what little boys are made of.

I love this quote by Emile Rousseau:

"You are worried about seeing him in his early years doing nothing.  What! Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again."

(focusing on the very important task of studying a q-tip)

Seriously, that quote makes me heart swell.  I just want his every day filled with fun and exploration and adventure.  There will come a time much too soon when he will have worries and homework and other things to deal with.  So right now we are going to play.

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Cute idea for kids

This is the CUTEST idea...
I was reading my grandma's Woman's Day magazine (I think it was in a 1970's mag) and saw this suggestion to do with your kids:
Have a backyard Art Show of their work!  How precious would that be!?  You could hang all of their artwork on clothes lines and invite all of your friends and family over.  I can just see the kids standing proudly by their work and explaining their process.  You could have formal invitations and set out drinks and appetizers.  Would be a good excuse for the adults to get together and make the kids so excited and feel so special!
OK just needed to put that in writing before I forgot.  
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8 months with my favorite boy!

This was a really fun month because Shepherd started crawling and telling us "hi" all the time!  He also started "solids" and we have fun seeing his reaction to new foods.  I kind of slacked with the picture taking this month...hardly any pictures from Christmas.  Joey had to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas day...thankfully Christmas day it was just for a few hours.  For the past few years we've spent all of the holidays traveling, and while we love spending time with our families its not the most enjoyable situation to spend Christmas Eve driving 3 hours late at night, or trying to fit four different homes into Christmas day.  We spent a lot of time thinking about what we wanted out of the holidays.  Now that we have Shepherd and have started our own family, we made the decision to spend Christmas Eve just the three of us, and Christmas day we stayed home and invited anyone who wanted to, to come to our house.  
Christmas day my family made the 3 hour drive to us and we opened gifts with them.  I had tons of appetizers out for us to snack on all day, and my mom helped me cook a big Christmas dinner for everyone.  Joey's family came up later in the day and we all ate Christmas dinner together.  
That was Joey's request...to have a big meal.  However, next year I will rethink that because I don't know if I am up to spending all day slaving over the stove ;)
Shepherd loved opening gifts and of course was more interested in the wrapping than anything.

Shepherd started crawling two days after Christmas.  It was so funny... he was not quite army crawling, he wasn't moving his legs just kind of pulling himself across the floor moving his arms.  That lasted for 2 days and then he learned how to use his legs to move too.  Still not belly off the floor yet.

I didn't realize how often we say "hi" to him and wave.  One morning I went into his room to get him and he smiled and made a little grunt that I'm assuming was his way of saying "hi" and started waving. Now every time we say "hi" he waves enthusiastically.  The sweetest thing ever.  Its the best knowing he is really trying to communicate with us.  This month I noticed more him trying to "talk" to us rather than just babble.  Its like he's looking at us waiting for a response then he goes on.  

We started solids this month.  His first food was green beans.  I waited until this month to start solids based on what I researched from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & World Health Organization (WHO).  If you know me you know I do research about everything!
Shepherd really liked all of the foods he's had so far...except carrots!  He was so funny he kept spitting them back out.  We waited a few weeks and tried again and the second time was much better.  Who knows??

One more lovely detail of this month...first can I say home much things change once you become a mom??  I have talked more about pooping this month than I ever have in my life.  Shepherd had gone about a week without pooping.  He has never been and "everyday" or even "every other day" pooper, but a week was out of the ordinary.  I wasn't worried at first because he wasn't acting upset or anything, but the longer he went I could tell his belly was hurting, so we went to the doctor.  Can I just say I spent $100 getting this child to poop!  Between the doctor and then what I had to buy at the grocery, it added up.  I also gave him a suppository which I was very proud of myself for doing that.  It wasn't a big deal at all I just thought it was going to be.  Anyways, we are now doing a lot better in that department ;)  AAANNNNDDD I've officially crossed over into the TMI category so I'll just end on that note!!
Green beans!

Playing in the mirror while I tried on clothes at the mall.  This was before he started crawling...this would not work now!
First bite of carrots, yuck!

 Christmas day

 First time seeing it snow...I think he was impressed.

We also celebrated my 27th birthday this month!
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For documentation sake I want to share some of our Christmas pics we took including our Christmas card and Shepherd's first time meeting Santa!

I was very proud of myself for actually ordering and mailing out Christmas cards this year, I'm reeeeally bad at actually doing stuff like that.  But that little face was too cute to not make into a card!
And Shepherd's first trip to see Santa!  I mean, you have to do this, right?  He was an angel, of course.

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7 months with my favorite boy!

Still playing catch up.  Shep turned 7 months on December 10th.
After his 6 month shots, still a happy boy!
First bite of solid food...green beans!
Hanging out at the tennis courts, cheering for Daddy.
Playing with Christmas lights.
Shepherd's first holiday: celebrating Thanksgiving with Joey's family.  His Aunt Caity made his little turkey onesie for him.
Then we took him on another road trip, Gatlinburg TN where we rented a cabin to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

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6 months with my favorite boy!

Playing catch up with my monthly posts!

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I let my blog take a back seat lately and vowed to pick it back up again now that its a new year.
Joey and I always talk about our resolutions each year, and even though its easy to make a laundry list of things you want to do to improve...and then forget about it before its even February, I like feeling like its a fresh start and having that motivation.  Plus my birthday is in January so I feel like its extra motivation for a new year.  
I got the idea from Casey's blog last year to come up with a word for the year.  Practicing something and making it a habit is a good thing until eventually you don't even have to think about it, it is just part of your everyday life, and hopefully your character. 
Last year we chose the word, "Grow."
Our family was growing and we think it is always important to be growing mentally and spiritually.  If you're not doing that, really what are you doing??  I think you should always be learning and observing and deciding.
Which leads me to our word this year.
We want to be purposeful. We want to live with intent.  I want to actively be a part of my life.  Does that make sense?  I want to decide where I'm going instead of ending up there, I want to envision what our family is going to be like and make it happen.  Sometimes it gets so easy to just make it through the day and I never want to be like that.
Our church service was perfect this past Sunday to go along with our word.  The pastor was speaking about how decision determines direction. Usually if you don't like something about your life it can be traced back to a bad decision that led you down a bad path that brought you to a place you don't want to be.
  The first step is always to be aware and make a decision to do something, so this year we will practice living a purposeful life.

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