July 24, 2013

Washing Machine or Thunderstorm

We are all three finally back in Tulsa! I have a lot to catch up on while we were in Arizona  but I thought I would share the night we had last night first. There was a completely terrifying storm that rolled through here just before midnight. It felt & sounded like our house was inside a washing machine and Mother Nature was kicking our butts. I made Jordan walk with me through the house to our dining room where we could see {with the light from all the flashing lightning} what it was that made a loud crashing noise just above our heads. When I caught sight of what it was that made the noise I gasped out loud.
 {Disclaimer: The picture makes it appear smaller than it actually is.} I had noticed this limb hanging from the top branches of a tree earlier yesterday. Well, it made it's way down and in to our power lines {which caused our power to go in and out every so often. Adding to my horror}. Not only is it hanging in the power lines, but the bare end of the limb is hanging at exactly eye level to our bedroom window. If the winds had reversed it would have come catapulting into our bedroom. Awesome. Here is the view from our bedroom of what I saw if I looked out the window {only imagine darkness and lightning and 75 mph winds.}
Yep - 75 mph WINDS. I haven't been out and about town yet, but Jordan says the whole place looks trashed.  I did, however, explore our backyard...
and our side yard...
 Our neighbors tree is falling over between our houses. I always hate to see a perfectly good tree meet its end.
{The other side of the walkway.}
I do like the shaded walkway now & the view out my kitchen window now has some greenery in it.  :) Maybe I can talk them into keeping it.
AND how did our 1-year old handle the rinse cycle, you ask?!?
He slept through the ENTIRE night. In fact, he is still asleep. He has not made the switch to Tulsa time & has been sleeping until noon each day. Sigh.
Thanks for the Welcome Home, Mother Nature. I really did not miss you.

July 17, 2013

A Look Back

I cannot believe how much our boy has grown & how quickly the last year has flown by.  It goes without saying, it has been the BEST year of our lives. Thanks for giving our lives purpose Ollie! We love you to the moon & back!
one month
two months
three months
four months
five months
six months
seven months
eight months
nine months
ten months
eleven months
This calls for a   celebration!!!
Wouldn't you agree, Ollie!?!

July 3, 2013

Eleven Months

We are just ONE month away from having a ONE year old! I can't even believe it!
A few days after getting home from New York, Ollie got some kind of stomach bug. :(

He got lots & lots of baths - which he loves.
Anyway, that kept us cooped up at home for about a week.  We were excited to get out finally and as soon as I thought I could trust his explosive buns on an airplane we set off for Arizona . {My judgment was off because we had 2 glorious trips to the airplane changing table.} In the past, Ollie has been super friendly with any strangers, but this trip he was a little more wary of the faces he didn't know. He REALLY didn't trust Grandpa Rogers & we happened to capture the greatest pout of all time on camera during that re-introduction!
He warmed up eventually and now thinks his Grandparents are the BEST EVER!
 Grandpa Shill needs only to walk in the room and Ollie breaks out in a HUGE grin.
At eleven months old, Oliver is learning so much each & every day.
His favorite book is Mr. Brown Can Moo. He picks it up, drags it to me, sits on my lap, and I take it from there.
If he is in the right mood, he shares kissies with everyone. {The best are the open mouth slobbery ones.}
He will wave to you if you wave to him. He is beginning to eat more & more 'normal' food & currently eats handfuls upon handfuls of Cheerio's. Yesterday he had his first experience with drinking out of a straw & he thought that was about the coolest thing in the whole world. He is getting closer to walking, but still a pretty cautious guy and doesn't seem to be in a hurry with it. He can walk with the assistance of this nifty toy borrowed by Aunt Beth...
He also loves being chased while he tries to crawl quickly away {And I enjoy it obviously for the giggles, but it wears the little monster out.}
We are definitely enjoying ourselves in Arizona  & aren't in any rush to get back home.
Jordan visits on the weekends that he can & when he can't Face Time is an amazing thing. Ollie likes to chat with Dad & Cadbury each night. 
We have been able to see old friends. Marianne & Peter have made 2 play dates with us! The boys play nice together while the moms have a good time catching up.
Peter is going to have a little sister in Novemeber & Marianne bought this cute lamb beanie for her, but I think it might be too big since it fits this guys big noggin.
Ollie loves swimming! I need to get some pictures, but he lets me hold him like a baby, he relaxes and nearly falls asleep! {I get my snuggles in, since on dry land he has no interest in snuggling with mom.}  He has also enjoyed watching all his crazy cousins when they come over to play. We are both loving the family interaction and we are soaking it all up. Ollie is sleeping so SO good here {naps & all}. I may never take him home!
We all LOVE this ELEVEN month old
& think he is the most handsome guy around!