Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Arden meets Tucker!

I meant to post this video a LONG time ago, but I was having trouble uploading it on blogger and just never got around to uploading it to a different site. But, I've finally done it and wanted to share!

"Nap Time"

Sometimes, Arden decides she doesn't need a nap. Instead, she sings and plays until we go in and make her go to sleep. On this particular day, we heard her playing off and on for about an hour. At this point, we went to her room to make her lay down and this is what we found! Sorry for the poor quality--we were trying to stay hidden! And I have no idea how to make the video not be sideways--I'm pretty new to this video stuff!


4 months old. Really? 1/3 of Tucker's first year is over? I need that pause button NOW!

Our sweet boy is growing and changing every day. I'm really disappointed in myself for not taking many pictures of our kiddos lately, but I'm beginning to understand why I rarely saw baby pictures of Nathan and April (sorry, mom, for always giving you a hard time!).

At 4 months, Tucker:
Can roll from back-to-tummy and tummy-to-back!
Is starting to scoot. He's trying to figure out how to keep up with Arden :)
Is teething! You may have noticed in some of the pictures that he is wearing a necklace. This is an amber teething necklace I bought from hip-green-baby. I loved using Hyland's teething tablets with Arden, but since they aren't available right now, we are trying out a different natural method. So far it seems to be working--he's been a lot happier since we put it on :)
Loves to be tickled! He gives us some good belly laughs and snorts when he is tickled--and almost always ends up with the hiccups!
Is finding his voice. He isn't making any specific sounds (ex. ba-ba, da-da), but it is so cute to watch his face as he realizes he can "talk" and "yell".
Has the chunkiest thighs! I have such a hard time getting his diapers on because of all his rolls :)
Weighs 17 lbs 4 oz and is 26.75 in long (95th percentile in both!)
Is reaching for, and grabbing, EVERYTHING he can get his hands on. He also gets mad when you don't give him what he wants. (hmmm...maybe we have another strong-willed child?!)
For the most part, he is still sleeping at least 6 hours a night.
Instead of crying when he wakes up in the morning, he has started "talking"....I love it when he does this :)
Is starting to eat some solids--we've tried rice cereal and avocados so far. Both were a success!
LOVES his big sister! He is all smiles when Arden is around---I can't wait to watch their relationship grow :)

First time in the high chair

First bite of solid food!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Picture Pages

Remember that show? I loved it as a kid. This post has nothing to do with it though, except that it is full of pictures that should have been posted a long time ago!

Playing dress-up
If you are around Arden long enough, I can promise you will hear her talk about her friend "Mowwy" (Molly). They have a blast together and rarely fight---which is music to my ears since Arden and Silas fight like siblings!
Tucker's first time in the exersaucer--he was just shy of 3 months old. He is loving this thing more and more each day....but he still prefers to be held over anything else :)
I promise he likes his bumbo!
Love this picture!
My sweet Arden---she is growing up way too fast!

My mini-Geoff :)
Okay, mom...I'm tired of the photo shoot!
Seriously, isn't it my nap time?!
Blowing bubbles in our undies! What?! You don't do that around your house? :)
He started pulling this frog around 3 months...and hasn't stopped. I think the music constantly plays when he's sitting in his bouncy :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Can someone push the pause button please?

Seriously, if life had a pause button, I would be pushing it right about now! We have been busy all summer but all I want to do is just STOP and soak up this time with my two babies and the love of my life. If I could even just remember to take a few pictures so I could reminisce later, that would be great, but my camera is the last thing I think about while I'm juggling my mommy duties every day.

Anyhow, Geoff and I were so lucky to be able to take a vacation to California in June--JUST THE TWO OF US! We are definitely blessed to have parents (and siblings) who will take care of our babies so we can get away. Words cannot express how grateful we are to them--we know not everyone is as lucky as we are!

Although it was hard to leave my two babies...

it was WONDERFUL to get away and spend 8 full days with this handsome man :)
We spent time in Lake Tahoe, Napa, and San Francisco. I'm normally a "let's just lay on the beach ALL day" kind of girl when it comes to vacations, but this was definitely one of the best trips I've ever taken.

Geoff visited Lake Tahoe several years ago on a business trip, and has talked about taking me there ever since then. He said words could not describe how beautiful it is, and he was right. Even on a cloudy day, it's beauty is indescribable!

Our hotel/casino is the one in the middle
Sorry to bore you with all the mountain/lake photos, but seriously---it was breathtaking. Pictures just don't do the place justice, so I definitely recommend you take a trip there if you ever have the opportunity.

After a few days in Tahoe, we traveled to Napa Valley--another gorgeous, peaceful place!

We toured 2 boutique wineries, which were very fascinating (and had delicious wine!)

Our last stop was in San Francisco. There is so much to do in this city--we will certainly have to visit again.

The view of the Golden Gate bridge as we were driving in from the North:

We went to a Giants game! Even though it was pretty chilly once the sun went down, we had a great time :)

Touring the city!
Our hotel---super fancy!

We definitely saw some interesting things as we toured the city....

and some familiar things as well....

Geoff, I am so thankful we were able to take this trip together. God has blessed my life with a wonderful husband a terrific daddy for our babies and I will forever cherish the time we spent growing our marriage. Happy 7th anniversary--I love you!