Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One of Those Moments

Troy and I have a lot of moments where we say, "We have to get a picture of that!"
Something that we don't want to forget. A movement. A feeling. An expression. Often I'm able to capture it, but sometimes these moments slip away so quickly that we find ourselves regretting that that we missed the opportunity.

A peek into Charlotte's room on any given night and you will likely see her knees tucked up under her chest; arms drawn under her belly reaching for her toes and always a butt in the air. This is how Charlotte sleeps. Rumor has it this is the best way to a.) fend off monsters and b.) style hair flat against ones head .

This morning, at the risk of waking her up I snuck into the nursery, slipped off my lens cap and tried my best to show a moment that her Dad and I are so enamored with. As my shutter closed she wiggled. I snapped a few shots and then tip toed back out of the room closing the door behind me.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey + Thanks - C's First Thanksgiving

I could be generic here and give you a short list of things that I am thankful for this holiday season, but that's boring. Family? Of course. Friends? Most definitely. Neither of us would be here without their unconditional love and support. And not a single day goes by that I'm not reminded of this. But what else are we thankful for?


1.) ...skype so that I can see my beautiful wife and daughter whenever I want (thank you Al Gore for creating the Internet)
2.) ...for my wife's mad photography skills and passion to update this blog so that C has a documented first year of her life (his words. not mine. no lie)
3.) ...PlayStation 3 having decent games coming out in time for my holiday vacation
4.) ...for jobs that allow for traveling to see far away family
5.) ...for John Daley who inspired the wild tea vodka and lemonade

1.) ...to live in a country where my daughter has the opportunity to do absolutely anything that she wants
2.) ...for music. good music. the kind that gets you through a long day and makes you want to dance (even if dancing looks like limbs flailing)
3.) ...for sweatpants. And a husband who doesn't mind that I wear them until the seams start falling out
4.) ...for this year. And all the blessings it has brought.
5.) ...for wine. This does not, under any circumstances, include "rose".


1.) ...for temporal thermometers (the other method was a real pain in the butt!!)
2.) ...for animal crackers. Crackers! Shaped like animals! That taste like cookies! Ha.
3.) ...that my Mom is still breastfeeding at close to 11 months
4.) ...that my parents make me sleep in sub zero temps so that when I finally learn to snowboard I won't have to wear a coat
5.) ...for giant stuffed broccolis and baby dolls

Thursday, November 24, 2011


We were back in Iowa on the farm with Oma for a few days before we made the long trip back down to KS.
After patting ourselves on the back for employing new car ride tactics (breaking the no tv rule and cashing in the bigger car seat) I realized as we woke up Sunday morning that our peaceful car ride may have been more a product of a sick baby and less stellar parenting.
A few Tylenol doses, a cold compress, a luke warm bath and full day in pajamas later the digital screen still reads 104. Its scary. Scary that she's not herself. Scary when there's nothing you can do to help.
And selfishly as my lips touch her burning forehead I think to myself how much I love that she needs me. And although I know I can't do anything to get the fever down I can do everything she wants: and that's to be held. So I hold her. And silently relish in the fact that as she lays on my chest looking up at me with big droopy eyes I can tell I'm exactly what she wants. In her eyes at this moment: I'm everything to her.
A reminder that parenting, more than anything else, is simply about being here when your child needs you. And for this, I am thankful.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm feeling particularly thankful today.
I'm thankful for such an amazing family.
I'm thankful for great friends.
For the flexibility that both Troy and I's jobs provide. And thankful for the understanding coworkers that we work with. Especially during this past year.
I'm thankful for this amazing little girl that I get to call my daughter. Everyday. And for a husband who I can also call my best friend.
I'm thankful for another Mom who lives right above us and gifts us bags of very, very cute clothes :) Along with a glass of wine on occasion.
Another thankful post likely to follow next week, but this exact moment these are the things I'm feeling particularly grateful for.

Monday, November 14, 2011

On the Road - Last Minute Trip to KS

I haven't made much of a point of talking about it here, but I'm sure some of you more astute readers (those who don't just look at the awesome pictures) have picked up on the fact that Troy's Mom is sick, and has been for a while now. I'll share more of the details when I feel up to talking about it, but for now just the simple fact that she's not feeling so well should suffice.
And what better remedy for a Grandma feeling a bit down than a visit from a long distance granddaughter? And of course her parents? Absolutely nothing.

We had a wonderful visit full of family time.
We were able to spend a lot of quality time with Grandma. And as an added bonus we also got to spend a ton of time with our nieces, brother and sister-in-law.

20 hours, a good deal of cheerios, and some Bob Marley lullabyes later we're home. Nothing beats home. Nothing.
And at the end of the week we're going to do it all over again. Only this time there will be turkey involved!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 Months!

Happy 10 Months Miss Charlotte Jean!

Standing Up and walking along anything that stands more than 6 inches off the ground
Getting brave and letting go while standing for seconds at a time
Eating: almost any fruits and veggies, yogurt, cottage cheese, chicken. This was the month that C gave up her 9 month vegan diet. Bring on the dairy and meat. Lil carnivore.
Favorite Game: Hide and Seek
Love hanging upside down
Favorite Toy: Mr. Broccoli and the Baby Doll that Dad spent an hour picking out by himself....he's still a bit scarred. He'll recover just in time to buy you a training bra....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkin Art

I'm pretty sure it states in the all knowing parents manual: "9 month olds should not play with knives".
In an effort to follow the rules (we all have to start somewhere) we traded in the carving knife for finger paint. We wanted C to be able to participate so this is what we came up with. We would have done a "C" but I was to impatient to attempt a curvy letter with masking tape. Enter "H". We had fun making a mess.
I passed on the finger paints and used a drill....the husband used a dremel. That's what a couple of lazy efficient parents and a closet full of power tools gets you.