Thursday, September 22, 2011

2 Year Stats


Weight: 34 lbs - 95.59%

Height: 3 Feet 0 Inches - 84.09%

Head Circumference: 22.08 Inches - 94.44%

What does this all mean? Gabe is huge! He is healthy, developing extremely well, and is still 100% terrified of the Pediatrician. Our pediatrician is the NICEST man and always gives Gabe a book after each appointment. Gabe still runs from him when he enters the room and tries to hide behind the exam table. Gabe will high-five the nurses who give him shots. He will smile for other doctors we have taken him too. But Dr. Flynn, he hates.

Gabe is large and in charge for sure! And at 2-years-old I should really emphasize the IN CHARGE part. Much love to you all!

P.S. In case you can't tell his stickers say "I Visited My Doctor" and "I Was Brave." He got those stickers after he screamed bloody murder from the 2 shots he got. Brave...maybe not.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

He Keeps Us Laughing

We bought a toy box from IKEA in hopes it would keep our house from constantly looking like Black Friday in a Wal-Mart toy aisle when Barbies are on sale for $5. Not only does the toy box not work because Gabe has too many toys but also because boxing up his stuff neatly only encourages him to dump it all out again. And when to box is empty he decides to use it for, let’s say, other creative means of entertainment.
Squish Face!
You cannot imagine how hard I laughed when he did this. And of course, because he got such a laugh he just kept on doing it. At least the dumb toy box is getting use for something!

And after all that hard work of making Mom and Dad laugh Gabe had a good nights sleep.

Obviously he is a restless sleeper. Much love to you all!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gabe 1-Mom & Dad 0

Gabe loves to be a helper. He has his own Gabe-Sized broom to help sweep. Last night he smelled like dish soap because he tried to help with dishes. But Gabe really loves to try and unlock Freya’s cage and let her out. The only problem is Gabe cannot get the key in lock and usually ends up losing the key somewhere. So Ryan and I decided to outsmart him by moving the key so that is was hanging above the cage where he could not get it. Why we think our plans will ever work, I have no idea! Yesterday Ryan was doing the dishes when he could hear Gabe calling for help. Ryan assumed it was because Gabe could not find the key and he wanted to let the puppy out. This is what he found:
What a cute picture right? Look at that adorable smile! But wait…what is that in the cage?

Ah yes. It is the key.

So Ryan, instead of moving the kennel out of the way or simply lifting it up, found something long enough the try and knock it out of the cage. When I asked him why he didn’t just move the cage he said that it was because Gabe would not move off the top of the cage. When I asked why he didn’t just move Gabe and then move the cage he said “Quiet You!” I think we all know what that means…I WIN!

Life is never dull when trying to outsmart a 2-year-old.

Much love to you all!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Words of Encouragement From Sera

We were able to spend some time with Sera tonight and we decided to go bowling as a family. Sera loves bowling but she can be a bit competitive-she really loves to win! But I give her credit that even though I know she would sigh with relief when I messed up she would always try to cheer me on. For example, here was one conversation we had tonight:

Me: I really stink at bowling. *Said with a smile on my face.*
Sera: Well why don't you use bumpers like me?
Me: Because I'm an adult and that is kind of cheating.
Sera: Yeah but you really suck at this-no offense!

I love having her back home and I wouldn't trade it for anything! (Even though she tells me that I suck.)

Gabe really enjoyed bowling too. He loved pushing the ball down the little ramp and stomping his feet when he knocked over pins. Even if he only got one pin, you would have thought it was a 300 game. It was really cute and Grandma Karen would have been so proud. We were all cheering each other on and clapping. There were lots of hugs and high fives too.
As you can see below, it was a team effort just to get the ball down the lane too. It was fun to do this as a family and see how much Sera loved to help Gabe.You ready to see the final scores???
BOOM! That's right...I was not in last place! Now, ignore the fact the I only beat a two-year-old by four points and that I got beat by a 9-year-old by 8 points. THEY HAD BUMPERS DANG IT! And look-I got a strike AND a spare. It was really a good game for me.

I love spending time with my kids and my hubby-it feels great to be a whole family again. Much love to you all!

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Yes, my son put himself in the dryer. No, we did not close the door or turn the dryer on. Yes, he really did get himself stuck in there. No, we have not figured out a way to make it so he can't do this again.

Much love to you all!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cross It Off His Bucket List

Ryan once told me that before he died he wanted to go skydiving. I thought he was crazy because unless it is on fire, there is no good reason to jump out of a plane. But I love him and want him to achieve his dreams so for our anniversary I bought him a tandem jump along with a video and pictures. Yay for him!

After many attempts and having to cancel because of weather, today we were finally able to get him out to Skydive Utah in Erda, UT.

Safety is the first priority so Ryan had to watch a video and learn a few things before he could jump. When it is your first jump you have to jump with someone which is called a tandem jump. The tandem master does almost all the work which takes a lot of pressure and worry of the first-timer.

After getting hooked up into his harness they got a few pictures of the family. My guess was this was just in case this is the last time we ever see Ryan in one piece. Just kidding!
Ryan's parents also got to be there to see Ryan live one of his dreams.

To jump safely the plane was to reach a height of 13,000 feet. It probably felt like one of the longest moments of his life but he kept a big smile on his face! I can tell from the pictures hownervous but also how trilled he was to be doing this. That was his tandem partner Avery behind him in the blue shirt.

So he assumed the correct position which looks similar to a banana with chicken wings and you jump from the plane to go free-falling to Earth. I love Ryan's face in this picture because he looks like his heart is racing and and he is having an awesome time.

And even while plummeting to the ground he is still smiling and giving the experience 2 thumbs up.

He is obviously having the time of his life!

Once you reach a certain altitude the instructor pulls the cord and deploys the parachute. On the way down, Avery asked Ryan if he wanted to do a few loops in the air. Ryan wasn't sure but agreed. He said the the first loop made his stomach do a flip but then he loved it and asked if they could it again. He is a fearless guy!

After Ryan landed and got unstrapped the photographer asked him what he thought about the experience and he said, "That was so bad ass!" He had a fantastic flight and could not stop smiling the whole way home.

For me, it was an incredible experience to watch the man I love accomplish something that was a big deal for him-he already wants to go again! Ryan is brave and loves to try new things. I could not be happier that I was able to help him achieve the dream. I love you Ryan and I hope that I can be there for you when to reach all your goals in life.