Most of all though, it was a joy to be together with family to celebrate the birth of Christ. Though it is pretty clear Jesus wasn't really born December 25th, we are glad there is a designated time to remember the most wonderful gift to us ALL in that tiny babe in the manger.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Most of all though, it was a joy to be together with family to celebrate the birth of Christ. Though it is pretty clear Jesus wasn't really born December 25th, we are glad there is a designated time to remember the most wonderful gift to us ALL in that tiny babe in the manger.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This picture was taken as he was getting his hair wetted down so she could cut the top easier. He flinched as she was spraying the water and I got the shot! At one point, he tried to brush her hands away with his arm and so we had to hold his arms down so she could finish the edging.
The finished product had him looking like a miniature little David; just as handsome as his Papa! We took him to the play area in the mall again and he enjoyed running around with all the other little kids. He was most definitely the cutest little boy there though of course!
Grandma and Grandpa came with us and had a fun time seeing this milestone event for Josiah.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
For those of you with a discerning eye, I know they need to be ironed, but I was too exited to get them up to iron them! Maybe when my Mom comes over I will let her do it. She likes that sort of thing! :) She says that cleaning & helping is how she shows us she loves us! I say, "More power to you Mom...clean away!"
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Since this is my first piece of work and there are many, many mistakes, I decided to keep it and hang it over our bed since it matches our comforter. It makes a nice center piece and it is very satisfying to know I made it. My next idea is to make a quilt for Josiah. I hope to make a square for each year of his life up to age 18 and then put them all together to give to him as a graduation gift. This may be a lofty goal, but it would be something special I could do for him. We will see if I can keep it up!
Friday, October 27, 2006
David took a personal day today in order to spend some quality time with the family as well as to give Mommy a break! The day started off by him letting me sleep in a little bit while he tended to the pumpkin head and then allowed me to have some “alone” time (are Mommy's allowed to have this?) in the morning as well just to do computer stuff and hang out in my room without a baby coming to turn off my computer while I was working. This was a very popular day for me and it got better as it went on.
Then we went to the mall and brought the baby to the play area to play with the other children. At first, he was just too tired to play (he was on the verge of naptime when we left the house) and one of the kids screamed loudly (in playful glee) and it scared Josiah and he started crying. There was some Daddy and Mommy comfort to be found though of course and he soon stopped crying. He then stood still looking at all the planes hanging above the play area and to also take in his surroundings a bit. After he felt completely sure of what he was getting into, he proceeded to play with the other children. I captured a cute moment when he and another little girl were standing on the fried eggs together (pictured above) as well as some shots of him climbing the bacon strips. Another funny thing happened when Josiah pushed a “shy” little boy out of his way (this boy wouldn’t play with the other kids at all) and then the shy boy poked him in the eye. Josiah didn’t get hurt, but apparently the shy boy wasn’t shy about defending himself!
After play time, we went and had lunch at Johnny Rockets (a neo 50’s burger joint) and then went home. Little Josiah was VERY tired by this point and took a nice nap when he came home.
To top the day off, David gave me some time to do some sewing and got most of the curtains finished that I was working on for our bedroom. My Mom came that night to visit with my Dad and she helped me put the finishing touches on the last curtain. The next day I got my quilt done, so I was quite pleased that I knocked out my 2 looming sewing projects in one weekend! While I was sewing, David did a “deep clean” of the kitchen, getting all the crumbs off the counters and doing a nice thorough job if it. I was very thankful for his help! It was a really nice day!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Echo and Josiah are learning to get along in the back yard. Echo is still a puppy (about 8 or 9 months old) and so she sometimes gets a little too playful with Josiah and knocks him over. They fight over who gets to play with the basketball in the yard too. Josiah likes to either kick it around or pick it up and throw it and Echo will sometimes come by and knock it out of his hands or nose it away from him. This is VERY unpopular with Mr. Josiah. It is good “boy stuff” though for Josiah to play with the doggie.
Today, as my Dad was eating his lunch, Josiah kept stealing the fries right out of his mouth. My Dad would take one bite of the fry and Josiah would pull it away and eat it himself. Grandpa was laughing pretty hard as it tickled his funny bone when Josiah did this.
Something fun to mention too…in the morning while I do my Bible study, Josiah likes to climb up onto the chair where I am sitting and “help” me turn the pages and/or tweek my nose or poke me in the eye while I am reading. This is supposed to help me read more easily I suppose (according to Josiah). He will also grab one of his books which are usually close by and he will babble as he turns the pages (reading out loud I guess). He is very good at identifying most anything in his books now. He is a little sponge and keeps sponging it all up!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Josiah has learned how to go down the slide in the back yard now. However, his first few attempts were interesting at best. When he is at the top of the slide, he puts his left leg down, but neglects to put his right down at the same time and so manages to do the splits down the slide sometimes. Recently though, he has figured out how to manuever the right leg around as if he was going down stairs and just heads down the slide as you see pictured here. When we were at a playground the other day, he saw a little girl going down the slide (the normal way) and he followed her (I was on the big toy with him) going down in this same style. It worked well for him and incidentally it is safer, so I am not complaining! In the above picture he is saying, "Oooooo" which he does from time to time when he thinks something is really neat.
Today, Josiah had a "rock sandwich" during our play outside, to which I say at least 3 or 4 times "no eating" and then he throws it on the ground. We also played with the blocks and when we started putting them back in the box, Josiah thought that he would get in the box as well. He discovered towards the end that all the blocks wouldn't fit in the box while he was still in it!
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Today, my parents and I took Josiah on his first train ride! They live near the town of Elbe, where they run some old trains up to Mineral Lake and back as a tourist attraction. It was the kind of train that makes you sea-sick, rocking back and forth. By the end of the ride, I was thankful for the shocks in my car!
Josiah was pretty bored at first while we were waiting for the train to start moving. Then he heard the whistle! This face you see is his "uncertain about this situaiton" face. I was holding him once when the whistle tooted again and could feel his body tense up. He settled in pretty well once we started moving. Before it started though, I let him walk up and down the aisles to get his wiggles out. He stopped at every young child to look at them and sometimes said, "UH" to get their attention. Everyone thought he was very cute as he toddled up and down the aisle a few times.
During the trip, Josiah did his usual ritual with Grandpa in taking on and off his hat. They also play peek-a-boo with the hat as well. Josiah can say hat, but it sounds more like "AAAATUH" with a very pronounced "T" at the end.
Grandma & Grandpa bought Josiah a little toy train that was tight in his grip nearly the entire journey. He seems to treat toy cars/trains like they are his security blanket these days. I have a tractor that remains in the the car that he holds on to and chews on during every car ride we take. At the end of the car ride, he throws the tractor on the seat when he realizes I am coming to get him out of the car.
The train runs to Mineral Lake as I mentioned earlier, and we had about 15 minutes to wander around the area before re-boarding the train. They had a Blues Band playing live music there near the lake and some old engines and historical paraphernalia around to view. Josiah liked looking at the water pumps (that were displayed running as they would be normally though of course not pumping water) and the steam engine as well as the myriad of rocks all over the ground.
On the way back, it was obvious that Josiah was getting pretty sleepy. Grandma was holding him in such a way that he was able to sleep, but Grandma wasn't in the most comfortable position and decided to stay that way so that he wouldn't wake up. Later she commented, "Man he is sure a ton of bricks when he is asleep!" She took him off the train asleep and I got this sweet picture of them. It was a fun trip, but we had a very tuckered baby on our hands afterward. He woke up when we put him in his car seat and of course didn't fall back asleep on the way home, but I got these excited "AHH" sounds off and on and he played quietly with some toys.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Echo has a funny habit too. Whenever there are two toys in her line of vision at once she can't decide which one to play with. She will try desperately to bring BOTH toys back to you. She has this one rag doll toy with a ball on the end and she will shove that one back far in her mouth and also retrieve the ball in the front of her mouth and bring them both back to me. She is a multi-tasking doggie I guess!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
It was REALLY crowded, so much so that it was hard to enjoy much of anything at the fair. Usually, I like to look around at things and have the ability to peruse various stands where things are sold and also to see the dogs in the 4H building. However, this year it was all we could do just to walk through the buildings with the booths and in the dog area we had to move with the crowd and couldn't really stop to look at the dogs. I hope to go again this coming Friday, and maybe then I can see more at the fair.
Some of the highlights of the trip though were as follows: showing Josiah the firetruck where he immediately ran to the big "TAR" (tire) of the truck and touched and looked at it quite a bit; going to the petting zoo where he got to pet a goat, a sheep, and a little baby bunny. He also got to see some little chicks as well and he particularly liked looking at the geese. I made sure to take a picture of my little pumpkin head near the huge pumpkins again this year (look back at the blog in October of 2005 for a shot of him at 3 months). And we also took him on the Carousel! I took him on one at the mall a while back and he was scared of it then, but this time he seemed to enjoy it. Grandma and Grandpa waved at him everytime he came around to where they were sitting and he smiled really big at them each time around as well.
For most of the time, he rode in the stroller, confined by the straps. But when that became too much for him, he tried walking a bit and Grandma and I held his hands as he walked. I have found that if only one hand is held that he tries to sit down to avoid going in the direction you want him to go. So the two-handed trick works because we can keep him from sitting down! Towards the end of the fair trip he was getting pretty tired and do you know what entertained him for almost an hour? Grandpa got a free sample of a Go-Tart that he chewed on the outside wrapper (with the product inside) until he chewed a hole in the top and then began to squeeze the Go-Tart out little by little. And you buy all these expensive toys, right? Well, not really...around here the toys are given to us or we get them at a great discount. :)
Lastly, we all went to dinner (away from the crowded fair) at Famous Dave's, a really yummy BBQ place nearby. In his usual style, Josiah wanted to check out the lemons that everyone had in their waters. Suzie, Brent and I had our hand at trying to get Josiah's best lemon face. My favorite is pictured below. If you would like to see more fair pictures, let me know and I will send you the link to the album.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Today we went to visit Daddy at work and our first stop was to meet his "foreign exchange sister, " Jee, (her quote). Josiah went around adjusting all the name tags on the cubicles and tried to rearrange some paper as well. Jee got a big kick out of Josiah's funny stutter laugh that he did when he was visiting some more of Daddy's co-workers upstairs.
Our next stop was to visit Jeff & Kathryn, the people that work right near Daddy everyday. Josiah took the liberty of inspecting their work areas as well.
Then we went to visit Corrine and attempted to reorganize her folders and such. When we went to see Valerie, she gave Josiah two matchbox cars, which was VERY popular! Valerie decided she was the winner for being the best baby entertainer! However, Stuart also gave Josiah a car as well, so he took a close second. :) Right across from Valerie, we chatted with Sylvia. Sylvia attempted to one up Vivian by offering a ball as a toy to play with, but Josiah had a death grip on the cars and told us by his actions that cars are more interesting than balls. Then we went over and saw Sandra. Sandra has a 17-month old and was happy to see another baby at work. She loved his blonde hair and blue eyes and gave him big hugs.
Lastly, we visited with Steve. Steve was popular because he gave Josiah a ride on his desk. He has this desk that can adjust from a sitting position to a standing position and so put Josiah on the desk and made it go up. Josiah had the funniest look on his face as he ascended (as you can see in the picture).
And for those of you who are very astute, you may notice a nice bruiser on his cheek. That is a boy war wound that came from when he fell on the leg of the piano. He was trying to get to me as I was teaching piano and missed. Whoops!!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
After the bath, I go and get him dressed in his pajamas and then I set him down and sing, “Story time, it’s story time, story, story time!” and then he clods off down the hall to find the story books. He will sometimes get some books himself and put them on the chair where we read and he makes this cute little noise (like he does when he is hungry) to let me know that he is ready to read (like a stuttering sound…hu, hu, hu, hu, hu). I will read the books to him, but many times he won’t let me finish them and grabs for another book when I am only halfway through. He especially likes the book with lots of different shapes, objects, people, and things in it and just wants me to go through naming them over and over. If I close this one too soon, he will find it again and want to point things out to me. He finds all the balls, cats (he says “meow” to them), and cars on all the pages that have them. Our last book is always the “Goodnight Blessings” book that has little flaps to open and shut. If he is really tired, I read the first words, “It’s time for bed. It’s time to say Goodnight!” and he flips the book out of my hands and turns over to sleep. Other times, he takes all the books and throws them on the floor and then wants to read them himself down there.
When it is time to sleep, we go and visit Daddy and he gives Josiah a kiss and a goodnight cuddle, and then either Daddy or Mommy sings, “Sleeper time, Sleepy, sleeper time” very softly as we bring him to bed. Sometimes he fusses a little when going to sleep, but mostly he just cuddles up with blankie bear and blanket and nods off to dream land.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
It was a packed house for the game and there were a lot more Yankee fans there than I had expected. We had planned to eat food at the game knowing full well that they severely overcharge for food and drinks, but oh well. David had a $4 water and I drank my $3.75 Diet Pepsi and for small ice creams we paid $4 each. Yikes! I won't even mention how much the food cost, it was ridiculous. I think it is LAME that you can't bring in your own food when the prices are so high. Maybe it would make some competition for the vendors inside to bring down their prices a bit.
David and I had a nice date though, enjoying the game until the very last out. We came on a night where the Yankees won, so that made for a happy husband as we left! It just so happened that the night before they lost and the night after they lost, so we came on the right night!
My parents stayed at our house to watch the pumpkin head and we didn't get home until real late because we rode the bus back to David's work to where our car was parked. (I had taken the bus into the game to meet him.) We missed one of the busses by a little bit and had to wait over 20 minutes for the next one. I was really tired and should have had something to eat because I was feeling a litle sick and light headed the more we walked and stayed awake. We got to see Seattle "at night" which was a little interesting at times. When we got home, my parents had their tall coffees "to go" as they left to drive back to their place. I told them they could stay over (as it was near midnight when we got home), but they wanted to go sleep in their own bed.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Before the parade started, Daddy had him out of the stoller and he tried wandering wherever he could with a Daddy close by letting him explore his surroundings. He went and introduced himself to all the people nearby and a few times tried to cross the road as well, but was soon scooped up and brought back to the stroller where he could be confined. Later, when we went to the park for the rest of the festivities, Josiah fell asleep in the stroller and I put the seat down for him to take a quick cat nap. It wasn't the greatest of naps, but it took the edge off for him apparently because then he was able to stay awake on the ride home. While asleep though, a clown made a lion balloon for him, which was a very popular memento when we got home.
It was fun to visit with our new friends. Their names are Bill & Melissa. They have two kids aged 5 (Hailey) and 4 (Isaac). I have already asked Melissa some advice about Josiah since she has been through this age with her young ones. They also like computer games like us and so that is a fun interest we all share. They told us that they had been praying for more couples with children in their church and that we were an answer to that prayer. I am excited to find some new friends so quickly since we moved. That is an answer to my prayer!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
After the potluck, the guys all starting getting into a water fight. One of the younger boys really wanted to do it and at first couldn't get the adult "boys" to join in. However, after David and some others got doused with some water, they were soon ready to exact revenge! Ha ha ha! Josiah thought it was all very interesting and just wandered out into the playing field to see what all the fuss was. He got a little wet himself too off and on, but the guys were nice and didn't soak him. He was used as a shield a couple of times too! All the ladies were hiding out in the side house hoping not to get wet. I ventured out though to watch Josiah and since I was new and didn't run away screaming, I didn't get too wet. Though David had to get me in the back once just for good measure! It was an anniversary gift...a wet gift at that!
Josiah had the most fun playing in the bucket of water. I got some nice shots of him doing it too. This is what he likes to do with the dog's water bowl if I would let him. We had to drag him away from the bucket to go home. He only had a short nap before the potluck, so we thought it best to get him home for a nap after all the excitement. We are thankful to have such a neat group of people to fellowship with though. It is nice to have a place to fit in so quickly after our move to the west side!
Saturday, August 12, 2006
First, we hit the McDonalds (as it was the only place open in the morning) to get some breakfast. I had eaten at 5:30am and he hadn't had anything yet, so we figured we would then have a late lunch at a classier place. Then we went to the Westlake Center and found a place that sold Bubble Tea. We used to get Bubble Tea at this place in Olympia when we were engaged and so that brought back some good memories. We also popped into Macy's and found a pretty dress for me that was even on sale! Now I have a fancier dress to wear should I play in a recital or go to a concert or something. Then we went down to Pike Place Market and saw all the sites and wares there. We saw a couple walking by this board (pictured above) and I saw that the gal had a camera in her hand and said, "We will take your picture if you will take ours." She said, "Sure," and it turned out we had the same exact camera. This incidentally was the only picture we took as we were busy spending quality time together! For lunch we went to P.F.Changs (a Chinese place) and had some very fine cuisine for a decent price! We had wanted to try this place when they put one in at the Lynnwood Mall, but it was always really busy.
When we were walking through Pike Place, we saw this little boy (a little older than Josiah I think) that was walking with his Mom pushing his own stoller as she was holding on to it as well trying to restrain him from pushing it into someone. He looked a lot like Josiah and I could totally see him doing that in a couple of years. I am told that I too used to prefer to push my stroller rather than to ride in it.
We also went to visit the new Seattle Public Library. It is truly HUGE and has lots of resources and various features that would impress all book lovers. We found out though that we can't get cards there because we live in Pierce County rather than King. We live right near the border of the two counties. Oh well!
We had a really nice time together and I was glad I made it through (we did a lot of walking) as I had (and still have) a bit of a cold. I love my sweetheart and he loves me too! We are still newlyweds after 3 years!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
First, I have to give you a little history about her. We were told that this gal found her and her brothers & sisters (all 9 of them) abandoned someplace as small puppies. Ever since then she grew up on the farm belonging to a couple in my parent's church, where they were taken to live until they were all adopted out to people in the community. She wasn't taken in the car at all except once to get spade. I guess we can all understand her anxiety! Our first trip with her was to take her to the vet to get a rabies shot. It was quite an adventure! I had the 25 pound baby on one side and a 35 pound dog pulling me on the other. I had to ask a nearby gentlemen to get me a cart to put Josiah in (at Petsmart) so that I could give my full attention to Echo. She didn't want to walk across the tile floor (because she slips easily) and I nearly had to drag her across it at first until she decided she could walk afterall. Needless to say, I said I would never run an errand with both dog and baby again.
When I took her to the groomer, she again got pretty anxious in the car (breathing hard and shaking) and then when I brought her in they had tile floors again. Oh boy! She wouldn't walk into the back and the gal there said, "You go ahead and go and then she will trust me and I can get her to walk back here." I thought...well, I don't think that will work, but OK! And sure enough I peeked through the window on my way out and she had to drag Echo across part of the floor at first.
They said she was a bit nervous getting groomed, but that she did OK otherwise. They put little blue earrings in her ears (they wash out with water) and a pretty kerchief around her neck. We have a very pretty girl!!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Now that we live only 40 minutes away from the Walker Grandparents, Josiah gets to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Walker quite often. Every Wednesday, when Grandpa comes in to meet with his clergy group and when Grandma comes in to teach some lessons at her school, they have made it their routine to stop by and get their baby pumpkin fix. If Grandma comes first in her car and Grandpa isn't close behind, Josiah gets concerned. He goes to the door and says, "Da Da?" looking for him. It is very cute. They love to play with him though and I am glad they have the chance to see him at this stage.
Today we went to visit my great Aunt Gen in Seattle. Josiah tried out her piano and he gives his approval that it plays very well and is in tune! He also says that white beaded necklaces are fun to play with. He actually pulled it off her neck at one point, but she said that it comes off that way anyway, so luckily he didn't break it! Josiah had a good old time roaming around her house though. He climbed the stairs (numerous times), inspected all the rooms, laughed at himself in the big mirror upstairs, and attempted to handle all her nice things to which Mommy and Grandma had to swoop in and rescue. He especially liked the smooth rocks situated among some candles she had and those captured his attention for at least 5 minutes or so (eons in baby time!)
Josiah's newest words are "CLAW" for clock, a very clear and pronounced "WOW" (used whenever planes fly overhead or some new things comes across his path that he finds impressive), "CAW" for car along with the noise "Vrrooom" as he moves the car back and forth on the floor. He also calls most everything fun and interesting "DA DA" which tells me that he thinks his Dada is very fun and interesting! He only says "MAMA" when he is whining and wants something...so what does that say about me? No comment. Ha ha ha! He has said some other words, but not as a daily occurrence, so I will wait to record those until he says them more frequently. He understands a lot more than he says though and is able to fetch things for me and follow two part directions such as "pick up the ball and put it down the slide." He is very pleased with himself when he can do what we ask and claps for himself when we say, "good job." We have a very smart and cute pumpkin!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Today, I took Josiah to the SuperMall and took him on the Carousel. I strapped him onto a horsey and held on to him as well as we went round and round and up and down. I could tell he was actually scared of the whole experience as he was shaking a bit. He is like that with new things I have found. I am sure that next time we do it though he will be all smiles as the Carousel will then be old hat for him! I also had him ride in one of those kiddie cars that rock back and forth. He liked that a lot and honked the horn many times. The most fun he had though was playing in the play area there at the mall. There were lots of kids there and they have these gigantic replicas of breakfast foods for them to crawl and climb over. There is a big bowl of cereal with blueberries, a banana (both whole and cut up), two eggs sunny side up, and two pieces of bacon. Josiah likes to climb the bacon like the big kids. However, his favorite pastime is to welcome the newcomers to the play area by either inspecting their strollers or trying to steal one of their toys. It is pretty funny really. He tried to steal some balloons, a pair of glasses, & a water bottle today. He also plays this game of running out of the play area where Mommy has to chase him, catch him, and bring him back. They don't have a gate there for some reason, so I think I had to get him around 10 times as we "played" there.
We went to the mall with a new friend of mine named Carrie (from our new church) and she bought him a balloon, which was VERY popular! I tried to pry it out of his hands before we went on the Carousel, but he refused to let me take it from him. He kept his death grip on the balloon for most of the ride until I got tired of it bonking me in the head and took it when he was distracted. Then he grabbed onto the pole of the horse for more support. I had a lot of fun chatting with Carrie at the mall today and am glad to have a new friend!
Friday, July 28, 2006
She has a new "warning bark" to let him know when he is getting close to stepping on her leg or something. She will now either do that or get up and move quickly when he comes her way. It is very cute to see them together though!
Josiah imitates Daddy by throwing Echo's ball or chew toy (about a foot in front of him) and she goes and fetches it for him. Then he proceeds to pry the ball out of her mouth and throw it again. Sometimes she won't let go and Josiah lets out a cry of frustration until she does. When they are playing this game outside sometimes Echo will get really excited and come snatch the ball out of Josiah's hand and that isn't very popular with him at all. He wants to throw it for her!