Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hayden Turns Two!

Hayden's Birthday was on February 5th and I am amazed at how fast two years can pass. Here are some interesting things about our two year old:

  • Hayden is super sweet (when he doesn't feel a nap coming on) and always thoughtful. If he gets something good, he wants to make sure that everyone gets it and asks "do you wan won?" He has a great sense of humor, but can also be very serious and focused. He also gets what we call the "winkies" (a term I learned of thanks to Michelle Malie, one of my friends from SUU Acclamation days) where he thinks everything is funny and turns into the biggest goof. The "winkies" happen when you stay up a little past your bed-time and you get your second wind. I think we all get them sometimes! ;o)
  • Hayden loves anything related to sports. He is a professional baseball player, a soccer all-star and a golf pro. When I pick him up from Eunice in the afternoons, he wants to go straight home to practice. He is all about business too, as soon as I turn the car off in the garage (if he is still awake from the drive) he'll hop out and run straight to his baseball gear and we will practice for hours. He tells me where to stand and corrects me if I'm not doing it right. " No mom, stand here!" "You're the pitcher, I'm the batter." He is serious about baseball. We have also taken him to the driving range a few times because we don't want him to break the windows at home. He really has a good swing and sends the ball soaring across our yard. He will hit a whole bucket of balls with out taking a break.
  • Hayden talks A-LOT! He is very inquisitive and always likes to know what's going on, where we are going, and where everyone is. He likes to use new words all the time and is really good at remembering things. Kevin took Hayden on a Costco run and told him everything that he needed, just trying to remember. When they got into the store, Kevin jokingly said, "Hayden I forgot, what do we need to get?" Hayden listed everything! Kevin didn't even realize that he was paying attention. I guess we better watch what we say now that we know for sure that the little sponge is listening!

Sometimes things are tough with a two year-old but we love every minute and are so happy to have him around!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Playing Catch-up... Let's start with Christmas...

And... This is what happens when you let your kid take a picture of you at an amusement park.

Here's a fun picture of Hayden. A few weeks before Christmas, we went to Knott's Berry Farm. Kevin and I hadn't been there in years so we were excited when our friends, The Ruffner's invited us to go with them. It was extremely crowded that day, but we still managed to get the kids on a few rides and the grown-ups got to go on some big rides too. It was fun and we enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the Ruffner's and Van Boerum's.
This is was our Christmas Card 2008 picture. My friend Shillawna took it and did a great job! She is very talented with the camera. We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We are so lucky that we have both of our families close and that we were able to spend it with everyone. The only person missing was my brother Neil who is living in Ohio right now. Hopefully, we will get to see him sometime soon. Hayden had a great Christmas too! He actually understood what do do with the presents this year and was quite excited. I took him to see Santa at Plaza Bonita Mall, but that turned out to be a rather traumatic experience for him. Hayden was really excited and wanted to meet him until he got up close and personal. No amount of candy one could offer would have convinced Hayden to sit on his lap. It kind of reminded me of "The Christmas Story" where all the kids who sat on Santa's lap screamed in horror (all it was missing was the huge slide with fake snow at the bottom. ;o)) Anyway, we tried to help Hayden understand the spiritual meaning of Christmas too. He like helping me set-up our Nativity set and talked about Jesus, so I think that's a good start.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

We're still Alive... more updates to come...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wow! Has it been a month already?!?! Time just flies when you're busy. There is a lot to catch-up on and I better get it done before Christmas, so I can keep up!

This is Hayden and his penguin. He insisted on getting this penguin and treats him like he's his little buddy. It's fun to watch him be so thoughtful and make sure that his little buddy is comfortable.

Hayden loves his backpack. It's usually stuffed full with diapers, toys and treats. We laugh when he walks around with it on because he sways from side to side because he can't keep his balance.

Here is the house we are living in. It really doesn't look like it belongs in San Diego and it is the only house of it's kind. The original house was a little one bedroom cottage that was moved from the property on the hill behind it. The previous owners built around and made it into a mountain lodge. My favorite part is the master bedroom with ceiling to floor windows, an open beamed ceiling and beautiful brick fire place. It reminds me of staying in a log cabin. If only we could get rid of the skunks for good...

This is another picture from our Disneyland trip. There were plenty of little Fall photo ops around and I was happy that Hayden was willing to stay still for a few seconds!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


This past weekend was so nice. We spent Sunday evening with my family out at my grandma's house in Coronado. The boat docks run in between the complex and her living room overlooks all of the pretty boats. It was my cousin's birthday and we all got together to celebrate. Kevin cooked up some hamburgers that my grandma prepared and we had potato salad and baked beans. She had the place all decorated with Halloween black and orange. It looked great, but somehow I didn't get any pictures of the Halloween decorations, I'm bummed about that! It was so nice. Hayden especially enjoyed the black cat climbing on the pumpkins that my grandma had in her perfectly manicured garden in the front. It is so relaxing and fun to be at her place and she does so much work to make us all comfortable. We are so lucky. It was really nice to spend time with her and with the rest of the family. Hayden loved walking along the boat docks and watching all the little fishies in the water!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Summer of fun!

Okay, so there's lots more where these came from, but I need to play catch-up since it's been over a month since I last blogged. We've actually had quite an eventful Summer, it's just hard to sum it all up in one post, so this is just the beginning of a series. (If I actually stay consisitent with blogging regularly!)
Disneyland with Uncle Jeff!

Catastrophic bike-rides with Mom and Grams!
(Mom broke the breaks 5 minutes into the ride and we had to walk the bike
all the way back to the rental station. Luckily, it wasn't the first time
it had happened and they let us off the hook!)

Playing on Kurt and Jen's boat at the river!

(Can't wait to have a little buddy to play with there in a few months!)

Flying kites with cousin Jack!