- As of a week ago, JB is crawling. He'd been playing around with the idea for nearly month, but just a couple of hours after we got home from Wisconsin- he seriously just crawled off to the toy box in the living room. It was like he was just waiting to get back to his "crib" before he took off. He skipped the whole army crawling phase and went straight for all 4's. He will also crawl with his legs fully extended in the back like a little man-cub haha.
- He's starting to pull up on people, and also when he is in the bath tub (yikes). We've moved the crib just in case, because I think he will be standing very soon.
- JB has started eating puffs, and other little baby foods that dissolve quickly. He isn't as interested in feeding himself as Emme was, but seems to like baby foods more and has started to try more types of pureed foods.
- Still nursing 4x a day, but now I have started to just feed him a bottle of formula for one of those middle of the day feeds if we are not at home- it is WAY easier than trying to nurse a child with 7 teeth that wants to crawl off in public hehe. It's hard to do that modestly. :)
- That's right 7 teeth... and he's working on two more.
- This child has a beat! When music comes on he totally starts nodding his head and doing happy, excited arms. I love it.
- JB has decided that he has a future in baseball or basketball. It cracks me up how he will literally chunk a ball from up over his head. Pretty sure his ball-throwing skills are better than Emme's are. Just another fun boy v. girl difference we are seeing in action. He does everything with a grunt or a push like he's big stuff.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Posted by The O's at 1:19 PM
Friday, July 13, 2012
After returning from our Anniversary trip to NYC, we spent the week in Cedarburg with my parents. It was nice having a week to just enjoy the peace and quiet of the town and do some fun family things together before returning to Denton. During that time we enjoyed the 4th of July parade and fireworks, lots of walks around town, spent time at the pool, and Emme got her ears pierced! It was a fun week that reminded me of the basic joys of life. It is good to take time to slow down and concentrate on the important stuff-
Posted by The O's at 10:04 PM
"New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village - the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!" E.B. White
Our last day in the big city we went down to the south side and took the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I loved getting to see all the history and thinking of all the thousands of immigrants that came to our great country via NY not too long ago. Over 60% of the population can trace their ancestors back through Ellis Island. Really cool... I would love to come back again and spend even more time at the museum. They had so many neat pieces of memorabilia, people's stories, pictures, etc. Just taking in all of the beauty of this place was such a memorable experience, and made me somehow feel so patriotic and thankful for the freedom we have in America.
Our last stop was Grimaldi's pizzeria for one last taste of the town before we headed back to Wisconsin. We had a fabulous time and felt like we really did get to see and do it all while we were there. I'm thankful to the Lord that He allowed Ben and I to make so many fun memories and I look forward to 10 more years and more adventures with my sweet hubby.
What is it about you?
The shadows at sundown
The roofs, that scrape, the sky
The rich and the rundown
The parade goes byOh, NYC
You make 'em all postcards
You crowd, you cramp
You're still the champ
Amen For NYC,
The shimmer of Times Square
The pulse, the beat
The drive, NYC
The city's bright
As a penny arcade
It blinks, it tilts, it rings
To think that I've lived here all of my life
And never seen these things
Posted by The O's at 9:40 PM
Check out these adorable cupcakes- I so wanted to bring one home to my Emme Lou.
That evening we decided to do a late dinner after enjoying a delightful performance of Broadway's Chicago. My Aunt Lisa arranged for us to have complimentary seats in the orchestra section, just 5 rows from the stage. WOW! Talk about amazing, the actors were singing and talking right to us. We both had such a blast and they definitely gave us "the ol' razzle dazzle!" I think I may have suckered Ben into a few more musicals thanks to this one :)
Afterwards we met up with two of my girlies that now live and work in New York City, Hudson & Lauren, and the Shake Shack. It was so fun talking to them about our experiences in the city and just hearing about their lives and catching up since it had been years since we've really gotten to chat in person. Good times, good friends, good food!
Posted by The O's at 9:21 PM
Our second day in NYC we headed to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a tour of the NBC studios. This was another one of my favorite parts of the trip. Before heading inside we caught a bit of the TODAY show and spotted Matt and Al doing a segment. It is funny to take it all in because on TV it looks so big, and like the two of them are on different streets when they talk to one another- but really they are both in a very small almost "alley." Aaah the magic of television! We learned a lot of the secrets on the tour and also got to to see the studio where they film Brian Williams evening news, the set of Jimmy Fallon, and SNL. We also saw part of the makeup studio for SNL. I just loved hearing all of the stories and fun facts, our "pages" were awesome and lots of fun things to share with us. They also only allow 15 people at a time on a tour so you got to ask lots of questions and really get up close and personal on the sets. One funny story (I could tell so many) was that they used to do a waiting list to get tickets to SNL, but it was so long that people were literally dying off of it. So they now have a lottery system that you can only apply for in the month of August. Odds are like one in several million that you get a ticket- so if you do... take it!!
We saw Radio City Music Hall and then headed towards Times Square for lunch. We had seen it at night also, but wow, it is crazy how that place never sleeps! Total craziness all of the time.
Next we went to Trump Tower and did the classic, "Ya fired!" in front of the building. On a side note... my Aunt is a personal chef for the producers of the broadway musical, Chicago. They live in Trump tower when they aren't living in their "lake home" in Waccabuc. Pretty posh stuff. Next we stopped by another location of Tiffany's, Macy's, and of course, FAO Schwarz. The big piano is fun to check out. And you know, a couple of statues made entirely out of legos :)
Posted by The O's at 6:52 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2012
So Ben and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary back on December 29th. Our gift to each other was.... a newborn! So we decided to wait for the summer and really do it up big with a trip to NYC. My parents were kind enough to keep the babies for us while we traveled.
We left the kids on Monday and drove up to Chicago for the day, since our flight was leaving from O'hare early the next morning. We stopped at an outlet mall and also went to another Triple D spot called The Shanty. As always, Guy Fieri hardly disappoints.
Then we headed over to the WTC memorial. All I have to say is that actually being there, at the site of that monumental day in history is just overwhelming. No words, really to describe it.
Posted by The O's at 2:33 PM