Friday, March 26, 2010


Of all the things I love in this world, watching Orion learn something new is probably my absolute favorite.  He dances now.  Not a lot, and not often, but he does it.  It's mostly a quick squatting up and down to the beat of some music, but it's one of the cutest things I think I have ever seen in my life.  He loves to bop around listening to music, and giggles profusely any time daddy or I decide to dance with him.  Yesterday he was rolling with laughter in the back seat of the car as I tried to show him the proper way to head bang.  I'd do it, and then look at him and he would nod and laugh.  Oh, those moments fill my heart to the brim so close to overflowing.  He is also trying to blow kisses, which is heart melting.  He puts the back of his hand up to his mouth and just holds it there, but headed in the right direction.  So if you've read this, you'll now know that my heart is full and melting....sounds like we could very quickly have a mess! 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First Birthday Party

Orion's very first b-day party went off pretty well (if I do say so myself).  We had it Spiderman themed since those seem to be the colors he likes the most.  His cake was adorable, and decorations were kept very minimal (I mean, come on.  He's 1!).   The family arrived and gave gifts and there was absolutely no drama.  That was pretty exciting.  Orion and Blake played really well along with Griffen. Orion ended up getting a TON of toys and not nearly as many clothes as I had expected (and kind of hoped for) but I think he pretty much made out like a bandit!  There was lots of laughter and giggles.  My mom spent the morning getting food ready (which I know I over did) including a veggie tray, meat/cheese tray, crackers, cake, and ice cream...not to mention the lasagna and salad lunch I served like 1 hour before the party.   I like food, what can I say.   I am super grateful my mom was around to help me out though.  I felt like a damn chicken with my head cut off.    A #1 candle was stuck into the cake, but I didn't light it (fire + baby = not a great idea).  Happy b-day was sung and thanks to Holly the cake was cut and served.  I spent my time dishing up ice cream though and completely missed all of Orion eating cake....which made me sad.  I did get to see the aftermath of it though.  I also was so busy making sure everything was taken care of that I didn't take a single picture.  I'm hoping that I can get copies from the family that was there taking pictures.  UGH!  So anyway, it went well.  Everyone had fun, cake was eaten, presents were unwrapped, laughter was made......and I'm damn sure glad that it is over (and doesn't occur again til next year!!!). 

Friday, March 5, 2010

One year---a reflection.

If you've never experienced the first year of being a mother, I promise you that you have no idea how quickly time can go.  It truly seems like last week when I first held my beautiful boy in my arms...first kissed his beautiful face.  It seems like days ago that I first saw my son's smile and begged him to roll over.  Only yesterday when he first got up and started to crawl, and just this morning when I first cheered in glee as he took his first steps across my kitchen.   I don't understand where my time has gone.  How has my tiny bundle of baby somehow morphed into a giddy toddler so quickly??  I find myself sitting here begging time to slow down, terrified that I am going to miss something....or worse, maybe I'll forget that these little things ever even existed.  Our son is amazing.  He gives hugs and kisses.  He loves his mommy and his daddy like crazy.  He's friendly and playful, but shy and flirty.  He's happy.  I think that's most important.  I honestly believe that Orion is happy.   Not to mention that he is SO dang smart.  He can walk, uses a sippy cup, feeds himself, is starting to try to use silverware, and turns the pages in a book, found out how to turn objects sideways to get them out of a latched cabinet.  *sigh*  I'm amazed and entertained by him every day.  All it takes is a single look from him to make me smile.  Yesterday was his birthday, and on Sunday we're having a birthday party with all of the family.  I know he's little and doesn't know what is going on, but I want to celebrate not only his birthday, but our first year as a family.  So happy happy birthday baby Orion, who is not really a baby.  I hope that someday you can understand that me and daddy are both better people because you exist.   We love you very much!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mommy baby weekend

This weekend Seth went out of town, so I decided to do something fun, just me and Orion.  Of course, the adventure ended up being bigger than just the two of us, but that's where it started.  Seth left town on Friday, so my sister kindly offered to take me home.  She ended up spending the night.  We cooked some quick supper, then with Orion in tow made a quick trip into Wal-mart for some essentials that we were out of (toilet paper, apple juice, hair dye, ya know..the important stuff!).  We of course had to look for b-day gifts for Orion while we were there, and Ashley managed to find an adorable pair of spiderman pajamas in just the right size.  We showed them to Orion and he grabbed ahold of them and drug them along throughout the rest of our shopping trip.  It was adorable to see him carrying around a hanger with pjs on it that was taller than he was.  He was so proud of himself.   Needless to say, he was exhausted after such an exciting adventure of spiderman pjs and pushing the cart around the store, so he went to sleep quickly after we got home.  Ashley spent the rest of the night using said hair dye and enjoying each other's company.   The next morning Orion was up bright and early (unfortunately the sun was not!!) and ready for more fun.  We ate some breakfast, got ready for the day, caught a super quick nap, and headed into town to meet up with my cousin Amanda, her husband, and their son Blake, who is only 6 months older than Orion.  We went and grabbed a quick lunch, and then we were off to the Children's Museum.  Now, origionally I was quite nervous about taking an almost-1 month old baby to the children's museum, fearing he would be stomped, trampled, and lost in the crowd (especially on a Saturday!) however it ended up being MUCH better than I had anticipated.  When we first got there Orion seemed to be a little bit overwhelmed with all the people and the stuff going on.  We decided to go into the play "Doctor's Office."  Blake chose to play with the giant stuffed dog in there.  What did Orion choose to play with you ask?  Well....umm......ok.  It was a stool.  Seriously...a red...stool.  He's easily entertained I suppose. 
I'm not saying I was concerned or anything...but really.....a stool??  Ok, I'm done.  After the Dr. office we took the boys to a car that was just their size.  They had so much fun driving it together and screaming like crazy people.  Orion loved to drive it.  He was once again very proud of himself. 

He did however let Blake drive too, and seemed to enjoy that just as much.  I'm not sure if you can tell here though:

I think these two boys may have quite a future ahead of them.....we may be in trouble!!


After driving around we hit up the grocery store, and a construction site.  We then went in to play a little bit of football.  Orion wasn't much on it but Blake really seemed to enjoy himself.  Orion tried on a jersey and some pads...I don't think he'll ever grow into them. 

We played in a semi, as well as a fire truck.  We hit up some toy tractors...and then mommy captured Orion for a minute of snuggles in the BIG CHAIR! 

We tried to paint Orion's face.  He eventually approved (by kissing himself in the mirror) but seemed a lot more interested in licking the stick than letting me paint his face.  
They played in the mole hills...which we forced Aunt Ashley to crawl through with them(she liked it.  Don't let her tell you any different!!).  They played in the water (where Orion kept trying to LICK everything!!).  

We commanded a space station and pretended to be an astronaut.  


We flew an airplane, played giant chess, read books, and then landed an airplane.  Needless to say it was a BIG afternoon!  We had so much more planned, but by the time we left the Children's Museum nap time had come and gone, and driving to our next location Orion passed out.   We spent Sunday just snuggling, reading books, and watching X-Men.  My son was exhausted.  Now you can ask if Orion really had as much fun as I make it sound like, or if I'm just making it up because I enjoyed it....but for me, this face says it all. 

Now does this say "excitement" or does this say "help I'm crazy" or does it say "My mom locked me in a plexiglass box and I can't get out...that's for you to decide.  Either way, I'm so thankful for the amazing adventures I get to have with my favorite little boy.