Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1 Year Sneak Peak

Our good friend Gail Werner did us the honor again of shooting Landin's 1 year photos on Sunday. I was shocked today when I got into work and there was a sneak peak already up (yes, I am crazy and check her blog daily). If this is any indication of what is to come, I am SO EXCITED!

I will let you all know when the rest are up. Or you can check your website yourself...she always has some interesting stuff up :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Little Bird...

Highway by Ingrid Michaelson
I love this song and when I hear it I instantly want to hold on to him when he is this little.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cousin Ava turns 3!

We had an AWESOME weekend for our favorite little niece's 3rd birthday party. It was warm and sunny on Saturday and we were lucky enough to enjoy spending the whole day outside. Landin even ventured out onto the grass without his shoes!!! We will turn him into a hillbilly. Happy Birthday Ava...thanks for letting us join in on your fun party!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Raising Children

I love this article...because I live like this a lot and I need to learn to enjoy this little man before he tells me to.

Raising Children by Anna Quindlen, Newsweek Columnist and Author"All my babies are gone now. I say this not in sorrow but in disbelief.I take great satisfaction in what I have today: three almost-adults, two taller than I am, one closing in fast. Three people who read the same books I do and have learned not to be afraid of disagreeing with me in their opinion of them, who sometimes tell vulgar jokes that make me laugh until I choke and cry, who need razor blades and shower gel and privacy, who want to keep their doors closed more than I like.Who, miraculously, go to the bathroom, zip up their jackets and move food from plate to mouth all by themselves. Like the trick soap I bought for the bathroom with a rubber ducky at its center, the baby is buried deep within each, barely discernible except through the unreliable haze of the past.Everything in all the books I once poured over is finished for me now. Penelope Leach., T. Berry Brazelton, Dr. Spock. The ones on sibling rivalry and sleeping through the night and early-childhood education, all grown obsolete. Along with Goodnight Moon, and Where the Wild Things Are, they are battered, spotted, well used. But I suspect that if you flipped the pages, dust would rise like memories. What those books taught me, and finally what the women on the playground, and the well-meaning relations -- well what they taught me was that they couldn't really teach me very much at all.Raising children is presented at first as a true-false test, then becomes multiple choice, until finally, far along, you realize that it is an endless essay. No one knows anything.One child responds well to positive reinforcement, another can be managed only with a stern voice and a timeout. One child is toilet trained at 3, his sibling at 2.When my first child was born, parents were told to put baby to bed on his belly so that he would not choke on his own spit-up. By the time my last arrived, babies were put down on their backs because of research on sudden infant death syndrome.To a new parent this ever-shifting certainty is terrifying, and then soothing. Eventually you must learn to trust yourself. Eventually the research will follow.I remember 15 years ago pouring over one of Dr. Brazelton's wonderful books on child development, in which he describes three different sorts of infants: average, quiet, and active. I was looking for a sub-quiet codicil for an 18-month old who did not walk. Was there something wrong with his fat little legs? Was there something wrong with his tiny little mind? Was he developmentally delayed, physically challenged? Was I insane? Last year he went to China. Next year he goes to college. He can talk just fine. He can walk, too.Every part of raising children is humbling, too. Believe me, mistakes were made. They have all been enshrined in the "Remember-When-Mom-Did " Hall of Fame. The outbursts, the temper tantrums, the bad language, mine, not theirs. The times the baby fell off the bed. The times I arrived late for preschool pick-up. The nightmare sleepover. The horrible summer camp. The day when the youngest came barreling out of the classroom with a 98 on her geography test, and I responded, "What did you get wrong?" (She insisted I include that.) The time I ordered food at the McDonald's drive-through speaker and then drove away without picking it up from the window. (They all insisted I include that.) I did not allow them to watch the Simpsons for the first two seasons. What was I thinking?But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them, sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1.And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.Even today I'm not sure what worked and what didn't, what was me and what was simply life. When they were very small, I suppose I thought someday they would become who they were because of what I'd done. Now I suspect they simply grew into their true selves because they demanded in a thousand ways that I back off and let them be. The books said to be relaxed and I was often tense, matter-of-fact and I was sometimes over the top.And look how it all turned out. I wound up with the three people I like best in the world who have done more than anyone to excavate my essential humanity.That's what the books never told me. I was bound and determined to learn from the experts. It just took me awhile to figure out who the experts were."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

One of those days

Ever have one of those days? The day where the morning just doesn't seem to go the way you wished. The sun is out yet you feel like you want to sleep just a little longer?

On those days...this is what gets me through. Everyday I look forward to lunch so I can have this and it makes everything better. I love you DC!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


We started our day off by celebrating the reason for Easter by going to church. We were dressed in our Sunday best and enjoyed another great Sunday at our favorite place to be.

Easter celebration was a BLAST! Let me just say that when you are 27 and are still hunting for eggs you know your family is CRAZY! (In a good way Mom and Brenda)

Landin had a lot of fun too and got to hang out with his favorite cousin Ava. She is so good with him and shares all her toys with him...and even pushes him around in his car.

However, the night ended on not such a fun note for me. I got home that evening and came down with what I thought was the flu but ended up to be strep throat. So, I haven't seen Landin since Sunday evening and I am dying to get my hands on him now that I am not contagious. On another note, Adam is now sick! You know it is bad when he calls into work. He NEVER calls in sick! Please pray for our little family. We need to finally get better and pray that Landin is safe from all the germs and stays healthy.

Birthday Week...


I can hardly believe that it is all over. It is like a wedding...all that work and it is done. The week was very busy getting ready for his big party on Saturday and luckily we have grandparents close by to help and watch Landin.

Friday was spent baking an AWESOME truck cake (which I made myself) and 40 cupcakes to go with it. Then we were lucky enough to have our good friends come and spend the night with us. Kevin and Katie brought Landin's friend Carter who is exactly 1 month younger than him. They played with some toys and then slept :)

Saturday morning the grandparents and aunts helped set up the party for the church and it looked great!

The party was a huge success and Landin was exhausted! He made it about 5 miles before he fell asleep in the car and then took a 3 hour nap...his longest ever! He was very spoiled and came home with some great clothes, books, and summer toys. We can't wait to use everything.

It is still unreal to me that this little baby we brought home a year ago is one. I remember the day we brought him home I was scared to death. Am I going to know how to feed him, nuture him, sleep (ha ha), love him, help him grow as a boy and a man. Will we get to know each other, how does he know I am his mom, will we have that bond one day? All these questions, fears, anxieties...it was hard to have the unknown and the lack of control. Everyday I had to learn to roll with the punches and there are still days that it is hard for me, but something happened in this year that will forever change me and our life as a family. He made us a family, he made me a mother, and he made me love deeper than I thought possible. Throughout this year I have bonded with this little man and I can now say that is weird now to just lay around the house or have spare time because my life is all about him now. He consumes it and I want to do the best I can for him. In his one short year on earth Landin has changed my life in the best way possible and I look forward to many more years of growth, love, adventures, worries, and FUN!

Thank you all for celebrating with us and loving our little guy! I will leave you with a couple more pictures of our little mans celebration.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Birthday Party #1

On Tuesday, April 7th we decided to celebrate Landin's birthday at our house with our parents, Aunt Kellie & Zech, and Great Grandma G for a small party. Landin was really excited for his first present from his Gams. He couldn't stop jumping and hitting the box:

We opened some more presents which included another truck (this boy loves trucks) and the coolest Four Wheeler Power Wheel (he was standing up on it trying to kick start it...such a boy), a farm set from Mom and Dad, and some much needed pjs from Great Grandma G. She also made him a "crayon roll" for vacation this summer...mommy was excited about this.

Then it was time for CAKE (or cupcakes). Now for those of you who know our sweet little Landin you know he is very picky and inquisitive about his food. I knew going into this he wouldn't be like most 1 year olds and just dive right in. I knew I was going to have to put it in his mouth before he would eat it.

This was him all done...he at about 1 bite started choking on it and just wanted his milk.

To top the night off he got to put on pajamas and open up his two final gifts...an awesome wagon and balls for a ball pit from Aunt Kellie and Zech!

Thank you family for filling our home with toys and love...literally! See you Saturday for Party #2!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Turning 1...

(Photo heavy)
It is true, this little boy turned 1 today. It was the most exciting, exhausting, happy, worrisome, blissful year of my life! I am blessed to have him in my life and I couldn't imagine what I did before him (besides sleep and lay around all day).
Last night my sister came over and helped me decorate the house so when Landin woke up there were streamers and balloons everywhere (in blue and yellow of course...Daddy was happy with the color choices). Here is what the house looked like after we were done:

Landin woke up a little early this morning (6 am...I usually pray for a 7am wake up call) and he was definitley not ready to wake up. He pretty muched whined the whole morning which I explained to him was not the way to start the day. Here he is whining for my camera and then drinking his bottle:

After about an hour nap (which Mommy also got...hey, we have a big day ahead of us) Landin woke up a lot happier and was playing with his toys. If he only new what was coming tonight :) I will post more photos of his parties later this week.