Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rice Cereal...YUM!

This past week we started Eli on some very small amounts of very runny rice cereal. Poor little man is eating non-stop (more like poor mommy...) so we thought that a little "heavier" food would help out the situation. We started with caution, but he actually slurps it off the spoon and surprisingly ends up with a pretty clean bib. Anyway...we took pictures and videos (although the video isn't uploading) and thought we would share.

First bite...here we go!


Not so bad

Love this picture!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was David's Birthday! He had to work, but we tried to make it as special for him as we could once he got home. He is just such an amazing man. I am honored and blessed to be his wife, and Eli is one lucky boy for having such a wonderful daddy!

I saw an idea on pinterest where you put streamers across a doorway so that the Birthday person can run through them. I didn't have streamers, so I put Eli in his exercise/activity chair and I cute and taped together tissue paper.

A little blurry, but love his facial expression.

You can see the streamers in the background.

Waiting for Daddy to come home.

Coming home

I love that you can see him smiling through the streamers. Happy Birthday!

Humoring his wife and having fun. (Amy gave us a couple lessons on how to use our camera when we were up there for American Thanksgiving...as you can see my shutter speed wasn't fast enough for his thrashing arms and I think I am focused on the lamp instead of David...I have a lot to learn...)

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Craft Time

Getting to stay home with Eli has been an absolute blast. I couldn't ask for a better gift. During some of his nap times I have tried to tap into some creativity. It is still pretty minimal, but I am trying to expand it, slowly, but surely. I started out by crocheting blankets when we were in South Carolina. I needed a hobby...so I put the one stitch I knew to good use (haha) and made several many baby blankets for my girl friend's. I couldn't make one for everyone though as they took FOREVER to make. So...I have graduated to smaller projects...


Newsboy hats I made. The blue one is mine, the other is Eli's (yes, it is a little big for him...I was still trying to perfect the pattern).

Newborn newsboy hat I made for my friend. They don't know if they are having a boy or girl, so I made the red one (above) that could be for either a boy or a girl, and the purple one (below) in case they had a girl (side note: they had a girl and she is BEAUTIFUL!).

Love this pattern (and so proud of myself I actually figured the pattern out).You can't really see the texture in the picture that the hat has, but it is there.

Eli is such a good sport. Sometimes I think he might even like the hats I make him.

My latest thing is "pintrest." Thanks to Sara Lunde's amazing pin I was able to make my newest craft. I love it!

I think I did pretty good. On to the next one!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Can you believe these two?

This post is dedicated to my wonderful husband and amazing son. I cannot imagine my life without them. It is hard to remember life without David since we have been together so long, and Eli is the perfect addition to our family. They bring me so much joy and I love to just sit and watch the two of them play. There is no doubt David is Eli's daddy, just look at these pictures (Eli was sitting with David and looking at me every time David turned to talk to me. We decided to see if David could match Eli's facial expression...it worked!). The two of them crack me up!

Not sure face...
Wondering look
Getting excited

Eli just loves his Daddy (as you will see in the video...they feed off each other)! Sometime I will have to get on video David singing to Eli. No matter how fussy Eli gets (which honestly isn't too much and not very often) he always calms down when he hears David's voice (so sweet). I love my boys!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Out for a walk...

This past Sunday was absolutely beautiful, so we decided to go for a walk and take some pictures. I just love where we live!

One of my favorite places. Footbridge from downtown Norfolk to Historic Ghent.

Chrysler Museum of Art

Our handsome baby boy

David was feeding the geese, but my favorite part was watching Tanner hope that he too would get some bread.

He acts like we never feed him!

Where are the ducks?

More geese

What normally happens on our walks

And the following pictures are from right around where we live. Lots of old churches, tons of huge homes, and many beautiful little parks.

I am hoping to tempt some of you to come visit with the pictures...haha!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Our new home

Living in downtown Norfolk has been such a treat. We get to walk around daily a historical location that people come to visit as tourists. I was actually out with Eli and the dog for one of our daily strolls and found that a cruise liner had pulled in and docked just a couple blocks from our apartment. I don't know what language they were speaking, but they all seemed very excited about our neighborhood. So today on our walk I was the one that looked like a tourist carting around our camera taking pictures of everything.

Love this street. Hard to tell, and sadly always has cars in the way, but it is lined with the USA flag. Something about our flag that tugs and my heart strings.

I will have to get pictures of some of the old houses, but for now, one of the many gates.

There are a ton of statues, monuments, memorials, etc around. Very big navy town.

Lone sailor statue with memorials in the background to sailors lost on specific ships and at the Pentagon.

My favorite...the Homecoming statue.

Everywhere you look there is something reminding you of history and how grateful we need to be for the men and women that have served our country.

Courtyard to St. Paul's Episcopal Church

An actual cannon ball in the side of the church fired by Lord Dunmore on January 1, 1776 (happy new year!)

It amazes me how old some of the graves are.

The MacArthur Memorial

Right now the Virginia Stage Company is performing "Red." So in downtown everywhere you look, including the fountain you see red.

Will and Cat...our amazing neighbors and friends.

Norfolk has adopted the mermaid as its mascot, kind of like Chicago has the cows/bulls all over, we have mermaids.

There seriously is red everywhere! And very creatively.

There are I believe 110 mermaids...some hidden in buildings (where it is very hard to photograph)...
...and others out in the open. It really is fun to walk around and try to see how many you can find.
Anyway, that is a little glimpse into our little part of the world. Hopefully I will be able to take more pictures while on our walks to share.