Monday, September 1, 2014

You look like a monkey aaaaand you act like one too!

Happy First Birthday Ander Dare.

You've got 6 (almost 7) teeth. You weigh 23 lbs. You learned how to walk 3 days before your birthday. You grunt louder than any child I know. You love to explore and climb on/in everything. You don't even know what it means to sit still. This makes church reeeeally hard. ;) You have a HUGE stomach that loves pretty much every food. You are very VERY opinionated. You only love to be held by a small few but are slowly getting better with strangers. You make the funniest faces. You scrunch up your whole face in a way that makes me laugh every time. You absolutely adore your fluffy blue blankie and won't sleep with anything else. Your favorite toys are plastic spoons, cardboard boxes, paper, and pens that click in and out. I don't know why we bother buying you toys. :P Your snuggles are rare and quick but totally melt my heart. You are still an avid thumb sucker but are happy to take your lion binkie as well. You are a fabulous sleeper. Thank you for that! I nursed you for a year and then you transitioned to cow's milk like a champ. I loved being able to breastfeed and really cherished that cuddle time. I'm going to need extra snuggles for a while. ;) I love watching you discover new things every day. I get to discover everything again through your eyes and it is so fun! I love singing you to sleep every night. You are going to have those primary songs memorized by the time you're 2! Thank you for loving me and for giving me the opportunity to love someone so deeply. Thank you for teaching me patience. I love you to the moon and back.
Love always,

 We had a big birthday bash for Ander and his friend Kaylee who were born on the same day. We had a Noah's Ark theme so it was totally our fault that it rained. ;) Don't worry, it was just a sprinkle. Ander looooved his birthday cake. He ate his whole piece (for the most part)!

Aaaand here are his 12 month photos.. his last monthly photo shoot! Sad day... :(

Here's to another great year. Love you Blob.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

oNcE mEsEs!

Ander Man is 11 months old today. We almost have a one year old! Craziness. What's new this month? The question is, what isn't new this month? At this point he is learning too many things to list!
His hair is really coming in. It's fun to play with! Although, I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to doing boy hair!
He's got 4 teeth now and he's been grumpy enough the past couple days, he must be getting another one! ;)
He gets sooo excited when someone walks with him. He played with a walker at a friend's house last night and he looooved it. You shoulda seen his face! If we practiced with him, he'd be walking in no time. But.. we really don't want to push that milestone. lol.
His new favorite pasttime is opening all the lower drawers in the house and pulling everything out, one by one, and throwing them over his shoulder into a big pile. This kid's trouble!
Recently, he's started singing with me. He lets out with a long and loud, "aaaaaaaahhhh" whenever I sing, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". It's the cutest! 
He's become pretty attached to his blue blankie recently too. If I let him, he'd carry it everywhere.

 We live pretty close to the canyon so we drove up to this reservoir one night for a walk.
 Ander thoroughly enjoyed eating the rocks in the river. Oy.

Kim gave this outfit to Ander a couple weeks ago. It used to be his daddy's! How sweet! I absolutely love it!

 I took Ander to the new Museum of Natural Curiosity and he really loved this water table! He loves to splash! :)

Meet his new face. It's his favorite. hehehe!

He went on his first boating trip this month! I thought he would be terrified by the loud sounds and bumpiness but he did great! He did not, however, like his life vest. At all. The poor little fella can hardly move in it! He was all too happy to get out of it and swim with daddy in the lake.

Little Blob went to San Diego AGAIN with us and got to enjoy the Safari Park. What fun!

Lookie! He finally fits in his R2D2 outfit! haha.

He climbed into this basket and got stuck. lol. Dad decided to push him around in it and then he didn't want to get out!

 We sure love this kid. Stop growing and I mean it! ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

diEz MeSEs

Another month has passed already. I can't believe it. Ander Man is 10 months old!

He has mastered climbing stairs which is absolutely terrifying. We've been trying to teach him how to safely get down them but so far, he hasn't caught on.

He has discovered a love for shave ice, just like his mama. I'm all too happy to oblige him with a trip to the Hokulia Shave Ice shack. ;) He likes to feed himself more and more these days and often pushes my hand away if I try to feed him. ha ha.

One funny fact is that he absolutely hates grass. ha ha. He didn't used to mind it but now if you set him on it, he will immediately raise his legs off the grass and cry. He won't even come to me if there is grass between us and that's sayin somethin!

He also says dadda now! YAY! Dad is pretty excited about that. He can make quite a few sounds now and strings different consonants together more often. It's adorable. I love baby babble!

He enjoyed a visit from grandma and grandpa Harmer as well as his aunt Jinny when they came here for a wedding and my dance show. I'm surprised at how quickly he took to them since he only sees them every couple months. It must be because he Face-times grandma pretty much every day. She's the little devil who taught him to go up stairs. ;)

Little Blob loooves to take baths.


Aaaand he's getting another tooth! Up top this time. It's been GRUMPville over here, poor little guy. He was not feeling well for his 10 month photos so sorry there aren't any big smiles. :(

Happy 10 months Commander Ander!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jackson Hole/Yellowstone Adventure

We got to go on a super fun trip because Brandon's parents wanted to take Marvin, their foreign exchange student from Germany, to Jackson before he headed home today. We were all for tagging along. :)

Ander was SOOO good in the car! What a trooper.

 Holy wildlife Batman! I really wanted to see animals on this trip and I was not disappointed. I was even dangerously close to a moose! AWESOME!

In addition to the moose, we saw buffalo, elk, deer, and even a bald eagle!

The Grand Tetons

Rick's attempt at holding up the mountain. Ha ha. I love him.

Ander was excited about the buffalo too!

 My first time (in my memory anyway) at Old Faithful. Too cool!

 Grandma scored all kinds of points with Ander by giving him ice cream. Ha ha!
 I think he likes it. ;)

We hiked quite a bit to get different views of the waterfalls (my favorite). This is at the brink of the Lower Falls. Can you believe this is real??

 I'm falling off the waterfall. Obviously.

We were making out in the photos before this buuuuut.. thought I'd spare ya on that one. ;)

Classic Rick.

I tried to convince Marvin that multiple elk are called elken. He didn't fall for it.
 At least he thought I was funny.

We had dinner at Bubba's on Friday night (after a cute shoot-out show in the middle of town) and it was sooooo good. I got their famous ribs and OH MY HECK. Yummy. I definitely want to eat there again.

Holy moly. 'Nough said.
Though our trip was short (too short), we had a marvelous time. We need to go back soon and explore more! Thanks Rick and Kim! :)