Saturday, January 21, 2012

I love my wagon!

Mommy can we go for a walk?

Joshua absolutely loves to be outside. Playing with toys indoors is fine, but when its time for a walk...he gets so excited. Sometimes he gets too excited and throws a little fit =)
Joshua loves to be outside in his wagon

Go faster mommy!


Can you say "wagon"

Playing with the dandelions

Little Fire Chief

I'v got room for one more!
Thanks Nana and Pops for my wagon!!  XOXOXO

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spaghetti Anyone?

First time eating spaghetti
 Joshua's first time eating spaghetti and he really enjoyed it. It was a messy meal, but well worth the fun of watching him. He is really getting the hang of eating table food and is liking baby food less and less. What a big boy!
Do I have something on my face?

This is fun!

Dont eat your hand!

Time for a bath spaghetti face!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Grandpa!

Happy 50th Birthday
 Tonight we celebrated Grandpa's birthday AGAIN! If you have never been to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor and haven't lived. Apparently this place was opened back in the 60's, it was family owned and operated for several years until it was sold off to a large company. As with any large corporation taking over a small family business, it lost its sparkle and they soon went from 130 restaurants to only 1 left in the early 90's. The last restaurant in San Diego was family owned, and they dedicated themselves to revive the restaurant. A new Farrell's opened in Brea, CA and needless to say without reservations you have to wait outside, down the street, and around the corner just to get a table. Apparently when my parents were kids, this was the place to have a birthday party because of their outrageous ice cream creations. My dad never had his birthday here despite his desperate desire to....but tonight he finally got his birthday celebration at 50 years old!! To celebrate, we ordered the largest and wildest creation.....THE ZOO! You can imagine by the name, what this might include. The zoo is a large trough, too big for one waiter to carry alone, filled with about 30 ice cream scoops of all kinds of flavors, drizzled with hot fudge, strawberry, bannanas, pineapples, whipped cream, nuts and lots of cherries! It weighs in at 6 pounds! Atop all this, is a handful of animals that might be found at the zoo: monkey, frog, zebra, flamingo, etc. Enough of the explanation...just see for yourself!

The Zoo
Serves 1-10...really?!
Im tired but I like my first waffle fry
Uncle Chris Ill take care of that

Great Grandma Franki and her fascinating jewelry

I scream, you scream, give me some ice cream!!

Grandma Franki with Chris and I


Happy Birthday
For those devoted viewers that still keep up with my lackadaisical blogger posts...thank you! We left for California last Friday and are enjoying our stay here until the mid week. We are especially happy we were able to be here for Grandpa's 50th birthday celebration! We enjoyed some great Italian food in downtown Los Angeles with close family.

Aunt Jordie

Aunt Shauna

Our time has been spent visiting with friends and family, relaxing, and enjoying the beautiful weather. Seeing great-grandparents is always special for me, just because I remember my great-grandparents so well as a child and I want Joshua to cherish that same relationship. We enjoyed lunch with some of my best girlfriends and Joshua of course stole the show! He is such a little ham with the ladies.

I think we are almost too big for the sink
me and grandpa

Happy Birthday Grandpa!
 This past weekend was also the Brideworld Bridal Show in Los Angeles. Most of you know my parents business, but for those that do not, they put on very large birdal expos. This was Joshua's first experience with it....and for those that have never been to anything like this, its quite an experience!
My first bridal show and my very own Brideworld T-shirt!

Me and the boss

Scooting around

Silly food face

Me and Uncle Chris

nap time

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

What an eventful year. Time for that is going to take a little getting used to. This year instead of the usual resolutions that never seem to leave a lasting impression, I have decided on a different take. My resolution is not one that will better myself, but hopefully better the lives of others. I have thought about this and talked about it with close friends and family, and I really feel called to pursue it. This year, I hope to establish a non-profit organization which focuses on helping NICU families in our area. I know "help" is a broad term, and eventually I will come up with our mission statement, but help includes paying hospital bills, providing meals, or providing supplemental income for long-term NICU parents so one and/or both can take extra time off work to be with their baby. For now, I want to focus on starting at the hospital where Joshua was born, but who knows what progression the future holds! The NICU was such a big part of our lives, and it still is, and we want Joshua to know and remember how special he is and this is a great way to preserve this memory.

Take the ball out

Put the ball in
Joshua is outgrowing his changing table!

The cow says "Moo"