Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

He's running into 2009....Happy New Year!!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008

We had a fantastic Christmas! On Christmas eve, Jake, my dad and I, took Connor to the Children's Museum downtown to play for the morning. We stopped and had breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts first and then headed there. It was a lot of fun. When we got home, I did a lot of cooking and got everything ready for Christmas eve dinner because Jake and I were having my mom and dad over to our place after church. We went to Christmas eve service at church and came home, ate way too much and played the wii. Connor got to open one gift and he got his little grow and go giraffe which he really likes! Christmas morning Connor went running to the presents when he woke up, it was precious. He loved opening the gifts, although it took him FOREVER! He likes to rip a little bit off of one and then move to the next, it was pretty funny. We enjoyed a lazy morning around here and then headed to my parent's house for dinner. We had a wonderful meal over there and just a lazy, relaxing day....exactly what I wanted.
Amongst all the material things that unfortunately seem to overshadow the real meaning of CHRISTmas so much in today's society, we were also celebrating a birthday. May we always remember that Christmas is not about "things". I feel so blessed beyond belief to have a healthy family that surrounds me with love and wonderful friends who are beside me when I need them. Most importantly, I know a God whom even though I fall short of his love daily, he forgives me and blesses me beyond measure. Hope everyone had a VERY Merry Christmas! (Warning-This post is picture heavy!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa, Friends, and Parent's Night Out!

This past weekend was a busy one...December seems to be packed for us, but it's o.k., because we have been having a great time. On Friday night, we took Connor to see Santa at the Greeenwood Mall. This is where we took him last year (he was only 3 months old) The picture was adorable and he was too young to be scared! This year, we were a little concerned. He is just now hitting the stage where he has some stranger anxiety. Well, we got him on Santa's lap and you can just see his reaction.....not a fan at all. We high tailed it out of there (I just had to buy the picture first) and he was happy once he was out of Santa's sight! After seeing Santa, we went over to our friends, Erica and Jared's house for a nice dinner and visit. We may have pushed Connor a little too much b/c he was pretty tired and way past his bedtime. Saturday night was adults night!!!!! Yay! We had our couple's dinner for our small group at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Vito Provelone's. Grandma and Grandpa had Connor and mommy and daddy enjoyed a wonderful night out with friends. After eating, we all headed over to Nancy and Mike's for some games and didn't end up getting home till' 3 am and then up at 8 for church! It was so nice to be out with friends!! It was a great weekend!

As you can see, he was none too thrilled with the jolly guy

Erica and Connor

Yes, I took a picture of food...the awesome spinach tortellini, isn't it pretty?

Our awesome connection group leaders, Nancy and Mike

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

On Saturday we took Connor downtown the Indiana State Museum because they have this thing there every year called Celebration Crossing. It is a pretty cute set up...they have Santa and Mrs. Claus' house and a train ride as well. We got there and didn't realize that it was Girl Scout day so it was pretty packed to say the least. We ate lunch upstairs at the cafe' and I had the most amazing chicken salad EVER....not the point, but it was really good. :) So after that we took Connor over to see Santa, but realized at that point that there was two really long lines so we decided he could do the train or see Santa because we still had to make it to the zoo. We decided on the train, because he loves them and also because Santa is everywhere and we can see him someplace else. Daddy waited in line with him and they had a fun time on the train. We ended up leaving after that to head to the zoo. Luckily we had a pretty good evening for the zoo...I think it was about 36 degrees, which was a lot warmer than it had been. We started out at the White River Gardens where they had an amazing train set going around inside along with Christmas trees and decorations on both floors. It really was beautiful. Next was the zoo and it was just gorgeous! All the lights were so, so pretty! Connor just kind of took it all in from his stroller. We took him on the carousel (his fave part of the zoo) and then also the Holiday train ride to see more lights. He loved that as well. We saw the dolphins and all the indoor was fun being there at night. We went to see the reindeer and tried once again to see Santa, but it was getting late and the line was so long that we once again decided we could wait on Santa. We had a very long, but very fun Saturday. Connor was definitely passed out the minute he got strapped into his car seat!!!

All bundled up for Christmas at the Zoo!

Connor on a life size truffle!

Chillin' on Santa's sleigh

Lunchtime at the state museum

Friday, December 12, 2008

Obviously time for a nap

I guess the grilled cheese must have been pretty boring......

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Partners in crime

I made the mistake of leaving my bowl of oatmeal (which was pretty much gone) on the end table while I ran in the room to grab Connor's clothes the other morning. This scene is what I came back to.....He wanted Bella to eat the food so bad. It was so cute, he just kept trying to feed her and of course she was loving it! :) They definitely are becoming partners in crime.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gotta love this time of year

So I was listening to some Christmas music today and I really got in the Christmas spirit so I thought I would post some recent "Christmasy" pictures of the little man that have been taken in the past couple of weeks. Pretty random, but they turned out cute so I thought I would share. He is such a trooper for mommy always having this lens in his face! The very last picture is of him cuddling with daddy. He got pretty sick this past weekend and ended up in the ER with a very high temp. He was just lifeless and only wanted to be held...we were pretty worried about him. Come to find out it was strep throat. It was a rough weekend for him, but the antibiotics have seemed to kick in and he is acting a bit more like himself today. I thought the picture of him snuggling with daddy was so cute.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fun family visit

The day after Thanksgiving we had a visit from Jake's grandma Birdie, his Aunt Penny, and cousin Anne. We were thrilled to see them all because it has been a while. Jake and I were wondering how Connor would be because he hadn't napped and it is always up in the air if he doesn't sleep. Boy did I underestimate him...he was such a good boy all day long! He just loved seeing everyone and was showing off the whole time they were here. We all went out to lunch and he was so good at lunch, he just sat there and "talked" to us all. He also put on quite the show by dancing to some Neil Diamond for them. He danced through the whole song and we were all dancing with him and just cracking up! He LOVES being the center of attention and he is such a little comedian! We were all so happy to visit with Birdie, Penny, and Anne. It was a much better alternative to shopping on black Friday! :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! So, I thought I might list a few things that I am thankful for this year for my post today. Jake and I aren't really having a "traditional" Thanksgiving this year, but that's o.k....we wish things were different, but we are very thankful for each other and our little family! We spent most of the day so far putting away odds and ends at the new apartment. I am so excited to be here. We have a lot more room and it is so much more peaceful and quiet. My dad and I got up at 4:30 this morning and went to Meijer to get a new t.v. for Jake and I. It was a great deal that we couldn't pass up and we were lucky to be in line and were able to get it. Jake is sure enjoying the Thanksgiving day football on it...Here are just a few things that I am thankful for this year. I am truly blessed with far more than I deserve, but here is a short list for the heck of it! :-)

1. My health and my family's health
2. My friends and family...I don't know what I would do without them
3. My amazing church and church family
5. Our new apartment
6. My salvation, and knowing a God who will always forgive me when I don't deserve it
7. My two favorite men in my husband and son
8. The Office
9. Desert
10. beagle

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quick trip to the big town of Ladd

Last Saturday we took a trip back to my hometown of Ladd, Illinois. It was unfortunately a very quick trip, we spent more time in the car than anything! BUT it was nice to see the few people we were able to see. I would have liked to have seen many more, but with being in the middle of moving and so much going on, this one had to be a quick one. On the way out of town, mom and dad's car started acting up so we had to go back home and switch everything and take Jake's...we almost called it off, but didn't. We finally made it on the road and on our way. We stopped by our friend Laura's at first. She is such a sweet lady and we love her dearly. Connor loved her house b/c she has tons of breakables! LOL! It is definitely not child friendly...but that was o.k. We had a nice visit with her and then went on to Torri's which is an ice cream parlor/restaurant that has been around for ages. I grew up going there and it was fun to take Connor there. We met my mom's closest friends, Marge and Bernie there and had a delicious lunch and enjoyed the company. After that, we went to see my "grandpa" Harry and his wife Yvonne. They were our neighbors for about 22 years and I love them both just as much as my real grandparents. It is always so great to visit with them. Harry just got through with some major surgery and had to get some cancer removed from his colon, but he is doing wonderfully now and we found out that he is cancer free so that is awesome! Connor had a blast just going up and down their stairs the whole time...poor Jake got a work out following him around! After that, we left on our journey home. The four hours on the way back seemed like a was a nice visit, but just like always it was way too short.

Laura and Connor

Jake, Connor, and I at Torri's in Ladd

Great grandpa Harry and Connor

I only hope I look this good when I am 84.

Harry, Yvonne, my dad, and Connor