Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

We had such an awesome Easter weekend filled with family, friends, parties and food! We got to spend two nights at Charlie & Christina's new house in Fresno, we celebrated my Grandma's birthday (a little belatedly) and finished up the weekend with both sides of the family having an Easter lunch together in Fresno. We had so much fun and Levi enjoyed all the love and attention he received from all his favorite people. 

Here's our weekend in pictures:
Playing with cousins Ashley and Jack.
Levi LOVED trying to keep up with these two "big" kids!

My little garbage disposal. He easily ate his weight in chicken this weekend.

Sarah, Megan, Alison

Crawling in the grass

The birthday woman! Happy Birthday Grandma!

Sisters :)

Grammy and Levi

I love the look of adoration on Levi's little face. He sure loves his cousin Ashley!

Attempt at a family picture

We woke up Easter morning at my parent's house in Modesto and the Easter bunny had visited and left some eggs filled with Puffs and Yogurt Melts. Levi was in heaven! We headed to Atwater to go to Dave's parents' church and then packed up again for lunch in Fresno with the bro & sis-in-law and her side of the family. It was so much fun to have the Lockridges, Hardens and Nordmans all in one place for a holiday. We love them all!
Getting some cuddles with Uncle Brandon

Mesmerized by Uncle Charlie's fish tank

Chowing down on some of Dad's food

I forget the actual head count but there were at least 20+ people celebrating Easter from all sides of the family.

Getting loved on by both his Grandmas. What a lucky boy!

Enjoying some of his Easter treasures

And a new book!

Happy Easter!
We drove home late last night and it's back into the groove already because this is Dave's busy season. We had a blast and are so blessed to get to spend time with our family as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord. We always feel like these weekend trips are too short and we're sad to go, but I'm definitely looking forward to not having to get into the car to drive somewhere for the next few days! Happy Easter!

Monday, April 18, 2011

8 Months

Levi Daniel is 8 Months Old!

According to our home scale, he's weighing in at a whopping 23 lbs. and growing bigger every day. He's so much fun to be around and has really begun to enjoy exploring his surroundings. He is content to play with his toys, crawl under anything he can get to (the coffee table, kitchen table, chairs, the dog crate...) and he is cruising with the use of furniture and legs and walls and stairs. He certainly doesn't sit still for long! The baby gates have been a huge help but the second there is a door open to a place where he's not supposed to be (the front door, garage door, bathroom door) he is in speed racer mode to the nearest exit and I'm in hot pursuit trying to beat him there. His newfound freedom is so exciting for us to watch but our little baby is still there a bit as he always is looking around for our approval and full attention as he attempts each new thing. He often will get to where he wants to be or do something he thinks it pretty cool and then turn and smile at us as though he saying, "Did you see me? Are you watching? I'm pretty good!" It sure makes my heart happy! He is still eating like a champ and some days I think he puts away more food than I do. He loves anything he can feed himself but is especially loving peas & carrots, blueberries, edamame and any kind of cracker I put in his hand. I don't think we're ever going to have to worry about his eating habits, in fact, everyone keeps warning us about our grocery bill when he turns 16! Daddy gave him another haircut last week (Thanks to Mike & Crista's suggestion about using a beard trimmer instead of full sized clippers. That was a HUGE help and a much smoother and less tear-filled experience.) and he's getting pretty good at the baby boy fade. And I thought for sure he we were going to have to get Levi some baby dentures but he finally is breaking in two teeth this past week. It sure seems to be slow going but there are definitely two little white teeth poking in those bottom gums. Our baby boy is certainly a baby no longer and we're loving his sweet and playful personality coming through more and more every day.

Standing up in the chair while still checking to see if Dad is watching.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Toys

We had been putting off the purchase of a new backpack for awhile but tried out the Baby Bjorn one more time and realized that Levi was truly pushing its limits. So this Saturday we went to REI and used our co-op dividend check and the handy 20% off coupon and walk away with this bad boy. From the second we tried it on in the store and throughout our entire hike, Levi had a huge smile on his face. He "talked" incessantly and loved being able to touch (pull on) Daddy's ears and hair. We managed to go a pretty good distance and we all agreed this was a great purchase! We're looking forward to many more opportunities to use it in the future.

for this child I prayed, and the LORD answered my prayer 1 Samuel 1:27