Saturday, June 24, 2017

Toddler Bed!

Transitioning Nathan to a toddler bed is one of those milestones we were not exactly looking forward to, since we were worried how his ability to easily escape would negatively impact his sleep.  But Nathan started showing signs that he was close to the point where he would climb out of his crib, so we didn't want to risk him falling (let's be honest, he gets his grace from me!)  So we bit the bullet, and he is so excited about his big boy bed!  Although he did a lot of getting in and out of the bed the first day he slept in it, he actually stayed in bed when we put him down the rest of the week!  So far, the transition has been a success.

Other "big boy" reports: his ability to draw a rocket(ish) shape (note his shirt that Jesse got him),

his ability to interact with more of the exhibits at our hands on museum,

and his impressive (and hilarious) first taste of blue cheese!  He is actually a bit of a fan of both blue cheese and brie now.  How sophisticated of him!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Creative Embellishments Design Team

I am happy to announce that I am now designing for Creative Embellishments! You can check out the design team announcement on their blog. Creative Embellishments makes amazing chipboard pieces and I can't wait to show you what I am creating with them.

In the meantime, in addition to working on my design team projects, I made this clean and simple layout of Nathan at 3 months:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Zoo Party

My firm had its yearly zoo party last weekend and Nathan was so excited to go to the zoo!  He has been talking about the animals he saw nonstop this whole week.

My favorite moment was when this giraffe came over to say hi to Nathan.

These zebras are always eating!

And these hippos are so cool!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Already

I can't believe it's June already!  It is definitely starting to get hot, and we have been spending more time outside.  Last weekend, we enjoyed our church's Memorial Day picnic at Cabazon Park, where Nathan explored the playground and played with his friends from church.  

We also spent time at another "new" park that is not too far from us.

Nathan has been playing with Jesse's "shoccar baw," and Jesse captured Nathan's pretty impressive skills!  Manchester United, here we come!


Nathan also amazed us this week by singing his ABCs all by himself!  He has the whole alphabet down, and although he sings it "L, O, P" he does know M and N!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nathan's Creations

Nathan has made huge strides in his ability to build things with his block toys.

Look at the concentration here -- and that lip!

He was (justifiably) proud of his creation!

With a little help from his teachers at school, Nathan also made an adorable handprint bouquet for me for Mother's Day.  I love it!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

National Scrapbooking Day 2017

National Scrapbooking Day has inspired me to get a few pages done this month.  I created this first page for Creative Embellishments' May challenge.  I used a love theme and a stamp in the background to create an interesting effect where the two background papers meet.

I love creating sweet baby pages!  This next one is based on Stuck?! Sketches' May 15th challenge.

Finally, I created this layout of the "toy" Jesse bought me -- my new car -- for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge's May Challenge.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In sickness and in health

Unfortunately Nathan is sick at the moment (and oh so ornery!), and Jesse and I are not feeling well either.  But this cutie still manages to put a smile on our faces every day.  We are also enjoying the warm weather and spending time outdoors.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mini Movies

We captured quite a few cute videos this month that I wanted to share with you.  First off, in Puerto Rico Nathan counted to ten for the first time!  He has been very into counting ever since and it is so adorable.


Next, Nathan isn't the most prolific drawer or colorer but he has started to draw circles (kind of) and was very proud of drawing a sun.


This next video is silliness defined.  I love his little laugh!


Finally, Nathan has started singing along with some of his favorite songs.  He has a really good memory!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Presents Galore

Nathan got a lot of birthday presents from adoring family members, and he opened most of them when we got back from Puerto Rico.  He loved them all!

Nathan is a huge Elmo fan so he was super excited about his new furry friend!

He has loved wheels since forever and has been captivated by bikes recently.  He was so excited to get one!

He hasn't really figured out the petals yet, but it'll come, and he has a ton of fun scooting around!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter Sunday

Happy (belated) Easter everyone!  We had a lovely Easter Sunday this year.  We started the morning with an Easter egg hunt at home.  Nathan quickly got the hang of it and had a ton of fun.

Look at this little guy and his loot!

We had a lot of people at our Easter services at church, which was good to see.  They even set up a photo booth and took this cute family picture.

We got together with a couple friends from church for dinner, and the kids especially had a blast!  

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!