Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Puerto Rico Part Two

We spent most of our Puerto Rico vacation hanging around our beach house on Sandy Beach and enjoying time with family.  The big waves in Rincon led to a lot of surfing, and Jesse was able to get into the water a few times.

Nathan was trilled about seeing a real-life lighthouse (light-how)!

We also had a lot of fun in the pool,

and Nathan showed off his swimming skills to his Nana and Papa Thomas.

We went to Steps Beach during our last day in Rincon.  

The waves were too big for us to be able to do any snorkeling, but there were tidepools that allowed Nathan to play in relatively calm shallow water.  We spent the entire morning there and really loved this beach! 

We walked around Old San Juan before we left Puerto Rico, and Jesse toured the Castillo San Cristóbal.  

We spent our last evening in Isla Verde, had a relaxing scroll along the beach, and enjoyed virgin and non-virgin blended drinks.  Puerto Rico was lovely!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Puerto Rico!

Last week we were in Puerto Rico celebrating Matt and Merida's wedding! For this trip, Nathan graduated from riding in his carseat on the plane to this harness. He liked the freedom it gave him to move around, and he did really well on the trip.  It did not hurt that we let him watch some in-flight entertainment!

Nathan was so excited to get back to the beach and loved playing in the waves just as much as he did in Hawaii!

Look at this cute three generation Thomas beach picture!

The waves were pretty strong at Sandy Beach, and Nathan thought it was pretty fun when a big one got him!  

Nathan also had some beach yoga time with his Aunt Becca (Bet-ta) and, as you can see, he is pretty great at it!

One really unique adventure that we had during our trip was to visit a bioluminescent bay.  We went to the one in La Parguera, which was fairly close to where we were staying.  Nathan was instantly sold on the trip, which involved a biiiiiig boat (as Nathan saw it anyway).  It was really cool to be able to get into the water and see the dinoflagellates in the water sparkle and glow green. 

Nathan also loved playing with his sand toys, making creations with his Nana and exclaiming "tada!"

"Mitt and Mare" were the reason we went to Puerto Rico, and we are so trilled for this lovely couple and their marriage!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nathan is 2!

Nathan turned two last Thursday -- the day that we flew to Puerto Rico to celebrate Matt and Merida's wedding (more on that soon).  We threw Nathan a birthday party while we were there, and chose a Thomas the Train theme -- he loved it!

The wind blew out Nathan's candle for him, but he didn't mind.   

His favorite part was the ice cream (ie tweem) anyway!

The beautiful ocean was the backdrop of his birthday party.

 Nathan loved opening presents,

and playing with them.

His favorite part of all, however, was the balloons.  He was so excited about those balloons!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Silliness Galore

Nathan is quite a hoot.  Jesse adds to the silliness too, in this case convincing me that I shouldn't buy Nathan mittens next winter because sockhands are so much more effective (and stay on so much longer).

Nathan likes to "help" me with laundry and loves to be pulled around in a laundry basket.  This week Nathan decided to give his "amels" a treat and push them around too. 

Nathan also likes to color -- kind of.  When he does, he usually spends 5% of the time coloring and the rest of the time doing something else, like peeling the paper off his crayons or taking the lids off his markers and sticking them on the back.  He recently discovered that when he does that he can stick his finger in the cap and wave the marker around.  This guy is too much!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Watching Nathan

Some things can't be captured in pictures, so here are some videos of Nathan for you to watch.  In this first video, he is counting to 2 repeatedly (1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2).  He can count to 3 now by the way!


This second video shows what a conversation with Nathan is like nowadays.


Last (and longest) is a video of Nathan trying so hard to actually jump (spoiler alert, he never leaves the ground but he has fun nonetheless!)


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Marching on

Nathan is doing so well in swim class.  He holds his breath, kicks his legs, and uses his arms as well.  We just got him his first pair of goggles, and he loves it!

It has gotten so warm here that Monday was the last long-shirt day for us this week.  Today the high was in the mid-eighties!  

Nathan is quite a character and is talking so much more now.  He routinely puts two words together (yellow bus, big airplane, etc.) and can repeat just about any word we say (only when he wants to, of course!)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Blew In

It is definitely spring in New Mexico!  The wind has picked up, Jesse is suffering from seasonal allergies, and there are weeds popping up in our "yard."  This year we have another weed-wacker though!  Nathan actually did a great job pulling weeds, roots and all!

Nathan loves seeing things in the sky: planes, helicopters, birds, hot air balloons, you name it.  Now that it is windy people are flying kites and Nathan is loving it!

He also loves the pink flowers that are budding in our dwarf peach tree.  He had to touch each one!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Madness

This week Nathan is making up for lost time eating his weight in food after his stomach bug last week.

It is good to see him with his energy back.  He is the cutest and loves putting on and shuffling around in my Totoro slippers!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Stomach Bug

We have had a rough week.  Poor Nathan came down with a stomach bug, and it took him a full week to truly recover.  Both Jesse and I took extra time off this week to help the baby get the rest and love he needed.  Look at him just passed out on the couch -- as Jesse said, he hasn't slept on the couch since he was a tiny infant!

Yesterday Nathan was feeling well enough to kick balls around the handball court with Jesse.  Here's hoping this was the last big bug for a while!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February Layouts

I have loved using Simple Stories' Hello Baby line to document Nathan's birth and first few months. These next few layouts are the final ones I created with this line.  This first layout is of Grandpa Thomas' first visit to see Nathan, and I created it for Creative Embellishments' January challenge.  I used background paper with the "love you to the moon" title and crackle paint on the starts that I stitched hanging from the cloud.

I was inspired by CSI's case file 224 for this next layout.  I used the colors, clouds, animals, and die cuts, and I used mixed lettering for my rubon and element sticker journaling.

I also started using a new scrapbooking line -- Empire Bebe.  I love the giraffes!  I was inspired by Stuck?! Sketches' February 15 sketch for this layout of my mom and Jeff's first visit to see Nathan.

I was able to create a number of layouts this month, primarily because I put together some quick but cute project life inspired layouts.  Enjoy!