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My Climbing Monkey…

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So yes, we are still alive. As you can see my monkey is keeping me busy. But…hopefully we can resume some posts before long. I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season.

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I’m not usually big on Halloween. Not really for any particular reason, I simply never really celebrated except for as a child and a handful of times as a twenty-something college student. However, I decided this year to step outside my comfort zone and join in the fun! I dressed up with my little man. I have to admit that I felt like a kid again. Although, we only ended up going to our neighbor’s house and then up to visit Daddy and our good friends Jon and Ben; it was a great first Halloween. 

Here’s the pictures we were able to muster up…I knew I should have taken some before we left. Oh, well…Baby G is still the cutiest little bee in the whole wide world! And, to top things off- we made our ‘environmental statement’ on how honey bees are disappearing and all kinds of flowers, etc. need them to survive. I have a link posted, under Enviro This! on the right hand panel of my page- from  there you can find more information and learn ways to help the honey bee population, so be sure to check it out!

Our little bumble bee.

 

Hanging out with Ben, who unfortunately was already out of costume.

Hanging out with Ben, who unfortunately was already out of costume.

 

With Daddy, who we deemed a 'weed'.

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There are a number of things I miss about our hometown, one being the changing of fall leaves and the crisp autumn nights and breezy sunny days. It has been years since I was home during this time of year, so it was a real treat and truly made both, Bryan and I realize just how gorgeous our sleep little town is year round.

Bryan’s parents have been hard at work building his mother’s dream house this year and it was FINALLY completed this week (well, other than a few minor details) and it was actually inspected the day after we arrived. Talk about close calls. It is truly a beautiful house, inside and out. His parents are trying to convince us to move home and live in their old house, which a few years back would have been taken with a grain of salt. Now, with a baby and no family nearby, the prospect seems tempting. If only there were a few jobs that beckoned with that offer we might actually take it serious. I wonder though, how strange would it be to live back in our hometown? Would it be ok, fabulous or utterly horrible? And there in lies the problem, the unknown of it all.

This is God’s country.

Here’s a taste of the simple life- courteous of the Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival. Whitetop is about 45 minutes from my hometown and even smaller than it. But, it brings old memories and spectacular scenery to mind that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world.

We flatfooted to some bluegrass, ran into longtime friends and had old fashioned ice-cream to boot.

If that wasn’t enough, we bought maple syrup and apple butter to bring home and remind us of that simple time and place. Bryan and I have always said that if we were to ever move home, Grayson County is where we would want to live or at least have a small piece of land. I mean who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful place?

Oh, how I miss home. I could have sat listening to that bluegrass for hours or sat looking into those rolling hills until sunset.

 

The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same. Oh, don’t you hesitate.*

*Song lyrics by Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’

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We have returned!!

'What do I do, now?'

'What do I do, now?'

I can’t say I am ready for a full fledged blow by blow of our trip, but I can give a small peak into what all it involved…cloth diapers on a trip, a sick baby, way too many people and places to see, more things to bring back in an already over-filled vehicle, maple syrup, apple butter, fall leaves, bluegrass, lots of family, love and the prospects of moving back home (being contemplated once again).

 

 

'Look at me, Momma!'

'Momma, look at me!'

 

I plan to post more about the trip, along with photos as soon as I have more than 20 minutes to myself to do so, but I have a ton of things still to unpack and put away. And, that little man of ours is craving ‘mommy’ more than usual since we have returned.

 

 

 

Thinkin' about it...

Thinkin' about it...

 

As for his 6 months stats, I am HAPPY to report that Leanne was the closest  to his actual weight- he was 17 lbs. and a VERY, VERY LONG 28 and 1/4 inches. Yep, we officially have a skinny little man on our hands who is already on all fours and ready to take off.

 

 

 

 

Thinking some more...

Thinkin' about it some more....

He’s been rocking back and forth since the day we left! Here’s some pictures to prove it. (Since I missed my Tuesday pictures…ekkk, I think two weeks in a row?) He has also learned to give KISSES/SUGAR upon being asked and has started saying ‘Momma’. I wish I had some type of appartus to record it with to show everyone proof!

 

 

 

'I'm tired, Momma!'

'I'm tired!'

 

He was at my feet this morning pulling on me and I asked him to say ‘Momma’ and I would then pick him up (nothing like bribery, eh?) and low and behold the words came out something like ‘Mom-ah’. I am smitten. What a wonderful little man I have.

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Garrett is doing fine and we believe the fall wasn’t too bad. I mean I guess you never know what it ‘could’ do to a child, but he has been acting exactly the same minus a few bouts with teething and irritability. He has his check up tomorrow, so we will get the okay then!

He is now sleeping in his crib as I type this. We started last night and let him cry himself somewhat to sleep. (Thankfully, it only lasted about 5 minutes, however I cried as I was putting him asleep and Bryan had to come in and let him cry it out. I was too upset by it all.) I ended up getting up every 2 hours to nurse and put him back to sleep. I’m not for sure he needed it, I think much of it was due to his new setting and the teething taking place. I even had to change his diaper at 4 a.m. this morning he nursed so much! I’m hoping tonight will be a longer sleeping night because getting up every 2 hours wasn’t very much fun at all! Thank the Lord we didn’t have to deal with this the first 6 months. I think I would have definitely gone crazy!

As for his doctor’s appointment tomorrow, I had mentioned earlier that I thought he was reaching 18 pounds or possibly over it- so I wanted to throw a challenge out there for anyone that wanted to guess his weight! You have until tomorrow’s post to submit your guess. I am officially guessing 18 lbs. and 2 ounces. I’m excited to see how much our little man has grown and whether or not I am in anywhere close to his actual weight.

You be the judge, how much does our baby weigh? 

This photo was taken about 2 weeks ago and the one below is from 1 week ago.

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*Song title is by Leigh Nash (It’s a beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it click here and you can.)

On a softer note; Bryan, Garrett and I headed to the beach Monday afternoon and enjoyed the view. It was a beautiful day and we rivaled in being a family. We also appreciated our blessings of being a family, living at the beach and simply to be alive and able to experience such an Ocean Size Love!

To capture the day, we of course took some wonderful pictures. I thought I would share them.

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I had intended to show a picture or two of Garrett’s first taste of bananas from today, but after taking the camera upstairs to print off some pictures, I accidentally left it there and am waaaaay too lazy to get up and go get it. Plus, I am in bed. I wish I had my laptop set to share the upstairs’ computer’s files- but again, I am too lazy to have something that elaborate set up.

So, yes Garrett had a banana today. It wasn’t planned by any means- I actually was going to go with pears next. Garrett had other plans. I was carrying him around the house with me this morning, when around 11, I decided I was going to grab a banana to eat before they became too ripe. (FYI, organic bananas not only TASTE sooooo much better, they take longer to ripen.)  So, there I was peeling the banana back, when little piggy literally grabs the top of it. He managed to help me break it off and drop half of it in the floor, too.

Anyway, I figured since we have a bunch of bananas we should go ahead and introduce these to him. Plus, I am pretty positive it will be asked in a couple of weeks when we go home, whether or not he has had bananas and if I say no, I will have to explain why. Which really there never WAS a reason why he hasn’t had them, other than my doctor recommended starting rice cereal and veggies first. I agreed that I thought veggies were better to introduce first- as the theory goes, it can help them to establish a liking for veggies later in life.  We shall see if it holds any truth. Or you may hear me in twenty years, “Now Garrett, you know those peas were one of your first foods and favorites I might add…you really should eat more veggies. Mommy knows best.” Let’s hope not, though.

My Sweet Potato Pie!

My Sweet Potato Pie!

 Just a bit more rambling and I will be done….I do have a few pictures I can substitute for the banana session that I have from his adventures with sweet potatoes. These are from about 2 weeks ago and I think this is the first time he tried them, too! My piggy loves him some sweet potatoes!

Of course, he seemed to really dig the banana, too. He was actually sounding out ”yummm.” He ended up eating about a quarter of a small one, all smashed up. I also let him play with a piece to help build on his hand coordination and to help him get the idea of what different foods feel like. I can’t wait to post those pictures. But, again I can wait at least a few days, my bed is pretty darn comfy.

 

Polishing off the jar.

Polishing off the jar.

Garrett has now had rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, avocados, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans and bananas. Wow!! That’s a whole lot of food! I’m interested in seeing if he has gained more that the normal. I don’t think he has though even though he still nurses 8 or so times a day, I’m sure he has reduced his milk intake. Who knows though, maybe he is really big. We go next week for his checkup, I am taking a wild guess that he is 18, maybe 18 and 1/2 pounds. Anyone care to take a guess? Wait HOLD THAT THOUGH….I have an idea for a FUTURE post!!

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