Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Well, Parker had a great 2nd Christmas! He loved the paper, bags, boxes and oh yeah the toys! As you can see, Grandma Sharon got him a new three-in-one bike. He loves it even around the house. The one picture he is screaming because we put the 5 point harness on him!! We are so blessed to have so many friends and family to help us celebrate the holidays.

On Christmas Eve we spend the evening with Ray's family. Our nieces & nephews are in the bottom right. Parker is holding on to Uncle Trent's leg toward the top. We had a very nice evening with good food and great family. It was truly a blessed weekend!

Santa 2011

Parker wanted nothing to do with Santa! My mom's school has a pancake breakfast each year and invites the staff and their families. We went and had a great time.... until Santa came out. As you can see I had to be the middle man between Parker and Santa. I have a feeling this is going to be a trend for at least the next three years or so...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

I don't know what you do on a Saturday night but mine was spent making homemade diaper rash cream! Yeah for me!! :) Parker has been sick and to get him to take his meds I was mixing it in his cereal. To add some flavor I was using apple juice. Well, that turned out to be s bad idead. That then led to a super bad diaper rash. Nothing seemed to work so I turned to the internet. This cream was super easy to make and worked wonders! I bought some containers to put this in so I wasn't using ones we would want to put food in later. This also made it easy to make up a batch for a friend. I used the Target brand maalox and Aquaphor. I started with 4 tablespoons of maalox and add the Aquaphor until it looked like this! I would highly suggest having this on hand BEFORE you might need it!! :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Parker has been sick...

Poor little guy was sick a few weeks ago. He ended up with another ear infection and had some yucky stuff in his chest. He had to take breathing treatments and antibiotics for 10 days.  I took advantage of his nap to snap some pics! He is cute even when he is sick. I am happy to report he is doing much better now!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

We are walking...

Well, life will never be the same! Parker is walking. He started a few weeks before his birthday but has really started mastering his skills. Parker loves daddy's iPhone so we knew that would get him walking! He is mastering new skills everyday!

Feeding time...

At the beginning of November Parker, mommy, Poopa & Grandma Terry went to dinner at the local American Legion. They were having a fish fry and we went to enjoy some fish and french fries. Parker was dining on his usual: one container of baby food and one container of yogurt. At the end Poopa let Parker feed himself. We weren't at home so that was less mess for mommy to pick up!! :)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Playing the organ...

Parker wasn't feeling well (ear infection) and he got sick all over himself. I was trying to clean up the kitchen and find something for Parker to do... So Ray turned on the organ in the dining room and let him go to town. He can just reach the keys and he was entertaining us all! :) These pictures are a little patriotic with Ray's grandpa's flag. Who doesn't love a cute baby in just a diaper?

Thanksgiving 2011

Do these pants make my butt look big??
Isn't he the cutest??
Cousin Ashley needs a nap!! :)

Parker is still not eating anything but baby food, cereal and milk... But he will put any toy in his mouth...
We have many things to be thankful for!! Gobble Gobble!

Shared photo book from Leslie

I had two coupons to use for photo books. It was hard picking just a few pictures to sum up Parker's first year. I hope that you enjoy the book as much as we do!!

Shutterfly photo books offer a variety of layouts and cover options to choose from.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Parker!

My little boy isn't a baby anymore! He is a toddler! He had a great time at his party and loved visiting with everyone. Parker doesn't really care for anything other than milk and baby food so there wasn't any cake smashing. I know who doesn't like cake!?!? No cake smashing meant an easy clean up. He laughed and played and wore himself out. We are so blessed to be surround by so many special people. This last year has been an adventure and I can only image what the second year will bring!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Time is getting away...

Well, hello everyone! We are still here but just so darn busy. This is not unlike any of your lives but it just seems that this month has gotten away from me. We have been very busy at work and getting ready for Parker's big birthday! Quite time to blog has been a challenge. Right now it's 7:10am and Parker will be up any minute. I wanted to let you know that I am working on uploading pics and there will be lots to share. I hope everyone had a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend. Love you all!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

1st Halloween!

Well, Parker's first Halloween was a success! I made his shark costume and Ray decked out his wagon! It was pretty cold and windy so we only were out for a short while. He got to hang out with the Hix boys. He was scared to death of Keegan's scream mask.

No candy this year but I am sure next year he will be loaded up!

Monday, October 31, 2011

11 months

Look at our little man! He is such a joy, a little rotten, but a joy! :)
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Steps...

Hmmmm.... How might I get up these steps?

It's elementary Watson...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Greenbay & Poopa!

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Wow! That is Parker in the same shirt, just a few months difference! :)

Parker loves his Poopa and his brothers (from another mother) too! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Parker Using His Words!

Well, almost 11 months old and he has a lot to say! Of course he only says it once on video but said this over and over again of the course of the night. I love him more and more everyday!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Our house is FOR SALE!

This is that we have been up to... We decided that the market isn't going to get better anytime soon so why not try. We know that it's a buyers market and I am ok with that because that hopefully means we will get a good deal on a house once we sell ours.

We want to move back to Hilliard so that we can be closer to family. This is where I grew up and would love to raise Parker in the same community. I will keep you updated but if you know of anyone that is looking to buy send them my way! :)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Sorry for the delay...

Well, like all of you, life has just been down right busy! I haven't had a chance to blog like I would like to. We have been up to a lot of good things. I will share in my next post. Parker is still fighting an ear infection so.... we are off to see an ENT doctor next week. Here is a picture to make you smile! :)
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Great Grandma Visit

A month ago Ray's grandma came to visit and Parker loved meeting everyone. Parker's cousin Bentley was just two weeks out and her looks HUGE compared to little Bentley.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Getting into trouble...

It's hard to get mad... He is just too cute! :)

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Love being at home...

I love being at home. Our house is not our forever home but I feel very comfortable here. That's the way a home should feel, right? I am very thankful for the home that we have and all that we have accomplished. On the weekends it seems like everyone is so busy and on the move. That includes us as well and it's not often we stay home and open the windows. Well, today after running errands and visiting with friends we came home and did just that! Parker is napping and I am sitting in a quiet house with the windows open. I am taking a deep breath and enjoying this time. I hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys a relaxing moment or two! :)

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Football Season

I know... you don't follow this blog to see vacation pics of Ray and I! You REALLY want to see and hear about Parker! :)

He is doing great!! It's not officially football season and I was SO excited to have him wear his OSU jersey. As you can see he is super cute in the scarlet and gray! He will also be sporting New York Giants and Greenbay Packers items this Fall as well. Pics of those outfits to come soon!
Parker is almost 10 months old and is doing well. He recently had his second double ear infection. This time mommy knew the signs so we caught it sooner than the first time. He brings so much joy to our lives. I know some people read this and think, she always says that. Yes, we have our frustrating moments but it makes the great moments even better.

Below is a very sweet moment of Parker playing with his Poopa. The reason that Parker only has a diaper on is because minutes before this he puked all over himself. Now looking back he did have an ear infection (that I didn't know about at the time) but really the kids knows he can control two things...what goes in and what come out. So if we try to get him to try a food that has a little bit of texture he gags himself and pukes! Those are the trying and frustrating times... but he is pretty cute so that helps get over those moments.

I hope everyone is doing well! More pics and videos to come...

Monday, September 05, 2011

All good things must end...

Well, it's that time... time to leave the ship. We had to be out of our room by 9am. That wasn't an issue since we had been up early everyday. We had eaten breakfast in the buffet area everyday but we decided to end the cruise on a more quiet and relaxing note. We ended up eating in a very nice dining room that we hadn't visited for dinner. The breakfast was exactly what we needed to ended our vacation. It was very quiet and everything was made to order.

We made our way back to our cabin and proceeded to finish packing and get on our way. When we got off the ship we were greeted with a powerful punch of humidity in Miami. Not having the ocean breeze made a big difference. We slowly made our way to our pick up point and waited. We had parked our car in a lot about 5 minutes from the port. This was the smartest and cheapest way to go. We were then headed off to our hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

We arrived at the Hampton Inn in Fort Lauderdale near the airport. The hotel was very nice and our room was HUGE! Let me remind you that we just left a room that felt like a sardine can with a balcony. We felt like we were living it up in our hotel room! :) The bed was comfortable and the shower was even better! Once we got settled to headed off to the Hard Rock Cafe & Casino. I was starving and if Ray could win us lunch that would be even better. Well, come to find out casinos in Florida only have slot machines and card games. Ray's game of choose if roulette. We still had a great lunch and a great time just walking around and watching people, my favorite past time.

After a short drive back to the hotel we were off to bed for a much needed nap. We decided that a nap sounded better than sitting outside at the pool in the 90 degree Florida heat. It turned out to be the best choice. After our nap we were off to dinner. The hotel staffed recommend a restaurant right on the water. It was still hot so we opted for a table indoors but overlooking the water. I owed Ray an italian dinner since I screwed dinner up on the cruise! :) So we both had shrimp and pasta. We ere both miserable after dinner but a good miserable! We both have missed Parker so very much. Only one more night and we will be home.

We flew out of Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday 9/6 at 9am. We will arrive back in Columbus around 1pm. I am off on Wed 9/7 and Ray is off until Friday. So even though vacation in Florida is over we still will have some time before we go back to work. We are excited to see Parker and give him lots of hugs and kisses. I know that you like pictures of him better than you do of us so we will make sure to get some up soon.

We had a fabulous time and are very grateful for everyone's help in making this trip possible, We are looking forward to taking Parker on vacation with us next time.

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

2nd great day...

Well, it's our 2nd full-day on our cruise. There was a big party last night called the "White Out" party. Everyone was encouraged to wear white and to come party the night away. Well, I went to bed and Ray went to the casino, so neither of us went to the party. But when Ray woke up he felt like he had went to the party!! He had a horrible headache so he took some medicine and went back to bed. I proceeded to have breakfast and went for a walk. I then came back for a nap and then back up for a second breakfast, all of this while Ray slept!! :)

(breakfast #2)

We then proceeded to lay by the pool, all day long! Again, we were not up for getting off our stop in Nassau, Bahamas. The port is very touristy and we didn't really need any of the junk, I mean, stuff they were selling. We just wanted to relax by the pool. We had a short rain shower but other than that it was hot and perfect. Have I mentioned that the pool is a salt water pool? This is still weirding me out. I guess they are better and easier to care for than chlorine pools. The salt seems to be good for my skin but not so good for other things like my sun glasses and my toe nail polish! :) Once I figured out that the water was salt water I decided that it would be a good idea to leave my iPad in the room. I was afraid of the salt water doing some damage even just from my hands. Better safe than sorry on this topic!!

After we laid by the pool we went and took a much needed nap. We had dinner reservations at 5:30pm at the Le Bistro restaurant. Here is where the fun begins....

We had a coupon that read "Enjoy dinner for two at Le Bistro restaurant and get one free meal at the Italian restaurant." I read this as "Eat at Le Bistro restaurant, Italian restaurant and get one free meal." The entire day I was telling Ray that we are having Italian food for dinner and that we will buy one get one free for our meals. Image our faces when we open the menu and it was FRENCH food! We don't even know what FRENCH food really is!! I felt horrible! Ray was disappointed and I was embarrassed. I was so excited to have a coupon BUT I didn't read it correctly. We made the best of it!! I forgot to mention that there was a $20 cover charge (this restaurant is outside of the normal included food). Ray found onion soup, pork & creme brûlée. I had a salad, salmon & chocolate fondu. It ended up being a great dinner, not what we expected, but good!!

(before we figured out it was not Italian food)

(after we ate French food, Ray was happy!)

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