Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So far this September...

Here is an update... and a few pictures (though quite frankly, each of these items deserves its own post):

1. James hit a milestone this month... his first day of PRESCHOOL! It's really more like pre-preschool (myself and four other moms are on a teaching rotation, cycling our five kiddos through each week and introducing them to the concept and basics of school), but still. What a big boy! He's loving every minute of it. On his very first day, he fought with me when I came to pick him up (just down the road). He dramatically declared, "I want to live here FOREVER!" Pssh. Thanks for making me feel missed, buddy. Oh, well. At least he had a positive experience. :)
2. Jolie hit a milestone as well. She has now officially conquered SITTING! She started getting the hang of it around 5 1/2 months, but she was still pretty tipsy. She now can sit and play for a good, long time without face-planting it too often. :) She's growing up too fast. My sweet baby girl...

(PS. This picture was taken while she was still in the wobbly stage... hence mommy's legs helping her stabilize.)
3. We got to see DENA & CO!!! Dena (my sister) and her family were up in Idaho for Labor Day, so we drove a couple of hours to visit them. (A couple of hours is no fun, but quite frankly- 18 hours is much, much worse!) It was super wonderful to see them all. They had never met Jolie, and it was sweet to see them loving on her so much. Dena pretty much didn't stop snuggling her the entire day! I loved seeing them... and was super weepy and homesick afterwards. Still, it was worth it. We really love you guys! Let's never let another year and a half (yikes, I know) go by between visits. Okay? Okay. :)
4. I had a birthday! I'm now the big 2-7, and I tell you- I'm feeling it. ;) I'm never going to make it to 100 at this rate! (Maybe it's the cheesecake...) lol. But really, it was a fabulous day. Derek spoiled me like none other. I didn't lift a finger in the kitchen (or altogether) the entire day... and we all ate super well! I was able to relax and nap the day away. I got sung to about SIX times (Derek and James sang a different version of "Happy Birthday" to me at every meal!). I was wished a "Happy Birthday" by about FIFTY different friends and family (seriously- could I feel more loved?), and we topped off the day with some yummy cheesecake with friends. It was a good day. Thirty... bring it!
Hooray for September. Let Autumn commence...

11 comments:

Missy W. said...

Happy Birthday again!

Mindy said...

Okay here is a mega comment for you in return for your mega comment, which I loved:

1) Hooray for preschool!!!!!! How exciting for you both. It's so nice to have a little time one-on-one with your baby, and it's very cool that James thinks school is so cool. Oh, and I love the picture of him. His smile is so cute!
2) I love, LOVE it when babies learn to sit (I just wrote s*it by accident ha,ha). It gives them a whole new perspective on life and I think it is awesome that they can play by themselves but still cannot get into too much trouble. So cool. I also love her hair pretty. My girls would never wear the headbands so hats off to you, mom.
3) Yay you got to see Dena. Her boys are so BIG! Remember she was pregnant with that little guy at your wedding? Oh, and could you two look any more like sisters? Sheesh. :)
4) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I hope you had a great day! I feel bad that I did not get you your present on your birthday. The painting of the kitchen has taken over my life. So I hope you will forgive me. Maybe next week we can go to lunch or something cool like that and I will bring you your present then? You are going to like it. I am so modest.
5) I love autumn. It is SO my favorite season. So amen. Let autumn commence.
6) I miss you too. Sniff.

Adam and Aubrey said...

Wow. You can totally tell you and your sister are..... wait for it.... sisters. haha. I'm glad you were able to see your sister. I guess I'm spoiled to have mine closer than 18 hours.

(ps, My husband looks weird. And by weird, I mean mangled. And I look... lets not go there. Ugh! But the cheesecake was fab!)

Anderson said...

Adam does look weird. It's true. He's not so alien-looking "irl." Apparently our camera distorts stuff at the edge of the frame. (I'm pretty sure that's not correct camera lingo, but you get my drift.)

Anderson said...

And PS. Jolie really isn't cross-eyed, though she looks a little that way in her picture. I only realized this post-publishing, and I'm too lazy to replace it. Yep... that's all.

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Brittney said...

So many thoughts....
-James is super cute in that top pic, he is so adorable! So glad he likes preschool it is seriously crazy our boys are even old enough!
-Jolie is super cute sitting up! I love that milestone. Yay for the prettiest baby girl!!!
-Yay for you getting to see your sister, and her boys look SO big! And so cute... boys can still be cute right?
-So glad you had a happy birthday I am just sad we weren't able to party with you too, it should be us in the back of the picture! Btw- Adam looks like the Unibomber (is that how you spell that?)

BiggsFamily said...

I feel your getting older pains, but that cheesecake does look so yummy!! How fun to have Dena come to visit!! Does she live by me still? I should get together with her sometime!!

Richelle said...

So fun Jolie can sit now! She is just the prettiest thing I've seen, I'm so glad I got to play with her a few weeks ago.

Nicole said...

Your post made me feel old. I met Dena and Jorge BEFORE THEY WERE MARRIED! OMG! We were like 20 when we met and we're 27 now? How did this happen? It feels like we just BARELY spent that hot summer in that weird old house on 400 N, with Dena and Jorge and you crying over Derek every other day. ;)

Your kids both look adorable in these shots. Yay for preschool and sitting!

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Ann said...

Happy (late) Birthday! I'm glad it was a good one. The cheesecake looks YUMMY!