Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Sawyer enjoyed his first Halloween, as a panda bear. Earlier in the week, they had a costume party at his school for the kids, so on Halloween evening the hood didn't seem to bother him too much.

Our first stop of the evening was to the Gunther's. Sawyer and Avery looked so color coordinated in their costumes.

Then, it was off to another friend's house for some dinner and trick or treating. By this time Sawyer was beginning to fade. Here he is with the Huddleston's little girl, Lilly.

The trick or treating gang!

This neighborhood, of our friend's, goes all out! There are kids (and adults) in costumes roaming the streets. One neighbor plays movies on a large outdoor screen, another had a bounce house for the kids enjoyment, and there was even someone handing out corn dogs this year. It's a bit like being at a carnival!

I must say Halloween is much more enjoyable when you're not having to wear a costume over your snow suit!

And here is my favorite photo from the evening of Sawyer. What a lovable, cuddly bear you are to us!

"True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen."
-Author Unknown

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dinner Time!

Sawyer loves to eat! It's been this way from the very beginning. As a newborn he only cried when he needed to eat. He chugged 6 oz. of milk by the time he was four months old. Now, with eight teeth and counting he's been enjoying the experience of more and more finger foods.

He loves his vegetables and fruit, especially squash and sweet potatoes! He'll pick graham crackers anytime he's given the choice.

Some of the other foods we've tried recently, that he's especially enjoying, include macaroni and cheese, instant oatmeal, grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin muffins. We've started giving him more and more off our plates, in fact, we can no longer eat anything in front of him, without him wanting a taste.

It's no wonder he's currently fitting into eighteen month clothing! He's a big, healthy, growing boy!

"Definition for a boy is...A loud noise with dirt on it."
-Author Unknown

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall in Texas

Fall is upon us in Texas, finally. It's not quite the same as the North, but I'm happy with cooler temperatures, even if it's only in the mornings and evenings.

We ventured to a pumpkin patch, put together at a near by YMCA. It was a good thing we didn't make a long drive to some of the other pumpkin patches, as Sawyer was quite puzzled during our entire visit.

This picture of the two of us is really the only picture Minor took of Sawyer where he looked excited about the pumpkin patch.

After our pumpkin patch experience, Sawyer went to the sitter's, so Minor and I could attend a UT football game. Football is a season of its own in Texas!

It was Minor's first experience and I think it lived up to all the hype and stories I had told him about from my experience with a friend six years ago.

It's also something else we can now cross of our "While we live in Texas, we must..." list.

I still love hanging out with you, honey! Happy "Best Ever" Birthday!

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." -George Santayana

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mama's Helper

I'll go get it!

This isn't what you wanted?

Oh, here it is, mama.

I can help with this, too!

Look at your other helper, mama!

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are."
-Author Unknown

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bedtime Rituals

Every night, after dinner, Sawyer gets a bath. He really enjoys being in the tub.

Recently, we've been playing with the toy animals and making their sounds while we're in the bath. He loves the duck and cow sounds! Perhaps, this is also because mama makes these sounds better than the others!

After bath time it's stories and prayers. This night dadda was taking his turn to read. This is one of the few moments during the day when Sawyer is still.

I look forward to bedtime, not just because Sawyer's a great sleeper (He's asleep by 7:00 pm every night and doesn't wake up until 6:30 am and sometimes later on the weekend...gotta love that!!), but because we embrace him in our love every night before he drifts to sleep.

“Of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them, with them, and so there is something more to the world again."
-William Saroyan

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What's This?

It seems every day, Sawyer discovers something new. A few days ago he discovered that the toilet had water in it, which was perfect for splashing fun, so we started putting the lid down (notice the lid in the following pics!) to prevent this and having to tell him "no".

As I was changing after work today, still fond of exploring the bathroom (is this a boy thing?!) he found the toilet paper. By the time I grabbed the camera to preserve the moment, he had perfected his unrolling skills!

What is this stuff?

Maybe it's something to eat?

"The greatest treasure to fill our home with joy is our active, curious, rambunctious little boy!" -Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Eight Months Old

On or around the 7th of every month, I put Sawyer in his brown rocking chair to snap some pictures. I'm using the pictures for his baby book (which I'm so behind on!) and to create a collage for his first birthday.

This month he barely sat still, so here's one of my favorites from the morning photo shoot, just before he fell into daddy's arms.

Twinkle twinkle, little boy, how you fill my heart with Joy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

On The Move

As previously promised, here is some video of Sawyer crawling and pulling himself up! He's getting faster every day.

We've had quite the last two weeks with a double ear infection, upset stomach from antibiotics, (which created quite the sore bottom!) and cutting tooth number eight!

Our recent sick doctor appointments gave us Sawyer's current weight stats. He's 22 lb and 10 oz! I may just run out of short sleeve tops for him.

He's growing out of his current supply, it's still not cool enough during the day for long sleeves, and the only clothing choice in the store at the moment is long sleeves. It could be an interesting problem.

It's hard to believe that Sawyer will be eight months on Tuesday! Where is the time going?!

We're looking forward to (hopefully!) a calmer week.

“Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace” - James Russell Lowell