We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lukas in a Pot

My sister in law has these really cute pictures of her kids in a pot with veggies, etc. around, and I always thought, "When I finally have a child, I'm going to take this picture and that one, etc, etc. " So when I experience these "moments" I find myself amazed at the talent of other people to really have captured that picture.
Here's our attempt at Lukas in a pot:

First, he just wanted to stand and wave the spoon around. I mean, after all, a 5 gallon stock pot works great for sitting, but Lukas IS the size of an 8 month old right now so....

At times he just looked to Dad for relief from the "Mamaratzi" LOL

In the end, these next couple seemed to be the best. I'm sure we'll do this again. Poor kid, right? He was rather dashing though, surrounded by all those colorful vegetables!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Do I wanna what??

Jared asked me if I'd like to scrapbook with him on Friday. LOL Wellll, of COURSE I would. I'm only still a few hundred pictures behind - hahaha! And yes, we scrapbooked like maniacs for about two hours. When he asked if we should borrow a table to put in the livingroom to leave everything on until we could get back to it, I thought I'd landed in another planet! Hallelujah! Guess the cast/footy thing isn't so bad after all! LOL

Seeing the Future instead of the Past

Facing forward is a concept that many of us perhaps take for granted. When was the last time you rode in a car looking out the back window the whole way? (or staring at the back seat for that matter) Or what about the view of someone's neck most of the ride outside walking around. Well, people, no more. Lukas has a strong enough neck to ride in the moby facing forward, and let me tell you it's much cooler for me too! Whew! And, I'm guessing that after this 4 month doctor's appointment coming up in August, he may get to ride home facing forward!! Woohoo! Here's to the future!

Here's a PPI with Lukas - Maenner Gespraech!!


These little hands will certainly end up being bigger than dad's!!

...like a time bomb...

Lukas has confirmed Pavlov's studies. As soon as he hears the sound of the bib velcro pulling apart to put around his neck, it's like a timer is going off. This is what happens if you don't get the bottle into the mouth on time:

This is also for the person who said to me once, "Gosh, he never cries!" Oh, boy. LOL
The funny thing is, when we get out the camera to take a picture, this is what his face goes to almost immediately:

Guess he likes the camera!

... Lend me your ears!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

No, we do not feed our child Miracle Grow.

At 17 lb 1 oz he's also getting taller than ever before - causing the Urkel phnomenon to occur among many of his pants.

His fingers are gaining more dexterity. Today he grasped his pacifier away from his mouth and held it stright up in a moment of ultimate victory, then tried to concentrate as he moved it back towards his mouth- hoping perhaps to not smack himself in the face this time! Although he didn't quite make it, he was so close he could literally smell the thing and drooled in satisfaction of the almost victory.

His fingers become a knuckle sandwich to tie him over until the bottle's done, and his hands are so much bigger now, that he can't really fit the whole hand in his mouth anymore.

He leans forward to tell stories with great anticipation & excitement- and you'd best not interrupt him or he just gets louder.

His eyes are still as blue as topaz, and they seem to dance when he smiles from his perfectly round little head.

He makes the ladies swoon in Relief Society with his cooing and giggling, which can be a real juxtaposition to a somber or emotional topic.

Lukas sings along at choir, no really, he opens his mouth and noise comes out in long loud streams. He used to eat during choir too, until his food schedule changed- again- and now he eats during sacrament meeting. Luckily he can hold out until the sacrament's been passed, and then when it's time to take him out I feel this swelling of pride well up in me because I'M the one getting up to take a baby out to the mother's lounge. (Oh, and Justin, there really are super comfy chairs in there!) mmm, I wonder when that novelty will wear off.

All in all, I have to say that the scriptures seem to capture the way I feel the very best. Just as Alma described his joy being as great as his sorrow, so too I feel that immense joy of being a mom. I just love it. Maybe it's because I'm naive, or because we waited so long, or because I was a teacher and gained motivation to make sure my kid does a,b, and c, but in any case- it rocks and I love it. Yes, I get tired too, and slept while Lukas slept all day yesterday. But it's awesome.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Tonight we gathered on a green hill in town with a bunch of people from our ward to watch the fireworks. It was quite the entourage to get us there... stroller for Lukas, crutches-chair-and-pillow for Jared, our oven fried potato wedges (so awesome) and the blankets, water bottles, diaper bag, etc. But SO worth it! What a great feeling to be together, especially on such a beautiful night! I had this thought though, right in the middle of it all, as it was so loud- imagine you were in Iraq right now, and these screaming rocket sounds were for real, and the lit up sky was right above you. We're so blessed and so naive because of it, that we've long not had such a war on US soil. When I mentioned it to Jared he said imagine you just got back from the middle east and were there tonight! How creepy that must be!

The fireworks were really loud, of course, and we must have been pretty close, seems how every once and awhile a little piece of cardboard would come down from the sky. I suppose we were at least three football fields away from the actual blasts, since we could see the huge ignition fire cloud from far away every time another firework rocketed to the sky. Here's how Lukas spent the morning celebrating the 4th of July! We ate blue pancakes, and Lukas ate - - - well - - - you'll see: