Thursday, January 22, 2009
On January 21st Johann's brothers Derek and Kaleb reported to the MTC! Derek is going to Rochester, NY and Kaleb to Seattle, WA. Both of them left the MTC this past week and seem to be doing fine and dandy at their respective ends of the country. It was really nice to visit together before they left and was of course great to see them off. Johann's mom pointed out that the next time a missionary leaves from either family it will be Henry since he's he oldest grandchild. That seems so far away! Incredible! We are excited for all the great experiences Kaleb and Derek will have as they are out doing their best to serve the people of Washington and New York.
As you can see, the 'name tag' cake I made for them went a little haywire with the 'ER'...it was that spray frosting.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I guess he looked at a couple different places and when he couldn't decide he finally gave in and told me what he was planning. He's terrible at being sneaky =) So together we decided on a newly build place called 'Day Spa Jolie' about fifteen minutes away from my moms house.
We drove past it once before the actual day we were going and it was just this gray building kind of in a weird spot so I was starting to think I shouldn't get too excited about what it would be like. Anyhow, we kept trying to keep my mom from making plans on her actual birthday morning since that was when we were scheduled to go, which proved very difficult but we managed. When we opened our gifts for Christmas we had her open a card with all the info so she would finally stop trying to make other plans. It worked.
So on the 30th we headed to the spa and wow was I impressed with how they had decorated. Everything in this funky gray building was sooo nice. We had 60mins of swedish massage and oh was it heavenly! They also put these really warm blankets on top of us and then warm towels and-ah, it was just amazing. I've had a knot in my left shoulder areas forever from carrying Henry around and this lady found that sucker and got it out right at the beginning!
After the massage they send you to the 'relaxation room' where you can just hang out and look at magazines and sip cool water to wake you up. Needless to say, it was the best start to a day I've had in a while! =)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
New Years Eve we went to the San Diego Wild Animal park with Johann's parents, brothers, sister and her husband. I was a little nervous about how Henry would do with such a long outdoor day but he did fantastic. When I was a little kid growing up in California I use to wish we would have "a real winter" but after experiencing that and then going back to a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree day on New Years Eve, I think I would settle for a 'fake winter'. =)
Everyone was so helpful with Henry the whole day. I think from now on it will be my policy to only go to parks with 8 other people besides Henry. Everyone took turns holding him when he got sick of being in the stroller, which was of course, almost immediately.
He was pretty interested in looking at the animals which surprised me because of how far away they were. He is looking at the gorillas
And here is Henry watching a giraffe eat. They stayed up close like that the whole time we were there!
Finally pooped. He was so good the whole day and what a day it was! It will be so great to show him all these pictures when he gets a little older. I just loved it.
(*pictures: Derek is in the dark suit and Kaleb in the light)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
If you're thinking, "well see, he's finally mellowing out, Deborah!" Oh boy is that false. =) This little guy has no concept of slowing down it seems. I was a little nervous about him crawling but for the most part it has been great because he can get to where he wants and is not as annoyed with being in one place etc. However, after taking him to my visiting teacher's house on Friday to be babysat and having him see her little 14 month old girl walking around, Henry has decided crawling isn't cutting it anymore. Though he has been pulling himself up on things and moving along the couch and whatnot for quite awhile, he didn't show any interest in 'free standing' until this past Friday. Now he wants us not to set him down on his bum or to crawl but standing up and then he either goes down quickly onto his bum or slowly squats down. He's gotten himself up without pulling on anything a couple of times but mostly its pulling himself up and then letting ago. I guess it's nice that he is so motivated to move around but I definitely won't mind if the next little one wants to take it at a more mellow/calm pace.
He loooves pushing his table around the house.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
It'll be fun to tease Henry about his love of a chihuahua named Princess when he's older but it'll be even better to show him the pictures of the first time he met his Great-Grandma Fern. Grandma Fern is so hard working, funny, compassionate and incredibly sharp for a lady her age. I only hope I can be like that too!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Oh I also forgot to mention our 'little' feast before we opened presents. We started the tradition last year of having mexican food for Christmas Eve dinner. My mom made chicken toquitos, enchiladas, spanish rice and beans. We also got tamales from one of the local places-Lolas. Aaron made a ton of salsas, some really good sauce stuff and guacamole. I guess the cooking gene went from my mom to Aaron instead of me. Poor Johann =)
Aaron working his magic
Christmas Morning we woke up and headed to Riverside to spend the day with Johann's family. Natalie and Bryan (Johann's sister and Brother-in-law) we there too which was nice. We opened gifts and had fun joking around. Everyone kept saying, "It's a sweater" which I guess if from the Three Amigos. I think I should probably see it before next Christmas! One of the gifts that was really special is a book of remembrance put together by Johann's mom with the help of his brothers Derek and Kaleb. Johann and Natalie each got one. It has all the genealogy from Johann's mom's side of the family as well as pictures and other significant records. It's incredible how she was able to put that all together and it is one special gift!
We spent the rest of the day playing games and talking. It was a really great Christmas!
Christmas Morning opening gifts
Playing with Abuela
Hanging out with Grampa
My two favorite boys