Friday, December 31, 2010

Oops.

Looks like I dropped the blogging ball for December. Will post soon!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My boys

On my final day of posting things I'm thankful for, I want to emphasize again how grateful I am for my boys. I'm so very thankful for them! Mr. Rochester is a wonderful father and husband and I'm very lucky to have him. He listens to me and comforts me when I'm upset, we laugh together, we have fun together - he is my best friend. Sometimes, I feel like we enjoy each other's company so much that we don't venture out much to make new friends! I love my little boy so much! Trotwood is such a little ball of energy. He has blessed our lives in countless ways and he is a pure joy to have around. I love being a mother and am thankful that we were blessed with such a wonderful, beautiful, fun little boy. I can't imagine my life without him and I hope I never have to experience that.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Warm fuzzies

I'm thankful for warm fuzzy moments. Like, today at work, a coworker called me over to her desk to ask me if I'd lost weight. And, well, to be honest, yes I have, but I didn't think anyone would be able to notice. It's only about 8 lbs and I have about 10 lbs left to go before I reach my pre-first-and-second-baby weight, but it's so nice that someone noticed! I love warm fuzzy moments like that!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Heat

I am thankful for heat and for fireplaces that burn wood...oh, and for Snuggies. Ahhh....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scriptures

I'm grateful for the scriptures and how I feel more connected to myself and my Heavenly Father when I read them. I love how we can find answers to our prayers just by reading them!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Books

I'm thankful for books! Reading has always been a big part of my life and it is something I truly enjoy doing. I only wish I could speed read so I could read more books, more quickly! I just finished the first book in the Hunger Games series and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I think I'm going to have to read the other two to figure it out.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for Thanksgiving! I love the food and the time off of work. It's so nice to have a break and just be at home! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Exercise

I'm thankful for exercise. I love how it makes me feel after I do it even though sometimes, out of just pure laziness, I don't want to do it. I love how with hard work and eating right, we can watch our bodies become healthier. This is one of the reasons I love watching the Biggest Loser. It's so neat to see people's transformation physically and emotionally. It's amazing how our bodies produce "happy" chemicals when we exercise. After the death of our first child, I exercised a lot. Of course, I'd just had a baby and wanted to get back into shape but the main reason I worked out so much was because I knew that if I exercised it would help me emotionally deal with everything I was feeling. And, with the love and support of a wonderful family and friends, I truly think exercise did help me. I'm grateful for the benefits of exercise.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

And these guys!

I'm very grateful for my dad and my step-mom! Ever since I was a little girl, I've always looked up to my dad. When I was in elementary and secondary school, I had that my-dad-is-the-best-mentality and always thought my dad was more handsome and smarter and better than any of my friends' dads. Even now, I think my dad is probably one of the smartest people I know. I always know that I can go to him to get an honest, informed opinion about things I am concerned about in my life. He has a kind heart and I know he loves me very much. My step-mom is also wonderful. She's a very talented, giving, loving person. I wish that I could spend more time with her because there are so many neat things that I want to learn from her, like how to make and jar this fabulous homemade pickle relish that she makes or learning some new craft that she is mastering. She's amazing! I'm very lucky in the spouses my parents chose for their second marriages. Both are very active in the Church and both are just good people in general! I love my dad and my step-mom!

Monday, November 22, 2010

These guys

I'm so thankful for my mom and my step-dad! My mom has been there for me throughout all the crazy, sad and wonderful things in my life. She's such a selfless person and is always willing to help her kids out in whatever way possible from helping us move to teaching us things like how to sew and cook. We've had some great times together and I love that I just feel like she is my friend. She is wonderful example of kindness and service to her fellowman and has always been such a great example of love and devotion to her children. My step-dad is a wonderful, smart, generous loving man and I'm so glad that he and my mom make each other happy. Despite what some people may think is a gruff exterior, he has one of the kindest, most generous hearts I have ever known. My mom and my step-dad both have great senses of humor and are just plain fun to be around. I love them so much and I'm very thankful for their presence in my life!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nursery workers

Today, I am grateful for those people who serve in our ward as nursery workers. Trotwood isn't quite old enough for nursery yet but the primary president said we could start bringing him to nursery to get him used to it. He's also just such a handful in sacrament meeting and sunday school that we just don't know what else to do with him! Anyway, Mr. Rochester took Trotwood to the second half of nursery today and he said that everything was great and very organized. The kids had a snack, a lesson, singing time and they played. And Trotwood seemed to love it all...although we found out afterward that he dumped out a whole pitcher of water all over the floor! Oh well. Thank you to all the nursery workers out there for being patient with children like mine!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Children

I'm grateful for little children! Some of our best friends just had their first child this past week and I got to hold all 6 lbs of him! He is so precious and I'm so grateful for the joy little children can bring into our lives. As mischevious as our own little boy can be, we are so glad he is ours. It's hard to remember what my life was like before he came into this world!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Church

I'm grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being a member of this church has blessed my life in countless ways. I am grateful for the peace I feel when I read the scriptures and the knowledge I have of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite the challenges that I've faced in my life, I have always been able to receive comfort and peace from the gospel.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bunso

Definition: bunso \BOON so\, noun
1. A filipino term meaning youngest.
The gentleman in this picture surrounded by two children is my younger brother. He is the bunso in our family and I am so grateful for him! My younger brother is a super smart guy with a great sense of humor. Again, I'm not sure if we really became "friends" until we were both older with much of that being due to my being a selfish teenager who thought it was uncool to hang out with a brother four years her junior. Now, I'd say he's pretty cool, at least according to my standards. It's so fun to talk with him about movies, music, or politics and just exchange friendly banter. We don't talk half as much as I'd like (as with all my siblings) but we all have busy lives and I'm just glad we can keep in touch via blogs and facebook. My younger brother has been such a great example of fortitude, determination, and overcoming obstacles in his life. I'm so grateful for his example and grateful that he is our bunso!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It begins

I suppose I spoke too soon in yesterday's post. This morning, Trotwood woke up at 6 am. After letting him fuss for awhile, I got him out of bed, changed his diaper, and gave him a sippy cup of milk before leaving him to play in his room with his door closed while I got ready for work. He is used to this routine and usually just plays in his room until he yells for another diaper change (it's like clockwork). Around 7:30, Trotwood started yelling and I figured it was time to let him out of his room. Since my ride for work would arrive any minute, I asked Mr. Rochester if he wanted me to let Trotwood out of his room or if he was just going to do it after he finished getting ready. Mr. Rochester said to wait. So, I did. I hurried into the kitchen to get my breakfast together and suddenly, the yelling from Trotwood's room stopped. Oh, I thought, he must have found something else in his room to entertain him for a few minutes. He's probably pulling out all of his clothes from his drawers {a favorite activity of his}. Then, I turn around.
And there he is.
Right behind me.
Smiling.
With a look that says
Look at me, mommy!
I'm not in my room anymore,
and I did it all by myself!
And, so, it begins.
{P.S. I used to be thankful for doorknobs, but now I am thankful for child safety locks. Because, really, they keep my child safe.}

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Haircut

Last week, Trotwood got his first haircut. In a matter of minutes, he went from this
to this
side view
Family photo at the salon!
I almost cried. I can't believe how big my baby is getting. Before we arrived at the salon, I was positive that I was going to have to hold Trotwood on my lap throughout the duration of his haircut. Yet, Trotwood surprised us all by sitting in the chair all by himself and by behaving absolutely perfectly while he was getting his haircut. Of course, all the credit is due to our wonderful hairdresser who supplied him with one tootsie roll pop right after another (he finished two of them at the salon). It's amazing how well a rambunctious little boy will behave when he's busy with a lollipop! Trotwood's new haircut makes him look like such a little boy! Although we like his haircut, Mr. Rochester and I immediately missed Trotwood's unruly baby hair and joked that perhaps Trotwood will not get another haircut until this time next year.

An hour or so before Trotwood's haircut, we went to the doctor's office for his 15 month check-up. Our wild thing of a child is 33.5 inches tall (100th%tile) and weighs 25 lbs (55th%tile). I knew he was getting heavier but I didn't realize how tall he was getting! Maybe that's why he has no problem turning the doorknobs although, thank heavens, he still hasn't figured out he needs to turn and push to open the doors. Of course, at the doctor's office, Trotwood was less than thrilled about getting shots. We had to pin him down to the exam table for his shots where he proceeded to scream bloody murder. Poor guy. Last time he got shots, we distracted him with a book (he was sitting on my lap), and he didn't make a peep!

So, today, I am grateful for our hairdresser for taking the time to cut our little guy's hair and since it was his first haircut, it was free!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kuya

Definition: kuya \koo ya\, noun
1. A filipino term meaning older brother.
For some reason, I love this picture. It was taken a few years ago at a friend's house. I know my eyes are almost closed and it's not the most flattering picture of me and my older brother (hello, double chins on both of us!) but I like our smiles. When we were growing up, my brother would always pick on me and do things on purpose to aggravate me. I think all older brothers must do this to some extent to younger sisters/siblings. As I got older, I realized he did all those annoying things not only because he loved teasing me but also because he just loved me. I appreciate all the advice he's given me over the years, all the times he listened to me whine and complain about school, boys, and other silly things, and all the love and bear hugs he's given me. Now we are friends and I love visiting with him and his wondeful family. My older brother is a great guy who, like his big mouth, has a big heart too. I'm so grateful for my older brother. I love my kuya.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Time

I am grateful for time. I am grateful for the time that I have been given here on earth. Like most people, I've experienced some hard things but I have also had some truly wonderful experiences. I have been blessed exceedingly and I am so thankful for my wonderful husband, my son, and my daughter with whom I look forward to being reunited some day. I'm grateful for those difficult things we experience that help us grow and make ourselves better people. As hard as some of the challenges we face may be, they often mold us into who we are. In the future, I hope that I can handle situations better and sanely apply the things I've learned to future challenges I may face. I read somewhere that Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" (not sure if that is an accurate quote or not but even if he didn't say it, I still like the definition). So far, turning 30 hasn't been so bad. Now that it's happened, I've got a few more goals for myself. So, here's to a great year!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yum

I recently ordered this cookbook by America's Test Kitchen and I LOVE it. In my opinion, America's Test Kitchen puts out some of the best cookbooks with the tastiest recipes. They test every single one of the recipes in their cookbooks and then put the "best" one in their cookbook. This healthy cookbook contains delicious recipes and each recipe lists the calorie/fat content for each recipe. One of the things I like most about this healthy cookbook is that the food you cook doesn't taste like diet food. The one thing I don't like about the cookbook is that some of the ingredients for the recipes can be a little hard to find. For example, we'd like to try making one of the soup recipes, Moroccan Chickpea Soup, but it calls for saffron threads. Now, I'm no master chef but I've never heard of saffron threads (yes, I just looked it up on the internet) but I have no idea where we might be able to find those...or how expensive they might be. Anyway, Mr. Rochester and I have been cooking meals out of this cookbook for the last couple months and we've both dropped a few pounds. So, I'm grateful for learning how to cook more heathily.

Friday, November 12, 2010

That feeling

I'm grateful for that feeling of accomplishment and relief you get after you finish a big project. This past week, we had a big event that I was in charge of planning and now it is OVER. Everything went well and although I learned a lot and gained some good experience, I'm glad it is over and that things went smoothly.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This girl

I'm thankful for my sister. When we were kids, my sister and I didn't get along very well. Most of that was probably my fault because I was a selfish teenager and older sister. I wish I could go back and change the way I interacted with my brothers and sister was younger but since that isn't possible, I can, at least, use the present to better myself. My sister is a wonderful person. She is one of the most charitable, generous, nurturing people I've ever met. We still have very different personalities and don't talk or see each other very often, but I am grateful she is my sister.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pillow

I'm grateful for my pillow. Shortly after Mr. Rochester and I got married, we bought our first mattress, which we still use to this day. You may be thinking, well, didn't you need a mattress to sleep on right after you got married? Yes, of course, we did. However, we lived in Provo, Utah in a furnished apartment and slept on the not-so-wonderful mattress that was in the apartment. After many sleepless nights, we bought our first mattress from the furniture kingdom of RC Willey. While we were there, I fell in love with a pillow. You know, when you're mattress shopping and lay on the mattress in the store to make sure it feels right? Well, I also put my head on the pillow that was on the mattress and well despite the price tag, it had to be mine. I have never once regretted buying that pillow and have slept on it every night I have been in my own bed for the past five years.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Automobile

I'm thankful for a functioning automobile. Even though Mr. Rochester and I only have one automobile, we've made it work for the last four years. Actually, it's kind of nice sometimes because we get to spend more time together since we usually have to drop each other off or pick each other up somewhere. Eventually, I'm sure we'll have to get another automobile but for the time being, one is still working just fine for us. Oh, and I'm also thankful for friends and coworkers who are willing to carpool.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chocolate

Oh, and today I'm grateful for chocolate. Y'know, sometimes, when things just get crazy, I just need to sit down and take a chocolate break. Biting into that delicious piece of dark chocolate helps me gather my thoughts and take a step back. Milk chocolate is, of course, delicious but I've been digging the dark chocolate lately...one piece at a time.

DST

Like us, I'm sure everyone else with children is suffering from the after effects of Daylight Savings Time but I have some questions.

Will my child ever get used to the time change or will he continue to wake up an hour earlier until we "spring forward"? I need answers, people! I'm not loving my child being awake at 6 am or earlier the last two mornings - I've got things to do while he sleeps!

Saturday night, I thought I was so smart by keeping him up an hour later because I was thinking, of course, he'll be so tired he'll want to sleep in later that next day. Not so. Trotwood's internal alarm clock woke him up at his normal time, which of course, is an hour earlier now. Thanks a million, to whoever thought up Daylight Savings Time!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glasses

I am thankful for glasses. They help me see and get rid of headaches associated with eye straining. And, they can be cute accessories.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shoes

I am thankful for shoes, especially cute ones.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nature

I'm thankful for nature! I love when we have beautiful weather outside. Trotwood always wants to go outside. I don't know what we're going to do when it gets too cold to go play outside. Every day, I'm amazed by how much interest Trotwood can find in the smallest little creation in nature.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Internet

I'm grateful for the internet and how it connects us to people we love and with whom we sometimes lose touch. I remember in the 90s when our high school became connected to the world wide web. Of course, it wasn't as advanced as it is now and we had those blue screens whenever we used email, but it was still amazing to be able to send a message to someone and then receive a reply a few minutes later! And now besides email, we have blogs, social networking sites, and other websites that help us connect, reconnect, and stay connected with our friends and family members. All of this connection to everyone eventually decreased the amount of phone calling I do to those dear to me and I think, at some point, it will be time to reconnect with the phone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goals

I'm thankful for the ability that we have to set and achieve goals for ourselves. Recently, I was talking to someone about a lofty goal of mine that could also be categorized as a dream, and my friend jokingly said "I think you should grow up!" Instead of trying to achieve this lofty goal, my friend thought I should put aside the starry eyed child in me and accept the life of adulthood, no matter how drab and boring it may be at times. In a way, my friend has a good point. Sometimes, you just need to be realistic, but I also think it is important that we find things in our every day lives that give us enjoyment and achievement. We need to make goals and be able to feel successful about ourselves, and I'm grateful that I can do that. It's nice to be able to make goals and see the progress I've made toward some of them while some of them are more...progressive goals.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lessons

Today, I am grateful for the lessons I continue to learn about patience and selflessness. That's all I have to say about that.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thirty Things

I'm going to be 30 years old in a few weeks. Usually, I don't have issues with birthdays, but for some reason, this year, I just don't want to turn 30. Maybe it's the vain part of myself that is focusing on those few gray hairs that have popped up or that fine line that has appeared under my left eye or those few pounds that I still haven't shed from having two babies. Sometimes, it's so easy to forget the wonderful things in our lives and focus on our perceptions of what is wrong with ourselves.

This past Sunday, my husband and I spoke in church and while I was preparing my talk, I came across a talk by Elder Henry B. Eyring entitled O Remember, Remember. He talked about how sometimes we can forget God and the blessings we've been given. He said "It can...be hard to remember Him when our lives go badly. When we struggle, as so many do, in grinding poverty or when our enemies prevail against us or when sickness is not healed, the enemy of our souls can send his evil message that there is no God or that if He exists He does not care about us. Then it can be hard for the Holy Ghost to bring to our remembrance the lifetime of blessings the Lord has given us from our infancy and in the midst of our distress."

Then, I read a talk by Barbara Thomspon entitled Mind the Gap where she talked about how even though we know that we are children of God, "it seems that at times of hardship or difficulty we have a tendency to doubt or forget this. Some have said such things as: 'If God really loved me, He would not let this illness come upon my child.' 'If God loved me, He would help me find a worthy husband I could be married and sealed to in the holy temple.' 'If God loved me, we would have enough money to buy a house for our family.' Or, 'I have sinned and so God couldn’t possibly love me anymore.'” She said "You need to know that there is nothing that can “separate [you] from the love of Christ.” The scriptures clearly tell us that no tribulation, distress, persecution, power, nor any other creature can separate us from the love of God" (Romans 8:35-39)...“It is the Holy Ghost that testifies of the reality of God and allows us to feel the joy of His love.”

So, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of aging and the things that I have yet to accomplish in my life, I've decided to try and focus on the blessings I've been given and the things for which I am grateful. I can be "thirty, flirty, and thriving!" Since there are 30 days in November and I'm turning 30 this month, my goal is to post every day, one reason or blessing I've been given for which I am grateful. And today, I am grateful for my family. I have been abundantly blessed in the love I receive and the love that I have for my spouse and my children and I am so grateful for them.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Trotwood was a sock monkey for Halloween this year and I have to say, he was pretty much the cutest kid around (no, I'm not biased or anything). We had a busy week from attending our ward's Trunk-or-Treat to the city's Trick or Treat on the Square and all the required stuff we had to do in between (work, school, etc). And today, we even let Trotwood run around in his costume for part of the day. All in all, Trotwood's second Halloween was a lot of fun! When did my little giraffe from last year get to be so big?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fun times

This is one of Trotwood's favorite games. He loves when we have other children around who will play with him, regardless of their age. Thanks, Roo, for being a good sport! Watch at your own risk - you may experience some dizziness.

video

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Wedding!

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to the wedding of a dear friend of mine. We've been friends since we were about 12 years old and have been through a lot together. Although, throughout the years, we've moved away from each other and experienced different things, no matter how far apart we may be, I think I will always feel that we are close friends. I'm so happy that she's found someone that she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Discoveries

Trotwood has been making all sorts of new discoveries lately. He found a new fun spot behind our PC.
Oh, and our house did come with all of its kitchen drawers, Trotwood just figured out some of the baby locks. Since this picture was taken, the drawer has been replaced and fitted with a new lock, which he has yet to figure out. Oh, and we moved the computer...to the garage. It's pretty old and we don't use it much anymore. And...yes, that is a funnel he is holding...funnel = fun toy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Angelic

Doesn't he just look like the sweetest (albeit messy) little angel? I just can't take enough pictures of him sleeping. This kid makes me laugh even when he sleeps.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Surprise Visit!

We got to visit with these great folks last week.

I love my grandparents! They were on their way to meet my uncle and his wife a little north of where we live and called me out of the blue last Thursday while I was at work. It was such a wonderful surprise and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to see them for a few hours that night! P.S. I really think I have the cutest, sweetest grandparents on the planet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lost & Found

The other day we lost this.
Trotwood likes to play around the glass/screen door in front of our front door. There is a little thing-a-ma-jig (I have no idea what it is called) attached to the glass/screen door by a few screws that keeps the door from slamming shut, and somehow, Trotwood took it apart. When we'd noticed what he had done {we're not negligent parents or anything, he's just super silent, sneaky, and quick}, Mr. Rochester picked up the pieces and realized that there was a piece missing - one of the two small flathead screws that attached the contraption to the door. At that time, we were unsuccessful in our search for the piece.

We found it a few days later, in one of these
I don't believe our son will have any iron deficiencies.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Giraffe

The little giraffe Trotwood is holding has recently become one of his favorite toys. He walks around with it, hugs it, bites it, snuggles it, throws it and much more (although I've yet to see him sleep with it...maybe because we haven't given him the chance). Mr. Rochester has also said lately that Trotwood is getting bossy with his toys. We've started to hear some stern tones to his babblings whenever he is playing with his giraffe or some of his other toys. With all his yells, sharp tones, and finger pointing, he is definitely making demands or giving orders to his toys. I often wonder what is going through our little boy's head.

On a side note, yesterday at church, during the sacrament prayers, Trotwood throws a hymnal at the man sitting behind us and hits him - during the prayer! Luckily, the man was unhurt and completely understanding about it but we really have to watch this kid. Who knows who he could be injuring during the next prayer at church?! Beware to all those sitting in pews near us!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sleeping position

Although I think it's darn cute, I'm not sure if I'll ever understand how babies can sleep like this.
I once fell asleep in a position similar to this and my legs fell asleep (no pun intended). When I woke up in the middle of the night, I had pins and needles running down my legs as I straightened them out. It was painful for me but it must not be for kids because Trotwood falls asleep in this position all the time.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Patriotism

We put out our American flag on Labor Day! Huzzah! We've had the flag since Memorial Day but it didn't make it out on that holiday. I feel so patriotic.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Outside actvities

This is one of our favorite things to do outside lately. Well, Trotood would like to do anything outside as long as it is outside.
Of course, Trotwood would much rather have you swing him in the hammock than just lay there with you. But Mr. Rochester and I both treasure the moments when we can just lay on the hammock. And if Trotwood will lay there with us, all the better!

I absolultely love owning a hammock.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bathtime!

Trotwood has really started to enjoy his bathtime a lot more. A few months ago, it was all we could do to get him to stand in the bathtub {he absolutely would not sit down} while we washed him. Now, he's started to play with bathtime toys and enjoys splashing and sliding around. The other day during bathtime I'd gotten him all soaped up but hadn't rinsed him off yet, and he really caught me by surprise when all slippery and soapy, he nose-dived off the side of the bathtub and suceeded in climbing out of the bathtub. Mr. Rochester just happened to be nearby with the camera when it happened.
Trotwood sure seemed pretty pleased with himself afterwards.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Business Time

Mr. Rochester's uncle and grandmother were in town this weekend visiting his parents so once again, we made the trek to visit Mr. R's parents. On our trip down, Trotwood gave us four hours of this face with its accompanying sounds.Besides Trotwood's four hours of unhappiness (I'm not kidding, the kid was only silent for about 30 minutes when he was sleeping), Mr. Rochester got a migraine. We love being able to visit with our family, but sometimes Trotwood just can't handle being in the car for that long.

We had a great, albeit short, visit and Trotwood got to meet his great-grandmother on Mr. Rochester's side.

Our returning car ride was much better, which can probably be attributed to the animal crackers and whale snacks I handed to Trotwood to put in his mouth whenever he made a complaining noise. At one point, he was even in such a good mood that he started grooving to the music, which was actually a song called Business Time by Flight of the Conchords.
video

I'm interested to know if moving to music an innate sort of thing. Trotwood has just recently started "dancing" at home whenever music comes on. It's not something Mr. Rochester and I often do either - we don't just break out into dance during the end credits of a movie...Anyway, enjoy the video!

Car trips

On our car trips, Dad usually drives while Mom sits in the passenger seat. Trotwood sits in the backseat...all alone. See how happy he is. After two hours of this face and vociferous demands by Trotwood, Mom moves to the back seat. See how much more fun this is?
I'm not sure how much I would like being cooped up in a carseat either.
Only another hour or so to go until home. Everyone is tired but much happier.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hugs & Biscuits

On our most recent weekend trip to visit Mr. Rochester's family, we took the scenic route. I actually prefer this two-lane highway as opposed to the interstate. The landscape is absolutely beautiful driving through the Ozarks and worth any minor irritation you may feel to being stuck behind the occasional motorhome or when traffic stops on one side of the road out of respect for a funeral caravan. We've begun taking the scenic route more often on our weekend excursions to the south of the state and each time we take this route, we pass a little gas station called Hugs & Biscuits #2. Every time we pass this gas station, Mr. Rochester and I joke about the possible origins of its name and we talk about taking a picture of it. Well, on our most recent trip, after 2+ hours of being in his carseat, Trotwood was really upset and we just so happened to pull over at H&B#2. I couldn't resist taking a snapshot.
What I want to know is, whatever happened to Hugs & Biscuits #1?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Big Head Boy

See how big Trotwood is getting? I took these pictures a week or so before he turned one so I could put them on the invitation to his party.We went to his 1 year check up and here are his stats:
Weight: 22 lbs 40th%tile
Height: 31 in. 90th%tile
Head: 95th%tile
That's right our little boy apparently has quite the noggin although I personally don't think it's abnormally proportioned to his body. He is just beautiful to me and I'm sure always will be. Mr. Rochester and I laughed when they told us Trotwood's head percentile - our little boy with the big head! teehee I still think Trotwood is a bit skinny even though I suppose he is at a normal weight. He doesn't have and has never really had those squeezable, Michelin Man arms and legs that some babies have.

I love this photo (wish I hadn't cut off his foot - it's hard to catch a toddler on the move)!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trotwood turned 1!

We celebrated Trotwood's first birthday a few weeks ago (this blog post is sorely overdue but I'm going to post it anyway). I just can't believe he is already a year old or how big he is! He walks all over the house and is constantly babbling about something. His hair is getting longer and he has such sweet, baby curls, I can't bring myself to get him a haircut. Trotwood is definitely one of those rough and tumble little boys! If he's not trying to climb out of the bathtub in the middle of a bath, he's jumping and then falling off an ottoman or trying to find new ways to get around the baby locks on our kitchen cabinet doors. Every day the boy sports a new scrape, cut or bruise! He's even already figured out how to open the dishwasher. Because of this we can no longer load the silverware into the dishwasher until right before we run it - if we don't do this, we're likely to find him happily walking around waving a sharp piece of flatware as he goes. Yes, this has happened before, and no, we're not negligent or awful parents. The kid has stealth.

For his first birthday, we invited just a few friends over who had children. My mom and Mr. Rochester's parents were able to come and it was nice to visit with some family and friends. Instead of a cake, I made this recipe for S'mores cupcakes, recipe courtesy of Bakerella. I had no idea how much I loved marshmellows until the past few years. I thought the cupcakes turned out deeeelicious.

Before his first birthday, Trotwood hadn't really tasted processed sugar so he didn't seem too sure about it, at first. He warmed up to it after his first few bites.

I really think Trotwood enjoyed his birthday celebration! There were kids everywhere and he loves interacting with other people - be it children or adults. The boy is just not afraid of anyone! You'd think with all the excitement, he would have been in desperate need of a nap but he was so happy after his party, we didn't make him take another nap that day (he'd already had a morning one).

In my opinion, Trotwood's favorite playthings that day were the balloons. Mr. Rochester bought Trotwood and Elmo balloon and another balloon that sang "Happy Birthday" whenever you yanked on the string. Trotwood hardly let that Elmo balloon out of his sight the entire day (he's holding it with one hand while eating his cupcake with the other hand in the picture above). And almost 30 days after his birthday, the singing happy birthday balloon is unbelievably still full of helium and still sings whenever Trotwood pulls on the string, which he continues to do multiple times a day.

We had a great time celebrating with everyone and are so grateful to everyone who wished him a happy birthday!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mending, perhaps?

I think I should probably do a little mending to Trotwood's bumper pads, what do you think?Trotwood has absolutely destroyed the beautiful bumper pads my mom made for him. I just loved the dinosaurs she appliqued to the sides of the bumper pads! (Apparently, he loved them too...just a little too much.)
He has completely ripped through the side of one of the pads. This probably happened from one of the many times after he's woken up, we walk into his room to find him happily stomping on the bumper pads. I'm not sure how many ties are left that are actually attached to the bumper pads and the crib. The crib looks like this right now. Oh, but we can't take the bumper pads out and just not use them! No, our little boy cannot sleep if he isn't snuggled up to the bumper pads during the night. Usually, he has his face buried in the corner of one of the bumper pads. And now, I think he must be in heaven because he can snuggle up with all of them!