Monday, January 25, 2010

Sorry... we've been a little busy

I realized that my (internal) New Year's resolution to blog more hasn't really gotten off to that great of a start, but I like to think it's okay, because we have been busy enjoying the simpler things in life, such as:



Celebrating (my Daddy's 62nd Birthday, Grandpa Meredith's 67th Birthday, Tyler's 1st Birthday)

Spending time with Aunt Alynsia (aka "Nut Nut")

Climbing into drawers

Brotherly bonding

Watching & playing a lot of football

Hoopin' at the park





Sliding & Swinging




It's been too much fun...

It's amazing to see just how much Quincy and all his little friends are growing and changing. It's crazy to think back to a couple years ago, when none of them even existed yet, and how much all of our lives has changed since. It is truly a wonderful gift that we have been given, and we are so grateful to be able to be so close to so many of our dear friends. There are many though, who don't live in AZ, and we wish that our kids could meet. Maybe soon...

At 13 months, Quincy has begun a serious separation anxiety phase, where he freaks out if Mommy or Daddy go too far. We went to happy hour on Friday night with some of Solon's friends from Iowa, and Quincy cried pretty much the whole 2 hours he was at my parent's house. That was new. He is still the world's pickiest eater, and I am hoping that a miracle occurs soon where he gets so bored with the same 5 things that he insists on eating, that he just starts eating off my plate. A girl can dream right? I am trying to be patient every day, with the new things I offer him, and hopefully one day, it will just work. We shall see.

Quincy talks all the time, jibber-jabbering all around the house. He talk like his mommy and Grandma Chacha, very expressive with the use of his hands. He walks into a room and announces himself by saying "HI!", he says "More" when he's hungry, he says "Moo" like a cow, he says "Doodle-oodle-oo" like a rooster, he picks up a ball to throw it and says "Ball"," and his favorite song is the Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" to which he will go around the house singing "Boom Boom" all day long. It's really precious. He walks so fast and confidently, that it is almost a run, and he can climb the staircase in 5 seconds flat (or so it seems). He loves to climb, he loves to tear down buildings after Mommy builds them with blocks, and he still loves playing in Forrest's water bowl, which makes bathtime even more fun. He is into everything - you can't take your eyes off him for a second.

Here is a current picture and a flashback picture of Quincy and his friends.
The flashback picture was taken on March 8, 2009 - QB was 3 months old, Tyler was a month and half old, and Garrett was 10 months.

This picture (with us holding the boys, or else it would never have happened), was taken January 23, 2010 - Quincy (13 months), Tyler just turned 1, and Garrett (20 months). Look how much they have changed!

I can't believe I got this entire post done in one nap time! That felt good - it had been too long since my last update. I hope this post finds our friends and family well. May 2010 be starting out wonderfully for all of you.

More posts to come...


Friday, January 1, 2010

Bring on 2010!

The end of the year has come and gone, and we are so grateful for all the experiences that 2009 brought to our lives.

The 2nd half of December was spent enjoying a house full of visitors, and guests throughout the many celebrations that the end of the year brings.

Spending time at the park with Grandma "Sasa" (Quincy is contemplating going on the swing in this pic)

On the swings with Alaina

My godson Cody turned 11 this year - I can't believe how big these boys are getting! I hung out with the Castro family, throwing the football around, and eating some cake of course!

Santa Claus comes to our house on Christmas Eve every year - and look at what he brought!

We were celebrating with 20 people, so he made sure everyone was taken care of!

Christmas Eve was a special night filled with family and long-time family friends, sharing a wonderful meal and memories. We asked everyone to share a toast, which brought a lot of laughs & tears!

Christmas morning

Christmas night, we celebrated in Surprise with Solon's side of the family. We enjoyed a lovely dinner and conversation, and here is Quincy with his new toy from Mimi & Papa Meredith - Solon wanted him to have this so badly!

Quincy sportin' his new Iowa Hawkeye gear from Papa Allen

This past Monday night, my moms, sisters, and our kids went to the Phoenix Zoo to take a walk through ZooLights. We had an awesome time checking out the displays covered in 2.5 million Christmas Lights.

Here are some video clips of ZooLights all wrapped into one short movie:

If you listen carefully around the 3:10 mark, you can hear Jango the Talking Giraffe give Kellan and Quincy a shout out!

Another thing I love about the holidays is that my friends who have moved away, come home to spend time with their family and friends. Quincy & I were fortunate to catch up with Denise who has been like a sister to me since the 3rd grade. I love this girl and her family! I am so grateful that after all these years, and with the distance between us, that we are able to pick up right where we left off everytime we see eachother. Love you Niecey!

Merry Christmas from Forrest (who has been recovering quite well from his knee surgery)

Family time!

New Year's Eve was spent at home, with Mom & Tony (who's flight got oversold), Alynsia, Natan, Larel & Kellan, and Marsielle. We enjoyed some board games, and watched the NYE special on TV as we awaited midnight, once the boys went to bed.

Here are the boys in their matching pajamas

The boys looked like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the movie Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby - SHAKE & BAKE!