Anybody who has been around Micah pretty much at all has seen him in one of his 6 pairs of tennis shoe socks. (refer to past pictures to see what I mean :) Well, he is sooooo close to outgrowing those, so we turned to the same company to get some toddler sized socks for him. We could have gotten more tennis shoes but when I saw these little beauties, I absolutely could not resist.... they got here two days ago and I ADORE them!
The two years after you graduate college could easily be dubbed "the wedding years". You spend so much time, money and effort running from wedding to wedding and almost half of your summer Saturdays are spent eating wedding cake and dancing to "We are Family".
Well, it's been 4 years (ish) since I graduated from college and I have officially left the wedding years and entered the baby years :P These years are marked by an excess of pastel and almost weekly trips to Babies R Us. Which brings me to my point. I was there (twice) last week and when I realized I had forgotten my reusable bags (which almost never happens anymore) I received this little beauty from the cashier~
Hmmmm, perhaps a little scale is required to make you appreciate the enormity of this bag. Here it is posing with a dvd case~
Yikes! That's ginormous!! The second the cashier pulled it out, I was thoroughly embarrassed by the fact that I could not hold the handle of the bag without it scraping the ground. My stuff would have fit in their normal sized bag, but I was too stunned to ask her to give me the anemic bag. Then I noticed the lovely leaf in the R..... wait a second... is this bag supposed to be environmentally beneficial?? Witness the proud statement across the bottom of the bag~
Whoa, ok. Sooooooo this bag is 25% recycled material.... and it is 3 times bigger than the non recycled bag..... so isn't it still a step backward? Do you get any benefit from using recycled material to make something that is so over sized? In the immortal words of Alanis Morissette... "isn't it ironic?".
I used part of my birthday money to buy High School Musical 3...... and I'm glad I did...... and I've watched it twice already and can't wait for time number 3. I am personally taking solace in the fact that, while decently obsessed with the movie, I have no intention of outfitting every corner of my room with HSM3 gear :P
Well, nah... I don't care that I don't care :P Sooooo, the Oscars are this Sunday and despite the media's desperate attempts to make me interested in the outcome, I'm just not. Of all of the movies that are nominated in any category, the only ones I have seen are The Dark Knight and the animated features :)
I will admit that the Oscars do provide a platform for some pretty fun parties... I think Oscar parties are to movie people what Super Bowl parties are to sports people. As to be expected, the sports people generally hate the Oscars and the movie peeps generally hate the Super Bowl but we all go for the food anyway :) So I must say to the movie people; cherish this weekend, for next January you suffer :P
It is official. As of yesterday, I am now 26 years old. Oh, and I had the best birthday EVER! Nate took the day off of work and we took Micah out for a day on the town :) It started with a Panera breakfast at home. We followed breakfast with our best attempt to make Micah into a preppy frat boy ~
We then headed downtown to the Aquarium. Micah loves fish because he can get right up to the glass and they are constantly moving, so they capture his attention. We had a lot of looks like this~
And even more like this~
Sometimes he studied the fish a bit more seriously~
Did you know that they have white tigers at the Aquarium? Micah appears surprisingly unconcerned with the precarious position of his head here :P ~
From the Aquarium, we walked to the Hard Rock for me to get a birthday guitar pin which is always a good thing :) We then headed over to Rice village for lunch at the Black Walnut Cafe... sooooo, delicious! We walked around the village after lunch and ended up buying Micah some swim trunks at Gymboree. They have guitars on them... he's gonna be a rock star :)
From Rice village, we went to get frozen yogurt at Berripop in Uptown Park. From there, we headed back to Katy and went to La Centerra. We went into the Loft and I ignored price tags while I picked out shorts, a cami, a cardigan and a really cute shirt all purchased with birthday money and thus, without guilt :) We came home and Nate watched High School Musical 3 with me (hehe :) while Micah napped. My mom came over to watch little man and Nate and I went to Churrascos (with a gift card from Christmas... thanks Grandma!) and had an amazing 3 course meal that we had to waddle away from. Anyhoo, it was an awesome day and we all had a lot of fun!
...it becomes your answer to EVERYTHING. "Oh, I've been kind of tired today. Hmmm, maybe I'm pregnant. " (couldn't possibly be the reading til 11:30 thing) "I've been feeling a little nauseous recently... maybe I'm pregnant" (Or maybe it was what I ate for lunch, or even better.. I just have a cold)
Anyhoo, all that to say that I have a small cold and have been reading until the late night every night. Oh, and I'm NOT pregnant :P
Micah is 7 months old today! He is a whopping (HA!) 15 lbs and 3 oz.... that means he gained almost a pound and a half in one month which is really good for his age! What can I say about Micah this month? He is amazing :) He is so happy now and draws the attention and adoration of strangers everywhere we go. He smiles, laughs and plays with us constantly and is just so much fun. He is sitting even better now and can now sit indefinitely without falling over for the most part. He is really getting excited about the idea of crawling. You can see in his eyes how badly he wants it, but it is much closer to an army crawl right now and he can't always do it.
Micah has started babbling even more and will spend time each day talking excitedly to us, his toys, his swing, friends, strangers, and fish :) Oh yes, Micah LOVES fish. He also loves bananas, pears, apples, strawberries, sweet potatoes, blueberries and cherries. He has repeatedly been described by my friends as an easy going, good natured kid. He is sleeping through the night consistently and is even getting a little better at napping. The kid takes down food like it's going out of style... he can't get enough! We are enjoying our son so much right now and are excited to see what he is up to a whole month from now!
One of my primary goals in continuing to blog is to chronicle Micah's development somewhere where I can look back and say, "Oh yeah, THAT'S when he started doing that!". Many times already I have looked back to find out when he started doing things and I have decided to use blurb to create a book for each year in our family's life out of my blog. All of that is to say that if you find the following tidbit boring, just remember.... it's for posterity :)
Nate and I have been giving Micah Gerber Graduates puffs for awhile now and he loves them. We have tried to get him to pick them up himself and put them in his mouth, but he could never quite get it in..... until last night. Amazing how proud you can be when your kid puts something into his mouth that is actually supposed to be there (unlike 99.98% of everything else that goes in there :)
Most people have something about themselves that they look at and wonder.... why does that ALWAYS happen to me? Some people are perpetually lucky, others seem to end up on the unlucky side all of the time. For example, before I married Nate, I was full on patted down and my luggage searched anytime I flew anywhere... no idea why.
My mom's "special" talent is an interesting one..... she attracts crazy people. Quite often these crazy people are compelled by my mother's presence to spill their entire life stories. You would be surprised by how often this happens to her. I still remember being in line at Six Flags and having the woman next to us in line start to tell my mom all about her messed up family. I don't remember exactly, but I know at one point she speculated that one of her family members had murdered another family member. Ummmm... ok. Yesterday at Kohl's, a woman approached us and loudly interrupted our conversation by asking where to find a bank for a baby. You could tell something was off (she was talking to my mom, after all :) so we answered politely and tried to walk away. She followed and continued to talk to us. Oh dear. We answered politely again and walked away. She followed. Luckily, after a few minutes of ignoring her, she moved on. I've got to say, I much prefer my airport security issues over my mom's pull on strange people :)
Nate and I spent the majority of our Saturday at the Kingland Baptist Parent Summit and I have to say.... it was AWESOME! I am so glad that we went! The speakers were Kurt and Olivia Bruner who have written numerous Christian parenting books and have an amazingly creative approach to raising children with a heart for the Lord. They did the general sessions which were so interesting and helpful and we had two breakout sessions of our own choosing. We went to one about the baby and toddler years of raising a child and one that went over what Kingsland calls their milestone program. I am so glad that we did it! It was really inexpensive and full of amazing insight.
Anyhoo, the next Parent Summit is on Sept 26th of this year and we are planning on going again and taking some different breakout sessions. If you have kids, you should join us! Put it on your calendar NOW.... this will bless you so much and give you the advice you need to start healthy parenting habits right from the start :)
Ok, now I know that a lot of people are biased about the month in which they were born. They gloat over the fact that they are born in the same month as Christmas, or Thanksgiving or what have you. I let them talk because there is something they obviously just don't get.... February is the best. It's as simple as that really. Not convinced? Alrighty... allow me to correct your very misguided thinking with a simple and oh so effective list of why February beats the pants off of your month :)
1. My brother and I were born in February. I suppose this is part of my personal bias, but subsequent answers will show you the light :)
2. February is the coolest because it is the most exclusive club on the calendar. With only 28 days to it's name, it is harder to get into than any other month!
3. February is the ONLY month that gets to tack on an extra day every four years, kinda like how Texas in the ONLY state that can fly our flag at the same height as the American flag... and everyone knows Texas is the best :)
4. We get Valentine's Day! Now, for singles I realize that Valentine's Day is not the best (I didn't have a single dating Valentine's.. just single and married) but think back to elementary if you will...... candy, fun little cards, making a mailbox to put on your desk, and candy... again :)
5. If you live in south Texas (which is the best) then February has beautiful, sunny, 70 degree weather.
6. February is associated with love and for some reason, people just seem to be happier in February... the stress of the Holidays is gone and the stress of taxes is not quite here yet, it's nice :)
So anyway, you can clearly see above that February is the best and/or I am delusional.... I am surprisingly ok with either option :)
In December, I decided to finally take the time to order and put up some lettering for above our tv in our living room. I comparison shopped, and found this quote here. I have had a lot of comments and compliments about these in the last couple of weeks, so I wanted to post my source and tell you all to go out and letter in peace :)
I am married and living in Texas. I love my husband and our three awesome kiddos. I am a die hard Aggie and a life long sports fan. I love to be creative and crafty and I am a pretty decent photographer.