Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Six months

In one week Elias will be six months old.
I can't believe it.
Actually, I can - but just barely. Yes the time has flown. But, it's been nothing but a fantastic adventure. A beautiful revival of life. And an eye-opening peak into the joys of childhood, parenting and what it means to be truly in love - with both the boys in my life.
I'm so very thankful.

So, here's some photos I took this morning. The last day in Elias' birth year. What a wonderful year it has been.

Enjoy!






Sunday, December 7, 2008

Even GorTex doesn't cut it

The clouds hung low. Only the bottoms of the islands peaked out from under the fog. And looking out the window I could see the rain falling in sheets. Sideways.
But Elias and I had to get out. There was no way around it. I knew he would stay cozy and dry tucked under the canopy of his car seat. I knew his little cheeks would turn rosy with chill, but the rest of him would stay warm under layers of fleece and wool.
I, on the other hand, would certainly not be so lucky. It's weather like this that sends Southeast Alaskans inside to work on their hobbies - whatever they may be. Because weather like this soaks you to the bone. It doesn't matter how many new materials you throw on. Weather like this finds the nooks and crannies, the tiny imperfections and soaks right in.
But we went anyway. I drove to nearly the end of North Douglas Highway. Parked at the boat launch and proceeded to pack Elias (already asleep, mind you) into the Bob jogger. Off we went.
One hour, five minutes and seven miles later I trotted back to the car. Soaked. Satisfied. And, yes, smiling. So was Elias.
It was heaven.




Friday, October 31, 2008

Nothing like Family

...and there's not. It's the time of year that I crave soups, warm fires and a hot cup of chocolate before bed. It's the time of year that I feel the pangs of homesickness a bit more often.
But not in a bad way. Mostly because the next couple months will be spent with family and friends to celebrate nothing more than togetherness.
David and I want to create that same feeling for Elias. So yesterday, with the sun shining, we took a few "family" pictures to celebrate our first fall as three.
Perhaps Elias won't remember how hard it was to get him to look at the camera or how many shots we had to take to get just the right one - but hopefully a seed has been planted, and he'll think back on "family time" with fondness.





Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gotta love mother nature - at least today

It snowed. I'm so excited. Here's a few pictures I took out our back windows.
Yessss!







Friday, October 24, 2008

Don't worry...totally PG

I love this picture! ... and that's all I have to say.

Joy

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Daddy time

Today I snuck up on Elias and David in the nursery. There I found them reading book after book. It was precious.
Elias has now taken to mimicking our voices and sounds. And, I must say, he does quite a good job.
"Elias, what does a cow say? (pause) Mooooooo."
"Ohhhh..mmmm" he'll say in response.
He doesn't quite have it down pat.
But it's so freakin cute.






Saturday, October 11, 2008

"I'll eat you Bandana Bear!"


Haha! Today I was playing with Elias. He's totally into grabbing anything and everything. Well, Bandana Bear is squishy, rattly and very baby safe for grabbing and eating.

Poor Bandana Bear...

I think he may look slobbery, crusty and well - "loved" - before too long.

Black and white

I'm working on my photo skills. Yep, we are planning on shooting a family portrait sometime in the future so I've been playing around with my camera a bit.

Elias has - obviously - been my test subject. Who better?

Here's the results thus far...






Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Road runners

I am now a road runner. Nearly every day Elias, Bali and I hit the roads around Juneau for a jog. Is it terribly exciting? Not really. There's not a huge selection afterall. But it keeps us sane. In a good way.
The pat, pat, pat of feet hitting the pavement, the ravens in the trees, an occasional eagle and Bali's scritch scratch of claws on the asphalt sends us all - I think - into a hypnotic state of calm. It's a welcome break from home. A change of scenery. A breath of fresh air - literally.
And thank goodness for the "Bob." This jogger stroller is a must-have for any mom looking to stay super-active after the birth of kiddos. And with Elias still so small, his car seat clips right in.
By the way, this morning we had our first hard frost. Winter's on its way!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Awww...

Okay just a cut pic - I promise to blog about something besides my son sometime...sooner...or later...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Morning man

Elias loves mornings. He is always a bundle of smiles and energy as soon as the sun comes up.
This particular morning he decided to show off his latest trick - yep, this kiddo can now sit up - with a little help balancing, of course. What a joy it is to watch him learn about the world!
Here he's sporting his new fuzzi bunz (a reusable diaper) and of course the ever-present milk belly.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Heads up

I know it's been a while since my last post - my apologies. And yes, I do have some stories to tell about our adventures lately - but those can wait.
Because...gasp...Elias can now lift his head! Yipee! He's actually quite excited about his new outlook on the world - from his belly.
The latest game - airplane. You know...baby is held on his chest and bum and flown around the room. Well, Elias is all smiles when we play it. What a heart-melter.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Training

Okay. It's been almost two months since I had Elias. Now, I'm not expecting miracles, nor am I expecting over-night results - but I am ready to kick these extra pounds to the curb.
Belly flab - be gone. Saddlebags - see ya!
Elias and I have started "Summer Slim-down 08." Keep in mind he doesn't really do much but sleep, drool a little and look around - but he's part of the action anyway.
Oh yes, and Bali comes too...
We are going to explore the Juneau trail system with a whole new outlook - baby friendly trails. Whether we're in the "three-wheeler" - as my dad calls it - or the Ergo baby - I'm bound and determined to hash out the top trails for infant toting.

Stay tuned.

And now, a cute picture of some toes that will surely stay soft despite the miles we'll cover.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Purple lips

Yes, that's what happens when the blueberries come into season up here. You see folks young and old heading (carefully, mind you - we share with the bears) up into the hills and into their backyards to harvest these plump balls of summer's sweetness.
I recently ran into our neighbors and thier young one, Dylan (16 months). His hands were filthy, and twigs where stuck between his fingers. His face was plastered with a thin bluish paste and a grin spread ear to ear. His dad, Jarrod, held up a large yogurt container packed with berries. It was clear they'd been in the woods.
Yesterday, Elias, Bali and I went too. We hiked, took in the sun and took pictures. My hands were too full to pick. But don't they look delicious?

Oh, and for those of you that don't know - it's been raining and raining and raining. We had a record month of rainfall in July. (I thought global warming would make Alaska warmer!) Needless to say this made the trails really muddy. Ah well...that's what knee-high rubber boots are for!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Just plain cute!

Elias. Pre-bath. 6 weeks. Cute - but then again, I'm bias.

"Papa"

My dad visited around the beginning of August. It was wonderful to see him and to introduce him to the little one. He was positive the term "grandpa" just didn't fit. So instead he will be called "Papa." It's a good alternative I think - and much more youthful sounding - which is what really matters right?
We hiked when we could, saw the sights of Juneau and spent some quality time together. It was grand. Here are a few shots he took while in town.








Sunday, August 3, 2008

Before there were three...

A few weeks before Elias made his grand entrance we had some photos taken of my bulging belly.




These are courtesy of Andrea Watt owner of Le Petite Studio.
A special thank you to Andrea for creating some beautiful images!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Diaper days


Elias and I spend a lot of time on the changing table. I'm pretty sure I've made every silly face under the stars in an effort to keep him occupied. And in his attempt to - ahem - take care of business - he's made a few of his own.




Afterwards we always have "tummy time" (top image) to excercise those neck muscles.

He loves it. As do I.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thanks Whitney!

He loves it...thank you!

We're obsessed

Yes, it's true. David and I are obsessed with our little boy. That's how it's supposed to be right? So, to satisfy our obsession...here are a few more pictures.

Elias - around 10 days old