Friday, July 29, 2011

Tafter Pants

Grandpa and Grammy time

Last week my mom flew up to spend the week here and then my dad drove up on the weekend. It was SOOOO wonderful to have them both here and have the extra help. My mom and I did a lot of running around and she was also a huge help watching Taft so that I could get some things done. I think I got more erronds run while she was here then I have in the last month! It was fantastic. Of course our visits and time together are always short. I hate that Taft changes so much between when they get to see him. Someone needs to move...*hint hint*
Its so fun to see my parents with Taft. I love the time they share together. We were also able to sneak in a project that I have been wanting to tackle (more on that later!) thanks to some great helpers : ) Here are some pics form the weekend...
I LOVE this one of Taft and my dad. Look at there sweet faces!

Fun with Grandpas glasses. Everything goes streight to the mouth.

Grammy also spoiled T with some new toys...daddy was testing them out with him. Mick standing gaurd to make sure nothing goes wrong : )

Love you Grandpa and Grandma! Come back soon. We miss you already.

Monday, July 11, 2011

6 months

Im a little late on this post but Taft turned 6 months at the end of June. I can't believe we are half way to a year! I have to say that this last month has been one of my favorite times with him. I can really see his personality coming through and he is really fun to hang out with. We have his 6 month appointment on July 21st so I will know more about how he is growing then but from what I can tell he is getting BIG. This boy loves to eat! I don't think there has been anything that I have given him that he doesn't like. He loves sweet potatoes and avacadoes the best but is also a huge fan of pears! I just started giving him oatmeal in place or rice cereal and he seems to love it. He definitly eats like his dad.
He has also discovered that his hand is now a part of him. I will catch him just staring at it, turning it around and opening and closing it. He uses his other hand to guide the one he is looking at to his mouth...its pretty cute. Some other things he does...
  • Shrieks when he is excited
  • Shakes his head back and forth
  • Gets up on his hands and knees and rocks
  • Loves when Mick is around him
  • Has 2 front bottom teeth
  • Drools constantly
  • Loves to be outside
  • Loves the books Yummy Yucky, The Big Red Barn, and Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? ( I could probably quote all three of these books by memory!
Here are some 6 month pics. I can't believe how big our little boy is getting!
 This was the best shot I could get before he noticed the sign...
 ...then this happened : )

 This is mid happiness shriek...I think he was enjoying eating the paper.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Project

Stephen and I have been working on our deck for the last month! We spend so much time out there and realized that it wasn't very private so we decided to create a little privacy within our very open space.  It has been a long project and we are still not completely done. Here is what we have done so far. All that is left is staining the entire thing...that will be a piece of cake! (yeah right!)
We also had some great help thanks to Michael and Jane! We love sharing our deck with them...especially when Michael is cooking.
So here is how we started...

 Michael, Jane and Stephen getting ready to tear it up
 Stephen working the saw to cut off the old posts
After our first day...stage one done!

 After the 2nd day...stage 2 done! The trellis is up. Of course we needed to enjoy a glass of wine on our porch.
Plants and Herbs planted

Taking a break from the heat to cool off! Uncle mustache looks like he is focused on cooking.

This is the what our deck looks like now (picture taken today!)
 So excited that everything is growing so well!
 Here is the staining that we have done so far. You can't really tell but we are covering up all the red color with a more natural color...its called Thatch...and I love it!
I will make sure to post another picture once we get everything stained.