June 28, 2007

Swim Lessons - Week 1

Hunter started swim lessons on Monday. Really, they're survival lessons. It teaches an infant to float if they were to fall into a pool or body of water. Before they can walk they just learn the floating part. Once they can walk they learn to swim-float-swim. We go to the YMCA just 4 miles from the house. It's every morning (M-F) for 4-6 weeks. The lesson lasts no more than 10 minutes. So far Hunter cries the whole time which is very normal for his age, but he's doing so good. I took some pictures today and you can see how mad he gets.

Just floating. He will not relax that arm.
Here the instructor flipped him from floating to face down and then Hunter continues the roll and gets back to floating.
Here the instructor flipped him backwards from floating.

He goes face down.....
...and back to floating. And look, no crying here.And he's zonked by the time we get home.

June 27, 2007

9 Months

Hunter turned 9 months last Wednesday while we were in Jacksonville. He's growing up so fast! He's got a new speed with the crawling. He gets really excited about something and does the fast crawl and his little butt wiggles left to right. He finally broke a tooth through. It's the bottom right one. It's just barely there. Those things take forever to come in all the way. We've started swim lessons this week so there will be more on that in the coming weeks. It's definitely not his favorite part of the day, but he's doing really good.

June 24, 2007

This is a long one....

Last Friday, June 15th, we left for Jacksonville to attend a memorial service for my cousin who lost her battle with liver and colon cancer. It was a sad reason to have to go home. Chrisie's service was beautiful, like nothing I've ever been to. She planned everything just the way she wanted it. She wanted people to celebrate her life, to smile and laugh, to have food and be social. She got exactly what she wanted.

On the way to Jacksonville, just 10 minutes from my parents house, we got a phone call from Heath's best friend, Cory. Cory and Heath have been best friends since high school and we all (incuding Cory's wife) went to college together. He delivered the news that his mother was tragically killed in a car accident that morning. A semi crossed the median and hit her head on. It was a blessing that we were in Jacksonville at that moment. Heath was by Cory's side within the hour and stayed with him and his family that entire day and many of the days following. What started out to be a 2 day trip home ended up being 9 days. I've never been a part of anything so tragic. My heart aches for Cory, his brother, and his father.

Heath came up with the idea to plant an oak tree at Cory's parents' house. They have a house on several acres on a lake. It's just gorgeous. Heath collected money from Cory's college friends and contacted a landscaper to handle the installation. Cory's family loved this idea and were so excited. The landscaper was kind enough to do this on a Saturday and on such short notice. He had quite an audience watching him plant this beautiful symbol of Cory's mom, Jeannette.

We were thanked so much this weekend for all we (really, Heath) did, but no thanks are needed. We just did what good friends do. We love them like family and were just glad to be there for them, to cry with them, to give hugs, to make them smile and even laugh in the midst of such tragedy.

June 12, 2007

Decorating - Round 2

Heath and I have lived in our house for almost 5 years. With the completion of Hunter's room we had painted every single wall in the house. So, I guess we have to start redoing things! Our most recent project is our master bedroom. We began by putting in hardwood flooring. That led to installing California Closets. That led to repainting the bedroom and getting new bedding. We decided to just get it all done at once. All of that took over a month.

This is what it used to look like
And here it is now. The top color is called Chocolate Pudding, the walls are called Flower Pot (it's kind of a tuscany orange color, not quite rust), and the ceiling is some tanish color. We've never painted a ceiling other than white and I love it in here. I have yet to get anything for the walls. I did manage to find some new lamps. My mom made all of the bedding except the brown duvet cover.

Here's my work area. Eventually we'll put in cabinets to make it a lot nicer.
And here is the closet. Lots of hanging room on the right andthere are 50 boxes for shoes that you can't see.

June 11, 2007

Dress Up!

We had some Waller family in town this past week. They were here to do Disney. We spent an afternoon with them at their condo. My cousin's 3 girls were off getting made up like princesses at this place Disney calls the Bibbitti Bobbitti Boutique (I'm probably not spelling that right). Anyway, they got their hair, makeup, and nails done and picked out an outfit of a Disney character. So, they come prancing in all made up. It was just too cute. They're 8 (twins) and 7.

When they arrived Hunter was asleep. He woke up shortly after and the girls were on him like white on rice. They immediately started entertaining and they had Hunter giggling up a storm. He thought they were so funny. They surrounded him everywhere he went. Each one wanted him to play with the toy they were offering or pick the cherrio out their hand.

Then the costume pieces were put on Hunter. First the shoes and then the Snow White cape.

June 4, 2007

I'm in a picture mood....

Hunter has started giving kisses. So far he's given kisses to me,
Heath, Aunt Tiff, Dedi, and his glow worm (seen here).
How cute is that?!
Dressed in his meshy basketball shorts,
tennis shoes, and holding his Bison
(courtesy of Grandpa, who thought he needed a stuffed Bison :o)
Hunter's most recent favorite thing to do is to stand up at everything. He's getting better and better at refining the way he does things every single day. He was only able to stand at his toy basket, but now he stands at this toy table and most recently, the couch. He's learning how to get down from all of these places now. Just letting go isn't the best choice.

We played in the baby pool and the big pool today.
Hunter was quite a ham.

He's been dunked in the big pool. Thanks to Dedi for doing it first.
Hunter comes back up with really big eyes, but it doesn't really phase him.

My little helper.

Everything still goes in the mouth.