Friday, March 23, 2007

When you see this picture, you will probably think, "Why is Russell crying?" Maybe a lost toy? Maybe no cookies today? Nope... it is because I bought new shoes for him! Socks have always been Russell's enemy and shoes were just too much for him to bare. He loves his little toes (and so do we!) to be free and uninhibited. After cruising around the house for a little while, he seemed to forget about the shoes. I finally took them off after lunch so he could nap:-)
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Happy #5!

Many congratulations to our friends, Alysun and Jeff, on their fifth anniversary! May the next five be even better.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

St. Patrick's Day

On Saturday, we visited Dan's cousins in Lodi. It was such a beautiful day- warm with a slight breeze. Joanie and Russell played in the back yard while Maria and I and little Julia looked on. Dan and Jon worked on the broken computer.

This little boy loves wheels!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Double Trouble

I'm still taking care of Beckett on Wednesdays and as you can imagine, I keep busy chasing the boys around the house! (Yes, there are covers over the electrical outlets.)

Having fun playing with the couch cushins!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

We've Come a Long Way, Baby!

When you are this little, a lot changes in twelve months. It was at this time last year that my parents came to visit us.

We've learned to really cherish Russell in the last few months. Each day he is becoming more and more his own person with likes (bananas, cheese, ice cream, his favorite Dr. Suess ABC book) and dislikes (vegetables and being strapped in the cart while at Target).

I suppose the biggest lesson Dan and I have learned the past year is the perspective of a loving parent- and the slightest glimpse of how God views us. Sometimes He allows us to test the waters of our will so we'll learn (like allowing Russell to touch our hot coffee mugs so he won't touch them again) and other times, He just keeps us from harming ourselves (like keeping plastic covers over the electrical outlets). Most of all, we've learned unconditional love for our child. There is "nothing he could do to make us love him more, and nothing he could do to make us love him less." (What's So Amazing About Grace- Yancey)