Sep 29, 2009

Well...don't know why that just posted. I was in the middle of scheduling it for tomorrow and it just published! Ooops! Just pretend it's Wednesday :)

Wordless Wednesday


Man, it's been a long few nights. I think Gavin's teeth must be bothering him. We've been doing so well with the sleep situation, and I didn't want to rush in and get him every time he woke up, but we also have Alex here staying with us, and I hated that he was screaming and keeping everyone up. Friday night he was awake from 10:30 until probably 1...eventually Jarrod and I gave in and let him watch Elmo in bed with us just so he wouldn't cry. He fell asleep on me, but woke back up around 3:30 and cried for an hour straight. Not even Elmo could calm him! Saturday, he woke up again around 3...Jarrod was the one that finally got him to sleep by rocking him and laying in his room with him for an hour. Sunday night he slept all night - almost 12 hours actually! But, last night...again...uggh! He woke up around 12:30. I went in to give him Motrin since I forgot to give it to him before he went to bed, but he refused to take it. He laid in bed with us for a little while, but it wasn't helping, so I finally went in and tried rocking him and singing to him in his room. I did get him to sleep, but as soon as he heard me leaving he was awake again and crying even harder. Jarrod came in and got him calmed down probably around 2 and I slept on his floor for the rest of the night. Not fun! These molars better just come all the way in real fast!

Sep 28, 2009

He's growing up!

I look at Gavin now and he seems to be losing his "baby-ness." Jarrod looked at me weird when I said that. He just seems to be turning into a little boy...he's not my tiny baby any more :( He walks everywhere now. He says 'up' and I think he's now saying 'cookie' when he sees Cookie Monster. He walks his dirty diapers to the garbage can after I change him and he loves to throw Shirley her treat when she comes in from outside. His hair is getting longer, but it's not long enough for his first haircut. He's just getting bigger!

Here are some pictures from the farm last week. We realized that we're not ready for this cool fall weather! He was not a fan of the wind, and I didn't have a heavy enough jacket for him with a hood. But, we still had fun visiting Springdale Farm with friends Megan and Robbie.

Sep 25, 2009

Fun Times Friday

When I posted pictures from the Ohio State game earlier this week, I hadn't saved the pictures that my dad and Courtney took on their cameras so for Fun Times Friday, I just wanted to share some more pictures from last weekend. We had such a great time!

These are a few taken while tailgating Enjoying the new puzzle grandma gave me
Grandpa had fun making me fly!
I loved playing with the football with Uncle Tyler

This is a picture of the crowd on our way into the stadium
Me with my dad and Tyler

While we were at the game, my mom, Aunt Sandy, and Briana took Gavin shopping and to see the ducks. Here are a couple of Gavin with his Aunt Briana. :)

Sep 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I'm starting a new post. I like to let others know when I appreciate them, but I don't know if I do it often enough. So, Thursday is now my Thankful Thursday :)

This week - I'm so thankful for my husband. I really appreciate that he works so hard in his career so that I've been able to stay home with Gavin. I know it stresses him out at times. I know there are days when he'd much rather be here with us. But, I also know that he works hard for us, and I appreciate that. Thank you, Jarrod, for being such a wonderful husband and father. I love that you are so helpful at the house with cleaning and cooking. I love that you are so involved with Gavin. Watching you guys do bathtime together is one of my favorite times of the day. Thank you for everything you do. I am so lucky to have you.

Sep 22, 2009

Gavin's (and Mommy's) 1st OSU game

Yes, we've been so busy lately I haven't had time to blog. Sorry...please forgive me. One of the reasons I haven't been on was the big OSU vs. Toledo game this past weekend. Of course, you know Jarrod and I are alumni of UT, so when we heard they were playing our Buckeyes in Cleveland, we jumped. It's a half way point, so on top of seeing so many of our old friends from college, we were able to meet my family there as well.

We stayed with Greg and Cor Friday night and were up SUPER early for tailgating the next 5am early! We got to the lot at 6, and instead of sleeping in the car like I thought he would, he was wide awake and tailgated with us. We hung out with friends and family until the game started, eating lots of good food and playing cornhole. When Gavin couldn't take it any longer, my mom, Aunt Sandy, and Bri took him for the day, and dad and Tyler went with us to the game.

The game was a total blowout, and considering we were all freezing (our seats were in the shade...) and we all had a 4+ hour drive home, we decided to leave in the 3rd quarter. We hit up Skyline (of course!) for dinner and made the drive back home.

Here are some of the pictures:

Gavin giving his dog a ride in his dump truck. The family shot...notice how dark it was!
Gavin's ready for the game!
The boys all grown up...takes you back to the college days, huh?
Greg, Jason, Jarrod, and Todd
The 3 Gs...Grandma, Grandpa, and Gavin

Another shot...and yes, Jarrod let Gavin hold the beer for the picture :)
Aunt Megan with Gavin

Loved seeing the girls again! Lauren, Angie and me...Thanks for getting the shirts made, Ang!
Love this shot of us! I love you, Jarrod!

Hanging out with Greg and Courtney is always so much fun! We love you guys!

Sep 14, 2009

Melon Bean Eatery

The Melon Bean Eatery is AWESOME! It's the type of place I wish we had when I lived back in Ohio! It's one of the places that I now love about Rochester. I have found so many places here that are geared toward kids. It's really great to have so much to do to keep us busy in a new place now that I am a stay-at-home mommy. On Saturday, a few of us from the playgroup tried Melon Bean for the first time for a morning coffee/coupon swap playdate. It's a great little place with good coffee, sandwiches, and desserts AND a play area for kids. I loved the whole idea of the place. Lindsay used to joke all the time about wanting to open a place like this back home. I didn't have my camera to get pictures, but check out her blog. And if you ever want to come visit, I'll take you here for coffee!

Sep 13, 2009

Grandparents Day Wishes

Happy Grandparents Day! Luckily, Gavin mailed his cards to Cincinnati on the perfect day. The fingerpainted masterpieces arrived yesterday just in time for Grandparents Day. We all love you guys! Thanks for loving Gavin so much, and being so supportive of our family.

Sep 11, 2009

Fun times Friday

Gavin now is quite the pro at walking, and we spend a lot of time getting places because he wants to walk by himself. These pictures were taken at Niagara Falls State Park. We spent some time just playing in the grass, and Gavin had such a fun time just walking all over by himself.

Notice his hands in all the pictures. They're always up by his shoulders when he walks so that he can balance! :)

Sep 8, 2009

A visit from the family

Jackie, Grandma and Aunt Pat made the drive up on Thursday from Ohio to spend a few days with us. Aunt Pat was visiting from Florida for Grandma's birthday, so they combined the trips. We had a very busy few days. Jarrod had to work most of the time they were here since it was a holiday weekend, but we made do without him :) We visited the American side of Niagara Falls, went shopping, hung out at the apartment, visited Ontario Beach, and had some cake for grandma's birthday. Here are some of the pictures we took.

Gavin and Grandma The gang in front of the American Falls
Gavin and Grandma again
And again...
Gavin and his Great Grandma :)

Aunt Pat and Gavin
Gavin doesn't need help anymore with the walking thing!

Gigi, Gavin, and the cake

4 Generations - at breakfast before they had to make the drive back home

Sep 7, 2009

Fall has arrived!

I haven't had much time to blog over the past week or so. On Thursday, I hosted my Tastefully Simple Open House here at the apartment to start off the fall/winter selling season, so we spent most of Wednesday cleaning and preparing food. Then, Thursday afternoon, Jarrod's family came to visit. Jackie, Aunt Pat, and Grandma drove up for the long weekend. I'll post pictures of their visit tomorrow.

Yesterday, after they left, Jarrod and I had a lazy day. Not very productive at all...Jarrod even took 2 naps! (Yes, I said Jarrod, not Gavin.)

Today, we ventured out to enjoy the weather and the fact that Jarrod decided not to go into work! After a visit to the mall, we found a local farm and took a wagon ride out to the orchards and picked apples. It was something I had never done, but always wanted to. Now, it's time to search for apple recipes! Gavin really enjoyed the apples! I can't wait to take him back.

Found one!

Daddy showing him how to take a bite

Going in!

Here's another one, Mom!

He wouldn't put his apple down!

Bad lighting, but enjoying the apple!

Double bite!

Apple trees

Beautiful day

Yummy Gingergold apples
And on the wagon ride back....needless to say, he was tired and mad that we picked him up when the nice lady across from us offered to take a picture of the three of us. Priceless picture!