Tuesday, April 27, 2010


This little boy

has completely and utterly

captured our hearts,

and we wouldn't have it

any other way!

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Home

We’ve been busy around here. Too busy to even think about blogging. Busy moving across town. This was our 4th move in just under 3 years of marriage. We need to slow down a little bit! I’m getting pretty sick of packing and unpacking.

Saturday was a whirlwind of a day. A large crew, many helping hands, and several hours later, I think I can officially say that we are moved in and settled. The help was amazing! Everyone found their “place” and things went way smoother than expected. A few ladies in the kitchen unpacking and organizing, a large crew of men loading boxes/furniture and unloading into the appropriate rooms, a few ladies at the old house cleaning the rooms as they were cleared, Ryan’s parents working to clean up the garage and landscaping, my brother and dad working to install all the air conditioners, and a few ladies working in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

All that is left is a few boxes to break down. We are getting used to this house trying to get it to feel like “home”. Orin loves all the extra room. And we are enjoying our first “real” house with main floor laundry, three bedrooms, a photography studio, an office, and a newly remodeled kitchen and dining room.
To decorate our new home, I ordered a canvas gallery wrap print to hang in the living room. We love it! .

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Here's more proof that Orin has been loving the outdoors lately. I'm really excited for this time of year to be able to take him swimming (eventually) and to the park. It will be so much more fun now that he is old enough to actually enjoy the activities.

This particular afternoon, we needed something to do other than just sit in the house with toys. So we went to the backyard and played with sticks. His daddy used to do the same thing as a boy. It was fun to see his curiousity and imagination at work.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


This little boy loves to swing and to just be outside! He's been soaking up the nice weather and sunshine! Can you tell?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Orin-13 Month Update

It seems like Orin has learned so much lately.

Right around 13 months, on Saturday the 27th, he started taking his first steps. Grandma and Grandmpa K, along with Ben and Molly, were up for the weekend visiting. It was Grandma's goal to get Orin to walk. Well sure enough, she stood him up and he took 3 steps. Each time he practiced, he got better and braver. By the end of the weekend, he was taking steps halfway across the room. It still seems a little crazy to see my baby walking around the room, but it was so sweet that he shared that milestone with his grandparents and uncle and aunt. He can now walk really well with shoes or without, on grass, cement, or carpet. And when he falls down, he is just as content crawling to get him to where he wanted to go in the first place.

He's been talking up a storm! Of course, none of it is really comprehensible, but we love all the babbling and "words" that come out of his mouth. You can tell that he knows exactly what he is saying. Again, around 13 months, he started saying "mama". So now his two consistent words are "dada" and "mama". "Dada" is said very excitingly and playful. "Mama" is said as more of a whine and cry. I don't know what that is all about! We have heard him say "sock", "yuck", "Sadie", and "uh-oh". We are really working on other words, but he just likes to smile and laugh when we try to teach him.

He loves to clap his hands, shake his head violently in the "no" position, and chew on his fingers. He goes to get a book when mama tells him to get a book to read. And he gets his Donald Duck animal when mama tells him to find Donald. He loves pens and will even scribble on paper or anything else for that matter, if allowed. Giving hugs and cuddles is a favorite of his, but not for too long of a time period.

When he brings us a book, we had better read it. He whines and gets crabby if we don't, and will continue to grab our hand and place the book in our hand. But when we do read it, he gets very excited and will sit and smile as we read.

He is getting his two eye teeth on top. They came in at the same time around 13 months. They aren't completely through yet.

At around a year, he started sleeping with two blankets in place of his sleepsacks. And we try to get him to drink at least 16 ounces of whole milk from a sippy. No more bottles after a year. He does really well with the milk on an every other day basis. We just try to give him plenty of yogurt, cheese, and other dairy to make up the difference. Around 12 or 13 months, he gave up the pureed baby food and could handle most everything that we eat. However, I'm trying to use up the rest of the babyfood so he still gets some occassionally. He is wearing 18-24 month shirts, and 12-18 month pants and shorts.

He is just growing and changing so much. I cannot believe how old he looks as he walks around in his big boy shoes and shorts. It is so fun to see how much he is learning and to see him developing into a little boy. But I would be okay if he wanted to slow down just a little bit!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter 2010

We had a great Easter weekend away from home. We spent the long weekend with Ryan's family this year. On Saturday, we went to his Grandma's for Easter lunch and an easter egg hunt. Here are pictures of Orin finding his Easter basket hidden in the yard:

All of the great-grandkids that were there to celebrate Easter. Notice the two munchkins (aka Thatcher and Orin)eating all the candy.

Papa and Orin

Sunday: Family picture after church.

All the men and boys had plaid shirts on which just called for a photo!

Mommy helped Orin find his Easter basket at Grandma and Grandpa's house.