Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Kris!

This little sailor is 33 years old today! With the exception of the dark, curly hair, I see a LOT of resemblance between him an another soon-to-be birthday boy that I love. I am living in a house full of cute and I can hardly stand it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

One Year Check-Up

We just got back from the doctor so before I forget, here are his stats...

weight: 23 lbs. 9 oz. (75th percentile) (He started out in the 5th!)
height: 29 inches (25th percentile)

I don't remember head circumference but who cares about that one anyway.

The doctor said he is doing great! She even said that he seemed to be advanced because he is already so verbal and is mimicking. It was so funny because she asked me "Is he babbling very much?" and right on cue, Asher started up his "talking." Talking is one area he has no problem in. He may not walk until he's four, but he can carry on a conversation with the best of them.

We are so thankful for our healthy, talkative baby...I mean big boy.

Interesting Facts That I Would Like To Share (OK, maybe not that interesting)

--I have to look at the Baby Ticker in my sidebar to figure out what week I am because I can never remember.

--Strawberry and banana applesauce has 23g of sugar in it. But I didn't read the label until after Asher ate some. Major sugar high followed by major sugar crash.

--Kris will be 33 tomorrow!!!

--I should be cleaning the kitchen right now.

--I was talking with Laura today and we have the exact same "chicken-texture" issues. I am so picky about chicken that I must remove every bit of of anything white on the chicken breast and then I have to pound it out until it is really thin, because I hate thick chicken. And if I get a bite of anything with a questionable texture, the meal is over for me. I was so relieved to find out I'm not alone.

--The Gap used to be my favorite store ever and now I am severely disappointed every time I go in there. Whoever their buyers are need to be fired.

--If you go to HEB at 9:00 pm, you will miss all of the crowds but the deli will be closed and they will be out of everything.

--You should always pay a little more and go to a hair stylist that will do a really good job. If you go to someone because they are cheap, they will jack your hair up and then you will have to go to the more expensive person for damage control anyway. So save yourself some time and heartache.

--People in my neighborhood treat their garages as some sort of bonus room. They decorate them with assorted sports paraphernalia and install a television. We park our cars in ours. Are we the weird ones?

--This was me exactly one year ago at 7 months pregnant. Asher was born 2 weeks later. I shudder to think what size my face and hands would have been had I reached full term.

That's all for now. If I can think of some more things that you should know, I will post them promptly.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Sweetest Little Laugh

I love Asher's laugh! My guys were playing a hilarious game where the say what the puppy dog says to each other. You should try it some time. It's a big hit over here.

You also get to see him give "eskimo kisses" which is a trick his Mamaw taught him. They are much less slobbery than his other kisses.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Video to Back Up a Few of My Claims

The video is cute, but you have to hold your head sideways to fully appreciate it. I didn't realize that I was holding the camera on it's side. Kinda frustrating, but still entertaining. At least I think so.

The Asher O. Report

For some reason, blogging about the little man has been somewhat sparse lately. How sad that I only have one that requires actual care right now and I still neglect to post about how he is spending his time these days.

He will be one in just a few weeks (Feb. 7) so I am in the process of birthday preparations. We will have family and friends over for a very low-key (i.e no ponies, clowns, or d.j.'s) celebration. I want it to be memorable, but not anything I get stressed out over.

So what had he been up to lately? Here ya go...

--he is a master crawler who loves to pull up on everything. He will walk along the edge of furniture but has no desire to let go and try it on his own.

--he can tell you what the puppy dog says (ruh-ruh-ruh) and what Asher says (guhta-guhta-guhta.) Seriously, that is a sound he makes a lot, so when we ask him what Asher says, that is his response. So cute!

--he can tell you where his tongue is and sometimes where his nose is. That one is hit or miss.

--he loves to read! When he wants his Dr. Suess ABC book he says "a, a, a!" (short vowel sound) because the first line of the book is "Big A, little a, what begins with A? Aunt Annies' alligators. A, A, A!" When he wants the animal book, he makes the puppy dog sound. And as we read him one of his Baby Einstein books, he says, "bub-bub" when we get to his favorite page that says "bubbles blowing, bursting, pop!" On the "pop!" we "pop" him up in our lap--big fun!

--he is a fan of most foods with the notable exception of sphaghetti from Jason's Deli. He will eat the Gerber sphaghetti crap from the jar, but not the good stuff. He gets very excited when the Yo Baby yogurt comes out of the fridge or the Nilla wafers come out of the pantry.

--he is teething now. He just got his 7th tooth--a back molar. He is a teething champ with a fairly high pain tolerance. He wokes up one night crying, but went right back to sleep after we gave him a few Teething Tablets. His nose has been running and he is gnawing on his finger a lot so I'm sure we are in for more before too long.

--he gives the best kisses ever! He grabs our faces and pulls them to him and plants a big ol' slobbery kiss right on our cheeks. I have to rub them in because they are so sweet!

--he waves anytime he hears the word "hi" or "bye" or any word that sounds like those words. The other day, I asked Kris how high something was and Asher started waving. We haven't covered homophones with him yet.

--he is still an avid drummer. My mom pointed out that we could probably take away every toy except the drumsticks and his books and he would be fine. He found the cabinet with the mixing bowls in it the other day and turned all the bowls over and started playing them, with a look on his face like "Why am I just now finding out about our cabinet full of drums?"

--he is now front-facing in his carseat. We turned him around a few weeks early, but since he way exceeds the weight requirement, we went ahead and switched him. His poor little legs were out of room. It took a few rides, but now he really enjoys his new perspective.

Needless to say, he keeps us busy, but quite happy :)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sad, but oh so true.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Catching Up

When you have incredibly busy and thrilling lives, missing a few days of blogging equates to pages and pages of catching up to do. But thankfully, we don't, so getting you up to speed should be fairly easy.

I will let you know about what has been going on as they surface in my mind, not in the order in which they occurred.

We went to the zoo yesterday with some friends from bible study. It was a lot of fun! In this picture, Asher, Madi, Jackson, and Alex are enjoying the aquarium. I love that Madi was so appropriately dressed for the zoo!

He likes the fish the best. We also saw baby cheetahs, sea lions, and various repitles, but he was not very impressed. He was just mad he couldn't get down and crawl around.

The guys came over and played last week. We now have 13, 11, and 9 month old boys! It is so fun to see how they interact with each other now.

The cabinet doors on the armoir are the most fun thing to play with, of course.

Asher has started to take his diaper off.

Just one side though. And yes, he was eating those Cheerios off of the floor. Some hills are not worth dying on.

As for the numerical data, I am 13 weeks along. Asher turns one in about 3 weeks. Kris turns 33 on Jan. 30. I think that's it for now!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Sara's Wedding

Our good friend, Sara, was married this past Saturday to Roger. Sara has lived in England for several years working with youth at a church over there. She met Roger, a "Brit" as they say. They will make their home in England but were kind enough to get married in Texas. It was a great wedding and we enjoyed meeting Roger and the other Brits that came over for the occasion.

Kris should win some kind of prize for most jobs performed at a wedding. He sang, he read a scripture, he ushered, and he stood at the front as a pseudo-groomsman. Roger didn't have enough guys here to accomodate all of Sara's attendants, so the ushers were honored to do double-duty.

Asher was a trooper, especially considering he was holding it together after only having a 45 minute nap on the way to the wedding. At one point, he did have to crawl under the table to get away from it all for a moment.

Then I gave him cake and everything was better.

We tried to get a decent family picture, but even with just the 3 of us, the chances of everybody smiling, eyes open, looking the same direction are not good. So here is what we got.

This was at the end of the day and, as you can tell, Asher was spent.

We're thinking about getting jobs as the people that are already in the picture frames when you buy them. I think we'd have a lot of success there.

I love that boy who is 11 months old today!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

an open letter to the person who googled "how to sew bumpers" and found himself or herself here

Ugh! Upon re-reading this post title, I found an ugly pronoun-antecedent agreement error. This unfortunate grammar mistake has been corrected. You have to point these things out to me, guys!

Dear Above-Mentioned Friend,

As I was perusing my site meter information, I noticed that you googled "how to sew a bumper" and found yourself at this happy little blog. I can only imagine your disappointment.

But I did want to address you on the off chance that you may attempt to sew a bumper the way I did. I am a total hack who probably shouldn't be allowed to own a sewing machine. I broke every rule in the book and if you were to examine my handiwork closely, you would probably send me a check to buy my child a decent bumper.

I hope you were able to find a helpful link and complete your project sucessfully. This site is many things...a sewing tutorial, sadly, is not one of them. But thanks for stopping by anyway.

All the best,

Ok, now I'm really on a blog break.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

My Blah-g

Dear My Blog,

You're kind of on my nerves right now. I need a break. It's not you, it's me. No wait, it's you.

So I'm stepping away for an undetermined amount of time, and when I like you again, I'll be back.

Warmest regards,
Jamie Matisse Rives

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