Sunday, May 23, 2010

Nursery at last!

Today was Carson's first official day of nursery at church. I feel like a baby's biggest milestones are: first time eating solids, first time walking, first word, and nursery! For the past few months we've taken him in to keep him entertained in church and to help him get comfortable. All and all he did pretty good today. At one point he stuck his finger down his throat (he is loving his gag reflex lately) and threw-up a little, but was fine. During lesson time he wouldn't sit and listen (no surprise there) so the nursery leader took him into the hall and he saw me in Young Womens and burst into tears. I took him back and luckily it was snack time, perfect timing and he was happy the rest of the hour. I haven't been to Sunday school in at least a year and finally got to go today. Life is good.

Doesn't he look like such a big kid? (P.S. I swear he does smile-he just doesn't like to give me the satisfaction of taking a decent picture...)

Monday, May 17, 2010

San Clemente

Our mini-vacation to San Clemente was great. My sister and her family from out of state were staying with my parents at their timeshare for the week, and my other sister and her family live in Orange County- so it was great opportunity to see some family. Carson and I both had horrible colds which is no fun. Poor Carson had a ear infection too, which made the plane ride unbearable for him and for all the other passengers,it was the most stressful 65 minutes ever! I was happy to be driving back.We spent time at the pool and the beach. Carson has NO FEAR of water. It is a miracle his is still alive. At the pool he would be sitting on the steps and dunk his whole body/head under the water, then pop back up. He thought it was hilarious. The first day we went to the beach he took off running to the water (which is pretty cold) and ran in as deep as he could then threw himself under. He is one crazy kid. Good thing I was close or we could have lost him to the sea...He did this 3 or 4 more times before he decided to be a little more timid, not too timid, but just enough to keep him alive. Steve brought a shovel and holes were dug for hours. Nothing like playing in deep holes at the beach. I love the video below of Carson (with sand covering every inch of his body) stealing Noelle's dolly. Suck a rascal!

We found this great petting zoo by the San Juan Capistrano Mission and he got a kick out of feeding the animals and riding the train.

Both of my sisters' kids are adorable. Carson loved to follow around his "big kid cousins" Oliver and Noelle. Amilie, Becky's little girl, is the most smiley baby I have ever seen. She smiles and everyone all the time. She can also eat more sand then I thought was humanely possible. I love the video of Ollie feeding Carson cereal.

Before heading home yesterday we stopped in La Canada to see the latest developments on the house my parents are building. They bought this lot 7(+/-) years ago and after years of ridiculous loops to jump through, permits, etc, etc they are close to having it done and it is spectacular! I am very proud of my Dad for having the vision to design and create such an amazing thing. My mom is doing a fantastic job choosing all the cabinets, tile, paint, all the things that make a house a home. I can't wait to see it done whether they end up living in it or not. I'll make sure to post some pictures of the finished product in a few months.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gotta Love Jet Blue

A big chunk of my family are staying at my parent's timeshare in San Clemente this week. Steve, Carson, and I were planning on driving there Wednesday evening for a long weekend trip. I was just checking my email and I got a notification that flights from Oakland to Long Beach are just $10 this Tuesday and Wednesday. So I booked it. How cool is that? After taxes it ended up being $20.70, can't beat it. Thanks Jet Blue! I'm sure there will be many pictures of our mini-vacation next post.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Garge sale adventures

We got home from our trip right in time for our neighborhood community garage sale. If any of you know me you know I love a good community garage sale. This year there seemed to be a lot more crap then usual, but we did manage to find a few treasures- all for Carson of course. We found this Little Tikes bounce house for $60 rad, I know! I found a jeep power wheels too. It is a little beat up so I offered the guy $6.67, because that's all I had with me and he took it. Carson is still getting the hang of the pedal, but thinks he is pretty hot stuff. Carson walked up someone's driveway, found a toy he liked, and walked off with it the little shoplifter, don't worry Steve paid the lady. He hasn't stopped playing with it since. I also found a really nice car seat and got it for $10. I posted it on Craigslist that night for $90 and it sold right away. Gotta love Craigslist.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Back from Paradise...

Last week we were able to spend 7 glorious days (Carson-less) in Maui. We've had this trip planned for about a year and I couldn't believe that it was finally here. Our friends Terri and Brandon Ricks were able to come with us, which made it even more fun. Our plan was to drive up to Washington to drop Carson off with Steve's parents, then fly out of Seattle. Steve's parents were in Russia the week before and ended up being stuck there for an extra week because of the volcano in Iceland. Thankfully, Steve's saint of a sister Janel offered to watch him. THANK YOU AGAIN. It ended up that Janel had him for 1/2 the time and Steve's parents had them for the second 1/2. Carson did very well. He didn't seem to mind too much that we were gone. I felt horrible the whole flight to Hawaii for leaving him, but once we got there I got over it pretty fast. =)

We have a timeshare and stayed at the Kihei location for the first time. It was very nice and we will defiantly be going back. We spend a lot of our time exploring various beaches, snorkeling with sea turtles, laying by the pool, taking a boat ride to snorkel at Molokini-the sunken crater, driving the road to Hana including the 7 Sacred Pools and having a run in with local marijuana farmers on the way, going to a luau, eating way too much, and getting tan. I was so relaxing to be there without our little guy, but we were ready for the trip to be over so we could see him again.

Aren't vacations the best? They give us something to look forward to. Now on to planning our next big adventure... There are more pictures from Terri's camera, but I haven't gotten them yet. I will be posting more Hawaii pictures this week sometime.