Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Ethan has really started to love being read to. He loves sitting in our lap and listening to his stories. Chris couldn't get him out of his lap the other day and ended up reading "The Fire Truck" about 15 times. "Go Dog, Go" and "Llamas in Pajamas" are other favorites. We find ourselves quoting these books in conversations now... The other day Ethan was playing in his room and got really quiet, (usually a bad sign) but much to my delight, he was looking at his books by himself. I hope that his love of "reading" continues the rest of his life.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The "Bad Ball"

It is the strangest thing...Ethan is scared to death of this OSU ball. If you hit or drop the ball it plays an OSU song and says "Go Cowboys"...nothing too crazy. But even the sight of it causes him to start crying. (I swear Chris must be showing him the ball and pinching him when I am not around.) At first I was hiding the ball under the couch to keep the meltdowns at a minimum. But then I had a stroke of genius (or child abuse)...I put it in front of our dvd player. We have been working on "no touch" - to no avail. However, with the "bad ball" in front of the dvd player, I have not had to say "no touch" in two weeks! It's hilarious to watch Ethan weigh the pros and cons out. He'll stand a safe distance away, look at the ball, take a step or two towards it, shake his head, and walk away. I love it. Does this make me a bad mom?!?

A Saturday on the Square

Last Saturday there was a Christmas parade and events in our downtown square. There were carolers, lights, pony and camel rides, hot chocolate, people dressed as penguins (we're not sure why) and a nice chill in the air. Ethan hung out with baby Jesus for awhile (the glass covering the manger scene apparently tasted really good), and he loved watching the camel walk by. The afternoon only got better when his dad let him "walk" around and talk to people.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

And we're off...

It's official: the E-Train is walking. He's been walking with assistance for about two months now, but last week he realized he could take a few steps on his own. This week he's gotten more confident and is taking several steps. The only problem is once he's realized he's on his own, he lunges forward to grab something. Yesterday it was the dishwasher door that was down. He's got a little battle wound to show for it, but he seems pretty unfazed. And my life is continuing to change... (I tried to capture his walking several times with a camera, but he kept lunging for it causing me to get some really good "mid-air" shots. I will keep trying and post when I get a good one.)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Thanksgiving '07

We spent Thanksgiving "down South" with Chris' side of the family. We ate very well and enjoyed time relaxing with the fam. Unfortunately the weekend took a sour turn as our Cowboys lost (again) to the Sooners. I don't know why the game has to be on a holiday weekend...especially since I married into a Sooner-heavy family. I still wore my orange proudly.

10 Months

(I apologize ahead of time for the hat...) It's hard to believe that our little man is getting closer to the one year mark. He's started pulling up on everything so he can stand up, so our house decorations are slowly inching up. Walking isn't too far around the corner either... He's continuing to be a social little guy - he absolutely loves going places and talking to anyone who will pay attention to him. I have a feeling he's going to have the same issue as his dad in school..."He's such a sweet, smart kid. He just talks a lot."

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Entertainer

Ethan has now realized that his "frustrated face" (the pursing of lips and blowing air out of his nose) is funny to his mom and dad. So, with the entertainer blood in him, he's doing it all the time to see what reaction he can get. I am not sure it will ever stop being hilarious...

A little gentleman...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rockin' Hair

I always thought having a little girl would be fun so that I could play with her hair. I had no idea a little boy's hair could be so fun!

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Family Pic

A picture with all three of us seem to be few and far between these days. We took matters into our own hands this weekend as we headed to a church hayride. We couldn't get Ethan to smile for the camera, but I thought it was cute anyway. As I look at this picture I have to laugh - I (AGAIN) didn't realize that Ethan had food on his face. Poor kid.


I am continually amazed at the fall here in NWA. The past two weeks I have wandered our neighborhood drooling over the incredible colors splashed everywhere. It's a little sad how a camera doesn't come close to capturing what the trees look like in person, but I couldn't help but try...

Monday, November 05, 2007

A Cute Dragon

Ethan was a vegetarian dragon for Halloween. (I say this b/c I didn't notice how much squash he had on his face till after we got him home that night) He wasn't overly happy about putting his costume on until he saw Tate the Bumblebee and Wonder Bread Kate. As the three kids took turn having meltdowns towards the end of the evening, we parents finally admitted that the night was more about us and the pictures. If our poor children survive us...

Friday, November 02, 2007

Chris & His Boss "Hard at Work"

Troy "the Boss" pre-race:
Chris pre-race:
THE Race:

This race has been planned for a couple weeks now. Bragging rights and $25 were at stake. It started out close in the beginning, but my speedy baby tore through the finish line first. We're going out celebrating tonight! Thanks for dinner, Troy. :)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

a Cowner...a Soonboy...a Cooner?

With rival schools (and families), this poor kid is going to be so confused. He'll probably end up going to Texas...

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Pumpkin Patch

We took Ethan to buy a pumpkin and to get the standard "baby in the pumpkin patch" picture this week. I don't think he was nearly as excited as were were. As soon as we sat him down, the straw took up all his attention. And even with Chris' best song and dance routine, we still couldn't get him to smile. Oh, well..."pensive in the pumpkins" works too.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bath Time

Ethan's new favorite bedtime activity is bath time. He gets so excited when he sees that water running that he tries to push out of my arms into the water...he's getting rather strong, so I could be in trouble soon. He enjoys laying on his back and kicking as fast as his little legs will go - splashing water EVERYWHERE. He just giggles and sticks his tongue out as we attempt to dodge the waves.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

How you doin'?

This picture just makes me laugh... It's a mix of Joey-meets-Senior-pictures.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


It's been hilarious watching Ethan's personality come out while he's been learning to crawl. The poor little guy gets so frustrated that he can't quite make it all work. For awhile he would just scream because he was so mad, but just yesterday he started breathing heavily out of his nose and pursing his lips. (you can click on the picture to get a better view of his new "I am mad" look) I am sure seeing me laughing and snapping pictures while he was hard at work didn't help things...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Another fun month.

September was another fun month in Ethan's life. He was in Oklahoma 3 out of 5 weekends, he watched his Uncle Josh get married, he developed an unknown food allergy, he learned that he can climb out of his swing, that he can scream and get people's attention while shopping with mom, that walking (with assistance) is much more fun than "tummy time", and that a little scooting/crawling across the floor will cause parents and grandparents to do very funny and strange things (like victory dances and weird cheers).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Another cousin for Ethan...

Jon and Katie sent us this picture last week. Jack has no idea how much his life is about to change... My life stopped being fair the minute Jon was born. :)

Monday, September 10, 2007

A new toy...

One of Chris' co-workers gave Ethan a toy of her son's that he'd outgrown. I really thought it was too big for Ethan, but we sat him down in the chair and he LOVED it. He pushes the little light and it sings to him and turns on/off. Ethan has been sitting in the chair every chance he gets with his hand propped up on the light...laughing. Ah, he's so fun.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

7 Months Old

It's really hard for me to believe that the E-Train has been around for 7 months now. I can hardly remember life without him. (Well, I can vaguely remember being able to sleep in..) It's been another eventful month in his life. We've been to the creek and to several pools; started eating solid foods only to develop a food allergy that wreaked havoc on this face; taken several trips to see family in OK and Alma; fallen off the bed for the first time (if he survives me, it will be a miracle). We've found our feet and love trying eat them, and we're getting this sitting up thing down to a fine art. He's also VERY chatty and his babbling continues to make me laugh and my heart melt. (ask me if him asking "why" 13 million times a year or so from now elicits the same response..) I really didn't think that having a kiddo could be this fun...Okay enough gushing.

Monday, August 13, 2007

A Good Cousin

We had lunch with my family on Sunday, and Ethan and Jack were naturally thrilled to see each other. (okay, so there were more indifferent at first, but they warmed up to each other) I am not sure what it is about babies, but it seems like as soon as you sit them down in front of each other they start poking at each other's face. Well, true to form, as soon as Jack got close to Ethan, he stuck his finger right in Ethan's mouth. (better than his eye) After recovering from the surprise (as seen in the above picture), Ethan went to town sucking on it. Both boys didn't seem to understand why everyone got suck a kick out of the gesture...

Weekend with Grandma Debbie

We went to Oklahoma this weekend so we could attend Grandma Debbie's annual company party. The company had a cookout at the Bricktown ball park, which was a great idea if weren't SOOO hot! (what happened to our beautifully mild summer???) In spite of the heat, we all had a great time. It's hard not to have fun with cousins around!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

A Chew Toy

Ethan has to be teething. He's chewing on everything in sight....including his Dad's nose. Anytime he's near Chris' face, he latches on. It was hilarious at first, but I think Chris is getting a little tired of drying his face off every time.

Monday, August 06, 2007


Last weekend we were in Stillwater. We got to see Ethan's new girlfriend, Maggie. They hadn't seen each other in about 5 months, so they had a lot of catching up to do.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

"Swimming" with Tater Tot

The boys "swam" last week in Tate's little pool. I really need to get Ethan out more...his skin is still glowing.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Morning in the Square

We had a fabulous time with my family in town two weekends ago. We all walked down to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning and had breakfast at a local coffee shop. I am not sure how it happened, but both Jack and Ethan ended up in just a diaper in the fountain. Jack LOVED getting his face put in the water streams...Ethan wasn't as big of a fan. I am sure we all looked hilarious with our cameras while we stuck our half naked babies into a city fountain.

Monday, July 23, 2007


The little man is getting more and more expressive - especially with his eyebrows. We had gone on a walk and I had gotten distracted with a small project in the yard. Rather than yelling to get my attention, he just stared at me with these big puppy dog eyes. Unfortunately for him, it didn't get him out of his stroller faster. Instead, I had to run and get my camera. After about 15 pictures and some time laughing, he finally was rescued.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Yumm, Rice Cereal....

We had our first attempt at "solid" foods this week. (I use the word "solid" very loosely) I think we ended up with more cereal on his bib than in his belly, but it was entertaining watching him try to figure out what to do when the stuff hit his mouth. I am sure that Chris and I were pretty entertaining too, running around with the camcorder and the camera getting this experience in as many different angles as we could. Yes, he's our firstborn, if you didn't know.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

4th of July

For the 4th we went down to Mulberry to relax on the river with some of Chris' fam. Ethan was able to sport his new swimsuit, his OSU cap, and his VERY pasty, white skin! He seemed very indifferent about the water until one of his cousins, trying to help cool him off, poured water on him and scared him. After one scream, all was well. It was a great way to spend the 4th, but I have a feeling next year will be a whole lot more entertaining...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sitting Up

It's getting exciting around here as the E-Train is starting to sit up on his own. He's still pretty top-heavy, but he seems to get stronger and stronger every day. We're finally putting the boppy to good use as it cushions his crashes...

Friday, June 22, 2007

The "Big" Cousins

We headed South last weekend to hang out with Chris' family for Father's Day. Ethan was able to hang out with his big cousins, aunt, uncle, Granny and his grandpa. I think Ethan enjoyed being the center of attention and having his every need catered to. (wait, he gets that all the time..) Papa David, the brave man, even watched his four grandkids while we went out to dinner and a movie with Chris' brother and his wife. Of course Papa David did a great job, but I am thinking if we add a few more kiddos into the mix one of these years he may have met his match...

5 Months Old...

Things are getting fun around here. Ethan's personality is starting to show more and more, which has been so fun to watch. He's pretty "chatty" - babbling with anyone who will pay attention to him.. He must get from his Dad. :) His new trick of rolling over has dominated most of his time (sleeping and awake). His 11 hour stretches of sleep at night have been interrupted with him waking up on his stomach, in the corner of his crib unsure of what to do. Some yelling to wake mom seems to do the trick. He's also started to giggle when being tickled - I think it's the sweetest sound I have ever heard.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rolling Over

(my youngest brother told me that I sound like I am talking about a dog...) But, nope, I am talking about my favorite kiddo - he's learned how to roll over recently and it's his new favorite trick. He loves it so much that that's all he wants to do. I can't nurse him (unless he's super tired) b/c he's tries to roll out of my arms. The only way we've found that he will eat is if we put him on the floor and let him get in a semi-rolling position. His singe-mindedness is already making life interesting...I can't imagine what the future holds!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Jackster & E-Train

We got to see Jack and Katie briefly on Friday. It was fun watching the boys start to actually notice each other - even if it means Jack poking Ethan's eye out. They're 7 months apart, which right now seems like a huge difference. But in a year or two Ethan will be able to keep up. Right now they're working on their "friar tuck" hair-dos.

Grandma V

Grandma V came into town this week to visit. Ethan loved getting to spend some time with her. In between the "O-S-U" chant and "Ride 'em Cowboys" (sorry Hoyle family!), they played patty cake.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Snug as a Bug

Every morning, right before nap time, Ethan helps me make up my bed. (Well, he lays there and drools while I make the bed.) This morning I propped him up on our pillow and he "chatted" while I tracked down all of our other pillows. He looked like a little man waiting for his breakfast in bed. It's really getting a lot of fun as his personality starts to show...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sleeping Baby

There is something so sweet and innocent about a sleeping baby. It continually amazes me how easily Ethan can fall asleep and in the strangest positions and places. Regardless of where we are, I can't help but stop and watch him sleep for just a little bit (and, of course, snap a few pictures!).

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Marley Farley

We gave our sweet kitty cat up for adoption today. (well, he's generally sweet) Ever since Ethan's arrival, poor Marley has been quite resentful of his new, "backseat" position. We thought that things would get better, but he only grew grouchier. Our dear friends, the Hartmans, offered to have him join their family as they moved back home to NC. So we took them up on the offer. They will be a great new family for the black fur ball. As I lovingly petted Marley good-bye this morning, he looked into eyes, meowed and then bit my hand. Enjoy North Carolina, Marley.

Friday, May 11, 2007

A new favorite toy...

Ethan has a new favorite toy - his exersaucer/jumper thing. (yes, that's the technical term for it) He loves sitting in that thing jumping around and working his legs. I knew we needed to figure something else out when he kept standing in my lap jumping and hitting me in the face with his head. He's definitely an active little guy!

Are we there yet?

We went to OKC this past weekend to celebrate Chris' mom's birthday and Mother's Day. Ethan held up like a champ on the 4 hour car ride. Half way there I checked on him and took this picture. He didn't fuss too much, but he was definitely ready to get out of that carseat!

Monday, April 23, 2007

3 Months

It's been a fun month as Ethan has more than doubled what he weighed when he was born and has changed like crazy. He's aquired several new talents - one being that he has started sleeping 8-9 hours straight at night. I've hardly known what do with that much consecutive sleep! He finally figured out how to get his hand to his mouth (his poor face has taken a nice beating in the process), and two days ago he mastered sucking on his thumb. He's so fond of the thumb that he's been trying to sneak it in while eating. We have to fight to keep it out of his mouth! And my favorite new talent has been him smiling at me...does it get any better than that?!?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

It's official...

Josh proposed to Caylee when she met in Ireland last week, and she said yes! We're super excited to have such a godly, fun, passionate woman join our family. I have never seen my little brother glow like he does when he's around her. It's only fitting he marries someone that has a name that starts with a "C" - we have 12 "C" and "K" names in our family!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Easter Weekend

We went to Oklahoma this weekend to celebrate Easter with my family. Chris' mom came in town for the evening to see Ethan too. He was so excited to see her that he fell asleep on her and then managed to pee all over her. He also throws up on my dad everytime he sees him...I guess bodily fluids is his love language. Jon, Katie and Jack spent Friday night with us. I think Ethan and Jack really hit it off...they're even dressing alike.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

3 Weeks

Well, the little guy has been here for 3 weeks now and it's hard to believe that his due date isn't till tomorrow! The last three weeks have been a blur...but a good blur. Ethan has really been such a good baby - all he's done is sleep, eat, and make dirty diapers. We've worked through the falling asleep during feeding (so much so that he more than gained his original birth weight back by his 2 week appointment - he was a whopping 6 lbs 5 oz!). Now we're slowly working on coming up with a bedtime routine. (it looks like our night social life will have to be put on the backburner for awhile!) It's been so fun to watch his little personality form...we've decided he will probably be a tad on the dramatic and quirky side. Man, he steals my heart more and more every day!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Ethan David decided to suprise us last week by coming three and half weeks early (he didn't get the memo that we were going the full 40 weeks...). My water broke Sunday night around 11:45, we got to the hospital around 4:00, and about 5:45 Ethan joined us. He actually came so quickly that the doctor didn't even make it. It all happened so fast that it took about 48 hours for everything to set in for Chris and me. Everything is going well so far. Ethan has been such a good baby and I am starting to get used to operating on sleeping for two hours at a time!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Week #37

Where we are this week:
Babies come to term anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks--your 40-week due date simply marks the midpoint of this period. By the end of this week, your little one will be officially "on time" whenever he makes her entry into the world.

It's hard to believe we're getting so close! Reality set in when one of my friends, due a day before us, had her baby two days ago. Hello!!! This weekend we're going to try and get the nursery as finished as possible. (For anyone having a baby, I can't stress enough ordering a crib EARLY. We ordered ours three months ago only to find out that it's back ordered again till the end of March-1st of April!!!) We'll figure something out... More than anything, I think we're trying to get mentally prepared for the new change that is about to take place in our lives. (not that you can really prepare for that sort of thing...) It's been really hard for me to imagine having my life revolve around a little baby. On another blog (http://theologica.blogspot.com/), Chris found a quote from Martin Luther that was very challenging to me...

Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason . . . , takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores. . . ?” [LW 45:39]

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight. . . . God, with all his angels and creatures is smiling—not because the father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith.[LW 45:39-40]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Holidays

Christmas and New Years was wonderful this year. We spent Christmas with Chris' family and New Years with mine. Between all the families, we were able to celebrate Christmas a total of four different times...that's taking full advantage of the holiday! While we enjoyed every minute of this year, it was hard not to think about how different things will be next year... We'll have a 10 month old in tow and we won't be "the kids" anymore. We'll have two little ones at my parent's house, and the video camera that used to be so intent on catching moment of us, will be much more focused on the grandkids! (as it should be) We've even started talking about what traditions we want to start with our immediate family. Crazy - I guess I am a grown up afterall!