Thursday, April 22, 2010

New "steps"

Last night Kari and I were talking and we agreed that since Amelia has been trying to climb on everything she uses to stand that soon she'll be trying to take on the stairs. This morning we were in the kitchen and when we turned to go back downstairs little misses was staring up at us from the second step of the stairs!
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Time for a baby gate!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yard Makeover part I

(posted by Jonathan)

This will be the first of hopefully many pictures/posts of yard projects that I have bottled up in my head. (That doesn't mean you can call me bottle head next time you see me.) I began the process of changing our yard the summer we moved in with a little tree/shrub trimming here and lawn work there, but it has been a slow process to say the least. I took a step backwards last summer after not watering much in '08 and the lawn looked patchy and near death. Last year we remedied that and this year I am making some positive headway that I would like to share. What I had always planned was to take out the overgrown juniper bushes in the front which I did last year. After that I thought a small retaining wall would look nice, so this morning I did just that. The project took a few hours and lots of back pain, but the satisfaction of knowing that I did it myself is rewarding enough to balance my aches. Here is the progress of the front yard since we moved in:

Here is the house in '08...


...and this is the house after the bush removal


...and after the wall was built!


I know that the yard is bare, but I'm still trying to grow grass where the bushes were, and the plants we plan to add in the planter are yet to come, but I was so excited to have this much done that I decided to post what we have now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Denver Zoo



This past weekend we had the opportunity to go to Denver and meet up with Kirsta and her family, Elsha and her kids, and my Mom. We had a blast together! One of the highlights of the weekend was taking all the kids to the Denver Zoo. I seriously don't even know the last time I went to the Denver Zoo, maybe never! Jonathan loves zoos and was especially excited to take Amelia for her first trip. Pretty sure she didn't care at all about the animals, but this picture makes it look like she did:

Actually, I think she just didn't know what to look at unless the animals were moving, and most times they were just lazily laying in the sun. Here are some more great shots from the zoo:

Kirsta riding the train with PJ and Kalena

Our family in front of the lions

A beautiful peacock

I love this pic of Kirsta and PJ

Mom and I in monkey land

Kalena's out

And Amelia's out

Thanks for the fun trip everyone! Loves.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter!


We had a wonderful Easter yesterday! We got up and went to church with Melody and Tom, got to talk to Justin on skype (for those that don't know, he's living in Yemen right now), then headed to Springs to have a wonderful lunch with Jeff, Whitney, Doug, Denise and Aunt Sue. What a great day!!

Daddy and Miss

What a wonderful Spring day for a family picture!

Mommy and Miss

Opening her bucket of goodies from G-ma and G-pa Phelps

Reading the card from G-ma and G-pa Norwood

"Look at my sweet gift!"

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The latest and greatest

I just thought I should fill you all in on what's been happening lately at the Phelp's house.

1. Amelia is crawling now! For a while now she's been able to get around really well, just not by a "real" crawl. The other night though, at Grandma and Grandpa Norwood's house she had her sight set on a little stuffed animal and she crawled over to it! Also, at our house while I was out of the room she crawled over to my book and took the bookmark out. Awesome.


2. This morning she cut her second tooth! For the last couple days you could see the white under the gum but this morning was the first time I felt the tip!

3. She can pull herself up from sit to standing! Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of things in the house for her to pull herself up on, like a coffee table. The first thing she pulled herself up on was the edge of our bed:

We bought her a sit-to-stand lion, but it rolls, so it's hard for her to use right now, until she can walk with it.


4. She LOVES to "blow raspberries" and pretty much spends most of her day perfecting them. She also loves her juice so much that I wish I could wean to juice instead of formula, which she refuses to drink. And, being my daughter, she loves beef jerky.



5. Amelia is 8 months old tomorrow!

6. We cut out her swaddle cold turkey!! A couple nights ago she drove me CRAZY, waking up way more often than an 8 month old should, and every time she was completely out of her swaddle, across her crib, trying to crawl or play with an invisible friend. So, at 4 in the morning I told Jonathan, "I'm done with the swaddle." The next day, I fed her for nap time and laid her down like usual, except unswaddled. She slept for an hour and a half! Last night was the first night without it and she did great (and if you know how Amelia sleeps that means terrible) but nothing different than usual. She only woke up 4 times, which was way better than I expected. Now, night weaning! I know I keep saying that, I just need to FULLY prepare myself for the terrible few nights ahead and do it.


I think that about covers it. We are headed to Colo Springs tomorrow to celebrate Easter with Grandma and Grandpa Phelps. Next weekend we are going to Denver to meet up with Grandma Linda, Elsha, Kirsta and their kids for some fun times! Can't wait! I hope you all have a great Easter and I expect to see lots of cute pictures in spring-time get-up.