Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Ever since we left his grandma’s house a month ago, Xavier has been a bossy little fellow. He heard my mom telling the dog to sit and get down, which in Xavier-speak became “Dit, dit, dit!” while pointing his finger at the same time. He tells random dogs to dit, tells our kitties to dit, occasionally tells us to dit. When Grandma Hill took him to the park last week, a woman was working on training her dog and Xavier helped her out by chiming in with…you guessed it… “Dit!”
Xavier is now a climbing machine. Climbing chairs, sofa, toy chest, whatever. Thank goodness he hasn’t figured out how to climb out of the crib yet. He likes to attempt to pull pictures off the wall (especially one picture of Uncle “Date” (Nate) spinning a basketball), find and hide (really, we are missing one!) remotes that are above the couch, and play in the curtains.
It seems that Xavier may end up having a musical (Mueller?) side to him. He loves to sing with the radio and sing in church and he’s pretty into dancing too. When he dances, he gets the whole body moving, not just a head bob. In church, he likes to sing when the organ is playing even if it is not a hymn and nobody else is singing. Today he combined his climbing and singing abilities by climbing atop his toy chest that has a radio on it and using the antenna as a microphone.
Xavier loves to read, but we mostly stick with board books. Just today he ripped out three pages of Polar Bear, Polar Bear (at least it only cost $5 at Kohls)… He is obsessed with Eric Carle books and in particular, Brown Bear, Brown Bear. He will find that book even if it is hidden on his shelf. He likes to hold our index finger and use it to point and he turns the pages in anticipation. I found out today that reciting Brown Bear in the car even without the book works as a calming method. And yes, that means that I can recite it word for word. Not too tough when you read it, oh, four times a day.
This is for Xavier’s uncles…Xavier loves to play ball! He has a bin filled just with balls and I think about half of his play time consists of shooting hoops (which might also include putting Christmas ornaments through the hoop). While Daddy is big on monster jams, Mommy is working on getting X-man to tuck his elbow and shoot with one hand. He’s a good passer and rebounder and is unselfish with the ball. He also has quite a pivot move where he walks away from Mommy or Daddy four or five steps, quickly pivots on one foot and sprints back at us. This should really open up the court for him once he is facing defense.
Speaking of Christmas ornaments, Xavier was positively enthralled with our 3 foot tall Christmas tree. We have since removed all glass ornaments (and vacuumed up the two shattered ones) as well as the ornament hooks. I don’t think he can do much to destroy the other ornaments and supposedly he left the tree alone at his babysitter’s house except for the Mr. Potatohead ornament. He did pull our tree over once, but I’m fairly sure his tears indicate a feeling of remorse.
We love this little guy SO much!!
(I’m on Matt’s computer, so I’ll have to add pictures later)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last weekend, Xavier and I went home to St. Louis for a little post-cross country season vacation (the flight was my birthday present from Matt). While we were there, we had fun doing a photoshoot of my parents and Erica in Forest Park. For more of the pictures, go to my photography blog.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tuesday--getting a cold, no running
Met my goal of 20 miles, but would have run a lot more if I hadn't been sick. Feeling better now...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
(By the way, thanks to my husband for all the free time he gave up so I would be able to coach!!! Matt made it possible for me to combine coaching and being a mom and Xavier became a big part of our team, attending about half of the practices in his jogging stroller and most of the meets. Thanks, Matt!!!)
I am looking forward to more time to spend hanging out with my husband and son, sleeping, staying caught up on schoolwork, reading, running, working on photography, keeping my house clean, etc!
I don't have any good pictures of him walking yet, but I'll work on it!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Special thanks to Kevin for his video editing skills!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I can't believe my baby is one today! I'll write more later (we are at a conference in Breckenridge), but I wanted to at least post this slide show I made of his first year of life! Warning--it is 12 minutes long! And I have this saved as much better quality, but couldn't figure out how to get that up on here. Oh well...
Edited to add: the first shot of this video is not my naked boy...wish this wasn't showing like that. Sorry. And the video quality is really bad. Sorry again...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Erica had just emerged from the basement after waking up and Xavier sprinted over to her. This is the last morning they were here :(
We love you and miss you!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
So this post is dedicated to Grandpa ("Can you please just post one picture of my little boy before my birthday?") and his godmother Rebekah ("Do you know that you haven't updated since August 10th?!")...
By the way, August 10th was the day before cross country started! So that's my excuse. School and cross country are both going well, but seem to take up way more time than they should. We'll chalk that up to teenage drama and paperwork! I miss being home with my little guy SO much on the days that I teach. He does come to cross country practice in his running stroller at least half the time, so I'm glad he can be involved in that.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm really sad that the Olympics are over, but I guess it's good if I start getting some sleep!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Here are the rules: (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/080807)
Scoring: Every individual gold medal is worth five points. Every silver medal is worth three points. Every bronze is worth one point. Every team gold medal is worth 10 points, every team silver is worth five points and every team bronze is worth two points.
Bonus points: If your athlete winds up on the Wheaties box, you receive 10 points. If your athlete makes the cover of Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek or ESPN The Magazine before the Olympic torch is extinguished, you get five extra points. If your athlete is a flag bearer in the closing ceremonies, you get two points. If your athlete makes a public protest about Tibet or Darfur, you get one point.
Oh, and be very careful with your picks -- every athlete busted for doping will cost you five points.
And our teams...
Track and field--Sanya Richards, Allyson Felix, Reese Hoffa
Swimming/Diving--Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff
Wild Card--Venus Williams, Serena Williams
Team Sport--Men's Basketball
Track and field--Bernard Lagat, Jeremy Wariner, Adam Nelson
Swimming/Diving--Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol
Wild Card--Donnie Robinson, Steven Lopez
We'll keep you updated on the medal count!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I did a little update in our bedroom. We have this nice furniture from my aunt, but I was a little tired of the green color. So yesterday I spent a few hours and 6 1/2 cans of spray paint changing the bed and nightstand to a chocolate brown color. My finger and my forearms are feeling it a little today (oh--and I got a little sunburn too)! Here's a peek at the room (still have some other stuff to update). The art above the bed is hung too high because I just stuck it on the old nails...If you were wondering, here's the before picture from when we had first moved in 3 years ago.
I also finished up Xavier's room... about 10 months late. This wall above his changing table had been blank because I was still deciding. I finally got some of my favorite photos framed...Xavier with his parents and godparents. I really like the way it turned out!
I also hung an X (thanks, Jamie T!) and put another X on his bookcase (thanks, Jamie M!) and hung a framed picture made from one of my cards from his baby shower (thanks, Aunt Bonnie!)
I know this isn't that much in the whole scheme of things, but I was proud of my little projects!
Do you like the changes I made?! Leave a comment!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Today was a nice day. By 8 am, I had run 8 miles with some cross country kids (the farthest I've run in a while!) in a beautiful canyon and headed home. Then I got to take a nap with my baby boy and two kitties...I never nap so this was a treat!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Also, check out Jamie's photoblog...she has some cute ones of Xavier swimming, at the playground, at Grant's Farm, etc.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Nine months on the inside and now nine months on the outside. Whenever I tell someone that you are nine months old, they comment on what a fun age it is. And they are right! I love that every day we can see your personality coming out more and more. When we go to the playground, you love swinging high up in the air and going down the steepest slides…I think you might have a bit of an adrenaline junkie in you.
This month we started attending story time at the library for kids under two. I’m amazed at how different your personality is when you are surrounded by all those kids. You seem content for now just to take it all in and observe and you always listen very closely to the books.
You finally started saying “Mama” on a consistent basis…on Father’s Day! I guess that’s okay since on Mother’s Day you were able to say “Dada.” I love hearing you call me except for the fact that my name always seems to be accompanied by crying, moaning, or screaming and is only called in moments of extreme distress.
The end of this month brought Uncle Aaron’s wedding to Aunt Katie and we traveled all the way to St. Louis to be there. You once again did a great job on the long car ride despite not being used to sitting in one place for so long. Every time we stopped, you crawled around in the grass at random fast food establishments. At the wedding, you looked like such a grown up boy in your little suit and I was so proud of you when Aunt Erica carried you down the aisle! Of course, it might have been nice if your daddy had been able to see more than five minutes of the wedding. Aunt Erica very accurately described you as a “wind-up toy” and you certainly weren’t going to sit still for the entire wedding service.
Summer has meant that both Daddy and I are home with you much of the day. It also meant that the celebration of our wedding anniversary…and your first night away from us! I didn’t even cry when we dropped you off. It probably helped that you barely noticed that we were leaving because you were so excited to see your babysitter again. You also went swimming in the big boy pool for the first time while we were gone. I was so ready to sleep in instead of being woken up at 5 am, but I sure did miss you after 24 hours away!
One of my memories of this month occurred at the ungodly hour at which you like to wake us up. At Grandma’s house, we would sneak you into our bed to avoid waking up the rest of the crowded household. When you were ready to get out, you let me know…by waking me up with a sweet (and slobbery) kiss.
I love you, Xavier, and I will never get tired of those sweet kisses, no matter how messy they are.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Happy Anniversary, Matt! It's hard to believe that we have been married five years already! But at the same time, we have experienced so much and been blessed with so much in the past five years...
-got married 3 weeks after the end of our first year of teaching
-moved to India about a week after getting married
-adopted our first cat, Scout (although poor Scout was eaten by dogs...)
-moved to Colorado
-each ran a marathon and 2 half marathons
-drove down almost the entire western coast of the country
-adopted 2 cats, Lulu and Diego
-bought a home
-coached track together
-survived a fall where we were both head coaches and I was pregnant
-had our first son, Xavier!
God has truly blessed us with one another! As we grow older, I see more and more why He placed us together and why he meant for us to be together. Thank you for being a wonderful husband!