Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Look Who's Walking....

Ethan is walking everywhere now. I have to say I don't miss the crawling. It's SO nice to be able to take him outside and have him walk instead of destroy his pants! It's so cute when they are just learning how to walk.... how they are all wobbly. Here is a video clip I took of him this morning. we are still in our PJ's :) He is currently cutting 2 molars so he's been attached to his binky and teddy much more than normal.

random updates

  • On Sunday I put away my Christmas decorations. Once Christmas is over I am ready to have them put away. On Monday I cleaned like a mad woman.
  • Speaking of cleaning Matt did the sweetest thing for me for Christmas. He put together a coupon book FULL of coupons for me to use this year. He was so creative with this gift. I redeemed one of the coupons on Monday... it was a coupon for the cleaning of both bathrooms. There are TONS of other fun coupons in there like movie nights, a vacation day where he takes the day off work and I choose what we do, a good mopping of the floors, coupons for back rubs, and lots of other fun stuff :) Honestly this was one of the sweetest gifts he's ever given to me. It is the gift that keeps on giving!
  • I've got the organizing bug (more than normal). I think it's just this time of year.... perhaps that's why January is national organization month. I just want to go through all of my cupboards and closets and drawers and purge and get them organized. When I start feeling cluttered it makes me go crazy. It is so very satisfying to me to go through things and pare down. It also helps me to put the "more monster" at bay and realize how much I already have. I tackled a few spaces on Monday. I"ll probably spend the month making my way through my house.
  • On Tuesday I went over to visit my friend Tawny. It was fun to visit with her, and Sammy and Ethan played great together. Thanks for having us over Tawny :)
  • Remember how I was looking for something to organize toys in Ethan's room? I've been planning on going to Ikea after the holidays, and I was telling Matt about what I was hoping to find. Well, turns out we found something for free in our shed! It's an old bookcase that was being used to store paint. At first I thought I wanted to paint it white, but once I put it in there I decided I like the brown. It works perfectly for now. I'll probably still want something more in the near future. I just needed something to hold Ethan's bigger toys right now. I may get some bins or baskets to fit in it once Ethan plays with smaller toys. However I am excited that I found something that works great, and best of all it was free!
  • Matt and I may go out shopping for some clothes and shoes today... he is in desperate need of some new stuff. As for tonight (New Year's Eve) we'll probably just be at home playing games :) My mom may come over for a while. I guarantee you we'll be in bed before midnight. We live a life of excitement ;) It's just not so fun to stay up until midnight anymore... especially when you know you'll have a baby ready to go bright and early :) Hope you all have a safe and fun New year's!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

fun at the flores casa

How cool is it that we can have sleepovers with our closest friends? The day after Christmas we headed over to Danny' and Jolene's for some fun and relaxation. We stayed in their lovely guest suite and enjoyed about 26 hours over at their casa. We ate some yummy food, played plenty of Wii, and also played Cranium and Beyond Balderdash.

Danny & Jolene got a cool new DSLR for Christmas from her parents so Danny was trying to figure it out and practice taking pictures.
Look at this cute couple I caught smooching :)

Ethan and Christian played pretty well together. Christian is dancing in this picture... too cute.

Ethan enjoyed another rocking horse. Christian's rocking horse is really cool, if you squeeze the ear it makes horse noises.
While we were there Ethan officially started walking. I think he saw Christian walking around a lot and decided he needed to get on the ball. He is now walking everywhere (and still crawling a little too).
I think we were making some Mii characters here. We had fun with that.
We brought two bottles of the same kind of wine from the same vineyard, only different years. We did a little wine tasting with them. It was fun to compare the two.
Look at the couple smooching in the background... hehe. This was my artistic shot.
Thanks Danny & Jolene for a lovely time! You guys are the best :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day we woke up and lounged around the house. We headed over to Matt's parents house after Ethan's morning nap and had a yummy Christmas meal. After we cleaned up we let the kids open their presents before their afternoon naps. They all had fun opening gifts. When Clayton and Ethan went down for their naps the adults opened gifts.

After all the gifts were opened we put out some appetizers and played Cranium. It was a nice relaxing day.

Mike & Heather and their kids Jenelle and Clayton (plus baby #3 in the tummy)
Mom and Dad Hekman
I can probably count the times on one hand that I've gone over to Sid & Marlene's and Sid hasn't fallen asleep on the couch or in his chair :) At least he knows how to relax.
Daddy helping Ethan open a gift.

Ethan got some cool wooden blocks and wooden puzzles, come huge legos (duplos), an infant swing and a few other fun toys. He is having fun playing with all his cool stuff.

The three Hekman brothers... Mike, Matt & Dan

Clayton got a really cook dump truck that Ethan was enamored with for a while
Our boy sure makes some funny faces!
I tried to get a picture of Ethan in front of the tree.... but it really didn't happen. He wouldn't give up his binky and would not look at the camera. This is the best I got. Oh well!
Dad openening the chia pet that gets passed around every year

Ethan loved Grandma and Grandpa's rocking horse. This was the first time he went on it.

What a nice relaxing holiday we had this year. We all really enjoyed it :)

Christmas Eve

We had a relaxing Christmas Eve. Matt helped me get the food together in the morning and we stuck it all in the fridge. Then we spent the early afternoon hanging out and relaxing. We let Ethan open one of his gifts and enjoyed just hanging out together.

Ethan and Daddy playing with his new truck
The Christmas puppy :)

Ethan liked the ribbon on his present a lot
He didn't really open the paper, we had to help him.

Momma and Ethan
Sharing some laughter

Around 4:30 Danny, Jolene and Christian came, followed by Matt's brother Dan and my mom and brother. We ate lots of yummy appetizers and hung out for a while. Dan and the Flores' left around 6:00 and we then opened gifts with my family. Below is a picture of our spread. We had stuffed mushrooms, pigs in a blanket, veggies & dip, bacon wrapped water chestnuts (thanks for the idea Julie), chocolate covered oranges and everyone's favorite.... classic cheese fondue.
Jolene brought this lovely and delicious Christmas tree brownie. Honestly I think I ate half of it.
Jolene and I took a picture in front of our Charlie Brown tree last year with the babies. We did it again this year.... but it was quite a bit harder :) I think we'll have to do this every year. Crazy how much these little guys grew in a year huh?
Me and Jolene
The Flores Family... Christian is excited about his new car
The babies eating their Christmas Eve meal.... dino nuggets and fruit
Enjoying the food
Grammy and Cookie
We let Ethan open his presents and then put him to bed. He got lots of fun toys from his Grammy and Uncle Jerrod.
We then hung out and opened the rest of our gifts. It was a fun evening :)