Sunday, February 19, 2012

Happy half birthday Joshua!

Joshua turned 6 months this week.  He is such a special little boy.  I can hardly express the joy he brings me ( and the whole family).  He is so quick to smile.  Sometimes, I can feel him watching me, just waiting for me to turn and look at him.  As, soon as I do, he gives me a great big grin. He will smile at almost anyone and he wins complete strangers over in a matter of seconds. 

He doesn't laugh readily, but he squeals with excitement.   If anyone can make him laugh though, it his two older brothers.  One day he just busted out laughing when the boys were dancing.  He loves his brothers and his brothers absolutely adore him.  It is fun to watch the interactions they have. 

He so easy going.  His favorite past time is pictured above.  He loves the Johnny Jump-up.  Which is a really good thing since he is the 3rd child and there are lots of things to get done.  :)  He will start "talking" (cooing) back to you if start talking with him.

He isn't in a hurry to meet his milestones. But, that's ok with us.  He finally started rolling over about one month ago from back to front.  He still hasn't rolled from front to back.  He really hates being on his stomach, so tummy time has been a struggle. Though, Gavin loves to do tummy time with him, so we have been doing it more. 

He cut his first tooth about a week ago. It is his bottom front tooth.  He is not quite sitting up.  He will start solids after we get back from our trip and I think is really going to enjoy that.

He has started sleeping in with his older brothers.  It works fairly well, though there are times where they wake each other up.

He goes in another week and half for his check-up, so we will get his weight and height.  I am guessing he is close to 18 lbs because he was 16 lbs at his 4 month.  He is a pretty solid little guy.

He still doesn't have much hair, but I love his beautiful bald head.

I really can't imagine my life without this little guy and we are looking forward to all the exciting things he is going to start doing in the next few months..

It will do for now..

We have not had a family picture for a while.  We hope to get some in the spring.  But, we have needed a family picture for a few different things so we ran down to Riverside Park and set up a tripod and took a series of pictures in about 10 minutes.  I still can't believe we are a family of 5!  I love my family.

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Baseball and Football

Gavin and Eli have really been into sports the last month. Gavin has developed a love for baseball and Eli has followed. Gavin is taking a baseball class with his school buddy and now can hardly wait for Wednesday evenings. Eli was sad he couldn't take the class too, but has been satisfied in just watching. Gavin has made significant improvement since he started the class. I still get a little chuckle watching the 6 year olds play. They are so silly in class as well.

Eli is taking a soccer class with Brandon and is loving it. He is getting more and more aggressive. He started the class by just running and around and following the ball. Now, he actively attempts to kick and score. It has been fun to watch.

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago when we met up with his friend N and played baseball. Gavin asks every Saturday to go play with N.

The boys also got into football this season.  They were so excited about the Giants in the superbowl.  They stayed up and watched the entire game.
Eli was so excited about Eli Manning

Sunday, February 5, 2012

2011 Baby Playdate

Fourteen ladies in our ward had a baby last year. I hosted a playdate in attempt to get them all together to "play" and to take a picture. We only got 8 of the 14 babies plus we had a few others who just missed the cut off. :)  It was really fun and I love the pictures.  Joshua is the 3rd from the right.

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One of the greatest things about our new apartment is that we actually have a "view" and actual sunlight.
When we first moved into the apartment, a friend came to visit us. Upon entering the apartment Gavin quickly grabbed our friends attention and said, "You HAVE to see this". He led her back to his room and led her to the window and told her, "LOOK, LOOK out there. See that? That's the city. You can see the city in our new apartment." " In our old apartment you looked out the window and saw the Garbage."
It was true. We were on the first floor apartment and you could only see the building next to us and the back alley down below where they kept the garbage. NICE. Needless to say, we are VERY happy with our view.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Preschool Fun

I love these little friends!
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Snow Day

We had our first real snow day of the season. It didn't come until the end of January and even then there was only 3 or 4 inches on the ground. There was just enough to go sledding. Gavin, unfortunately, missed it. But, we don't feel too bad because he was at a fun birthday party. It was nice to give Eli some time with us.

The "Boys Only" trip to Denver

While I was spending some quality time with this cute little guy..

My other 3 boys were off doing a little bit of this...

Over the MLK weekend, Boyd took Gavin and Eli to Colorado to visit his brother Joel and his family.  We don't get to see them much and Boyd decided it was time for a visit.

While they were there they went snowboarding.  Really, Gavin ended up being the only one who did much snowboarding.  Eli tried it once (with a teacher) and refused to do anything else that day.  Boyd said he sat in this position the whole time whining about going home..

Gavin really enjoyed it. 

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Thanks to Uncle Joel, Gavin got to try the ski lift and actually go down the mountain. 

They had a great time with their cousins
They visited Great Grandma McGinnis
They played Lazer Tag
They went to a Japanese Steakhouse

I enjoyed a lot of quiet time with Joshua.  I did have a "girls night" at my house while they were gone and had a great time. 

Thanks again to Joel and Coryn and fam!