Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Michele's brother Mark (who is officially the last immediate family member to see Sam) mentioned that Sam always smiles. So... we had to show Sam's unhappy side.
Now he's really mad.
Oh boy, here comes the sign language.
And then bedtime comes... Sleep little buddy. Tomorrow is a new day.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Our first trick or treater's were the Chrisman's! Michaela and Jacob were excited to see Sam. Michaela dressed up as a dancer. Jacob dressed up as a cat -- check out the mouse crawling up his shoulder!
Cassidy and I help hold up Kenley's costume -- dirty laundry! A few years ago, Cassidy dressed up as dirty laundry (one of our all-time favorite costumes). Now she's passed the costume down to her younger sister. Gotta love those Halloween hand-me-down's!
Shaun & Jenny with Isabel and Atticus. Jenny hand-sewed Isabel's dress (after her sewing machine broke)! Atticus the turtle is already 2 months old... and about the same weight as Sam. Jenny is a great bargain hunter -- she found Sam's monster costume for $1 and let us borrow it.
Greg & Stacey with Lauren the cat. Our friendship with Greg goes back to our early years at Truman. Now Greg works in the Alumni office and Stacey works with me at the hospital. They're also the proud owners of the "McPherson Mansion" -- a house that Ann, Tara, and I all called home at one point or another during our college careers.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Checking out Grandpa (Rob's dad). My dad spent 3 full days with us helping fix up the windows in our living room. They are Anderson windows from the 60's and the wood frames were in poor shape. We were considering replacing them, which would've cost a few thousand dollars. But my dad though he could take them apart and refinish them. He did and they look great. Total cost was about $80 -- $60 to replace the dual pane glass in one window and about $20 for misc repair items. Thanks Dad!
Chillin' with Mom. We are so blessed that Michele is able to stay home with Sam. I always knew she'd be a great mom, I just wish the journey hadn't taken so long. We still look at each other and are amazed that we have a little guy. He's only 5 months old but it's already hard to imagine life without him.
Reading with Dad. It's become our evening routine. Just before Sam's last snack of the day, I give him a lotion rub-down and change him into his jammies, then we read a book. Michele received numerous books as baby shower gifts and Sam's room looks a little like a library. He has two large bookshelves (thanks to Grandpa & Grandmother Lawson). It's fun picking out a story every evening. My current favorite is "Goodnight Moon". Sam's favorites are the ones with sounds! Above we're reading "The Frog goes Ribbit". It has a built-in button that makes a ribbet sound.
Nice bib, Sam! I'm pretty sure he picked that one out on his own. Michele likes to lay down and lift Sam up on her legs. She does sit-ups while Sam giggles!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Having fun with Jace
Jace, Uncle Tomcat and Aunt Nancy playing Guesstures
Sam tries cereal for the first time.
"What are you shoving in my mouth, Mom?!"
It's taking some time, but Sam is starting to get the hang of eating with a spoon. So far he's tried rice cereal and carrots (fresh ones pureed by Mom). Mmmm-mmmm.
Monday, October 8, 2007
When I'm sick she rubs my tummy,
Pats my back and wipes my bummy,
That is why I like my Mommy better.
Thank you Melanie! Great verse! It reminded me that I need to post some photos of you and Michele from our visit a few months ago... and apologize for not visiting on our last trip to Springfield a few weekends ago...
Thursday, September 20, 2007
"That Is Why"
Mommy plays with me all day long
Then Daddy comes home and sings me silly songs
That is why I like my Mommy better
When she gives me a bath, she cleans between my linty toes
When I get slimy boogers, she picks my little nose
That is why I like my Mommy better
OK, your turn! We need help writing more verses to this song. Post a comment and Michele will pick a winner!!
And while you're thinking up rhymes, here are some photos to inspire you:
Saturday, September 15, 2007
My birthday falls towards the beginning of the month, which is our busy time at work as we close out financial statements for the prior month. So my birthday was a busy workday. But I got home around 7-ish and enjoyed a simple, yet wonderful evening at home with a quiet dinner, some play time and bath time with Sam, and a movie with Michele. Our movie was "The Astronaut Farmer" -- pretty good, especially considering we hadn't seen a movie in months.
Here are some photos from the past few weeks:
Playing on my birthday
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The first in a series of silly short stories.
Sam woke up hungry. Really hungry.
“I wonder where Mommy is,” thought Sam. He looked and looked but couldn’t find his mommy.
Daddy didn’t know where Mommy was either. But Daddy had an idea.
“Why don’t you go undercover and try to find Mommy?” suggested Daddy.
Sam had never gone undercover before. But he trusted Daddy and he listened to Daddy’s idea.
“We’ll call you Soldier Sam,” said Daddy. “Your camouflage clothing will keep you safe.”
Soldier Sam followed Daddy’s instructions and began searching for Mommy. He laid on his tummy and crawled. Then he opened his eyes wide and looked all around.
“Wait a second… is that Mommy under my crib?!” Sam thought to himself.
Sam was relieved that Mommy was safe. And he was even more relieved to know that his tummy would be full again soon.