Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fun day with a not so fun ending...

We had a great day today! Beau, being the wonderful husband and daddy that he is, got up with Asher this morning and let me sleep. I got up at 9:30, and it felt great! I love sleep! =) We played and lounged this morning. And Asher took a two hour nap, which is very good for him. His naps are usually about an hour and a half long - or a little shorter. I got to take a bath, wash my hair, shave my legs (AND lotion them), put on makeup, and fix my hair ALL in the same day!!! QUITE an accomplishment for THIS mommy! Then this afternoon, we took Asher to a park in town. He loved it. He swung...swang??? the baby swing. A "good citizen" =) let us know very nicely that we had him in the swing backwards. We were very glad she told us. It didn't seem very safe. =) And...just for the record, Beau DID think the right way was right from the beginning. Anyway, he loved swinging, sliding, playing in the sand, climbing, and riding on bouncy horses and the merry-go-round. I've loved every stage with him, and I'm sad sometimes that he is growing up so fast. But we're having SO MUCH fun...more fun every day!!! Then we went to a movie. What were we thinking, you ask. Good question. It was definitely wishful thinking! It was past nap time, so we thought for sure Asher would go to sleep during the movie. He did. But only for just under half of the movie. After he woke up, we took turns trying to keep him quiet while trying to enjoy the movie at the same time. We're glad we saw the movie ("Dan in Real Life"), but we know that our movie going days with Asher are officially over!!! When we came home, I fixed pancakes for dinner. I saw pancakes in the movie, and it made me want them. It was a nice thought, but they were a little dry. I'm not sure what the problem was. At bedtime, Asher went down easily. So far, the only hitch in us trying to get him back on a good schedule was in the middle of the night last night. If you read this before, pray that this will be a good night! I don't think we'll have to revisit another three hour trial like last night! (I HOPE!) And the not-so-good ending to the day was doing the dishes and straightening the living room. I AM glad that those two things are done now, but it took me quite a while, and there's (as always) SO MUCH to do in the rest of the house!!! But I had to take a break, so I came to blog...something that is a little treat in my day. =) And now, I think I will retire. Good night!

Three Hours Later...

Ay-ya-ya!!! Visiting family and friends is really fun, but it sure does mess Asher's sleeping up! In order not to wake everybody else in the house up when we're away, I pick Asher up more quickly than if we're at home...and I feed him in the middle of the night more...and I let him sleep with me more...etc., etc., etc. Well, this obviously cannot continue. It's just a downward spin - because once it starts, he just keeps waking up more and more. And that's not good for him OR me! Anyway, we got home yesterday (Fri.) afternoon, and I knew that it might be a hard few nights of getting him back to sleeping well. As you can tell by the title of this blog, it HAS indeed been a difficult three hours. He started fussing off and on at 11:30 and just now went to sleep! Beau made a trip in to make sure that he was ok - no dirty diaper or anything. And I spent a while two hours into it trying to comfort him and rock him to sleep. It worked...until I layed him down. Then I tried again, but he was just too antsy...too sleepy...but fighting it. Poor guy! But he is FINALLY asleep. So good night...or morning!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


For any of you who watch "The Office" you can appreciate this. You know how Dwight was "crying" (moaning is more like it) over his break-up last week? Well, I was being silly and making that sound to my sister on the phone, and Asher immediately started making a very similar sound...and he's done it many times since. He thinks it's really funny...and so do I! Maybe you would have to be there, but it's REALLY funny! =)

Things Asher is Into...

Asher's Grammie and Grandad got him a little John Deere cap that matches his daddy's. It's SO CUTE!!! And he likes it too. He'll leave it on when I put it on him. I would post a picture, but that's part of our "technical difficulties" that I talked about in my earlier post. Pictures will come again worries!

He also finally is into shoes. Until the last week maybe, he would not wear shoes! He was very opposed to them. =) Now he likes anybody's shoes and tries to put them on his feet and others' feet all by himself. He's not successful, of course, but it's pretty cute watching him try. He's into putting things where they shoes, socks, hats, phones (to his ear), sunglasses, etc., etc.

He really likes dogs. I think he might need one.

Light switches.


People. He loves attention!!! It's fun to see his little personality emerge more and more all the time!


Another noteworthy occurence was a tree falling on Beau's head. We had a group of college students volunteering at the camp. They were clearing an area, and one of the dead trees (I guess from the ice storm last year) fell on Beau's head!!! There was blood gushing everywhere! So I hear...he went and got cleaned up before he came to tell me what had happened - he didn't want to freak me out too bad...but it still looked really bad!!! He didn't seem to think he needed stitches though. Yikes!!! Thank God he's ok!!!

That same group helped us get lots of painting done at our house! We needed that!!!! I'm so thankful! We've got plenty of work still ahead of us, but things are happening...slowly but surely!


Hey Friends and Fam! Can you believe I've been "gone" (from the blogging world, that is) for SO LONG!!! Our internet is as slow as Christmas, and we've been having major technical difficulties. But here I am - even if I won't be able to make up for the last month. =) We're doing well. Asher and I have actually been in TX since this past Saturday and are having a great time...but we miss Beau!!!

An overview of the last month: We have not ceased to be amazed at the "surprises" at the camp. We are very blessed to have retired volunteers who have been renovating cabins during the weeks. Beau was fixing the dump truck for them to use before their arrival, no one had mentioned that the brakes were out on it, so when he thought it was fixed, he started it up and ran it into the one building on camp that had begun to be renovated. He was REALLY happy about that one!!! So then he proceeded to repair the building for the next several days. He did a great job! =)

We've had lots of visitors already: Mom and Dad, Mark and Barbara, Emily and Claire, Amy and Cooper. We've loved having all of them. I think I've blogged since the sisters' and my parents' trips but not since Emily's second trip and Mark and Barb's visit. Claire and Asher had a great time together. Things are really starting to get interesting with them. They're getting to be good little buddies, and after their visit, we noticed that Asher was doing a new thing or two that he picked up from Claire Bear. He reaches out for things he wants more and kind of opens and closes his hand like, "Come here Mommy, I need you." I can't resist it. =) He also played on a playground for the first time and actually had a really fun time. I didn't know if he would care one way or the other about it, but he loved playing in the gravel - and didn't even try to eat it, which I couldn't believe. And he climbed to the top of a very tall slide ladder...with me right with him of course. But he has officially turned into a CLIMBER!!! He is a BOY!!! They stayed for a few days, and we loved having them there. Then, I think that next weekend Mark and Barbara came for a couple of nights. Beau and Mark worked on the building that I was talking about before and hung ceiling fans at our house. And Barbara played with Asher while I worked on our kitchen. And we spent some good time with Dina and Dusty as well. We love them! It was a fun "reunion" for Dina and Barbara!

Speaking of Dina...she's amazing! She made a beautiful handmade quilt for Asher. She just loves to do sweet things for people! She makes us dinner, homemade pies, takes care of Asher, gives us tips on the area, and is just a great friend! She takes care of us! And we love Dusty, her son, too! Last week, he spent a couple of days helping us at the camp while he was on Fall Break from school. He has fun hanging out with Beau...playing games, of course! And he's so sweet with Asher! I look forward to going to his basketball games this fall. I've gone to one so far, and I never knew a junior high game could get so exciting, =)

We now know that Asher is, indeed, allergic to peanuts, milk, and egg whites. One night a couple of weeks ago or so, his eyes almost swelled shut, and we took him to the ER. It was so scary!!! But he was fine! He looked like a little boxer (a fighter, not a dog). Poor little guy! But after that, we got an allergy test done. A "6" is a serious allergy, and he had a "3" to peanuts and egg whites and a "2" to milk. So it's not BAD, but serious enough that we need to be careful! (not that we weren't being careful before) Anyway, so now I read labels on everything and ask every waiter lots of questions.

Asher is walking!!! Two or three weeks ago, he started taking one to three steps at a time, but just in the last few days he has really taken off. He still falls a lot, but he can walk across a whole room, and he's really picking up speed too. He's pretty darn cute!

That's all I've got for tonight. I'm sure I left LOTS out, but maybe I hit most of the high spots. Speaking of high spots, while I was in Waco the last few days, I got to see some of my great friends who I have not seen in such a long time: Steph S. and her cute curly headed baby boy Nathan, James Mark and Maria (and Mia Praise of course!!!), the newly expanded Dunn family (Emily Elizabeth is BEAUTIFUL and has so much DARK hair!!!), Tia Marie and her not quite two month old baby girl Anna-Kate. I love Waco and my friends!!! I miss them!!!! And there are so many more of you that I want to see (in Waco and beyond)...and hopefully will soon. There's NEVER enough time!!!

Good night for now. I'll try to be a "better blogger"...since I have been labeled a "blogger loser" (or something like that) by my professional blogging sisters! =)