Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Brendan was playing on a blanket on the floor next to me this morning while I was working from home. I looked over at him and he was playing with his feet. A minute later, I looked over and he was on his tummy. I grabbed the camera and was able to capture his sweet look of victory- he was smiling so big; I think he was quite proud of himself, and he probably also thought it was hilarious that he did it while no one was watching. He does have his dad's sense of humor.
He has since shown no interest in rolling over again...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Today was an exciting day for Brendan (and for me). He had his first trip to the pool and I'm proud to say that it was a success. Chris and I lathered him up in SPF 50 sunscreen (that's why he's so shiny!), decked him out in his hat and his swimming suit/swim diaper, and off we were to the pool. The Mother's Group was meeting there for the weekly activity, so I decided to take the afternoon off and enjoy some time with my sweet boy. I'm so glad I did. He loved the water and was very calm the whole time- even when the older kids went splashing by and sprayed him in the face, he didn't even flinch. In fact, I think he enjoyed it. He liked to lay out on my legs with his head on my stomach and just chew on his hands while he enjoyed the warm water. The pool that we went to has an amazing children's area with shallow water (that was the perfect temperature!) surrounding a large water jungle-gym area for the older ones to play in. It was so much fun and I loved the set-up. It was so nice to be able to sit in the shallow water with Brendan and let him splash or just lounge.
He did a great job splashing, by the way. I would stand him up and one arm would just keep splashing the whole time- but only one arm... never both at the same time. He was just too cute for words. I wasn't sure how he'd react but I was hopeful since he loves his baths so much. I'm glad he liked it and I hope this means he won't be such a wimp when it comes to swimming like his mom.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
This lovely red bike that's sitting in my living room is Chris' new bike! He sold his other one on Craig's List- which, next to ebay, is my favorite thing in the world! Then he found this sweet ride on Craig's list as well for dirt cheap and he couldn't pass it up. He and Brendan drove up to Sugar House to check it out and it turns out it's basically the bike he's been waiting for. This one is lighter and more equiped to do trials. The best thing about it, it cost less than what he sold his original bike for- so he made a profit! I hope the IRS isn't reading this.
Also noteworthy is Chris' new golf clubs. For Father's day, he picked out two hybrid clubs (from ebay so I could afford them) and he's hitting the ball really well with them. He plays about once a week so he's getting good use out of them, as well as honing his skills and getting an awesome farmer's tan. What a stud!
Other than that, it's the same old story at the Near house. We are enjoying the summer while Chris isn't in school and is able to be home with me and Brendan lots and lots.
Here's to summer!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
PS I love those chubby arms!!!!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
So with my extra time, I was able to do a little bit of digital scrapbooking and thought I'd share a couple layouts that I finished. I was feeling especially creative yesterday so they just seemed to put themselves together- I love it when that happens.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Brendan is also getting quite strong and sometimes I'm a little afraid. Like at these moments when I think he's going to lift himself right out of his swing or my arms or his car seat- wherever he may be, he now tries to wiggle out. Another woman in our ward has a little girl just a few weeks older than Brendan and I always comment to her that she is so sweet and content to be sitting calmly in her mother's lap. Brendan on the other hand, will have none of that! He must be jumping or moving his legs at all times. And here's what she told me- "What do you expect? He's a boy!" I realized that there is more truth in that comment than I initially thought. I think most boys just have more energy and are ready to go, while little girls are calm and peaceful. Chris said that Brendan suffers from RLS- Restless Leg Syndrome... who knows? ;)
In other Brendan news: HE IS GETTING TEETH! I can see the cute little white caps just under his gums. They don't look like they are quite to the surface yet but are making their way up! Yikes! I know that makes for cranky days and long, tiring nights. But we'll take it in stride like we do with everything else.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Aunt Jan also came by to see us in a surprise visit on Thursday. Brendan once again is making a funny face- I think he gets a little annoyed by his mother's obsessive picture taking. I just can't help it; he's too cute.
Brendan also likes to smile a lot, although it's much harder to capture. He does it so quick and then he won't do it again when I'm ready with the camera. But in this photo, Chris caught Brendan when he was in a playful mood. He likes to grab my face and try to put it in his mouth, which is funny and adorable- but also a little painful. That boy has strong fingers and sharp nails.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
We also had a birthday celebration for our friend on Saturday and Sunday. After a few trips to the store, a location change and a missing birthday boy, we had a barbeque on Saturday at the park and we had a blast. Brendan had tons of fun with Hailey, who seems to enjoy him just as much. We enjoyed the food and company too, of course.
Sunday was also lots of fun even though our church now starts at 8:00am. It was tough getting there on time, but we did it! I should say I did it- Chris had early meetings so I got Brendan and myself ready all alone. And we still made it on time... amazing. I should note though that he was not very happy since it was right at nap time so he came to church in his jammies.
After church, we had Steph and Brent over for lunch since Brent was in town for a short visit from Vegas. It was really great to see them and Brendan loved having someone "new" to visit with. He just loves his aunt and uncle!
Then it was on to birthday dinner with the Lillywhites and Mitchells. I must say that waffles with strawberries and whipped cream might become a staple at our home now! Delicious! We love hanging out with them and Brendan even got to jump in the Lillywhites Johnny Jump Up. He had a grand ol' time in it; he even allowed us to eat without any protest from him! Afterwards, we enjoyed tasty frozen limeades and chocolate pie (thanks for the recipe Carrie! It was a hit!). Brendan was pooped out from all the festivities (literally) and he slept blissfully until 8:00am this morning. Ahh...
The end- phew!