Sunday, September 21, 2014

Arkansans

We’ve moved! Which may not be all that surprising; we seem to have a hard time sticking to one place. In fact, since we’ve been married, the longest we’ve lived in an apartment was our stint in SoCal just now for 18 months. Anyhow, the reason for our move this time: a federal appellate judge offered Bryan a terrific one-year clerkship. Our moving days may not be over just yet, but we’re happy to have one last chance to try someplace new before we settle down.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Potty Mouth


Yep, if you’re ever around Logan for long enough, you’ll probably hear a couple of choice words. But in our parental defense, he’s not saying what you think he’s saying. You may think you heard the “f” word, but what he’s really saying is “frog” (and he LOVES frogs), "flag," "fork," or “smoke." And please believe us when we tell you he didn’t really just say “s**t”, he just wants you to “sit” and play with him.

Once as we were driving to pick Bryan up from work, I kept hearing “f***” from the back seat at the most random times; I started to worry that maybe he was saying the real thing. I didn’t know quite what to do so I just ignored it, but a few minutes later the radio station played its theme yet again. I hadn’t noticed before, but apparently we were listening to K Frog Radio. Phew. I just hope he hasn’t busted out these words in church nursery.


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Little Rock, Arkansas 72223

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How Not to Do a Toddler Photo Shoot

I've learned a few things from our last toddler photo shoot:

1. As cute as it seems in your head, if your just-barely-turned-2-yr-old is not a cooperative poser, there's no way he'll hold a picture of his sibling's ultrasound in view of the camera while smiling.

2. If you ignore my advice (like I ignored the little voice in my head, e.g. my husband), and say: "eh, we'll make it work," whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do not take said 2-yr-old to a playground for the photo shoot. A soon as your toddler sees a set of swings or a slide, he will beeline there, and no amount of snacks, bribing, and/or cajoling will  make him interested in getting his picture taken.

3. Letting him play for a bit to "get it out of his system" won't work, either. Because, remember, he's a toddler. And toddlers have infinite tolerance for swinging on the swing and sliding down the slide. Dragging him away from his idea of paradise will only result in toddler fury.

4. If you're thinking "hey, I'll just get a picture of him while he's trapped on the swing," think again. He may cooperate and hold the ultrasound picture in view of the camera, but he's not going to be happy about a motionless swing.


5. After about 90 minutes on the playground, let's say you do manage to pull him away without a tantrum. You won't get that picture anyway because the stream running next to the playground is just too darn interesting.

6. You could try throwing Daddy into the picture, even though he's wearing exercise shorts and a t-shirt that doesn't match, to get a picture of "the boys," but now you have no one to help focus your toddler on your smartphone while you attempt a steady shot. Even if you kind of manage to get a decent picture, when you get home you'll realize it's got some funky lighting.


6. Okay, by now you're desperate, but you've finally managed to get your toddler to forget about the playground and the stream, and he just might be ready to go solo for a few snapshots. He may smile for the camera (it helps if you tell him you're going to Cafe Rio for lunch), but unless you put that ultrasound in a picture frame (which you have not), there's no way anyone's going to be able to tell you're toddler is holding the picture of an ultrasound.

Here he's yelling "Caf-Io!" (Cafe Rio)
 7. It's okay to give up now.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Big News!

We're excited to announce that we're expecting a baby boy November 20th!

First pic of our boys together--a sign of things to come?
Logan's probably going to struggle with the new addition, but for now he's really excited. Almost every day for the past two weeks he's asked "baby bruh-er? . . . Today?"

People always talk about how each child is different, we just never thought we'd start noticing the differences this early. So far:
  • This pregnancy has been so different from the last pregnancy that we were certain this baby was a girl. So much for a mother's intuition :). 
  • When comparing ultrasounds (taken at the exact same time during pregnancy), we assumed they'd look about the same. But from what we can tell, this baby's features, including his forehead, nose, and lips, differ significantly from Logan's.
  • He already seems to have a different personality, too! From the moment I first felt Logan move, he never stopped moving, which translated to a very active newborn who never slept. This baby is so calm in comparison, and he seems to have a very distinct rhythm. I feel him move about two times during the day, once in the early afternoon for about 30 minutes, and then again from around 11 p.m.-Midnight. Hopefully this means he'll actually sleep...but I'm not holding my breath (better to have low expectations).
We're eager to meet our baby boy and get to know his unique personality!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July in Pictures

Logan had his first (few bites of a) burger.
4th of July Parade with a buddy.
Cousin time--we introduced our nieces and nephews to Mario on the Wii.
Disneyland is even better with cousins.
Feeding Logan's Cafe Rio addiction.
A visit from Grandpa and Katie



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blah, blah, blah. All Caught up!

Today's post is dedicated to the past few months; I certainly couldn't have written it without them. We are (finally!) caught up! Wahoo! No more boring posts (for me, at least; I suppose I can't promise that the content of my future posts won't bore you :).

But that's neither here nor there. Ahem. Without further adieu, I present to you: January 2014 - June 2014.

January 2014

I'm so grateful for pictures! I don't think I'd remember much of January without them. And that would be too bad, because we did some pretty fun stuff. Let's see, for New Year's Eve we...ummmm...we...for some reason I can't really.... Yeah, so it's true: No pictures=no memory. Okay, so we probably did something pretty boring considering we'd just returned from Alaska, and traveled for about a month straight before that, but the rest of January really was fun!

On New Year's day we drove to Pasadena to check out the floats from the Rose Parade (see, we're not completely lame after all). Since we didn't take pictures of the floats, I'm guessing the only reason I can remember this particular outing is because of the picture we took of the house from Father of the Bride as we left town. Not sure why I decided that merited a picture more than the cool floats, but whatever.



We celebrated my birthday a few days late in, you guessed it, Disneyland. Poor Bryan. I never get sick of that place :). I wore a birthday pin, and it was fun having all the employees wish me a happy birthday. Seriously, I don't think we passed a cast member that didn't wish me a happy birthday. We ate yummy food and complementary birthday dessert at Carthay Circle in CA Adventure, and it just so happened that the parade started during our dinner. We felt pretty important watching it from the balcony of the restaurant (poor peasants sitting on the hard pavement), even though anyone who eats there can do it.


Other memorable moments from January: Bryan's sister, Susie, had a conference in Santa Barbara so we drove up to see her; lots of beach time; we discovered a natural marsh in Irvine (I know what you're thinking--natural marsh in SoCal, yeah right! So did we, but it truly exists!) to explore.

February 2014

Sunday family movie nights:


Hide and Seek. Logan's favorite spot :)

More Disneyland--just us parents. Hopefully Bryan doesn't kill me for this pic, I just think it's hilarious:


And a visit from Grandpa Larry and Grandma Katie:

March 2014


Can pretty much be summed up by: beaches, birthdays, and grandparents.






Grandma Lin and Papa visited for Bryan's birthday (29), and we were able to see the beautiful inside of the Mission in San Juan Capistrano.






April 2014

Last family outing to Disneyland (our passes expired and we renewed mine for an early Mother's Day gift, but not Bryan's).



We took Logan on his first Easter Egg Hunt. I thought holidays were fun when I was a kid, but they're so much better as the parent!


Logan kept trying to put Easter Eggs in other kids' baskets.
Checking out moving trucks. This pretty much sums up how Logan and I feel about leaving California.
Logan enjoyed his second-ever Easter Egg Hunt on Easter

May 2014

We were lucky enough to get another visit from Grandpa Larry and Grandma Katie.


Logan turned 2! This little guy has changed our lives forever for the best. We sure love him.

What 2-year-old wouldn't want to spend his birthday on a boat? On Logan's birthday we decided to visit Catalina Island, just a short boat ride from Newport Beach. We had a lot of fun exploring the small town, and rented a paddle boat to putt around the harbor.

Again, no cake smash. Logan just isn't a fan of getting his hands dirty.


We went on a short vacation to Vegas and on the way our car turned 100,000 miles!

Unfortunately Logan caught Hand Foot and Mouth a few days before our trip so we decided to quarantine ourselves in the hotel room until he was no longer contagious.



   We ate at some pretty delicious buffets once we felt comfortable taking Logan out, our favorite being the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's palace. This is a pic of Logan at the Wicked Spoon. He loved it as much as we did!


     June 2014

          Logan loves camping indoors.  
 
          Bryan's high school friend Mark was on vacation in San Diego, so we met up at the County
          Fair. Our kids are only a few months apart and had a great time together.
          We went deep sea fishing with some friends. Even though we didn't catch much we had a lot of
          fun!
          My catch of the day--too small to keep.

          Last weekend we spent the day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Logan loved it! As I was
          putting him to bed, he gave me a rundown of his day: "Zoo, fun . . . elephants, fun . . . lions, fun
          . . . tram, fun . . .Small World, fun."  (He likes to remind us he likes Disneyland even on the   
          days we don't go.)
          Time for a haircut?
          And, of course, no month would be complete without a visit to the beach!