all the animals. I didn't get a picture of Trish's dog, but she is a tiny dog and Luke kept calling her a cat...oops.
Here is on of the four goats. I think this one is Patches. For goats they are cute goats. They all have mo-hawks on their spines!

Here is Luke inside the fence with the animals. He was not scared of any of them. It gave me some relief about the circus we had planned for later in the weekend!

I have some great video to add, but won't upload so I will put it in a new post later!

The new sunglasses! March 29th

I found some sunglasses that I thought would stay on Luke and he couldn't break the ear pieces off. They have an elastic band that hold them on. It was warm and sunny outside on March 29th so we went outside and tried out the sunglasses!
Can you tell that it is windy? But he left the sunglasses on!

You can sort of tell in this picture but the band pushes the top of his ears down. I will have to figure out how to position the band better!

McDonald's March 28th

After nap time Mom took me to McDonald's to play and burn off some energy. She said it was too cold to go outside so off we went to Mickey D's. This was the first time I actually played on the entire playplace. In the past I would only go as far as I could still see Momma, but I wasn't scared this time. Some very nice older kids would help me when I tried to crawl up the different levels like steps, which were just a tad too tall for me. But with help I could get up them. I finally got up to the slide and had a blast sliding down over and over!! I was not happy when Momma said it was time to go, but I finally went with her. Here is a picture of me on one of the many times sliding.

MS Walk!

March 28th - the wind chill was in the 20's so Luke did not get to go with me, but I went and had a great time! The picture below is of me and an old friend from middle school, Katrina! She won 1st place in her division in the 5k race!!! Next year I will run with her, or at least try to keep up with her! She also got to wear the tiara since she raised the most money, she beat me out in the last few minutes!
This is where I signed the wall of hope for my mom!
I smudged the last name for the blog, sorry.

Next year I will be more experienced and do a much better job raising money!! Thank you to everyone who supported me!! I walked 3.13 miles for you and every one with MS!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Big Boy Bed

We have finally made the transition to the big boy bed!! I was going to do it the Sunday of Spring Break, but he had the stomach bug and I wanted to keep him contained. So this Sunday night we made the transition! It went well he stayed in his bed and seems to like the bed. About 12:00 am early Monday morning in the monitor I heard a thump followed by crying and went to check on him, he had fallen out of the bed and was laying on the floor. Poor guy, I picked him up and checked him over and put him back in bed and he was out before I stood up. The next morning I asked him about falling out of the bed and I don't think he remembered any of it. So last night was night 2 and at 11:55ish I heard Luke crying in the bedroom, I had just put some laundry in the dryer, so I went to check on him. He was sitting on the floor beside his bed with the blanket beside him. I think he was trying to figure out what happened. But I put him back in bed and he fell fast asleep. This morning when he woke up I went to get him and he was still in his bed! I am not sure he realizes so early that he can get out by himself. I'm sure it won't be long before he is up out of bed before I get there. So that is the tale of the big boy bed!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cambry's 4th Birthday Party

We went to Cambry's Party today at a bounce house place. It was a ton of fun and wore both of us out. Here are some pictures for your pleasure!


At the beginning...
Luke and Papa Rich



The one he could do by himself - aka my favorite!!







Thank you Cambry, Trish and Matt it was a ton of fun, but we are both worn out now!! Can't wait for the next party!!!

MS Walk for Gramma, March 28th 2009

I have decided at the last minute to join the 2009 MS Walk. I joined the team, Sherman's Marchers (SM) which is MS reversed. Next year I will be a little more on top of things. To the right is a link to make a donation (tax deductible). I have set a goal of $225 and have raised $125 so far which is 55% of my goal. Thank you to everyone who has and will donate. As some of you may know my mom aka Gramma has MS she was diagnosed in August of 1988 and remained in remission for about 15 years. She is very strong willed and determined to not let MS control her. So Luke and I will be marching for her!! As long at the weather is not to bad on March 28th, Luke will be walking with me, or strolling in the stroller. Here is a link to the National MS Society Lone Star Chapter if you would like to read more.



Every hour of every day,
someone is diagnosed with MS. That's why I registered for the MS Walk and that's why I'm asking you to support my fund raising efforts with a tax-deductible donation.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS but they can't do it without our help. It's faster and easier than ever to support this cause that's so important to me. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message. If you prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.

Any amount, great or small, helps to make a difference in the lives of people with MS. I appreciate your support and look forward to letting you know how I do.

P.S. If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the MS Walk are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit nationalmssociety.org.

Click here to view the team page for Sherman's Marchers
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/TXHWalkEvents?team_id=157093&pg=team&fr_id=10988&s_tafId=105952

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Crisis not Averted

Well we were unlucky again. Monday a girl at Luke's daycare didn't come Monday because she came down with a stomach bug early that morning. By the end of the week I thought we were in the clear since Luke had no signs of being sick. Until Saturday night; after his afternoon nap Luke was acting normal until about a hour after he had been awake, he started wanting to cuddle and just be close. But he had no fever and no other signs or symptoms of being sick. So my mom and i went to dinner with Luke and all was normal. By the time we got home he was just sitting in his car seat looking at me like he was tired, so I got him ready for bed and he went to sleep. Then about 10:30pm he woke up crying so I went in and checked on him and he was a mess. FYI, mandarin oranges look the same as before you eat them. So I gave him a bath, clean the crib and carpet, then about 30 minutes later, he was back in bed. The pattern continued until 1am, but each time it was not as bad as the time before. I summed it up to a friend like this: 6 rounds of vomiting, 5 clothing changes, 4 diaper changes, 3 sheet changes, 2 restarts of the CD, 1 bath and 1 sick little boy. All in just a few hours. I think we are in the up swing. Keep your fingers crossed! The fun part will be to see who gets it next; me or my mom. Luckily Scott was out of town so I think he will be safe.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Crisis not averted

I was trying to avoid Luke climbing or falling out of the bed by switching him to the toddler bed over Spring Break. But I learned last night I was about 3 days too late. I'm still not sure exactly how he did it, but I was in the kitchen trying to get him something to make his teeth feel better, I think his next molars are trying to push through, and my mom and I hear a loud thump followed by crying. I hurried in to find him laying on his back on the floor next to the crib. Once he settled down and stopped crying, all he would say was "I fall" and point at the crib. I think his neck might be a little sore today, but no bruises thankfully. I will change his crib into his toddler bed on Sunday and get some pictures posted of it. I just hope to get some sleep next week during the change. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The best smile ever!!!


This is the best smile I have gotten out of Luke so far, and it is the best smile in the whole world! The added bonus is it was taken on my birthday. Thank you Luke!

I only have one question: Where did my baby go? Wasn't it just yesterday I was trying to figure out what to do with him? Having friends teach me how to bathe such a tiny little boy? It makes me sad to think how much time has flown by. But there is so much more to look forward to!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Gramma and Grampa's visit

Gramma and Grampa came to visit last weekend. Gramma got called Momma and Amma and Grampa was called Ampa. Very cute. Luke doesn't get to see my dad very often so it usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour for him to warm up to Grampa, but he sees pictures of Grampa all the time and will call him by name, just in person it is different I guess. They had a blast together!

Friday we went to dinner at Red Robin so Grampa could get a good hamburger versus a soy burger. Luke did really well until the battery on the portable DVD player died. Oops. But it was good.

Saturday we just hung out at the house. Grampa was still adjusting to the 9 hour time difference, so we all napped and had a lazy day. Since it was valentine's day we avoided the chain restaurants and just went to a local Italian restaurant. No wait on Valentine's day and no reservation needed, but great food. You can't beat that.

Sunday we met Gramma and Grampa for lunch at a BBQ joint and took it home to eat it. Good thing that was the plan because Luke was in no shape to be in public for much longer. Sorry to the folks at Texas Smokehouse that had to endure that boy. After nap time we went outside to play. Here are some pictures and a video.



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Monday they headed back so I had to get a group shot. The best way to get look to sit was to turn on The Wiggles. Can you tell where he is looking, at The Wiggles.






I couldn't resist this one, not the best happy faces, but very cute cuddling with Grampa.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The piano

Scott's mom has a piano at her house and Luke loves to play it. This Christmas he wanted someone beside him while he played. This time it was Daddy's turn. They looked so cute I couldn't resist! The light is kind of low so it maybe a little hard to see, sorry.

They are playing on the keys and shaking their heads, and then Luke closes the top and they drum for a little and then back to playing the piano again.


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Sunday Drive

On our way to encounter a few Sundays ago it was chilly so Luke had his hat on. I looked back and he looked so cute I had to snap a few pictures. He was actually smiling which has been rare lately.



We miss all of you and hope you have a great weekend. Next weekend begins the parade of grandparents. My parents will be here next weekend and the Scott's mom will be here the one after that. I should have lots of pictures to post.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Christmas 2008

We had a wonderful Christmas week as we traveled across Texas. we starting by leaving on Sunday and driving to my mom's 3 hours away. Then on Christmas Eve we left there and drove 5 hours to Scott's mom's house. Then Saturday we drove back home 4 hours. Good times!
Luke helping to trim the tree.We had a bunch of "Christmases" first was with my family, then with my dad's family, then with my mom's family. We had to leave that one early to drive to Scott's mom's house.


Then we had one with Scott's dad.

The next Hannah Montana.

The next Jason Mraz (Luke's favorite)
Finally Christmas with Scott's Family
Daddy being Santa
I think we is excited to be the next Tiger Woods, now we just need to work on his swing.
How can I leave out the best Christmas present this year, our new nephew:
Landon born just a few days before and weighed 9lbs, 8ozs.
I think all that wieght was in his cheeks, who can resist this?
Lainey adoring her little brother Landon!